Remote Aboriginal communities

Working together to improve the lives of Aboriginal people living in remote communities and town-based communities.
Last updated: 25 July 2022

About 12,000 people live in more than 200 remote Aboriginal communities throughout Western Australia. Another 3,000 Aboriginal people live in 37 town-based communities.

Most remote communities and town-based communities are in the Kimberley region, with others in the Pilbara, Goldfields and Mid West-Gascoyne regions. View a map of remote Aboriginal communities in WA.

Living conditions in remote areas are generally poorer and opportunities more limited than in places where there is better access to investment, jobs, training, education, supports and services.

The Department of Communities is working in partnership with Aboriginal people and across government on long-term, sustainable reforms to deliver better services and more opportunities in regional and remote areas.

  • Department of Communities is working together with Horizon Power and the Water Corporation to improve power, water and wastewater in remote Aboriginal Communities.
  • The Essential and Municipal Services Upgrade Program is improving essential and municipal services and infrastructure in several large remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara.
  • The North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund is investing in affordable and stable housing options and person-centred supports for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley and Pilbara.
  • Mainstream housing options for residents of town-based communities are being explored by the Department of Communities, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Pilbara Development Commission and the Aboriginal Lands Trust, in consultation with residents.
  • Department of Communities provides property and tenancy management services to 2,699 households in 112 remote communities and town-based communities.
  • Remote Essential and Municipal Services Program maintains power, water and wastewater infrastructure and provides municipal services for 141 remote Aboriginal communities and town-based communities.
  • The Employment and Education Housing program provides affordable, supported accommodation for people accessing employment, education or training in the Pilbara and Kimberley.

The Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) estate covers 23 million hectares of land in Western Australia, which is 8.7 per cent of the State. About 12,000 people live on the ALT estate in 145 communities.

The State Government is working with Native Title groups and Aboriginal communities to resolve claims and leverage community defined opportunities. It is also developing a whole-of-government Aboriginal affairs strategy. Visit the Aboriginal engagement page for more information.

Note: There are rules for travel restrictions to remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.