Australia hit a disturbing milestone this week – recording the lowest ever number of affordable rental properties across the country.

And not a single property anywhere was deemed affordable for someone on Youth Allowance, according to Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot for 2024.

These and other revelations reflect similar trends identified in other recent reports showing vacancy rates are down, property prices are up and interest rates are not expected to fall until later this year.

Data from CoreLogic, also released this week, found the number of suburbs where buying a home is cheaper than renting dropped to just 2.5% nationwide in March. This was the case in 52 out of 2,113 suburbs.

Curtin University’s Professor Rachel Ong Viforj says Australia’s housing system is broken, a culmination of successive governments failing to make shelter more affordable for low-to-moderate income Australians.

But the crisis has worsened since COVID with our preference for more space after months of being locked down and the return of international migrants seeking to study and fill job vacancies, in need of accommodation.

Ong Viforj says current housing policies just aren’t working and need to focus more on fixing both supply and demand.

Margaret Easterbrook

Business Editor

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Rachel Ong ViforJ, Curtin University

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Kelly Saunders, University of Canberra

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Inflation is slowly falling, while student debt is climbing: 6 graphs that explain today’s CPI

John Hawkins, University of Canberra

Australia’s inflation rate has halved, but it’s falling more slowly than it was, and previous high inflation is set to push up student debt.

The stories of Australia’s Muslim Anzacs have long been forgotten. It’s time we honour them

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First Nations Anzacs sacrificed life and limb for Country. Why aren’t their stories shown onscreen?

Cally Jetta, University of Southern Queensland

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How Anzac deaths changed the way we mourn to this day

Jen Roberts, University of Wollongong

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Baby Reindeer: how the Netflix TV show brings a fresh perspective to male sexual victimisation

Dimitris Akrivos, University of Surrey

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Politics with Michelle Grattan: Economist Chris Richardson on an ‘ugly’ inflation result and the coming budget

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

In this podcast, we're joined by independent economist Chris Richardson to discuss the upcoming budget and Australia's economic outlook.

TikTok and Instagram are full of misleading information about birth control — and wellness influencers are helping drive these narratives

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Most bees don’t die after stinging – and other surprising bee facts

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Abigail: child vampire horror falls prey to antiquated gender stereotypes

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