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.
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.
We acknowledge and thank the Department of Social Services (DSS) for the funding it provides.