Welfare recipients

Report

6 Dec 2018

The objective of this audit was to assess whether Human Services has an effective high-level compliance strategy for administered payments made under the Centrelink and Medicare programs.

Report

29 Nov 2018

The objective of this audit was to examine if Social Services and Human Services drive improvements in the Disability Support Pension program using data and information from multiple sources, including agreed Auditor-General and parliamentary committee recommendations.

Report

8 Nov 2018

The Australian government welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee’s (the Committee) report Appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Community Development Program (CDP) .

Report

The experience of single mothers on Welfare to Work (report)
29 Oct 2018

This report finds the Welfare to Work policy is not only failing to help single mothers find employment, it is increasing their financial insecurity and eroding their attempts to find work and become self-reliant.

Report

12 Sep 2018

This report is to help understand what happens to people when they leave the benefit system, and whether and how their outcomes have changed over time. This research looked at outcomes for people who exited a benefit during the year from 1 July 2013 to...

Report

4 Sep 2018

This report, commissioned by the Australian Council of Social Service, considers the impact of boosting a range of allowance payments. It finds that the introduction of such a policy would have a range of ‘prosperity effects’, boosting the size of the economy and the number...

Report

26 Aug 2018

Family and domestic violence is common and its impact is far reaching. It occurs across all ages, and socioeconomic and demographic groups, but predominantly affects women and children.

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children: 2010-2022 aims to achieve a...

Discussion paper

20 Aug 2018

Intergenerational disadvantage is a broad topic that touches on many aspects of public policy. This inquiry focusses on welfare dependence of families and the outcomes for children. The committee intends to progress this inquiry on the basis of agreed definitions of key terms, and with...

Report

24 Jul 2018

The Ministry for Women interviewed 40 mothers in Whāngarei, South Auckland and Gisborne, to hear in their own words, their experiences of being on a benefit and of the social services they accessed both during pregnancy and with young children. These interviews focused on nutrition,...

Working paper

18 Jul 2018

A major concern with demand-side housing subsidies to low-income tenants is the extent to which they may be captured by landlords in the form of higher rents. This paper examines the ramifications of a policy change surrounding the Accommodation Supplement (AS) benefit.

Report

17 Jul 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess the Department of Social Services’ implementation and evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card trial.

Commentary

2 Jul 2018

Children's access to quality childcare is, more than ever, dependent on whether the government views their parents as deserving or not.

Report

28 Jun 2018

This report documents the findings of the 30 June 2017 actuarial valuation of the Australian income support and social security system. This valuation is part of the work undertaken by the Department of Social Services to implement the Australian Priority Investment Approach to social welfare,...

Report

25 Jun 2018

Australia is in the midst of a major reform to the way the income support system is delivered. This research explores the lived experiences of accessing and interacting with Centrelink, how this affects people's lives and what improvements they would like to see.

Report

18 Jun 2018

There have been many reports about Australia's policies of offshore processing and detention. This report focuses on what happens to tens of thousands of people seeking asylum who are living in our community, and the policies that drive these highly vulnerable people to the margins...

Report

7 May 2018

This report recommends that the Department of Social Services should establish and publish the evaluation strategy of the drug testing trial prior to the trial's commencement, and that the outcomes of the trial be publicly released.

Report

2 May 2018

The Community Development Program (CDP) is remote Australia’s Work for the Dole (WFD) and 'job assistance' scheme. The CDP has been criticised by civil society groups, Indigenous groups, academics and even police, with allegations that it pays below minimum wage and its penalty system is...

Report

29 Apr 2018

Our housing system is failing millions of Australians. Rents have been rising much faster than people’s incomes and we don't have enough secure, affordable rentals. This year’s Rental Affordability Snapshot shows that we need action now to stop more and more people from falling into...

Submission

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018
15 Apr 2018

ACOSS submission to Community Affairs Committee on Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018, recommending the Committee oppose this Bill.

Commentary

5 Apr 2018

Automated welfare didn’t end with the robo-debt controversy. Here and overseas, governments are turning vital decisions over to computers.

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