It is a human right of all people in need to an adequate level of income support, protected by law. The right to social security is enshrined in five human rights treaties to which Australia is a signatory.
These Covenants and Conventions include:
- Article 9 of the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
- Articles 11 and 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
- Article 26 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.
Economic Justice Australia is the peak organisation for community legal centres providing specialist advice to people on their social security issues and rights. Find out more about Economic Justice Australia.
To find your nearest Queensland community legal centre to provide support with social security and welfare rights, search our directory here.
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