Spatial and Community Dimensions of Income Poverty

Abigail Payne, Chaminda Samarage, Maxim Ananyev

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research | Published : 2020


The purpose of this report is to capture the dynamic state of poverty in Australia, using data from three waves of the Australian Census (2006, 2011, and 2016). We compute community level poverty rates for each of the three census years and then study the extent to which the poverty rates in the community, over time, have fallen, remained the same, or have increased. We further critically explore where and at what rate communities across Australia are experiencing entrenched income based poverty, and what communities are breaking these cycles. Poverty is defined based on household income falling below 60 percent of median income, adjusted to account for household size. Is poverty an issue in..

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