The adequacy of the allowance payment system for jobseekers and others, the appropriateness of the allowance payment system as a support into work and the impact of the changing nature of the labour market

The adequacy of the allowance payment system for jobseekers and others, the appropriateness of the allowance payment system as a support into work and the impact of the changing nature of the labour market

29 November 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-1-74229-725-5

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MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 359KB)
 
RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 65KB)
 
CHAPTER 1 (PDF 163KB)

Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Note on references
Acknowledgements
Structure of the report
Economic Outlook
Recent reviews of allowance payment rates

 
CHAPTER 2 - An overview of the allowance payment system (PDF 1071KB)

Introduction
The differences between allowances and pensions
Newstart Allowance
Australian Labour Market
Newstart recipient trends
Conclusion

 
CHAPTER 3 - The adequacy of Newstart Allowance and related issues (PDF 589KB)

Measuring adequacy
The real value of Newstart Allowance
Financial pressures on welfare recipients
Indexing Newstart
The cost of raising Newstart

 
CHAPTER 4 - From social security to work (PDF 329KB)

Introduction
Quality of employment services for job seekers
Employment trends for Newstart recipients
Building incentives to take up casual, part time or seasonal work
Simplification of the allowance payment system
Conclusion

 
GOVERNMENT SENATORS' ADDITIONAL COMMENTS (PDF 197KB)

Labor government investment in skills and education
Labor government reforms to the aged pension
Newstart Allowance
Conclusion

 
AUSTRALIAN GREENS ADDITIONAL COMMENTS (PDF 121KB)

Responding to the inclusion of the Joint Agency Submission's arguments against inadequacy
Response to the Majority Report Recommendations
Conclusion

 
APPENDIX 1 (PDF 45KB)
Submissions received
Additional information received
Responses to questions taken on notice
 
APPENDIX 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the committee (PDF 13KB)
 
APPENDIX 3 - Joint agency response to question taken on notice* (PDF 1335KB)

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Committee Secretary
Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706
Email: eewr.sen@aph.gov.au

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