516. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the
Minister for Housing:
Housing affordability continues to
be an issue for many Western Australians and, according to the Housing
Authority's Rethink Social Housing website, nearly 14 000 people are on
(1) What is the total number of
public housing dwellings in WA?
(2) How many of these dwellings are
(3) How many public housing
dwellings were demolished in each year since 2014?
(4) How many public housing
dwellings were built in each year since 2014?
(5) Has there
been a net loss or gain in the number of public housing properties since 2014;
and, if so, what is the loss or gain?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) As at 30 April 2019, there were
36 323 public housing properties.
(2) As at 30 April 2019, there were
(3) Properties demolished as at 30 June each year were
as follows: 2013–14, 114; 2014–15, 141; 2015–16, 169;
2016–17, 102; and 2017–18, 129.
(4) Properties completed as at 30 June each year were
as follows: 2013–14, 381; 2014–15, 294; 2015–16, 269;
2016–17, 905; and 2017–18, 73. The McGowan government's
$394 million Metronet housing and jobs package will deliver 320 new social
(5) There has
been a net reduction in the number of public housing properties since 2014,
with 36 668 public housing properties as at 30 June 2014 and 36 323 public
housing properties as at 30 April 2019. There are several factors for the
reduction in the number of public housing properties, including the sale or
demolition of ageing stock that is no longer fit for purpose or required to
meet demand, as well as subdued market conditions that have resulted in lower revenue
for the Housing Authority to reinvest in social housing construction.