Data Visualisations

Explore and engage with the data behind the Breaking Down Barriers report series. These visualisations allow us to bring the BDB reports to life, by communicating the research narrative in a unique and hands-on way.

Poverty in Childhood

Experiencing poverty as a child can significantly increase the likelihood of socio-economic disadvantage in young adulthood.

Using the HILDA data, explore how different levels of poverty in childhood affects education, employment and health outcomes later in life.


Poverty Transitions

Understanding why people move into poverty, and more importantly, how they move out is critical to breaking the cycle of disadvantage.

Explore the data to see how age, changes in employment status, education and family situations can all affect someone’s likelihood of entering or exiting poverty.


Earnings Shocks and Recoveries

Many people experience and recover from earnings shocks each year. While some people recover relatively quickly, for many, it can take years.

Explore the data to see how different factors such as age, gender and pre-shock earnings can influence how an individual recovers from shocks in comparison to those who have not experienced an earnings shock.


In and Out:  Community Level Poverty Transitions

Many people think of poverty as static, however people and communities can move into and out of poverty over time due to a range of factors.

This visualisation classifies communities in Australia based on national poverty rankings over a five year or ten-year period to 2016. Using the data, explore how communities have changed over time.


Community Level Poverty Rates

428 communities in Australia fall within the top quintile in terms of high poverty rates.

This visualisation looks at localised poverty rates across Australia. Explore the data to see how communities have changed over time.