Multiple regions Rural Hospital Staff Accommodation Program


Contact point

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Sarah Wylie Regional Director 0427 200 604

NSW Public Works used agile and flexible procurement, together with local contractors and offsite manufacturers, to quickly deliver quality housing for health workers as part of the NSW Government’s Regional Housing Package.

In the Hunter New England region, NSWPW delivered 44 accommodation units across 12 health sites within 18 months (from design to install) and in the Riverina Western region, NSWPW will deliver 20 units across eight sites, focusing on cost-effective construction to maximise the available budget.


The Rural Hospital Staff Accommodation (RHSA) Program  is a $30 million, two-year program to deliver quality accommodation for medical professionals at regional  hospital sites across New South Wales.

In collaboration with various local health districts, NSW Public Works (NSWPW) is assisting to deliver high quality  dwellings across 12 regional hospital sites in the Hunter New England Region and six sites in the Riverina Western  Region.

The program, which aims to attract and retain visiting medical professionals, is being funded by the Department of Regional New South Wales (DRNSW) through the Regional Housing Package, a program to boost construction and provide much needed housing in regional areas.

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Rural Health Worker Housing Program 2023 - Hunter New England and Riverina Western regions

Our role

NSWPW are collaborating with Hunter New England Local Health District and Western NSW Local Health District to develop, manage and deliver the RHSA program.

NSWPW are providing program management and  contract management services. To date, a key factor in the program’s success has  been the collaborative project environment.

With the design, delivery and installation of the  accommodation requiring excellent collaboration between stakeholders, NSWPW and NSW Health have worked exceptionally well in their  partnership, as well as with suppliers and contractors.

Rural Health Worker Housing - Gunnedah - external three pods

Key project facts

  • Two-year program delivering high quality dwellings across 18 sites.
  • A total of 22 housing units were  delivered across seven sites in  the program’s first year.
  • A total of 46 housing units are  due for completion by the end of June 2023.
  • With a steel frame construction,  each modular home weighs 19t.


In the program’s first year, 22 housing units were delivered across seven rural hospital sites.  Accommodation for another five rural hospitals,
totalling 46 dwellings, is scheduled for completion  by June 2023.

It is anticipated that the self-contained units,  which are architecturally designed to be comfortable, private, and secure, will attract and  retain visiting medical professionals.