Australia’s unemployment rate has reduced from 6.2% to 5.8% in 2016. It is important to note, however, that this figure does not tell us much about the unemployed population. Unemployment and underemployment continue to disproportionately affect groups such as young people, mature aged workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with a disability. The Salvation Army recognises this disparity and suggests that “a carefully targeted funding approach, which prioritises outcomes for long term welfare recipients, will offer significant long term results in terms of both social and economic outcomes” (Policy Statement, page 22).
The Salvation Army’s Positional Statement on Work can be found here.
We urge you to prayerfully consider your important vote this election. The Salvation Army’s Policy Statement on ‘Employment’ and the relevant policies of the main parties, listed in alphabetical order, can be found below for your consideration:
The Salvation Army Policy Statement
(esp. pages 22-23)