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Welfare Rights Review

Welfare Rights Review Vol 1 No 3

In This Issue

Job seeker compliance: tough, tougher and toughest

It would not be a Federal Budget if it did not include some tightening of the rules around job seeker compliance, so that job seekers “do the right thing”. But this year getting tough on the unemployed is costing more than it’s saving.   

Healthy Welfare trial on the cards

Possible locations for the controversial Healthy Welfare Card – a key recommendation from billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s review of Indigenous employment, training and welfare – have been flagged by Government Ministers.

Case studies from our network

Parenting Payment - Single (PPS); Member of a couple debt and cancellation

Press Council upholds NWRN complaint against Daily Telegraph

On 14 July, the Australian Press Council (APC) handed down its adjudication on the complaint against several articles published by the Daily Telegraph on 30 September 2014.

7.30 Report looks at life on Newstart Allowance for people with disability

People with disability recently spoke to the ABC’s 7.30 Report about the difficulty of obtaining the Disability Support Pension (DSP) and the struggle of life on Newstart Allowance with a disability.

Budgeting for tough times: Welfare Rights looks at the 2015-16 Federal Budget

The last few Federal Budgets have been pretty hard on people reliant on social security and family payments. Welfare Rights analyses whats good and bad in the Federal Budget.

Social Security Appeals Tribunal merges with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) merged with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) on 1 July 2015.

Recent social security changes you should know about

From 1 July 2015, there were a number of good, and not so good changes than may impact on some of the 7.3 million Australians who receive assistance from Centrelink or the Family Assistance office or who are looking for work. 

Social security changes in the pipeline

There are a number of new and existing social security bills before parliament which, if passed, would impact significantly on some of the most vulnerable social security recipients.

NWRN commissions research into measures to address poverty traps caused by redundancies and compensation

NWRN has signed a contract with the Australian National University for new independent research, to be conducted by Professor Peter Whiteford and Sue Regan of the Crawford School of Public Policy.

New employment assistance for young people does the job

 In 2008, the rate of youth unemployment stood at just 8.8 per cent. Since the Global Financial Crisis, the number of long term unemployment has increased by 101,000.

New employment assistance for young people does the job

 In 2008, the rate of youth unemployment stood at just 8.8 per cent. Since the Global Financial Crisis, the number of long term unemployment has increased by 101,000.

Hundreds lose pension as impairment tables turned

Twenty eight thousand people under 35 who recently qualified for the Disability Support Pension are being re-assessed under tighter medical tables. Welfare Rights Review reports on the impact of the medical review.

Inequality in Australia: new ACOSS report finds “a nation divided”

The richest 20 per cent now earn around five times as much as those in the bottom 20 per cent, according to a new report by the peak body of the community and social services sector, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).

Waiting on hold for Centrelink

The release of the report from the Australian National Audit Office, Management of Smart Centres’ Centrelink Telephone Services, has focussed national attention on the vexed problem of telephone waiting times, its impacts, the costs for i

Income Management gets new lease on life (and another $146m)

This year’s Federal Budget saw a further $146.7 million to fund the current Income Management arrangements until July 2017. Other changes to the scheme, opposed by NWRN, are being considered in a bill before the Parliament.