Community Legal Centres Queensland believes in the human right of all people in need to an adequate level of income support, protected by law and notes that the right to social security is enshrined in five human rights treaties to which Australia is a signatory.
These Covenants and Conventions include: Article 9 of the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Articles 11 and 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Article 26 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.
Community Legal Centres Queensland supports Article 11(1) of the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates
- sufficiency of social security payments to provide a decent standard of living above the poverty line, and in accordance with standards generally held as reasonable in Australia;
- provision of clear and simple information about social security rights and entitlements, obligations and responsibilities; treatment of all social security recipients with respect and dignity, remaining receptive to their individual needs and circumstances;
- prompt and appropriate service and social security payments without unreasonable delay;
- participation requirements that are realistic and focussed on increasing suitable employment outcomes for the individual;
- a free, independent, informal, efficient and fair appeal system, as well as an independent complaints mechanism; and
- Easy access to free and independent advice, advocacy and representation on social security matters.
Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.