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Poverty rates in OECD countries

PovertyHow does Australia compare?

Although the Organisation for Economic and Social Development (OECD) uses the  50% median income poverty line, differences in research methodology mean that the results are close to but not identical to those reported in this website for Australia.

2019-20

This graph shows poverty rates among the Organisation for Economic and Social Development (OECD) countries in 2019-20, using the 50% median income poverty line. The OECD’s estimate for the overall rate of poverty in Australia according to this graph is 12.6% (compared with our estimate for 2019-20 of 13.4%). This makes Australia’s poverty rate the 15th highest among the 38 OECD countries.

2017-18

This graph shows poverty rates among the Organisation for Economic and Social Development (OECD) countries in 2016, using the 50% median income poverty line. The OECD’s estimate for the overall rate of poverty in Australia according to this graph is 12.1% (compared with our estimate for 2017-18 of 13.6%). This makes Australia’s poverty rate the 16th highest of the OECD countries.

2015-16

This graph shows poverty rates among the Organisation for Economic and Social Development (OECD) countries in 2014-15, using the 50% median income poverty line. The OECD’s estimate for the overall rate of poverty in Australia according to this graph is 12.8% (compared with our estimate for 2015-16 of 13.2%). This makes Australia’s poverty rate the 14th highest of the OECD countries.

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