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Western Australia - Glossary Term

Maternity Allowance (1912 - )


Maternity allowance was the 'first form of Commonwealth social security available to women'. It was a single, lump sum payment to all mothers of newborn children. It was not means tested when it was introduced.

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Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 'Submission No. 335 Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices', in Submissions received by the Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, 2012, p.1..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser