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Qualifications and employment

  • 50.7% of South Australians have post-school qualifications (such as a University degree or a TAFE certificate) compared to the Australian average of 53.9%
  • In April 2009, the unemployment rate in South Australia was 5.8%,  compared to the national average of 5.4%

Mental health

  • One in five Australians will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime.
  • 50% of mental health patients remain in hospital because they have no suitable place to go after being discharged.

Life expectancy gap

  • The life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is 17 years less than for other South Australians.

Price of Crime

  • It costs each South Australian taxpayer $185 per day to accommodate each prisoner in our prison system. This equates to $67,525 per prisoner, per year.
  • In 2005 crime cost Australia $36 billion – 4.1% of our gross domestic product (GDP).


  • 21.6% of South Australians receive 90% or more of their main source of income from government cash benefits.
  • In 2005/06, South Australia’s expenditure on “core” concessions (such as energy, public transport, water and vehicle registration) was $89 million.


  • 33.4% of South Australians in the private rental market are experiencing housing stress; that is, 30% or more of their income is spent on housing costs.
  • Over 7500 South Australians were recorded as “homeless” in 2001.

Poverty in South Australia

  • 23.8% of all South Australian families are living on low incomes.
  • 1 in 7 South Australian children are growing up in a household with no employed adult.

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