Reclaiming social security
An ongoing project exploring how income support could be made adequate and fair
The adequacy of social security payments and the impact of the conditions imposed on Australians receiving them are key topics in working towards a country free of poverty.
This research has included a series of seminars led by academics and other experts, as well as related publications.
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Associate Professor Beth Goldblatt, University of Technology Sydney, University of New South Wales and the University of the Witwatersrand The right to social security – what it means for Australia (PDF, 974 KB)
Peter Whiteford, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University The future of social protection in a changing labour market: Towards a research and policy agenda (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Yvette Maker, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, Advancing the citizenship rights of people with disabilities and carers: A framework for balancing competing claims in income support policy (PDF, 780 KB)
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Research report Dead ends: how our social security system is failing people with partial capacity to work
Almost one-third of JobSeeker Payment recipients are people assessed with 'partial capacity to work'.Read report
Working paper Safety net to poverty trap? The twentieth-century origins of Australia’s uneven social security system
Tracing the history of Australia’s social security system helps us to consider what reforms are needed for the present day.Read paper
The authors propose five principles to guide and underpin our social security system so that it contributes to a just, fair and compassionate society.Read paper
In a changing employment and budgetary context, there is renewed interest in the concept of a basic income – a form of social security in which individuals receive a regular, often unconditional payment from either government or a public institution.Read paper