Submission to the Inquiry into the adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia
12 September 2019
The Newstart Allowance can no longer deliver the best means of support to Australians who need assistance the most. Newstart has not been increased in real terms for a quarter of a century and it shows. Newstart is no longer a safety net, but rather a thin cushion to soften the crash into poverty Australians on Newstart experience. Within this submission CPSA expresses concerns about the current payment rates for Allowance Payments and the mechanisms that determine these rates of payment.