The Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) 2016 is the fifth consecutive national report by The Salvation Army exploring the levels of deprivation and disadvantage experienced by those who access Emergency Relief (ER) services.
The Salvation Army operates a comprehensive network of emergency relief centres, corps, social programs and employment services to deliver wide-ranging and inclusive responses to individuals and communities who experience disadvantage.
The Salvation Army is one of the largest providers of Emergency Relief services in Australia, and delivers practical support for many who are battling to provide a basicstandard of living for themselves and their families.
ESIS 2016 data was captured by a questionnaire that was distributed to service users through 283 Salvation Army ER and community support centres across Australia. It was also sent to randomly selected individuals who had received mailout assistance in 2015. More than1,600 respondents completed the questionnaire during early February 2016. This provided a samplesize large enough to undertake a thorough quantitative andqualitative analysis.
Results indicated that a large proportion of individuals and families who accessed Salvation Army ER and support services struggled to make ends meet, were unable to afford basic and essential household items, and experienced poverty and multiple levels of deprivation.