Poverty and Inequality in Australia.

Does poverty exist in Australia? The answer is yes. In these lessons, students will find out who is affected and what needs to be changed to reduce poverty. 

We’ve partnered with Anti-Poverty Week and the Australian Council of Social Service to create brand new resources for Primary and Secondary students.

The lessons cover Maths, English and HPE. Students will learn about the effects of poverty and what constitutes living in poverty in Australia. They’ll take a look at real-life stories, as well as analyse and interpret current data to discover the realities of those experiencing poverty. 

Primary Education Resources

What is poverty and why does it matter – Years 3 & 4

English
This lesson presents students with some basic facts and figures regarding what poverty in Australia looks like and how a range of people may experience it.

Fair Share
– Years 3 & 4

Mathematics
The class will watch an animated YouTube clip that aims to address the meaning of income and wealth inequality in Australia and why it is problematic.

Making Ends Meet
– Years 5 & 6

Mathematics
This lesson aims to help students understand the difference between the poverty line and the amount of government income support available for someone who is unemployed.

Poverty: In sickness or in health – Years 5 & 6

HPE
Students will analyse health and poverty-related data and discuss what this data indicates about poverty, as well as investigate why poverty and health outcomes are intrinsically linked.

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Secondary Education Resources

Poverty and the social determinants of health – Years 7 & 8

HPE
What is the link between health and poverty? In this lesson, students explore the underlying non-medical factors, known as the social determinants of health, and how they influence health outcomes.

Understanding poverty and inequality in Australia – Years 7 & 8

HPE
The class will watch an animated YouTube clip that aims to address the meaning of income and wealth inequality in Australia and why it is problematic.

What are the chances?
– Years 7 & 8

Mathematics
This lesson aims to help students understand the difference between the poverty line and the amount of government income support available for someone who is unemployed.

People behind the statistics – Years 9 & 10

HPE
This lesson will have students critically examine and investigate how poverty impacts Australian society’s health and well-being.

What are the facts? – Years 9 & 10

HPE
This lesson will have students critically examine and investigate how poverty impacts Australian society’s health and well-being.

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With Thanks to Our Partner

 

These lessons were developed in partnership with Anti-Poverty Week and ACOSS/UNSW (Australian Council of Social Service

 

© 2021 Anti-Poverty Week, ACOSS/UNSW (Australian Council of Social Service) and Cool Australia

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