East Kimberley Development Project

East Kimberley

The East Kimberley Transitional Housing Program (EKTHP) was funded with $20 million from the Australian Federal Government to construct housing for Aboriginal people.

Background

The project had a view of providing assistance to purchase their own homes, improve education levels, and reduce disincentives as they enter the workforce. Forming part of the broader East Kimberley Development Package, the Housing Authority was the lead agency for the tendering, construction and allocation of dwellings in the East Kimberley.

Solution

To deliver this work PHC provided a team of suitably skilled consultants and supported those consultants throughout the life of the project to ensure required outcomes were achieved.

The project involved performing a Cost Benefit Analysis of the Housing Authority’s East Kimberley Development Transitional Housing Program which identified and quantified key social and financial variables and their effect on the Programs stakeholders.

The Cost Benefit Analysis was undertaken in collaboration with the Housing Authority by PHC and the UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact, using the Cost Benefit Analysis Tool (a proprietary tool developed by PHC). The analysis focused on the social returns and financial costs of the East Kimberley Transitional Housing Project. The PHC CBAT team worked closely with the Authority’s personnel, adopting a mentoring approach where applicable, to ensure knowledge captured throughout the project was retained by the client.

Results

The project was completed to time budget and scope. The final report concisely captured the current state and articulated the viability of the project moving forward. Areas of potential improvement were suggested to ensure the project maximises its potential over a 25 year timeframe. PHC provided an advisory role to the Authority, to ensure the completion of these dwellings, with the successful turn-key and allocation of more than 80 homes, consisting of:

40 transitional housing dwellings
42 social housing dwellings

PHC expertise for the East Kimberley Development Package included:

  • Project Direction and Management
  • Governance and Business Modelling
  • Social Impact – Cost Benefit Analysis

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