Public housing – Repairs

Public housing tenants know all too well the serious problems with our housing stock. We also know that there is an ongoing, systemic failure by DCJ Housing to do the repairs needed, even when ordered to do so by the Tribunal. The resources on this page may help. For more general resources on repairs and maintenance, including sample letters, please see the Repairs and Maintenance Key Topic Page

To get advice, call your local Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service


The Repair Kit

The Repair KitBy Redfern Legal Centre


This handy guide to getting DCJ Housing to repair your home is produced and updated by the Inner Sydney Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service, a tenants’ advice service within Redfern Legal Centre.

Click on the link below to visit RLC's dedicated page where you can download a copy of the repair kit.





David and Goliath: One tenant’s 14-year battle for repairs


David BottOne public housing tenant's long-running battle in the Tribunal shone a light on the systematic failure of DCJ Housing (previously FACS Housing) to do necessary repairs. After 14 years, they made the necessary repairs, but only after getting dangerously close to being found in contempt of the Tribunal. Thanks to David’s tenacity, his case has also paved the way for significant changes to the way DCJ will deal with repairs issues.