Racist stereotypes place Aboriginal people at a disadvantage when seeking accommodation in Western Australia’s private rental market. Existing laws provide some avenue of redress for individuals who have experienced racial discrimination in this context but do little to prevent it from happening.
The stories of discrimination against Indigenous people in private housing are all very similar. Over the phone they are perfect for the property, but as soon as the principal or agent finds out that they are Aboriginal, the house is no longer available, or the owners have decided to sell, or it has just been promised to someone else. Often they are told there is nothing available when in fact there is. In extreme cases, the applicants are refused accommodation directly on the grounds of their race