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Who We Are

NWRN is the peak community organisation in the area of social security law, policy and administration. Our aim is to reduce poverty, hardship and inequality in Australia by advocating for a social security system which is fair, adequate and well administered.

Our members are community legal centres and organisations whose role is to provide disadvantaged people with free information, advice, education and representation in the areas of social security and family assistance. Our members operate in all states and territories of Australia. Their services are free and independent.

What we do

The NWRN develops policy about social security and family assistance based on the casework experience of our members. We provide expert feedback to Government on new and proposed changes to welfare law and policy. We work to raise awareness of social security issues to inform the work of other organisations in advancing public welfare.


The Executive Officer, Matthew Butt, is the official spokesperson for the NWRN. For media inquiries, quotes or interviews with Matt please contact the NWRN on:

Tel: 0448 007 201


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