As part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Department of Communities has developed a range of investment options for a Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP).

The package has been developed in an effort to protect and create jobs, boost industry confidence and provide targeted investment in social and affordable homes. The Department of Communities (Communities) is responsible for delivering three streams of the SHERP, totalling $319 million, comprising:

  • Stream 1: $97 million to build or buy about 250 social housing and off-the-plan dwellings, across both metropolitan Perth and regional areas between 2020 21 to 2022 23
  • Stream 2: $142 million to deliver refurbishments to 1,500 existing public and supported residential houses and Community Housing Organisation houses, including the costs to relocate tenants, between 2020 21 and 2021 22
  • Stream 3: $80 million for a targeted maintenance programs for 3,800 regional social housing properties – including, remote Aboriginal communities’ stock and subsidised housing for regional government workers in 2020 21.

The State Government, through the Department of Communities, is currently seeking proposals from qualified, experienced and financially capable builders to be part of a new Design and Construct and/or Housing Refurbishment Builders Panel.

The panel will allow Communities to appoint work in a timely manner and ensures trades can commence work as quickly as possible.

“We are already receiving a very strong level of interest from industry as to how businesses can get involved in delivering this package,” SHERP Program Director Monica Nichevich said.

“This stimulus will create jobs, boost confidence and encourage further investment as we move towards the recovery phase of the pandemic response.”

Opportunities to tender will be across a range of projects including single residential dwellings and packages of housing across several locations.

The new panel will be established through a request for proposal opportunity.

The builders’ panel presents an exciting opportunity for the private sector to partner with Communities to create inclusive, safe and affordable places for people to live that reflects the diversity and needs of the Western Australian community.

It will deliver a high volume of single and grouped housing and/or undertake social housing refurbishment works across the Perth metropolitan regions over a period of two years, with possible extension.

Opportunities for construction and renovation will provide the WA community with better access to well-located and diverse social and affordable housing.

Applicants must specify whether they would like to provide design and construct services, housing refurbishment services, or both.

They are required to demonstrate their housing refurbishment capabilities and/or their design and construction expertise and capacity to develop affordable, high-quality, environmentally sustainable, innovative and accessible housing on the Department’s behalf.

Applicants are also required to demonstrate their commitment to engage and promote Aboriginal employment, apprenticeship and subcontracting opportunities. Builders with experience delivering a high volume of Class 1 grouped sites are highly desirable.

The panel will be appointed through a Request for Proposals process closing on Friday, 16 July 2020. For a copy of the documentation, visit Tenders WA and search for tender reference number: HOU9600620.

Please contact housingstimulus@communities.wa.gov.au for more information.

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