Australian Poverty in 2020

21 February 2020

ACOSS & UNSW Sydney launched their latest report, ‘Poverty & Inequality in Australia’, this morning at our Crisis Accommodation Service, Vincentian House.

As partners in the report, we were delighted to host Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO, and Professor Carla Treloar, UNSW Director of the Social Policy Research Centre, to speak about the rates of poverty in Australia.

"The low rate of Newstart, a lack of jobs and unaffordable housing are locking people in poverty," Dr Goldie said.

Some of the key findings in the report include:

As service providers for people experiencing homelessness and poverty across the country, we see the effects that low rates of Newstart and the lack of social and affordable housing has on those who need it most.

We believe that these are the key factors in reducing poverty in Australia, ‘The Government can reduce poverty by boosting jobs growth, increasing Newstart and Rent Assistance and investing in social housing.’ says our national CEO Toby oConnor.

If you'd like to join us in advocating for change:

Sign our petition to build more social housing at 
Help us raise the rate of Newstart at