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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.

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