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Question Without Notice No. 516 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 May 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

PUBLIC HOUSING

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 the waitlist.

(1) What is the total number of public housing dwellings in WA?

(2) How many of these dwellings are currently vacant?

(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?

Hon 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 1 906.

(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 housing dwellings.

(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.