Appropriate and affordable housing helps families to attain and maintain good health, family, education and employment outcomes.
The Kimberley and the Pilbara regions have unbalanced housing markets, with a high reliance on social housing at one end, unaffordable private housing at the other, and much more employer-provided housing than elsewhere in Western Australia.
In both regions, the majority of Aboriginal households are in social housing. Families who could move out of social housing find it difficult, due to limited land releases and high construction costs that push up housing prices and restrict the supply of affordable housing for low-to-moderate income earners.
The housing system, supported by appropriate human services, can be a powerful policy lever to enable families to achieve better education and employment outcomes, and to become more independent and resilient.
The State Government is proposing a two-part approach to housing in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions:
- Any growth in State Government-funded housing stock will be in locations with good educational and employment opportunities.
- When increasing housing stock in regional towns or larger, economic communities, the State Government will build transitional housing rather than public or community housing.
The State Government will consult Aboriginal organisations and communities about improvements to the current models of transitional housing and to identify new locations for transitional housing.