There is speculation that PM Turnbull is interested in following New Zealand social security and welfare reforms to get better results for government expenditure. Economist David Crowe foresees resistance in Australia to similar reforms, from Labor and community groups. As the basis for a conversation about our future, he sets out Australia’s current expenditure:
Social Security and Welfare Payments 2015-16
TOTAL $154 billion about 35% of Govenment expenditure
AND there will be a further $34 billion write-down in revenue over the next four years.
(Published July 2013)
1. Reducing long-term welfare dependence – reduce the number of people who have been on a working age benefit for more than 12 months.
Read about the results here.
2. Supporting vulnerable children – increase participation in early childhood education.
3. Increase infant immunisation rates and reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever.
4. Reduce the number of assaults on children.
Read about the results for goals 2-4 here.
5.Boosting skills and employment – increase the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA level 2 or equivalent qualification.
6. Increase the proportion of 25 to 34-year-olds with advanced trade qualifications, diplomas and degrees (at level 4 or above).
Read more about the results for goals 5-6 here.
7. Reducing crime – reduce the rates of total crime, violent crime and youth crime.
8. Reduce reoffending
Read about the results for goals 7-8 here.
9. Improving interaction with government – NZ businesses have a one-stop online shop for all government advice and support they need to run and grow their business.
10. New Zealanders can complete their transactions with the Government easily in a digital environment.
Read about the results for goals 9-10 here
A conversation Australia needs to have