Issue date: 20 August 2018

Inquiry launched: Intergenerational Welfare Dependence

Interim report

The House of Representatives Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence is examining matters relating to intergenerational welfare dependence of families and outcomes for children.

The Inquiry’s Terms of Reference are included in the Committee’s Resolution of Appointment. They are:

To inquire into and report on matters relating to welfare dependence of families and outcomes for children, and in conducting the inquiry, the committee:

  1. examine the reasons for welfare dependence, with particular focus on why some families require welfare assistance for short periods only and why others become ‘trapped’ in the system;
  2. consider:
    1. the factors preventing parents from gaining employment;
    2. the impact of intergenerational unemployment on children;
    3. the important role of parents as ‘first teachers’;
    4. a multi-generational approach which assists parents and their children together;
    5. the impact, if any, of welfare in creating disadvantage; and
    6. the impact of economic development in different locations and geography;
  3. recommend options for:
    1. breaking cycles of disadvantage;
    2. measuring the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions;
    3. the improvement of the financial capacity and security of families; and
    4. better coordinating services between tiers of government to support families; and
  4. consider any other related matter.

The Committee tabled an interim report on 20 August which will act as a scoping paper for the purposes of the inquiry. The Chair and Deputy Chair encourage all stakeholders and interested people to read the interim report and lodge submissions to the inquiry.


Submissions are now being sought until Tuesday 18 September 2018. For more information including the terms of reference please visit the Committee’s website.

(Source: Media Release | Inquiry website)

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