Department of Family and Community Services

6.2 Commonwealth Rent Assistance and rental affordability

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Rental stress, people 45 years and over

Current position

Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) was received by around 397,000 single people or families in NSW in 2012, of whom single people and sole parents made up approximately three-quarters of recipients (73.5 percent).

CRA is paid to alleviate rental stress, but the percentages of women receiving CRA and still experiencing rental stress are significant.

They are shown in Table 4.12 but the following are noteworthy:

  • 46 percent of single women with no children receiving CRA experienced rental affordability stress in 2012.
  • 45 percent of single women with children living in Sydney receiving CRA experienced rental affordability stress in 2012.
  • The gender gap was highest at over 7 percent among two groups. These are single Aboriginal people (where it was in women’s favour) and single people on the Disability Support Pension (where it was in men’s favour).
The direction of
change over time
The percentages of single women in rental affordability stress after receipt of the Commonwealth Rental Assistance supplement are similar to the 2011 data provided in last year’s Report and shown below in Table 4.12.
Discussion More NSW women than men meet the eligibility criteria for Commonwealth Rental Assistance, and women make up 91 percent of sole parents on CRA. The data shows that for most subgroups of single people, women are disproportionately likely to still experience rental affordability stress.

Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) is a non-taxable income supplement paid to individuals and families who rent in the private rental market. Renting households who receive a Centrelink pension, allowance or Family Tax Benefit may be eligible for this fortnightly payment. Sydney is the Sydney Statistical Division.

Year collected: 2012 and preceding years.
Data source: Australian Government Housing Data Set (Centrelink data for June 2011 and June 2012). More information is available at www.centrelink.gov.au

Table 4.12 Single women in rental affordability stress, 2011 and 2012, and gender gap

 

2011%

2012%

Gender gap in 2012 % 

Single women without children 

49

46

1.4

Sole female parent families living in Sydney 

44

45

4.4

Sole female parent families living in rest of NSW 

25

27

0.8

Sole female parents (all) 

38

39

4.3

Single women (with and without children) over 45+ years 

38

38

3.4

Single women (with and without children) on the Disability Support Pension 

34

34

7.1

Single Aboriginal women (with and without children) 

24

26

-7.3

Note: This table shows the percentages of single women CRA recipients who experience rental affordability stress which is defined as having housing costs equal to 30 percent or more of their household income. Source: Australian Government Housing Data Set (Centrelink data for June 2011 and June 2012).