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Newstart Inquiry 2019

The Australian Senate is currently considering the question of whether Newstart and related payments are adequate. You can find out more about the Inquiry at the Australian Parliament House website.

The Salvation Army has a number of concerns about Newstart, Youth Allowance and other welfare payments. We will be putting in a submission to the Inquiry to help the Senate understand the experience of Newstart and related payments for the people who are reliant on them.

We’re asking for your stories

We want to make sure our submission reflects the stories of people who have experience with New Start, Youth Allowance or related payments. We are asking you 'what does the Inquiry need to know about welfare payments?'

By filling in the survey on this page you’ll help us make the most powerful case for change possible.

What should I write?

We want you to tell us what you think the Inquiry needs to know. 

Some questions you might want to think about are:

  • What were the circumstances under which you started receiving the payments?
  • How did you find the process of applying for and then receiving your payments? Which payments did you get?
  • Are you receiving enough to live with dignity?
  • Do you have what you need to be able to apply for and win jobs?
  • What would an extra $50/$75/$100 a week mean for you?
  • What other supports would help you?

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How we will use your stories

We will provide the stories we receive to the Inquiry along with our submission so that the lived experience of welfare is on the record. We will also use the stories to speak to MPs about what is going on in their own electorate.

We will go through the stories before we submit them to make sure there is nothing in the stories that would allow a person to be identified. Before we give them to the Senate we will also make sure there is no language that would be offensive or inappropriate to be provided to parliament.

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