Perth's housing, homelessness and economic stress

Our next New Horizons webinar provides the opportunity to hear from John Atkins AO, Chair and Mark Glasson, CEO of Anglicare WA about Perth's housing, homelessness and economic stress.

Access to affordable housing on low and minimum income is vital to a healthy community. Paying higher rents and having to move often creates financial and emotional stress, exhaustion, difficulty maintaining work, difficulty keeping children in school, and difficulty connecting with friends and family. Being able to secure decent accommodation is often the first step for people in getting back on their feet and developing a sense of belonging.

Anglicare WA's Rental Affordability Snapshot 2022 found median rents increased around $50 per week since last year’s Snapshot:

  • 12% in the Perth metro area ($480)
  • 13.5% in the South West and Great Southern ($420)
  • 9% in the North West ($600)

Join our webinar as our presenters share their insights and answer your questions during the Q&A session.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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John Atkins AO


Mr Atkins joined the Linear Board recently after returning to Perth from London in 2018 where he had been appointed Western Australia’s Agent General to the UK and Europe. With an extensive career in law and commerce spanning 40 years, John is well respected and highly regarded across the political and corporate divide being awarded the honour of Officer of the Order of Australia in 2019 for his distinguished services to the business and financial sectors, the legal profession and the community.

    John has significant experience as a non-executive director of public, listed and not-for-profit companies which included a five year term as Chair of Lotterywest, ten years on the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA Board and nine years a Deputy Chair of the Committee for Perth. He is currently Chair of Anglicare WA. In addition to a Bachelor of Laws (UWA) and Masters of Law (University of London), John is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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    Mark Glasson

    Chief Executive Officer

    Mark joined Anglicare WA in October 2013 and until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in March 2019, held responsibility for the organisation's service delivery across Western Australia.

    In October 2021 Mark was elected as President of WACOSS and is currently a Board Member of Anglicare Australia and Homelessness Australia. Mark was the Chairperson of Shelter WA between 2015 and 2019 and is the Co-convenor of the Home Stretch WA Campaign and a member of the Ending Homelessness WA Alliance.

    Mark holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has over twenty-five years’ experience across a range of human services including service delivery to families and children, community development, public policy and services to offenders.

    Mark describes himself as a committed collaborator striving to find new solutions to old problems.

    Acknowledgement of Country

    The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.