Aboriginal Housing Office
|Statutory authority overview|
|Formed||24 July 1998|
|Jurisdiction||New South Wales|
|Annual budget||A$78 million (2011)|
|Minister responsible||Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Family and Community Services, and Minister for Women|
|Statutory authority executive||Paul Callaghan,
|Parent Statutory authority||NSW Department of Family and Community Services|
|Key document||Aboriginal Housing Act, 1998 (NSW)|
The NSW Aboriginal Housing Office is a statutory authority within NSW Department of Family and Community Services in the Government of New South Wales that is responsible for the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of programs and services to support Aboriginal people in meeting their housing needs in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
The authority was established pursuant to the Aboriginal Housing Act, 1998 (NSW) and is led by its Chief Executive, presently Paul Callaghan, who reports to an independent Board that is ultimately responsible to the Minister for Family and Community Services, presently the Hon. Pru Goward MP.
Purpose and function
In exercising its principal functions, the AHO is required to;
- liaise with other government agencies and non-government bodies in the delivery of Aboriginal housing programs and services,
- coordinate Aboriginal housing programs and services with other programs and services that are provided by government agencies (including Commonwealth agencies) and non-government bodies to assist Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders,
- develop priorities for Aboriginal housing programs and services in accordance with the objects of the Act,
- advise the Minister on Aboriginal housing policy,
- develop and implement strategies for the employment of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders in the delivery of Aboriginal housing programs and services.
The AHO works with the NSW Office of Community Housing and Housing NSW through their roles as complementary providers of social housing and their joint development of regional strategies for housing assistance. The AHO has contractual arrangements with Housing NSW for the provision of services including procurement, and tenancy and asset management.
The Aboriginal Housing Act (NSW) was passed by the Parliament of New South Wales on 26 June 1998 and the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office was established on 24 July 1998. The passing of the Act acknowledged the NSW Government’s commitment to the management, development and reform of the Aboriginal housing sector in NSW and established the AHO as the single administrative agency for delivering housing and housing-related programs across New South Wales.
- "NSW Aboriginal Housing Office". Annual Report 2010-11. Sydney: Department of Family and Community Services. 2011. pp. 17–27.
- Aboriginal Housing Office - website; NSW Government