National welfare Rights Network
Rent Assistance has failed to keep up with surging rental costs. Increases to Age and Disability Support Pension payments, since a one-off increase in 2009 of $32 per week, have helped reduce the numbers of these pensioners paying more than half of their income in rent.
The Commonwealth Government’s $3.6 billion annual Rent Assistance program is not helping all those Australians who need it. Problems in the design of the Rent Assistance program, combined with inadequate levels of Allowance payments for unemployed people and students, are exacerbating the extreme rates of housing stress that are impacting hundreds of thousands of individuals and families.