The CEO and staff member Julia attended the ACT’s Poverty Week event on 18 October, where a new report was launched. The report, Hidden disadvantage in the ACT: Report for ACT Anti-Poverty Week used the latest 2016 Census data to highlight pockets of disadvantage in the ACT, and focused on small areas that have an average population of about 320 people.  The report is based on findings from research undertaken by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis which was commissioned by ACTCOSS in partnership with several of ACT’s larger community organisations.  The report shows that disadvantage exists in the ACT, but that it is often hidden by high overall averages on indicators such as income and education. Disadvantage is also hidden due to its distribution across the ACT rather than it being concentrated in particular suburbs or regions. The diversity of Canberra is one of our city’s strengths, but it requires careful attention so people experiencing disadvantage don’t drop off the radar by not being statistically visible at the suburb, regional, or Territory level.