2.2 MIB Housing
To be eligible for this Housing Support, an applicant must meet beneficiary criteria as follows:
- The applicant is listed as a Non-IBN (MIB) Banjima Beneficiary on the Register of Banjima People, in accordance with the Trust Deed.
Each beneficiary has an allowance of $5,000 per year. This can be used in a number of ways.
What is covered – (3 categories)
- Rental Support
- Home Improvements.
- Home Ownership
Payment will be made directly into the landlords, real estate or Department of Housing bank account as per rental agreement.
- Funds cannot be used for boarding purposes without a shared house rental agreement
- Members who applied for home ownership and were successful, will not be able to access rental support
- Elders who are existing home owners can access a single contribution of up to $25,000 towards their mortgage repayment. Elders are considered to be 50 years plus.
- Funds are for home improvements, repairs and maintenance; and on-going expenses of maintaining a home, such as house insurance, public liability and shire rates.
- Funds can be used for mortgage repayments and paid directly to the lender’s bank account.
Home Ownership (First home buyers)
To assist and support members with home ownership applications it is possible to apply for an advance on the next 5 years of $5,000 payments due under the Housing Distribution Policy. This is to be used as a deposit and to cover costs such as insurance and other fees. This means that a total of $25,000 can be applied for in this financial year. However successful applicants should note they are not eligible to apply to this fund again for a further five years.
More than one Banjima (MIB) person, is able to be on the same title deed under separate applications.
- An applicant is eligible for assistance towards the purchase of a property within Australia which must be either;
- A member’s primary residence
- A vacant block of land that will be a member’s primary residence
- House and land package that will be a member’s primary residence
- Building a house on vacant land that will be a member’s primary residence
- Banjima (MIB) People who are first home buyers.
- Funds allocated will be deposited at the time of settlement directly to the settlement agent
- Consideration will be given to subsequent home buyers based on personal circumstances such as divorce/separation. This will be assessed by at least 2 members of the DMC and the Independent using the criteria of meeting the policy’s intent of providing secure housing
This is a one-off payment, strictly no cash payments.Allowances
For the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019
|Rental assistance, home improvements, mortgage payments||$5,000|
First home buyers, deposit and purchase costs (up to five years advance)
Up to $25,000 for deposit, of which up to $5,000 can be used towards settlement fees, building and pest inspection reports, and insurance. E.g. $20,000 deposit, $5,000 other purchase costs
|Elders mortgage repayment (up to five years advance)||$25,000|
- Assigned funds to members cannot be rolled over into the next financial year and are not permitted to be transferred to another member
- As per clause 6.7 of the Trust Deed, the Trustee may not provide money or a money equivalent to individual beneficiaries. Payments will be made directly to the seller or service provider e.g. landlords, real estate or Department of Housing.
- Funds used for mortgage repayments will be paid directly to the lender’s bank account. It is not possible to pay funds into a mortgage with a redraw facility
Supporting Evidence Required:
- Rental Support;
- Applications must include copy of signed residential tenancy agreement from a landlord, real estate agent or Department of Housing with applicant’s name. Applications for boarding/shared houses must provide a shared house rental agreement.
- Home Ownership;
- Applications must include a written statement from a financial advisor or an accountant to demonstrate applicant’s understanding that the deposit is treated as a grant and may be subject to tax
- All loan documentation identifying all borrowers must be provided with the application to the Trust
- Applications must include a letter from the lender advising of a loan approval; or demonstrated ability to purchase the property, i.e. evidence of savings or other available funding (Direct Benefits Trust funding).
- Home Improvements;
- Applicants must provide a copy of their mortgage, title deed or rental agreement with applicant’s name
- Under the Home Ownership category applicants are encouraged to provide a satisfactory building and pest report for existing properties
- Applications must include tax invoice or quote with bank account details of the supplier, service provider or mortgage lender.
How to apply:
- Download and complete the MIB Housing application form (available here).
- Provide supporting evidence, such as:
- Indicated as above for each category
- Quote or tax invoice (includes the seller’s Australian business number (ABN), what is being requested, its cost (including GST, if any) and date of issue).
- Submit application by sending forms and evidence to Member Services by:
- You will be contacted by BNTAC with the outcome of your application.
- If you are not happy with the outcome, you can appeal a decision.