Salvos Research Finds Aussies in Deepening Daily Struggle

The 2018 Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS), a survey of 1,267 people who call on Salvation Army services, has found the average Newstart recipient is living on just $17.00 a day after accommodation expenses*.

Read the 2018 Economic and Social Impact Survey

'The survey also revealed that:

  • 81% of respondents who are privately renting or paying a mortgage are living under extreme housing stress, paying more than half of their income towards housing. Households with children are worse off with more than 90% under extreme housing stress.
  • More than two out of five households with children are experiencing food insecurity, and are unable to afford either three meals a day, fresh fruit/vegetables every day, or at least one meal a day with meat, chicken or vegetables equivalent.
  • 49% of respondents moved house in the past 12 months, with 25% moving due to family violence and 18% moving due to community safety reasons.
  • More than half of respondents say their financial situation has become worse over the past 12 months.
  • 28% of job seekers say the high cost of transport and/or lack of availability is one of the main barriers for finding employment.
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