Supporting jobs and the economy

Home owner

The Home Improvement Scheme (HIS) has been strongly embraced by Territorians and we have had an overwhelming response to the program with around 20,000 applications received.

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has extended funding for HIS from $30 million to $100 million to ensure as many Territorians as possible can benefit from the program.

It’s part of the Territory Government’s Jobs Rescue and Recovery plan in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The scheme will help to progress around 20,000 screwdriver-ready projects in Territory homes.

This means that projects are physical improvements to land and / or buildings, and repairs and maintenance services.

The scheme operates on a voucher system, with home owners receiving either:

  • a voucher worth $4,000 if they contribute at least $1,000 of their own money, or
  • a voucher worth $6,000 if they contribute at least $2,000 of their own money.

With the increase in the number of applications accepted, the increase in budget to match, and the increased time available for tradies to complete the work, the pipeline of work will be spread over the next 12 months.

Reminder, works must not commence until your application has been approved and a voucher issued by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

Read the full terms and conditions.

Physical distancing

You must practise physical distancing during the planning and delivery of any renovation works.

If either you or your client are unwell, in self-isolation or self-quarantine, stay in touch by phone until it is safe to meet in person.

Your voucher and registration can be cancelled at any time if you fail to follow the safety guidelines. You may also be referred to the police.

For more information on staying safe, go to the Coronavirus website.

Who can apply

You are eligible to apply if you are a registered owner of a residential property in the NT.

The property can be owner-occupied or used as investment, but there can only be one application per property and per home owner.

If you are eligible, you can submit two quotes, by up to two businesses, as part of your one application for the home improvement scheme.

The total value of the vouchers issued will be for no more than the maximum grant amount.

If you are the owner of multiple properties, you can carry out improvement works to one home only.

If a property has more than one owner, only one person can apply under the scheme.

Who can't apply

Incorporated legal entities are not eligible to apply such as:

  • companies
  • trust structures with a corporate trustee
  • associations that are the sole registered proprietor of a property.

What you can use the voucher for

You can use the voucher for physical improvements, repairs or maintenance services that are intended to stay in the property permanently.

You must not use a voucher with any other voucher or other benefit granted under any other program (whether an Australian Government or NT Government program) to pay for the same works.

Eligible works include:

  • installing or repairing an air-conditioning unit
  • painting your house
  • pool repairs
  • fencing repairs
  • installing or repairing a reticulation system
  • upgrading ceiling fans or lighting
  • installing a solar hot water system
  • other electrical work that support energy efficiency.

Eligible works must:

  • include a labour component and
  • be carried out by an eligible business that is not related to the grant recipient.

Tradies and businesses must be registered to take part in the scheme.

Works that are excluded

Excluded works include:

  • buying solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or installing solar panels - eg rooftop solar, and any related solar works (except solar hot water)
  • works that are to be carried out by the grant recipient on a ‘do-it-yourself’ basis or
  • works carried out by a business related to the grant recipient.

When work can start

Eligible works can start after an application has been approved by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

How to apply

Applications closed on Friday 17 April 2020.

No new applications are being accepted.

Application processing

Applications are assessed in the order they are received. Priority is given to ensure that vouchers are issued for all regions and registered businesses fairly.

The Business Recovery team aim to process around 500 to 700 applications each week with all 20,000 applications assessed by the end of November 2020.

For further enquiries please email the relevant email address and we will respond within two business days.

After you apply

All work must be completed within three months of the date the voucher was issued, or 30 September 2021 - whichever is sooner.


For more information, contact the Business Recovery team.