A new homelands policy will be developed by the Territory Labor Government in collaboration with land councils, the Australian Government and homelands residents as part of its response to an independent review.
Released today, the Territory Labor Government’s response to the Homelands Policy Review sets a new direction for the delivery of services, such as housing, to homelands including those in the Territory’s most remote areas.
Eleven of the 13 recommendations have been accepted and in-principle support has been agreed for the remaining two.
The Northern Territory Government’s response to the review includes:
- Revising the Homelands Grants Program by removing red tape and streamlining program funding; and
- Committing to establish a new body with the land councils and the Australian Government to co-design a long-term vision for homelands including a sophisticated and holistic Homelands Policy framework to better ensure a sustainable homelands sector.
There are more than 500 homelands across the Territory with approximately 10,000 residents living in 2,400 dwellings.