On 20 October 2021, the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) was amended to provide options for people experiencing domestic and family violence who need to leave a tenancy.
These changes, coupled with existing protections in the Act, support tenants experiencing domestic and family violence to end a tenancy quickly, or if they choose, to remain in the rental property safely.
A person who experiences domestic and family violence in a rental property has rights under the Act, even if they are not named on the tenancy agreement.
What is domestic and family violence?
Under the Act, domestic violence has the meaning given by the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012.
Domestic and family violence occurs when one person in an intimate personal, family or informal carer relationship behaves towards the other person in the relationship in a way that is:
- physically or sexually abusive
- verbally abusive
- emotionally or psychologically abusive
- economically abusive
- in any other way controlling or dominating the second person and causes them to fear for their safety or wellbeing or that of someone else.
Domestic and family violence covers a wide range of behaviours including:
- causing personal injury to a person or threatening to do so
- coercing a person to engage in sexual activity or attempting to do so
- damaging a person’s property or threatening to do so
- depriving a person of the person’s liberty or threatening to do so
- threatening a person with the death or injury of the person, a child of the person, or someone else
- threatening to commit suicide or self-harm so as to torment, intimidate or frighten the person to whom the behaviour is directed
- causing or threatening to cause the death of, or injury to, an animal, whether or not the animal belongs to the person to whom the behaviour is directed, so as to control, dominate or coerce the person
- unauthorised surveillance of a person
- unlawfully stalking a person.
For more information refer to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 section 8.
What can I do?
The below flowcharts outline what a tenant/resident can do, or how the managing party can help them to end a tenancy quickly or remain in the rental property safely if they are experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV).
- What to do for tenants experiencing DFV
- Property managers/owners - what to do for tenants experiencing DFV
- What to do for residents experiencing DFV
- Managers/providers - what to do for residents experiencing DFV
Where can I get more help or information?
Everyone deserves to feel safe at home – domestic and family violence is never acceptable.
Related resources: Help and support is available for Queenslanders affected by domestic and family violence.
|Emergency Response||000 (available 24/7) call for police, ambulance or fir services if you are in imminent danger or been harmed or involved in a violent incident|
|Policelink||131 444 (available 24/7 for non-urgent incidents, crimes or police enquiries)|
|DV Connect (for women)||1800 811 811|
|DV Connect (for men)||1800 600 636|
|Aboriginal & Torres Strait (ATSI) Women's Legal & Advocacy Service||07 3720 9089|
|Legal Aid Queensland||1300 651 188|
|Women's Legal Service||07 3392 0670 or areas outside Brisbane 1800 677 278|
|Integrated Indigenous Strategy Unit - Legal Aid Queensland||1300 650 143|
|Immigrant Women's Support Service||07 3846 3490|
|Brisbane Domestic Violence Service||07 3217 2544|
|Disability Support Services||Contact your local service centre or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68)|
|Elder Abuse Prevention Unit||1300 651 192|
|Tenants Queensland||1300 744 263|
|Department of Justice and Attorney-General||13 74 68|
|1800RESPECT||1800 737 732 (available 24/7)|
For more information contact the Residential Tenancies Authority.
Accessing RTA forms
The RTA’s forms can be obtained electronically or in person by contacting us.
Other languages: You can access a free interpreter service by calling the RTA on 1300 366 311 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5.00pm).