Working poor in Australia: an analysis of poverty among households in which a member is employed

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Author: Payne, Alicia


Currently, both 'work' and 'family' are key priorities of the Australian Government as, faced with an ageing population and high costs of living, it is grappling with the challenge of promoting increases in both fertility and labour force participation. With this focus, family payments were expanded substantially under the Howard Government (Harding, Vu, Payne, and Percival, 2006) and the promotion of 'work-life balance' has become increasingly prominent. However, in 2005-06 almost 390,000 Australians - around 87,000 of whom were children - had incomes below the poverty line, despite...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Culture and society; Governance; Demographics; Participation; Disadvantaged

Keywords: Work life balance; Family; Federal government; Ageing population; Labour force participation; Poverty

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2009

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Journal title: Family matters

Journal number: 81

Journal date: 2009

Pages: pp. 15-24

ISSN: 1030-2646

Resource type: Article

Call number: TD/TNC 107.884

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