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This section provides information about housing and community state and territory Indigenous policies and strategies relevant to Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.

2011

Western Australian Department of Planning (2011)

State planning policy 3.2 Aboriginal settlements.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Planning

This Western Australian (WA) state planning policy applies to the planning and development of Aboriginal settlements throughout WA. The policy requires that all Aboriginal settlements in WA have an endorsed Layout Plan. Each Plan must be developed in consultation with, and endorsed by, the resident community. Each plan must include a drinking water source protection plan.

This policy is informed by the recommendations of the 1991 Royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody. The Royal commission, among other things, looked at the relationship between poor living conditions in remote settlements and compromised life chances for Indigenous Australians. One of the recommendations of the Royal commission was that 'the provision of housing and infrastructure to Aboriginal people in remote and discrete communities, including the design and location of houses, take account of their cultural perceptions of the use of living space, and that budgetary allocations include provision for appropriate architectural and town planning advice to, and consultation with, the serviced community.''

This policy was gazetted in 2011 and supersedes the 2000 iteration. The policy is made under the WA Planning and Development Act 2005. State agencies and local government in WA need to take into account this policy to ensure integrated decision-making in planning for Aboriginal settlements.

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2009

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

Policy statement: landmark reform to the welfare system, reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act, and strengthening of the Northern Territory Emergency Response.

Canberra: Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Implementation plan for National Partnership Agreement on remote service delivery between the Commonwealth of Australia and South Australia (2009)

Government of South Australia, Commonwealth of Australia

Implementation plan for National Partnership Agreement on remote service delivery between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Western Australia (2009)

Government of Western Australia, Commonwealth of Australia

Implementation plan for National Partnership Agreement on remote service delivery between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Northern Territory of Australia (2009)

Northern Territory Government, Commonwealth of Australia

Northern Territory Government, Henderson P, Anderson A (2009)

A working future.

Darwin: Northern Territory Government

2006

Department of Housing and Works, Equal Opportunity Commission (2006)

Aboriginal housing: joint statement.

Perth: Department of Housing and Works and Equal Opportunity Commission

Housing management and support policy (2006)

Department of Housing and Works Western Australia

Western Australian Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure Council (2006)

Western Australia's operational plan for Indigenous housing, infrastructure, and essential services, July 2006-June 2007.

Perth: Department of Housing and Works

2005

Northern Territory Department of Local Government Housing and Sport (2005)

Common policy framework: Northern Territory Indigenous housing framework.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Local Government, Housing and Sport

2004

Ellender G, Wilkerson A (2004)

Western Australian Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure Council strategic plan 2003/04-2006/07.

Perth: Western Australian Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure Council

2001

New South Wales Government (2001)

Two ways together: partnerships, a new way of doing business with Aboriginal people: New South Wales Aboriginal Affairs plan 2003-2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Government

Queensland Health (2001)

The Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health strategy 2001-2006.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

 
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