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Home ownership becomes a reality

The opportunity to buy social housing in discrete communities under a 99-year lease is giving many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a pathway to home ownership.

In discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, land is generally community-owned, which makes it difficult to achieve private home ownership outcomes.

Legislative reform introduced in 2008 has enhanced and simplified pathways to private home ownership on communal land through 99-year home ownership leases.

The Department of Housing and Public Works and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships will continue to work with communities and Indigenous Local Governments to assist with home ownership on discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Increased home ownership can help break intergenerational reliance on social housing, promote wealth creation and economic prosperity, and support self-determination.



Last updated 11 June 2017    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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