Australians back a basic income
Australians overwhelmingly want a guaranteed basic income above the poverty line for every person. That is the key finding of a landmark new study from Anglicare Australia.
The Valuing Every Contribution study surveyed 1,000 Australians. It found that:
- Three in four Australians (77%) back an unconditional basic income above the poverty line
- Two in five (38%) would use a basic income to secure their finances
- One in four (22%) would spend more time volunteering
- One in four (22%) would spend time caring
- One in five (20%) would improve their skills and education
- One in ten (12%) would reduce their paid work hours.
Last year, hundreds of thousands of people were lifted out of poverty through increases to JobSeeker and the introduction of JobKeeper. Lives were transformed, as many Australians had a basic income for the first time. This study shows the enormous benefits to making a basic income permanent.
Anglicare NT has a wide range of services that support people in times of need. Our staff see first-hand the impact of poverty on people’s lives. A permanent basic income would all but eliminate income poverty, benefiting our homes, families, and communities.
With a secure income, people could manage their debt, save for the future and be given an opportunity to thrive. Some could reduce their work hours and seek more flexible work arrangements, allowing them to contribute more to the community, spend time with their children or care for loved ones in need of help.
With all these benefits, it’s not surprising that so many people back a basic income. A staggering 77% of Australians want everyone to be guaranteed an income above the poverty line.
Australia made this happen for a short time in 2020. We can do it again – and lock it in for good.
Valuing Every Contribution is part of Anglicare Australia’s Australia Fair series.