Better Homes, Better Futures

About Access Community Housing


Access Community Housing Company Ltd (ACHC) was established in 1991 and is a registered not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. We are a registered community housing provider organisation, under the National Regulatory System.

ACHC receives funding through the Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) under the Housing Act 2003. We are overseen by a skills-based volunteer Board of Directors and capably lead by a professional leadership team of five individuals, with a total of 20 permanent staff and a number of casual employees.

2016 marks the 25th year of operation for Access Community Housing Company (ACHC) and over this time it has established a reputation for providing responsive housing solutions for people seeking community housing. As a Tier 2 provider under the National Regulatory System, ACHC has a portfolio of approximately 570 properties, from Mossman to Babinda. ACHC is a not-for-profit organisation working closely with support services to assist individuals and families, who are on the Department of Housing and Public Works Register of Need, to find appropriate housing.
ACHC works in partnership with support agencies, government departments, real estate agents and investors to create positive housing outcomes for our clients and tenants.

Our Vision: To grow the quality and quantity of social housing stock through partnerships, innovation, service and leadership.
Our Motto: Better Homes, Better Futures
Our Purpose: Improve people’s lives by helping families and individuals attain suitable housing and assist them to sustain their tenancies.

ACHC provides affordable accommodation to families, individuals and seniors (aged over 55) who are already on the DHPW register of need. We are passionate about our role in the community and fulfilling the service obligations and Client Service Charter of our company.

ACHC currently oversees over 1,100 tenants in 570 properties across Cairns and Far North Queensland, from Port Douglas to Babinda. We have four fundamental values that drive us in our pursuit of professional and community fulfilment.

Access Community Housing Company Values

Our values are the foundation of our work and influence every decision and action we take.

Respect Foster an environment of mutual respect, empathy and consideration for tenants, staff,
contractors and partners.
Integrity Build trusting relationships with others through reliability, fulfilling our promises and
always doing what is “right” and fair.
People Focussed Understand and value people’s needs and take account of these in striving to
exceed expectations.
Equity Deliver a service that values individual differences and is inclusive of all in our community.
Accountability Honour our commitments, demonstrate ownership for achieving desired results
and be responsible for our actions.

ACHC Strategic Focus

  1. Our Tenants – to assist out tenants to achieve tenancy sustainability
  2. Our Properties – to maintain and grow high quality community housing stock
  3. Our Finances – to manage our funds to ensure financial viability
  4. Our People – to recruit and retain a capable, positive workforce
  5. Our Systems – to ensure the tools and processes available promote efficiency and effectiveness
  6. Our Partners – to work with individuals and organisations to achieve desired outcomes

ACHC work tirelessly to increase the supply of potential housing for our new and existing clients. This is achieved by working with landlords, community leaders, peer organisations and government agencies.

The ACHC head office is based in Cairns but we liaise with internal and external clients and stakeholders across the Far North Queensland region.

For more information on Access Community Housing Company please contact us on admin@achc.org.au or phone (07) 4031 6702.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Access Community Housing Company (ACHC) acknowledges the First Nations peoples of this land and its surrounding waters. We recognise, respect and celebrate their cultural distinctions and value their rich and positive contribution to our broader society.

Download your copy of the Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF format 3.04Mb).

Year in Review

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Year in Review 2016

Year in Review 2015

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