Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across all age groups face higher rates of poverty, unemployment and homelessness than their counterparts in the non-indigenous population.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have an unemployment rate five times higher than that of the non-indigenous population, and over 30% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are homeless or live in sub-standard accommodation (Brotherhood of St Laurence, 1995) which is often overcrowded, and has poor access to services.
In 1992 NYCH commissioned a study on young people's experiences of living in rural and remote communities in Australia; Living, Learning and Working by Suzi Quixley. The report recognised that self determination and self management for all indigenous people is central to improving the conditions of young people in these communities.
NYCH recognises the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to access housing and support both within and beyond their communities. NYCH works to ensure that our policy and action is informed by and relevant to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing consumers by:
- maintaining links with and eliciting advice and direction from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and representative organisations; and
- encouraging State and Territory Youth Accommodation Coalitions to increase membership and/representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders groups.