Who experiences social exclusion?

Different groups of people in the community experience social exclusion in different ways. The degree to which a person is excluded can vary due to several factors, including their:

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Using the latest annual data (2017), the graph below shows that certain groups continue to experience the highest rates of social exclusion:

  • Women are more likely to be excluded than men.
  • Some 44% people over 65 experience exclusion – more than any other age group.
  • Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 45% experience social exclusion.
  • More than half of the Australians who have a disability or long-term health condition experience social exclusion.
  • Early school leavers are much more likely to experience exclusion than those with a diploma or degree.
  • More than 36% of single-person and lone-parent households experience social exclusion.
  • Public housing tenants experience social exclusion at more than twice the rate of people living elsewhere.

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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 17 of the HILDA Survey in November 2019.

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