South Australian Designed Humanihut Delivered To The SES In Early 2018

South Australian Designed Humanihut Delivered To The SES In Early 2018

South Australia Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation Kyam Maher

SA Designed Portable Base Camp To House SES At Natural Disasters

Victor P Taffa

State Emergency Service (SES) ‘tent cities’ will soon be a thing of the past in South Australia, thanks to a new locally designed portable base-camp that can be set up and connected to electricity, water and waste services in just 4 hours.

128 bed Humanihut was designed in South Australia and will be delivered to the SES early next year to give hard working SES members and volunteers a place to rest between shifts while attending natural disasters.

“This modern base camp will provide SES members and volunteers with greater comfort and allow them to get the rest they need between shifts when attending major natural disasters like bushfires and floods.” Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation Kyam Maher said.

“Adelaide is rapidly becoming the default place for innovative companies to start and grow their business, and the state-of-the-art Humanihut is testament to that.”

Humanihut uses an innovative pop-up design to provide accommodation, as well as bathroom, laundry and community facilities.

Pop-up base camp will be flat-packed into custom built shipping containers, making it easy to move, build, dismantle and store.

Funded through the National Partnership Agreement for Natural Disaster Resilience, the 128 bed Humanihut comes at a cost of $941,000, with both the State and Federal Governments providing $470,500 each toward its purchase.

Humanihut expects the first sale locally will expedite a number of global orders that are currently pending for a range of commercial and humanitarian uses in the both the public and private sectors.


Humanihut was officially launched by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill in November 2015, following 3 years of research and development by its inventor Neale Sutton and a small team of designers and engineers.

Following a 35 year military career where he undertook senior roles in Australia’s military response to humanitarian crisis and peace keeping duties, Mr. Sutton used his experience to design a better way to house people during emergency situations.

Since its inception in 2013, the Humanihut System has been an exceptional example of local collaboration with support from South Australian companies Kadego, Aptus Product Realisation, Applydine, Century Engineering, Enviroclad Australia, Global Water, Dan McLean Design and Shane Bowes Contracting.

Humanihut Team offers better, safer accommodation for refugees worldwide, and has grown to include other commercial and emergency services uses.

Based at Tonsley Innovation District, Humanihut has staff and agencies globally, with demonstration units in Adelaide, China and the US.