I thought having a newborn was a hard job! But then I thought about parents doing it without all the things I took for granted. So I’ve been passing on my baby’s things as he grows out of them – knowing it’s going to a less fortunate family feels much better than just putting it on eBay or Gumtree. Karen, Ivanhoe
Currently 602,604 children live in poverty in Australia (that is 1 in 6 children)
Australian children are more likely to live in poverty if they are from Indigenous, immigrant and sole parent families, or live in a poorer locality.
Child poverty in sole parent families has increased by 15% since 2001 (Melbourne Institute).
Families without adequate income are more likely to have insufficient resources to support a minimum standard of living. This can affect a child’s nutrition and access to medical care, the safety of their environment and the family’s ability to provide appropriate housing, heating and clothing.
Children from low-income families are more prone to psychological or social difficulties and behavioural problems.
Not all essential material needs for very young children living in poverty in every situation can be consistently or reliably be met by government or other existing welfare organisations – there are barriers to service provision for some and gaps that on occasion need to be met.