Low income and poverty dynamics

Implications for child outcomes

Content type
Commissioned report

November 2017


Diana Warren

Commissioning Body

Department of Social Services

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This report uses data from the first five waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to examine the association between childhood poverty and a range of children’s developmental outcomes.  

The authors found a strong negative association between poverty and children’s developmental outcomes. The negative effects associated with low income and poverty carry a significant cost for individuals and families, as well as the broader community. There are also clear costs associated with children’s development and wellbeing—the impacts of which are likely to be amplified later in life for the children who experienced poverty and also the wider society.

Improved understanding of the relationship between poverty and child outcomes will assist in determining the most effective way to improve the life chances of children whose families experience financial disadvantage.

This report is published on the Department of Social Services website:
Social Policy Research Paper Number 47: Low Income and Poverty Dynamics - Implications for Child Outcomes