Bendigo welfare workers have marked Anti-Poverty Week by calling on their community and government to invest in support services for disadvantaged residents.

An Australian Council of Social Services report released on Sunday found three million Australians lived below the poverty line, their income considered insufficient to sustain an acceptable quality of life.

A single-person household earning less than $426.30 per week fell below the poverty line, defined as the median household income in Australia, adjusted according to family size.

Anglicare Victoria regional director Carolyn Wallace said the rate of poverty was unacceptable in a country she described as “predominantly wealthy”.

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