Aboriginal Housing Office

The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) is focused on delivering better housing choices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW.

We are 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.

We are governed by an all-Aboriginal Board, which provides advice to the Minister for Housing on Aboriginal housing issues in NSW.

In addition, we manage and coordinate an annual capital works program, along with developing and implementing financial and resourcing strategies.

Our responsibilities

Under the Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 (NSW), we have the following statutory objectives:

  • Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to quality, affordable housing.
  • Ensure that housing is appropriate to the social and cultural requirements, living patterns and preferences of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to whom it is provided.
  • Enhance the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in determining, developing and delivering policies and programs relating to Aboriginal housing.
  • Ensure that priority is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people most in need.
  • Ensure that the available supply of housing is shared equitably among Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders who are most in need.
  • Increase the range of housing choices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reflect the diversity of individual and community needs.
  • Ensure that registered Aboriginal housing organisations are accountable, effective and skilled in the delivery of Aboriginal housing programs and services.
  • Ensure that the AHO's housing programs and services are administered efficiently and in co-ordination with other programs and services that are provided to assist Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • Encourage the sustainable employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the delivery of Aboriginal housing assistance.

Our Board

The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) Board advises the Minister for the Department of Family & Community Services (FACS) on policies and strategic direction and has defined responsibilities.

The AHO Board currently comprises nine members, including the Chairperson and the AHO Chief Executive (CE) who is an ex-officio member. The Board's primary role is to determine AHO policies – that the Minister ultimately approves – which enable the AHO, as part of FACS, to implement and deliver accessible, affordable and quality housing strategies that meet the social and cultural requirements of Aboriginal people in NSW.

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