Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, is encouraging people in Bonner to have their say on the recently released interim report proposing improvements to Australia’s welfare system.


Mr Vasta says public submissions need to be lodged by Friday, 08 August 2014.


“The interim report, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes, proposes changes to our nation’s welfare system to help ensure it is sustainable, simple, equitable and effective,” Mr Vasta said.


“The Government is seeking feedback on the interim report, and all feedback will be considered by the Reference Group on Welfare Reform in developing its final recommendations to the Government, due later this year.”


“This is a great opportunity for our community to contribute to the improvements which will be made to Australia’s welfare system, and I encourage individuals or organisations to participate in this process.”


“Interested individuals or organisations can put in a submission, or make a brief comment if they prefer.”


Among the suggestions in the interim report is a more simplified system that consists of four main payments: a tiered Working Age Payment; a Disability Support Pension; an Age Pension; and a Child Payment.


In addition to the public submissions process, the Reference Group invited feedback on its interim report through targeted roundtable discussions and a closed online forum.


Around 350 organisations were invited to take part in these forums, including community and business groups, advocacy groups and service providers, peak welfare organisations, employers and expert individuals, at both a national and local level.


A copy of the interim report, and information about how to lodge a public submission, can be found at www.dss.gov.au/welfarereform.

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