New conditionality in Australian social security policy

David R. Taylor, Matthew Gray, David Stanton

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    The past two decades have witnessed the application of new forms of conditionality to Australian social security policy. This paper argues that a distinctive feature has been the attempt to link receipt of government benefits to parental behaviour in order to address concerns about the welfare of children. With a view to providing a framework that can help to inform debates regarding the merits of these new forms of conditionality, this paper outlines the historical antecedents and philosophical framework of new conditionality. The paper also examines three pertinent Australian social security initiatives: the Maternity Immunisation Allowance, the Improving School Enrolment and Attendance through Welfare Reform Measure, and Compulsory Income Management. The paper concludes with some consideration of the potential pitfalls of new conditionality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-26
    Number of pages24
    JournalAustralian Journal of Social Issues
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


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