The WA Housing Strategy 2020-2030 is a call to action for all sectors to work together to improve housing choices and access to suitable and affordable homes – particularly for the most vulnerable.
The Strategy sets clear targets to create a more agile housing system that can respond to current and future need. It commits to:
- a 6 per cent net increase in social homes over the next 10 years (2,600 homes)
- diversifying the rental sector
- continuing to responsibly support home ownership opportunities for people on low to moderate incomes
- improving the availability of liveable designed housing
- building liveable, inclusive and connected communities that improve social and economic participation
- improving outcomes through a more integrated approach to housing and service assistance
- creating jobs and contributing to the State’s economy.
The strategy is kickstarted by the $444 million Housing Stimulus Package announced in June 2020. This includes the $319 million Social Housing Economic Recovery package which will refurbish 1,500 homes, build and purchase about 250 new dwellings and deliver a regional maintenance program to 3,800 homes. This comes on top of the $150 million Housing Investment Package announced in December 2019 and the 394 million Social and Affordable Housing and Jobs Package announced in 2018.
Three plans are now being developed that will contribute to achieving our targets:
- an affordable housing implementation plan
- a social housing framework
- a regional and remote housing implementation plan.
The Strategy was informed by a best practice consultation process with over 600 individuals and 200 organisations from across the State.
WA Housing Strategy
The Strategy builds on the foundations of the Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-20: Opening Doors to Affordable Housing and the Affordable Housing Action Plan 2017-20, which established Western Australia as a leader in affordable housing. It was also guided by the Ageing with Choice five-year plan to support older Western Australians.