A snapshot of poverty in rural and regional Australia – Joint Report

A snapshot of poverty in rural and regional Australia – Joint Report Report

  • Author(s): National Rural Health Alliance, ACOSS
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance Inc. Australian Council of Social Service

Abstract: Despite the fact that the rate of poverty in rural and regional areas is slightly higher than in capital cities, it is rarely the focus of national policy attention. Nearly one in three people live outside our major cities-in rural, regional and remote areas across Australia1. They live in a variety of circumstances, from farms in remote areas to inner regional towns. They also live in a variety of social and economic conditions, with personal social and economic wellbeing often tied to the overall outcomes of their local area. Allowing for the costs of housing, poverty is slightly worse in rural, regional and remote areas (13.1per cent ‘outside capital cities’) than in capital cities (12.6per cent). When housing costs (which are higher in capital cities) are not taken into account, that divide becomes starker. The experience of poverty is closely connected to where people live and the local resources available to them. Poverty in rural and regional Australia has a particular set of characteristics, including: • generally lower incomes of those living in these regions; • reduced access to services such as health, education and transport; • declining employment opportunities; and • distance and isolation. A significant proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live outside the capital cities and for those living on low income the experience is exacerbated by specific cultural, language and life experience issues. Nearly seven million Australians live outside metropolitan areas, and 18 of the 20 electorates in Australia with the lowest household incomes are outside the capital cities.

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National Rural Health Alliance, ACOSS, 2013, A snapshot of poverty in rural and regional Australia – Joint Report, Report, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=2757.

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