- WA Housing Strategy 2020-2030 will connect people to safe, stable and sustainable homes while improving choice and affordability
- Strategy includes a target to connect 150,000 households with a home by 2030
Housing Minister Peter Tinley has launched a new housing strategy for Western Australia that will deliver a new direction for housing in the State in the coming decade.
The WA Housing Strategy 2020-2030, launched at an event hosted by the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Housing Industry Association, with representatives from the housing not-for-profit sector and private industry, will connect people to safe, stable and sustainable homes.
At the same time, it will improve housing choice and outcomes for households and communities and create an agile housing system responsive to social and economic changes.
The Strategy commits to:
- connecting 150,000 WA households to a home;
- building liveable, inclusive and connected communities that improve social and economic participation;
- creating jobs and contributing to the State's economy; and
- improving outcomes through a more integrated approach to housing and service assistance.
To reach the 150,000 households connected to a home target by 2030, the Strategy calls for a more diverse rental sector which will support 130,000 households to access a private rental home.
It also sets a target for a six per cent net increase in social housing - adding 2,600 homes to the 42,932 social homes in WA.
The WA Housing Strategy 2020-2030 is an example of best-practice policy development and was informed by a consultation process which involved more than 600 individuals and 200 organisations across the State, including stakeholders from the private and community sectors, government and people with lived experience.
The Department of Communities is developing three plans to support implementation of the Strategy. The Affordable Housing Implementation Plan, due for completion later this year, will set the agenda and articulate the roles and responsibilities in relation to affordable housing delivery.
The Social Housing Framework will consider how to create a more agile social housing system that can respond to changing housing needs. It is expected to be launched in mid-2021.
The Regional and Remote Housing Implementation Plan will assess the unique needs and characteristics of each region and is due to be rolled out in late 2021.
The new Strategy builds on the Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020 and the Affordable Housing Action Plan 2017-2020 which positioned WA as a leader in affordable housing and set a target of creating 35,000 housing opportunities.
The McGowan Government eclipsed the target, providing 36,662 housing opportunities over the 10-year period. For a copy of the Strategy, visit: http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/wahousingstrategy
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"In July 2019, the McGowan Government started work on a new housing strategy for WA. Even then, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognised the need for a more agile approach to housing.
"The WA Housing Strategy 2020-2030 is not just about building houses. It is about providing the right information, education and support to help people access and sustain a suitable and affordable home that meets their needs.
"In the past 20 years, WA's housing market has struggled more and more to meet the needs of people on low-to-moderate incomes and those with specific housing needs.
"The McGowan Government has responded with unprecedented investment in WA's social and affordable housing and has also provided much-needed support for our residential construction sector.
"In the past three years we have announced $834.6 million across three programs; the Social and Affordable Housing and Jobs Package, the Housing and Homelessness Investment Package, and the Social Housing Economic Recovery Package.
"These programs combined are expected to support 4,300 jobs and potentially generate almost $1.8 billion in economic activity.
"The WA Housing Strategy 2020-2030 is a call to action for all sectors to work together to improve housing choices and pathways.
"Through strong partnerships across government, industry and the community sector we can create safe, stable and sustainable homes for all Western Australians - especially the most vulnerable."
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