Research

New Budget Standards for Low-Paid and Unemployed Australians Report

On 23 August 2017 the UNSW's Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) with support from Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and United Voice, published a research report that showed the Newstart Allowance received by people looking for work falls well below the minimum income required to achieve a basic standard of living. 

The researchers built on previous Australian and recent international research to develop a set of budget standards i.e. how much money different family types needed to live decent life. 

We hope this research will be used to inform debate and guide decisions about the adequacy of minimum wages and income support payments for the unemployed.

CSAA has been advocating since the last federal election for the establishment of an independent commission to advise government on the appropriate level of welfare payments to ensure people can have access to basic requirements.

You can acess the summary and full report using the links below.

Summary Report

Full Report