NSW CAG, in partnership with the Mental Health Association, ARAFMI NSW and Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Australia, submitted a joint response on the Interim Report for the Review of Australia’s Welfare System.
We wrote about how some of the Interim Report’s suggestions would affect people with a lived experience of mental illness. Our response discussed how the welfare system, including Centrelink payments and employment services, could better support people with mental health issues and their carers in their individual choices and goals. We also suggested that the Australian Government should address barriers, such as the stigma and discrimination around mental illness, that make meaningful community participation difficult for many people.
Read our response here.
Update: Read the Australian Government’s Final Report into the review of Australia’s welfare system, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes (released on 25 February 2015).