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ACOSS Poverty in Australia Report 2014 - Launch 12 October 2014

Sunday 12 October 2014 - Friday 12 September 2014
Woodville Community Services Inc. Kamira Court Villawood, Western Sydney.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am

Venue: Woodville Community Services Inc. Kamira Court Villawood, Western Sydney

Woodville Community Services Inc. (WCS) is a not-for-profit community organisation based at Villawood in Western Sydney. The organisation has operated for over twenty years and provides a broad range of services across three Local Government Areas of Liverpool, Fairfield and Bankstown.

Find out more here. See the Anti-Poverty Week calendar of activities here.

ACOSS research into Poverty and Inequality in Australia

ACOSS has a strong policy focus on poverty and inequality in Australia.

We are issuing a series of poverty and inequality reports, the first of which is the Poverty in Australia 2013 editionPoverty infographic

This report found that there are approximately 2,265,000 people, or 12.8% of all people in Australia who are living below the OECD poverty line of 50% of median wage. The report also found that there were some groups particularly at risk, including: people without paid work, children (especially in sole parent families), and people whose main source of income is social security payments.

The poverty report found that:

  • 2,265,000 people (12.8%) were living below the poverty line
  • 575,000 children or 17.3% were living below the poverty line
  • 63% of people in unemployed households were below the poverty line
  • 25% of people in lone parent households were below the 50% poverty line
  • 37% of people in households whose main income was social security were living below the poverty line
  • Among people in households where the main income earner received the following payments, the following proportions lived below the poverty line, after taking account of housing costs:
    • Newstart Allowance, 52%
    • Parenting Payment, 45%
    • Disability Support Pension, 42%
    • Carer Payment 24%
    • Age Pension, 14%
  • 62% of people below the poverty line came from households with social security as their main source of income, but a sizeable minority (29%) were in households with wages as the main income source. This 29% figure is due to the higher number of wage-earning households overall. It is likely that most of these people live in households where people receive part time earnings only, or are raising children on a low wage
  • 14% of women were below the poverty line compared to 12% of men
  • 54% of people living in households below the poverty line were female compared to 46% male
  • 26% of adults living in households below the 50% poverty line came from a non English-speaking country
  • The level of poverty was higher (13.1%) outside capital cities than in capital cities (12.6%)
  • The proportion of people in poverty rose by approximately a third of a percentage point from 2003 to 2010 but it is difficult to compare poverty levels over the long term due to changes in the various ABS surveys.

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