Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator (AHBA) loans
Low cost, long-term loans.
What is the AHBA?
Housing Australia provides low-cost finance to registered community housing providers (CHPs) for social and affordable housing projects via the AHBA. The AHBA sources funding from wholesale debt capital markets by issuing long-term social and sustainability bonds and from a line of credit provided by the Australian Government.
How it works
The AHBA aggregates funding requirements from CHPs and finances them primarily by issuing long-term social and sustainable bonds in Australian wholesale debt capital markets. The bonds are guaranteed by the Australian Government and have a AAA (stable) credit rating from Standard and Poor’s.
Housing Australia can also access funding via a $1 billion line of credit from the Australian Government to advance shorter-term loans to registered CHPs for construction finance projects or to provide funding in advance of a bond issuance.
In each case, the cost of the AHBA’s funding is passed through to the CHP borrowers plus a lending margin to cover Housing Australia’s associated operating costs and to build capital reserves over time.
What can AHBA be used for?
- Acquiring new housing stock
- Constructing new housing stock
- Maintaining existing housing stock
- Assisting with working capital requirements and/or general corporate requirements
- Refinancing existing debts
Mixed tenure developments may also be considered subject to lending criteria.
To apply for an AHBA loan, applicants must:
- be a Community Housing Provider (CHP) registered under a law of, or under a scheme administered by, a State or a Territory
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- have an Australian bank account
- legally constituted and do you exist at the date of lodging this form
If you meet the above criteria, please submit an EOI form.
To find out how to register as a CHP please visit NRSCH website.
How to apply
How our application process works:
- Consider the AHBA Guidelines
- Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the Housing Australia website. You can complete the EOI form here
Housing Australia Origination team will contact you to discuss your EOI
Register for an account on the Housing Australia Portal (HAP) here
Submit an application and supporting documentation via the HAP. You can do this by clicking on “Apply Now” after you have signed into the HAP
Housing Australia will assess the application and determine key financing terms and conditions
Housing Australia will notify applicants of the outcome in writing.
What documents are needed to support an application?
Documents you will need to accompany an AHBA loan application include but are not limited to:
- CHP registration and compliance
- evidence the loan supports affordable housing outcomes
- demonstrated financial viability
- details of assets offered as security
- details of any private sector finance
- details of any government assistance or support.
Need more information?
If you are interested in applying for an AHBA loan, we encourage you to first read the AHBA guidelines to find out more about the application process, terms and conditions.
CHP financial model
A new financial model for community housing providers (CHPs) is now available. The CHP financial model is a Microsoft Excel based tool designed to accommodate common activities undertaken by the CHP sector, providing a uniform framework that can be used by to provide historical and forecast financial information to Housing Australia during the loan origination and ongoing management processes.
Ready to enquire?
Complete the Expression of Interest form.
Find out more about AHBA loans
Monthly AHBA market update
A monthly update to CHPs on interest rates and funding markets relevant to the finance Housing Australia can offer via the Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator.