Did you know that 2.5 million Australians are living below the poverty line, which is an income of $400 or less a week for a single adult? This means that 1 out of seven Australians live below the poverty line. It is reported that 18% of children live below the poverty line with a majority of them being from single parent families.
The Western Australian reported that 5% of Western Australians are below the poverty line. This figure is higher in regional areas where unemployment rates are higher and little assistance available.
The main causes of poverty are unemployment, mental illness, high costs of living and relying on social security as main source of income. The groups that are most vulnerable to poverty are the elderly, women, children, indigenous people and migrants from non-English speaking countries and those with disabilities.
Anti Poverty Week is an initiative to raise awareness of poverty in Australia and to help the public understand the causes and hardships faced by those who live in poverty. This week will hold a variety of events for the public and government with the aim to encourage research, discussion and action to address poverty problems.
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 Australian Council of Social Services, 2014, Poverty In Australia 2014, accessed 16 October 14, http://www.acoss.org.au/images/uploads/ACOSS_Poverty_in_Australia_2014.pdf.