New South Wales Government Family & Community Services - Aboriginal Housing Office

Registration of Interest


The AHO Registration of Interest (s.21) Policy outlines the legislative obligations of the AHO and Aboriginal housing providers under the Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 (the Act), to register a Section 21 (s.21) interest in land and dwellings under certain circumstances.

Section 21 interest is a legal instrument available to the AHO to help protect the investment in housing assets. It ensures that the land, or the investment made in land, is used for the intended purpose of providing social housing for Aboriginal people and ensures ongoing supply into the future.

An s.21 interest on property means that if an Aboriginal organisation wishes to sell, transfer or otherwise deal with the land, it must first receive consent from the AHO. Refer to the AHO Registration of Interest (s.21) Policy  for further information.

It will apply on land:

  • where properties have received some form of backlog maintenance or refurbishment works from the AHO
  • which the AHO has purchased, and then transferred or sold to an Owning Organisation
  • that the AHO has constructed on, and then transferred or sold to an Owning Organisation.

The Policy also provides guidance on the circumstances and processes regarding the registration and removal of an s.21 interest.

For more detailed information read the AHO Registration of Interest (s.21) Policy and our Frequently Asked Questions.

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