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Yard Improvement Project



The Yard Improvement Project aims to develop a house yard area kit and help reduce the effects of overcrowding in Indigenous homes.

The projects main objective is to reduce the effect of crowding by designing useful yards and 'edge' spaces around the house, such as verandahs, decks, sleep-outs, shady areas for summer, and sunny, wind protected areas in winter. Allowing space between houses will increase the size of the yard and the capacity to use it for different activities and also reduce the overall level of overcrowding in the community.

The project involves:

Abstract adapted from Healthahabitat


Please refer to the links below to for the contact information of Healthabitat.

Related publications

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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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


Last updated: 17 February 2017
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