Terms of Reference

The extent and nature of poverty in Australia with particular reference to:

(a) the rates and drivers of poverty in Australia;

(b) the relationship between economic conditions (including fiscal policy, rising inflation and cost of living pressures) and poverty;

(c) the impact of poverty on individuals in relation to:

    (i) employment outcomes,
            (ii) housing security,
            (iii) health outcomes, and
            (iv) education outcomes;

(d) the impacts of poverty amongst different demographics and communities;

(e) the relationship between income support payments and poverty;

(f) mechanisms to address and reduce poverty; and

(g) any related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515

About this inquiry

Inquiry into the extent and nature of poverty in Australia.

Track Inquiry

Upcoming Public Hearings

13 Dec 2022: Murray Bridge

Past Public Hearings

06 Dec 2022: Spring Hill
20 Oct 2022: Abbotsford


Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions

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