Complexity in Social Security Applications is Deliberate and Harmful

Complexity in Social Security Applications is Deliberate and Harmful

If it took me, a law student at the time, 22 months to compile my application for the DSP, where are we leaving the most vulnerable in our community?

Complexity is application processes for social security is at best, negligent policy implementation. In cases as egregious as this, it is hard to see it as anything other than a deliberate strategy in a suite of similar strategies to reduce government expenses. Pretending this complexity is an unintentional and unnoticed side-effect of rigorous and reasonable systems will only continue this harm to disabled Australians.

Assistance Dogs Video

Have you ever wanted to learn a little more about what it is that Assistance Dogs do, or see some of them in action? Check out this video we shared to celebrate and raise awareness of International Day of People with Disability on 3 December!

Thanks to those who contributed footage! On facebook, you can find Nikolai the Assistance Dog, Lucy Violet The Rescue ADiT, Tehyas Assistance Dog and Assistant Hound Cola. On Instagram, there's also @obediently_ollie @PixelzPupz and @Ollie_and_liv :)

(A note on captions: Facebook, in its infinite wisdom, has determined they are in Albanian. They are not. They are in English, and I typed them myself so they will hopefully also be correct.)