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Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015

Dear Committee Secretariat,

Re: Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015

The Salvation Army welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015. This submission will respond in broad terms to the implications of the proposed changes to the Social Services Legislation Amendments (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 - Schedules 2, 3 and 4 as these directly relate to the many people The Salvation Army represents.

The Salvation Army is one of Australia’s largest social service providers supporting the most disadvantaged and socially excluded individuals and families in our community. The Salvation Army Australia has an annual operating budget of approximately $700 million and provides more than 1,000 social programmes and activities through a nation-wide network of social support services, community centres and churches.

In the past 12 months, The Salvation Army Australia provided more than one million occasions of service to people in need. The Salvation Army works with individuals who, due to life experiences and events, often have inadequate education and training, poor health, and a sense of disempowerment that compromises their capabilities and opportunities to fully participate in the community.

The Salvation Army acknowledges fiscal responsibility as an essential attribute of good government and supports a fair and simpler social security system. However, any changes to social security legislation must not adversely impact the people who need it most. The Salvation Army does not support measures that further disadvantage individuals and families on income support and which further restricts their ability to be productive members within our communities.

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