Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Action Plan
Working together for a better housing future
Our vision is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders have access to safe, appropriate and sustainable housing that provides the foundation to close the gap, and improves health, safety, wellbeing, education and economic outcomes.
"This is our opportunity to create the stable environment that is needed to close the gap." – Mick Gooda, First Nations Advisor.
To help achieve this vision, we’ve worked together with local communities to develop the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Action Plan 2019–2023 (PDF, 3.9MB).
The action plan is a response to the unique housing experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.
It details how communities, the housing sector and government will work together to put local communities at the centre of decision making.
The action plan aims to provide more support for:
- people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
- tenants in social and private rental housing
- people seeking home ownership.
This is a commitment under the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017–2027.
From I think when I was 18 to probably 26, we were renting. At the time I thought that was all I needed.
But as I got older, I had more kids, I realised that I needed to have a place of safety. That I could give them a place of safety that I didn't really have when I grew up.
I grew up here on Yuggera country. Yeah almost 40 years I've been living in this area. Mum lived in public housing. Just up the road actually.
Back then there was no real conversations about the likelihood that we would own a house.
I'm very much the family matriarch. So you know, got on that that role since my mum passed away. My role is to ensure that a house is always there for all my family members.
I think there needs to be more affordable housing and at the other end of that people should be allowed to purchase those properties.
If you've got a regular job you have a chance to apply for housing. Get your own place.
Everything comes from a home. Home is more than a house and that's what we're trying to do with the action plan.
We know that if people don't have good stable homes you won't make any advances in education. You won't make any advances in health.
The gap will never close if we don't have good homes.
A lot of Aboriginal people, I know feel the same way we do, even though we might pass on and that, but the house is always here for family.
They never sorta buy it for investment or anything like that. It just means much more than that.
I think if you've got a stable place, you know everything else can fall into place. You've got that solid base to work from and you know then that's when you can start to plan things a lot better as well.
Our focus areas
- Place-based responses: Empowering communities to develop local solutions
- Person-centred responses: Services and support to meet people’s needs
- A stronger sector: Create a strong and diverse housing sector
Our shared principles
The delivery of the action plan will be guided by these principles:
- Housing is a right: Every Queenslander should have access to safe, appropriate and sustainable housing.
- Empowering local solutions: Local communities will be at the centre of decision making about local housing services.
- Helping those in need: Housing assistance will target those most in need.
- Culture is the key to opening doors for all: Culturally responsive housing services will be developed, in partnership with communities, using the best available evidence.
- Shared responsibility: Maintenance of housing is the shared responsibility of housing providers, families and individuals.
- Communities should benefit: The delivery of housing assistance programs will increase local job, training and business opportunities.
A new way of working
Shared leadership and informed local-decision making will lead to better housing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.
This means reframing the way local communities, government and the housing sector work together, collaborating to create stronger housing outcomes and appreciating each other’s strengths and differences.
With this in mind, we will:
- co-design policies and programs in remote and discrete communities
- work closely with local residents, stakeholders and funding bodies in urban and regional communities to support community leadership and self-determination.
Partnering together on new initiatives will deliver responsive housing services and better outcomes for communities.
Read more in our highlights overview (PDF, 2.9MB)
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- Last updated:
- 29 November 2019