A collaborative research project to understand entrenched disadvantage
For more than 20 years, Jesuit Social Services has collaborated with researchers to examine complex disadvantage in communities around the country, releasing a series of reports now generally known as Dropping off the Edge.
These reports show clearly that complex and entrenched disadvantage is experienced by a small but persistent number of locations in each state and territory across Australia.
The most recent report, released in 2021, studies communities in every Australian state and territory to identify pockets of entrenched location-based disadvantage and the unique web of challenges these communities face. It provides an unparalleled picture of where disadvantage is concentrated, how various forms of disadvantage overlap, and how disadvantage becomes entrenched and difficult to escape.