23 Oct 2014
The latest update of Expected Waiting Times for Social Housing in NSW shows a growing demand for properties across NSW.
The data, which covers the 12 months up to 30 June 2014, shows an increase of 3.6 per cent in the number of people on the waiting list compared to the previous year.
Minister for Family and Community Services Gabrielle Upton said the latest information reinforces the need for a reformed social housing system.
"Waiting times have increased and there is clearly a need to deliver more housing that better meets the requirements of the community," Ms Upton said.
"The increase in waiting times comes from a reduction in the number of people leaving public housing and the difficulties people on low incomes have in accessing affordable private rental accommodation.
NSW has the largest social housing system in Australia, with 140,000 dwellings supporting 295,000 people. A further 30,000 households are supported through private rental assistance.
The average waiting time for social housing is four years and up to 10 years or more in popular locations. There are more than 59,000 households waiting for social housing assistance.
"The NSW Government is working towards reforming the social housing system through more transparency and by developing new approaches to management of the public housing portfolio," Ms Upton said.
"The expected waiting times for social housing were first published in March 2012 to enable clients to make informed decisions when applying for public housing including being able to select locations with the lowest waiting times.
"Our approach is in sharp contrast with Labor that never had the courage to reveal the true state of public housing”.
"Since the information was first published in March 2012, there have been more than 250,000 hits to the Expected Waiting Times Overview page on the Housing Pathways website.
Approximately 3,000 applicants have changed their preferred allocation zone in the last two years, compared to 1,100 people who changed their preference in the year before the information was made public.
The latest Expected Waiting Times data is available at www.housingpathways.nsw.gov.au