Aboriginal disadvantage in terms of housing in Victoria is stark, with 18.4 per cent of Aboriginal Victorians receiving homeless services as compared to 1.8 per cent of all Victorians and only 43 per cent of Aboriginal Victorians being homeowners compared to 68 per cent of the general population. CHIA Vic is committed to assisting to close the gap by supporting Aboriginal housing cooperatives with their identified training and support needs and through project work.
Aboriginal Cultural Safety project
CHIA Vic has begun a project, with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, to develop a community housing Aboriginal cultural safety framework and associated resources to improve housing outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians. The project aims to embed Aboriginal cultural safety, accountability and monitoring in all aspects of community housing. Through a collaborative process with the sector and key stakeholders the project will provide a structure for reviewing practice and reforming the way housing organisations engage with and address the needs of Aboriginal Victorians; provide tools and resources to support implementation; and advise on actions arising through the project that will contribute to regulatory standards that enable Aboriginal cultural safety.