New research released today shows that some areas in our region are among the most disadvantaged in the state.
Forty two percent of children (aged under 15) were living in economic disadvantage in Nambucca Heads.
Almost 22% of people in Kempsey are living in economic disadvantage. 20.0% of people in Forster-Tuncurry Region and 22.2% of people in Taree are living in economic disadvantage.
The highest concentrations of poverty in the state are in the mid and far north coasts, northern NSW, north-western NSW and parts of the Central West.
More than 888,000 people – or 13.3 per cent of the population of NSW – live in poverty, with children, single women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with a disability the most likely to be living in economic disadvantage.
More than one in six children live in poverty. The poverty line is defined as earning 50 per cent less than the median household income.
An NCOSS article on the report, released today, can be found here; https://www.ncoss.org.au/news-and-events/media-releases/landmark-research-highlights-significant-social-and-economic