Ready for share house living?

JumpStart is our rental support program in Tasmania for 18–24-year olds who are ready for independent living once they’ve started working or entered into vocational education and training.

Please note there are currently no vacancies in this stream as our share houses are occupied.

Eligibility & Commitment.

You need to be aged between 18 & 24 years of age and ready to live independently in a share house environment.

You’ll need to have a job with regular earnings. You’ll contribute a minimum of 25% of your earnings towards rent and we’ll cover the gap up to a maximum of $50 per week.

You need to remain engaged in the program as long as we’re supporting you within the JumpStart program. As your pay goes up, so does your contribution towards rent.

Keen for more information? Read on or download our Share House brochure for more details.

JumpStart Brochure

But, how does it all work?

JumpStart is going to be different for every participant. Each household resident will be earning different wages and therefore getting different subsidy amounts. We will work with each person to determine their needs and supports, but we’ve put together some case studies to help show how a household might look.


Who is JumpStart for?

To be eligible for the pilot version of JumpStart, you must be: 

  • a young person aged 18-24,  
  • living or looking to live in the greater Hobart area,
  • have started or be about to start an apprenticeship, traineeship or other paid vocational training employment pathway,
  • be ready to live independently.

How can I apply to be a JumpStart participant?

If you’re eligible, you can apply online below.

If you’d like more details or would like us to contact you for a conversation first, please email us at

What is the process you're following to enter participants into the program?

Once an application is received, we’ll set up an intake interview with the program coordinator. The aim of this discussion is to explain what the program is, the type of accommodation we hope to match participants with and the key markers of being ready. 

A later catch up might also be scheduled with other identified participants to arrange a share-house grouping. 

Where do the houses come from?

For the pilot program, we will be sourcing two properties to head lease for a period of 3 years with fixed rent and rent increases in line with CPI as modelled.  

This will allow us to offer greater support options as we trial the program and work towards a successful model. 

What do I need to apply for a house?

You’ll need to complete an application form and supply 100 points of identification. This can be a drivers licence, photo ID, birth certificate, passport or bank statement.

You’ll also need some character references that could be from an employer, work colleague, school teacher etc.

You’ll also need proof of income, this can be a copy of your past two payslips.

What support is Colony 47 offering as part of the program?

The following roles within Colony 47 will be offering support to all of our JumpStart tenants. 

  • Jumpstart program coordinator will oversee the whole program and provide specialist advice and referrals to additional supports where needed. 
  • Colony 47 tenancy team will provide all support around managing the tenancies and all document and rent handling.

Will there be any other external support?

Yes, we will be arranging individual participant support based on each participants needs.  

We are currently working through the specifics of these programs with our partners and sponsors, but the aim will be to ensure that all participants graduate with skills in budgeting and living independently. 

What happens to those not accepted into JumpStart?

JumpStart will not suit everyone. If you’re identified as not suitable for JumpStart but still have a need in finding secure housing, we will explore support options with you. 

What if there are tenancy issues?

Any concerns about tenancies issues such as rent arrears, tenant disagreement, notice of intent to vacate, must be raised to the Program Coordinator as soon as possible. The coordinator will do any external liaising required and provide referrals or connections to any supports needed.  

Our property team will only engage with you regarding tenancy issues as this is their area of expertise. This will include things like routine inspections, lease renewals, rent reviews and supporting exits/vacating tenants. 

How do the subsidies get calculated and how often are these reviewed?

The rent for a participant in Jumpstart is set at a maximum of 25% of their income.

This is set and reviewed at the following points: 

  1. Tenancy start. 
  1. Employment start (if this is not the same time as tenancy start). 
  1. From there, 6 monthly reviews and rent increases/subsidy reductions.  
  1. Should the participants circumstances change (change/leave employer, substantial financial changes) 

Ready to apply?

If you think you tick all the boxes and are ready to apply, we’d love to hear from you.

Simply fill in the form below or if you still have some questions, email us at

Please note there are currently no vacancies in this stream as our share houses are occupied.

Eligibility check:

To be eligible, you must be:

  • Aged 18-24 years old; and
  • Earning a wage and able to contribute to rent.

If you do not meet these criteria, please reach out to our Front Door Service for assistance on 1800 800 588.

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