12 December 2018

Children’s housing experiences

This study uses data from the LSAC to describe the housing experiences of study children. Four out of five Australian children live in a separate (detached) house. In 2014, around one-third of families with children living in private rental accommodation were experiencing housing affordability stress, compared to one in 10 families with children who were paying off a mortgage. For some families, the experience of housing affordability stress was a result of parental separation – over 40% of children who had moved house around the time of their parents’ separation moved into a situation of housing affordability stress. For most children, living in a household experiencing housing affordability stress was a temporary situation. However, more than a quarter of children who had remained in a single-parent household for two consecutive waves of the LSAC data collection also remained in a situation of housing affordability stress.