May 19, 2011

UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITY DISADVANTAGE

The Australian Institute of Family Studies have published a resource sheet looking at the factors that contribute to community disadvantage. This resource includes information on the interplay between individual factors such as unemployment alongside social and environmental factors such as lack of opportunity. Recent advances in measuring and interpreting signs of community disadvantage mean that we are now able to consider different approaches to addressing the problem. Across Australia, 1.7% of postcodes experience seven times the rate of community disadvantage indicators such as low income, limited access to computers / internet, early school leaving, prison admissions and child maltreatment.

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