One in six Australian children aged up to 14 is living in poverty, according to a new report.
The report by UnitingCare Australia and the University of Canberra's National Centre for Social and Economic model provides fresh analysis of Census data and statistics on child social exclusion.
Social exclusion is a term broadly used to describe social disadvantage and a lack of opportunity.
By state, children are at the greatest risk of facing social exclusion in the Northern Territory, followed by Tasmania and South Australia.
Most of the local communities where children were at the greatest risk of facing social exclusion showed no improvement between 2011 and 2016.
UnitingCare Australia director Claerwen Little said such disadvantage hurts children, families and the community.
"Disadvantage is much more than just poverty or lack of financial security. Limited social engagement, connection, access and opportunity are equally detrimental to health and wellbeing," she said.
"This report provides strong arguments for holistic, preventative responses so that parents, carers and communities can better play their part in raising our children."