The Australian Welfare State System

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Abstract


Australia possesses one of the most selective income support systems in the western industrialised world. Financial assistance is provided on a flat rate basis, funded from general taxation revenue rather than via contributions from workers and employers. In contrast to many European states, Australia did not introduce social insurance schemes whereby those who experience unemployment or sickness are protected by income replacement packages. Rather, its welfare payments are mostly means tested, targeted to the poor, and low in monetary value
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems
EditorsChristian Aspalter
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Pages71-86
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print) 9781472449306
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2017

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Mendes, P. (2017). The Australian Welfare State System. In C. Aspalter (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems (pp. 71-86). Routledge.