Social Inclusion in Australia: How Australia is Faring
This report of the Social Inclusion Board presents a statistical overview of the nature and extent of social inclusion in Australia. Social inclusion is defined in the report as:
- about ensuring that everyone is able to participate fully in Australian society. It is about people having the necessary opportunities, capabilities and resources to enable them both to contribute to and share in the benefits of
Australia’s success as a nation.
The report includes information on issues of multiple disadvantage, entrenched and intergenerational disadvantage.
Among the report's findings:
- Those most likely to experience multiple disadvantage are:
- Public renters (41% have experienced multiple disadvantages compared with 6% of private renters and less than 5% of home owners)
- One-person households and one-parent households (13%, compared to 2.1% of couples with children)
- People in the 55-64 years age group (13% experiencing at least 3 disadvantages)
- Women are more likely than men to experience multiple disadvantages (6.1% of women, 4% of men)
- 15% of children are living in jobless families, and 67% of those families are single-parent families
- THe employment rate has been increasing over the past decade; however, over one third of households that were jobless in 2001 were still jobless in 2006.