In early 2010, the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) engaged the Registrar of Community Housing to establish and implement the Provider Assessment and Registration System (PARS). PARS is the registration system for Aboriginal community housing providers in NSW and is a core component of the Build and Grow Aboriginal Community Housing Strategy. It is one of the registration pathways for Aboriginal organisations providing community housing.
The system has been modelled on the Regulatory Code for Community Housing Providers and on the NSW Standards for Governance and Management of Aboriginal Housing (a copy of the standards can be found on the AHO website).
The Registrar's PARS team is responsible for undertaking registration assessments of Aboriginal community housing providers and making recommendations to the Chief Executive of the AHO on whether a provider should be approved, not approved. The Chief Executive is responsible for decisions about registration.
Under Part 5 of the Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 (NSW) eligible organisations may apply to the AHO for registration with the form and manner of application to be determined by the AHO. The AHO may register an organisation providing it is satisfied that the organisation concerned:
(a) provides, or proposes to provide, housing or housing related services for Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders; and
(b) is, having regard to such matters as may be determined by the AHO, suitable to be registered.
Under Part 3 of the Act the AHO may only give funding to registered organisations.
General queries about PARS should be directed to the PARS team on 1800 330 940 or to email@example.com.
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