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. NPARIH is due to conclude in 2018.
Jurisdictions are negotiating with the Commonwealth government to define a way forward post NPARIH.
Since the introduction of NPARIH in 2008, action is being taken by all jurisdictions on several 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.