Sydney | August 2011

AUD 31.08; AUD 7.52 (USD 8.02, EUR 5.61) for food.

This is based on per capita per-day basis of the poverty line for Australia published by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, and low-income household expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages (including meals out and fast foods).

Australia does not have an official poverty line, but a common reference used is the 1973 Henderson poverty inquiry line, developed by Professor Ronald Henderson and used by the Commission of Inquiry into Poverty. This is a relative income poverty line and takes into consideration different family sizes. This has been updated by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research on a quarterly basis using estimates of household disposable income from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). ABS conducts the Household Expenditure Survey every six years, and the latest was done in 2009-10.

Note: Latest available standards and exchange rates were taken as of August 2011, when the photography was undertaken.

Understanding More

Poverty Lines: Australia

Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2009-10

Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia, 2009-10