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Jun 17, 2011

AYAC calls on the government to rethink its punitive approach to vulnerable Australians on welfare

AYAC calls on the government to rethink its punitive approach to vulnerable Australians in the welfare system.

On 17 June, the Government announced that Social Security Legislation Amendment (Jobseeker Compliance) Bill 2011 was passed by the Parliament. We know that young people and newly arrived migrants are two groups who are most affected by these changes.

 

AYAC calls on the government to rethink its punitive approach to vulnerable Australians in the welfare system.

The Government announced today that Social Security Legislation Amendment (Jobseeker Compliance) Bill 2011 was passed by the Parliament. AYAC rejects the claim that this bill aims at 'helping more Australians get back into work.'

We know that young people and newly arrived migrants are two groups who are most affected by these changes.

AYAC, along with other non-government organisations, is part of the Centrelink Working Group on Jobseeker Compliance investigating the reasons and barriers certain groups face in attending Centrelink interviews. The findings of this group will be available shortly.

AYAC believes the welfare system should move away from a punitive model to one that enables vulnerable groups to understand and be supported by the system.


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Media Release

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Youth peaks respond to McClure report

New welfare model raises concerns for young Australians

Australia’s peak bodies for young people and the sector that supports them – the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), Youth Action NSW, Youth Coalition of the ACT, Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ), Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) – have raised joint concerns about the Final Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform to the Minister for Social Service (the McClure Report).


Feb 25, 2015