High Cost Community Support Payments (HCCSP)

What are High Cost Community Support Payments (HCCPS)?

Our earlier ‘Build & Grow’ subsidy payments model ended on 30 June 2020. However, the AHO’s ongoing commitment to supporting the Aboriginal Sector has not changed and ‘Transition Support Payments’ were brought into place while the AHO worked in partnership with ACHIA and NSWALC to design a new model to support high costs relating to the provision of Aboriginal social housing.

Reason for Change

The old model for distributing subsidies worked on averages across all portfolios and did not factor in any increased costs due to the rise in the CPI.
The new model the AHO is building with the Sector provides payments based on a rolling 3-year average for an individual portfolio with adjustments for any increased costs where required.

Delivery Approach

PHASE 1 — FY 21/22

Reimburse — Pilot Delivery
  • Mid-Year Evaluation (December 2021)
  • Go/No Go Model for FY 22/23 implementation (March 2022)

When is the transition year ending?

The Transition year was brought in to replace Build & Grow Subsidies from 1 July 2020 and has remained in place to allow for collaboration and consultation with the sector to ensure the new model better meets their needs. 

To facilitate this, the AHO has extended Transition Support Payments until 30 June 2022 to allow time to consult with individual ACHPs who currently receive Transition Support Payments.


During the pilot year (FY 21-22), the AHO is testing the new model with 3 ACHPs to better understand the practical impacts of the new model.

There is one pilot participant from each of the three AHO regions:

  • Sydney South East Region: SEARMS Aboriginal Corporation
  • Northern Region: Many Rivers Regional Housing Management Services Aboriginal Corporation
  • Western Region: Murdi Paaki Regional Housing Corporation Ltd


The AHO are currently working closely with our pilot participants to test assumptions, implications, and various other aspects of the practical application of the new HCCSP model. The pilot year is critical for the AHO to ensure accurate and timely receipt of data for testing the HCCSP model not only for pilot participants but for all providers in general.

Hear from one of our pilot participants, Many Rivers, below.


Further information about HCCSP is available below.

  • acknowledge

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work and pay our respects to the Elders, both past and present.

Apology to the Stolen Generations