Accommodation support for education and health 

Portfolio: Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


Why is this important?


  • This measure will provide funding to build and operate a 40 bed secondary student accommodation hostel in Kununurra, Western Australia; build and operate a 45 bed aged care nursing home in Perth, Western Australia, for older Indigenous Australians; and build and operate three new renal dialysis hostels in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Who will benefit?


  • The hostel at Kununurra will allow 40 Indigenous students each year to continue their education within reasonable and affordable visiting distance of their families.
  • The aged care nursing home in Perth will provide 45 residents with access to ongoing care in a culturally appropriate and affordable environment. There is currently no other Indigenous aged care accommodation in Perth.
  • The renal dialysis hostels will be located in close proximity to renal dialysis units and provide suitable accommodation and support for patients requiring treatment for advanced renal disease.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?


  • The Australian Government will provide $29.0 million over four years (including a capital injection of $21.3 million).

What have we done in the past?


  • Aboriginal Hostels Limited currently has a capacity of 56 places for renal dialysis patients, 474 places for secondary education students, and 251 places for aged care.

When will the initiative conclude?


  • The funding is ongoing.
Content Updated: 23 May 2012