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Public welfare

Report

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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Audio program

15 Oct 2017

The Ministry of Social Development says its mission is to help people look after...

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Strategy

29 Aug 2017

This AIHW Corporate plan 2017–18 to 2020–21 highlights the achievements planned to occur during the 2017–18 year that will help to provide Australians with quality, nationally-consistent health and welfare information. It describes our purposes, practices and capabilities and sets out the ways...

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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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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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Research report

22 May 2017

This report aims to to provide a framework that will implement long lasting reform which improves access to justice and has a positive impact on the lives of thousands of New Zealanders every year. The report follows an earlier report to the United Nations in late 2014, an access to justice...

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Other video

03 May 2017

For over a quarter of a century Australia has escaped recession. It is a remarkable achievement, close to a global record. Yet despite continuous growth, Australia scrambles to make ends meet. This is the eighth year of a national budget deficit.

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Evaluation

14 Mar 2017

With support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), and developed in close consultation with local community leaders, local and state government agencies and other Australian Government agencies, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is conducting a 12-month trial of...

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Strategy

08 Mar 2017

The Australian Government is undertaking a Cashless Debit Card Trial (CDCT) to deliver and manage income support payments (ISPs), with the aim of reducing levels of community harm related to alcohol consumption, drug use and gambling. 

In the CDCT, a proportion of an individual’s ISP is...

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Research report

20 Sep 2016

Introduction

In its May 2015 Budget, the Commonwealth Government announced an intention to implement the Australian Priority Investment Approach to welfare in Australia. The development of this approach was one of the recommendations of the review of Australia’s welfare...

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Research report

30 Apr 2016

Australia has a mature range of health, welfare and education programs, collectively referred to as a social purpose market. These services are provided in an increasingly complex, mixed market where governments (the Commonwealth, states and territories, and local government) contribute...

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Journal article

10 Nov 2015

When Welfare to Work activities for single parents were first introduced in the 2005 Commonwealth Budget, the primary claim was that these measures would increase individual wellbeing. A decade on, the veracity of this claim has yet to be comprehensively assessed. In this article, we...

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Book review

09 Oct 2015

There are many intermediate steps in the move from a snapshot comparison of the distribution of taxation and benefits in Australia and the United Kingdom to a life course perspective. Taking time into account over the short and medium terms shows us the impact of risks that individuals...

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Book review

02 Oct 2015

Much comparative analysis in social policy uses ‘snapshots’ of what different kinds of households receive and contribute in a given year. But household and individual circumstances change over time. Some changes happen as life takes its course: for example, children begin life as receivers, but...

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Audio program

27 Sep 2015

Thousands of single parent families have been pushed into poverty after having their payments reduced under the welfare-to-work policies of successive governments. After 10 years the workforce participation rate for sole parents has barely improved and a former senior minister admits the policy...

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Book review

25 Sep 2015

The welfare states of Australia and the United Kingdom share much, but not everything, as the first article in this series comparing the two countries showed. In this instalment, focus shifts to how taxes, cash benefits and services in-kind, such as health, education and housing, redistribute...

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Research report

24 Sep 2015

This report includes estimates of how much was spent on health between 2003–04 and 2013–14. This information contributes to understanding the performance and efficiency of Australia’s health system and how changes arise over time.

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Continued slow...

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Book review

18 Sep 2015

Australia and the United Kingdom are commonly classified among the ‘liberal’ welfare regimes by social policy researchers. This is not surprising: there are obvious institutional and cultural similarities between the two countries, and policy ideas have evidently been passed back and forth...

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Research report

18 Sep 2015

Highlights the achievements planned to occur during the 2015–16 year that will help to provide Australians with quality, nationally-consistent health and welfare information.

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This Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Corporate Plan 2015–16 to 2018–19...

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