Submission: Federal inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and Related Payments


Submission to inquiry: Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia

The work of the Tenants' Union, and that of the Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services we work alongside, brings us into frequent contact with very low, low and moderate income households who rent across NSW. These include many households who are recipients of the Newstart Allowance (NSA) and related payments, as well as all recipients of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA). Our comments are relatively brief and with a focus on Commonwealth Rent Assistance, but we draw your attention to the submission from ACOSS and their recommendations. We have had the opportunity to review a draft of their submission. We generally agree with their submission and recommend this to you.