Social Security and Welfare Rights: What Role for Social Work?

SOCIAL WORK IN THE SHADOW OF THE LAW - 4TH EDITION, Simon Rice, Andrew Day, ed., Federation Press, pp. 343-368, 2014

21 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2014 Last revised: 25 Oct 2016

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Terry Carney AO

The University of Sydney Law School

Christine Bigby

La Trobe University

Date Written: August 5, 2014

Abstract

This chapter examines the role of external review of social security decisions in the context of changed philosophies (neoliberalism and mutuality) and administrative arrangements characteristic of the contemporary Australian welfare state. It reviews the various ways in which informal advocacy and general social work advice and supports may assist in the realisation of the right to social security before administrative review tribunals such as the SSAT and AAT. It argues that such external assistance and advice is vital to the protection of the interests of a very vulnerable section of society.

Keywords: social security; administrative review; social work; lay advocacy and advice; neoliberal welfare

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Carney AO, Terry and Bigby, Christine, Social Security and Welfare Rights: What Role for Social Work? (August 5, 2014). SOCIAL WORK IN THE SHADOW OF THE LAW - 4TH EDITION, Simon Rice, Andrew Day, ed., Federation Press, pp. 343-368, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2476205

Terry Carney AO (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Christine Bigby

La Trobe University ( email )

Department of Economics and Finance
Victoria 3552, 3086
Australia

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