This report considers the similarities and differences between two groups of young people who took part in the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2018: those who reported that neither parent or guardian was currently in paid employment, compared with those who identified that at least one parent or guardian had paid employment, whether part- or full-time. For the purpose of this report, those in households without a parent or guardian working are classified as ‘economically disadvantaged’. It should be noted that economic advantage/disadvantage cannot easily be segregated using this data alone as the circumstances, characteristics and experiences of those facing economic disadvantage are more complex than the survey can determine. However, this distinction is made in this paper in order to advocate for young people who experience disadvantages through their parent/s or guardian/s unemployment.
SOURCE: Mission Australia. “Working through it: A Youth Survey report on economically disadvantaged young people.” Mission Australia, 2019.
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