Poverty and Disadvantage

Shifting the dial on child and family poverty

Poverty affects one in six Australian children. Our research shows that the first five years of a child’s life are critical in their cognitive, social and emotional development, and children who grow up in poverty are more likely to experience a cycle of disadvantage into adulthood.

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Which families are feeling the pinch of the pandemic the most?

Over two thirds of Australian families with young children have persistently experienced some form of financial stress during the pandemic. This unprecedented disruption to family income is limiting children’s opportunities during a crucial time in their health and development. This Research Insight examines how hard the pandemic has hit those of us who were already struggling.

How disadvantage is transmitted from parents to children

This research measures how children who grow up with parents who are reliant on income support, may also depend on income support later in life. Understanding this intergenerational cycle in disadvantage and how different types of disadvantage persevere across generations is essential for designing better policies to improve equality of opportunity in Australia.

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