$875 million boost for WA social housing

The Western Australian Government has announced $875 million for the creation of more social housing properties throughout the state – the single largest investment in social housing in the state’s history.

This includes the establishment of a $750 million Social Housing Investment Fund, with $228 million set aside for short-term projects to increase social housing. 

It also includes $522 million to deliver new social homes from 2022-23 and ensure a significant pipeline of work for the construction industry.

The $875 million investment included in the upcoming State Budget takes the total social housing investment over the next four years to more than $2.1 billion to deliver around 3,300 social houses.

The additional social housing investment over the next four years includes:

  • $168.8 million for the conversion of around 500 affordable housing properties
  • $40 million for a program of spot purchasing in both metropolitan and regional areas for social housing
  • $6 million for the retention and refurbishment of approximately 120 existing properties
  • $12.8 million to carry out building assessments on the more than 10,000 aging public housing and Government Regional Officer Housing assets
  • $5.5 million to assist with planning and business case development for future social housing development on State Government-owned land
  • $522 million to deliver new social homes from 2022-23
  • Development of two common ground facilities

Existing funding from a number of programs will be reprioritised and brought forward to deliver a program of modular, prefabricated, social housing builds across the state.

This will include $80 million for the delivery of an additional 150 social housing properties in regional Western Australia through a program of modular builds.

Reprioritising existing investment towards modular, prefabricated homes will help speed up the delivery of social housing as these buildings will reduce the demand on the building and construction industry.

Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, said, “Our $875 million social housing package is the single largest one-off investment in social housing in the state’s history, and it takes the total my Government has committed to social housing over the coming four years to more than $2.1 billion.

“Our total investment will significantly improve the quality and accessibility of social housing for vulnerable Western Australians and will deliver up to 3,300 social housing properties.”

Western Australian Housing Minister, John Carey, said, “This investment is a practical and pragmatic approach to delivering more social housing in our state.

“We need an immediate boost to social housing, but we also need to acknowledge that in the current market, constructing homes will take some time.

“That is why we are investing in programs such as the repurposing of affordable homes to social, spot purchasing properties, and investing in faster and alternative construction methods such as modular homes.

“By holding more than $520 million for future projects, we’re also ensuring there will be a critical pipeline of work for our construction industry when this current housing construction boom ends.”

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