SEARMS provides housing and tenancy management services to the Aboriginal Housing Office and other Aboriginal organisations, including local area land councils, in the south eastern region of NSW.
Our current property management portfolio consists of over 240 properties in townships and communities from Nowra down the coast to Wallaga Lake, and across to Queanbeyan, Yass, Young and Goulburn.
Our services include:
- Tenancy management – local, social and affordable tenancies
- Asset management
- Project management
- Housing policy recommendations where applicable – including rent setting and arrears management options for owner organisations
A core component of our service delivery is in ensuring our tenants have access to supports that assist them in sustaining their tenancies. As such, we work closely with tenant advocacy provider Murra Mia and other locally based health and employment services.
Where possible, we use and promote Aboriginal employment, in our procurement of contractors and services.
Education and consultation with our stakeholders – from tenants, client organisation boards and members through to local service providers – is key to us being able to meet our respective responsibilities and obligations to ensure culturally appropriate and sustainable housing outcomes.
Currently registered under the AHO’s PARS system, SEARMS also became a registered community housing provider under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH) in January 2020.
SEARMS recognises the additional opportunities such registration provides – particularly with attaining our goal to increase the supply of appropriate housing options for our communities.
In June 2020, SEARMS established a Canberra presence, employing its first Canberra-based housing officer in October 2020. We moved to our office premises at JAGA, 11 Swanson Court, Belconnen ACT in February 2021.