Australia's fairness failure

Australia's fairness failure

Apr 30
CEDA, Philanthropy Australia and SACOSS welcome CEDA Trustees to this important discussion with ACOSS CEO, Cassandra Goldie and Deloitte Access Economics' Partner, Nicki Hutley, as they discuss the fairness failure of the current Newstart Allowance.


Dr Cassandra Goldie, Chief Executive Officer, ACOSS
Nicki Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Event overview

The single rate of Newstart, at just $278 per week (less than $40 a day) has not been raised in real terms for over 25 years and CEDA along with the Business Council of Australia, among others, has said that the rate of unemployment payments is so low it is acting as a barrier to work. It is adversely affecting the economic and social fabric of our state and leading to entrenched poverty and distress for tens of thousands of South Australians who are without paid work.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speakers

Dr Cassandra Goldie
Chief Executive Officer, ACOSS

ACOSS is the peak body for the community sector in Australia. Cassandra is a human rights lawyer and leading advocate on economic and social policy. She has represented the community sector in major national public policy debates including the National Tax Forum and the Superannuation Roundtable. Cassandra has worked with the United Nations, the Commission on the Status of Women and UN Habitat.

Nicki Hutley
Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Nicki is a highly experienced economist with broad-based experience in economic policy, gained over nearly three decades of practice. In particular, she has expertise in the application of economic modelling and analysis in the fields of urban economics, addressing issues such as affordable housing, social and economic infrastructure investment, urban renewal, precinct planning, climate mitigation and social policies. She leads Deloitte Access Economics’ Urban Advisory practice. Prior to joining Deloitte, Nicki held senior roles with Access Economics, KPMG and Urbis.

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