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Housing industry welcomes budget focus on housing supply and delivery

Media release

Housing industry welcomes budget focus on housing supply and delivery

Media release
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) welcomes the McGowan Government's continued focus on housing supply and delivery in today's budget.

“Housing supply and affordability remains the biggest challenge for Western Australians, not only to help people now but also to help the state manage our future population growth,” said Michael McGowan, Executive Director WA.

“HIA estimates that Western Australia will have to build 10 per cent of the one million homes proposed by the Federal Government’s national Housing Accord over the next five years. That equates to 20,000 homes per year, yet currently we only have a workforce completing 14,000 dwellings per year.

“In 2023 the residential building industry’s biggest barrier to improving housing supply and affordability continues to be the shortage of skilled labour.

“The Government’s investment of $11 million to support skilled migration and its continued support of apprentices in this budget is an important step in the right direction to improve labour supply.

“The Government’s $511 million investment in social and affordable housing program is also extremely welcome.

“Social and affordable housing has suffered from a prolonged under-investment. Greater investment in new housing that services this part of the market can assist in reducing the number of households experiencing housing stress.

“The current constraints in the housing market are creating a growing divide between social housing and affordable rentals.

“If housing affordability is to be improved, we must see further collaboration between all levels of government and industry, with a concerted focus on increasing the housing supply,” concluded Mr McGowan.

 

For more information please contact:

Michael McGowan

Executive Director - Western Australia
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