Friday, 11 August 2017 15:16

Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

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UnitingCare Australia takes this opportunity to comment on provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.


We welcome the schedules of the Bill focussed on streamlining components of the welfare system to reduce complexity and improve accessibility for people seeking vital supports.
We highlight our significant concern, however, regarding Schedules 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the Bill which, we believe, are punitive measures that impose unnecessarily harsh penalties upon an already highly vulnerable proportion of the population. It is our view that the proposed measures are neither likely to result in positive behavioural change, nor economic efficiencies, as anticipated by Government.

Additional Info

  • Submitted to: Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Regarding: Drug testing trial of people on welfare
  • Date Submitted: Friday, 11 August 2017
  • Contact Name: Fay Mound
  • Contact Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Contact Phone: 0406 977 114
  • Policy area(s): Welfare, tax and transfer