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

The 2012 review of the National Affordable Housing Agreement Performance Reporting Framework recommended adoption of the amended performance indicator, proportion of low income renter households in rental stress. This recommendation was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2012.

Data for Target 8 is included in the annual Report on Government Services (ROGS) produced by the Productivity Commission. The 2016 ROGS reports a minor decrease in the proportion of low income renter households in South Australia in rental stress, from 33.6% in 2011-12 to 33.2% in 2013-14. This was the third lowest proportion of any Australian jurisdiction, slightly behind Tasmania (31.5%) and the Australian Capital Territory (31.7%).

Low income households are defined as the 40% of households with equivalised disposable household income (excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance) at or below the 40th percentile, calculated for capital city and balance of state, on a state-by-state basis


Lead Agency

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion