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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Seminar papers

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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    By Danielle Thornton, Dina Bowman and Shelley Mallett 2020

    Tracing the history of Australia’s social security system helps us to consider what reforms are needed for the present day.

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    By Dina Bowman. Danielle Thornton and Shelley Mallett 2019

    The authors propose five principles to guide and underpin our social security system so that it contributes to a just, fair and compassionate society.

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    By Dina Bowman, Shelley Mallett and Diarmuid Cooney-O’Donoghue, June 2017

    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.

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