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Strong Family, Strong Communities

Strong Family, Strong Communities is a ten-year plan to improve the well-being of NSW Aboriginal families and communities through housing.

Putting Families First:

  • Improving housing services with a focus on families
  • Partnering with human services (NGOs and health, justice, education and employment) so families thrive in their homes and communities

Strengthening the Aboriginal Housing Sector:

  • Working with Aboriginal community housing providers so they are well-regulated
  • Supporting providers to build their capacity and capability to provide better services for the future

Better Understanding:

  • Improving data collection, analysis and evaluation to better understand needs for the future and improve services and client experience

Listen & Yarn

  • The Aboriginal Housing Office has been Listening and Yarning with Aboriginal communities across NSW. We’ve been asking what is important when it comes to social housing.
  • Find out What We Heard PDF, 1492.87 KB

Where To From Here

  • Implementation Plan - What We Heard from Aboriginal people and families, communities and service providers has been used to develop the Strong Family, Strong Communities Implementation Plan PDF, 1973.9 KB. This Plan aims to provide stable housing for Aboriginal people and families and supports positive health, education and employment outcomes. It outlines what we heard and how we will respond.
  • What We Heard Community Visits - The AHO will be visiting communities across NSW to share what we heard, where to from here and talk about opportunities to partner with us. Find out where
  • Expression of Interest for Housing Providers – The AHO wants to work with Aboriginal Community Housing Providers who are interested in growing and diversifying their services for Aboriginal tenants and families. EOI is now open. Read More
  • Expression of Interest for a Leading Community Demonstration Site.

    The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) wants to work with you! We’re looking for an Aboriginal organisation who wants to improve the experience of a housing element along with another local social/community issue impacting their Aboriginal families and community.

    What it means for your community?

    The AHO would like to co-design a Leading Community Demonstration Pilot for a new wraparound service with one NSW Aboriginal community. We want to work with an Aboriginal organisation that has a strong connection with their community and who want to make a difference for their mob.We will also work with the selected Aboriginal organisation and their community to decide which other NSW government agency should partner with us to make the pilot as successful as possible. We want to show the benefits of government agencies partnering with local Aboriginal organisations and communities to co-design services that are community led.

    What Is the Pilot?

    The shape, type and model of the service hasn’t been decided yet because we want to co-design it with the selected Aboriginal organisation, community and one other government agency partner. That’s why we need your ideas on the type of services you think would work in your community. The successful Leading Community Demonstration Pilot host, community and other partners will begin collaboration and co-design activities in late 2019, so the new service could start in early 2020.

    How do we apply?

    Contact us via email or phone and we will send you all the information you need to apply for your Aboriginal organisation and community to host the pilot.

    For more information or to apply go to:

    Web: Strong Family, Strong Communities


    Phone: 0410440787

  • Expression of Interest for a Leading Community Demonstration Site.
  • The  Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) wants to work with a NSW Aboriginal community interested in improving the experience of housing and other social issues for their Aboriginal families and community.
  • Evidence & Data – The Aboriginal Housing Office has a range of evidence and data reports available which will be particularly useful for communities and organisations interested in submitting an expression of interest.

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