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

Terms & definitions

This glossary includes explanations and descriptions of terms, organisations, structures and systems widely referred to in information provided by the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO).

Additionally, there are definitions for some words and phrases that have a specific meaning within the context of Aboriginal housing.


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Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP)

An organisation registered with the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) to provide subsidised rental accommodation for Aboriginal people. More info...

 

Aboriginal person

Defined under the Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 (NSW) as a person who is a member of the Aboriginal race of Australia, and identifies and is accepted by, the Aboriginal community as such.

 

Affordable housing

Defined as subsidised rental accommodation for people on a very low, low or moderate income managed in accordance with the NSW Affordable Housing Guidelines (PDF).

 

AHO assistance agreement

Contractual arrangement setting out the terms on which the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) will provide assistance to an Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP) to supply housing.

 

AHO housing register

The list of applicants eligible for Aboriginal public housing in NSW. Applications are made through Housing Pathways and the register is managed by Housing NSW (HNSW). More info...

 

ALRA

Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW).

 

Approved Provider

An Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP) registered to receive assistance from the AHO to manage its housing stock, having met the performance related criteria of PARS.

Before applying for registration, ACHPs must first be registered under the NSW Regulatory Code, the AHO’s PARS or NSWALC’s SHAPE. More info...

 

Assistance

Defined under the Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 (NSW) as the provision of funding (direct or indirect), housing or other assistance.  

 

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Backlog maintenance program

Defined as the repairs and maintenance program on dwellings in non-remote NSW.

 

Build & Grow Aboriginal Community housing strategy

The Aboriginal Housing Office’s (AHO) 10-year program of reforms and initiatives launched in February 2010 to assist the Aboriginal community housing sector to achieve financial viability, sustainability and independence. More info...

 

Build & Grow rent

The property rent or household rent charged by the Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP) under the Build & Grow Rent Policy. More info...

 

Build & Grow rent calculator

Developed by the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) to assist an Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP) in calculating the household rent or property rent for each tenancy. More info...

 

Build & Grow rent policy

The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) policy detailing the rent-setting requirements for Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHP). More info...

 

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Capacity Building & Business Development

A program under Build & Grow providing support with resources, workshops, grants and advice to help an Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP) develop more effective business practices. More info...

 

Capped rent

Charged by the Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP) while the tenant is transitioning to household rent or property rent, as defined in the Build & Grow rent policy.

 

Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA)

A Centrelink payment made to people renting in non-government housing or private rental to help them meet rental costs. More info...

 

Community & Private Market Housing (CAPMH)

The primary relationship and contract manager of community housing providers in NSW. The CAPMH directorate is a business unit of Housing NSW (HNSW). More info...

 

Community housing provider

An organisation that receives assistance from the NSW Land & Housing Corporation to provide housing for people on very low, low and moderate incomes, or with additional needs. More info...

 

Co-operative housing

A model of community housing based on mixed-income eligibility, tenant management and co-operative principles.

 

Crisis accommodation

Short-term accommodation (generally three months or less) for people who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness.

 

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Direct funding

A financial transaction whereby the AHO directly funds an Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP).

 

Discrete community

Former reserves or ex-missions that were largely transferred to Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) through the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW).

A small number are managed by other entities, such as Aboriginal Corporations. They are defined under the Act as being located on community title, not groups of houses in a part of a town, and permanently inhabited by Aboriginal people, with housing or infrastructure owned or managed by an Aboriginal organisation on a community basis.

 

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Employment Related Accommodation (ERA)

A program under National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH) providing accommodation to enable Aboriginal individuals and families from remote areas to study or work in a regional centre. More info...

 

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Headleasing

Process by which Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHP) agree to have properties they own managed or subleased to another housing provider through the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO), in return for funding to cover maintenance, refurbishment and other costs. More info...

 

Household rent

A rent charged by an Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP) in line with the rates set out in the Build & Grow rent policy.

 

Housing Pathways

The single application procedure for social housing and private rental assistance from Housing NSW (HNSW), the AHO and participating community housing providers. More info...

 

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Income bands

The Housing Regulation 2009 defines very low, low and moderate incomes as:
Very low - Less than 50 percent of the median household income for Sydney or the rest of NSW, as applicable.
Low - Between 50 and 80 percent of the median household income for Sydney or the rest of NSW, as applicable.
Moderate - Between 80 and 120 percent of the median household income for Sydney or the rest of NSW, as applicable.

 

Indirect funding

A financial transaction where the AHO pays funding to a third party for the benefit of the Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP).

 

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Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC)

A network of 119 local organisations operating under the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) and constituted by the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) to manage support services delivered to Aboriginal communities. More info...

 

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National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH)

The agreement through which the Australian Government provides funding to the NSW Government to address shortages, overcrowding, backlog maintenance and refurbishment of social housing, as well as homelessness and the provision of Employment Related Accommodation (ERA) to remote Indigenous communities. More info...

 

NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC)

Constituted under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) to assist in the acquisition and protection of culturally significant and economically viable land, in the interests of the Aboriginal community. More info...

 

NSW Housing Register

The list managed by Housing NSW (HNSW) of eligible applicants through Housing Pathways for social housing. More info...

 

NSW Land & Housing Corporation (LHC)

Owns and is responsible for the management of the state’s portfolio of some 144,000 social housing dwellings. More info...

 

NSW Regulatory Code

The code outlined in the Housing Regulation 2009 with which Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHP) must comply and demonstrate sufficient skills in tenancy management, asset management, governance and housing development, in order to receive assistance from Housing NSW (HNSW).

 

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Performance assessment system

A generic term for processes such as PARS, the Housing Regulation 2009 and NSWALC’s SHAPE system through which Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHP) can achieve Approved Provider or registration status with the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO).

 

Property rent

Charged by the Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHP) under the Build & Grow rent policy, and calculated according to the Housing NSW's quarterly local market rent report. In communities where no market exists (such as those defined as remote, very remote, outer regional and discrete) it is set by the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO).

 

Provider Assessment Registration System (PARS)

The system for assessing an Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHP) eligibility to receive assistance from the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) by either headleasing properties they own or being registered as an Approved Provider. More info...

 

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Refurbishment program

Defined as the repair and maintenance in remote and very remote NSW.

 

Registrar of Community Housing

Independent statutory officer responsible for the registration and regulation of Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP).

The registrar administers a regulatory code under the Housing Regulation 2009 and an amendment to the Housing Act 2001 (NSW). More info...

 

 

Rent Gap Subsidy

A subsidy that covers the cost difference between the capped rent and the Build & Grow rent for an eligible property. More info...

 

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Social housing

Subsidised rental accommodation for people on very low or low income that meet the required eligibility criteria.

 

Social Housing Approval & Provider Evaluation (SHAPE)

NSWALC's system that assesses a social housing scheme's suitability for leasing directly to tenants. More info...

 

Social housing scheme

Defined under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) as residential accommodation acquired or provided by (or on behalf of) a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) for Aboriginal persons.

 

Sublease Capacity Subsidy

A subsidy to assist an Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP) in the management of subleased properties. More info...

 

Subleased property

Properties headleased to the AHO and subleased to an ACHP.

 

Subsidy

Defined as a type of funding assistance provided to Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHP), including the Rent Gap Subsidy and Sublease Capacity Subsidy.

 

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Torres Strait Islander

Defined as a person who:
(a) is a descendant of an indigenous inhabitant of the Torres Strait area within the meaning of the Commonwealth Act, and
(b) identifies as a Torres Strait Islander, and
(c) is accepted by the Torres Strait Islander community as a Torres Strait Islander.

 

Transitional housing

Short-term (generally from three to 18 months) housing for people moving away from crisis accommodation.

 

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QuoteThe Aboriginal housing sector, as with any specialist field, sometimes uses terminology that may be unfamiliar to the general public.Quote-end

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