Australia/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.4 Social security frameworks

Australia has a wide-ranging social security framework that provides support for individuals and families on the basis of an assessment that includes a means test.  The latter does not include the family home.  Beneficiaries include the unemployed, the long-term ill, families with children, individuals with a physical or mental disability, single parents, and others with particular needs.  Artists and arts workers are eligible to apply for support according to the eligibility criteria of Centrelink, the agency responsible for providing social security benefits to the community.  For further details of the social security framework see

Chapter published: 27-12-2013