Reclaiming social security for a just future

Stream: Social security, conditionality and risk
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Time: 1.35 pm – 3.15 pm

Abstract

The move to fully digital and automated interactions with Centrelink is well advanced. While there is a need to update ageing infrastructure, current proposals have serious implications for access, transparency and procedural justice, especially given serious concerns about issues relating to eligibility, assessment, conditionality and adequacy. The Australian social security system is unprepared for the technological, demographic, geopolitical and environmental changes that are predicted to accelerate. We can no longer put off difficult and complex reform. A principled approach to reform will is critical. This presentation will set out some principles to guide reform of the social security for a just future.

Authors

Dina Bowman (Presenter), Brotherhood of St Laurence
Dina is a principal research fellow at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. She is also an honorary principal research fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Danielle Thornton (Presenter), Brotherhood of St Laurence
Danielle is a senior research fellow at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. She has a PhD in History and a MA in Social Policy and is an honorary fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne,

Shelley Mallett, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Shelley Mallett leads the research and policy work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and has a joint position with the University of Melbourne as a Professorial Fellow of Social Policy.