The AnglicareSA Rental Affordability Snapshot was undertaken in conjunction with The Australian Alliance for Social Enterprise at the University of South Australia.

The snapshot surveyed rental properties available in the Adelaide area on Saturday, 23 March 2019. The survey used rental listings on

Properties were assessed for affordability and appropriateness for a number of different household types and incomes. This survey defined an affordable rental as one which took up less than 30% of the household’s income. The 30% benchmark is commonly used as an indicator of ‘housing stress’ among low income households.

We assessed how many properties would be affordable for each of the household types listed in the findings section of this report. The only income sources taken into account were the household’s main income support payment or minimum wage and Family Tax Benefit.

Other allowances the household might receive (e.g. Mobility Allowance, electricity supplements) were not included. Commonwealth rent assistance was included as income for the purpose of calculations.

Rental Affordability Findings

On the weekend of 23 March, 2,710 properties were advertised for rent in and around Adelaide. Of these, we found that:

  • 92 individual properties were suitable for at least one household type living on income support payments without placing them in housing stress.
  • 1089 individual properties were suitable for at least one household type living on minimum wage without placing them in housing stress.
Rental Affordability, Adelaide, by household Type and Percentage

AnglicareSA General Manager Housing & Homelessness, Michelle Gegenhuber, said the housing affordability crisis is hurting people throughout the state.

“As the snapshot indicates, there’s no relief for people on low incomes looking for affordable and suitable homes – options are extremely limited,” she said.

“Without a secure and stable home, people lose that vital sense of belonging, meaningful participation in the community, and ultimately their livelihoods. Each night there are still more than 6,000 South Australians couch-surfing, sleeping in cars, in parks or on the street. Without affordable, safe and secure housing options, the cycle of homelessness is impossible to break.”

Michelle Gegenhuber

AnglicareSA manages more than 2,000 social housing properties across Adelaide and has a long term strategy in place to significantly increase its stock of affordable and community housing.

 “Results from the 10 years of the Rental Affordability Snapshot, have shown beyond doubt that a coordinated, systemic and holistic approach is vital to address this crisis and ensure everybody has a home,” Ms Gegenhuber said.

Policy Implications

Over the ten years of the Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot, AnglicareSA has shown repeatedly that housing affordability is at crisis levels for people living on low incomes across the Adelaide area.

Action must be taken with a coordinated, systemic and broad approach to addressing housing affordability, growing the supply of social housing, and reforming the current tax system to support lower cost housing.


This snapshot assessed the degree of access to the housing rental market for 14 household types on 23 March 2019, when housing was assessed against criteria for affordability and appropriateness.

All disaggregated household types reliant on income support payment had access to less than 3.4% of the rental market, with seven household types having access to 0% of the rental market at the time that the snapshot was taken.