Young People to contribute to Welfare Review

MEDIA RELEASE – 19 February 2014

Australia’s National youth affairs peak body is giving young Australians an opportunity to share their opinions and experiences of the current welfare system. The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) supports the Federal Government’s review of the Welfare System and today launched an online survey to gain insights into how young people experience the current system.

AYAC Executive Director, Gabi Rosenstreich said “AYAC’s survey will enable Government to hear directly from young people who have experienced the welfare system firsthand. It will provide a valuable evidence base about how to improve service delivery and other areas of the welfare system.”By sharing their opinions on recurrent issues with Centrelink, young people can help the government to reform the welfare system to be effective and a genuine pathway to a secure job.

“Young people have told us that they would like to be in genuine, secure and meaningful employment and this survey presents an opportunity to identify how service delivery, transition support and training can help them to do just that.” said Ms Rosenstreich

“If Centrelink wasn’t there it’d be harder, yeah, but at the same time, no one’s really proud of being on Centrelink. I’d much rather be working.” Young person interviewed for AYAC’s Beyond Learn or Earn* report.

The survey builds on AYAC’s research report Beyond Learn or Earn, which highlighted some opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the welfare system to help transition young people into education and employment.

AYAC’s survey is open until 3 March 2014.

For further comment: Maia Giordano, AYAC Deputy Director (Young People) – 0435 496 494 –

Additional information:

  • The AYAC Welfare Survey can be found at:
  • Australian Parliament House Library Blog – Welfare Review
  • The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) is the national voice for young people and the sector that supports them. AYAC’s vision is for an Australia in which young people are informed, empowered, encouraged and supported to participate in their communities. See


* Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (2012), Beyond Learn or Earn: Young People tell how policy can better support those who need it most, Australian Youth Affairs Coalition. Available on the AYAC website –