Compulsory income management in Australia and New Zealand: More Harm than Good?

Greg Marston, Louise Humpage, Michelle Peterie, Philip Mendes, Shelley Bielefeld, Zoe Staines

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More than a decade on from their conception, this book reflects on the consequences of income management policies in Australia and New Zealand. Drawing on a three-year study, it explores the lived experience of those for whom core welfare benefits and services are dependent on government conceptions of ‘responsible’ behaviour. It analyses whether officially claimed positive intentions and benefits of the schemes are outweighed by negative impacts that deepen the poverty and stigma of marginalised and disadvantaged groups. This novel study considers the future of this form of welfare conditionality and addresses wider questions of fairness and social justice.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol UK
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages225
ISBN (Electronic)9781447361503, 9781447361510
ISBN (Print)9781447361497
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2022

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