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24 October 2018

Poverty in Australia 2018

This report discusses the number of people living below the poverty line of 50% of median household income. In Australia there are just over three million people (13.2%) living below the poverty line, including 739,000 children (17.3%). In dollar figures, this poverty line works out to approximately $433 a week for a single adult living alone; or $909 a week for a couple with two children. One in eight adults and more than one in six children are living in poverty. Many of those affected are living in deep poverty – on average, $135 per week below the poverty line. The group of people experiencing poverty the most are those relying on Government allowance payments such as Youth Allowance and Newstart.