Welfare economics

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...

Policy report

5 Sep 2018

This paper explores the hypothesis that growth of government has become self-sustaining through the emergence of a segment of the population that both enjoys sufficient direct support from government and is large enough that political parties shape policies to curry its favour.

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...

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

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...

Working paper

3 May 2018

This paper situates the Henderson Poverty Inquiry in the context of other social security reviews occurring at the time and subsequently. Insights are drawn on the influence of these inquiries by exploring their characteristics, activities and findings and by reflecting on ensuing policy change.

Working paper

1 May 2018

This paper presents an algebraic approach to estimating Effective Marginal Tax Rates (EMTRs) in New Zealand.

Report

17 Apr 2018

Australia is a low-taxing country. While tax debate in Australia tends to focus on tax rates, with endless comparisons of different countries’ rates of different taxes, these debates ignore the fact that Australia raises far less tax revenue than most developed countries.

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.

Report

26 Mar 2018

This research, commissioned by Anglicare Australia, shows that each year, a staggering $68 billion in taxpayer dollars, greater than the cost of Newstart, disability support, or any other benefit, is spent keeping the wealthiest Australian households wealthy.

Report

20 Feb 2018

The Disability Support Pension (DSP) represents a large component of social security spending for the Australian government. This report examines the factors underlying the recent decline in DSP expenditure, highlighting the impacts of changes in government policy.

Commentary

20 Feb 2018

Decent housing underpins the Closing the Gap goals, with a decade-long national remote housing program having made measurable progress. If the Commonwealth pulls out now, hard-won gains could be lost.

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