The Welfare System

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Changes within the welfare system as a result of policy shifts and by new thinking, more generally in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), have had many methods, but the one that seemed most important, was that welfare recipients were required to do much more to justify their income support payments than before. The foundation of this new idea is that income support programs should allow individuals to maximise their participation in work. Due to the general shift in welfare administration, the number of activity test requirements an individual in Australia must meet in order to receive unemployment benefits, has expanded significantly since the early 1990s. This complex, overly bureaucratic process means that disadvantaged individuals cannot access the income support payments they require.
Within the collaborative research project by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, St Vincent de Paul Society, and The Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, ‘Much obliged: Disadvantaged job seekers’ experiences of the mutual obligation regime’, a series of interviews with disadvantaged individuals were conducted. These people were considered extremely disadvantaged in the labour market, have been on benefits for an average of two and a half years and many had a history of homelessness, mental health issues and/or drug use. This research project found that many of them spoke about their desire to find work, and the demoralisation associated with

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