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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.