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 investment with a focus on local decision making. Local decision making means communities will have input into what housing looks like 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, in consultation with communities.
While Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes. focuses on a range of housing solutions, the purpose of the initiative is to put people first, not assets. This is done by working closely with communities to identify their housing needs and ensuring the work benefits Aboriginal businesses, leading to job creation and capacity development.