South Australia is desperately lacking research on barriers in the private rental market for Aboriginal peoples. Shelter SA published a research paper based on the survey findings, focussing on Aboriginal peoples’ experience in the private rental market, and the challenges that they have faced. Shelter SA identified a shocking presence of racial discrimination by real estate agents and landlords, housing affordability as a barrier, and culturally appropriate housing design as major themes and issues that desire more attention by Government. There is an urgent need for an increase in State Government funded programs to assist Aboriginal peoples in accessing the private rental market, including private rental liaison officer roles and the private rental assistance program. Australians should all have a fair go in accessing private rental housing.
“I am tired of being treated like a second-class citizen!” Racial Discrimination in the Private Rental Market