New South Wales Government Family & Community Services - Aboriginal Housing Office

Our responsibilities

Under the Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 (NSW), the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) has the following statutory objectives:

  • Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to quality, affordable housing;

  • Ensure that housing is appropriate to the social and cultural requirements, living patterns and preferences of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to whom it is provided;

  • Enhance the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in determining, developing and delivering policies and programs relating to Aboriginal housing;

  • Ensure that priority is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people most in need;

  • Ensure that the available supply of housing is shared equitably among Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders who are most in need;

  • Increase the range of housing choices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reflect the diversity of individual and community needs;

  • Ensure that registered Aboriginal housing organisations are accountable, effective and skilled in the delivery of Aboriginal housing programs and services;

  • Ensure that the AHO's housing programs and services are administered efficiently and in co-ordination with other programs and services that are provided to assist Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders;

  • Encourage the sustainable employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the delivery of Aboriginal housing assistance.

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