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The snapshot counters the argument that there is a ‘blowout’ in the number of people on welfare. It provides information about changes in the number of people who rely on social security payments, and about past and future budget expenditure on social security payments and services.
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Category: Community Services
The Terms of Reference of the Commission of Audit state that it “has a broad remit to examine the scope for efficiency and productivity improvements across all areas of Commonwealth expenditure.” ACOSS has called for people experiencing poverty and inequality be protected from the impact of any consequent cuts. However the implications of funding uncertainty extend throughout the sector - they affect the provision of services to clients; they are crucial for paid staff; and they affect the overall viability of community organisations.
ACOSS' election factsheet on making essential services available and affordable, particularly access to energy.
ACOSS' election factsheet on reducing poverty by improving employment.
ACOSS election factsheet on how to reduce poverty in Australia, especially child poverty.
ACOSS' briefing and analysis of the Federal Government's announcement on dental reform.
To mark Anti-Poverty Week,, ACOSS has updated its Poverty Report bringing together all the latest publically available measurements of inequality and poverty in Australa. ACOSS is using the update to call on the Commonwealth Government to commit to increase income support allowances like Newstart as recommended by the Henry Review, in order to tackle the growing gap between the haves and have-nots in Australia. ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie said, "The evidence is mounting of a growing divide with more people hitting hard times and falling into poverty.
"There is widespread consensus that the paltry payment levels for allowances such as Newstart, Parenting Payment Single, and Youth Allowance is one of the principle reasons for increasing hardship and poverty in our rich country. This was highlighted at the recent Tax Forum in Canberra where participants almost unanimously agreed that the Newstart Allowance of $35 a day is simply not enough to live on.
Indicators of Inequality provides Australian inequality statistics within five main areas: poverty, income support, cost of living, community services and health.
The Australian Government has introduced legislation into Parliament to establish a national compulsory income management scheme for certain groups of social security recipients. This will restrict their right to decide how they spend their social security payments.
The current family payments system is fairly well targeted to those most in need and relatively effective at addressing child poverty. The basic structure is well-designed to reduce child poverty without undermining work incentives. This is achieved by paying the same amount of Family Tax Benefit (Part A) to low income jobless and working families.
However, there are a number of problems which should be addressed through reform of the system to reduce child poverty, particularly for low income families with older children and sole parent families.