A new report shows a single person needs around $600 per week to a live a comfortable and healthy life in Australia in 2017.
Professor Peter Saunders and Megan Bedford, of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW, have published new "budget standards" for low-paid and unemployed Australians.
This means it’s the minimum money a person, or couple needs to earn to live each week to live healthily.
The study found a single adult would need to earn $600 a week, while a couple with no children would need $830; a child (in this case a six year old) increases that cost to $970 while an additional 10-year-old would bring the income up to $1170.
“The quality of people’s lives cannot be completely represented by the goods they consume and it is important to ensure that the budgets also allow for a degree of social participation that is consistent with healthy living and social inclusion,” said Saunders said.
The findings also discovered that welfare payments across the board missed the mark, for example, a childless couple on a benefit call short by almost $110 per week, and a couple with two children fall short $130 per week.