The National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN) is the peak community organisation in the area of social security law, policy and administration. We represent community legal centres and organisations whose role is to provide people with information, advice and representation about Australia's social security system. NWRN member organisations operate in all states and territories of Australia. They are organisations which have community legal services dedicated to social security issues. Their services are free and they are independent of Centrelink and government departments. The NWRN also has as Associate Members the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALS), the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS).The NWRN develops policy about social security, family assistance and employment assistance based on the casework experience of its members. The Network provides submissions to government, advocates in the media and lobbies for improvements to Australia's social security system and for the rights of people who use the system.The NWRN is funded by its member centres to undertake systemic advocacy on behalf of their client base. The NWRN also acknowledges and thanks the Federal Department of Social Services (DSS) for its funding grant to the NWRN.
A simple, yet comprehensive guide for community workers to help their clients through the social security maze.
Keeps advocates informed about social security case law and provides a reference tool for research on social security issues.
Download NWRN Annual Reports in PDF format.
Provides latest news about about the social security system for community workers.