Shelter WA was pleased to meet with Mike Rowe Director General of Communities, and Mark Bryden Acting Deputy Director General in the newly created Housing and Assets division in the Department.
Discussions focused on areas of mutual interest including building on our strong working relationship creating opportunities for Shelter WA and our members to engage early on key housing and homelessness issues, and supporting resolution of outstanding policy and strategy issues affecting our sector.
Housing & Assets Division
The structure of the Housing and Assets Division is currently being finalised in consultation with staff. This division will have a strategic asset management focus. Housing strategy, policy and planning will sit within this division, along with a new program management office to drive the delivery of the government’s asset investment program, including key programs such as Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP), Housing and Homelessness Investment Package (HHIP) and the METRONET package, as well as priority projects including Common Ground.
Asset delivery will continue to occur through two distinction teams, with a strong focus on new housing builds, and maintenance and minor works, respectively. The Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) will transition to the division given its strong alignment and a new operations area will be established with technical expertise to provide practical support to staff and drive continuous improvement.
Strategy and Partnerships Division
Homelessness policy, strategy and implementation will remain in the Strategy and Partnerships Division under the leadership of Caron Irwin, and will work closely with the Housing and Assets Division.
The Department is developing a Commissioning Plan in line with the State Commissioning Strategy. This Plan will inform the commissioning of services in line with government policy and strategy and engagement will occur with this sector as this unfolds.
A commitment was made to provide information to the sector once the structure has been finalised to assist with navigating the changes and having clear contact points for key pieces of work.
Community Housing Sector
The opportunities for the Community Housing Sector to be a key delivery partner to increase social and affordable supply was discussed. The need for ongoing collaboration on key data, through which to drive evidence based policy solutions, was also discussed.
We look forward to our ongoing relationship and creating opportunities to work in partnership to deliver housing and homelessness solutions across WA.