Senate debates

Thursday, 13 May 2021


Community Affairs References Committee; Reference

12:13 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2021:

The purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension (DSP), with specific reference to:

(a) the purpose of the DSP;

(b) the DSP eligibility criteria, assessment and determination, including the need for health assessments and medical evidence and the right to review and appeal;

(c) the impact of geography, age and other characteristics on the number of people receiving the DSP;

(d) the impact of the DSP on a disabled person's ability to find long term, sustainable and appropriate employment within the open labour market;

(e) the capacity of the DSP to support persons with disabilities, chronic conditions and ill health, including its capacity to facilitate and support labour market participation where appropriate;

(f) discrimination within the labour market and its impact on employment, unemployment and underemployment of persons with disabilities and their support networks;

(g) the adequacy of the DSP and whether it allows people to maintain an acceptable standard of living in line with community expectations;

(h) the appropriateness of current arrangements for supporting disabled people experiencing insecure employment, inconsistent employment, precarious hours in the workforce; and inequitable workplace practices;

(i) the economic benefits of improved income support payments and supports for persons with disabilities, their immediate households and broader support services and networks;

(j) the relative merits of alternative investments in other programs to improve the standard of living of persons with disabilities; and

(k) any related matters.

Question agreed to.


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