mutual obligations

Participation requirements welfare recipients must fulfil each month to continue receiving their payment. Due to the innate power imbalance between people imposing these requirements and those subjected to them they are not, and never can be, mutual. For this reason we use quotation marks when referring to “mutual” obligations.

“Mutual” obligations apply to people in the following programs administered by private organisations: Workforce Australia, Disability Employment Services and Transition to Work. Until recently, they also applied to ParentsNext and the Community Development Program.

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