Sustainable Indigenous housing in regional and remote Australia

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 for householders.

It finds current regional and remote Indigenous housing stock is unable to provide consistently healthy and comfortable indoor environments. Operating and maintenance costs are three times greater for remote housing than in capital cities, so developing strategies to reduce these costs is a key goal. The adoption of life-cycle costing (LCC) frameworks offer potential to reduce expensive responsive repair work while guaranteeing amenity to householders.

Key Points

  • For Indigenous housing to be sustainable, it should be 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.
  • Repair and maintenance activities are an inevitable cost in the life cycle of a dwelling. Construction defects, wear and tear, ageing and environmental factors impact on building components. Planned maintenance programs are important for sustaining higher levels of house function across time.
  • Addressing climate change in Indigenous housing and health policy is an urgent priority.


Read the web report here.