One in eight people in NSW live in poverty

More than 888,000 NSW residents are living below the poverty line, according to new research from the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) and the University of Canberra’s National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM):

More than 888,000 people in NSW live with significant economic disadvantage – living below the poverty line – which is 13.3% of the total NSW population.

There is wide variation in the distribution of significant economic disadvantage – with overall poverty rates for different locations ranging from a low of 4.1% (Queanbeyan region) to a high of 28.3% (Guildford-South, Granville).

Of all age groups, children were the cohort most likely to be living in poverty. More than 1 in 6 children in NSW live below the poverty line.

Women have higher poverty rates than men. In terms of composition, of all people over the age of 15 living below the poverty line in NSW, women make up 53.6% compared to 46.4% who are men.

People without a job, including those unemployed and others not in the labour force, had higher rates of significant economic disadvantage than those who were working.

Having a job is not necessarily a guarantee of economic security – poverty rates for people in full-time and part-time work across the state were 5.0% and 7.0% respectively. But those who are unemployed have a significantly higher poverty rate at 33.8%.

Being single, either in a lone parent household or living alone, increases the likelihood of living in poverty.

Being a single parent in regional NSW is particularly challenging – ten regional locations featured poverty rates of over 50% (and up to 65.6%) for this group.

Significant economic disadvantage among renters is concentrated in outer suburban and regional areas which have tended to be considered more affordable.

Households renting in the private market face a higher rate of significant economic disadvantage than those who own their own home or are paying off a mortgage. Social housing tenants were the most likely to be living in poverty.

Owning your own home does not make you immune to poverty. Homeowners without a mortgage still experience poverty at a rate of 7.4%.

Cumulative risk factors and socio-economic barriers result in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability experiencing double the rates of significant economic disadvantage compared to the general NSW population.

On nearly all characteristics, those living outside Sydney are faring worse and are more likely to be living in poverty than their metropolitan counterparts.

As expected, those living on the wrong side of Sydney’s “latte line” – primarily across Sydney’s West – experience far higher rate of poverty than their wealthy Eastern suburbs counterparts:

Full report here.

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  1. I’m sure the poor people are mostly to blame for their struggles….not…

    Another problem that can be mostly chalked up to hyper-inflated property costs, and the myriad of disfunctional issues it subsequently raises.

    We are a wealthy nation (at least on paper, for now): we shouldn’t really have any poverty.

    • we shouldn’t really have any poverty.

      UBI is the solution.

      Richard Branson

      “A basic income should be introduced in Europe and in America,” Branson told David Gelles

      “It’s a disgrace to see people sleeping on the streets with this material wealth all around them,” Branson said.

  2. “Homeowners without a mortgage still experience poverty at a rate of 7.4%.”

    They must be defining poverty wrong.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      It only looks at income but ignores expenses and assets because it is ‘too hard’ to calculate. It is a completely useless measure.

  3. It’s thier own fault. If they weren’t so lazy they should have chosen to be born to rich parents with a huge property portfolio. You can’t help people if they won’t even make that little effort.

  4. If you overlay the map of Sydney poverty levels with public housing concentrations and certain ethic conclaves, the correlation is dramatic.

    • The map correlates to the third world migrant influx.

      Imported poverty, directly from some third world slum into a Sydney replica.

      And for the MB readers who haven’t been there – a quick visit to one of the places at the centre of the ‘red infection’ on the map.

      Firstly tho.
      Sydney pop 5.2 million.
      50% are non Australian foreign nationals.
      🔻1.1 million PR in Sydney (of 1.9 million PR nationally last decade). Foreign nationals. Unskilled, third world, dependent, non assimilating and on welfare, Medicare sucking up our taxes.

      🔻plus 1.3 million TR/SCV (of 2.56 million TR/SCV nationally). Foreign nationals. Third world unskilled, pretext visas, living & working illegally. The epicentre of the foreign criminal run third world squalor, vice & crime.

      🔻plus 220,000 Tourist Visitors working illegally
      (of the 440,000 TV living & working illegally nationally in visa breach – DHA 5% of the 8.8 million TV yearly)
      Foreign nationals. Mostly Chinese & Indian. Here only to steal.

      🔻And 30,000 of the 65,000 Overstayers nationally.

      That’s 2.65 million as third world foreign nationals on PR, TR, SCV, TV or Overstayers.

      50% of Sydney population. 1 in every 2 people.

      Where do people think they all live?

      They live in the migrant only zones that stretch like the rash shown on the map.
      From the CBD – to the south and far out west.

      An ulcerative inflamed rash across Sydney.

      -> The third world poor we allowed in as PR or on a pretext visa.

      Their filthy heaving migrant slums – each a replica of the inhabitants origin from Mumbai, Guangzhou, Calcutta, Dhaka, Cairo or Mogadishu.

      Let’s visit Lakemba at the very centre of the red zone.

      There are no Australians.
      An occasional lost motorist or a policeman maybe. s
      Stared at in open hostility ‘what are you doing here’

      The people are all third world – trafficked in.
      They burnt down the Christian churches.
      It’s filthy – rubbish graffiti – garbage bags thrown out the windows like they do in Cairo to burst on the footpath.

      It’s Bangla, Paki, Indian,
      It’s Chinese, Nepalese, south East Asian.
      It’s not Australia.

      Where did the Australians who used to live in Lakemba go to? They fled. Central coast or the regional towns.

      And just like Lakemba

      All the same.
      We have 800 Sq Km of migrant only slums in Sydney.
      That’s the red bits.

        • Burwoo & Strathwoo are now predominantly Chinese & Korean slums.
          They used to be middle west lower middle class residential family areas with a couple of streets of good sized houses & mansions etc.
          Now both Burwoo & Strathwoo are choked with medium density cage units & all the old 2 bed walkups the poor Australians used to live in?
          Now packed full of Chinese & Koreans in bunk share.

          Everywhere in Sydney is ‘expensive’
          The migrant influx in Sydney spread along the rail lines like polio.
          And so especially overvalued out west.

          That $300k old walkup 2 bed unit in railway parade Burwood that a young Australian couple could possibly afford as a first owner residence is now owned by a Chinese criminal syndicate.
          Bought via a PR proxy and packed full of 8 Chinese in cash in hand bunk share.
          The Chinese PR landlord pulling in $160 per Chinese a week bunk share or $1,300 a week cash.
          And only declaring $300 as market minimum rent / legal occupancy. Takes a cut, the syndicate get $800 and the PR claims negative gearing.
          Your taxes at work.
          That’s the only reason why the old filthy unit on railway parade in Burwood is worth $600k not $300k.