Household type

Measuring social exclusion for different types of households reveals that 41% of lone-parent households and 38% of single-person households experience social exclusion.

Around one in eight lone parents (13%) and single persons (10%) experience deep social exclusion based on the latest data (2015).

Compared with other types of households, couples are far less likely to experience social exclusion, especially those with dependent children (18% in 2015).


In the years up to 2008, social exclusion decreased for people in all household types, reflecting in part the strong period of economic growth. However, social exclusion rose in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and it has remained above the pre-crisis levels for all household types, especially for lone-parent households.

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 household type, Australia, 2006 to 2015

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 2017'.

See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators

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 2017'.

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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