Families pass on disadvantage, finds world-first welfare analysis

18 October 2017

An extensive study of welfare payments to more than 100,000 Australians has provided comprehensive evidence that young people are almost twice as likely to receive welfare by their early 20s, if their parents have also received benefits.

Granted access to 126 million payment records covering an 18-year-period, researchers from the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne also confirmed that these young people also receive more intensive welfare support, amounting to an additional $12,000 over an eight-year period.

The researchers examined Centrelink payments to Australians born in 1987 and 1988 when these young people were between the ages of 18 and 26, to understand how disadvantage occurs across generations.

Read the full story and the Sydney Morning Herald's report.