Submission to the Intergenerational Welfare Dependence Inquiry

11 October 2018

House of Representatives Select Committee Intergenerational Welfare submission - The Alliance recommends the Committee consider:

  1. Poverty – Australia needs a national approach to address poverty.
  2. Health in All Policies approach with a social determinants lens is an effective way to address poverty and social disadvantage. It is an evidence based approach endorsed by the World Health Organization that could be applied to breaking cycles of disadvantage including domestic and family violence, substance abuse, preventing chronic illness, mental health and building capabilities within communities to strengthen resilience and build human and social capital.
  3. Newstart - Welfare systems such as those that provide income support need to ensure that a basic standard of living is achievable for everyone. While the Alliance is very supportive of ensuring pathways and incentives are available to assist in transition from welfare to work, the provision of basic needs is a pre-requisite requirement for this to occur.
  4. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 global goals not only provide a framework for government action but also provide a comprehensive package of global indicators to measure and compare progress. These goals include:
    1. No poverty
    2. Zero hunger
    3. Good health and wellbeing
    4. Quality education
    5. Gender Equality
    6. Clean water and sanitation
    7. Affordable and clean energy
    8. Decent work and economic growth
    9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
    10. Reduced inequalities
    11. Sustainable cities and communities
    12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    13. Climate Action
    14. Life Below Water
    15. Life on Land
    16. Peace, Justice and strong institutions
    17. Partnerships for the goals