The table below shows the proportion of different categories of families living in poverty in Australia in 1999.
The table statistics illustrate the total percentage of distinct groups of families who were living under the poverty line in Australia in the twentieth century.

Evidently, the figures represent 11% of all household of Australian families or 1,837,000 people impoverished over the period. By comparing, the level of poverty among single aged person was higher by 6% than for aged couple group in Australia in 1999 by 4%. Additionally, the poverty ratio was considerably lower among elderly people (aged couple). Whereas, the single parents without children were more likely to be poor by 19% comprehensively followed by those couples who have children by 12%.

Secondly, the proportion was significantly prominent among the sole parents compared with the family structures, which was 21% respectively.

In contrast, if we compared the numbers of household type in Australia in 1999, the maximum number of couple with children was 933,000. Though it was only 12%. However, childless single person ratio was 19%but their total number was 359,000 which was one-third as compare to couple with children comprehensively.

In short, it is clear that the proportion of people living in poverty varied according to their family structures.