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 Government employee housing

Government Employee Housing (GEH), a business unit within the Department of Housing and Public Works, efficiently and actively manages a portfolio of close to 3200 government employee housing residences to support the delivery of government services across Queensland.

The provision of suitable good quality housing is critical in attracting and retaining skilled employees such as health workers, police and teachers to deliver government services in locations where there is no viable rental market particularly in indigenous, remote and rural communities.

Key GEH responsibilities include tenancy management; planned and responsive maintenance; and the upgrade of portfolio assets to an agreed standard. In addition GEH’s active asset management ensures appropriate employee housing is available where it is needed most. Surplus properties may be sold to fund new housing accommodation in those areas.

Through effective and consistent management of the portfolio, GEH is enabling alternative housing solutions for government employees and therefore responding in a more flexible way to clients' needs and achieving efficiencies for government.

View information on Government Employee Housing scales and standards of housing (PDF, 221KB), and conditions of allocation (PDF, 164KB).  


Centralisation of government employee housing is critical for efficient, cost effective management of one of the Government’s important accommodation assets. GEH has established an integrated and innovative centralised solution for the management of the portfolio of government employee residences across the state.

Following the Government’s August 2013 decision to centralise all government accommodation assets, the GEH team consulted across-government and negotiated the development of a mutually agreed centralised model that would deliver a practical service delivery solution – including the most remote and isolated parts of Queensland.

Prior to centralisation, the GEH portfolio consisted of 785 residences and on 1 July 2014 ownership of an additional 2327 residences was seamlessly transferred from 16 separate government agencies to DHPW for management by GEH. This transfer substantially increased the portfolio to 3112 owned government residences. In addition GEH now also manages a further 1262 employee housing assets, primarily on behalf of the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Education.

The diversity of employee accommodation models, portfolio sizes, recorded data sets, employee entitlements, financial models, regional areas and departmental structures required GEH to develop innovative processes and business practices to successfully deliver the centralised solution.

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Last updated 27 August 2015    

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