7.1 Family violence is relevant to proof of identity and residence requirements attached to certain social security payments in a number of ways. In this chapter, the ALRC considers how these requirements in social security law and practice can be improved to protect the safety of victims of family violence.

7.2 The requirement to provide original proof of identity documents and tax file numbers can create a barrier for persons experiencing family violence in accessing social security payments and entitlements.[1] Similarly, residence requirements may mean that certain visa holders or newly arrived residents are unable to access independent financial assistance through the social security system and therefore may not have adequate financial support to enable them to leave a violent relationship.

7.3 The ALRC makes a number of recommendations in this chapter to address these barriers for victims of family violence.

[1] ADFVC, Submission CFV 71; Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service, McAuley Community Services for Women and Kildonan Uniting Care, Submission CFV 65; National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, Submission CFV 64; Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association, Submission CFV 60; WEAVE, Submission CFV 58; National Council of Single Mothers and their Children, Submission
CFV 57; Council of Single Mothers and their Children (Vic), Submission CFV 55; Homeless Persons’ Legal Service, Submission CFV 40.