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.


8. Housing stress:

South Australia leads the nation over the period to 2020 in the proportion of low income households not experiencing housing stress

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

Since the publication of the 2012 Progress Report updated data for this target’s key measure is not available, as at 15 April 2016. Updated data will be published when it is available.  The data above and the comments below are from the 2012 Progress Report. 

In 2009–10 (the baseline year), 71.4% of low income rental households in South Australia were not experiencing rental stress. This was the second highest proportion of any Australian jurisdiction, slightly behind Tasmania (71.9%). The Audit Committee has not rated progress or achievability for this target as there is no data available beyond the baseline year.

According to the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), the proportion of low income households in rental stress is defined as the proportion of rental households in the bottom two income quintiles that spend more than 30 per cent of their income on rent. This measure is defined as the number of low income households in rental stress as a proportion of the total number of low income rental households. Low income households are those in the bottom two income quintiles based on equivalised disposable household income excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance or other rent assistance.

Lead Agency

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion