Working Family Payment

Issued: March 2017

Working Family Payment



This submission brings together relevant evidence from VPSJ’s recent MESL research, to inform the design of a Working Family Payment.

The observations made in this submission are based on the evidence and data established through the ongoing MESL research. The recently published Minimum Essential Standard of Living 2016 update report provides detailed analysis of the minimum expenditure and income needs of a range of representative household compositions. Additionally, two recent MESL working papers presented in-depth analysis of the adequacy of the payment rates, tapers, and structures of in-work social welfare supports, including Family Income Supplement and the One-Parent Family Payment, for multiple family household compositions.