- Focus on Pilbara, West Kimberley and Mid-West/Gascoyne regions
- Review to be undertaken by independent consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Will assess whether delivering benefits to regional WA
The Liberal National Government's head maintenance contract methodology will be examined to ascertain the extent to which it delivers regional development outcomes.
Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the review would have a particular focus on the Housing Authority's Pilbara, West Kimberley and Mid-West/Gascoyne regions.
"Since late 2014, the authority has been delivering its maintenance services through a range of head contracting delivery models," Mr Grylls said.
"While maintenance contracts for the Housing Authority in regional Western Australia do have a primary aim of having works completed quickly and efficiently while being cost-effective, they clearly have the potential to deliver benefit to local communities.
"Housing's head contracting arrangements are approaching the halfway mark, which provides a good opportunity to assess and consider whether they are delivering benefits to regional WA."
Areas to be examined include:
• achievement of business efficiencies and commercial outcomes
• achievement of 'buy local' and Aboriginal employment outcomes
• job outcomes for local contractors and businesses, including apprenticeships and traineeships.
The review will be undertaken by independent consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Consultation will be undertaken with key stakeholders including local chambers of commerce and regional development commissions, as well as current head contractors and sub-contractors.
A final report is expected in December 2016.
- The current head contractor zones are Goldfields, Wheatbelt, East Kimberley, West Kimberley; Mid West/Gascoyne, Pilbara; South Metro, South West, Great Southern; North Metro, South East Metro
- Contracts have operated since November 2014. More than $137 million was spent on public housing property maintenance in 2015-16 with over $63 million being in regional WA, across 58,372 work orders
Minister's office - 6552 6100