This NAIDOC Week, Shelter WA supports the call to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!
Held from 3 – 10 July 2022, this year’s NAIDOC Week theme encourages all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.
Shelter WA is committed to continuing the fight for structural reform to strengthen land rights for Aboriginal communities and ensure that everyone has safe, secure homes and communities. We are committed to championing the Uluru Statement from the Heart within our organisation and our networks, and to working with Indigenous communities and organisations across WA to build a stronger housing system together.
This NAIDOC Week is a moment to celebrate the incredible connection to Country that is held by all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and recognise their ongoing sovereignty over these lands and waters on which we live and work.
The importance of place has always been a source of strength for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, however all the statistics show that Aboriginal people are marginalised by housing markets. For those who have housing it must be sustainable, safe, and humane. It should support householders to enact healthy living practices and secure their wellbeing and be provided in the places Indigenous people prefer to live to meet different needs and purposes.
Shelter WA received a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health to undertake a review of Indigenous housing policy and programs, reviewing the intersection of housing and health policy. Shelter WA and National Shelter appointed PwC’s Indigenous Consulting Pty Limited to complete this significant piece of work. Read here.
Shelter WA was also awarded a COVID-19 Grant by Lotterywest to build the capacity of the four WA-based Aboriginal community housing organisations.
This work is ongoing and focuses on optimising the ACHO’s current assets, build on their professionalism and through a peer-to-peer learning approach build collective capability supported by the technical expertise shared across the organisations. They are: one metro provider Noongar Mia Mia, and three regional providers namely Murchison Region Aboriginal Corporation (Geraldton), Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation (Goldfields) and Southern Aboriginal Corporation (Albany). Read here.
This report undertaken by researchers from University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and University of Tasmania examines the sustainability of Indigenous housing in regional and remote Australia. The research explores how housing stock can be maintained at high levels over time while considering the impacts of climate change and ensuring positive health and wellbeing outcomes. Read here.