Poverty in Australia

In 2010, 2,548,000 people (14%) including 603,000 children (18%) lived below the poverty line in Australia. In that year the poverty line for a single adult was $400 per week.

The risk of poverty was much higher for people on unemployment (55%),  sole parent (47%) or disability payments (48%). One third of people living in poverty were in a wage-earning household.

To find out who is living in poverty, see the ACOSS ‘Poverty in Australia‘ Report.   .