Teacher Housing

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Suite 3, 41 Walters Drive, Osborne Park WA 6017
PO Box 1817, Osborne Park DC WA 6916
PH: 08 9441 1608
FAX: 08 9244 2786
Email: aicsperth@ais.wa.edu.au


PO Box 2373, Broome WA 6725
PH: 08 9193 6480
FAX: 08 9193 6484
Email: aicsbr@wn.com.au

The Australian Government has agreed to offer funding of $5,500,000  under the Indigenous Education (targeted Assistance) Act 2000 for the expansion of the Aboriginal Independent Community Teacher Housing Project.

The objective of the Project is to construct and renovate houses for teachers located in Aboriginal Independent Community Schools in the remote regions of Western Australia including the Kimberley, Pilbara, Great Sandy Desert, Murchison, Great Southern and the Goldfields. The aim of the project is to ensure that there is sufficient  good quality accommodation to attract and retain highly accomplished teachers to work in remote community schools in Western Australia.

The Aboriginal Independent Community Schools' Support Unit (AICS SU), is responsible for the administration and monitoring of the Teacher Housing Project. The Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia Inc (AISWA) has entered in to an agreement with the Commonwealth that requires the AICS SU to administer the project and ensure a formal agreement between AISWA and each school is signed prior to funding being made available.


In 2007 the AICS Support Unit commissioned an audit of the AIC Schools’ teacher housing needs. This was jointly funded by the Australian Government and the AIC Schools.  It was conducted by the Northern Building Consultants (NBC) Aboriginal Corporation in the same year and was presented to the schools in January 2008.  This report identified the need to spend $21,435,320 on new housing including the replacement of older substandard houses over 10 years ($8,501,960: ‘High Priority’ – immediate start; $7,381,880: ‘Medium Priority’ 2-5 years; $5,551,480: ‘Low Priority’ 5-10 years).

The NBC audit formed the basis of a December 2008 submission, prepared by the AIC Schools’ Support Unit, to the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations seeking funding for teacher housing. 

In addition to this grant, which is funded through the Indigenous Education Act, the very remote AIC Schools have also recently gained access to Building the Education Revolution (BER) funds for teacher housing. This contribution from the Australian Government is appreciated and will go some of the way to meeting the high priority needs of some of the very remote Schools. 

The BER funds are administered by the AISWA Capital Grant Association Inc. (CGA) and will provide houses to nine AIC Schools.  These included:

Kimberley:                                 Pilbara:
Purnululu                                    Strelley
Yakanarra                                   Rawa
Yiyili                                              Parnngurr
Nyikina Mangala

The AISWA CGA administered BER funds will provide twelve (12) new houses to these schools at a cost of $4.6m.

The AIC Schools’ Teacher Housing Project will provide all of the remote and regional AIC Schools with access to funds for the purpose of building new houses and renovating existing houses.  These schools include:

Kimberley:                             Pilbara
Purnululu                                Strelley
Yakanarra                               Rawa
Yiyili                                          Parnngurr
Nyikina Mangala

Karalundi Aboriginal Education Community

Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School (CAPS) Coolgardie
CAPS Kurrawang

Great Southern:
CAPS Wongutha, Esperance

Timeline of Key Activities

The following is an outline of the key activities to be undertaken by the AIC Schools’ Teacher Housing Project.  

March 2010                          
Schools sign agreements. 

April 2010 - June 2012     
AIC Schools’ Support Unit:

  • Maintains regular communication with participating schools to monitor project implementation;
  • Distributes grants as reimbursements.

June – November 2012   
Project conclusion:

  • Manage return of final Accountant and Architect Certificates;
  • Manage final payments.


Templates to be use for the different reporting requirements.