Work has already started in 21 communities through $10 million in Room to Breathe early works brought forward to 2016-17.
Contracts have been awarded for engineer reviews of 10 communities to design subdivision works and infrastructure study contracts are underway in three communities.
This is a ten year program, which will be delivered community by community. The first step is to engage with each community to determine their specific needs.
It is recognised that some communities will receive investment and works towards the beginning of the program while others will receive it towards the end.
A stakeholder working group was formed in 2016 consisting of land councils, regional councils, Aboriginal peak bodies and ABEs throughout the NT and consultation has been ongoing about delivery of the Room to Breathe and we will keep working with this group to help with planning.
All communities will be informed and engaged over the life of the program.
The department is developing an allocations model that identifies the social need of individuals in communities to determine how funding can be distributed across communities and the order that communities will be prioritised (across HomeBuildNT and Room to Breathe).
While this is developed we will start with communities that we know have high levels of over-crowding and need, and where there is existing infrastructure to build more houses.
Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will work with the local decision-making groups in each community to determine what works best meets the community’s housing and accommodation needs.
This program is supporting community development. Local and regional businesses that can demonstrate a commitment to local investment will have a priority under the current procurement policy of ‘Buy Local’.
This program is place responsive, recognising that each Aboriginal community is different, with unique housing needs and solutions. It will provide an opportunity for community development and for communities to have a say in their housing needs and how their community grows. Planning will be undertaken
with communities and respond to community needs and priorities, from the type of housing to how housing will be built, to job and training opportunities.
This program goes for ten years, and we will talk to all communities over the life of the program.
We will tell you when we are coming to talk to your community.
We will focus first on communities with high levels of over-crowding that can get houses underway.
This is a ten year program 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.
This investment may not be enough to solve accommodation need in all communities but will make a significant difference for individuals and substantially improve their well-being.
The NTG continues to negotiate with the Commonwealth Government regarding further funding for housing and infrastructure.
As the program rolls out and engagement starts there will be opportunities to be involved. For information specific to your request, please email