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Welfare economics

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19 Oct 2017

Welfare in Australia

The Australian Government and state and territory governments spent an estimated $157 billion on welfare in 2015–16 (cash payments, welfare services, and unemployment benefits), up from $117 billion in 2006–07. This is an average growth rate (in real...

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Working paper

11 Oct 2017

We use variation in the extent of generational persistence across social assistance payments to shed light on the factors leading to intergenerational disadvantage. Our administrative data come from the Australian social security system and provide us with detailed social assistance trajectories...

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15 Sep 2017

Social policy analyst Eva Cox has highlighted many of the problems with the survey design, the way interviews were conducted and the ethics of the process (Cox 2017), all of which suggest that the results presented should be treated with great scepticism. Her criticisms of the evaluation process...

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Working paper

15 Sep 2017

The first part of this paper develops a theoretical model of fiscal equalisation and uses the model to derive an optimal equalisation formula that has general applicability for federations. If vertical equity is achieved by the central government and horizontal equity by interstate migration,...

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Discussion paper

12 Sep 2017

ParentsNext is a pre-employment program which connects parents of young children to services in their local community to help them plan and prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age. The program aims to reduce welfare dependency and child poverty, and to increase...

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Working paper

07 Sep 2017

This paper estimates an Inequality Deflator for the Australian economy, which represents the distributional trade-offs that exist within the current tax and transfer system. These trade-offs can be used to evaluate policy alternatives where equity is an important consideration, as well as...

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Report

05 Sep 2017

This report focuses on changes in the CPI for Darwin across a range of key expenditure areas over the past year. It is important to note that CPI figures only reflect trends for capital cities and Australia as a whole, and cannot tell us about trends in price movement for states and territories...

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Evaluation

01 Sep 2017

With support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Department of Human Services (DHS), and developed in close consultation with local community leaders, local and state government agencies and other Australian Government agencies, the Department of Social...

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Research report

23 Aug 2017

The project was funded by the Australian Research Council under Linkage Project grant LP120200481, with additional cash and in-kind support provided by Catholic Social Services, Australia; United Voice (National Office); and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). A budget standard...

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Article

15 Aug 2017

Strong arguments, both philosophical and practical, can be made for incorporating a UBI into our tax-benefit system. But if our objectives include social security – ensuring an adequate minimum...

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Research report

14 Aug 2017

The decline in Australia’s working male population is a constant and serious trend that, unfortunately, is rarely discussed. Yet this silent crisis brings significant consequences for Australia, for the rapidly growing cohort of jobless men themselves and for their families and children.

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Journal article

14 Aug 2017

New Zealand was once held up as a model of egalitarianism to other countries. Today New Zealand is far from being that leader, with high income and wealth inequality and an unacceptable level of family poverty and homelessness. Children are particularly affected, suffering the highest levels of...

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Research report

01 Aug 2017

This paper is a reference tool for those needing to locate specific changes quickly and place them in their chronological context, rather than a definitive history of income support for student in Australia. Schemes providing support for postgraduate students, students who are veterans or the...

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Working paper

15 Jul 2017

In a changing employment and budgetary context, there is renewed interest in the concept of a basic income – a form of social security in which individuals receive a regular, often unconditional payment from either government or a public institution. This working paper examines the purpose and...

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Briefing paper

01 Jul 2017

This policy brief

  • summarises trends in spending on social security cash transfers and services in Australia since 1980.
  • examines trends in the proportion of the population receiving different social security payments and
  • compares Australian social security spending
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Report

21 Jun 2017

In December 2016 and early January 2017, a number of people started raising public concerns about receiving letters saying they owed Centrelink significant debts. Media articles claimed Centrelink was operating a debt recovery system with a high error rate. The individuals and whistle-blowers...

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Discussion paper

01 Jun 2017

The two essays in this Occasional Paper take divergent approaches to the reform of the welfare state, while both focusing on the perennial hot button issue of socalled ‘middle class welfare’.

Simon Cowan argues that given the size of federal government payments to Australian families, the...

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Commentary

Article

04 May 2017

The federal government’s Cashless Debit Card Trial, which began in selected communities in South Australia and Western Australia from March 2016, is a...

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Commentary

Article

19 Apr 2017

A recent report by the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees raised concerns about the erosion of retirement income by ongoing rental or mortgage payments.

The report by the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees is timely, given the Australian aged pension system is...

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Research report

23 Mar 2017

Australia’s retirement income system has long implicitly taken it for granted that the vast majority of retired people will have very low housing costs – in turn reflecting a presumption that most of them will own their own homes, and will have fully paid down any mortgage debt taken on in order...

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