The Productivity Commission has released new figures relating to housing and homelessness services.
Report on Government Services
The Productivity Commission has released its annual Report on Government Services (ROGS) with new state and national figures relating to housing and homelessness services. ROGS provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia.
Some key findings from the latest report include:
- In 2021, 44.5 per cent of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) recipients in WA spent more than 30 per cent of their income on rent and were considered to be in rental stress. This figure highlights the insufficiency of current CRA payments.
- The social housing wait list increased to similar numbers as 2017 (17,207 as at 30 June, 2021), however priority applicants have more than doubled since that time (from 1,596 in 2017, to 3,336 in 2021).
- The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients of homelessness services has increased ten percentage points in WA from 2016-17 (40.2 per cent) to 2020-21 (50.6 per cent). In contrast, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent only 4.1 per cent of the WA population.
- Public housing dwelling conditions have continued to deteriorate across the state, with only 78.2 per cent of public dwellings meeting minimum acceptable standards.
A more detailed analysis of the latest ROGS data has been circulated to Shelter WA members. The latest ROGS: Housing and Homelessness release can be found here.