Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, will this morning launch the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Australia’s Welfare 2017 report.

The 13th biennial snapshot of Australia’s welfare highlights the importance of a strong system to underpin the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable Australians.
“The report shows that we have a long way to go to improve the overall welfare of Australians, but indicates exactly why reform in our Welfare System is necessary,” Senator Seselja said.
“Intergenerational welfare dependence is a real issue in our community and this report gives us some of the data we need to help address these areas of concern.
“Every single day $430 million is spent on welfare and services support, so it is our job as a government to make sure this money is providing a hand up, not a hand out and is going to those who need it most – to improve the welfare of all Australians.

“We need measures such as the Cashless Debit Card trial, which is reducing alcohol abuse, violence, and gambling and helping people break the cycle.
“Likewise our upcoming trial of drug testing for new start and youth allowance recipients is vital because so often people cannot get out of their tough situation because of addiction.

“We are also investing to ensure that less Australians become reliant upon our Welfare System. We are introducing a suite of measures that are aimed at getting more Australian’s into the workforce to ultimately decrease the amount of Australian’s that face persistent disadvantage.

“The Government will continue to use our Priority Investment Approach to Welfare to ensure our substantial investment in Australia’s welfare continues to go to the most vulnerable in our community” Senator Seselja concluded.

The Launch will take place at 10.30am in Private Dining Room 2 at Parliament House.
More information can be found at www.aihw.gov.au/.

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