Social security

Position paper

12 Apr 2019

Australia's peak body for social services has released its social security election policy priorities. These are designed to strengthen our social security system to ensure it best achieves its goal of preventing poverty and deprivation, and put the dignity of people first.

Journal article

22 Feb 2019

This article argues that while the current NZ tax/benefit system represents a ‘welfare mess’, and needs substantial restructuring, a UBI does not necessarily provide an adequate income for poverty relief, nor ensure labour force incentives, at an acceptable fiscal cost.


14 Feb 2019

This report is the result of the Inquiry into the appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Australian public employment service, jobactive.


5 Feb 2019

This evaluation report draws on administrative data to examine participation and employment outcomes over the first two years of the Community Development Programme.


5 Feb 2019

This is a brief summary of the Community Development Programme evaluation, drawing on the community fieldwork and administrative data evaluation reports.


Summary report of community voices and stakeholder perspectives from eight communities
5 Feb 2019

This evaluation report presents community views on the Community Development Programme (CDP) based on surveys with community members, CDP providers and stakeholders across eight remote communities.

Policy report

A 'Canada Next: 12 ways to get ahead of disruption' report
16 Jan 2019

This paper argues that, in the face of rapid labour market changes, Canada should consider introducing a portable benefits sytem.

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.


15 Oct 2017

The vision of the Ministry of Social Development is to help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent. But many beneficiaries are taking to social media to talk about its lack of humanity.


15 Aug 2017

A Universal Basic Income may be a good idea – but we will still need social security that works.


13 Aug 2017

Provides a commentary on the New Zealand criminal justice system's treatment of tax evasion compared with welfare fraud - in the context of reactions to Metiria Turei's admission of welfare fraud.

Working paper

15 Jul 2017

In a changing employment and budgetary context, there is renewed interest in the concept of a basic income.



27 Feb 2017

UEXPECTED bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, unexpected news of a significant debt – sometimes dating back years – can be bewildering, to say the least. This is exactly what tens of thousands of...


12 Oct 2016

Executive summary

Housing affordability is a significant issue for low income households in receipt of social security payments. The social security system recognises the additional financial challenges that non-homeowners face in two ways: – providing Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) to assist with the...



9 Sep 2016

The Coalition’s budget cuts have a disproportionate impact on low-income groups, write Peter Whiteford and Daniel Nethery in this detailed analysis

AN EVENTFUL first sitting week of the new parliament saw the Turnbull government introduce legislation for a raft of savings measures, some...


25 May 2016

The 2016-17 Budget comes at a challenging time for public policy. Economic growth remains sluggish as the economy transitions away from the mining boom. Governments face fiscal pressures both from this economic adjustment and from the ageing population. At the same time, core Government services...


15 Jul 2015

Explains what income management is, who can be placed on it, what measures it involves, and where it is heading.


Income management sets aside (or ‘quarantines’) a proportion of a recipient’s Australia Government income support payment to pay for necessities such...


26 Jun 2015

In this speech to the 2015 Australian Council of Social Service congress, social security minister Scott Morrison outlined a series of initatives consistent with the government’s view that it should reduce its role on social welfare provision, including via social impact bonds.


18 Apr 2015

Chapter 11 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Privatisation is not the only force re-sculpting the rights, power and dignity of recipients of welfare...


2 Mar 2015

Tax reform is in the news daily. Calls for fundamental reform have become louder, but there are diverse views on the direction and scope of the reform that is needed. The Liberal/National Coalition Government has committed to a White Paper process on Tax Reform, which...



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