More than $8 million in capital works have been awarded to local businesses across WA to date under the Department of Communities’ Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP).

Announced in June, the $319 million SHERP is the largest housing maintenance and refurbishment program in the state’s history, providing the WA construction industry surety around a pipeline of works through to 2023.

Through its delivery, the SHERP will see the refurbishment of up to 1500 public and supported residential houses and community housing properties, along with targeted maintenance programs for up to 3800 regional social housing properties and subsidised housing for regional government workers.

It will also see the delivery of up to 250 new social housing properties across metropolitan and regional areas to help the most vulnerable people in our community.

Since June, Communities has undertaken an intense period of planning to identify and roll out an unprecedented scope of works for new and existing government housing assets.

To date, $5.1 million has been awarded to 16 local businesses to refurbish 44 properties (14 metro and 30 regional), with $1.7 million awarded to 36 local businesses to undertake 1021 regional maintenance jobs. A further $1.5 million of contracts has been awarded to build eight new social homes.

While works under the SHERP are underway, there are more opportunities to come for local builders and trades to participate in its delivery, particularly across the maintenance and refurbishment workstreams.

Estimates indicate the delivery of the SHERP will support approximately 1700 jobs including 780 in regional WA. The activity is also expected to contribute $660 million in economic activity across the state, with $300 million of this in regional and remote areas.

Early refurbishment and maintenance quotations indicate an emerging trade supply issue, particularly in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid-West regions, which has impacted the awarding of some regional works under the SHERP.

Communities is working closely with industry and relevant government agencies to better understand trade supply trends to help ensure works are packaged to suit local builder and trade capacity across WA.

For more information on the SHERP, including information for trades and businesses, visit our Social Housing Economic Recovery Package web page.