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.[1]

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.

It is the Department’s job to advise the Minister for Indigenous Affairs on housing policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities. Through National Partnerships agreements, the Commonwealth funds 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. 

10 Year target of New Houses show: NT has completed 1204 new houses at June 2016, has an original COAG 10 year target of 1456 new houses and a projected 2018 total of 1504 new houses. •	QLD has completed 806 new houses at June 2016, has an original COAG 10 year target of 1141 new houses and a projected 2018 total of 1144 new houses.  •	SA has completed 239 new houses at June 2016, has an original COAG 10 year target of 241 new houses and a projected 2018 total of 256 new houses. •	WA has completed 708 new houses at June 2016, has an original COAG 10 year target of 1012 new houses and a projected 2018 total of 841 new houses.

* The assessment of need for new houses in WA has changed since the original COAG targets were proposed. Because of this the funds were moved to Refurbishments where WA has exceeded their target.

10 Year Target for Refurbishments/Rebuilds show: NT has completed 2929 refurbishments/rebuilds at June 2016, has an original COAG 10 year target of 2052 refurbishments/rebuilds and a projected 2018 total of 2929 refurbishments/rebuilds.  •	QLD has completed 1490 refurbishments/rebuilds at 30 June 2016, has an original COAG 10 year target of 1216 refurbishments/rebuilds and a projected 2018 total of 1490 refurbishments/rebuilds. •	SA has completed 252 refurbishments/rebuilds at 30 June 2016, has an original COAG 10 year target of 206 refurbishments/rebuilds and a projected 2018 total of 278 refurbishments/rebuilds. •	WA has completed 1561 refurbishments/rebuilds at 30 June 2016, has an original COAG 10 year target of 1288 refurbishments/rebuilds and a projected 2018 total of 1742 refurbishments/rebuilds.

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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