Anglicare Australia releases Rental Affordability Snapshot: Government cannot leave housing to the private sector

Anglicare Australia has called on the Government to return to building and providing housing itself. The call is made as Anglicare Australia releases its annual Rental Affordability Snapshot.

The Snapshot surveyed 45,115 rental listings across Australia and found that:

  • 289 rentals (0.6%) were affordable for a person earning a full-time minimum wage
  • 89 rentals (0.2%) were affordable for a person on the Age Pension
  • 31 rentals (0.1%) were affordable for a person on the Disability Support Pension
  • 3 rentals, (0%) all sharehouses, were affordable for a person on JobSeeker
  • 0 rentals (0%) were affordable for a person on Youth Allowance.

“The housing crisis is the worst it’s ever been,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.

“This is not hyperbole. It is Australia’s new normal.

“We’ve never seen such bad results for people on the minimum wage, with affordability halving for a single person in the last two years. Even couples with both partners working full-time are locked out of nearly 90 percent of rentals.

“People on Centrelink payments are being pushed out of housing altogether. A person on the age or disability support pensions can afford less than 1 percent of rentals. For a person out of work, it’s 0 percent – and that includes the highest rate of rent assistance.”

Ms Chambers said that the Government must step up instead of leaving housing to the private sector.

“We found that the Government spends eight times as much propping up private investors as it does on building housing itself. This approach is wrong, and it’s supercharging rents and house prices.

“Housing cannot be left to hobby landlords and private developers. Only our Government can ensure that rentals are affordable by building homes itself, and by fixing Australia’s unfair tax system.

“Instead of spending billions on tax breaks for investors, the Government should be building the housing we need. “If the Government doesn’t take action in the next Budget, this crisis will only get worse,” Ms Chambers said.