Housing centenary

On 9 January 1912, the Workers’ Homes Board Act was passed through Parliament with bi-partisan support leading to the formation of Western Australia’s first public housing organisation and the Housing Authority's original predecessor, the ​Workers’ Homes Board.

We have come far from this humble beginning a century ago. Today we continue to find and implement innovative solutions to meet the housing needs of a large range of Western Australians: key workers, community workers, remote communities, government employees, first homebuyers, families, renters and those less fortunate households who require public housing.

To learn more about our history, please click on the links below:

Agency name Years of operation
Workers' Homes Board 1912 – 1947
State Housing Commission 1947 – 1985
Homeswest 1985 – 1999
Ministry of Housing 1999 – 2001
Department of Housing and Works 2001 – 2009
Department of Housing
2009 – 2015
​The Housing Authority 2009 – present