Reclaiming social security
An ongoing project exploring how income support could be made adequate and fair the adequacy and targeting of income support
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.
Tracing the history of Australia’s social security system helps us to consider what reforms are needed for the present day.
The authors propose five principles to guide and underpin our social security system so that it contributes to a just, fair and compassionate society.
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.