Indigenous housing

Past and current research by RMIT staff includes studies of the Indigenous housing policy environment in Australia (Berry, Rodgers) and an analysis of the design implications of the many factors affecting the design and construction of remote, Indigenous housing, including Indigenous domiciliary practices, the costs of remoteness, consultation processes (Fien, Charlesworth).

The new ARC research project will develop a practical business case for rethinking and addressing the cost factors that slow progress in overcoming Indigenous housing shortages, long waiting lists, homelessness, maintenance backlogs, etc. The business case will integrate three related innovations:

  1. the evaluation and refinement of modular and pre-fabricated construction technologies,
  2. the development and use of financial tools for lifecycle costing and considering the “whole of community” benefits of sustainable and culturally appropriate housing, and
  3. community development and capacity building through training in construction, repair and maintenance, and domestic living skills.
Start By 29 June 2007
Completed By 29 January 2008
Researcher(s) Esther Charlesworth
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Brisbane – Australia
Darwin – Australia
Perth – Australia