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Child Support and Welfare to Work Reforms: The Economic Consequences for Single-parent Families

Family Matters
Issue 84 (2010)

Abstract: Many single-parent households in Australia rely heavily on both social security payments and child support. From 1 July 2006 to 1 July 2008, sweeping reforms saw significant changes to the income support eligibility requirements for single-resident parents (known as the Welfare to Work [WTW] reforms), as well as to the calculation of child support. The combined financial effects of the changes were not modelled as part of either of the reform packages, although the two are linked in their aims. In this paper, we examine whether these changes have significant implications for the after-tax income of single parents, and consequently for the economic well being of children in those households, by modelling the combined effect of these changes.

To cite this article: Summerfield, Tracey; Young, Lisa; Harman, Jade and Flatau, Paul. Child Support and Welfare to Work Reforms: The Economic Consequences for Single-parent Families [online]. Family Matters, No. 84, 2010: 68-78. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=991895626326254;res=IELFSC> ISSN: 1030-2646. [cited 29 Apr 16].

Personal Author: Summerfield, Tracey; Young, Lisa; Harman, Jade; Flatau, Paul; Source: Family Matters, No. 84, 2010: 68-78 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1030-2646 EISSN: 1832-8318 Subject: Social security; Single parents; Child support; Peer Reviewed: Yes

Database: Families & Society Collection