Age

In measuring social exclusion we found that 38% of people aged over 65 years experience social exclusion, which is twice the rate of exclusion for other age groups.

Deep social exclusion is also more likely to be experienced by older adults – 9% of those aged over 65 years in 2015.

From 2006 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 2008 level for all age-groups especially those under 50 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, 2006 to 2015

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

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

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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 15 of the HILDA Survey in December 2017.

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