|Author||Vinson, Tony; Jesuit Social Services; Rawsthorne, Margot; Beavis, Adrian; Ericson, Matthew; Catholic Social Services Australia|
|Source/Publisher||Jesuit Social Services / Catholic Social Services Australia|
This report studies population areas in every state and territory of Australia to identify pockets of location-based disadvantage and the unique web of challenges faced by these communities. It builds on earlier research into place-based disadvantage by Tony Vinson (the Vinson Report). Twenty-two indicators are used to measure social wellbeing, health, community safety, economic and education outcomes, including juvenile and criminal convictions, prison admissions, domestic violence and child maltreatment. Locations are then ranked according to their susceptibility to disadvantage. The report examines the interconnection of the indicators in a ‘web of disadvantage’. The study finds that four waves of research over a 15 year period (1999 ? 2014) have confirmed the enduring cumulative social disadvantage of a relatively small number of localities across Australia. A number of the most disadvantaged communities are discrete Aboriginal communities or those with a significant Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander population. A virtual map is available on the project website.
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