Age

In measuring social exclusion we found that 45% of people aged over 65 years experience social exclusion, more than twice the rate of exclusion for other age groups.

Deep social exclusion is more likely to be experienced by older adults – more than 6% of those aged 50–64 years, and around 7% of those aged over 65 years in 2014.

From 2005 to 2008 social exclusion declined for most age groups. The rate of exclusion started to grow in the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2008 and it has remained above the pre-crisis level for age-groups under 50 years, especially those aged 15–24 years.


The graph immediately below shows all social exclusion, which is the total of marginal social exclusion and deep social exclusion. The second graph shows deep exclusion only.

Graph of all social exclusion by age group, Australia, 2005 to 2014

To copy this graph for your own use, right-click on the image (or control-click on a Mac) and paste the graph into your document. Please credit 'The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute 2016'.

See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators.

Graph of deep exclusion by age, Australia, 2005 to 2014

To copy this graph for your own use, right-click on the image (or control-click on a Mac) and paste the graph into your document. Please credit 'The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute 2016'.

See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators.


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The social exclusion monitor is the work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR). This page was updated using analysis of Wave 14 of the HILDA Survey in October 2016.

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