The Brisbane Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Housing Authority is a community operated and governed Company that delivers need responsive and culturally secure housing and accommodation support, alongside targeted social and economic development projects that aim to build local Indigenous capability and contribute to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous social, economic and health outcomes.
BATSICCHA adopts the following core values and commitments as part of the strategic and day-to-day operations of the Company:
- Demonstrated Leadership in Corporate Governance
- Accountability and transparency
- Fairness and integrity
- Social and environmental responsibility
- Commitment to striving for best practice corporate governance
- Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination
- Focused consideration given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination
- Respect for the constructs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and kinship
- Community engagement
- Adherence to the philosophy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control
- Active participation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Economic Development
- Innovative approaches to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage
- Contribute to community enhancement and development
- Commitment to building a resilient Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander community
- Holistic, client-focused service delivery
- Relevant and responsive to the social and emotional wellbeing needs of clients
- Individualised service delivery
- Collaborative approaches to addressing disadvantage
BATSICCHA has three (3) distinct work programs, including:
- Service delivery and provision of affordable housing and short and long-term accommodation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and families;
- BATSICCHA Projects, which are delivered as local Community initiatives aimed at promoting and developing local Indigenous capability and reducing Indigenous social and economic disadvantage; and
- Business development and innovation, focused on ensuring the good governance and management of the Company, and strategies that promote ongoing business and services’ quality, sustainability and accountability.
BATSICCHA was first registered as a Public Company on 15 March 1974 under the Queensland Companies Act 1961 – 1972.
The composition and structure of the BATSICCHA Board is designed to ensure local representation and accountability to Community, as well as effective leadership and transparency.
The Greater Brisbane Area is the core service catchment region of BATSICCHA. The region has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the vicinity of approximately 60,000.