In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Buying a Government Property

If you have been a Housing ACT tenant for at least three years, you may be able to buy your government home.

An independent valuation will establish the price of the house. Any improvements you have made will be considered, and an allowance made. You will have to pay an administration fee.

You cannot buy your home if:

  • It has been purchased or upgraded by the Housing ACT in the past five years
  • It has been identified for redevelopment
  • It is in an area of low housing ownership
  • It does not have separate title (e.g. medium density housing, aged persons' units and rural dwellings may not have separate title).

Sale to Tenant Scheme

The Sale To Tenant Scheme is aimed at providing a home ownership opportunity to public housing tenants and is consistent with the Public Housing reforms.

Shared Equity Scheme

The Shared Equity Scheme is an alternative home purchase opportunity for social housing tenants. The scheme is possible through a partnership between Housing ACT and IMB Limited.

The Scheme provides eligible tenants to purchase 70% of their Housing ACT property upfront, with IMB providing the finance. The remaining 30% equity of the property remains with Housing ACT. The purchaser agrees to progressively purchase this equity from Housing ACT over a maximum 15 year period.

More information and assistance on how to buy a Government property can be obtained by contacting Housing ACT.