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Author Ove Arup & Partners.

Title Essential services costs in remote indigenous communities : a consultancy report / by Ove Arup and Partners, prepared for the Housing, Infrastructure, Health and Heritage Branch
Published Canberra : Aboriginal and Torres Islander Commision, 1999


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Description 116 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Series Indigenous housing and living environment series
Indigenous housing and living environment series
Summary The objective of the study was to provide estimates of operating and maintenance costs for water, sewerage and power for Discrete Indigenous Communities within Australia. It was found that approximately 100,000 indigenous people live in approximately 830 Discrete Communities out of a total indigenous population of approximately 370,000. Many of these Discrete Communities, particularly on the East Coast of Australia, have access to some or all town services; for example state electricity grids or municipal water and sewerage facilities. In these cases, estimates for operating and maintenance costs were calculated from town municipal sewerage/water rates and average domestic electricity tariffs. For Communities without access to town services, particularly in Central and Western Australia, operating and maintenance costs were calculated from system rates based on averaged data from a variety of sources. Based on the Discrete Community populations and calculated rates, it was estimated that some $66M per annurn is required to adequately operate and maintain the essential services of water, sewerage and power in discrete indigenous communities. This equates to an average cost across Australia of $670.00 per person per annum. Detailed breakdown of the costs estimates for each state and type of service are produced in this study. It is stressed that the operative and maintenance costs are broad estimates based on the product of population and average rates calculated from a wide variety of available data sources. The estimates were not based on actual expenditure data as this information is not readily available. Consequently, the costs should only be used for broad comparative purposes and to indicate indicative order of costs. The cost estimates should not be used for budgeting purposes, particularly on an individual Community basis. During the course of obtaining information for this study it was found that some Government Departments had access to actual expenditure figures. However, these agencies were reluctant to provide the information. It was suggested that the information might be provided on receipt of a formal request from ATSIC, clarifying the need for the information. It is recommended that if ATSIC requires a more detailed and extensive study of operating and maintenance costs, formal approaches should be made to the appropriate Government Departments requesting actual operating and maintenance expenditure figures, to inform such a study.on for demo
Notes "A consultancy report by Quantitative Evaluation and Design (QED) Pty Ltd prepared for the Housing, Infrastructure, Health and Heritage Branch"
Commonwealth of Australia 1999
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Statistics.
Aboriginal Australians -- Finance -- Statistics.
Aboriginal Australians -- Housing -- Statistics.
Aboriginal Australians -- Services for -- Statistics.
Aboriginal Australians -- Services for.
Aboriginal Australians -- Social conditions.
Infrastructure (Economics) -- Australia -- Statistics.
Public utilities -- Australia -- Costs -- Statistics.
Public utilities -- Economic aspects -- Australia -- Statistics.
Public utilities -- Australia -- Design and construction -- Costs -- Statistics.
Genre/Form Statistics.
Author Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Housing, Infrastructure and Health Branch
Ove Arup & Partners.
ISBN 0642399271