The proportion of people living below the relative poverty line in Australia (50 per cent of the median income) increased in 2017, from 9.6 per cent to 10.4 per cent. Those in the lowest income groups are more likely to be persistently struggling to make ends meet and afford a decent living standard, and require assistance to try and break their cycle of disadvantage, particularly single parent families. These are findings from the latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey
by the University of Melbourne, which surveys over 20,000 Australians each year. The Living in Australia
report provides a snapshot of the survey findings; describing how life in Australia is changing over time.