Socioeconomically Disadvantaged

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Socio-economically Disadvantaged

  • People or families who lack sufficient income to obtain adequate health, food, housing and clothing that the rest of society can afford.
  • Find it difficult to ensure an adequate standard of living.
  • Often unemployed and rely on social security and services
  • Often in situation due to a disability, illness, living in a remote area.
  • Can be caught in the poverty cycle.
  • 12.6% of children in Australia live in households with incomes less than 50% of the national mean.
  • Sole parents, migrants, Aboriginals and low income employees usually fall into this group.

Access to Services

  • Need to access a variety of service to improve the standard of living


  • Need to develop knowledge, understanding and skill in identifying and accessing resources as well as problem solving in managing their own situation.


  • Some have need for permanent employment
  • Need to be employed to improve their standard of living and self*esteem.
  • The ‘working poor’ need to have their income supplemented with access to a variety of resources at no extra cost.

Financial Support

  • Need in order to make ends meet.
  • Cheaper loans, assistance in purchasing furniture, clothing and assistance in meeting the cost of schooling and sporting activities is needed.


  • They suffer from more chronic illnesses thus affordable, quality health care, medicines and treatments are required along with preventative educational strategies.


  • Need assistance to secure housing that is safe, cheap and well maintained and appropriate to their needs.

Safety and Security

  • Need access to safe and secure housing in better areas.


  • Need activities and recognition that help develop positive self esteem.
  • Self esteem can be improved through schemes such as a Community Garden Project.

Sense of Identity

  • Lack of money, employment and adequate living conditions can contribute to the socioeconomically disadvantaged questioning their sense of identity.
  • Need to feel good about themselves and their achievements.
  • Need to adopt strategies the overcome feelings of failure. This could involved moving out of the situation causing them hardship such as leaving a partner with a gambling problem and utilising family and community support can lead to a greater sense of worth.

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