Inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence

The Inquiry’s Terms of Reference are included in the Committee's Resolution of Appointment. They are:

To inquire into and report on matters relating to welfare dependence of families and outcomes for children, and in conducting the inquiry, the committee:

  1. examine the reasons for welfare dependence, with particular focus on why some families require welfare assistance for short periods only and why others become ‘trapped’ in the system;
  2. consider:
    1. the factors preventing parents from gaining employment;
    2. the impact of intergenerational unemployment on children;
    3. the important role of parents as ‘first teachers’;
    4. a multi-generational approach which assists parents and their children together;
    5. the impact, if any, of welfare in creating disadvantage; and
    6. the impact of economic development in different locations and geography;
  3. recommend options for:
    1. breaking cycles of disadvantage;
    2. measuring the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions;
    3. the improvement of the financial capacity and security of families; and
    4. better coordinating services between tiers of government to support families; and
  4. consider any other related matter.

Committee Secretariat contact:

PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4397

About this inquiry

The Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence is appointed by a resolution that passed the House of Representatives on 24 May 2018.

The Committee is due to produce an interim report by 20 September 2018, and a final report by 12 April 2019.

Past Public Hearings

05 Dec 2018:
21 Nov 2018:
09 Nov 2018:


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