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.
An organisation registered with the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) to provide subsidised rental accommodation for Aboriginal people. More info...
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.
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).
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.
Defined under the Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 (NSW) as the provision of funding (direct or indirect), housing or other assistance.
Defined as the repairs and maintenance program on dwellings in non-remote NSW.
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...
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...
A model of community housing based on mixed-income eligibility, tenant management and co-operative principles.
Short-term accommodation (generally three months or less) for people who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness.
A financial transaction whereby the AHO directly funds an Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP).
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.
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...
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...
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.
A financial transaction where the AHO pays funding to a third party for the benefit of the Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP).
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...
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...
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...
Owns and is responsible for the management of the state’s portfolio of some 144,000 social housing dwellings. More info...
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).
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).
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).
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...
Defined as the repair and maintenance in remote and very remote NSW.
Independent statutory officer responsible for the registration and regulation of Aboriginal Community Housing Provider (ACHP).
Subsidised rental accommodation for people on very low or low income that meet the required eligibility criteria.
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.
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.
Short-term (generally from three to 18 months) housing for people moving away from crisis accommodation.
The Aboriginal housing sector, as with any specialist field, sometimes uses terminology that may be unfamiliar to the general public.