Housing in Remote Areas, Galiwin'ku and Wadeye
|Client|| Department of Families, Housing, Community Services
and Indigenous Affairs
|Timeframe||2007 - 2008|
To support their staff working in remote areas of the Northern Territory, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) undertook a program of staff housing construction and refurbishment in a variety of remote and regional locations.
The two main centres of activity were Galiwin’ku (the main settlement on Elcho Island, just off the northern coast of Australia, two hours flight from Darwin) and Wadeye (a mainland settlement, generally only accessible by air and approximately 12 hours drive from Darwin).
FaHCSIA provided funding to the Galiwin’ku and Wadeye local communities to directly engage contractors to construct stand-alone staff houses. As the projects were funded by FaHCSIA for the use of visiting FaHCSIA staff, an assessment of the housing needed to be carried out prior to occupation by staff, as concerns had been raised regarding suitability.
Xact was engaged by FaHCSIA to investigate the quality, suitability for occupancy and compliance of six new houses in Galiwin’ku and one at Wadeye. In order to undertake the investigation, Xact assembled a project team of designers, geotechnical engineers, structural engineers and certifiers to inspect the site for compliance with relevant building approvals and BCA Australian Standards.