Housing and homelessness were significant issues for many respondents who continued to encounter severe housing stress due to inadequate financial resources and housing insecurity.
Our data demonstrated that home owners and private renters spent $213 per week on accommodation expenses. This is nearly two-thirds (62%) of their equivalised disposable income per week for housing and accommodation expenses, which is more than double the standard benchmark in Australia.
High accommodation and housing costs left individuals on income support with approximately $119 a week of disposable income ($16.96 per day) to live on, well below the poverty line.
Family violence was the primary reason that women (37%) moved in the last 12 months, and more than seven in 10 women experienced extreme housing stress. Respondents escaping family violence spent nearly three quarters of income on housing and accommodation costs, and 64% of children and young people had to change schools.
Respondents affected by family violence experienced the highest level of extreme housing stress and spent nearly three quarters of their disposable income on housing and accommodation expenses.
Unfortunately for the respondents who had to relocate due to family violence, 64% of children and young people had to change schools, causing disruption to children’s learning and education, social connectedness and friendships. In addition, some children reported also having to adjust to living in a refuge, crisis accommodation or becoming homeless.