An assessment of tenant experiences of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH) Property and Tenancy Management (PTM) reforms in the Northern Territory was undertaken on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Aff airs (FaHCSIA) , in conjunction with the Northern Territory Government. The Allen Consulting Group implemented the project in collaboration with the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation.
PTM reforms and the new Remote Rental Framework represent a signifi cant change for remote communities and follow a substantial investment in new, rebuilt and refurbished housing stock. The reforms extend urban public housing standards to remote communities with no previous requirement to enter into a formal undertaking on joint responsibilities relating to property and tenancy management. The undertaking relates to all aspects of sustaining the housing and nominates a head tenant(s) responsible for the house and damages.
The objective of the project was to fill critical in formation gaps about the impact of the PTM reforms on tenants and communities at a relatively early stage in the reform process. Hearing from communities about their experience of the reforms provides important feedback to inform the ongoing development an d implementation of policy, program design and effective service delivery.
This report outlines the findings of a survey of tenants in 10 0 households in selected remote Northern Territory communities , against background information about the roll out of the reforms and local implementation involving over 3,200 new, rebuilt and refurbished houses . Background information was obtained through review of policy and program documentation, and consultation with key government stakeholders and community service providers. Additional background was obtained through a targeted literature review that included relevant government reports and emerging research.