Social Services

September 2017

Indexation increases for benefit recipients from 20 September 2017 – September 2017

Filed under: Social and Community, Social Services,

Social Services Minister Christian Porter says 4.7 million pensioners and allowance recipients will receive an increase to their welfare payments from 20 September.

Drug tests for welfare beneficiaries part of broader welfare changes – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

A Senate committee is inquiring into proposed Government changes to limit welfare payments, including the proposed trial of drug testing of welfare recipients at three locations.

June 2017

Government rejects robo-debt shutdown report as “political’ – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Social Services,

The Senate inquiry into Centrelink’s controversial automated debt recovery system – widely known as ‘robo-debt’ – has called for the system to be suspended until its many flaws can be resolved.

Registration invited for Disability Employment Services providers – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

The federal Government has released an industry information paper that provides essential information for those delivering Disability Employment Services (DES) from 1 July 2018.

May 2017

Program for parents to return to the workforce expanded – May 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Employment, Training, Politics, Australian Politics,

The federal Government says it will invest $263 million to provide training and support to assist thousands of Australian parents return to the workforce.

Budget 2017 – The big political sea change – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Health,

The overwhelming public and media reaction to this week’s Budget has been one of surprise – and mostly, of relief. Headlines such as ‘reset” and ‘fresh start’ have predominated.

Commentators point to Budget ‘reset’ – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Opinion Polls, Social and Community,

The Budget has been widely interpreted as a turning point for the Coalition and a Prime Minister bedevilled by consistently poor opinion polls.

Welfare benefits, employment programs and pensions – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Social Services,

The Government will consolidate seven working age payments into a single Jobseeker payment.

April 2017

Accenture wins big Government IT tender – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Social and Community, Social Services,

The federal Government has selected Accenture as the preferred tenderer to provide systems integration services for the next phase of the Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation (WPIT) Program, subject to commercial negotiations.

March 2017

Inquiry starts into controversial Government welfare debt collection system – March 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

Ahead of the start of a Senate committee inquiry into the Federal Government’s controversial ‘robodebt’ debt collection campaign from welfare recipients, many of Australia’s welfare organisations joined a call for the Government to scrap the practice.

February 2017

Senate welfare impasse again tests Government on tax reform – February 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

The political theatre of Malcolm Turnbull’s new ‘tough guy’ persona and the more serious but unenlightening debate around the short comings of the major parties’ approaches to energy policy largely over-shadowed the important policy and Budget debate around the Government’s welfare and child care package.

Government looks for way through welfare and child care impasse – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Childcare, Paid Parental Leave,

The Government says it will persist with efforts to persuade cross-bench senators to support the measures contained in its so-called omnibus bill affecting childcare subsidies, paid parental leave and family tax benefits.

Welfare and child care reform package – Summary of the proposed measures – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

The Government’s welfare and childcare package is unlikely to pass the Senate in its current form and is likely to be dismantled as the Government negotiates on those parts which the Government can get through.

Senate inquiry into Centrelink debt recovery program – February 2017

Filed under: Social and Community, Social Services,

A Senate committee will investigate Centrelink’s controversial, automated debt-recovery program in an effort to determine why thousands of Australians were incorrectly told they needed to repay money.

December 2016

Greens propose drug regulation rather than prohibition – December 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

The Greens have adopted a radical new drugs policy, calling for the establishment of a new drugs regulatory body to individually examine each drug and determine whether it should be banned.

November 2016

White Ribbon Day - marked with politicians’ personal experience of family violence - November 2016

Filed under: Social and Community, Charities, Social Services,

Events marking White Ribbon Day – today, Friday 25 November – attracted widespread community and political support this week.

Hanson on board for Government’s welfare cuts – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says her party will take a hard line in support of budget repair.

October 2016

Senate Estimates Committees – Investment approach to welfare – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Age Pension,

Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.

Senate Estimates Committees – Family violence – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Charities,

Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.

Senate Estimates Committees – Accommodation for women at risk – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Charities,

Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.

Senate Estimates Committees –  Homelessness – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Charities,

Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.

One Nation will back Government’s dole wait extension, says Hanson – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson says her party will support a change that would see unemployed people aged under 25 wait four weeks before being eligible for the dole.

September 2016

Welfare reform’s big challenge – trust – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

The Turnbull Government took the first small but concrete steps this week on the path to broad-scale welfare system reform, seeking to refocus the complex welfare system on positive measures to encourage individual beneficiaries off welfare and into paid employment.

Investment Approach to Welfare – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

The Federal Government has taken the first steps towards implementing the controversial McClure welfare reform report, designed to bring about a wholesale overhaul of the welfare system.

Government addresses ‘agenda’ issues: welfare, superannuation and refugees – September 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Superannuation, Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community,

With the Prime Minister overseas and Parliament not sitting again until October 10, the Government has taken the opportunity to re-focus on which could be said to constitute its post-election agenda.

Benefit payments cuts and childcare legislation reintroduced – September 2016

Filed under: Social and Community, Social Services,

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has reintroduced into Parliament a number of social services measures that lapsed in April when the parliament was prorogued ahead of the election.

Treasurer lauches attack over new divide – the taxed and the taxed-nots – September 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

Treasurer Scott Morrison says too many Australians are not paying taxes.

Low income earners at risk in ‘Budget repair’ plans – September 2016

Filed under: Social and Community, Social Services,

Welfare groups have launched a campaign to protect the lowest income earners from a cut to benefits as a result of the Government’s centrepiece ‘Omnibus Budget Repair’ bill.

August 2016

Hanson gets support for Islam inquiry from unlikely source – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Social Services,

A controversial Islamic organisation has supported Pauline Hanson’s proposal for a royal commission into Islam, according to a report in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.

Investment approach’ to welfare high on Government’s agenda – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Social Services,

Re-appointed Social Services Minister Christian Porter was one of the first members of the Government to seek a substantial post-election policy discussion by canvassing the possible introduction of a New Zealand-style “investment approach” to welfare spending.

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