Justice, Opportunity and Shared Wealth for all South Australians

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A stable and secure home is the primary platform for connection to economic and social community life, providing a base that enables people to overcome challenges and live a decent life. Increasing rents and house prices mean people struggle to stay housed, are forced to live in sub-standard homes or live far from jobs and services, and have difficulty covering other basic living costs.

Renters are particularly impacted by high housing costs as they are likely to have lower incomes, less wealth, and spend proportionately more of their income on housing costs. For many on particularly low incomes, rental housing is simply unaffordable (and home ownership is out of the question).

Download the 2021 SACOSS Policy Brief on Rental Affordability

In late 2022, the state government announced a review of the Residential Tenancies Act - the major state legislation governing relations between landlords and renters. The government's discussion paper beginning the review proposes a number of changes, most of which would be helpful for renters, but largely avoids the key issue of rental affordability. 

Download the SACOSS Submission to the Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1995

SACOSS has also produced a two-page Policy Brief summarising the submission.

Alongside reforms to the private rental market, public housing is particularly important. It provides homes for those who are left out of the housing market and adds supply to the market to make housing more affordable for everyone. Its construction provides economic stimulus in the short term and it is a store of public wealth over the long term. However, the stock of public housing in South Australian has declined over recent decades, many of the houses are old and energy-inefficient, and there is a substantial waiting list for homes.

As the SACOSS video explains, it makes for a Cold Winter's Night.

In 2021, SACOSS called for a significant investment (at least $1.4bn over 4 years) to increase the net stock of public housing in South Australia. Download the policy brief here.

In addition, SACOSS recognises that renters often struggle with high energy costs and do not have access to key energy efficiency technologies, and so we are calling for:

And as part of our Anti-Poverty Package, SACOSS is calling for: