Housing words and their meaning

  • Housing leased to low income earners at a below market-rate rent, where the difference is paid by the government.
  • if a house is beyond economic repair it is in such a poor state that it is not worth fixing. It is cheaper to knock it down and rebuild.
  • where Aboriginal people make the important decisions
  • housing that is managed for the benefit of the community, sometimes in cooperation with residents
  • non-government organisation that manages and maintains rental housing for the benefit of the community rather than for profit. The CHP might own the property or might manage it on behalf of another entity.
  • Land carved out from a pastoral lease for Aboriginal people to live on.
  • Government-owned land
  • power, water and sewerage
  • If you have freehold title you own the land and everything on it and can do what you want with it, without restriction (other than those imposed by local planning or environmental laws).
  • a remote place where a small population of Aboriginal people live, on lands to which they have traditional or historical ties. In some parts of the Territory the term 'outstation' is used instead of 'homeland'.
  • public structures and services such as roads; airstrips; streetlights; bridges; drains; septic systems; community solar systems and communications technologies
  • The four land councils of the Northern Territory – Northern, Central, Tiwi and Anindilyakwa – were established under the (Commonwealth) Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, as independent statutory authorities. Their role is to support traditional owners when they are asked to negotiate with governments and companies over projects on their land, and to issue permits to enter and act on Aboriginal land.
  • A lease is an agreement between a land or property owner and a person or organisation using or occupying it. It has start and end dates and specifies the rights and obligations of both parties. Unfortunately, leases are often too long and complex to be useful as a reference.
  • a settlement created by a church or a religious individual to house Aboriginal people, convert them to Christianity and prepare them for menial jobs. Land could be granted by the government for this purpose.
  • public space management, including parks and animals, rubbish removal and recycling, maintenance of roads, drains and paths
  • see 'homeland'
  • housing owned and managed by the government, and offered to eligible people (eg people on low incomes or with other challenging conditions or circumstances)
  • a parcel of land set aside for Aboriginal people to live on. People living on a reserve might receive rations and blankets from the Territory government but often remained responsible for their own housing.
  • a lease that traditional owners must obtain from a land council before they are allowed to build housing on their homelands
  • an umbrella term for public and community housing
  • a place within an established town, or on its edge, where Aboriginal people live in temporary or permanent dwellings
  • The Australian Government brought township leasing to the Northern Territory in 2006 by creating section 19A in the Aboriginal Land Rights Act. The idea was to strengthen tenure, to attract investment and enable home ownership in Aboriginal communities.
  • a person recognised as a descendant or adoptee in relation to particular lands and waters; also known as a traditional custodian or rightful owner

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