New Zealanders in crisis in Australia: the absence of a social safety net

Walsh, Tamara (2015) New Zealanders in crisis in Australia: the absence of a social safety net. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 26 3: 673-702.

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Author Walsh, Tamara
Title New Zealanders in crisis in Australia: the absence of a social safety net
Journal name New Zealand Universities Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0549-0618
Publication date 2015-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 26
Issue 3
Start page 673
End page 702
Total pages 30
Place of publication Wellington, New Zealand
Publisher Brookers
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract In 2001, Australian social security law was amended to restrict the access of New Zealand nationals to Australian social security benefits. In addition to this, the policies of many States and Territories render New Zealand nationals ineligible to receive other forms of social assistance, such as housing and disability services. For the many thousands of New Zealanders living in Australia, this means that they may find themselves ineligible to receive social welfare support in the event that they experience a crisis or an unexpected change in circumstances. Using data obtained from welfare rights services, the lived experience of New Zealanders in need of social assistance in Australia is discussed. This article examines the relevant social security law in detail, and identifies legal arguments that could be made to challenge ineligibility, as well as presenting options for reform.
Keyword New Zealand nationals
Social security
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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