Above the Line

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About the report

"We are a wealthy country and our people should not have to struggle to feed their children and put a roof over their heads."

Is poverty acceptable in WA? What should we do to support people living below the poverty line? What do Western Australians really think of JobSeeker and other benefits?

As leading community service providers and the peak body for social services, we wanted to better understand our community’s views and understanding of poverty, and what needs to be done to address it. In June 2020, we conducted a survey of people from across our State focusing on these issues. The results are presented in the Above the Line Report.

Take action

The Above The Line report makes one thing clear:

Western Australians believe poverty is unacceptable.

Right now, the Federal Government is making decisions about what support is available for Australians out of work. These choices, made by our elected representatives, will impact the lives and futures of almost 250,000 people in WA including many children. Our research tells us that a large majority of Western Australians think the rate should keep households out of poverty while they look for work.

We know that WA cares. Can you action?

What you can do

With your networks

  • Share information, resources, and passion with people you know
  • Follow Raise the Rate For Good (#RaiseTheRateForGood) and Above The Line (#AboveTheLine)
  • Challenge misinformation about poverty when you hear it

In your community

Send a message to your Federal representative (we've put together a template below to help you get started).



Don't know your Federal Electorate? Use this tool.

What happens when I write to my MP?

Your Federal MP is your area's representative on the national stage. Contacting them can be difficult - but is their job to listen to you, and to represent the way the people in their electorate feel about particular issues.

Every MP handles correspondence differently - however, it is important to remember that your MP is required to respond to any correspondence they receive.

The type of response depends on the MP and their feelings on the issue you have contacted them about. The most common is a response from their office acknowledging your letter, however, if your MP is able and inclined to do so, they may write a more personalised reply.

No matter what response you receive, all messages from constituents are important. Correspondence helps your MP to understand that people in their electorate feel strongly about particular issues, and can inform the way your MP engages with them in Parliament. It's also a great and low-effort way to engage with the democratic process and exercise your rights as a constituent!

Electorate profiles

These profiles break down use data sourced as part of the Above The Line report by Federal electorate. Please feel free to distribute these documents as you would like.

Commissioning agencies

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Conducted by

Painted Dog Research

All information correct as of 26/06/2020.

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