Australia’s child poverty rate has risen to the highest in the developed world, a new report has found.
Key points:The World Economic Forum’s report shows the rate of child poverty has increased in every country in the world since 2009Source: World Economic FoundationThe number of children living in extreme poverty fell in every OECD country in 2016Source: The Economist’s Child Poverty Index 2016The latest data on child poverty is from the World Economic Forums’ annual Global Child Poverty Report, which is released on Friday.
It finds Australia’s rate of childhood poverty has been steadily rising since 2009, reaching 1.9% of the population.
It is now at the highest level in more than 20 years.
“Australia’s child survival rate is one of the highest per capita in the OECD, but its child poverty rates have been steadily increasing over the past 15 years, rising from 0.5% in 2009 to 1.7% in 2016,” the report said.
“This is a worrying trend as child poverty in Australia is increasing.”
It said Australia was among the 10 most unequal countries in the West, with people in its richest regions being twice as likely to be poor as those in the poorest.
The report also found the rate at which child poverty had increased had been increasing in every other country in Western Europe and the US.
“The trend towards more extreme child poverty across the OECD is consistent with the trends in the global child poverty picture,” the study said.
The World Economics Forum, a research organisation based in Switzerland, also found that the United States had the most child poverty among rich countries, with more than two-thirds of its children living on less than $1.25 a day.
In terms of child mortality, the report found that, in 2016, more than 3.3 million children aged under five died, compared with 1.4 million deaths in 2009.
More:The report found child deaths from all causes increased by 12% in Australia from 2014 to 2016, but there were also more children dying from respiratory diseases, heart disease and other causes.
“As a result, child mortality has risen in Australia as well as globally,” it said.
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