Welfare dependence - cause or symptom of disadvantage?

Welfare dependence - cause or symptom of disadvantage?

Media Release — 25 September 2018

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The Australian Institute of Family Study’s submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence ‘highlights the importance of service systems that are responsive to the needs of vulnerable families – and the particular value of coordinated, responsive systems in the context of communities that experience high levels of social and economic disadvantage’.

The submission stated: ’While encouraging greater workforce participation is one way of addressing poverty and disadvantage the story around families and joblessness is not straightforward.’

A 'multifaceted approach to understanding "disadvantage" [is needed] to understand the intersections between different types of disadvantage. These complex issues require policy and service responses which are tailored to the experiences and aspirations of families themselves.'

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