Who a person rents from provides additional information on housing security for people with disability. For example, renting from a state or territory housing authority may provide more security than renting in the private rental market. It may also hint at rental affordability and access issues, with the private rental market generally more competitive and expensive than social housing schemes. For more information on social housing, see Housing assistance.

The most common types of landlords for people with disability are:

  • real estate agent—41% compared with 60% without disability
  • state or territory housing authority—20% compared with 5%
  • parent or other relative living in the same dwelling—11% compared with 10%
  • other person not in same dwelling—11% compared with 13%.

Compared with others with disability, people with severe or profound disability are:

  • less likely to have a real estate agent as their landlord—34% compared with 44%
  • more likely to have a state or territory housing authority as their landlord—23% compared with 18%
  • more likely to have a parent or other relative in the same dwelling as their landlord—14% compared with 10%.

Dependent children and students

The landlord type of dependent children and students is that of the individuals they are dependent upon.

Dependent children or students with disability are:

  • less likely than those without disability to belong to an income unit that rents from a real estate agent (53% compared with 64%)
  • more likely to belong to one that rents from a state or territory housing authority (17% compared with 8%). 

Non-dependent persons aged 15 and over

The type of landlord a person has varies by age (Figure 1). For example, non-dependent people with disability aged 25–34 most commonly rent from a real estate agent, but, from that age on, renting from a state or territory housing authority becomes more common.

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Figure 1 Alternative text

Stacked column chart showing four categories of landlord type for non-dependent people who have a landlord, with and without disability, in ten year age groups from 15-24 to 85+. The chart shows people with disability aged 55-64 are more likely (28%) to rent from a state or territory housing authority than those without disability (10%).


ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016 Microdata: disability, ageing and carers, Australia, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0.30.002. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of TableBuilder data.

AIHW (Australian Institute for Health and Welfare) 2019. Housing assistance in Australia 2019. Cat. no. HOU 315. Canberra: AIHW.

Anglicare Australia 2019. Rental Affordability Snapshot 2019. Anglicare Australia: Canberra.