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On 1 January 2005, amendments to the Housing Act 1983 introduced a new system of regulation for non-government rental housing agencies. The legislation established a Registrar of Housing Agencies as the body to be responsible for this regulatory system.

To support the Registrar of Housing Agencies an administrative arm, the Housing Registrar, was first created within the Office of Housing in the Department of Human Services during the second half of 2005. In 2011 as a result of a decision by the incoming government, the Housing Registrar was transferred to the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Our mission and vision

During our first three years of operation, we developed statements for our Mission and Vision which have guided us since that time. For further details on our overall focus and approach see the How we regulate section of this site.


To protect social housing assets and ensure quality services to tenants by regulating well governed, well managed and financially viable rental housing agencies.


A robust, vibrant regulated rental housing sector that grows affordable housing for the Victorian community.