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Remote Indigenous Housing Program



This program comes under the umbrella of the National Indigenous reform agreement healthy homes building block, part of the Closing the gap strategy agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2009.

The program funding was originally covered by the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH), which was made available to all states and territories to construct new homes, refurbish existing homes and provide employment and training opportunities. The Australian Government committed $5.5 billion over ten years to 2018 to address the following issues:

However, as of 1 July 2016, the NPARIH concluded and the National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) commenced. The NPRH aims to refocus the outcomes to include greater emphasis on improved housing sustainability, as well as provide greater business and employment opportunities. The NPRH will continue to address overcrowding by funding $774.131 million to the construction of new houses and refurbishments in larger, sustainable remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Abstract adapted from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


Please use the links below to contact the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Related publications

National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing - [variation] (2010)

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:

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Remote Indigenous housing program municipal and essential services guidelines 2009-2012.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


Last updated: 23 May 2017
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