Housing

Housing plays an important role in the health and wellbeing of Australians. People living without safe and healthy housing are more likely to experience poor health, higher levels of psychological distress and lower rates of employment and educational participation.

The shortage and poor condition of housing in remote communities means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in these communities are more likely to be homeless or may end up living in an overcrowded house. There are also fewer opportunities for Indigenous people living in remote communities to buy their own home or have access to employment.

The Department advises the Minister for Indigenous Affairs on housing policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities. Through National Partnership Agreements, the Commonwealth has funded the Northern Territory (NT), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), and Western Australia (WA) to build new houses and repair older houses in remote communities, and make sure there are job opportunities and choices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wish to buy their own homes.

Council of Australian Governments

In 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the $5.4 billion National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH), which was replaced by the National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) in 2016. When the NPARIH was in effect it included all the States and the Northern Territory (except the Australian Capital Territory). In 2014, Victoria and Tasmania finished early and exited NPARIH while New South Wales finished and exited in 2016. The main objectives are to reduce significant overcrowding, poor housing conditions and severe housing shortages.

The NPRH was negotiated with the State Governments and replaced the NPARIH on 1 July, 2016. The NPRH will run until 30 June 2018 and has secured $776.403 million for remote housing throughout the NT, QLD, SA and WA. 

Overall, 11,500 new houses will have been built or refurbished to a livable standard across 300 remote communities at the end of this ten year investment.

  • Targets expressed as percentage and number of total COAG new house target of 4,200 houses.
  • Excludes Employment Related Accommodation/Employment and Education Housing
  • Victoria and Tasmania exited NPARIH after the 2014/15 year.
  • New South Wales exited NPARIH after the 2015/16 year.
  • Other is the Commonwealth Owned Purpose Expenses (COPE) and other Commonwealth housing programmes completed between 2008-2018.

  • Targets expressed as percentage and number of total COAG refurbishment/rebuild target of 4,876 houses
  • The Refurbishment/Rebuild component of the capital works programme concluded in the Northern Territory and Queensland in 2013/14.
  • Victoria and Tasmania exited NPARIH after the 2014/15 year.
  • New South Wales exited NPARIH after the 2015/16 year.

Further information about the National Partnership Agreements is available.

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Housing Land and Culture Division
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Level 3, Centra Plaza
16 Bowes Place
Woden ACT 2606

EmailHLCsupport@pmc.gov.au

NSW

Aboriginal Housing Office
www.aho.nsw.gov.au

QLD

Department of Housing and Public Works
www.hpw.qld.gov.au

SA

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
www.dcsi.sa.gov.au

TAS

Housing Tasmania
www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/housing

WA

Department of Housing
www.housing.wa.gov.au

NT

Department of Housing and Community Development
https://dhcd.nt.gov.au/

 

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