2022 is our 20th anniversary of acting on poverty. A range of major reports will be released as well as State, Territory and Federal events during Anti-Poverty Week 16-22 October. Check back for more information on the Week. You can also checkout the Everybody’s Home and the Raise the Rate for Good campaigns.
See our 15 May APW Election Poverty Briefing including analysis of top 30 most marginal seats and all Federal Electorates by key DSS payments. See here for our first briefing on Poverty and the Federal Election.
There are still more than 960,000 people claiming unemployment payments (JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance Other) at 11 March 2022, this is about 150,000 more than in December 2019 before the bushfires and pandemic. When parenting and student payments are added, it shows there are a total of 2.4 million (1.5 million people and 900,000 children) relying on these payments (known as working age payments). 6 in 10 are women. To live on these payments is to live in poverty. They are as low as $46 (JobSeeker) and $38 (Youth Allowance) per day. The adult rate of Jobseeker is 30% below the poverty line and $168 per week below the age pension which no one believes is too high. The data includes a breakdown by State/Territory of 1.4million households receiving the inadequate Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
The analysis by each Federal electorate includes:
- the number of adults and children receiving the lowest income support payments (Working Age Payments);
- the number of people receiving unemployment payments (JobSeeker and Youth Allowance Other);
- the number of households receiving Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
Electorates are listed in alphabetical order by State/Territory and then in order of highest number of recipients.
All sourced from DSS Demographic Data, December 2021 and Anti-Poverty Week’s estimates of children per electorate.