Compulsory income management: a flawed answer to a complex issue

22 June 2010

From 1 July 2010 major changes are due to be made to the way income support payments are paid to recipients in the Northern Territory, and potentially across Australia. This paper looks at the major aspects of the scheme.

Income management fundamentally changes the way social security benefits are paid. It will apply in blanket fashion to entire categories of recipients in regions nominated by the Minister. Yet the legislation has been passed in the absence of adequate public debate or consultation with those directly affected, and with the relevant national community organisations.

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