In recent years the Department of Housing (DoH) has made a major effort to improve both the quality of service to tenants and its processes for maintenance. In addition, the funding for maintenance has also been increased. There is, however, a need to ensure that the maintenance of assets is adequately planned for and funded from the start. Without adequate maintenance, the value of an asset will deteriorate more rapidly and can result in significant losses.
DoH needs to give greater emphasis to completing property condition surveys in order to improve the way in which maintenance is planned and organised. There is also a need for DoH to establish a performance reporting framework in order to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the maintenance function in an objective way. The framework should benchmark maintenance across regions and with public housing authorities in other States.