This project produced new estimates of poverty in Australia using the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data for 2013-14 and examined how poverty has changed since 2003-04. Estimates were produced using alternative poverty lines, different samples and both before and after taking account of housing costs. Breakdowns were provided for social groups defined on the basis of age, family type, country of birth, State of residence and principal source of income, with a specific focus on those reliant on different social security benefits. Attention also focused on the poverty status of self-employed households and the relationship between poverty and housing tenure.
This is the latest in the series of Poverty Reports prepared by the Social Policy Research Centre for ACOSS. It fulfils a long-term personal ambition that we would have regular, authoritative reporting on how Australia is faring in terms of poverty and is complemented by a companion series focusing on the broader issue of economic inequality. Both topics are important to large numbers of Australians and these reports allow us to take stock of the situation, understand who is affected, monitor progress, raise awareness, develop appropriate responses and pressure governments to take action.
Australian Council of Social Service