Remote Housing Review released

Remote Housing Review released

Indigenous Affairs Housing
Thursday, 26 October 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Split image with green Indigenous design bottom left and aerial photo of remote township with dirt streets, houses and trees in the background at top left. An Indigenous design overlaid with simple house image is on the right.

A recent review of remote housing national partnerships shows a welcome reduction in overcrowding and an increase in employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Remote Housing Review shows the impact of the Commonwealth’s $5.4 billion investment in improving the condition and sustainability of remote housing over 10 years, since 2008.

Around 11,500 houses will have been built or refurbished and overcrowding in remote areas will have reduced from 52% in 2008 to an estimated 37% by 30 June 2018.

Additionally, more than 20% of jobs generated were filled by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mr Scott McIntyre from Thamarurr Development Foundation attended one of the Review’s consultation sessions in Wadeye.

“Housing and employment are tremendous opportunities,” Scott said. 

“There is a need for us to be strong. We can hire local people and can train them up. If we’re able to go steady then we can achieve things.”

The Review also highlights the need for continued action to improve housing conditions in remote communities, including further investment by both the Commonwealth and the Queensland, South Australian, West Australian and Northern Territory Governments and improved governance arrangements for housing programs.

The Review, commissioned in 2016 by the Government, was undertaken by an independent expert panel, comprising Ms Rachelle Towart, CEO of Pipeline Talent, Mr Robert Griew, Nous Group Principal, Ms Susan Murphy, CEO of Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation and Mayor of Carpentaria Shire, Cr Fred Pascoe.

It provided an analysis of the challenges and opportunities for Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory in delivering housing in remote Indigenous communities. 

The full report is available at Remote Housing Review, A review of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing and the Remote Housing Strategy (2008-2018).

Read the Minister's media release,