We bring Queensland perspectives, capability and cultural expertise to housing.

Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing and homelessness in Queensland is our priority. This is underpinned by our strong focus on having the right people, with the right skills, at the right time.

Our Leadership

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland (Housing Queensland) leadership brings management, capability, housing and cultural expertise into our work. Our organisation is built on the understanding that improved outcomes come from improved collaborations. Our leadership is focused on working with others to create real change.

Meet Our People

Our people have a clear and deep understanding of the role, needs and expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community housing providers, Indigenous Councils, advocacy, policy, strategy execution and building meaningful, long-term relationships. Highly-skilled and accessible, our people have a wealth of experience and are trusted advisors to many organisations, including government.

Our History

The establishment of Housing Queensland is a direct result of the advocacy by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing organisations and community leaders who have called for a peak representative body since 2005.

The need for a single voice for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing providers in Queensland led to the establishment of Housing Queensland in January 2021 and the formal registration of the business with ASIC on 13 May 2021.

The founders of Housing Queensland included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Housing Organisations (ICHO’s) and community leaders from across Queensland. They wanted to create a leadership organisation that could leverage the expertise of members and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing experts to continually improve housing and accommodation support services in Queensland. The following is a short summary of our establishment.

2005 Since 2005, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing organisations and community leaders advocated for a peak representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing in Queensland to speak with a single voice on behalf of the Sector. Our organisation is a direct result of their vision, advocacy and determination. Between 2005 and 2015, no Queensland Government (ALP or LNP Coalition) was interested in investing in a State Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Body.

2016 In 2016, the Queensland Government which was led by the Queensland Premier, The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk (and supported by the former Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works, The Hon. Leeanne Enoch) examined the peak body’s role and realised that it could play an important role in strengthening the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Sector and greater housing outcomes.

In September 2016, the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works organised and held their first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Housing Organisations (ICHO) Forum at 80 George Street, Brisbane. At this forum, the Queensland Government announced their intent to provide seed funding to establish a State Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Body.

2019 In March 2019, the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works held their second Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Housing Organisations (ICHO) Forum in Brisbane at the Stamford Plaza Hotel. During this gathering, attendees selected a Housing Working Group (HWG) from their peers to oversee the establishment and registration of ATSIHQ.

2020 In August 2020, the Queensland Department of Communities, Housing and the Digital Economy (formally known as the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works) tendered for a Queensland contractor to auspice funding to establish the State Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Body. Several submissions were received by the Queensland Government. Umpi Korumba Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Housing (from Brisbane) was successful and awarded the contrac

In December 2020, Neil Willmett was recruited by Umpi Korumba and the HWG to be the Chief Executive Officer of ATSIHQ and to establish the organisation.

2021 The long-awaited State Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Body (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland), was established in January 2021. In May 2021 it was officially registered as a business with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

In May 2021, the Queensland Department of Communities, Housing and the Digital Economy (in partnership with Housing Queensland) held their third Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Housing Organisations (ICHO) Forum in Brisbane at the Stamford Plaza Hotel to present Housing Queensland to Queensland ICHO’s.

Later that same month, Housing Queensland was officially launched at Queensland Parliament House by Mary Doctor (Housing Queensland Chairperson), Angelina Akee (ATSIHQ Deputy Chairperson) and Queensland Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for Arts, The Hon. Leeanne Enoch. The first Housing Queensland AGM followed in November 2021.

2022 In February 2022, after several months of consultation with members and stakeholders, Housing Queensland finalised its first strategic plan. This inaugural strategic plan includes 8 goals and 65 actions and covers for a three year period from July 2022 to June 2025.

In April 2022, Housing Queensland secured a multi-year Service Agreement with the Queensland Department of Communities and Housing and the Digital Economy which provides core funding to Housing Queensland until June 2025.

In June 2022, Housing Queensland was granted charity status by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

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