Everyone in Australia deserves to have a home!
Every year Anglicare Australia, in conjunction with all Anglicare Centres, takes a survey of rental properties across Australia to create an affordability snapshot. This years snapshot was taken on 1st April. This years snapshot highlights that Newstart, Youth Allowance, Disability Support and Aged Pension payments are so low that paying rent means not being able to afford other necessary items like food, clothing and health care.
The government has acknowledged that there is a crisis in rental affordability. This snapshot has shown that the budget must improve renter’s rights, more support for community housing options as well as commitment to wind back Capital Gains Tax and negative gearing concessions to fund investment in housing. Income support needs to urgently increase to cover the cost of living.
The 2017 report surveyed over 67,000 properties across Australia and found:
- 586 were affordable for a single person on a Disability Support Pension
- 239 were affordable for a single person with one child on Newstart
- 21 were affordable for a single person on Newstart
- 8 were affordable for a single person in a property or share house on Youth Allowance
ACQ services a 570,000km2 region with over 600 properties ranging from short-term crisis accommodation to long term homes leased through the National Rental Affordability Scheme. The snapshot for Central Queensland was taken from online sources in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald areas. This year 1421 private rentals were advertised in CQ. Findings included:
- Number of households living on income support payments has increased.
- Is a decrease of 362 rental properties compared to last year.
- There has been a significant decline of as much as 20% in the number of suitable properties for couples with children where both or one adult is on the minimum wage.
The snapshot shows that in CQ, there is a need for an increase in the number of rental properties, especially for single people reliant on government income. There is also a need for accessible and appropriate housing that is sensitive to the needs and lives of those who live here.