2.02 Access to functional housing with utilities

This measure reports on connection to water, sewerage and electricity services and functionality of Indigenous housing facilities that are required to support healthy living practices.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on connection to water, sewerage and electricity, and the overall functionality of Indigenous housing facilities needed for healthy living. Housing is important for health and wellbeing. Functional housing encompasses basic services and facilities, infrastructure and habitability. These factors combined enable households to carry out healthy living practices including: waste removal; maintaining cleanliness through washing people, clothing and bedding; managing environmental risk factors such as electrical safety and temperature in the living environment; controlling air pollution for allergens; and preparing food safely (Bailie & Wayte 2006; DFCS 2003; Nganampa Health Council et al. 1987).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey

References

  • Bailie RS & Wayte KJ 2006. Housing and health in Indigenous communities: key issues for housing and health improvement in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Australian Journal of Rural Health 14:178–83.
  • DFCS (Department of Family and Community Services) 2003. National Indigenous Housing Guide. Canberra: DFCS.
  • Nganampa Health Council, South Australian Health Commission & Aboriginal Health Organisation of SA 1987. Report of the Uwankara Palyanyku Kanyintjaku: an environmental and public health review within the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands. Adelaide: Nganampa Health Council.