What we found

The special update to our Rental Affordability Snapshot almost 77,000 rental listings across Australia and found that affordability has deteriorated since March – and that JobSeeker is the only thing keeping many renters afloat.

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

We found that:

» 808 rentals across Australia (1%) are affordable for a person on the new JobSeeker payment, which has been doubled for six months in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

» If the government cuts JobSeeker by $150 in September, 168 rentals (0.2%) would be affordable.

» If the government cuts JobSeeker to its old rate in December, just 13 rentals (0%) would be affordable.

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

» Just 0.8% of rentals (625 out of 76,962) are affordable for a person on the Age Pension

» 0.3% of rentals (192 out of 76,962) are affordable for a person on the Disability Support Pension

» Download the full Snapshot Update (3.9mb)