ACHO Capacity Building Project – NMM Visit

Shelter WA staff Clint Uink and Ellie Morrissey were in Maylands recently visiting Noongar Mia Mia as part of our project to build the capacity of four WA-based Aboriginal Community Housing Organisations (ACHO’s).

Socio-economic Inclusion

Noongar Mia Mia provides quality, affordable and long-term rental homes and culturally safe tenancy support to over 360 Aboriginal people in Perth Metro and Esperance. Noongar Mia Mia also assist tenants to sustain tenancies through holistic, culturally safe supports and property management. Dedicated to the socio-economic inclusion of the Aboriginal community living on Noongar country, their services are designed and delivered by Aboriginal people, for Aboriginal people.

Shelter WA was awarded a three-year grant from the Sisters of St John of God this year to continue working with four member ACHOs (Noongar Mia Mia, Murchison Region Aboriginal Corporation, Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation and Southern Aboriginal Corporation) and support them to achieve registration under the Department of Communities’ Community Housing Regulatory Framework – which is consistent with the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.

Registration Work

According to the Department, to achieve and maintain registration as a community housing provider indicates that an organisation is well governed, managed and viable, and meets the needs of its tenants. This provides assurance to stakeholders, funding bodies and investors that the organisation has the capacity to manage its current assets and potentially additional investment.

With Shelter WA’s support, Noongar Mia Mia are expected to achieve registration as a Tier 3 provider in 2023. This will provide long term sustainability to their work in allowing them to access more funding opportunities. Furthermore, the process of preparing for registration involves identifying the strengths and weaknesses of an organisation and implementing necessary improvements.

Future Work

“It has been wonderful to visit and work on-site with Noongar Mia Mia to reassess their progress towards becoming ready for registration, since Shelter WA’s last visit in 2021,” said Clint Uink, Project Coordinator. “It’s clear that Tina (Pickett) and her team have made great strides in the areas of governance and probity. I look forward to working closely with Noongar Mia Mia and the Registrar to achieve registration over the next year.”

“Tina and her team have made great strides.”

This capacity building project working with the four identified ACHOs is one of two projects to strengthen the ACHO sector currently being undertaken by Shelter WA. We have also received funding from the Department of Communities to work with the broader sector, including identifying those ACHOs who are working in regional or remote communities. This second project will involve facilitating information sharing and supporting the sector’s advocacy needs.