Supporting our members

Benefits of belonging

AHNT members control the organisation. The members elect the directors; the directors govern; and the staff manage the operations.

The members are all Aboriginal-controlled organisations. Each member can nominate for its representative to join the board of directors for a two-year term.

We host two formal members’ meetings each year.

We are open to hearing from members at any time – their experiences, questions, concerns, feedback, suggestions and ideas. Listening to our members ensures that we have a good view of the sector and can best represent it in our advocacy and policy work. Sometimes we advocate for a particular member.

Storytelling

AHNT staff keep in touch with members to share news of Aboriginal housing and the broader contexts in which it is provided, managed and experienced. Our newsletters celebrate progress and identify challenges and opportunities.

Sector strengthening

On this site we compile research reports, strategies, policies and other papers about Aboriginal housing. And we provide various ways to keep up with what’s happening in the field.

We also:

  • host an annual conference for networking and exchange, and
  • as needed, arrange other workshops to support Aboriginal housing organisations to grow stronger.

Small grants program

For two years (July 2022 to June 2024) AHNT administered a small grants program to strengthen the Aboriginal community housing sector. We will seek further funding to continue this program. A few successful projects are described below.

  • Ngurratjuta Aboriginal Corporation used their grant to engage a consultant to support their process of registering under NRSCH – and as of February 2024, Ngurratjuta is registered.
  • Wilya Janta used grant to support a Warumungu trip to Central Arnhem to see some houses that were self-built by community members in the 1980s and to talk about good design for climate and culture.
Warumungu people, a Rembarrnga man and architects and engineers sit outside a community-built house at Barapunta homeland.
  • Ngaliwurru-Wuli Aboriginal Corporation used their grant to send board members to a governance training course.
Four Aboriginal people at a table look at cards representing different parts of a corporate structure.

Browse the below events, resources and grants for ways to further strengthen your organisation or community.

Events

  • Training in community housing work

    Community Housing Industry Association of New South Wales (CHIA NSW) offers accredited training, cadetships and a range of professional development opportunities for people working and…

  • Aboriginal Housing and Homelands conference 2024

    Save the date and consider speaking at our 2024 conference in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

  • Conference on homelessness in Australia

    Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute holds its next conference on homelessness from 13 to 14 August 2024 in Adelaide. The call for abstracts is…

  • Major gathering to rethink housing

    Key workers and stakeholders are gathering to untangle complex issues of homelessness; crowded houses; impoverished homelands; and beleaguered town camps and community living areas. Read…

Resources

  • Cool living in a hot, dry climate

    A resource about making Central Australian houses more comfortable to live in.

  • Collaborative design in Kalkarindji

    In 2018 Bower Studios (A University of Melbourne initiative that involves Master of Architecture students in projects to consult, design and build in remote locations)…

  • Guide to managing Aboriginal housing assets and tenants

    New South Wales’ Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association offers an 8-module guide for Aboriginal community housing providers (CHPs).

  • Anindilyakwa housing program guidelines

    Anindilyakwa Housing Aboriginal Corporation undertook an extensive project to map out their whole process of providing housing. The idea was to empower the community to…

  • Co-designing with community

    In this article, Andrew Broffman and Kieran Wong describe the shortcomings of current community engagement practices and propose that the principles of critical cartography suggest…

Grants

  • Grants to do a VET course

    Northern Territory Government offers grants for regional and remote communities to train workers to do local projects. People looking for work are eligible for funding…

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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