Support for homeless and low-income Tasmanians is paying off with more than 1,550 new homes for vulnerable Tasmanians over the past four years.
The recent Health and Human Services Progress Chart shows a major drop in the public housing waiting list.
The number of Tasmanians waiting for public housing on June 30th was 2,310 – down almost 14 per cent on the same time last year.
The Tasmanian Government is investing almost $17 million into new affordable housing, this financial year.
The DHHS progress report also shows:
- The average housing waiting-time for people with priority needs has fallen to 16 weeks - five weeks quicker than at the same time last year.
- In the 12 months to June 30th, the number of people housed by Housing Tasmania fell slightly by 1.9 per cent, compared to the same period in the previous year. There are fluctuations in numbers housed during the year, and occupancy rates remain high.
- The wait list is now starting to stabilise, and is not expected to keep declining rapidly.
The DHHS Progress Chart also shows why the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is so important for Tasmanians living with disability.
In the 12 months to June, the number of people with a disability waiting for supported accommodation increased by 89 per cent. The number of people with a disability waiting for a community access placement increased by 61 per cent.
The Tasmanian Government provides $73 million a year for community-based groups to provide supported accommodation.
Projects like the Stainforth Court re-development and the Trinity Hill supported accommodation project in North Hobart will provide more accommodation options for Tasmanians with disability.
The NDIS is empowering young Tasmanians to choose the services they need, choose how those services are delivered, and get more directly involved in their communities. This is believed to have a positive effect on waiting lists in the near future.
In the long term, the commitment to rolling out the full NDIS by 2019 will ensure all eligible Tasmanians with a disability get the necessary and reasonable supports and services they need.
Over the next six years, the Tasmanian Government has committed an extra $134 million to fund the launch of NDIS and the transition to a full scheme.
The latest Health and Human Services Progress Chart is available at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/about_the_department/performance