Australia has so many tenants associations, it needs a National Association of Tenant Organisations (NATO) to keep track of things.

NATO's members are responsible for providing legal information and advice to tenants. Each individual tenants association champions the interests of tenants in their respective regions, while NATO takes a national viewpoint. Specific housing causes the tenants association collective are involved in include:

  • Improving the status of tenants

  • Tenant law and policy making

  • Housing conditions

NATO and its state tenants association partners highlight social justice and safe, secure, affordable housing as a fundamental human right. 

The housing tenants collective focuses solely on residential property matters including:

  • Private housing

  • Public housing

  • Residents in caravan parks

  • Residents and tenants in rooming houses

The organisations frequently flag issues that, in their opinion, are in need of policy and reform stat. For the Tenants' Union of NSW, for example, that includes:

  • Landlords having the authority to give notices of termination without grounds

  • Ineffective provisions against excessive rent increases

  • The chronic shortage in affordable housing currently in the rental housing system

  • The lack of equality for social housing tenants

The organisations do not work with landlords or tenants in a co-tenancy dispute in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

General Disclaimer

The information contained in website is general information only and does not constitute legal, financial or compliance advice. As the laws relating to tenancy agreements may have changed we recommend you check with the relevant State or Territory government department. We also recommend that you obtain your own independent legal advice about matters relating to landlord obligations, tenant rights and any legal disputes you may have with a tenant(s).