More than one in every 25 Australian children live in areas that have a “high risk” of social exclusion, which is likely to give them a future of poverty, as well as poor health and relationship outcomes.
Researchers at the University’s National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) have mapped where and how children in Australia are experiencing disadvantage, particularly economically, but also in terms of education, health services and housing.
They found a link between geography and disadvantage with about 156,000 children aged 0-15 years old living in “high risk” areas, many of which were in Aboriginal communities.
In Sydney, Blacktown (South-West) and Fairfield East were most at risk. While in Melbourne, Broadmeadows was the most high risk area.