Inequality is not inevitable

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, but evidence shows it is aggravating existing vulnerabilities in our community.

The impact is being felt locally, in places such as Corio/Norlane which – even previous to the pandemic –  reported an unemployment rate of 21.7%, with some small pockets ranging up to 23%, and youth unemployment as high as 75% in some areas. Barriers to employment include access to transport and digital infrastructure, mental health and lack of appropriate skills training.

There is also increasing casual, insecure and unpredictable employment, along with stagnant wage growth, creating high levels of underemployment and consequent financial stress.

We may not be able to fix the big issues, but we can help here and now, in our own region, by looking for opportunities to support our local economy and employ inclusively and sustainably.

Addressing disadvantage is everyone’s business.