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Northern Territory Auditor-General's Office, February 2023 Report to the Legislative Assembly



Northern Territory Auditor-General's Office, February 2023 Report to the Legislative Assembly

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Auditor-General for the Northern Territory February 2023 Report Page 66 of 131 Modular Housing Selected Agencies Background Remote housing investment Following a 2016 pre-election commitment, the Northern Territory Government (NTG) announced a 10 year, $1.1 billion remote housing investment in 2017. The investment was premised upon the principles of local decision making, engagement and planning with the emphasis on local participation in the delivery of the work, promoting local economic development to build and manage housing. A key intended outcome from the program was to reduce the level of overcrowding in communities throughout the Territory. The remote housing investment comprises 4 programs: Homebuild NT - $500 million over 10 years for the construction of new public housing. Room to Breathe - $200 million over 10 years to increase living spaces 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 support locally recruited NTG employees in remote areas. An additional NTG investment of $426 million over 8 years from 2016-17 was committed for preparing land servicing and infrastructure for the remote housing works. The Australian Government also committed $550 million over 5 years through the National Partnership Agreement for Remote Housing Northern Territory. The joint investment totals $2.1 billion over 10 years. The program focuses on: Reducing overcrowding and improving living conditions Local decision making and engagement with communities Developing Aboriginal Business Enterprises Sustainable local employment Economic development. HomeBuild NT The Our Community Our Future Our Homes website states that $500 million has been allocated over 2017-2018 to 2026-2027 to build new homes in remote communities under HomeBuild NT. Each community has different housing needs and there is no one size fits all solution. We work with each community to identify their priorities for new housing. For example, some communities prioritise housing for elderly residents or people with a disability while others prioritise housing for extended family groups. Through local decision making, communities can have input into decisions about the type of housing needed, when the program is delivered, where housing is built, and training and employment opportunities. HomeBuild NT has a focus on innovative design and materials as part of its delivery.