Today we celebrate the start of NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme Keep the fire burning! Blak, Loud and Proud.

Fire symbolises First Nations peoples’ connection to Country, each other, and their vibrant and enduring traditions.

Homes Tasmania acknowledges Tasmanian Aboriginal communities, their culture and their rights as the first peoples of this Land, the island of lutruwita/Tasmania and we pay our respects to our Tasmanian Aboriginal colleagues and recognise their proud identity, culture and Aboriginal rights.

Included in our portfolio is dedicated Aboriginal housing for 336 households, with many more Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander households accommodated in the mainstream portfolio.

Regional Aboriginal Tenancy Allocation Panels (ATAPs) help Homes Tasmania and our community housing partners to make culturally appropriate allocations to Aboriginal housing properties.

Homes Tasmania extends our thanks to members past and present for their input into allocating safe, secure and appropriate housing for Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

Homes Tasmania is also proud to work with Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Inc (FIAAI) and Cape Barren Island Aboriginal Association (CBIAA) over many years to deliver social housing and infrastructure services to the Islands. These two Aboriginal housing organisations manage almost 100 homes across the Bass Strait islands.

'Staff from Homes Tasmania recently met with the FIAA and visited homes managed on behalf of Homes Tasmania and to see the future plans for social housing. The image above is a property owned by Homes Tasmania and managed by FIAA.'

Homes Tasmania is committed to providing housing services that respond to the diverse needs of Tasmanians and are culturally appropriate. We are working the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Closing the Gap Peak on  a state-wide Aboriginal Housing Review. This will develop a creative, holistic, and culturally responsive state-wide Aboriginal Housing Policy and Action Plan and is part of Tasmania’s commitment to Closing the Gap.

You can read more about our Aboriginal housing policy at the Homes Tasmania website - Homes Tasmania - Aboriginal housing

To apply for social housing, including Aboriginal housing, or for information on any housing assistance, contact Housing Connect on 1800 800 588.

NAIDOC Week is 7 – 14 July 2024. To find out more about NAIDOC week and to get involved in events in your area, visit 2024 NAIDOC week theme - 'Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud' | NAIDOC

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