Ready for independent living?

Our JumpStart Subsidy support program helps young Tasmanias aged 18–24 who are working and ready for independent living but just need a little bit extra to help them into a house. If eligible, we could assist with up to $50 per week to help you afford to rent a suitable house in southern Tasmania.

Eligibility & Commitment.

You need to be aged between 18 & 24 years of age and be ready to live independently.

You’ll need to be employed and a minimum of 25% of your earnings must be available for your rent.

You need to remain engaged in the program as long as we’re supporting you within the JumpStart program.

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

JumpStart Subsidy Program Brochure

But, how does it all work?

JumpStart is going to be different for every participant. You may be applying as a single person looking to live in a share house, or a young family wanting a private house. We will work with each of you to determine your needs and supports, but we’ve put together some case studies to help show how the subsidy program might look.

Can I check the amount of subsidy I am eligible for?

Yes, it’s a great idea to check that you’re earning enough to cover the 25% rent requirement and that we can help cover the gap for you before you apply.

Please download the excel worksheet by clicking on the button below and follow the instructions to work out the subsidy you’re eligible for.

Subsidy Worksheet


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, and they type of support we may be able to provide.

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

If you enter the JumpStart Subsidy program, we’ll be offering a fixed rental subsidy up to a maximum of $50 per week.

If approved, we’ll provide you with a letter of acceptance that you can take to rental appointments as proof of earnings.

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. 

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: 

  • Tenancy start. 
  • From there, 6 monthly reviews and rent increases/subsidy reductions.
  • Should the participants circumstances change (change/leave employer, substantial financial changes) 

Ready to apply?

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.

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

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