Roger Jaensch,Minister for Housing
Minister for Human Services
The quarterly Human Services dashboard to September 2020 has today been released.
The data confirms the number of applications on the Housing Register has largely returned to pre-COVID levels.
The figures are consistent with the current COVID-19 climate that is resulting in higher occupancy rates and a very low turnover of properties.
We will continue doing everything we can to increase housing stock across the State and help those Tasmanians that need it, which is why the 2020-21 State Budget includes $300 million to deliver new housing and homelessness initiatives.
At the end of September, there were 444 new social houses that were either contracted or were underway, as well as 174 new supported accommodation and homeless accommodation places.
This will only increase throughout 2021 as more houses are delivered under programs like our $100 million Community Housing Grants Program and the Commonwealth Debt Waiver.
In Children and Youth Services, the data shows relatively stable figures in the number of children referred for investigation, those in out of home care and those in active transition.
The Government remains committed to the Strong Families, Safe Kids reforms, which focuses on supporting families to stay together where it is safe to do so.
The Dashboard can be found at https://health.tas.gov.au/humanservicesstats/human_services_dashboard