Murdi Paaki Social Housing Agreement – Message from the Head of Aboriginal Affairs
Agreement to improve social housing outcomes in the Murdi Paaki Region; a major step towards self-determination
New and innovative social housing models and approaches will be developed and delivered through a joint decision making body in a major step towards self-determination.
The Agreement, signed on Monday 10 December 2018 between the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly and the NSW Government, is focused on enabling joint decision making on Aboriginal social housing in the region and aims to improve the quality of social housing services and supply whilst building the capacity of Aboriginal housing providers.
Under the Agreement a joint decision making body will be formed to direct the expenditure of $15 million dollars which was earmarked for the Murdi Paaki region through the former National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing.
Representatives from the NSW Government and the Assembly will jointly design and deliver social housing programs and policies as well as priority projects. Future plans also include the co-design of an Aboriginal social housing plan for the region.
The Agreement and the newly formed Regional Aboriginal Housing Leadership Assembly puts Aboriginal people at the heart of decision making and is the first real attempt under Local Decision Making to co-design and jointly manage an area of policy in NSW.
Local Decision Making continues to challenge government leaders by ensuring that the knowledge of Aboriginal peoples is factored into decision making. It is building new collaborative decision making models which can facilitate the design and delivery of unique and culturally appropriate services that meet the needs of Aboriginal peoples and communities.
The Agreement to improve Aboriginal Social Housing Outcomes in the Murdi Paaki region is the second agreement negotiated by the Assembly and is underpinned by the Local Decision Making Accord signed with the NSW Government in 2015.
I would like to acknowledge the substantial work and commitment of the Assembly and the NSW Government in negotiating this Agreement and I look forward to seeing what can be achieved through the Regional Aboriginal Housing Leadership Assembly as a joint decision making body.