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Families are a critical pathway in the transmission of disadvantage, however the limited availability of appropriate Australian data to date represents a significant gap in understanding intergenerational disadvantage in the Australian context.

While the literature broadly focusses on parent-child transfers in understanding intergenerational disadvantage, further insight can be achieved by examining markers of disadvantage across multiple generations of the same family. With new data now available, this study conducted by the Life Course Centre and Human Capability Team at Telethon Kids aims to examine the experience of multiple disadvantages in two generations of Australian families, and how these experiences relate to the trajectories of children, the third generation.