Legislative Council: Tuesday, September 06, 2022


Rental Affordability

In reply to the Hon. R.A. SIMMS ().6 July 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Human Services has advised:

The state Labor government is taking action by investing $177.5 million of extra funding into public housing that will build 400 new homes, upgrade 350 vacant properties so they can be homes again for people in need and undertake maintenance on 3,000 more. We are also working with federal Labor on its $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund that will deliver 30,000 social and affordable homes nationwide.

The state government has also announced a review of the Residential Tenancies Act and ordered a review of the Supported Residential Facilities Act. The government is also in the late stages of negotiations with owners of vacant facilities that can provide emergency accommodation. The outcomes of all these processes are expected to improve our rental market and help people facing homelessness.