Our Homes Research Project
The Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Northern Territory Government, engaged the Ground Up team at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, to provide research around people’s experiences of managing their houses and housing situations in two remote Aboriginal communities – Galiwin’ku and Santa Teresa.
The purpose of the project was to speak to people living in these communities and learn about how:
- People want to manage their households
- Houses can be maintained so people are safe and healthy
- Communication between government and communities can improve
- Tenancy models are working for people on the ground
- The department can support household management within various cultural contexts and dynamics
CDU researchers worked together with researchers from Yalu’ Marŋgithinyaraw Aboriginal Corporation in Galiwin’ku, and with researchers from Tangentyere Research Hub in Santa Teresa. They visited people in their homes, and spoke to them about their experiences with rent, repairs and maintenance, contractors and government. They also asked them about ways NT government can support people to manage their households, and be safe and healthy at home.