It’s no secret that Australia’s welfare system is a mess.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates there are over 2.2 million people on the welfare rolls in the country and the number of people receiving welfare has increased from 2.3 million in 2001 to 3.2 billion in 2013.
Despite this, welfare reform has been slow to take hold and many people still rely on welfare to help cover their basic living costs.
But that’s not all, the Australian Bureau also released a report on Wednesday which revealed there are more than 200,000 people on SNAP benefit checks each year and that this is not necessarily a good thing.
A survey of 1,000 Australian households by the ABC found that people are increasingly using the benefits to supplement their incomes or pay off debts, which is not good for the system.
In a statement the ABC said the survey was conducted to help inform the government’s welfare reform and to ensure that Australians are aware of the benefits they receive and how they can access them.
It’s not the first time this has happened, but it’s the first survey conducted by the ABS and ABC since the government introduced the SNAP benefit in September.
While the survey found that more than half of those surveyed were on benefits at some point, only half said they were currently on a job.
The survey also found that many people were unable to access the benefit because they had other forms of income.
“More than half the people surveyed reported that they were unable or unwilling to work because of disability or other income-related reasons,” the ABC reported.
People who live in rural areas have a greater chance of being unable to receive benefits because of housing costs, the survey said.
There’s no doubt that many Australians are struggling to pay for their basic needs, but this could lead to a problem if benefits are not extended.
According to the ABC, some people have been told by their employers that they cannot get benefits unless they work for them.
It also found many people have used SNAP benefits to pay off debt.
Although there are no official figures for the number on benefits, a 2013 study from the Centre for Australian Policy Research found that over 2,400 Australians were using the welfare check to pay back their student loans.
Many of these people were students who could not access the government loan repayments due to their low income.
This may mean that people who are struggling in order to cover their living costs will be more likely to struggle to access SNAP benefits.
When will it start to come?
The survey also asked people if they expected the benefits will be extended in the next 12 months.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they expected to see a change in the number they receive, with a further 27 per cent saying they expect the benefit to be extended again in the same timeframe.
More than one-third of respondents, 34 per cent, said they had no idea when the changes would happen.
However, more than one in five people who were unsure said they would not be able to access a benefit due to a disability, which the ABC points out is a problem in some parts of the country.
But what if the benefits were extended?
The government has promised that welfare reform will be implemented by the end of the year, which means it’s unlikely that the number will be increased again.
ABC Fact Check asked some experts to analyse the survey results.
Andrew Fraser, senior lecturer in social work at the University of Sydney, told Fact Check that the survey data was too limited and the survey only covered the last 12 months of the previous financial year.
He said there were a number of factors to consider when assessing the benefits that will be affected, including when they are expected to expire, how long they will last and whether people are able to afford to pay.
“One of the things we can do with this is to look at the impact of different scenarios.
The people who might be most vulnerable will be the people who may be least able to pay, which could mean they are less likely to have access to the benefit,” he said.
“If you think about it, the most vulnerable people have the greatest financial vulnerability and therefore, they are the people most likely to be able and willing to borrow money to pay their debts, so it’s probably easier to access that benefit if it’s going to be offered in a year’s time.”
It is possible that some people will be able access the benefits for a short time, but I don’t think we can predict exactly how long that might be.
“In that case, I think it would be helpful to look into the broader picture.”
What do people think of the ABC’s analysis?
Mr Fraser told Fact Checking that the ABC did not find any significant differences between the groups, with those who had been on the benefit for a long time most likely not to be affected. And he