The welfare group Anglicare says it is noticing a growing need among working families for emergency relief and housing support.
The group, which has more than 400,000 welfare clients, released its annual State of the Family report at Parliament House in Canberra this morning.
Anglicare chairman Dr Ray Cleary says people are applying for its services just to make ends meet.
"Our agencies, day by day, work with disadvantaged people," he said.
"And in particular we have seen over the past few years a growing number of people who are in employment but are now feeling the stress of the current global economic scene."
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