Workers' Compensation and Social Security Expenditure in Australia: Anti-Social Aspects of the 'Social' Wage Stewart, Don en_US Doyle, Jennifer en_US 2021-11-25T12:32:44Z 2021-11-25T12:32:44Z 1988 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper focuses on undercompensation among the work injured and the substitution of public welfare pensions for workers' compensation payments. It is argued that the costs of work-injury are transferred to the individual and the state as personal and social costs. Utilising Australian Bureau of Statistics, Department of Social Security and other data the importance of the Invalid Pension, especially among male migrants, is demonstrated. It is also evident that women, in particular migrant women, receive less workers' compensation and for shorter periods of time but are less likely to be on the Invalid Pension. These groups are consequently more likely to experience personal costs. It is argued that the substitution of pensions and benefits acts as a market subsidy and ultimately legitimates unsafe work practices. This contradictory outcome of social welfare expenditures challenges the assumption that pensioners and beneficiaries derive sole, or even greatest, benefit from social welfare expenditures. As a case study this paper illustrates the need to consider industrial relations and labour market aspects when assessing income maintenance policies. More generally, it is suggested that the analysis of public expenditures or the 'social wage' must incorporate the impact of policy on the labour market and the interaction of the public and private sectors. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0858237954 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1031-9689 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Welfare Research Centre, UNSW en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Welfare Research Centre discussion papers en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Workers' Compensation en_US
dc.subject.other Social Security en_US
dc.title Workers' Compensation and Social Security Expenditure in Australia: Anti-Social Aspects of the 'Social' Wage en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 7 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Stewart, Don en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Doyle, Jennifer, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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