FaHCSIA Research News is a periodic newsletter that provides an overview of and update on research within FaHCSIA, focusing on key findings and outcomes, updates on new departmental publications and promotion of forthcoming events/conferences.
On 15 May 2008, the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, announced that the Secretary of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Dr Jeff Harmer, would lead a review into measures to strengthen the financial security of seniors, carers and people with disability. A report is due by 28 February 2009 on the three key terms of reference:
- appropriate levels of income support and allowances, including the base rate of the pension, with reference to the stated purpose of the payment
- frequency of payments, including the efficacy of lump-sum versus ongoing support
- structure and payment of concessions or other entitlements that would improve the financial circumstances and security of carers and older Australians.