What we found

This year we surveyed almost 70,000 rental listings across Australia and found that there is still a chronic shortage of affordable rentals across Australia – even after recent welfare increases.

That’s why Anglicare Australia is calling on the government to raise the rate of welfare payments for good.

We found that:

» 1,040 rentals (1.5%) are affordable for a person on the new Jobseeker payment (formerly Newstart), which has been doubled for six months in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

» Without the increase, just 9 (0%) rentals across Australia would be affordable for jobseekers

» Without the increase, not a single rental listing would be affordable for jobseekers in the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, or Canberra

» Pensioners and people with disability have been left behind with no increase to their payments

» Just 1% of rentals (743 out of 69,997) are affordable for a person on the Age Pension

» 0.5% of rentals (326 out of 69,997) are affordable for a person on the Disability Support Pension

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