How Regional Development Investment is helping the housing shortage and affordability in regional Western Australia

Royalties for Regions (RfR) has invested over $600 million across regional Western Australia into 40 housing-related projects since 2008-09. Investment has been found to improve housing shortages and affordability in the regions, as well as other community benefits including economic development and skill workforce attraction and retention.

The evaluation focused on nine projects in five regions; Gascoyne, Great Southern, Kimberley, Pilbara and Wheatbelt.

What is does the evaluation look at?

The key evaluation question asked “What difference has Royalties for Regions made in addressing a shortage of affordable housing in regional WA?”

What are the findings?

The evaluation found

Royalties for Regions (RfR) has invested over $600 million across regional Western Australia into 40 housing-related projects since 2008-09. Investment has been found to improve housing shortages and affordability in the regions, as well as other community benefits including economic development and skill workforce attraction and retention.

The evaluation focused on nine projects in five regions; Gascoyne, Great Southern, Kimberley, Pilbara and Wheatbelt.

What is does the evaluation look at?

The key evaluation question asked “What difference has Royalties for Regions made in addressing a shortage of affordable housing in regional WA?”

What are the findings?

The evaluation found that RfR funding improved shortages and affordable housing in the regions, with respondents claiming “Housing is now affordable—50 per cent reduction in rent since 2012.”

The evaluation also found the projects resulted in several substantial community benefits, such as:

  • Increased housing availability;
  • Improved housing affordability;
  • Local and regional economic benefits;
  • Retention of staff;
  • Increased service capacity;
  • Improved the retention of elderly people in their host communities ;Cross-sector benefits; and
  • Improved social capital.

To read more on how RfR housing improved housing in regional Western Australia, click here or read the Experiences below.

  • Providing accommodation for seasonal workers

    about 2 years ago
    Coral bay seasonal workers accommodation 1

    Through Royalties for Regions (RfR) funded housing, seasonal workers from Coral Bay have been provided with stable accommodation. Previously, seasonal workers were required to share caravans with up to four people during peak seasons.

    RfR funded accommodation to seasonal workers provides basic essentials, including external locking doors as well as an internal shower and toilet to tenants.

    Housing has improved seasonal workers quality of life and allowed them to continue working with current employers, making the lifestyle favourable.

    Through Royalties for Regions (RfR) funded housing, seasonal workers from Coral Bay have been provided with stable accommodation. Previously, seasonal workers were required to share caravans with up to four people during peak seasons.

    RfR funded accommodation to seasonal workers provides basic essentials, including external locking doors as well as an internal shower and toilet to tenants.

    Housing has improved seasonal workers quality of life and allowed them to continue working with current employers, making the lifestyle favourable.

  • "It's a great sense of community here"

    about 2 years ago
    Albany community housing complex 3
    Royalties for Regions funded affordable housing is bringing families and communities together, especially in the Great Southern. Affordable housing in Albany has allowed families to be closer, with up to three generations in one family living in close proximity of each other.

    Residents of affordable housing have found that accommodation ‘ticks all the boxes”, claiming there are “no stairs; parking for 2 vehicles and it’s close to services.”

    Housing residents have a strong sense of community, with residents assisting each other in completing day-to-day tasks: “if you don’t bring the bin out, someone does it for you and ... [if you need help, someone will] start the mower for you.”

    Royalties for Regions funded affordable housing is bringing families and communities together, especially in the Great Southern. Affordable housing in Albany has allowed families to be closer, with up to three generations in one family living in close proximity of each other.

    Residents of affordable housing have found that accommodation ‘ticks all the boxes”, claiming there are “no stairs; parking for 2 vehicles and it’s close to services.”

    Housing residents have a strong sense of community, with residents assisting each other in completing day-to-day tasks: “if you don’t bring the bin out, someone does it for you and ... [if you need help, someone will] start the mower for you.”

  • NGO Housing in the Kimberley

    about 2 years ago
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    Through Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Housing the Kimberley, the region was able to attract and retain vital staff. With such staff claiming “housing attached to the employment is one of the reasons that attracted me to the job here…” By attracting staff, the region is able to handle pressures; including increasing mental health issues.

    Prior to NGO housing, staff housing options were to live in a caravan park or stay in share houses with other staff. Without housing, organisations struggled to recruit employees as the work environment as appealing.

    Since RfR funded housing has been made available, NGO staff have claimed that it has made “a world of difference”.

    Through Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Housing the Kimberley, the region was able to attract and retain vital staff. With such staff claiming “housing attached to the employment is one of the reasons that attracted me to the job here…” By attracting staff, the region is able to handle pressures; including increasing mental health issues.

    Prior to NGO housing, staff housing options were to live in a caravan park or stay in share houses with other staff. Without housing, organisations struggled to recruit employees as the work environment as appealing.

    Since RfR funded housing has been made available, NGO staff have claimed that it has made “a world of difference”.

  • Keeping tradesmen in the Pilbara

    about 2 years ago
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    Through Royalties for Regions (RfR) funded housing, businesses in the Pilbara can attract and retain tradesmen. Competition from larger companies and difficulty sourcing local staff are key factors influencing the viability of business, with local companies believing they “haven’t got a hope in hell” without things like subsidised housing.

    Facing economic downturns, local businesses are finding it challenging to attract staff. With local employers claiming, “If we couldn’t offer housing they would probably go home, younger people wouldn’t stay here. To lose apprentices out of the system, then you need to use tradespeople to do the job, which means you’re paying $1500 a week to do something an apprentice would usually do, and that’s bad for business.”

    RfR funded housing has provided local businesses with the opportunity to retain staff in the longer term, stating that the “long term is much more important at the moment.”

    Housing has also show-cased the region; providing staff with the opportunity to create relationships in the community, with work colleagues and in local sporting teams.

    Through Royalties for Regions (RfR) funded housing, businesses in the Pilbara can attract and retain tradesmen. Competition from larger companies and difficulty sourcing local staff are key factors influencing the viability of business, with local companies believing they “haven’t got a hope in hell” without things like subsidised housing.

    Facing economic downturns, local businesses are finding it challenging to attract staff. With local employers claiming, “If we couldn’t offer housing they would probably go home, younger people wouldn’t stay here. To lose apprentices out of the system, then you need to use tradespeople to do the job, which means you’re paying $1500 a week to do something an apprentice would usually do, and that’s bad for business.”

    RfR funded housing has provided local businesses with the opportunity to retain staff in the longer term, stating that the “long term is much more important at the moment.”

    Housing has also show-cased the region; providing staff with the opportunity to create relationships in the community, with work colleagues and in local sporting teams.

  • Helping seniors find housing

    about 2 years ago
    Housing
    Well-aged housing throughout the Wheatbelt region has been helping seniors find alternative living arrangements in their preferred community.
    Previously, seniors were only provided with one option; migrating to other areas to live with family members. Well-aged housing was ideal for seniors who expressed that "people would like to stay where they grew up [and]…these homes let you do that.”.

    Since well-aged housing was established, tenants have stated that housing has positively impacted their lives. Specifically in the Shire of Dumbleyung the elderly residents co-located next to the hospital and Frail-Aged Housing has been promoted sense of community. Co-locations has made it easier for the elderly residents to check up on each other and develop friendships, with residents claiming “this place is very much for oldies.”

    Well-aged housing throughout the Wheatbelt region has been helping seniors find alternative living arrangements in their preferred community.
    Previously, seniors were only provided with one option; migrating to other areas to live with family members. Well-aged housing was ideal for seniors who expressed that "people would like to stay where they grew up [and]…these homes let you do that.”.

    Since well-aged housing was established, tenants have stated that housing has positively impacted their lives. Specifically in the Shire of Dumbleyung the elderly residents co-located next to the hospital and Frail-Aged Housing has been promoted sense of community. Co-locations has made it easier for the elderly residents to check up on each other and develop friendships, with residents claiming “this place is very much for oldies.”