ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Factsheet: Poverty and inequality in the ACT

Publication date: 
May 2018

ACTCOSS has produced a factsheet presenting data on poverty and inequality in the ACT. This is one of a series of ACTCOSS factsheets that will harness data to provide accessible insights into key social policy issues in the ACT.

Disadvantage in the ACT tends to be hidden behind high averages across indicators such as income, education, and employment. Closer analysis reveals that a sizeable number of people in the ACT do experience poverty and disadvantage.

The most recent estimates indicate that:

  • Almost 35,000 are living in poverty in the ACT (9.2% of the total population)
  • Almost 9,000 children are living in poverty in the ACT (12.7% of those in the 0-14 age group)
  • More than half (55%) of people on Newstart Allowance live below the poverty line.