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Major welfare reforms to protect children and strengthen families.
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Major welfare reforms to protect children and strengthen families
Joint Media Release with Warren Snowdon MP, Member for Lingiari
As part of major reforms to the welfare system, the Australian Government will introduce a new income management scheme to protect children and families and help disengaged individuals.
The Government is committed to progressively reforming the welfare and family payment system to foster responsibility and to provide a platform for people to move up and out of welfare dependence.
The reforms will help fight passive welfare and mean that more money goes to food, clothes, rent and less money goes to buying alcohol and gambling.
These reforms deliver on the Government's commitment to a welfare system based on the principles of engagement, participation and responsibility.
Income management is a key tool in the Government's broader welfare reforms to promote responsibility and strengthen families by ensuring that welfare is spent where it is intended - on the essentials of life and in the interests of children.
Income management is delivering key benefits. People are spending more on food, including fresh fruit and vegetables.
From 1 July 2010, a new income management scheme will begin to be rolled out in vulnerable regions, targeted at individuals at risk.
The new scheme will commence across the Northern Territory - in urban, regional and remote areas -as a first step in a national roll out of income management in disadvantaged regions. The Northern Territory has the highest proportion of severely disadvantaged locations in Australia.
The changes are part of a range of welfare conditionality reforms that the Government has already implemented, including the Cape York Welfare Reform trial, child protection income management in Western Australia, 'Learn or Earn'- Youth Participation Requirements, and the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Participants of the new income management scheme will include: