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Derby Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation

Derby Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation (DASSA)

DASSA provides affordable, safe and culturally appropriate short-term accommodation for families and individuals visiting Derby from surrounding communities. Accommodation can be provided for a period of up to four weeks. 

Priority access will be given to Aboriginal people visiting from surrounding communities who need access to services such as: 

  • Health
  • Employment
  • Funeral attendances
  • Reconnection with family and land

DASSA is a family-orientated, secure, drug and alcohol-free premises. Two full meals a day are provided, as well as sheets, towels, laundry facilities, recreational facilities and barbecue areas. 

For a site tour, to make a booking, or find out more information please contact us or fill out our Accommodation Enquiry form.

Assistance from Aboriginal Support Workers is also available to help set-up appointments with services such as Money Management Services, Department of Child Protection, Centrelink, Winun Ngari Employment Services, Derby Aboriginal Health Service, Derby District High School etc. They are also available to assist with forms and guide you through the booking/check-in process.

DASSA is managed by MercyCare in partnership with Centacare.


We also manage the Broome Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation (BASSA).


We were greeted by welcoming and smiling faces of the staff, who made out book-in easy and we paid the required price which was affordable for us being on Centrelink benefits. The rooms were given were clean and very well looked after, they looked almost brand new with a fresh feel. Overall the standard of this accommodation, to nothing but 4-star on a worldwide rating. I have not given a rating like this to other accommodation I have stayed in more than 30 years, so well were we treated. Congratulations to MercyCare to an Excellent Centre.

- Kerry Hogan

MercyCare Derby provides excellent customer service – very happy and smiley staff. I love it as short stay.

- F Bradman

Contact us

For more information, or if you would like a tour of the accommodation please call our team to arrange a visiting time.

26 Ashley Street


  1. What is the DASSA? DASSA stands for Derby Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation. DASSA caters for Aboriginal people living in or visiting Derby for a short period of time. They may be visiting Derby for business, medical, cultural, judicial or family reasons, or simply need some respite. The DASSA service is a short stay (maximum of 28 days) facility and not a long-term accommodation option.
  2. How long can people stay at the DASSA? Short-term (maximum of 28 days) accommodation is available.
  3. How big is DASSA?  DASSA can accommodate up to 54 guests. It has 30 units with 60 beds in total.
  4. Is DASSA only for Aboriginal people? DASSA is an Aboriginal specific service. Non-Aboriginal guests who are accompanying an immediate family member, or who are providing direct support to the Aboriginal clients, are eligible to stay at the facility.
  5. Is the DASSA accessible for people with disabilities? Yes, there are 6 accessible units. Family, double bed and single bed units are available. If required and subject to availability, carers can be accommodated in the unit next door.
  6. Does DASSA provide transport options? DASSA staff are able to provide transport for guests traveling to appointments with outside services (i.e. Centrelink, Money Management etc.) when practical. However, we do not provide a shuttle service.
  7. Who is managing the service? MercyCare have been appointed as managers of the DASSA. Department of Communities will manage the contract with MercyCare. MercyCare will operate onsite management of the facility and offer support services for guests. 
  8.  How do I make a booking at the DASSA? In person, by telephone, through email or via referral from an agency.
  9. What is the reception opening hours? 8am - 9pm, Monday to Sunday. An after hours Night Porter is on site after 9pm to assist with enquiries.


Rates as of December 2018.

Daily and weekly rates available for adults and children. Special discounted rates if you have a health care card and for families. Children under three stay for free.

Included in rates per night include accommodation, breakfast and evening meal.

StatusEmployedHealth Care Card
Daily Rate Adult$30 a night      $195 a week$15 a night      $98 a week
Daily Rate Child $15 a night      $83 a week$10 a night      $55 a week
Under 3 years oldFREEFREE
Family discount (over 3 children)Rate for fourth child and above is $8 a nightRate for fourth child and above is $6 a night
Capped Weekly Rate for large families. Not applicable $380 for mum, dad and five children. An additional $35 to be added on top of this per extra child.