Housing costs may be the largest and least flexible item in a family budget. Housing stress may be experienced when more than 30% of a family’s total income is spent on housing. In 2016 in South Australia, the proportion of children and young people (birth to 14 years) living in a household experiencing housing stress was 21%, a decrease from 2011 (24%) and an increase from 2001 (12%).
In metropolitan Adelaide, the proportion of children and young people (birth to 14 years) living in households with housing stress was 23% and in remote South Australia the proportion was 11%.
Aboriginal children and young people in South Australia appear to be less likely to be living in households with housing stress (27%) compared to the national average (28%).