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Proposed youth allowances legislation flawed

Published: 6 August 2015

National Vice President, Christine Craik, says most young people do not need an external incentive to find work.

“Work is what young people desperately want. It gives them money, status, social acceptability, freedom, security and the list goes on. The changes in this legislation actually penalise these young people as well as the small number who may need an external incentive to look for work,” Ms Craik said.

Senators at the Inquiry asked the AASW whether there was any evidence that supported longer waiting periods as an incentive to greater participation in work.

“We said there appears to be no evidence to support this,” Ms Craik said. “Other groups that presented to the Inquiry such as Orygen Youth Health also agreed there is no evidence that this works.”

“The AASW also directed Senators to the research conducted by the Parliamentary Library that described longer waiting periods for young people to access income support as ‘novel’ in international terms,” Ms Craik said.

The AASW represents over 9,000 professional social workers from around Australia many of whom work on the front line of poverty prevention.

National Vice President, Christine Craik, says most young people do not need an external incentive to find work.

“Work is what young people desperately want. It gives them money, status, social acceptability, freedom, security and the list goes on. The changes in this legislation actually penalise these young people as well as the small number who may need an external incentive to look for work,” Ms Craik said.

Senators at the Inquiry asked the AASW whether there was any evidence that supported longer waiting periods as an incentive to greater participation in work.

“We said there appears to be no evidence to support this,” Ms Craik said. “Other groups that presented to the Inquiry such as Orygen Youth Health also agreed there is no evidence that this works.”

“The AASW also directed Senators to the research conducted by the Parliamentary Library that described longer waiting periods for young people to access income support as ‘novel’ in international terms,” Ms Craik said.

The AASW represents over 9,000 professional social workers from around Australia many of whom work on the front line of poverty prevention.

To organise an interview with AASW National Vice President, Christine Craik please contact Emma Pegrum, Media and Marketing Manager, on 02 6199 5011 or 0408 200 191.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers