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More than 5000 homes in remote Indigenous communities have now been refurbished or rebuilt.
The refurbishments are being delivered under the National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing (NPARIH), which is building brand new houses as well as refurbishing or rebuilding existing homes in remote Indigenous communities across the country.
The NPARIH addresses:
All jurisdictions across Australia have either exceeded or are on track to meet their individual targets: the overall target is 4876 refurbishments by 2014. NPARIH refurbishments progress to 31 October 2012 can be viewed here.
Under the National Indigenous reform agreement, ‘healthy homes' is one of seven inter-connected ‘building blocks' (priority action areas) that underpin the Closing the gap strategy agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
Improving housing conditions is essential to achieving improvements in Indigenous health, education and employment.
The housing program is giving Indigenous people more opportunities for work, with Indigenous employees making up more than 20 per cent of the overall new construction workforce. About 30 per cent of this workforce in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia is Indigenous.
The National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing was renegotiated in late 2009 to provide greater financial incentives for jurisdictions to deliver new houses and refurbishments.
Under the revised arrangements, up to 25 per cent of a jurisdiction's capital works funding allocation can be reallocated if agreed targets are not met. This has significantly improved the delivery of new housing and refurbishments.
Source: Australian Government