In 2012, we began implementing our reform of the welfare system to bring about an unrelenting focus on work including greater work obligations for beneficiaries and more support to help people into work through a fairer welfare system. We’ve introduced new part-time work obligations, and annual reapplications for the Unemployment Benefit as part of our Future Focus reforms in our first term.

This has also meant greater obligations and incentives for teen beneficiaries such as a requirement to be in education, training, or work-based learning, payment cards to manage benefit payments and support better financial choices, and one-on-one mentoring and wraparound support as well as help with budgeting and parenting skills.

We are taking an investment approach – $287.5m over 4 years which includes childcare for teen parents, and more Work & Income staff to support jobseekers & sole parents into work.