Aboriginal Housing Strategy (VIC)

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New homelessness Framework to provide stronger support for Aboriginal people

The Victorian Government has announced $5.3 million in initiatives to begin the implementation of some of the actions identified in a new Homelessness Framework to provide stronger support for Aboriginal people fighting homelessness and gaining permanent housing.

The Framework – titled Mana-na worn-tyeen maar-takoort: Every Aboriginal Person Has a Home – sets out a blueprint to improve Aboriginal housing outcomes in a generation.

First strategy led by Victorian Aboriginal community

Money allocated will fund initiatives such as an Aboriginal-specific Private Rental Assistance Program, community engagement activities and the exploring future investment in Aboriginal housing. It is the first self-determined strategic policy direction led and developed by the Victorian Aboriginal community and builds a new approach to ensuring all Aboriginal Victorians have safe, secure and stable housing.

“For Governments to move beyond crisis management of Aboriginal housing and to achieve equity in housing outcomes requires a new perspective and a fresh approach which addresses each of the drivers of housing outcomes,” the Framework argues.

“What is required is the movement of Aboriginal people across all of the housing tenures and possibly the creation of some new tenures.”

Better health outcomes for Indigenous people

The Framework was developed by a Steering Committee of Government and Aboriginal and other community members who provided ongoing leadership and direction under its Chair Professor Kerry Arabena.

Prof Arabena is also reviewing housing policy and programs over the last twenty-five years and their intersection with health policy, to recommend housing policy solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for Indigenous people. This work is being undertaken in partnership with PwC Indigenous Consulting, for between Shelter WA, National Shelter and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Authority supported by the Federal Department of Health.