Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

Work starts on social housing and maintenance

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Work is beginning on the Rudd Government’s $6.4 billion boost to public and community housing announced as part of the $42 billion Nation Building and Jobs Plan.

This includes $400 million for repairs and maintenance work for public and community housing.

It was estimated this funding would repair an additional 2,500 properties that are uninhabited or would otherwise be lost to the public and community housing stock over the next two years as they fall into disrepair.

The Government has now approved State and Territory proposals and a total of 10,648 homes will be repaired.

In addition, a further 37,271 public and community housing units will receive minor repairs and upgrades.

So in total, 47,919 public and community housing units will be worked on under the stimulus plan.

This is good news for the construction sector: it means the Government’s stimulus will support jobs in more locations and a greater diversity of trades – right across the country.

The $6.4 billion component of the Nation Building and Jobs Plan is estimated to support 15,000 jobs over the next two years.

Now that we have approved these funds, State Housing Authorities can start contracting tradies and builders immediately.

Industry groups have come out in strong support of the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, which will aid the construction sector in this difficult global economic climate.

The public and community housing system has been starved of funds for more than a decade.

We’ve just put $6.4 billion back in – the single largest investment in social housing in Australia’s history.

This investment will prolong the useable life of these units and improve amenity for tenants.

Increasing the stock of available social housing also helps with the Rudd Government’s aim to halve homelessness by 2020.

 State Funding 08/09 $ millions Funding 09/10 $ millions Total funding $ millions Number of dwellings in repair and maintenance projects / proposals to be funded by Commonwealth Number of dwellings that would otherwise be lost
NSW 65.2 65.2 130.4 31,146 7845
Vic 49.6 49.6 99.2 5,600 1623
QLD 40 40 80.1 9,458 0
WA 20.2 20.2 40.5 397 397
SA 15 15 30 391 391
TAS 4.7 4.7 9.3 516 166
ACT 3.2 3.2 6.4 275 90
NT 2.1 2.1 4.1 136 136
TOTAL 200 200 400 47,919 10,648