The Early Years: Investing in our Future Presentation

AuthorsRebecca Cassells, Daniel Kiely
PublishedSeptember 2020
PublisherBankwest Curtin Economics Centre

This latest report in the Centre’s Focus on Western Australia series, the thirteenth in this series, looks at the importance of the early years for young children in influencing outcomes in later life. It also highlights the disparity between advantage and disadvantaged children. We found that:

  • Inequality drives a deep dividebetween Australian children, with one in two children living in the most disadvantaged areas developmentally vulnerable on two or more domains, compared to the national average of 11.4 per cent;
  • More than one thirdof disadvantaged children are not attending preschool
  • One in fiveWA children under five are living in poverty with the rate of severe poverty in WA rising to 11.4 per cent compared to a national rate of 6.7 per cent

Learn more from our presentation of the report findings, first presented at our Early Years report launch event on 28 August 2020.