South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


7. Affordable housing:

South Australia leads the nation over the period to 2020 in the proportion of homes sold or built that are affordable by low and moderate income households

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The responsibility for this target was transferred from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) to Renewal SA in 2016.  Renewal SA implements the State Government 15% affordable housing policy in significant developments that include: residential re-zonings, sale of government land, and developments with major project status, and works with private industry to deliver affordable housing outcomes. Renewal SA leads by example on its major projects including Bowden, Magill Estate, Playford Alive and Woodville West.

The latest national data available is from the National Affordable Housing Agreement Key Performance Indicators Report (2012-2013).

The data shows that the proportion of properties built or sold that were affordable for low and moderate incomes was highest in the baseline year of 2009-10. The proportion of properties have declined in subsequent years, and in 2012-13 the proportion was the lowest since 2007-08.

In 2009-10 (the baseline year), South Australia was the fifth ranked state or territory for the proportion of homes built or sold that were affordable by low and moderate income households (53.9% of homes) (2012 Progress Report).  In 2012-2013, South Australia was again the fifth ranked state or territory (27.8% of homes sold or built that were affordable), leading the Audit Committee to rate progress as ‘steady or no movement’.

State statistics show that since 2012-13 the percent of affordable housing sold or built in South Australia has stayed steady (within 5%). This does not provide us with a ranking in the national context for this period (2011-12 to 2012-13).