ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Help us reveal hidden disadvantage in the ACT for Anti-Poverty Week

11 August 2017

ACTCOSS is seeking co-contributions to fund expert analysis of 2016 Census data on disadvantage in the ACT. A report based on this analysis would be released during Anti-Poverty Week (15-21 October 2017). The total cost of this research would be $20,000. 

What would the research do?

In view of the ACT Anti-Poverty Week theme of 'Hidden Poverty', ACTCOSS would commission a research report on pockets of disadvantage in the ACT. The research would analyse the latest 2016 Census data at the smallest possible area level (SA1 - areas with a population of approximately 400 people). The analysis would explore key indicators of disadvantage including: low income rates; housing costs; unemployment rates; and educational attainment. Results for the ACT would be compared with other Australian capital cities, with graphs of the values for each indicator and how they compare nationally. Maps and specific location names would not be published in the report to avoid any stigmatising of areas.

Why do this research?

A key aim of the research is to reveal poverty and disadvantage that is hidden behind the high averages reported for the ACT as a whole and when looking at statistics for larger areas. This research would aim to ensure that we don't turn a blind eye to poverty and disadvantage in the ACT. 

How can you support this research?

If you would like to support this research project we would love to hear from you. Co-contributors would be acknowledged in the final research report, including co-badging for contributing organisations. Co-contributors would also have access to underlying data that could assist in assessing community need for services across the ACT.

If you would like to make a contribution or if you would like further information please contact Geoff Buchanan, Research Manager, ACTCOSS on [email protected] or 02 6202 7222 by 5pm Friday 25 August 2017.