On 5 August 2020, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) published a new report on housing assistance in Australia. Key data (2018-2019) relating to social housing in Western Australia includes:
• There were approximately 43,584 social housing dwellings in Western Australia, which housed around 83,000 people.
• Over 75 per cent of social housing stock in Western Australia is public housing, which is five per cent higher than the national average.
• 5.6 per cent of social housing dwellings in Western Australia are overcrowded, while 23 per cent of dwellings across the main social housing programs in Western Australia were underutilized.
• 114,112 households received Commonwealth Rent Assistance to support renting in community housing or the private market
• Nationally, the overall share of households in social housing remains at 4.3%, which has declined from 4.8% in 2011.
You can read the full breakdown of this data via the AIHW website here.
Social housing is a critical and important part of the housing system providing homes for people on low incomes. This data shows that with the right investment and policy settings we can have a more effective social housing system through increased investment in supply and better matching homes to people’s needs.