Progress is made through action
In a week where we have celebrated and remembered significant events – closing the gap and sorry day – Queensland Council of Social Service reminds the government that progress is made through action.
The Prime Minister must act to address the critical housing need being faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities.
The National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) has provided a crucial foundation to meeting the Council of Australian Governments endorsed targets to address Indigenous disadvantage.
“This Australian Government cannot walk away from this partnership. It is too important. It requires a long-term commitment. If they are genuine in their obligation to closing the gap. said Mr Mark Henley, QCOSS CEO.
“Housing is a basic human right and provides the foundation for a range of social and economic outcomes for all Australians, none more than in our remote communities.”
Housing in remote Indigenous communities across Australia still falls way short of providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with the foundations to support other wellbeing outcomes such as health, education, employment, and participation in social, cultural and community life.
“Outcomes from this investment go beyond providing housing infrastructure to improvements in mental and physical health, and school attendance, and a decrease in domestic and family violence, and youth offending.
“The investment also provides vital and scarce economic input into communities through jobs and the purchase of goods through the supply chain. It is critical this funding is continued.”
“QCOSS, with the National COSS Network wrote to the Prime Minister last week urging him not to walk away from these communities and provide ongoing funds for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote housing in the 2017-18 budget, on at least an equal share basis with states and territories.”