Abstract: For generations, Aboriginal housing policy in remote communities has revolved around making up a housing deficit without regard to the viability of those communities or the effect of Government supplied housing on the future economic and social development of their residents. Public expenditure on remote community housing programs has been generous and well targeted but despite the generosity it has produced wrecked houses and dependent communities. This is because policy makers have failed to acknowledge the link between housing and economic opportunity. Remote communities are in transition. Aboriginal people, especially the young, are moving from these communities to find better lives and better economic opportunities elsewhere. This transition presents governments with an opportunity to reassess the housing priorities of these communities. This paper, which comes at the time the Rudd Government’s National Policy Commission is inquiring into the future of Aboriginal housing in remote communities, recommends a policy of linking housing to employment.