Rental Affordability Snapshot

The Rental Affordability Snapshot is designed to highlight the lived experience of looking for housing while on a low income. It focuses on the Australian population who earn the least income – Commonwealth benefit recipients and minimum wage earners.

Each year in April, Anglicare Australia agencies across Australia search local newspapers and real estate websites for rental accommodation.

And each year the results clearly demonstrate the lack of affordable and appropriate housing for people on low incomes.

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2016

21 Apr 2016 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia's 2016 Rental Affordability Snapshot finds low income earners are unable to afford to rent privately, and even more Australians are being pushed out of the housing market. Over the first weekend in April, the Anglicare member network surveyed 75,410 rental properties across Australia and found just 21 properties were affordable for single adults living on Newstart, and only one was suitable for young people living on Youth Allowance. And despite the higher level of pensions compared to allowances, affordable rentals were extremely limited for a single person living on any government payment.

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2015

30 Apr 2015 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia's 2015 Rental Affordability Snapshot finds that affordable housing is still very much out of reach for people living on low incomes. It shows that of the more than 65,500 properties assessed for suitability there were less than 1% available for people living on allowances. A new household was also included this year – a couple household where one parent earns the minimum wage and the other is in receipt of the parenting payment – which would have access to 6.9% of rental properties.

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2014

30 Apr 2014 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia's 2014 Rental Affordability Snapshot reports shows that despite an 11% increase in the number of rental properties across Australia compared to last year, less than 1% listed on the weekend of 5-6 April was affordable for anyone on a government payment.

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2013

29 Apr 2013 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia's 2013 Rental Affordability Snapshot report shows that on 13 April, when the Anglicare network surveyed 56,414 rental properties across of Australia, less than 1% of the properties listed were suitable for anyone on Newstart allowance, parenting payment, aged pension or disability support pension.

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2012

30 Apr 2012 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia’s 2012 Rental Affordability Snapshot shows the private rental market has failed Australians living on low incomes. It shows is that people on the minimum wage need two incomes to rent a house. In many places even that is not enough. And for those trapped on the Newstart, supporting parent or youth allowance there is absolutely nothing suitable available at all.

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2011

14 Apr 2011 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia's 2011 Rental Affordability Snapshot reports shows there is a critical shortage of affordable rental housing across all major cities and even most regional areas of the nation. The Snapshot shines light on just how bad the housing crisis has become, with less than 1% of rental housing in cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra being affordable for people on a low income.
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