National Indigenous Infrastructure Guide - 2010

Aim of the publication

Sustainability is the foundation of the National Indigenous Infrastructure Guide (the ‘Guide’), which provides existing good practice principles of  educating and involving community members in choosing appropriate technology for infrastructure[1], including installation and ongoing maintenance.  The principles in the Guide use a process that maximises community skills development and employment opportunities.  The Guide assists government and service providers working with infrastructure in Indigenous communities.

Target audience

The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), consulted with community service providers and Indigenous community workers to compile the Guide.  Indigenous communities, community managers, government officers, planners and service providers are informed in the Guide of the kind of choice, design, installation, function, maintenance and management of infrastructure available for their community needs.

Technical personnel project managers and essential services officers would find the Guide beneficial in knowing how to incorporate their technical knowledge into Indigenous community projects.

Content of the publication

The Guide articulates that successful outcomes cannot be achieved without the involvement of the end users of the technology and infrastructure - community. Community will usually be involved in one or more of the following components of infrastructure development: problem identification, design, decision making, construction, management, installation and maintenance, for essential issues such as:  water, storm water, waste water, waste, energy, telecommunications and transport.

The importance of community involvement equates to increased skills development, successful project outcomes due to local risk management, reduced costs and reliable ongoing operation of installed equipment.

The Guide is also available in hard copy at no cost from National Mailing and Marketing. Email:  or telephone: 1800 050 009, quoting product number FAHCSIA10099;

1 ‘Infrastructure’ in this context refers to the fixed physical assets used to deliver a service to a community or region


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