Abstract: Safe, clean and secure housing is fundamental to the wellbeing of all Australians and is a key element of the Commonwealth Government’s priority of Closing the Gap on the significant disadvantage that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people often face in terms of health, education and employment. In 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed the $5.4 billion National Partnership Agreement for Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH), which was replaced by the Remote Housing Strategy (the Strategy) in 2016, and a set of objectives which aimed to reduce significant overcrowding, poor housing conditions and severe housing shortages. This Review has been established to assess the outcomes of the NPARIH and the Strategy and in doing so has examined the state of remote Indigenous housing across Australia. The Review Panel (the Panel) has inspected housing and talked with tenants and community leaders in remote communities across Australia, while also examining a wide range of available data. The Panel has identified significant progress in the provision of remote housing, but also a range of ongoing issues that must be addressed in order to reduce the continuing unacceptable levels of overcrowding and to sustain the reasonable housing quality achieved for a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,, 2018, Remote Housing Review: A review of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing and the Remote Housing Strategy (2008-2018), Report, viewed 03 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=13148.