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Remote areas essential services program



The Remote area essential services program provides essential repairs and maintenance services to remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia (WA).

The program covers the Kimberley, Pilbara, Murchison, Goldfields and Central Desert regions of WA.

Service provision under the program involves rotating visits every 6-8 weeks to Aboriginal communities to check and repair (if necessary) water, power and waste management infrastructure.

Key services provided include:

The WA Department of Housing administers the program in partnership with:

Abstract adapted from the WA Department of Regional Development


Department of Housing
Head Office
99 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004
Ph: (08) 9222 4666
Fax: (08) 9221 1388

Related publications

Urbis Keys Young (2002)

Accountability in Indigenous environmental health services - Australia 2002: Indigenous environmental health mapping project.

Canberra: EnHealth Council, Department of Health and Ageing

The Department of Health and Ageing commissioned this report on behalf of the enHealth Council in 2002. The report provides a systematic account, or 'map', of the roles and responsibilities of key agencies or organisations involved in providing, managing or funding Indigenous environmental health services (at the time the report was written). In particular, the research was concerned with drinking water, housing, sewerage, waste management, pest control and food.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Anda M, Dallas S (2005)

Delivering essential services in desert Indigenous settlements.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Office of the Auditor General Western Australia (2015)

Delivering essential services to remote Aboriginal communities.

Perth: Office of the Auditor General Western Australia

This report provides an assessment of how well the Western Australian (WA) Department of Housing delivers power, water and waste-water repair and maintenance services to selected remote Aboriginal communities through the Remote area essential services program.

It focused on the level and quality of these services provided to eligible remote communities in WA, and how the Department of Housing managed their delivery, and its coordination with other agencies. As part of the audit 27 remote communities were visited.

The scope of the audit did not include the provision of all services to all remote communities or their sustainability.

Abstract adapted from Office of the Auditor General Western Australia


Last updated: 28 May 2015
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