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

Minister’s Roundtable tackles the key issues in Aboriginal Housing

Minister Goward

Indigenous peak bodies, key stakeholders, executives of Aboriginal organisations and Aboriginal Community Housing Providers met with the Aboriginal Housing Office at the Ministers Roundtable on October 4 to discuss the new Aboriginal Housing Strategy.

 Hosted by the Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward, the roundtable provided the platform for discussions around key issues facing the sector.

The Roundtable focussed on four ‘Strategic Pillars’ for the new strategy: 

  • Evidenced based demand for housing
  • Better support and opportunities through partnerships
  • Strengthening the Aboriginal housing sector
  • Better understanding through evaluation and data

 Ms Goward said that it was time to change the thinking when it came to providing housing for Aboriginal people.

“We need to accelerate partnerships, not only between Government agencies, but also with the non-government sector to ensure that we are providing more opportunities for Aboriginal people to access services that could be life changing,” Ms Goward said.  

“The new Aboriginal Housing Strategy will provide a plan of action for the Aboriginal Housing sector with a focus on strengthening the sector and providing support and opportunity for Aboriginal tenants and their families.”

Ms Goward facilitated a number of important discussions at the roundtable around the need for more flexible approaches for tenancy management; the need for ACHPs to further develop case management roles and a strong program of capacity building;  development of wrap around services; better data collection; and challenges faced by remote and rural communities.

Shane Hamilton, Chief Executive of the AHO said sector consultation was key in the development of a new strategy for the AHO.

“An Aboriginal Housing Strategy for NSW will not be effective without a whole of government commitment and crucially, the support of the Aboriginal Housing Sector working in partnership with the AHO to achieve better outcomes for tenants,” he said.

Deputy Executive Director of Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Dr Michael Fotheringham presented research on Aboriginal housing circumstances, risks factors and wellbeing indicators, home ownership and sector consultation. Links between housing and prosperity Aboriginal housing in NSW will be used to inform the strategy.

Insights and discussion from the roundtable will be used to inform the development of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Strategy, as will input from the ‘Doing Things Differently’: Aboriginal Housing Conference held on 26-27 September.