Breaking Down Barriers

The Breaking Down Barriers report series provides in depth analyses of questions that will help us to better understand the challenges faced by individuals, families, communities, and governments that affect the existence and persistence of deep and entrenched poverty and disadvantage in Australia.

The analyses have been undertaken by Melbourne Institute researchers and utilise economic and statistical techniques which involves developing shared data environments to study disadvantage and developing data visualisations.

This report has been produced as part of an ongoing partnership between the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Melbourne Institute with the goal of informing and shaping policy and practice to break cycles of disadvantage. This includes improving our understanding of the extent, nature, and causes of socio-economic disadvantage in Australia and encouraging solutions that enable program development and policy innovation that foster opportunity and reduce poverty and disadvantage.

The Paul Ramsay Foundation

The Paul Ramsay Foundation seeks to identify and partner with individuals, communities and organisations working to create an Australia where people can overcome disadvantage and realise their potential.

The late Paul Ramsay AO established the Foundation in 2006 and, after his death in 2014, left the majority of his estate to continue his philanthropy for generations to come.

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