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Strategic Indigenous housing and infrastructure program (now incorporated under the National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing)

 

Overview

The Strategic Indigenous housing and infrastructure program (SIHIP) was a joint program between the Australian and Northern Territory Governments focusing on housing infrastructure in remote communities and town camps in the Northern Territory (NT). The National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing was established by COAG in 2008 which brought SIHIP under its administration. Funding of $1.7 billion aims to deliver 934 new houses, rebuild 415 houses and refurbish 2500 houses by 2013 for 73 Indigenous communities and town camps across the NT. The program outcomes are centred on health, strengthening communities and advancing the economic growth and employment opportunities of the Indigenous communities involved.

Remote Housing NT administers this program.

Contacts

Remote Housing NT
Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services
Level 6-7, RCG Centre
43 Mitchell St
Darwin NT 0800
GPO Box 4621
Darwin NT 0801
Ph: 1800 104 076
Email: remotehousing@nt.gov.au

Related publications

Macklin J (2010)

Closing the Gap - building momentum.

Canberra: Government of Australia, Budget 2010-11

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2011.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Australia

The third annual report outlines the progress that has been made towards meeting the targets set to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The most positive change has been in the area of child mortality where the gap has significantly narrowed in recent years.

The report provides information on the seven key building blocks identified by the Government as addressing specific areas of Indigenous disadvantage, including:

The Government has committed to investing $5.75 billion over three years to make long-term improvements in each of these building block areas. The report acknowledges the interrelated nature of the Closing the gap targets, and outlines how each of the seven key building blocks works individually and together to make progress towards the targets.

The report also acknowledges how progress can only be made through a partnership approach with Indigenous individuals and communities, and the large role that the corporate and community sectors have to play in closing the gap. The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australian's are cited as key instances of how this partnership approach has been implemented.

The report recognises that previous methods of data collection were inadequate to measure progress made; to improve the evidence base the Government has committed $46.4 million over four years from 2009-10. Finally the report concludes that there is still much work to be done to address Indigenous disadvantage, but hopefully through following the targets set 'closing the gap' will be a realisable achievement within the next generation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

O'Brien D (2011)

Home to own: potential for Indigenous housing by Indigenous people.

Australian Aboriginal Studies; 2011(1): 65-80

Living Black (2010)

House hunting [online video].

: Special Broadcasting Service

This is an excerpt from SBS' Indigenous program Living black and presents a critical view of the partnership between the Northern Territory and Australian Government in the Strategic Indigenous housing and infrastructure program (SIHIP). Under SIHIP, land councils are asked to sign 99-year leases with the government that allow for easier home ownership in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian National Audit Office (2011)

Implementation of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing in the Northern Territory.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

This report stems from the Australian Senate's request of the Auditor General to investigate the management of the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) in the Northern Territory. The audit focused on the:

The report provides key findings for each focus area and key recommendations for future management, delivery and public reporting of the NPARIH in the Northern Territory.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Commonwealth Ombudsman (2012)

Remote housing reforms in the Northern Territory.

Canberra: Commonwealth Ombudsman

Davidson J, Memmott P, Go-Sam C, Grant E (2011)

Remote Indigenous housing procurement: a comparative study.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities (2010)

Select committee on regional and remote Indigenous communities: fourth report 2010.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Northern Territory Department of Local Government and Housing (2008)

Strategic Indigenous Housing Infrastructure Program (SIHIP).

Retrieved from http://www.housing.nt.gov.au/remotehousing/sihip

Evaluated publications

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2009)

Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program - review of programme performance.

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

Donald O, Canty-Waldron J (2010)

Strategic Indigenous Housing Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) post review assessment (PRA).

Canberra: Strategic Indigenous Housing Infrastructure Program

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Last updated: 1 November 2013
 
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