NT Government unveils $690 million investment in remote housing

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on May 10, 2022 Fact Checked
NT Government unveils $690 million investment in remote housing

Forming a key element of the state budget, the Northern Territory will rollout more than $690 million in remote housing to assist teachers and combat overcrowding.

The Northern Territory Government on Tuesday revealed $301 million will be placed towards a 'Remote Housing Investment Package', funding new builds and extensions of HomeBuild NT, Room to Breathe and Government Employee housing programs.

This investment is coupled with $235.8 million towards land servicing to support the 'Remote Housing Investment Package' and $150 million for ongoing support to improve existing housing through the national partnership agreements funded by the Commonwealth. 

To support remote teachers, the Northern Territory Government noted the budget also includes a further $9.3 million to construct and upgrade homes for remote teachers. 

The planned yield for 2022-23 includes at least 260 new homes, and the construction of a minimum of 200 serviced lots.

Since 2016, more than 2,380 homes in remote areas across the NT have been built, upgraded and improved, including works completed and underway and amounts to around 6500 new living spaces.

See more: Home loans for Indigenous Australians 

Chansey Paech, Territory Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps, said this significant investment which includes contributions from both the Territory and Australian governments, will be the biggest spend within the program so far and sets a record for the Northern Territory.

“Our investment in housing is fundamental to better outcomes across the board and the cornerstone of economically viable, skilled communities," Mr Paech said. 

“The new financial year comes with exciting prospects for our remote housing program, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of our projects come to fruition.”

In March, the Northern Territory revealed a new scheme to connect eligible key workers with affordable rental housing in the private market called 'Rent Choice'. 

Under Rent Choice, eligible key workers can source private rental housing and receive a maximum rental subsidy of $12,000 for up to 12 months - this depends on requirements such as income, household size and rental location.


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