The Commonwealth Government’s 10 year National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing (NPARH) came to an end on 30 June 2018. No further funding for remote housing had been negotiated by the State and Federal Government until April 2019, when it was announced that a new $75 million remote Aboriginal housing agreement over five years had been formalised between the State and Federal Governments.
On 5 April 2019, South Australia Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink, announced the new agreement for housing on the APY Lands, Far North communities of Dunjiba and Umoona and the West-coast communities of Yalata and Koonibba.
The Federal Government is providing an up-front payment of $37.5 million, to be matched by the State Government over the next five years.
Under the previous agreement, South Australia received approximately $26 million each year for remote housing in this state. The new allocation of $75 million over five years equates to approximately $15 million each year for five years. This falls far short of the amount that was previously provided and will not adequately address the housing shortfall or the level of overcrowding in community housing.
Safe, culturally appropriate and energy-efficient housing is a basic necessity for health and to enable people to participate in employment, education and the community’s cultural life. These are all essential if Australia is going to close the gap of inequality and disadvantage.
If you would like more background information about remote housing, you can visit our previous Paper Tracker post here.