Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs Inquiry into the extent and nature of poverty in Australia

10 February 2023

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Community Affairs References Committees Inquiry into the extent and nature of poverty in Australia.

The Alliance’s response is focused on the Terms of Reference (ToR) in bold, however other ToR are touched upon in contextual advice on poverty in rural Australia and TOR (c)(iii).

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
(iv) education outcomes

(d) the impacts of poverty among different demographics and communities
(e) the relationship between income support payments and poverty
(f) mechanisms to address and reduce poverty
(g) any related matters.

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