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

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Author: Payne, Alicia

Abstract:

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 having a member of their household employed. This represented nearly one fifth of all Australians in poverty and 2.7 per cent of all people in households where someone was employed part- or full-time. Using the most recent (2005-06) Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Income and Housing (SIH), this study assesses the extent of poverty among households in Australia with at least one employed member, and how the characteristics of this group differ from those of all Australian households living in poverty.

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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 ...  [+] 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

Access item:
http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/fm2009/fm81/ap.pdf

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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