Journal article

Young Mothers' Experiences of Receiving the Baby Bonus: A Qualitative Study

Cameryn C Garrett, Louise Keogh, Belinda Hewitt, Danielle C Newton, Anne M Kavanagh

AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL WORK | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

The year 2014 marked the abolition of the Baby Bonus and its replacement with a substantially reduced parenting payment. While often criticised as “middle-class welfare,” or publicly denounced due to its purported misuse by disadvantaged mothers, this paper argues that the Baby Bonus provided valuable financial assistance to families experiencing high financial stress. To investigate young women's experience of receiving the Baby Bonus, 19 semistructured interviews were conducted with young mothers in Melbourne who had recently had babies. Many were experiencing financial stress and this payment provided much needed financial support for the basic costs arising from having a baby. Several mo..

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