About the Program
The Employment and Education Housing (EEH) program (formerly known as Employment Related Accommodation (ERA)) provides affordable, supported accommodation for people accessing employment, education or training opportunities in regional centres.
This program is a non-permanent housing option, with facilities acting as a stepping stone whilst residents get themselves established.
Preference is given to people of Western Australian Aboriginal descent.
The program aims to increase opportunities for Aboriginal people living in remote areas to successfully access training and employment in regional centres.
“Since our apprentices have moved into Mirnutharntu Maya we have really noticed a difference. They are more punctual with start times, more stable and have better focus on the job than previously. We would encourage other employers to take up on this opportunity.” - Nicholas James, employer, HADEN
There are currently facilities located throughout the Pilbara and Kimberley.
These facilities are managed by service providers who have primary responsibility for the operation of the accommodation. Their role encompasses:
- Accommodation management
- Facilitation of residents and providing support services
- Providing and/or coordinating an ongoing support role as required
“I don’t know where I would have lived if it wasn’t for the facility as I had no family in Broome. I learnt a lot at the ERA facility, people were helpful and I made heaps of friends.” - Nathan, former Broome resident
The Housing Authority has invested in a number of Employment and Education Housing facilities, with funding from the Australian Government under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH).
In addition to NPARIH funding, the South Hedland facility, Mirnutharntu Maya, has received funding from BHP Billiton, the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities Initiative administered by the Pilbara Development Commission and the Department of Training and Workforce Development.
For further information about the EEH program email EEH@housing.wa.gov.au.