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Budget 2012-2013 Budget Paper No.3 The Budget



Budget 2012-2013 Budget Paper No.3 The Budget

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295 Revenue Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services National Affordable Housing Specific Purpose Payment The National Affordable Housing SPP provides funding to support the achievement of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA)s objectives. In 2012-13, the Territory expects to receive $25.6million for the National Affordable Housing SPP, the majority of which is allocated to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services (DHLGRS), with $3.3million allocated to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to fund supported accommodation projects. The NAHA aims to provide support and accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to assist people with social housing, in the private rental market and who are purchasing houses. Improving affordable housing opportunities and reducing overcrowding for Indigenous people is a specific focus of the NAHA. National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing The NP on Remote Indigenous Housing incorporates the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program and aims to facilitate significant reform in the provision of housing for Indigenous people in remote communities and to address overcrowding, homelessness, poor housing condition and severe housing shortages in these communities. Increasing the supply of new houses, improving the condition of existing houses and ensuring that social housing is well maintained and managed are key components of this NP. In 2012-13 it is anticipated that the Territory will receive Commonwealth funding of $121.5million for the Remote Indigenous HousingNP. National Partnership Agreement on Water for the Future The NPA on Water for the Future aims to contribute to increased efficiency of rural water use, to protect and improve the environmental health of freshwater and freshwater-dependent ecosystems, prepare communities for climate change, help secure water supplies for towns and cities and assist households and businesses to use water more efficiently. The majority of 2012-13 Water for the Future funding to the Territory will be for water storage and production infrastructure in five remote Indigenous communities ($13.3million), providing additional essential services capacity to support the rollout of the Remote Indigenous Housing NP. The balance of the $13.7million 2012-13 Water for the Future funding is to give effect to the national water resources management complianceframework (through the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport). National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness The NP on Homelessness aims to reduce the number of people who are homeless and the number of those who have repeated episodes of homelessness, to improve the engagement of homeless people with their families, community and work, and to provide quality services, including enhanced access to sustainable housing. It focuses on rough sleepers, people experiencing repeated homelessness, people escaping violence (especially women, children and young people), Indigenous people, and people exiting social housing or institutional healthcare, mental health services or the justice system. In 2012-13, the Territory is anticipated to receive $7.6million with the majority of this funding provided to DHLGRS. However initiatives are also being progressed by DCF, the Department of Health and the Department of Justice. The Territory also contributes funding towards these initiatives ($2.2million in 2012-13).