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Welfare Rights Review

Welfare Rights Review Vol 1 No 1

In This Issue

Aboriginal jobseekers to Work (Harder and Longer) for the Dole

Work for the Dole programs have been supported by successive governments in Australia.  Taking an evidence-based approach, the National Welfare Rights Network’s assessment is that these programs are not the most effective way to support people int

Minister urged to act on high call costs at Centrelink

Telstra has announced that it has removed call charges to 1800 numbers from Telstra mobiles.

Press Council complaint about Daily Telegraph article

On 30 September 2014, the Daily Telegraph in Sydney ran a front page article which was false and misleading. The NWRN has lodged complaints with the Australian Press Council (APC) and Media Watch.

What’s Happening When? December 2014

A number of changes to social security and family assistance law have occurred.  The first four items listed have been legislated and/or implemented.

Practitioner's Guide: Disability Support Pension

The purpose of this practitioners’ guide is to explain the medical criteria a person must satisfy to qualify for Disability Support Pension (DSP).

The impairment tables

NWRN in the News

Print Media

Case Studies

Jane - Disability Support Pension (DSP); medical issues

What’s in store for Australia’s social security system?

As the community welfare sector continues to resist harsh budget measures and braces for even potentially harsher cuts to vital income support payments in the Mid-Year Economic Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) statement, Patrick McClure has handed his repor

Budget bills incompatible with human rights obligations

A bipartisan Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (the committee) was established by the Human Rights (Parliamentary

Lifting people out of poverty

The recent ACOSS report into poverty launched on 12 October 2014 for Anti-Poverty Week found that 61 per cent of people most likely to be living in poverty are people who are unemployed.  At the heart of the problem is the very low payment rate of

1-in-4 on Newstart has a significant disability

One in four of the total number of unemployed people on the Newstart Allowance has a significant disability, according to new administrative data from the Department of Human Services.

Compliance Bill amended by Senate

Compliance has once again become a hot issue, with the Government introducing a number of bills, legislative instruments and policy changes over the past few months.