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Remote indigenous housing in Australia – A social assessment

Jardine Orr, A. and Anda, M.ORCID: 0000-0001-7398-4192 (2004) Remote indigenous housing in Australia – A social assessment. In: 24th International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Annual Conference, 26 - 29 April, Vancouver, Canada.


Social Assessment, although better known in the area of natural resource management, provides a methodology that has wide application. Its balance between primary and secondary information and the emphasis on key issues enables focused problem-orientated research. This is illustrated through discussion of a policy research project into remote indigenous housing in Western Australia and the Northern Territory areas of Australia. The provision of adequate remote indigenous housing has long been a contentious issue in Australia. Attempts to meet this need have led to the development of a wide range of housing and housing-related programs in remote indigenous communities. These programs tended to remove involvement in housing from communities to external program and project managers. The current challenge is to find ways to integrate the plethora of programs while promoting the concept of indigenous governance. The complexity of the institutional environment addressed by this research project led to the development of an additional social assessment tool. This tool, called institutional mapping by the multidisciplinary research team, provided a mechanism to both understand the different programs as well as a starting point for program-integration workshops and interviews. This paper discusses the research project, the social assessment methodology used as well as the institutional mapping tool developed as a result of the institutionally complex project environment.

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Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
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