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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Fixing houses for better health projects



The Fixing houses for better health projects concentrate on improving houses and household living conditions in rural and remote Indigenous communities. Initial funding for the project was provided by the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Since 2001, The Department of Housing, Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has funded the project. Healthabitat who design and administer the project have received funding of $9.25m to continue work in improving homes in Indigenous communities and further research and development in the following areas:

The Fixing houses for better health projects are often referred to as the Housing for health project, both use the same methods to carry out projects. The difference in names relates to the funding source. Housing for health projects are regularly carried out by a mix of state housing, Indigenous affairs and health departments (and as sometimes requested by local communities) around Australia.

Healthabitat's last federal government contract was from 2009-2011.

A link is provided below for each of the current research and development projects.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


PO Box 495
Newport Beach NSW 2016
Ph: (02) 9973 1316

Related publications

Healthhabitat (2009)

Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) (stages 5 to 8) 2006-2009: National FHBH program summary.

Newport Beach, NSW: Healthhabitat environmental health & design

Healthabitat (2013)

Housing for health: the guide.

Retrieved 2013 from

Housing for health: the guide is an online resource that assists in improving housing and health in regional and remote Australia.

The guide is supported by data, collected from over 7,500 houses in Aboriginal communities across Australia. It is suited for use by architects, designers, builders, project managers, environmental health officers, health professionals and communities to ensure new or old housing improves health.

The online guide includes information on housing:

It includes a number of tools, printable resources, checklists and databases.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2007)

National Indigenous housing guide: improving the living environment for safety, health and sustainability: third edition.

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

The National Indigenous Housing Guide is a practical resource to support the planning and development of Indigenous housing in terms of design, construction and maintenance for remote communities.

The resource is divided into four parts including:

It is useful for builders, trades people, housing workers, council members, architects, project managers, or government officials working in Indigenous affairs and housing.

The guide was developed by the Australian Government in partnership with communities, housing design consultants, builders, architects and health workers. It is supported by research and meets Australian building standards.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Healthhabitat (2009)

Research and development full summary.

Newport Beach, NSW: Healthhabitat environmental health & design

Evaluated publications

Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit (2010)

Closing the Gap: 10 Years of Housing for Health in NSW: an evaluation of a healthy housing intervention.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Australian National Audit Office (2010)

Indigenous housing initiatives: the Fixing Houses for Better Health program.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office


Last updated: 23 September 2014
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