The Northern Territory Government has committed to improving housing in remote communities with an investment of $1.1 billion over 10 years. The investment is funded through four programs:
$500 million over 10 years for the construction of new public housing.
ROOM TO BREATHE
$200 million over 10 years to increase living space in existing homes.
REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE
$200 million over 10 years for repairs and maintenance.
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE HOUSING
$200 million over 10 years to expand Government Employee Housing to include locally recruited NT Government employees in remote areas.
This is a ten year initiative with a focus on local decision making. Local decision making means communities have input into how their funding allocation will be spent and will be consulted about how need is determined and prioritised in their community.
There are 73 communities throughout the Territory and not all communities can be engaged with at the same time – engagement, planning, development of construction contracts, and commencement of works will be rolled-out in phases.
Although the initiative focuses on a range of housing solutions, the purpose of the initiative is to put people first, not assets, from working closely with communities to identify their housing needs to ensuring the work benefits Aboriginal businesses and leads to job creation and capacity development.