The findings

On our snapshot day of 23 March 2019, there were 69,485 properties listed for rent across Australia. The results show that there is a chronic shortage of affordable rentals across Australia.

Perfentage Affordable96% of rentals are not affordable for people on income support
Perfentage Affordable274% of rentals are not affordable for people earning minimum wage


On the Snapshot day, just 4% of all properties were affordable and appropriate for households on government income support payments. For households on minimum wage it was 26%. These results show that finding an affordable and suitable home to rent is only getting harder.

Household Types20% of rentals are affordable for a single person on Newstart or Youth Allowance


Breaking down the figures by household type, we found that even this aggregated number masks how bad the situation actually is. If you were single and receiving Newstart for example, there were just two properties in the whole country that were affordable and suitable on the Snapshot weekend, from a total sample of more than 69,000. Just one property across all of Australia was affordable for a person on Youth Allowance, and none were affordable in any major city.

Household TypesLess than 1% of rentals are affordable for a person on the Disability Support Pension


For single people on the Aged Pension there was just over one percent of properties affordable and suitable, and for disability pensioners, half a percent less again. This suggests that the Aged Pension is now only viable to live on for those who own their own home outright.

Household Types3Less than 3% of rentals are affordable for a single person earning the minimum wage


While people on the minimum wage have a few more options than people on income support, the situation is still dire – especially for people in single earning households. Single people on minimum wage had less than 3% of properties to choose from across the country on the Snapshot weekend.

To find out more about the results, download the full national report (3.95mb).

To find out more about how these households fare in each region of Australia, download our regional snapshots.

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