At Jesuit Social Services, we believe all persons must have access to the opportunities that help them flourish. Fundamental to this is the role of education, lifelong learning and employment.
We know that when people are able to fully access education, training and employment, this has significant benefits for their own wellbeing, their family’s wellbeing and the wellbeing of communities.
Unfortunately, many individuals and communities are missing out on access to these opportunities due to generational and multi-layered disadvantage.
Jesuit Social Services’ Dropping off the Edge 2021 report gathered data on 37 indicators of disadvantage in every single community across the country and found that low levels of internet access and students dropping out before completing Year 10 were prevalent in areas of high disadvantage.
When we focus specifically on locations in both Victoria and NSW that have extreme disadvantage on at least eight different indicators, we find high numbers of children growing up in a household with no adult in paid work and high numbers of young people not engaged with education, employment or training. In fact, in the three per cent most disadvantaged locations in both states, we found children growing up in jobless households at almost triple the rate of the rest of the state, and young people not engaged in education or employment at over double the rate.