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


The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) has achieved some significant milestones with the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH) that will pave the way for more changes and improvements for Aboriginal community housing.

The NPARIH implementation started in 2009-2010 and the AHO continues to meet targets for the provision of housing for Aboriginal people in NSW. Since June 2014 the AHO has delivered:

    • Thumbnail of ARIA Remoteness in NSW map153 new dwellings in remote and very remote NSW.

    • 75 Employment Related Accommodation (ERA) dwellings in major regional centres to house people moving from remote communities for employment, education or training.

    • Refurbishment of 733 properties owned and managed by Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHP).

    • The construction of four Safe House complexes in Lightning Ridge, Wilcannia, Bourke and Exit Housing in Walgett.

    • The Remote Aboriginal Home Ownership Pilot.
    • Funding of a range of tenant support and education initiatives such as the:

      -  “Yes I Can” literacy campaign in Wilcannia (pilot), Bourke, and Engonnia.

      Happy Healthy Homes Kit for residents of new and refurbished homes,

      - Social Comic development workshops held in Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Bourke, Enngonia and Collarenebri allow tenants in remote areas to build a picture of life in their community and to weave key housing issues into a story that is written by the community for the community, 

      - Tenant Support and Education Program (TSEP). Tenant support in NSW is focused on those tenants who may be at risk of homelessness, who are engaged with multiple service systems or who may be at risk of eviction. The AHO formalised and implemented a suite of approaches that provide comprehensive geographic coverage for the delivery of TSEP,

      - Capacity Building and Business Development. 41 Approved Providers have engaged in Capacity Building. 18 providers are implementing their project plan, 22 providers are undertaking 2 day workshops with consultants and one provider has completed the program; and

      - The ongoing development of programs for tenants in remote and very remote NSW.

Enjoy a Happy Home

Happy Homes bookletThe AHO's free downloadable booklet 'Happy Homes' has lots of great ideas for tenants for creating a safe living environment for families, and information on what to do in case of an emergency such as a fire, and how to keep pests out and your children safe.


Safe houses

Safe Houses
Safe houses provide crisis accommodation, transitional housing and long-term housing for Aboriginal women and children affected by domestic and family violence. The Bourke Women's Safe house accommodation (pictured) is managed by Compass Housing under the auspices of the Women's Refuge Movement.