The Salvation Army is urging state and federal governments to make easing the daily financial struggle of older women a priority.
A review of client needs data has found more than 60 per cent of people who access the Salvos’ Moneycare financial counselling service are women.
The analysis also found Australians aged 65 or older are the most rapidly growing group needing the charity’s assistance.
Salvation Army Officer Major Paul Moulds says older women have become the unexpected face of poverty in Australia.
He says their life as a primary carer, in the majority of cases, sets back their superannuation and employment options later in life.
Major Moulds recommends an increase of welfare payments to ensure those reliant on government assistance can live with dignity.
The Salvation Army’s anecdotal evidence suggests that many suffer in silence.