The Accountable Income Management Network (AIMN) is a nation-wide group of community members, representatives of national, State and local non-government organisations and community bodies, academics, social researchers and public policy experts. Our members have a strong commitment to social justice and human rights and are concerned about the provision of equitable and appropriate social security support to economically marginalised Australians. The AIMN is concerned in particular with the issues raised by compulsory income management regimes in Australia due to a lack of sound evidence for their implementation, and because of the social harms they perpetuate.
The AIMN calls for the elimination of all forms of compulsory income management in Australia.
The AIMN believes that an effective policy framework must be based on the following principles:
- Everyone has the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, regardless of background, circumstances or income status.
- All people should be able to apply their income as they see fit, to meet their needs and the needs of their family.
- All people should have a right to select financial services that suit their needs and means.
- Everyone deserves to be meaningfully consulted about the issues that affect them, to make decisions about their own lives, and to participate in designing solutions.
- Unemployment and underemployment have structural causes that need to be addressed alongside initiatives targeting income support recipients.