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Child poverty related indicators report: May 2021

This report focuses on New Zealand's child poverty trends and indicators up to and including the 2019/20 year.
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Meeting community needs in difficult times: experiences of Australia’s community sector

This report examines how Australia’s community services sector is addressing high levels of need in the community during early 2021, a period in which Australian communities sought to recover from the crises of 2020.
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Financial stress and social security settings in Australia

This research finds that inadequate social security payments play a significant role in shaping poverty and financial stress trends in Australia. It also finds that it is possible to address these challenges by increasing the overall social security budget.
Discussion paper

Opportunity lost: half a million Australians in poverty without the coronavirus supplement

This paper argues that Australia has the means to ensure that those who find themselves unemployed are not forced into poverty. The rate of Jobseeker should be set at a rate that guarantees that no Australian, and especially no child, lives in poverty.
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Understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable Australians

The research behind this report demonstrates how government policy interventions, community service innovation and corporate support have highlighted what is possible when responding to people in hardship. It is clear that more will be needed in 2021, or Australia risks leaving many people behind on...
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Inequality in Australia 2020 - part 2: who is affected and why

This report is the second part of the research being conducted by the ACOSS and UNSW Poverty and Inequality in Australia Partnership. The research uses the latest available data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (for 2017-18), and digs deeper into understanding who stands where...
Briefing paper

Lifting singles out of deep poverty: the case for increasing social assistance benefits

Most single working-age adults in Canada on social assistance are living in deep poverty, due to provincial governments’ efforts to curb welfare dependency and maintain work incentives. In this paper, the author calls on provincial policy-makers to increase social assistance benefits for singles to help...
Discussion paper

Poverty and a reduced coronavirus supplement

The Morrison Government’s decision to reduce the rate of JobSeeker by $150 from January 2021 will push an additional 190,000 Australians below the poverty line—including 50,000 children—and have a devastating impact on low income families, argues this paper.
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Does poverty in childhood beget poverty in adulthood in Australia?

This report provides new empirical evidence that the length of time children live in households experiencing income-based disadvantage is a predictor of other forms of disadvantage experienced by early adulthood.
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Spatial and community dimensions of income poverty

The purpose of this report is to capture the dynamic state of poverty in Australia, using data from three waves of the Australian Census (2006, 2011, and 2016).