ACHIA – a strong voice for Aboriginal Community Housing Providers

ACHIA Membership

The Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association (ACHIA NSW) is the new peak body for Aboriginal Community Housing Providers in NSW. The purpose of ACHIA is to be the industry body for Aboriginal Community Housing Providers in NSW and in doing so, to:

  • promote the human rights of all Aboriginal people in NSW to decent, affordable and secure housing;
  • promote the right of all Aboriginal people to self-determination, including the right to choose a culturally appropriate social landlord;
  • develop and support public policy which promotes a more just housing system for Aboriginal people in NSW;
  • in partnership with counterpart organisations across Australia, develop and promote policy at a national level for housing justice and self-determination for Aboriginal people;
  • support the development of best practice in the provision of housing for Aboriginal people by encouraging networking and collaboration between Aboriginal Community Housing Providers; and
  • support the provision of culturally appropriate housing by mainstream community housing providers.

Since the launch of the process by our former Housing Minister Brad Hazzard on 9 December 2016 the interim committee has been working on details to bring to the sector for further consultation.

In the last few months the committee has:

  • developed a Charter, a work plan and strategic priorities;
  • developed a funding proposal to seek funding for the establishment and ongoing running costs of ACHIA;
  • mapped various models for the constitution and how ACHIA would be set up;
  • held network meetings to consult with the wider Aboriginal community housing sector about what the peak should work on and how it should be organised and
  • increased the number of ACHPs who are CHIA members

At the same time, ACHIA has been working hard to raise the new peak with stakeholders and increase the Aboriginal community housing sector’s profile with all levels of government, so that Aboriginal housing is not just seen as a specialist area dealt with by specialist agencies. There is much more to be done, but a start has been made.

For example:

  • getting Aboriginal housing specifically recognised in Shoalhaven Council’s affordable housing plan.
  • setting up a dialogue between the sector and representatives from across the political spectrum;
  • starting to explore the opportunity with NSW government agencies, such as the Future Directions NGO Partners Reference Group, to consider Aboriginal affordable housing development;
  • ensuring submissions to Federal and State government policy initiatives take full account of Aboriginal housing and,
  • forging international links.

We are launching the next stage of the group’s development and will be holding elections to the committee before the end of 2018. Before them we will be consulting with the sector on your priorities and developing a new strategic plan.

If you have any comments or if you’d like to get in touch, please email achia@communityhousing.org.au

Artist:  Nathan Peckham (profile)

From desert land to the rolling hills. From the flat bushland to our lush coast line.

My intention was to illustrate the vast size and diversity of the land and our people. I hoped to design a symbol that would resonate through our people and remind us that while our communities and nations are unique and different, we share a common goal of a better future for our children and a prosperous road ahead for our culture. The rock like shapes signify the commonalities that we share within our communities and culture, while the different symbols within them show the how very different this land of ours is and further exemplify the diversity within our mobs.

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