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Poverty in Australia 2018


Davidson, P., Saunders, P., Bradbury, B. and Wong, M. (2018), Poverty in Australia, 2018. ACOSS/UNSW Poverty and Inequality Partnership Report No. 2, Sydney: ACOSS.


Australia currently lacks a poverty reduction plan. As yet, we do not even have an agreed national definition of poverty, or regular monitoring and reporting by governments on progress to address it. This report seeks, in part, to fill this gap, to ensure that the Australian community understands the prevalence and profile of poverty in Australia. It uses the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

This report is the second in a five-year Partnership between the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to better understand and reduce poverty and inequality in Australia.

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