2019-2020 WA State Budget Analysis

Shelter WA has produced an analysis of the State Government Budget Papers and identified the key commitments and measures that will have a direct impact on all West Australians, with a focus on affordable housing and ending homelessness.

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Whilst the budget back into surplus, affordable housing supply remains in deficit

Shelter WA congratulates the McGowan Government on the release of its third state budget and the return to surplus but is disappointed that more action hasn’t been taken to ensure everybody has a place to call home.

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Closing the Gap must include housing for remote communities

Shelter WA, Western Australia’s peak body for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness has welcomed an announcement by the Australian Labor Party to deliver a national 10-year, $1.5 billion remote housing projects agreement if it wins government on May 18 2019.                                                        

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72,000 West Australians in rental stress

More than one in three households in Western Australia’s top five electorates for rental stress are struggling in housing they can’t afford, electorate data released today shows.1

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Rental doors snap shut on people most in need

Shelter WA, Western Australia’s peak body for social and affordable housing and homelessness welcomes today’s release of Anglicare Australia’s annual Rental Affordability Snapshot. “It paints a dire picture,” said Michelle Mackenzie, CEO of Shelter WA.

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$5 a week won’t dent the rent

The tax cuts offered by the government may add $5.00 to the budgets of people on incomes up to $708 per week. But $5 a week won’t dent the rent.

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Lives will be saved

We congratulate the WA Parliament and its respective houses for passing the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018 on 19 February 2019. This Bill has had support by industry and the community services sector. It was developed through long and extensive consultation with the landlords, the real estate industry and community sector.

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AIHW Homeless Report

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released two seminal reports that shine further light on homelessness in Western Australia.

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Homes need repairs

A new report released by leading consumer, housing, and tenancy groups (CHOICE, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenant Organisations) show that Australians who rent are living in fear of eviction and rent rises.

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Perth Rental Affordability

Perth rental affordability stabilises but low-income families and pensioners are still struggling; Affordability in regional WA shows signs of plateauing

Rental affordability in Perth has stabilised but rents are not affordable across the board and renting in Perth remains unaffordable for lower-income households.

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