Our members set the rules (748kb PDF) that govern what AHNT does, why and how. As at December 2023, 16 Aboriginal housing organisations are full members – and we expect that number will grow.
Through their own governing body, each of those corporate members appoints a person to represent them in the peak body. From that pool of appointed representatives, the members then elect directors to serve on the AHNT board of directors.
We listen and answer to the members
We hold two meetings each year to report to the members and hear what’s happening in their organisation and community. One is the annual general meeting (AGM) in November; the other is earlier in the year. Supporting our members is one of our core duties as a peak body.
If your organisation is non-profit, Aboriginal community-controlled and providing housing or related services operating primarily in the NT, we invite you to join us (PDF, 156 kb). Together we are stronger.
Below we introduce each of our full members. The four land councils operating in the NT are associate members. All members are committed to AHNT’s objectives.
Tangentyere Council set up Community Housing Central Australia (CHCA) in 2009 after the federal government’s intervention into Northern Territory administration, which would have transferred management of housing and tenants in Alice Springs’ town camps to the Territory government. But Tangentyere negotiated to maintain community control and created Central Australian Affordable Housing Company – now CHCA – to manage houses and tenants in town camps. CHCA is registered under NRSCH and manages its own properties – a mix of affordable, seniors and supported housing. CHCA is a founding member of AHNT.
Registered in 2016, Demed Aboriginal Corporation serves Aboriginal people in about 40 homelands immediately west of Gunbalanya (AKA Oenpelli), working to maintain houses and provide essential services. In 2022 its joint venture with Dice won a 3-year territory government contract to construct, refurbish and upgrade housing infrastructure around Gunbalanya under the Room to Breathe program. Demed is a founding member of AHNT.
In 1985 traditional owners of land north of Alice Springs set up Ingkerreke Services Aboriginal Corporation to provide Aboriginal people with the services they need to maintain a healthy and sustainable lifestyle on their homelands. Today Ingkerreke serves 51 homelands in Central Australia, providing municipal and essential services, doing repairs, maintenance and capital works; training staff in all its work; and advocating for residents. Ingkerreke is a founding member of AHNT.
Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation was established in 1989 and provides a range of housing, community and commercial services in Tennant Creek and the broader Barkly region. As well as housing for Aboriginal people, and support and advocacy for tenants, Julalikari has a construction arm that does repairs and maintenance. Julalikari is NRSCH-registered and the preferred provider to test Central Land Council’s new model for remote community housing that would see public housing transferred to Aboriginal community control. Julalikari is a founding member of AHNT.
Over the past 40+ years, Kalano Community Association has served the population of about 15 thousand Aboriginal people in and around Katherine. The area has an extremely high number of homeless people, so Kalano’s community housing and social services are in high demand. Kalano does repairs, maintenance, renovations and upgrades on its 73 houses and is actively seeking funding to build new houses to alleviate homelessness and overcrowding. Kalano is a founding member of AHNT.
Based in Yirrkala, Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation (Laynhapuy) supports homelands established on traditional clan lands from the early 1970s. Laynhapuy was established in 1985 and today it serves 30 homelands with a population of about 1100 Yolngu residents and about 300 regular visitors, doing maintenance, essential and municipal services as well as plumbing, carpentry and electrical repairs. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ganybu Housing Aboriginal Corporation, constructs houses for Aboriginal people and advocates on their behalf through a strategic alliance with design and construction firms. Laynhapuy is a founding member of AHNT.
Established in 1983 and based in Borroloola, Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation serves 4 town camps and 20 homelands with a population of more than 700 Indigenous people in Gulf Country and the Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands. Over the years it has grown to be the largest employer in greater Borroloola, with a strong financial base, purchasing land and constructing houses and other infrastructure. Its operations today include a sea ranger unit, art centre, radio station, aged care, safe house and childcare. Mabunji is a proud founding member of AHNT.
Ngaliwurru-Wuli Aboriginal Corporation (NWAC) formed in 1988 to serve as a homelands resource centre in the Big Rivers region west of Katherine. Based in Timber Creek, NWAC provides municipal and essential services to 13 communities and homelands, including around 480 residents in 133 houses. With carpenters, plumbers, painters, steel fabricators and an electrician on staff, NWAC also regularly contracts to the Northern Territory Government to construct and maintain infrastructure. NWAC joined AHNT in 2022.
Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation (Ngurratjuta) was established in 1985 by 7 communities impacted by oil and gas mining at Mereenie and Palm Valley. Today its member communities include Haasts Bluff, Papunya, Mount Liebig, Kintore and Nyirripi along with many small homelands such as Mbunghara and Warren Creek, to which it provides resources. Njurratjuta joined AHNT in 2023.
Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation was established in the early 1970s to help Aboriginal people secure legal tenure over the land they lived on in and around Alice Springs, as well as to gain housing and municipal services. Now, its operations are diverse and include Tangentyere Design and Tangentyere Constructions, tenancy support and municipal services. Tangentyere is a founding member of AHNT.
Set up in 1981 and located in Arlparra – at the Sandover River about 300km north-east of Alice Springs – Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation serves around 440 people living on 17 homelands. It repairs and maintains houses, bores and other infrastructure; provides municipal and community services; and manages the world-renowned Utopia art centre. Urapuntja joined AHNT in 2022.
Yapa-Kurlangu Ngurrara Aboriginal Corporation (YKNAC) is a Warlpiri organisation based in Yuendumu. Established in 2015, it maintains and upgrades homelands infrastructure in the Tanami region. It is also seeking to extend its essential services work and to set up a construction arm. YKNAC joined AHNT in 2022.
Photo credit: North East Arnhem landscape by Cath Styles.