Despite Australia’s 20-year economic growth, income inequality is undoubtedly one of the most controversial economic issues of society.
What is happening across Australia and what is regarded as poverty?
● There are three million Australians (13 per cent of the population) living below the poverty line, after taking into account living costs (ACOSS).
● On average, Australian households spend $1425 a week on household necessities (ABS).
● The average full-time adult weekly wage is $1543. As of this year, a single parent with dependent children receives $582.80 fortnightly (or $291.40 a week) on the Newstart Allowance, dependent on income or personal situation.
● The average weekly income for an individual in Greater Shepparton is $510 (Census 2011).
● In the 2015 Dropping off the Edge report, parts of innernorth Shepparton, Mooroopna, Tatura, Kyabram, Rushworth, Kotupna and Nathalia were ranked as among the most disadvantaged localities in the state. Toolamba, Kialla, Orrvale, Shepparton East, Grahamvale, Zeerust and Dookie were classed as advantaged.
● The impacts of living in a disadvantaged or most disadvantaged area include high rates of unemployment, criminal convictions, disability, low education, child maltreatment, family violence and psychiatric admissions.
● The poverty line (50 per cent of median income) for a single adult is $426.30 a week. For a couple with two children, it is $895.22 a week.