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Sound familiar? Australia considers rolling benefits into 'one simple payment'

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Housing, Universal Credit

Sound familiar? Australia considers rolling benefits into 'one simple payment' Sound familiar? Australia considers rolling benefits into 'one simple payment'

The Australian government is set to embark on a series of welfare reforms that will attempt to cut its rising benefits bill.

And the central plank of the right-wing Liberal Party's policy could be the introduction of a streamlined system that rolls several payments into one, like the UK's universal credit.

The annual working-age benefits bill in Australia currently stands at about $80 billion but due to complexities in the current system key agencies did not know all aspects of the multiple benefits being paid to some recipients.

The Australian newspaper reports that another goal is to "discourage welfare recipients from building their lives around the benefits they receive and treating government supplements as a permanent source of income".

There are fears, however, that the cost of any new system may be higher than the benefits bill it is seeking to reduce.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott (pictured) is set to launch the policy later this year.

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