Department of Communities WA
Mel Jones’s career started in the social housing sector in the UK, managing high density council estates in West London.
Returning to Australia, her focus shifted to Australia’s North-West, leading the delivery of public housing across the Pilbara Region, before commencing in a State-Wide role supporting the delivery of services to Aboriginal communities. This work focussed on supporting Aboriginal organisations delivering services to remote Aboriginal communities and directly partnering with Community Corporations to enable them to achieve their aspirations of self-management.
Mel has a passion for regional economic development and the potential for housing to create sustainable opportunities and prosperity for Aboriginal families and Organisations.
Mel currently lead’s the delivery of the $200 million North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund (the Fund), which was established to increase housing choices and services for Aboriginal families in the Pilbara and Kimberley to improve education and employment outcomes, increase aspiration and independence, and enable wealth creation.
The Fund has now allocated $112.4 million to deliver seven Aboriginal led or co-designed housing programs, including Jalbi Jiya, designed and delivered by Nyamba Buru Yawuru.
The North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund, is an initiative of the State Government supported by the Departments of Communities and Primary Industries and Regional Development, and the Commonwealth Government.