Social Welfare Benchmarking Submission to DEASP

Issued: May 2019


This submission shows the potential of the MESL data to inform the discourse on social welfare adequacy benchmarking, demonstrating the current usage of the data and how MESL is accepted as a credible and valid measure of adequacy. The discussion outlines how the wide range of evidence from the MESL data can be practically applied to inform decisions on the structures and relative values of social welfare payments, acting as a benchmark for determining appropriate social welfare rates.