In a research paper released in August last year, the Productivity Commission brought together the most recent evidence measuring inequality, poverty and disadvantage in Australia.

Excessive inequality and entrenched disadvantage can erode social cohesion and hinder growth. But measuring the extent of inequality is not straight-forward. No single metric can provide a definitive answer to the question of whether inequality, poverty and disadvantage in Australia have risen, fallen or remained steady.

The Commission used an array of indicators to examine trends in inequality, including the distribution and composition of household income, consumption and wealth. Movements within the distributions over time, and in response to life events – such as transitions to work, divorce and retirement – were also examined.

To read more and access the full report visit the Productivity Commission website.