The Australian Welfare System for Parents and Children

Welfare circles

National Ballroom 2
Hotel Realm
18 National Circuit Barton

Melbourne Institute Public Economic Forum


Dr Tim Reddel, Group Manager, Policy Office, Department of Social Services (Chair and Moderator)

Professor Peter Whiteford, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Dr Nicolás Salamanca, Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne, and ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course

Ms Robyn Shannon, Branch Manager, Evaluation, Research and Evidence, Department of Employment

About the Topic

The welfare system provides a vital safety net for hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged Australian families. However, there are concerns about the adequacy of payments, welfare dependency and its possible transmission to the next generation, and the cost of the system going forward. The panellists will discuss these issues along with new policies and programs to promote self-sufficiency among families.