Persistent communal disadvantage in Australia

Dropping off the Edge 2015 shows clearly that complex and entrenched disadvantage is experienced by a small but persistent number of locations in each state and territory across Australia.


As a society we cannot, and should not, turn away from the challenge of persistent and entrenched locational disadvantage, no matter how difficult it may be to solve the problem.

We hold hope that the young people and future generations in these communities will have a better outlook and life opportunities than is currently available to them.

It is our belief that every Australian should have access to the opportunities in life that will enable them to flourish – to complete their education, to get a job, to access safe and affordable housing, to raise their children in safe communities and to see the next generation thrive.

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What is DOTE2015?

Read about the history, the authors and the key findings below.