The State Government is partnering with The University of Western Australia (UWA) to investigate innovative ways to deliver affordable housing.
Under two memorandums of understanding with UWA's renowned Australian Urban Design Research Centre, the Housing Authority will provide $250,000 in research and development funding over two years.
Housing Minister Colin Holt said the money would be the catalyst for important research and development projects investigating affordable infill developments and modular building technology.
"Urban sprawl and housing affordability are two of the biggest challenges facing the Government and urban planners today," Mr Holt said.
"This is an exciting opportunity to partner with a world-class research centre to explore opportunities for improved design and sustainability outcomes in line with the Government's Affordable Housing Strategy."
Under one agreement, $150,000 will be allocated to investigate solutions for affordable housing, infrastructure and urban design for infill developments in the Perth metropolitan area.
The project will include research and development on the planning, design and delivery of higher density housing.
The second project, for which $100,000 in funding is being provided, will investigate solutions for affordable housing in modular building technology.
"This phase will examine options for improved design and sustainability outcomes that align with the Liberal National Government's Affordable Housing Strategy as well as our Directions 2031 and the State Planning Strategy," the Minister said.
The partnership with UWA emphasises the Government's commitment to working with research institutions to investigate innovative approaches to delivering affordable and sustainable housing in Western Australia.
The Government has delivered more than 20,000 new affordable housing opportunities since launching its Affordable Housing Strategy in 2010
In July, the State Government committed to a new target of 30,000 affordable homes by 2020
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