What we do
The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) is a statutory body established under the Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 (NSW) to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to affordable, quality housing.
The AHO is governed by an all-Aboriginal Board, which provides advice to the Minister for Housing on Aboriginal housing issues in NSW.
In addition, the AHO manages and coordinates an annual capital works program, along with developing and implementing financial and resourcing strategies.
Underpinning all planning is a strong commitment to the principles of self determination and self management, articulated through inclusive, fully consultative planning. At the same time, the AHO actively promotes employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, both within the AHO and through opportunities for tradespeople and trainees with contracted Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal building companies.
We are one of six divisions within the NSW Department of Family & Community Services and a part of the NSW Government support network that delivers services for those most in need in NSW.
The AHO is funded by the NSW and Australian governments to administer the state’s Aboriginal community housing assets.
We work in partnership with housing providers and Indigenous organisations to deliver effective policy and standards across four key performance areas:
- Housing services (Asset Management, and Tenancy Management).
- Strengthening the capacity of the Aboriginal housing sector.
- Relationship management.
- Corporate capability.
The AHO has four offices, including a head office in Parramatta, and three regional offices located in Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and Sydney.
To ensure every Aboriginal person in NSW has equal access to, and choice in, affordable housing.
We will achieve this vision by ensuring that we continue to provide support to a sustainable housing sector through accessible, culturally appropriate and affordable housing for the Aboriginal people of NSW.