Survival Mode:
The daily challenge of living on a low income in Tasmania

Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre is conducting research to learn more about Tasmanians’ experiences of living on a low income.

The aim of the research project is to explore people’s experiences of living on a low income and their associated emotions.

It is hoped that the findings of this research will inform advocacy with governments to:

  • Raise the Rate and increase other social supports, including addressing housing insecurity
  • Make active efforts to address socioeconomic factors for wellbeing as part of mental health strategies
  • Design and implement policies which address the structural and economic drivers of mental health and wellbeing.

Report coming soon.

Confidentiality and Ethics

This study has been approved by the University of Tasmania Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) H0028986.

Participation in this research is confidential and data is stored to ensure privacy and confidentiality.  If you have any questions about this research, you can contact:

Researcher, Dr Alexandra King


Phone: 03 6213 3665


SARC Coordinator – Mary Bennett


Phone: 03 6213 3566



About Dr Alexandra King

Dr Alexandra King is a social researcher with the Social Action and Research Centre at Anglicare Tasmania.

Alexandra has an enduring interest in people’s experiences in living in poverty and what this means for their health and wellbeing.

After working in international aid, Alexandra completed her PhD (Rural Health) in 2014.  For that research she carried out walking interviews with older Tasmanians to explore thier experiences of food security and ageing.

She has also worked in policy and research at Australian Red Cross and the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Tas).

Photo of Dr Alexandra King