The State Government’s Affordable Housing Action Plan 2017-18 to 2019-20 builds on the Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-20.
Led by the Department of Communities, the new Plan outlines detailed actions across Communities and other parts of government and increases the 2010-2020 target from 30,000 to 35,000 homes for people on low to moderate incomes. We look forward to continuing our valuable partnerships across government, and with the private and community sectors, to enable more Western Australians to have a place to call home.
The 2010-2020 Affordable Housing Strategy: Opening Doors to Affordable Housing was the first of its kind in Australia. The Strategy was formulated against a backdrop of unprecedented population growth and housing demand, spurring sharply rising house prices. As a result, many people on lower incomes struggled to find affordable housing and the social housing waitlist list hit a high of more than 25,000 households.
The Strategy broadened the focus along the entire housing continuum – from homelessness to home ownership and set a minimum target of 20,000 affordable homes by 2020 (later adjusted to 30,000 by 2020). It also identified actions and targets to ensure that people on lower incomes were included in new and renewed places and communities across the State, including in a number of award winning developments.
We’re proud that the Strategy achieved the original target in June 2015 and assisted so many people. Through smart partnerships across the government, private sector and not-for-profit sectors, the Government provided 20,000 new housing opportunities for nearly 50,000 people all along the housing continuum, throughout Western Australia (view the Fact Sheet and Regional Handouts on the right-hand side under 'related information' for more detail). This included 5,400 social rentals for our most vulnerable citizens, 2,700 discounted private rental homes for people on low incomes and 11,900 home loans and shared equity opportunities for homebuyers on modest incomes – most of who were formerly renting.