About us

Aboriginal Housing Northern Territory (AHNT) Aboriginal Corporation is the community-controlled peak body for Aboriginal housing in the Northern Territory.

Housing is hard, here

The geography of the Northern Territory makes it expensive and logistically challenging to provide housing and related services. The land mass is 1.3 million square kilometres, and around 80,000 Aboriginal people live in 4 urban centres, 73 remote communities and over 500 homelands/outstations.

It’s a tough time

Right now, there are too few houses, and many of them are very run-down, and no good culturally or climatically. Realising our vision of Aboriginal housing in Aboriginal hands will require a sustained effort on multiple fronts to change the system of Aboriginal housing.

In the Northern Territory, a lot of people are homeless – 12 times more (per capita) than the rest of Australia – and most homeless people are Aboriginal. That’s why many Aboriginal houses are severely overcrowded, which puts more pressure on the house hardware and makes things break more often. Overcrowding is itself a form of homelessness.

Big change is needed

All those factors combine to limit health, education and employment prospects for Aboriginal people. We must change the system – a fact that is recognised in the ambitious plan to Close the Gap, to which both Territory and Commonwealth governments are signatories.

We work together

AHNT works with the four Northern Territory land councils, the Northern Territory and Australian governments, our members and other stakeholders in the housing sector to influence policy, improve practice and promote agency and transparency in decision-making around Aboriginal housing.

We are driven

We have an incredible responsibility – and privilege – to help bring about long-lasting, meaningful change for Aboriginal people, who will benefit from a strong and prosperous Aboriginal housing sector.

Key documents

Read on to learn about our:

or browse our reports, submissions, policy positions, newsletters, media releases and other papers below:

  • Newsletter 3

    …featuring a callout for people wanting to speak at the 2024 Aboriginal housing and homelands conference. Read the…

  • The solution is Aboriginal-led

    AHNT’s submission to the National Housing and Homelessness Plan includes 11 recommendations. Download the submission (PDF 327kb).

  • Report of the 2023 Remote Housing and Homelands conference

    Report, recommendations and next steps after the AHNT-hosted Remote Housing and Homelands conference held 18 to 20 April…

This is Aboriginal land

We work with deep respect for country and its rightful owners, ancestors and elders, past and present.
Please be aware that our site includes names and images of people who have passed.

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