Home Improvement Scheme

Territory tradies and small businesses are on a roll with over $10 million in work generated from the Home Improvement Scheme.

Under the scheme, Territory homeowner-occupiers can apply to receive vouchers of up to $2,000 to go towards minor home improvements, repairs or maintenance works on the condition they use registered, local small businesses or tradies and contribute at least the same amount.

Steve Ford, owner of Darwin-based Roofseal NT, said his business had seen a significant increase in work since the scheme was introduced on 5 June.

"It was quiet earlier this year but we have seen a positive uptake in business and people are spending,” Mr Ford said.

He said the scheme had kept work flowing.

“Since the Home Improvement Scheme was introduced we have more than doubled our intake of work,” Mr Ford said.

There are now over 1,000 businesses listed on the website for homeowners to use across the Territory.

In the eight weeks since applications from homeowners opened, 1,560 vouchers with a total value of over $2,740,060 have been issued. Each day, a further 50 to 70 applications are received as homeowners take full advantage of the program.

With an average job value of $5,400 the scheme has provided a significant boost to the local economy by generating more than $10 million in work.

For more information, terms and conditions or to register for the Home Improvement Scheme visit homeimprovement.nt.gov.au

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