Funding Boost for Remote Indigenous Housing in NT

The Turnbull government has announced a $550 million funding boost for remote Indigenous housing in Northern Territory, but Labor warned that Indigenous housing in Australia was still under threat.

This five year funding will commence in 2018-19 and will be matched by the NT government, with the state government retaining responsibility for sub-leasing arrangements in remote communities during the period.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said this new investment aimed to address severe overcrowding in remote communities.

“This $550 million funding commitment comes on top of the $1.7 billion investment into remote housing in the territory since 2008,” Scullion said.

“Our focus will be ensuring Aboriginal community control is at the heart of our investment, from decision making to employment and business procurement to ensure we deliver long term sustainable change in remote communities.”

The federal and NT governments also announced they had reached substantive agreement on the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA), which would provide NT with $98.5 million in funding over the next five years to support the delivery of affordable housing and homelessness services.

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Source: Pro Bono Australia