ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Factsheet: Poverty and inequality in the ACT

Publication date: 
July 2019

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 40,000 people live in households that are among Australia’s most disadvantaged
  • Over 37,000 people live in low-income households, including almost 8,000 children
  • Almost 26,000 people are living below the poverty line
  • Over 25,000 people in low-income households are experiencing food stress 
  • Over a third (33.8%) of low-income rental households are in rental stress
  • Over 10,000 people are living on Newstart, Youth Allowance or other working-age allowances.