Trampolines not traps

Enabling economic security for single mothers and their children
Low socioeconomic status Mothers Single parents Welfare recipients Australia

This paper draws on policy analysis and interviews with 27 Victorian women to propose a multidimensional framework for understanding and achieving economic security for low-income single mothers and their children.

Key findings:

  • even with careful budgets, making ends meet is a struggle
  • the clash between unpredictable work and fixed hours of child care restricts mothers’ choices
  • conditional and confusing social security creates anxiety and undermines economic security
  • the unfair child support system compounds women’s difficulties.
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