A report released on 14 October 2012 by the Australian Council of Social Service to mark Anti-Poverty Week has found that in 2010, after taking account of housing costs, 12.8% of Australians live in poverty: that is, one in eight people were living at or below the poverty line in 2010. The ‘Poverty in Australia’ report found that the overall risk of poverty is higher in New South Wales and Tasmania than in the other states — this may reflect higher housing costs, weaker employment opportunities, and/or the different age profiles of different states. The report also found that the risk of poverty is generally greater outside capital cities (in part due to higher unemployment in regional Australia) — but there are exceptions in New South Wales and Western Australia (where very high housing costs in the capital cities have increased the risk of poverty). Read the ACOSS report.