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Manager - Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Forum

Aboriginal Housing Victoria
  • Full Time, ongoing contract
  • Based in Melbourne (Fitzroy North) with travel required

About us

Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) is an Aboriginal community organisation responsible for managing more than 1,500 rental properties for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria.

Our vision is to ensure that Aboriginal Victorians secure appropriate, affordable housing as a pathway to better lives and stronger communities.

In addition to being the largest Aboriginal Registered Housing Agency in Australia, AHV is the lead agency for Victoria’s Aboriginal housing and homelessness policy, Mana-na worn-tyeen maar-takoort. As the housing policy lead in the Aboriginal community, AHV has responsibility to work in partnership with the Government to secure the resources and reforms to implement the policy, while we support sector development to empower Victoria’s Aboriginal community to determine its chosen housing future.

AHV's housing services are targeted to those most in need of support. Through the provision of secure housing by an Aboriginal landlord, AHV helps strengthen and maintain Aboriginal communities and cultural ties.

Reporting to the Director Strategy and Performance, the Manager Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Forum’s (AHHF) primary role is to provide high level support to the Director Strategy and Performance and Chief Executive Officer to lead Housing and Homelessness policy, advocacy and sector development in Victoria.

About the role 

The Manager leads a team that provides high level executive support to two key forums responsible for driving and oversight of implementation of Mana-na woorn-tyeen maar-takoort:

  • the Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework implementation Working Group; and,
  • the Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Forum (AHHF) made up of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and Traditional Owners (TOs) Corporations that are housing and homelessness providers.

The team performs its role by supporting AHHF members, Community Housing Organisations (CHOs), Local Government and Homes Victoria and other stakeholders in leading the coordination in policy development, partner and stakeholder engagement and advocacy efforts.

The Manager provides inspiring leadership and people management support to their staff; oversees the day-to-day work of the team, manages team performance, risk and compliance and will operate within the AHV Delegations Register.


  • Awareness and appreciation of Victorian Aboriginal societies and cultures and an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Victoria including the diversity of circumstances of Aboriginal people.
  • A well-developed understanding of the historical and contemporary impact of colonisation and discrimination in the context of Aboriginal homelessness and housing exclusion.
  • A well-developed understanding of Victoria’s social housing and specialist homelessness systems.
  • Experience in managing strategic policy, advocacy and communications.
  • Highly organised with the ability to work on multiple tasks and manage competing priorities.
  • The ability to clearly and concisely present information both in writing and verbally, together with the ability to communicate complex concepts to a broad audience.
  • Ability to provide high quality customer service to internal and external stakeholders, maintaining professional relationships at all times.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a professional and ethical manner under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the roles of Local, State and Federal Governments and the community housing and homelessness sectors.
  • Understanding of the specific issues that organisations need to address to communicate effectively with the Victorian Aboriginal community and local elders.
  • High level understanding and use of standard office software including email, Microsoft Word and Excel and skill in developing and/or administering web sites and other online media (or the capacity to develop these skills)
  • Experience in delivering projects within agreed timeframes.
  • Experience in management the contractual, regulatory and legislative requirements of funded programs.

HOw to apply 

Click 'Apply Now' to submit a resume and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria in the attached position description below.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Lisa on 0416 741 358.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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