Report on Government Services

Annual Report provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services


The Productivity Commission will release the annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) over the next two weeks, starting with the housing and homelessness data.

The RoGS provide information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia.

Public housing has decreased

According to the RoGS data, the WA state government’s net recurrent expenditure on social housing was $627.3 million in 2018-19, a decrease of $87M from investment of $714.3 million in 2017-18.

Furthermore, the number of public housing households in Western Australia has decreased over the last decade, with 31,432 households in 2010 and 30,558 households in 2019. There has been an increase in the number of households in community housing from 3,561 households to 7,374 in 2019.

The proportion of public rental stock occupied in Western Australia was 95.5 per cent for public housing and 92.5 per cent for community housing, with 89.1 per cent of total Indigenous community housing rental stock being occupied. Occupancy rates are influenced by tenancy turnover as well as by housing supply and demand — dwellings that have, for example, reached the end of their useful life may require major redevelopment or replacement before being allocated to a new household.

Direct expenditure on specialist homelessness services is undertaken by State and Territory governments. Recurrent WA state government expenditure on specialist homelessness services in Western Australia for 2018-19 was $77.7 million — 98 per cent of which was provided to agencies to deliver specialist homelessness services.

You can read the full report as it is released here.