Family allowances

Child benefit
Family endowment
Parenting payments

Working paper

Changes to Australian income support settings during the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper summarises the major changes made to unemployment, student and parenting transfer payments over 2020 and early 2021 in Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How universal child benefits can build a fairer, more inclusive and resilient future

Universal child benefits (UCBs) are regular, unconditional income transfers in the form of cash or tax transfers, which are paid to caregivers of children from the time of pregnancy or birth until the child’s 18th birthday. In this report, the authors call upon governments, donors...

Families package monitoring report 2019

The Families Package was introduced in 2018 and provided targeted assistance to improve incomes for low- and middle-income families with children. This report monitors trends in receipt and expenditure for the different payments that comprise the package.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Are more than 90 per cent of Newstart recipients receiving other benefits, including the Parenting Payment and Rent Assistance?

Despite calls from within its own ranks, the Government has firmly opposed increasing Australia's main unemployment benefit. Defending this position, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg claims that Newstart is unlike other welfare payments because "people who recei

ParentsNext, including its trial and subsequent broader rollout

This report examines the history, aims and design of ParentsNext, including human rights concerns and its suitability for vulnerable participants, and discusses the program's pre-employment focus. It also addresses evidence about the administration and implementation of ParentsNext by government departments and contracted service providers.
Discussion paper

ParentsNext national expansion: discussion paper

This discussion paper looks at the expansion of the 'ParentsNext' pre-employment program, aimed at reducing welfare dependency and child poverty, and to increase female employment participation.

The impact of child support payments on the labour supply decisions of resident mothers

This report analyses the effect of receipt of child support payments on the labour supply of resident mothers. This is an important issue, given the role that paid employment plays in increasing the short- and long-term economic wellbeing of separated mothers.

Tax reform, targeting and the tax burden on women

The paper proposes a return to a progressive individual based income tax and universal family payments for dependent children, for reasons of both fairness and efficiency, and argues for the elimination of policy instruments that create complexity and serve only to reduce the transparency of...

Australians working together: evaluation of the impact of activity requirements for parenting payment customers on their children aged 13–15 years

Since September 2003 the Parenting Payment recipients whose youngest child is 13 to 15 years old have been reuired to undertake one or more activities (such as job search, education, training or community work) to develop and enhance their work skills and prepare them for...

More help with the cost of caring for babies and toddlers

In this rep;port, ACOSS proposes the following changes to assistance with the costs of care for babies and toddlers: a universal maternity benefit; an extension of the existing parenting payment to support middle income parents caring at home for a child under 3 years old...

The ACOSS better family incomes package

ACOSS proposes reforms to family assistance payments estimated to cost $2.5 billion. Over one million families would benefit from the plan which. is designed to ease financial hardship, help families with young children juggle jobs and care, and reduce poverty traps.