Webinar: Domestic violence, social security and the “couple rule”

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Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and Griffith University present a webinar on:

Domestic violence, social security and the “couple rule”

Speakers include:

  • Professor Heather Douglas, University of Queensland
  • Dr Lyndal Sleep, Griffith University
  • Sally Cameron, National Social Security Rights Network (NSSRN)

Introduced by Dr Heather Nancarrow, CEO, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

Moderated by Zoe Rathus, Griffith University.




Centrelink uses the “couple rule” to determine whether a person should be considered a member of a couple for social security purposes. For women attempting to leave a violent partner, the couple rule can cause difficulty.

New ANROWS research, to be published in July, explores the dynamic between domestic violence, social security payments, and the "couple rule". Early-career researcher Dr Lyndal Sleep from Griffith University led the research.

Join this webinar to learn more about how the couple rule affects women experiencing domestic violence, and hear what the research recommends for policymakers and practitioners in this area.

Who should attend:

  • Centrelink staff
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) staff
  • Legal professionals
  • Social workers
  • Domestic violence workers
  • Policymakers

Endorsed for CPD by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

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