In response to: Senate Inquiry

Submitted: September 2019

Summary: In partnership with our state counterparts, we submitted our calls for:

  • an immediate $75 per week income to the single rate of allowances including Newstart
  • an immediate 30% increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance
  • the establishment of an independent expert panel to set future rates for pensions and allowances
  • the inclusion of a wage-based component in determining future indexation
  • the regular review of rates by the independent expert panel 
  • replacing Family Tax Benefit part B for single parents with a supplement that increases as children grow