Purpose

The purposes of SSRV are:

  1. (1)  to work towards the relief of poverty for all people in the community;
  2. (2)  to work towards a guaranteed adequate income for all people in the community;
  3. (3)  to promote the rights and raise the status in the community of all people in receipt of social security;
  4. (4)  to work towards an adequate standard of living for every member of the community, including the provision of and access to good quality housing, health, education and legal services;
  5. (5)  to promote the redistribution of wealth through the welfare and taxation systems;
  6. (6)  to work towards a social security system that is accessible, provides high quality services, and recognises and protects the privacy and civil liberties of all people;
  7. (7)  to develop the management and control of SSRV by recipients of social security;
  8. (8)  to provide free and readily accessible practical assistance and support to people in necessitous circumstances, who receive or potentially receive government income support payments;
  9. (9)  to provide information, advice and support to community based organisations and individuals concerned with social security policy and practice;
  10. (10)  to assist in the establishment and development of local community advocacy networks relating to social security policy and practice;
  11. (11)  to act as a resource to locally based community advocacy networks and groups;
  12. (12)  to provide a focus for community based organisations concerned with social security policy and practice;
  13. (13)  to encourage public participation in the development of social security legislation, policy and practice;
  14. (14)  to advocate for the provision of accurate, clear and concise information by providers of government income support;
  15. (15)  to actively encourage the participation of recipients of social security in the management and control of SSRV;
  16. (16)  to stimulate and assist a group advocacy approach to the resolution of issues relating to social security; and
  17. (17)  to undertake research and critical analysis of social security legislation, policy and practice.