Report details disability poverty
Over 620,000 Australians with a disability are living below the internationally accepted poverty line, according to a new report released by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).
"The new research forms part of the Poverty in Australia report released in October 2012 that showed that 2,265,000 people are living in poverty in Australia. Data for the number of people living in poverty with disability was not available in time for that report,” ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said.
"This figure should be cause for great concern. It shows that 27.4% of people with disability are currently living below the poverty line of 50% of median household income," Dr Goldie said.
"This means that people with disability - or those with a ‘core activity restriction' as defined in the Australian Bureau of Statistics income survey - are more than twice as likely to be in poverty than other people in our country. This compares with 12.8% of the overall population living in poverty, including 17.3% of children. It's simply not good enough. We can and must do better.
"When you take the 60% poverty line used by the UK and other European countries, the situation is even more dire, pushing that figure to 44.5% or one million people."
The release of the report comes after the Federal Government successfully passed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through Parliament.