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Yilli Rreung Housing Aboriginal Corporation was established in July 2003 by the Yilli Rreung ATSIC Regional Council to become the peak Indigenous housing organisation providing housing, municipal and infrastructure services to all Indigenous people in Darwin and surrounding communities.

Yilli's operations started in a small office in Palmerston before it moved to Berrimah Estate in 2007. In May 2020, Yilli bought its own office space at Callanan Road Yarrawonga. 

The meaning of Yilli Rreung – The Meeting Place
Yilli Rreung was a special meeting place above Lameroo Beach near Doctors Gully on the Esplanade in Darwin. Yilli Reung was used as a ceremonial meeting place, where people would travel across Darwin harbour in their canoes to meet.

Yilli Rreung Region covers a large area in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Background picture: Lameroo Beach, the origin of Yilli Rreung's name

Aborigine Bark Painting


Yilli Housing is a peak independent, non-government, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that aims to deliver affordable accessible and sustainable quality housing  to people in the Top End of the Northern Territory.


  • Service our client base in a holistic manner which supports our tenants to enhance their living conditions therefore improving their lives.

  • Have strong governance and operational structures.

  • Have well trained and resourced employees.

  • Have a diverse mix of asset structures and funding.

  • Provide a culturally appropriate and responsive service in a consistent and timely manner.

  • Provide leadership in the NT affordable and community housing space.

  • Communicate effectively and work in partnership with government and non-government organization to benefit our clients.

Who we are

  • An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered with ORIC under the CATSI ACT

  • A nationally registered Community Housing Provider under the NRSCH

  • Governed by a skilled and passionate Board

  • An organisation operated by qualified and competent staff

  • A provider of property services including cleaning, grounds maintenance, renovations, construction and municipal services

  • We manage properties on behalf of our leasehold organisations and government

  • We provide a diversity of housing solutions which best suit the needs of our tenants

  • We strive to provide holistic support services to our tenants

  • We provide a service to a wide range of communities and outstations throughout the Greater Darwin Region.


  • We believe in:

  • Having integrity in all our dealings.

  • A client-centred approach with all our work and activities.

  • Recognising and respecting the diversity of our clients an employees.

  • Preserving and improving the quality of life for our tenants.

  • Appreciating our staff and investing relevant training to enhance the knowledge and skills.

Our Services

Our People

Yilli Board

from left to right: Chris Hammond, Darren Johnson, Kelly Yates, Tania McLeod, Regina Bennett, Tracy Peris, Leeanne Caton

Board Directors

Yilli Housing is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. All Directors have gone through the skills matrix process and selected for their diverse skills, knowledge, ability and commitment to assisting the community.

Our governance is monitored by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC).

Current Directors

Tania McLeod – Chairperson
Regina Bennett – Vice Chairperson
Darren Johnson – Director


Yilli Housing membership is regulated under the CATSI Act and our Rule Book. 


Membership eligibility:


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

  • Above 18 years of age

  • Lives permanently within 250km of the Darwin GPO

  • Not an applicant/ employee of Yilli Housing and was not employed by Yilli in the past five years.

Audit and Risk Committee (ARC)

ARC membership consists of a minimum three members: a director representative, a member and an independent person who is not a member nor a director of Yilli.


ARC main purpose is to provide advice and recommendations to the Board by evaluating, analysing and improving the effectiveness of financial management, risk management, internal controls and governance processes.

If you are interested in Yilli membership, please read the membership documents and complete the application form.


Our CEO – Michael Berto

Michael Berto was appointed as the CEO of Yilli Rreung Housing Aboriginal Corporation on Monday 14th November 2022.


Michael is originally from Darwin but has also lived in Katherine for more than 48 years. From his mother’s side he is connected to the Alywarre people in northern central Australia.


Michael has a varied work history commencing as an apprentice Mechanic then working in the industry at various times over the years. He moved to the Aboriginal Employment arena with the Commonwealth Government undertaking remote work as a senior field officer, and then in senior management over 14 years in the Katherine region.


In 2002 Michael was elected as the Chairperson with ATSIC Regional Council representing the Katherine region and was then elected as the Chairperson of the Indigenous Housing Authority Northern Territory (IHANT) for 2 years.


Michael moved to the local government industry in 2005 as CEO of two local government organisations (Nyrrunggulung Regional Council 2005 – 2008) then RoperGulf Regional Council (2008 – 2018) delivering a range of services including housing new builds, tenancy management and maintenance in the Katherine region.


Michael also operated an Aboriginal owned Consultancy Business in Katherine and has also worked with the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) in Aboriginal Development in 2022.


Worked short term with the Northern Land Council in Regional Development with Section 19 land use agreements.

Yilli employees

Yilli Housing employees- February 2020

Credit: Steven Hoarde

Our People



Our company promotes and encourages Indigenous employment and is always seeking ways
to improve the lives of Indigenous people through opportunities to work and study.
Over 80% of the staff working at Yilli are Indigenous.

If you are interested in working for Yilli Housing please Contact Us

Areas of employment

Corporate administration, property management, grounds maintenance, general maintenance,
construction (carpentry, plumbing, electrical) and hospitality (reception, housekeeping, kitchen).

Employment Requirements

All Yilli Housing employees and volunteers must have:
a current Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card) and a Police Clearance.

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