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

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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.

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