Changes to the Federal Government welfare system announced yesterday by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Christian Porter MP, signalled potentially far-reaching changes for the nation.
Many will welcome the high-level aims, particularly about assisting people to access the employment market.
There was also the welcome acknowledgement by Government that it does not have all the answers, and that it will rely on the non-government sector, academia, business and others to co-design the measures under the Try, Test, Learn (TTL) initiative.
Such an ambitious scheme needs to proceed with great care and deliberation if it is to be both humane and cost-effective.
To me, four of the more important principles to bear in mind in designing and implementing new arrangements should be:
Families Australia looks forward to working with Government to further develop this initiative.
Dr Brian Babington
21 September 2016