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Indigenous: National

This section provides information about housing and community national Indigenous policies and strategies relevant to Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.


Council of Australian Governments (2010)

National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing - [variation].

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

The National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing is an agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and all Australian States and Territories. The purpose of the Agreement is to develop a strategy to improve the poor standard of housing in remote Australia and address the high levels of overcrowding and homelessness in remote Indigenous communities.

This document details the following information relating to the Agreement:

  • objectives, outcomes and outputs
  • roles and responsibilities of each party
  • performance benchmarks and reporting
  • financial arrangements
  • governance arrangements

The factsheet provides a summary of the remote Indigenous housing National Partnership Agreement including the content, impact and benefits of the Partnership.

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Department of Health and Ageing (2007)

National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013: Australian Government implementation plan 2007-2013.

Canberra: Australian Government

The Australian Government Implementation Plan was developed by the Department of Health and Ageing in consultation with all relevant Australian Government agencies and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council. It has a strong emphasis on a whole of government approach to addressing the key priorities identified.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (2004)

National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013: framework for action by governments.

Canberra: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council

The National Strategic Framework builds on the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (1989) (view Framework and Strategy documents). It draws together nationally agreed strategies to address specific health problems, state and territory policies and plans and the national collaborative policy and planning frameworks within which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs are managed. The report details nine principles on which the National Strategic Framework is based and describes three central desired outcomes:

  • towards a more effective and responsive health system;
  • influencing the health impacts of the non-health sector; and
  • providing the infrastructure to improve health status.

The conclusion describes the implementation and evaluation plans and identifies the responsible organisations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


HMAC Standing Committee on Indigenous Housing (2001)

Building a better future: Indigenous housing to 2010.

Sydney: NSW Aboriginal Housing Office for HMAC

This report documents the meeting of the Australian housing ministers' and their ten year statement of the new directions for Indigenous housing. The aim of the policy and the strategies to be implemented is better housing and infrastructure for improved environmental health outcomes for Indigenous people. The objectives of the policy and strategies are:

  • identify and address unmet housing needs of Indigenous people
  • improve the capacity of Indigenous community housing organisations and involve Indigenous people in planning and service delivery
  • achieve safe, healthy and sustainable housing
  • coordinate program administration.

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Last updated: 13 March 2018
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