Not as simple as it sounds: The Welfare Review in pictures

The Welfare Review Report has finally been released. It advocates a  “new flexible social support system that is simpler, sustainable, coherent and outcomes focused”.

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The Review proposes to replace the present tangled mess of 20 income support payments paid at various levels (see figure)

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with ‘five main payments’ (see figure):

  • Tiered Working Age Payment
  • Supported Living Pension
  • Child and Youth Payment
  • Carer Payment
  • Age Pension.

Sounds good, and a welcome change of tone from last year’s Budget. But unscrambling this egg is not as simple as it sounds, and nor is the recommended payment structure.

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