Radical changes flagged in welfare review
Ebony Bowden - The New Daily
A radical overhaul of Australia’s welfare system has been flagged in a new government review, with plans to slash the current 77 types of payments to just five.
The five primary payments would include an age pension, working age payment, supported living pension, carer payment and child and youth payment.
The Coalition government called for the review in December 2013 after they deemed the current welfare system unsustainable and costly.
According to the ABC, lead author former Mission Australia boss Patrick McClure was asked to find ways to save money and encourage more people to return to work.
The current welfare system is reported to cost $150 billion annually.
The government is now considering the recommendations and changes will be included in the upcoming May budget.
The disability support pension has been flagged for an overhaul as part of the plan, with suggestions it should change to a supporting living pension based on the recipient’s capacity to work.