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Friday, 31 July 2015 10:13

Social disadvantage report launched

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dropping off the edge cvr 150Dropping off the Edge 2015 was launched on 21 July 2015 by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services. The report maps disadvantage across Australia and uncovers the web of factors that must be solved in these communities, and for the country, to thrive.

Julie Edwards from Jesuit Social Services writes: ‘The report maps disadvantage across the country, based on 22 social indicators including long term unemployment, criminal convictions and domestic violence. It follows on from a similar national report released in 2007, and earlier reports covering NSW and Victoria in 2004 and 1999.’ The 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. Dropping off the Edge 2015 can help governments, decision makers and community to set priorities and target resources to effectively reduce the most severe disadvantage. It can be used to drive government and social service strategy development, avert crises and prevent emerging communities from ‘dropping off the edge’ and show strength and weaknesses of policies through examples of community recovery.

For findings of the report, visit Dropping off the Edge website.