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

Subsidy policy

Background

Following review of the AHO Subsidy Policy in 2014, the AHO Interim Subsidy Policy was released.

The AHO Interim Subsidy Policy replaced the existing Subsidy Policy (which included Transitional Rent Gap, Base Capacity and Sublease Capacity Subsidies) and came into effect on 1 July 2015. Subsidies will be payable until June 2018, subject to available funding.

The AHO Interim Subsidy Policy is designed to allow ACHPs to continue to grow, prosper and remain financially viable. It consists of three subsidies:

Growth Subsidy Base: Available to Approved ACHPs registered with the AHO that have signed a Funding Agreement for their own properties, or a Management Agreement for AHO-owned properties, prior to March 2011.

The Approved ACHP must be applying the Build and Grow Rent Policy.

Growth Subsidy Non Remote: Available to Approved ACHPs registered with the AHO that have signed a Sublease Agreement with the AHO for the management of another provider’s property portfolio in non-remote localities. The Approved ACHP must be applying the Build and Grow Rent Policy.

Growth Subsidy Remote: Available to Approved ACHPs registered with the AHO that have signed a Sublease Agreement with the AHO for the management of another provider’s property portfolio in remote localities. The Approved ACHP must be applying the Build and Grow Rent Policy.

For more information about the growth subsidies, read our Interim Subsidy Policy Questions and Answers, or contact the AHO on 02 8836 9444.

In addition to the new growth subsidies, the AHO introduced the time-limited Infrastructure Subsidy to assist discrete communities that have entered into a Head Lease Agreement meet certain operational and existing infrastructure maintenance costs. For more information read the Infrastructure Subsidy Frequently Asked Questions.

A copy of the AHO Interim Subsidy Policy 2015 can be found here.

Subsidy policy update

The AHO is conducting a review and evaluation of the Interim Subsidy Policy. The objective of this review is to assess midpoint outcomes for the Interim Subsidy Policy, scheduled to conclude on 30 June 2018 and use the learnings to inform program improvements for the future.

AHO will be in touch with relevant managing providers to discuss and better understand information contained in Provider reports and to reconcile this information against provider financial records. If a visit to your office is required, the AHO will contact you in the coming months.

We look forward to working with Aboriginal Community Housing Providers to deliver options that ensure good outcomes for tenants of sector owned and AHO properties, owning and managing providers going forward.

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