Infrastructure WA

Recommendation 74

Respond to the need for affordable and available housing in regional areas


74. Respond to the need for affordable and available housing in regional areas by:

  1. establishing the principles, criteria and models for government housing intervention in regional locations that are demonstrating market failure, informed by regional housing plans
  2. independently reviewing all regional officer housing assets and programs across the public sector, including the Government Regional Officer Housing program, to assess and identify:
    • implementation status and application of previous reviews
    • effectiveness, efficiency and value for money, particularly in regard to duplicate programs being operated by multiple state agencies
    • opportunities to consolidate housing programs across state agencies
    • ability to respond to state agency and tenant needs
    • appropriateness of models to specific regional property markets, including the risks of negatively impacting local market conditions
    • opportunities for improvements in effectiveness, efficiency, value for money and responsiveness to the needs of agencies, tenants and regional locations  
  3. investigating innovative models for implementation that would provide high-quality regional officer and other key worker housing, while managing the cost to government. 

WA Government response

The WA Government responded to Foundation for a stronger tomorrow in February 2023. Recommendation 74 is fully supported. For further information please refer to the response document.

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