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
Apr 21, 2016, 00:05 AM
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.