This report focuses on entrenched disadvantage in Australia. It identifies groups at higher risk of experiencing entrenched disadvantage, and the factors that contribute to families and their children receiving welfare support.
The Committee understands that many complex factors contribute to entrenched disadvantage. This report does not examine all the factors in detail, but draws on the evidence received by the Committee to identify the factors most likely to contribute to people receiving welfare support from one generation to the next.
The Committee recognises the resilience shown by many Australians experiencing entrenched disadvantage and acknowledges that many welfare recipients are doing an excellent job under difficult circumstances.
Research demonstrates a correlation between parents receiving welfare payments for significant periods of time and their children also receiving payments. However the Committee considers that there is no single explanation, factor, or mechanism that links the outcomes of one generation to that of the next.
SOURCE: “Living on the Edge: inquiry into intergenerational welfare dependence.” Commonwealth of Australia, February 2019.
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