David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Welfare to work will hurt the vulnerable

    26/07/2006 8:16 PM
     
    26/07/06
    Joint Statement by State & Territory Community and Disability Services Ministers

    BRISBANE: State and Territory Community Services Ministers today agreed to commission an independent study on the impact of the welfare to work changes on vulnerable families, children, and young people with a disability.

    All State and Territory Ministers attending the Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Conference in Brisbane said the Welfare to Work Program would endanger the welfare of the most vulnerable in our community, and they were disappointed the Federal Government would not endorse the study.

    The Welfare to Work changes, which came into effect on July 1 2006, will see Centrelink payments reduced for sole parents, people with disabilities and their children.

    Under the new changes, parents will be compelled to meet harsh new accountability requirements, restricting the ability of parents to care for their children, before and after school.

    The State and Territory Ministers warned that these changes could have a detrimental impact on those parents caring for children who have complex behaviours. The changes will also impact on the welfare of children and young people in care.

    State and Territory Governments provide substantial assistance to the vulnerable in the community, and there is a grave concern among State and Territory Ministers that these changes will produce great hardship among those who can afford it least, as well as the charities that support them.

    Minister for Community Developments office - (08) 9220 5050
    Minister for Disability Services office: (08) 9213 7150