Make a submission

To ensure the community and stakeholders have an opportunity to actively participate in the review, the Minister for Social Services has released the Reference Group’s Interim Report as a basis for consultation.

Public submissions will appear on the site over coming weeks subject to the submitter having given their approval.

The Reference Group is seeking input from the community and stakeholders on the Interim Report’s proposed future directions across four pillars of reform.

If you wish to provide a brief comment rather than make a submission, refer to the section Make a comment.

To focus public debate and discussion, the Reference Group has posed a number of questions in relation to each of the future directions, these are outlined in the Executive Summary

How to make a submission

What should a submission include?

Your submission can be a short statement outlining your views on a specific topic, or a more substantial document that addresses the future directions presented in the Interim Report. Where possible, you should provide evidence and relevant data to support your views.

You are encouraged to use the submission template.

Make a submission

A full submission can be submitted by email or post. Your submission must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet.

Details you provide will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided them; please read the privacy statement for more information. 

Email your submission and cover sheet to, or

Post your submission and cover sheet to:

Welfare Review
C/- Welfare System Taskforce
Department of Social Services
PO Box 7576
Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610

Where possible it is preferable for submissions to be received by email as a Microsoft Word document or PDF.

Due date for submissions

Please send your submission by 5.00pm EST on 8 August 2014.

What will happen with your submission?

Publishing of submissions

Submissions will be published on the Welfare Review website and remain there as a public document, unless indicated otherwise by you on your completed Submission Coversheet or if otherwise deemed inappropriate.

Requests for access to your submission, including any confidential or sensitive information you provide, may be made and will be determined in accordance with the law, in particular the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth).


Copyright in submissions sent to the Reference Group resides with the author(s), not with the Reference Group or the Department of Social Services.

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