Tenancies & applications
How to apply for housing
To apply for accommodation through the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO):
- An applicant must meet the criteria for eligibility for a place on the HNSW Housing Register.
- Having been accepted, the applicant then needs to obtain and provide Confirmation of Aboriginality to be eligible for the AHO's Housing Register.
Once housed in either a mainstream Housing NSW (HNSW) or Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) property, the new tenant will be classified on the registers of both organisations as being suitably housed.
Transfers & mutual exchange
Tenants of HNSW can apply for a transfer or mutually exchange to another property for a number of reasons, such as a change in their circumstances making their existing property or location no longer suitable.
It is important that tenants provide supporting documentation for their application.
Succession of tenancy
An application for a tenant to pass on the registration of a tenancy to another household member can usually only be accepted if they had both been living at the property at the time. However, in some cases, succession may be granted to an Aboriginal person who was not a member of the tenant's household.
For example, where an association to the property can be clearly established.
If an application for succession of tenancy to an AHO property has been declined by HNSW, the decision will be referred to AHO for the final determination. In reviewing HNSW's decision, the AHO ensures that all policies have been adhered to, and will take into consideration cultural ties to the property, area and community.
Review of decisions (Appeal)
AHO and HNSW tenants who have had an application declined can ask for the decision to be reviewed.