Western NSW Teacher Housing Program


Contact point

Picture of Gavin Priestley
Gavin Priestley Regional Director 02 6339 5900

NSW Public Works is working closely with the Teacher Housing Authority of NSW to improve the living conditions for teachers in regional and remote areas of NSW.

Attracting and retaining teachers in regional and remote areas is a challenge. The ability to offer quality housing increases the likelihood of attracting quality teachers to remote communities. NSW Public Works are providing procurement, project and contract management services for the Teacher Housing Authority’s (THA) $24 million stimulus package, which includes:

  • Internal and external refurbishment to 108 existing properties across 28 towns. Upgrades included new roof and drainage, kitchens, painting and carpeting, at an average spend of $124,000 per property.
  • Replacement of 347 water thirsty evaporative cooling systems with AC systems and the installation of solar panels on these properties.
  • Construction of 10 new homes in Coleambally, Coonamble and Narrabri.

When moving to a remote location, “culture shock” can be an issue, with new teachers sometimes feeling isolated and homesick. To counteract this, houses and units are often constructed in proximity to each other, giving teachers an opportunity to establish a friendship and support network. Two of the new adjoining units in Coleambally were architecturally designed in-house by NSW Public Works to maximise the flexibility and social benefit of the properties. These “multi key units”, featuring high-quality modern fittings and fixtures, were built to support visits from family and friends. The units also have the flexibility to house families and couples, with room for the new teacher to establish their own family and stay in the community.

Maximising the economic return to local communities has been a focus area of NSW Public Works' procurement strategy. Seventy-four contracts were awarded to regional businesses through a competitive tendering process. Bourke-based company Darren Jackson Electrical & Solar, a Supply Nation verified indigenous business, installed solar panel systems in 255 houses across seven towns, injecting approximately $1.3 million back into the Bourke community.

"THA has been working in partnership with the NSW Public Works Team out of their Bathurst Office for over 3 years. During this time the importance of the collaboration and a joint approach has never been more important than over the past 6 months where we have together delivered the Stimulus Program of works to over 460 residences. Without the expertise, professionalism, and agility, demonstrated time and time again by NSW Public Works, THA would not have come close in delivering such great outcomes for teachers. A truly remarkable achievement in such a short timeframe"

Greg Phipson - Director Housing Services, Property NSW
  • Teacher housing program 1
  • Teacher housing program 2
  • Teacher housing program 3
  • Teacher housing program 2