The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH) is a 10-year shared commitment by the Australian, State and Northern Territory Governments to address severe overcrowding, homelessness, poor housing conditions and severe housing shortages in remote Indigenous communities.
Since the introduction of NPARIH in 2008, action is being taken by all jurisdictions including NSW on a number of related fronts including:
- Increased supply of safe and adequate housing,
- Implementation of tenancy management reforms consistent with public housing standards, including rent collection, tenant support, asset protection and strong governance arrangements,
- Ongoing programs for the repair and maintenance of remote Indigenous housing,
- Increased employment opportunities for residents in remote communities.
Housing is an essential building block to Closing the Gap for Aboriginal people. Poor housing conditions and overcrowding have a detrimental impact on health, education and employment of residents and communities.
Under NPARIH, the NSW Government will receive $396.8 million from the Australian Government to deliver on objectives and outcomes that include:
- Building and/or buying around 310 houses in remote and very remote NSW.
- Funding to tackle backlog maintenance on the 4,650 dwellings across NSW owned and managed by 230 Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHP).
- Specific funding to address repairs and maintenance of dwellings owned and managed by ACHPs in remote and very remote NSW.
- Purchasing properties in regional centres under the Employment Related Accommodation program to help Aboriginal people from remote areas to access employment and training opportunities in regional locations.
- Building of safe house complexes in five remote communities in NSW.
- The Remote Aboriginal Home Ownership Pilot in 2013-2014 in Walgett, Bourke and Coonamble.
- A range of tenant support and education initiatives across remote and very remote NSW.
It is recognised that improving housing conditions is closely linked to improvements in Aboriginal health, education and employment, which will close the gap in disadvantage for Aboriginal people.