Is Australia's welfare system a 'paradise for the poor' or a 'hotbed for lazy people'?

[Welfare]     15 Jul 2019
It is said that Australia is a paradise for the poor. Under Australia`s perfect welfare system, whether it is swaddling babies or faddling elderly people, as long as they meet the conditions, they can enjoy different degrees of government subsidies. But as the saying goes: take it from the people, use it to the people, the enviable Australian high welfare is behind Australia`s high tax burden. It ...

It is said that Australia is a paradise for the poor. Under Australia`s perfect welfare system, whether it is swaddling babies or faddling elderly people, as long as they meet the conditions, they can enjoy different degrees of government subsidies. But as the saying goes: take it from the people, use it to the people, the enviable Australian high welfare is behind Australia`s high tax burden. It is precisely because Australia`s welfare is so thoughtful that government subsidies are so in place that some Australians are lazy all day and live on government subsidies.

Is Australia's welfare system a 'paradise for the poor' or a 'hotbed for lazy people'?

Nearly 1 / 3 of companies surveyed in Australia said they could not recruit suitable skilled workers, according to the data. Of Australia`s nearly 25 million people, as many as 230000 have been unemployed for more than two years, and adults in 250000 households have been unemployed for at least a year.

It is worth noting that the unemployment rate of young Australians is twice as high as that of society as a whole, and the unemployment force is becoming younger. In Australia, high welfare not only makes some people lose the motivation to support themselves, but also affects the attitude and orientation of people to choose a career.

Some people ask whether the welfare system in Australia is``poor`s paradise`` or``lazy person`s warm bed`` ? Is there a flaw in the welfare system in Australia? It seems to improve the welfare system. Who is the person who drilled the government subsidies? Is the tight welfare policy can really solve the social welfare problem?

Australian Welfare system becomes "Paradise for the Poor" 

In Australia, there are dozens of benefits, such as child care benefits, low-income benefits, family tax benefits and universal health benefits.

Parental allowance

Parental Care Allowance (Parenting Payment) is a subsidy to help parents or guardians raise their children. Only one parent or guardian can receive the money. As parents, grandparents or foster caregivers may qualify for Parenting Payment. For more information, see:

Is Australia's welfare system a 'paradise for the poor' or a 'hotbed for lazy people'?


New starting point (Newstart Allowance) unemployment benefits are usually paid every two weeks. After passing the income test, the applicant can receive it in the future. The amount of relief varies from person to person. The following amounts are the maximum. According to regulations, applicants need to be over 22 years of age and are looking for a job. For more information, see:

Is Australia's welfare system a 'paradise for the poor' or a 'hotbed for lazy people'?

Youth allowance (Youth Allowance)

The person receiving the youth allowance must be a candidate between the ages of 16 and 21 (the amount of relief varies from person to person who is looking for a full-time job or is engaged in approved activities, or who is looking for a job while studying, as well as those who are temporarily unable to work). For more information, see:

Is Australia's welfare system a 'paradise for the poor' or a 'hotbed for lazy people'?

Disability benefit (Disability Support Pension)

The disability benefit (DSP) provides financial assistance to people who are unable to work or are permanently blind due to physical, intellectual or mental illness. You may meet the eligibility requirements of DSP if you have the following conditions:

The age was 16 years old and the age of the Pension application;

Conform to residential requirements;

-meet the requirements for income and asset testing based on personal circumstances;

-permanent blindness;

-assessed to be physically, mentally or mentally disabled;

-inability to work or retrain 15 hours a week due to disability for the next two years.

The amount of relief varies from person to person. For more information, see:

Receive government pension

Age Pension (pension) provides income subsidies and a range of benefits to Australian elders. Benefit age: if you are born before July 1, 1952, you need to be at least 65 years old. From July 1, 2017, the age of receiving Age Pension will be raised by six months every two years, until July 1, 2023. For details, see:

High welfare has made Australia a hotbed for lazy people 

Australia`s government spends nearly one-third of its budget on benefits each year, and by 2020, Australia`s government expects to spend A $200 billion a year on benefits. Last year, the amount of welfare fraud in Australia was as high as A $2.84 billion. At present, government has recovered only A $1.64 billion. Minister Michael Keenan, a social service, believes that the main reason is artificial fraud. Nearly 20 000 people have received Australian benefits for nothing, but they just do not work!

The new starting point allowance (Newstart Allowance) is a supplementary income for those looking for work. At present, about 800000 Australians are receiving a new starting point allowance or youth allowance (Youth Allowance).

But are these recipients really poor? the Daily Mail reported that a man pretended to be poor and defrauded him of benefits, while his account lay with A $700000 in deposits.

Mainly because the amount of the allowance is higher than the salary of some jobs, many people deliberately make some strange excuses, just to not go to work. Some people "don`t want to work more than three hours a day," others say "the smell of the office oddly affects the mood of the work." others also say that "the wife doesn`t think the job is suitable for him," so the weirdest excuse is that "if salary is less than A $20 an hour, she won`t leave her bed."

Or some "acting emperors", by acting skills to defraud Centrelink of the disabled pension.

The Daily Mail reported that Aussie, a 60-year-old grandmother in Australia, claimed that she had been blind since 1990 and was alone, and that she was required to receive an additional disability pension. Therefore, this dress is more than 20 years, a total of more than 200,000 Australian dollars in welfare. However, it happened that one day she was seen by Centrelink staff brushing her mobile phone happily at the hotel, so Centrelink sent a letter solemnly asking Grandma to refund all benefits, otherwise law would be held accountable. Some people ridiculed, "it`s like a play in life. It all depends on acting."

The number of people who "eat welfare" has skyrocketed for a long time, and taxpayer pays for it. 

In Australia, nearly a million Australians live on welfare for a long time, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on taxpayer.

The number of long-term welfare-dependent residents in Australia jumped 120000 in five years, according to the latest figures from (Department of Social Services), Australia`s Department of Social Services. A total of 765424 Australians have been receiving relief benefits for more than five years. By contrast, the number of people five years ago was 644028.

Related relief benefits include the new starting point finding allowance (Newstart), youth allowance (Youth Allowance) and the disability benefit (Disability Support Pension), eligible residents receive up to A $907.60 every two weeks.

In the past 10 years, more than half of people have received relief benefits from their 20s or 30s. The new state has the largest number of residents receiving relief benefits, with more than 500000 people.

Is Australia's welfare system a 'paradise for the poor' or a 'hotbed for lazy people'?

Australian welfare spending reached A $157 billion in fiscal year 2015, up A $40 billion from A $117 billion a decade ago, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

Australian government crack down on Welfare Fraud 

Australian Social Welfare minister Dan Tehan said excessive reliance on welfare cost taxpayer billions of Australian dollars, but those who have long relied on relief benefits have to pay a bigger price.

1. Various policy adjustments


Last year, Australia`s government announced a tightening of live a retired life benefits (pension) eligibility.

Starting in July 2018, all applicants will need to live in Australia for at least 15 years in order to be eligible for live a retired life benefits or disability support allowance (DSP).

This will prevent more than 2000 new immigrants from receiving pension or disability benefits in 2018. Live a retired life benefits cost about A $42 billion of the government budget. The measure will save A $119 million for government over five years.

In addition to living hours, everyone receiving pension must also receive an income test (assets test).

Benefits for persons with disabilities

It is reported that thousands of residents have been forced to give up receiving benefits for the disabled and receive unemployment benefits instead. Mainly because in 2012, the Australian disability benefit eligibility policy was adjusted, disability benefits are no longer based solely on disability diagnosis, but also depend on whether the disability situation will affect the ability of individuals to work.

Over the past five years, the number of people who have been paid for the disabled has decreased by 73,899, while the number of new start-finding subsidies has risen by 54,505.


In this year`s new proposal, (Newstart) recipients of unemployment benefits from the new starting point will face a points deduction system similar to the fact that drivers who repeatedly drive dangerously will lose their driver`s license.

If the recipient of the benefit treats the obligation that should be completed many times, such as not taking part in the job interview, study or training, he will be disqualified from receiving the benefit for a period of up to one month. In the new system, recipients of benefits will no longer be able to use drug addiction or alcohol addiction as an excuse for failing to comply with their obligations.

two. Technology implantation, system upgrade

To crack down on welfare fraud, Centrelink will use facial recognition technology, when recipients of relief will need to use their mobile phones or computers to take a picture of their own facial photo and upload it to photo before they can use MyGov.

This means that recipients of benefits such as pension, disability allowance, parental leave allowance, etc., are included. After uploading photo, it will be used to compare with the user`s driver`s license or passport, etc., before the user can use government`s online tool after identity confirmation.

The face recognition system will be launched in the coming months, with MyGov starting to launch the technology in October and Centrelink next year.

In addition, people who receive unemployment benefits will also face the reform of the traffic light system.

The new job seeker (Job Seeker) APP will tell users whether they have met their obligations to receive unemployment benefits. Use traffic lights to indicate that if "satisfied", green will be displayed, yellow means "deducted points" and red means "face punishment".

Minister Michaelia Cash, the employment ministry, said the new system would be fairer. It distinguishes between job seekers who do the right thing, who should not be punished by the economic.

In addition, in January, Australia`s government launched a comprehensive upgrade and review of the welfare system, cracked down on negative job search by recipients of unemployment benefits, and simplified the welfare department`s (Centrelink) payment process.

3. Launch the report of the whole people

Since July 1 this year, Australia`s government has implemented further regulations to crack down on welfare fraud. The scope of the crackdown involves residents with criminal accusation who still receive relief, as well as residents who falsely report their job search.

Government also launched a public campaign to crack down on welfare fraud.

In a nationwide crackdown, Centrelink identified more than 1000 welfare beneficiaries with "unexplained wealth".

Centrelink works with AUSTRAC, an Australian financial intelligence service, to cross-check suspicious bank transactions. In the joint action of the Human Services Department, all transaction records are verified.

Australia`s citizen is also actively working with Centerlink, and the number of report welfare scams is heading for a record high, with about 110000 people participating in report, authorities receiving about 21154 report letter interest rates a week.

In Sydney, where I live, strong people can be seen begging in the sun from time to time. The author learned that he can receive about A $200 a week from the relief department, three meals a day is basically not worried, only because he has to pay water and electricity, to meet the expenses of eating and shopping, so he came out to beg. In addition, more and more Australians become reluctant to work, too fat, often feel tired.

At present, under the umbrella of Australian social health insurance and trade union organizations, the Australian working class values personal happiness more than money. Many people think that if they are unhappy at work, they should change jobs and not wronged themselves in order to save their jobs. It can be seen that Australians change jobs more frequently, and there is nothing wrong with doing so from the point of view of the pursuit of happiness. However, the problem of aging Australian society is becoming more and more serious, the unemployment rate of young people is rising, and some strong people who are unwilling to work are increasing the burden on the social welfare system. There is no doubt that Australia has gradually changed Australia from a "paradise for the poor" into a "hotbed for lazy people."

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