Ageing population need not be a drain: thinktank

Australia’s demographic time-bomb in which an ever-growing proportion of older people rely on welfare in later life, is not inevitable and need not be the threat to prosperity widely predicted, according to a new study released on Thursday.
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The progressive policy think tank Per Capita has proposed a series of image-changing initiatives aimed at adding a fourth P of policy to the three Ps normally discussed in economy and budget deliberations about the future: population, participation, and productivity.

The body says declining taxation revenue as a result of population ageing is a constant feature of Australia’s economic debates which “feeds into the narrative presenting ageing as a threat and a burden on our society”.

Its report “Spaces for All Ages” aims to redress an ageist bias in discussion by focusing on policy development towards improved “economic participation by older Australians”.

Among its proposals are “a network of local jobs hubs” to place older Australians in jobs in their local community, to be called the SilverStart Employment Network.

“This is based on a model of jobs hubs rolled out in Japan over the last thirty years which has been successful in lifting mature-age labour force participation, with over 800,000 members across 1600 centres,”  Per Capita research fellow,  Emily Millane, said.

Also suggested is a public art prize focusing on ageing and participation, and an additional class in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards specifically for ‘older adult fiction’ as a counter-balance to the existing category of  young adult fiction.

The move to make the economy and society more grey-friendly would even extend to urban planning and aesthetics with an emphasis on “regenerating green spaces to create urban environments conducive to social participation by older Australians”.

“Green spaces like parks and gardens are identified in the World Health Organisation’s Age-Friendly Cities as one of eight elements of an age-friendly city,” Ms Millane said.

The report aims to kickstart a more sophisticated policy debate about longer more productive and engaged lives which are better for individuals, communities, and the broader economy.

It comes as the government prepares to unveil its second budget after proposing last year that pensions be indexed at a lower rate from 2017 prompting a widespread backlash from voters.

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Matt Le Nevez talks about life after Offspring

In demand: Matt Le Nevez is keeping busy in the wake of Offspring.
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In demand: Matt Le Nevez is keeping busy in the wake of Offspring.

In demand: Matt Le Nevez is keeping busy in the wake of Offspring.

So how has life been post Offspring?

I think I will always miss Offspring. It was such a pivotal show in my life, such an eclectic and amazing group of people to work with – I don’t know if I’ll ever experience that “lightning in a bottle” again, not only in the making of the series, but even the screening was quite extraordinary – but since my role ended I’ve been quite busy.


Well, I’m living in Los Angeles but I came back to Australia and shot [the drama] Parer’s War, then did a bit more Offspring [for Nina’s dreams of Patrick] , then I shot Love Child about a year ago and went on to Tasmania for [upcoming Foxtel BBC Worldwide drama] The Kettering Incident, then on to Canada to shoot a couple of episodes of  [Christina Ricci’s drama project] The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, I just finished shooting a pilot in Chicago … so yeah I’ve been quite busy.

That’s an understatement!

Yeah and I’m almost ready to come back to Australia to shoot more Love Child. It’s been a crazy year or two but really exciting. Now I just can’t wait for Love Child to come out because this was quite a different show to what I’d done before, so quite challenging.

Your character in Love Child is very different to Dr Patrick, was that important to you?

It was, it was. I was always nervous about coming in to play somebody else’s boyfriend or love interest and when I spoke with [the producers] they had very similar views about where they wanted my character to go and how much energy they wanted him to have – which was good because as I said, Offspring was special. To follow up with something that was not as good or a bit weak [meant]  I was very wary of my next project. Clearly Parer’s War was something very different and this is too. The [Love Child] producers had some very clear ideas about what they wanted to introduce into the show to shake it up. They wanted to bring in someone who would have a different energy from not only the actors on board but also the time in which the series is set. They were looking at some of the pivotal people in Australia at the time and some of the things that were going on in the late ’60s to early ’70s and wanted a character who would represent that, in particular the Green Bans that were happening and move the story in that direction. There were young pivotal people who stood up (to protect) parks and buildings and my character is loosely based around that idea. It was a great opportunity and to be involved in a show like Love Child where the scripts are beautiful and telling an epic dramatic journey. And to work with those actors who create that energy. I’m very lucky.

After this we’ll see you in The Kettering Incident, which is different again.

This is a series that hasn’t been done in Australia before. Something very much influenced by the scandi-noir dramas like The Killing or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films that resonated around the world, but done in an Australian way. I think what has been created is unique in the Australian landscape and I can’t wait for it to come out. The scripts are incredible, the landscape of Tasmania where we shot is a character stronger than any written on the page, it’s just… this is a beautiful, brave piece of television, an amazing project and I’m very grateful to be a part of it.

And you mentioned a new pilot?

Yeah I just shot a pilot in Chicago for a new series called Runner, a mystery, drama action story about a family that gets pulled into gun-running across the Mexcian/American border. Like every Australian actor that comes to the US to throw their hat in the ring you hope to get a gig out of an audition, then when you do you hope for it to be a good one, then when it is you hope for the pilot to get picked up… and I hope we get the chance to move to Chicago to continue filming in August!

Love Child, Nine, Tuesday, 8.40pm

‘Chill’ Virgili left out in cold by home club restructure

JAMES Virgili thought he had done enough to earn an extra year at the Jets.
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Before breaking his ankle when changing direction in a training game on January 27, the 22-year-old had strung together four consecutive starting appearances, beginning with a starring effort in the 2-1 round-11 win over Adelaide.

The injury ended a promising 2015 season for the home-grown winger, who had been in and out of the Jets line-up since becoming the then-youngest A-League player at 16 years and 180 days in January 2009.

On Tuesday afternoon, Virgili was devastated to find out it was not enough.

The 57-game Jet joined Taylor Regan, Sam Gallagher and trainee goalkeeper John Solari as players not offered new deals at Newcastle.

Virgili said he ‘‘was definitely hopeful’’ the club would extend his stay given his form before the season-ending injury.

‘‘I had a nice little run there of four starts and I thought I was playing pretty good during that period, then unfortunately my injury came,’’ Virgili said.

‘‘When it came I was hopeful, even though I didn’t get to play much this year, that the times I did play this season, I’d done enough to earn an extra year.’’

The Herald was told a frustrated Virgili fronted Jets coach Phil Stubbinsthree times in the second half of the season to ask for clarity on his future, given he could do no more on the field to push his claims.

The Herald understands he was given no indication before Tuesday that there was nothing on the table for him.

‘‘The last few months I have been trying to find out where my future was, but the meetings weren’t handled too well,’’ Virgili said. ‘‘But there’s not much I could do about that. I’ve just got to look forward now and hopefully move on to good things.’’

The former Australian under-17 and under-20 representative hopes to complete his radiography degree at the University of Newcastle next year but said he was ‘‘still hungry’’ to further his A-League career.

Asian club champions Western Sydney Wanderers are believed to be one of the ‘‘few clubs’’ Virgili said had shown early interest in him.

‘‘There hasn’t been any offers as yet,’’ Virgili said.

‘‘I’m hopeful out of the places who have shown a bit of interest that something will eventuate. Who knows, sometimes a change can be the best thing for you.’’

The South Wallsend junior was ‘‘obviously pretty disappointed’’ when finally told he was not in the Jets’ plans.

‘‘It was always my dream to play for the Jets, and I’m grateful for that opportunity and always will be.

‘‘It’s obviously tough. You can’t really beat playing for your home town and being at home with your family and friends watching. It definitely makes it extra disappointing.’’

Virgili is yet to score an A-League goal but has started in just 22 of his 57 appearances for Newcastle.

He said he obviously would have liked to score goals for the Jets but added that he was otherwise ‘‘quite happy with how I’ve performed during my time at the club’’.

He believed he had more to offer at A-League level if given regular game time.

‘‘It definitely plays on your mind a bit when you’re in and out of the team for so long,’’ he said. ‘‘But the times I was in the squad for a more than a few weeks, I thought at those times was when I played my best football and I was most consistent.’’

Scientists call for action on disease risks from climate change

Increased risks: Mosquitoes are expected to bring tropical diseases south. Photo: SuppliedA range of tropical diseases will become more widespread in Australia due to climate change, including a dramatic increase in mosquito-borne illnesses, scientists warn. Their research has prompted leading doctors to call for a co-ordinated response from the federal and state governments to the pending crisis.
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In a paper released on Thursday, the Australian Academy of Science said diseases currently confined to the tropics would be unlocked and travel south. The incubation period for mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue would also be shortened.

Rising temperatures and changes to water availability were also likely to increase the prevalence of food and water-borne diseases. The scientists forecast an increased risk of respiratory diseases as more people spend time indoors to avoid extreme heat, and population density increases due to population growth.

“A clear problem facing Australia as it prepares to deal with the problem of the rise in infectious illnesses triggered by climate change is its lack of a single centre through which information about communicable diseases can be co-ordinated and disseminated,” the paper said.

“Such a disease centre should be considered critical for forecasting and managing future disease risks.”

The authors said such a centre would speed up detection and disease response efforts, generate tools to predict disease risk, and evaluate the capacity of the health system to cope with the expected increased disease burden.

Extreme heat would place a significant strain on an already stressed healthcare system, the authors predicted, noting that in the Victorian heatwave of 2009, there were an estimated 374 excess deaths due to heat, more than twice as many as were caused by bushfires. A 2013 federal government report predicted heatwave-related deaths in Australian cities would more than double in the next 40 years.

Warning that the most vulnerable members of the community, such as the elderly and the poor, would be hardest hit, the authors called for research to identify populations at greatest risk from extreme weather events.

They predicted ocean acidification would damage livelihoods in fishing as well as in tourism, and threats to the food supply along with forced migration from land rendered uninhabitable by climate change would trigger tension and unrest.

“Conflict will be inevitable,” the authors warned.

Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler said the report should be a catalyst for the Abbott government to show leadership on reducing greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris later this year.

Associate Professor Owler backed the report’s recommendation to establish a National Centre of Disease Control.

“Doctors and other health workers need to be informed by sound up-to-date data. For example, we need to know when a disease that is traditionally found in tropical regions has moved south,” he said.

“This will allow health authorities to plan and allocate health personnel and services to deal with changing patterns of disease.”

Jennifer Lopez launches bizarre #BeTheGirl weight loss competition

Jennifer Lopez has launched a weight loss competition, which encourages women to lose weight in order to win an audience with … Jennifer Lopez.
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The #BeTheGirl​ weight loss challenge is being sponsored by Lopez’s supplements company, BodyLab, and will run over 10 weeks

According to the challenge’s promotional material, as obtained by Refinery 29, participants “will commit to a 10-week program with Jennifer Lopez as their inspiration and motivator along with a team of experts”.

At the end of the challenge, the five “most successful” participants will win “a stay at one of Jennifer’s favourite hotels, a luxurious spa treatment, and the chance to meet J.Lo herself”.

(It’s unclear how probable this “chance” of an audience with Lopez, 45, is.)

According to the challenge’s promotional material, the “most successful” participants will be determined using a criteria that focuses equally on their physical and mental transformation.

The program promises to provide healthy and easy-to-make recipes, personalised fitness plans and expert nutritional advice, all of which is delivered through the #BeTheGirl​ free app.

While the app is free, the challenge is definitely not.

To sign up, participants are required to purchase one of BodyLab’s​ weekly supplement programs, the cheapest of which retails for $US49 ($61) a week.

“I challenge you to crack the cocoon and find the butterfly; to love yourself more than anything on the menu,” Lopez says in the challenge’s promotional video.

Lopez’s association with the challenge seems a bit odd, given the American Idol judge has often spoken publicly about the need for women to love their bodies as they are.

“When I first started on television [as a Fly Girl on In Living Color], people, and even my own manager at the time, would tell me I had to make all of these changes,” she told Cosmopolitan for Latinas in October 2013.

“But you have to stand up and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am, you’re the one with the problem!’ And when you can really believe that, all of a sudden other people start believing too.”

Abbott boat policy will not solve long-term crisis of asylum: Lowy Institute

Australian customs officials and navy personnel escort asylum-seekers onto Christmas Island.The Abbott government’s success in stopping the boats has “sullied Australia’s global standing” and, whilst proving a short-term success, the hard line policy will not solve the long-term asylum seeker crisis, a leading foreign policy and migration expert says.
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Figures directly involved in Operation Sovereign Borders are not even confident it represents a sustainable solution to the refugee problem, according to Khalid Koser a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at Washington DC’s Brookings Institution.

In a paper written for the Lowy Institute for international policy, released Thursday, Mr Koser says that Australia’s “gung-ho” politicians have “reneged on international commitments” but the country is nonetheless well placed to lead international action on a new framework to replace the outdated 1951 Refugee Convention.

“The Australian government’s current approach may be working in the short term, but it is unlikely to diminish Australia’s asylum crisis in the long term, and it is damaging Australia’s international reputation,” Mr Kosher writes.

“Measured exclusively by the recent decline in boat arrivals, Australia’s current approach has been a success. But even those closely involved in the policy are not confident that this outcome is sustainable. Fewer — but still some — boats continue to launch for Australia. At the moment, they are being intercepted.

“However, as in the Mediterranean, there has traditionally been a seasonal pattern to boat arrivals in Australia, and the ‘boat season’ is nearing. How long will the government’s tactics manage to outwit those of the people smugglers? A fast boat that cannot be easily intercepted, a deliberate capsizing, or a mass launching that would stretch the current naval safety net, are genuine possibilities.

“By most other measures the current approach can hardly be considered a success. It consumes significant resources and will continue to do so. It has strained relations between the executive and judiciary. It has similarly poisoned bilateral and regional alliances. And it has sullied Australia’s standing in the global community.

But Mr Koser believes Australia is also a “champion of refugee resettlement”. A poll released on Wednesday found nine in ten Australians support orderly immigration but half of all people want stronger action to “exclude illegal immigrants”.

He writes that Australia can use its reputation for action to lead a reform debate to replace the 1951 Convention, which he said was drafted with the exodus from Europe during and after the Second World War in mind.

As an example of how dated the pact is, he raises the prospect of climate refugees in coming decades. The 1951 convention does not refer to environmental factors as a cause for flight.

Mr Koser’s analysis is that Australia could reduce its “asylum hinterland” through a new deal that would attract more countries in Asia to sign up to. Currently, none of the main transit countries for asylum seekers heading to Australia are signatories to the 1951 convention.

A better international protection system would focus on protecting people at home so they do not need to flee and promote protection close to home so that they do not need to pay people smugglers to reach safety, he writes

A new deal would include “burden sharing” so that origin countries would for the first time bear some of the financial burden for the return of asylum seekers.

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City Tatts in $200m deal with ICD and Sinclair Brook to create mixed-use tower

The Rocks gets $30m facelift
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City Tattersalls Club, one of the largest and oldest clubs in Sydney, has revived plans for a $200 million mixed-use tower at its 194 Pitt Street site in conjunction with developers ICD and Sinclair Brook.

It is the second launch of the proposal, after talks ended last year with Mirvac and the club.

Under the scheme, the club will be retained from the ground to ninth floor, in addition to a 100-room hotel and about 250 apartments.

However, under the original plan there were 100 car bays, but that might be reduced to about 50 in keeping with the City of Sydney’s car-reduction policy in the central business district.

The site will have an angular feature to ensure it does not overshadow Hyde Park. The club confirmed it had held preliminary talks with the owners of David Jones, for any development of the air space above the Market Street store, but they did not progress.

The new partner, ICD, is backed by the Chinese giant Sino Ocean Ltd, which is one of the biggest property companies in China. ICD is an Australian company and, with Sino Ocean, is currently developing the Eq Tower in Melbourne, comprising 633 apartments.

Sinclair Brook has around 3000 apartments under construction and 2000 in planning and sales. These projects include mixed use (hotel and apartments) and residential apartment projects.

Architects, Elenberg Fraser have been appointed along with Colliers International.

City Tatts’s chairman, Patrick Campion, said the joint venture with ICD and Sinclair Brook, was considered in the best interests of the club’s members. On Tuesday evening about 100 members turned up for a briefing and seemed “positive”.

Mr Campion said the club retained a good relationship with its bankers and that the joint venture partners were providing financing.

“The plan, once all approvals have been received, is to start in early 2017 and be completed by 2020,” Mr Campion said.

Michael Mai, managing director of ICD Property, said City Tattersalls Club’s prime CBD location provided ICD Property and Sinclair Brook with an opportunity to deliver quality residential apartments as part of a large mixed-use development in an under-supplied market.

He said the project would be a good “springboard” into the Sydney property market and the group had plans for further expansion across the country.

“We currently have five projects worth over $600 million under development and plan to expand our projects portfolio to over $2 billion by 2017. We are experienced in joint venture arrangements,” Mr Mai said.

Tony Guilfoyle, chief executive of City Tattersalls Club, said the club was pleased with the outcome of the expressions of interest campaign, and “we look forward to working closely with the ICD Property, Sinclair Brook and Elenberg Fraser team and benefiting from their experience of developing slimline towers”.

“The Club has made significant progress with our Stage 1 Development Application (DA) that has already been submitted to the City of Sydney Council,” Mr Guilfoyle said.

“This will now be withdrawn and we will submit a new DA, based on council’s comments on the original DA and on ICD Property’s and Sinclair Brook’s plans.”

Big variations in efficiency and procedure costs between hospitals: report

The cost of some hospital procedures varies significantly, depending on which state you are in. Photo: Glenn HuntSome public hospitals spend between two and three times as much as others to perform procedures such as appendix removals, knee replacements and births, according to a new report which suggests wide variation in efficiency between hospitals across the nation.
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The report from the National Health Performance Authority shows that the average cost of removing a patient’s appendix ranged from $4600 to $10,100 among major metropolitan hospitals, while the average cost of a baby delivery, not a caesarean birth, ranged from $2200 to $6500, and the average cost of a knee replacement ranged from $10,600 to $29,300 among the same group of hospitals.

The authority said its report, to be released on Thursday, broke new ground by developing a method of comparing hospitals costs which fairly accounted for the fact that some hospitals performed more complicated operations or saw patients with more severe illnesses. The authority has excluded from its analysis costs that are not comparable across states and territories and those that relate to property, plant and equipment.

“For the first time comparable information about the cost of patient care is available for more than 80 of Australia’s largest public hospitals. It is up to each hospital to see how they compare with those that are similar and use this new information as a starting point to learn more about their efficiencies,” authority chief executive Diane Watson said.

The report shows that the most efficient hospitals are in Victoria, which is home to the five hospitals with the lowest costs in Australia: Maroondah (East Ringwood) Hospital, Sunshine Hospital, The Northern Hospital (Epping), Dandenong Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The most expensive hospitals were Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital in the ACT, Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital in Western Australia, and Logan Hospital in Queensland.

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association chief executive Alison Verhoeven noted the report was based on data from 2011-12, which was prior to the introduction of “activity-based funding” arrangements which had led to a reduction in cost growth, and a reduction in cost variation between hospitals.

Ms Verhoeven said given the positive impact of “activity-based funding,” the Abbott government should reconsider its decision to scrap that funding model from 2017-18.


Cost of an average hospital treatment

The Canberra Hospital (ACT):  $6500

Prince of Wales Hospital (NSW):  $5400

Royal Darwin Hospital (NT):  $5500

The Prince Charles Hospital (QLD):  $5700

Royal Adelaide Hospital (SA):  $5000

Launceston General Hospital (TAS):  $4600

The Alfred (VIC):  $4500

Fremantle Hospital (WA):  $5400


Average cost in large metropolitan hospitals

Highest: $6400 at Rockingham General Hospital, WA

Lowest: $3200 at Sandringham Hospital, Victoria

Overall average: $4300

Average cost in major regional hospitals

Highest: $5300 at Hervey Bay Hospital, Queensland

Lowest: $3600 at Latrobe Regional Hospital, Victoria

Overall average: $4400


Cost of appendix removal without complications

Ranging from $4600 to $10,100

Average: $6300

Treatment of heart failure with complications

Ranging from $7500 to $24,800

Average: $11,800

Caesarean birth without complications

Ranging from $5500 to $15,300

Average: $8800

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Football manager Nicholas Deluca quits Jets

THE Newcastle Jets are searching for a new football operations manager after the recent resignation of Nicholas Deluca for family reasons.
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Deluca, who joined the Jets two years ago after roles with North Queensland Fury and Melbourne Heart, is the latest official to move on after the mid-season departures of chief executive Robbie Middleby, chairman Ray Baartz and Hunter Sports Group chief executive Troy Palmer.

According to Deluca’s LinkedIn profile, his job description involves team and stadium operations and logistics, contract negotiations, and ensuring the Jets comply with Football Federation Australia regulations, in particular in relation to the salary cap.

Jets chief executive Mitchell Murphy said Deluca, whom he described as a ‘‘dedicated and important employee’’, would continue working for the club until a replacement was in place.

Deluca said his decision to leave was purely about putting his family first.

Since he joined the Jets, his wife and baby daughter have remained living in Melbourne and he has rarely seen them more than fortnightly.

‘‘I need to reset my priorities, which is to focus on being a good husband and a good dad,’’ Deluca told the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday night.

‘‘We have one child and I’ve missed her first birthday, her first words and all the little things we as parents take for granted.

‘‘I get the industry demands you to make sacrifices, and I’ve made those, but at the same time I desperately miss my daughter.

‘‘Three weeks ago during our nightly Skype conversation she chose to watch the Wiggles instead of speaking to her dad.

‘‘That was the last straw.

‘‘It’s time to go home.’’

He said it was a ‘‘tough call’’ to leave the Jets.

‘‘I’ve really grown to love the club and the city,’’ he said. ‘‘Newcastle offers so much more than I originallyanticipated before I took the role.

‘‘It’s going to be hard to say goodbye.

‘‘I will miss the people within the club, the volunteers and the fans whom I’ve grown quite fond of.’’

Murphy said Deluca would continue working for the Jets until a ‘‘suitable replacement’’ had been appointed.

‘‘That process is well advanced,” Murphy said.

‘‘We certainly value Nicholas’ contribution during his tenure with the Jets, and he knows that he will always be welcome at Hunter Stadium and in our offices.’’

Murphy said he would now assume responsibility for negotiating player contracts as the Jets set about filling a host of vacancies on the club’s roster for next season.

The Herald understands that two members of Newcastle’s office staff have also handed in their resignations and that Murphy would be looking to fill those positions, possibly after an internal restructure.

Sydney rent crisis for low-income earners: Anglicare report

Sydney’s skyrocketing rents are squeezing low-income earners, with a new report showing a dearth of affordable homes for people on the minimum wage and welfare recipients.
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The Anglicare Sydney report shows less than 1 per cent of rental properties are suitable for households on government benefits and only 16 per cent were affordable for families with two adults earning the minimum wage.

Anglicare Sydney’s Rental Affordability Snapshot calls for a review of housing taxes and concessions, including negative gearing, and an increase in social housing to ease the pressure on low-income households.

Sue King, Anglicare Sydney director of advocacy and research, said the private rental market was beyond the reach of thousands of households without plunging them into rental stress, defined as paying more than 30 per cent of income on accommodation.

“Coupled with a chronic lack of social housing supply and a waiting list for public housing that can be more than 10 years, there are many families and individuals who are experiencing housing insecurity or are ultimately at risk of homelessness,” she said.

“Sydney has a desperate lack of social housing supply, with more than 59,000 NSW households currently on the waiting list. This is hardly surprising as there is an estimated overall shortfall of 100,000 affordable and available dwellings across NSW for individuals and families on very low to moderate incomes.”

The Rental Affordability Snapshot analysed 14,036 properties in greater Sydney listed for rent on April 11-12.

It found that only 58 were affordable and appropriate for households on government benefits without putting them into rental stress. No properties were considered to be affordable and appropriate for single people on Newstart, the disability support pension or the youth allowance.

Only 2248 of the properties were affordable for families with both adults earning the minium wage, and only 61 properties were affordable for singles earning the minimum wage of $640.90 a week.

Sydney’s tightest rental markets were in the inner west, Ryde, northern beaches and Sutherland, according to the report, forcing low-income earners to the city fringes.

When Chad Porter, 52, found a rental property at Blackett, near Mount Druitt, he considered himself lucky to have a roof over his head even thought it meant spending more than half his income on accommodation.

The single father of a 15-year-old daughter was working as a machine operator until an assault left him with a vision impairment. He spends $590 a fortnight in rent, a large chunk of his $1034 fortnightly Newstart payment.

“After I pay my rent I have hardly any money left, even for food,” he said.

“I have to buy my daughter medicine, the things she needs for school. It’s very rare that I buy meat and usually it might be sausages or maybe a bit of ham. I get food vouchers just so we can eat.”