About 800 applicants removed from Tasmanian public housing waiting list after review process

TASMANIA’S ballooning public housing waiting list has been slashed by 20 per cent, with hundreds of applicants removed after a review of their circumstances.

The latest Department of Health and Human Services performance data shows there were 3821 people on the public housing waiting list in March — an increase of about 1000 in two years.

But the list has been reduced to 3057 at July 31 following a State Government review of all housing applications older than six months.

Within the eight-week review period Housing Connect sent a total of 2756 letters asking applicants to update their registration.

A total of 1657 applicants contacted the review team and either had their applications resubmitted with or without change, or withdrawn because they no longer needed public housing.

Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma said the review of the list was usual practice and a process which took place under the former government.

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