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 Water, Property and 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.
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.
Latest Annual Report
The AHO is pleased to launch our first Annual Report that is independent of a parent NSW Government agency.
Our Annual Report highlights the many achievements that we have delivered for Aboriginal communities in NSW throughout the 2020-21 financial year.
The report is an excellent reference for all the work that we do and a picture of our delivery against our ten-year strategy Strong Family, Strong Communities.
The AHO is providing real and sustained benefits for the NSW Aboriginal communities. Chief Executive, Jody Broun, said that, ‘I have been enormously proud to lead such a committed and professional organisation that strives to work respectfully and in partnership with communities, families and organisations.'