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A framework for culturally appropriate and sustainable Indigenous housing

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posted on 2023-05-21, 19:38 authored by Daphne HabibisDaphne Habibis

Safe, secure and stable housing is central to social, emotional and economic well-being for individuals and families. Housing is recognised by the United Nations as a fundamental human right, yet when it comes to Indigenous housing individuals disproportionately experience unsafe, unstable and substandard housing. The absence of housing security is therefore a significant contributor to the intergenerational poverty experienced by some Indigenous individuals and families.

The long-standing nature of this issue makes it appear intractable and systemic, however there is increasing evidence that governments working in partnership with Indigenous organisations and communities, can begin to change these dynamics.

This brief is based on an extensive review of the multidisciplinary evidence base, including literature and policy analysis as well as empirical investigation. Sources include research articles, official reports and statistics and scholarly debates, as well as media commentary and debate. These, along with original data sources, are analysed to identify the key policy learnings for a framework for culturally appropriate and sustainable Indigenous housing.


Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute


Publication title

Emerald Open Research






School of Social Sciences


Emerald Publishing Limited

Place of publication

United Kingdom

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community service programs

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