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.

Every year, Anglicare Australia tests if it is possible for people on low incomes to rent a home in the private market. We do this by taking a snapshot of the thousands of properties listed for rent on We test whether each property is affordable and suitable for people on low incomes. We are grateful for the support of REA Group for giving us access to the property listings data from every year to enable us to do this research effectively.

The full report, including regional reports, are available to download from at the Snapshot's interactive website:

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2012

Apr 30, 2012, 00:00 AM 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.
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