Our History

Housing Authority centenary | 1912 - 2012
In 2012, the Housing Authority celebrated 100 years of providing affordable housing to Western Australians. 
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.
Much of our work over the past 100 years has been a response to the social and economic conditions of the time. Our current focus on the Affordable Housing Strategy is consistent with our role in providing housing to meet the needs of the community and support the economic development of Western Australia through the sale of land, the building and sale of houses, the provision of housing finance, the supply of rental properties and our partnerships with the community and private sectors.

Agency name

Years of operation

Workers' Homes Board

1912 – 1947

State Housing Commission

1947 – 1985


1985 – 1999

Ministry of Housing

1999 – 2001

Department of Housing and Works

2001 – 2009

Department of Housing

2009 – 2015

Housing Authority ​2009 – present

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