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Social security in Australia – Overview

Australia’s social security program is considered developed, offering universal healthcare, a pension program, unemployment, and more. Both employees and employers much contribute to social security in Australia, with each contribution a percentage of the employee’s gross salary at each pay period. Read below for details about Australias’s social security program.

What does the social security system in Australia cover?

The social security system, otherwise known as Centrelink covers welfare and income support payments to eligible Australian citizens or residents. It is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS)

What are the mandatory contributions for employees to social security in Australia?

Employers and employees do not have to make any specific mandatory contributions toward the social security system in Australia. Centrelink is supported by the Australian Government through general taxation accumulations.

What are the mandatory contributions for employers to social security in Australia?

Employers and employees do not have to make any specific mandatory contributions toward the social security system in Australia. Centrelink is supported by the Australian Government through general taxation accumulations.

How do mandatory contributions compare to the surrounding countries?

Both Australia and New Zealand have extensive welfare systems that offer a range of payments to eligible individuals such as those who are of old age, have a disability, sickness, maternity, medical benefits, work injury, unemployment and family allowances without the need for employers to make mandatory contributions. In many surrounding countries, social security is only covered by employer contributions.

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FAQs

The social security system in Australia is funded by the Australian government through general taxation.

The social security system in Australia is an added protection in circumstances where employees cannot work. This could be due to a longstanding workplace injury that has caused a disability, maternity payments, long term sickness, and unemployment. Australian also has a universal pension scheme based on residency if an employee does not have any superannuation accumulated come retirement age. 

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