Which organisations have to register?
Aboriginal community housing providers will have to be registered if:
- They are a Land Council, Aboriginal corporation or Aboriginal association which manages social housing; and
- They want to be eligible for Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) funding and assistance, including backlog maintenance, operating subsidies, capacity building and business development.
Alternatively, Aboriginal community housing providers can head lease their houses to the AHO which will sublease to a PARS registered provider who will in turn manage the houses and tenancies on their behalf.
If no PARS registered providers are available, the AHO may sub-lease to a community housing provider in the short term until an Aboriginal community housing provider is ready to take on the houses.
The organisation will continue to own its properties, but it will not have to be registered.
When will Aboriginal community housing providers have to apply for registration?
While the PARS assessment process is being finalised, the AHO and the Registrar are preparing for the implementation of the new system.
To allow all organisations a fair opportunity to achieve registration over the next two years, a schedule of registration rounds is being developed.
Invitations to apply for registration under PARS will commence in July 2010 and will be sent to all providers.
Each organisation will be allocated to a registration round and will be notified well in advance of their scheduled registration round to ensure time to prepare or consider any alternatives to registration.
How can Aboriginal community housing providers get more information about PARS and what they are required to do?
The AHO and the Registrar wrote to all organisations in May 2010 with further information about PARS, including guidance that is available.
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