School of Public Health and Social Work

Basic Income

What we do

Basic Income is a progressive, innovative and powerful solution to redress widening global inequities and poverty driven by transformations of modern welfare states.

We seek to apply the collective knowledge and skills of researchers across universities to tackle big picture global challenges of our time: poverty, climate change and inequality. As we see it, Basic Income is one of the keys to dearly needed transformation and social change.

Our group is a collaboration of leading academic experts on social policy, inequality and basic income, brought together to research and respond to developing a just society for all. The group is involved in progressing research projects that shape and influence policy and disseminating research findings and results and project outcomes.

What is basic income?

A Universal Basic Income (Basic Income Guarantee) is an unconditional cash payment to individuals sufficient to meet basic needs (Universal Basic Income New Zealand, 2003).

In its simplest form, Van Der Veen (1998) described Basic Income as a proposal 'to disburse a tax-free subsistence income to every adult citizen, whether he or she is employed or unemployed, wealthy or poor, healthy or sick, active or idle, and…young or old, with basic incomes [including] children replacing existing child benefits' (p. 141).

Discover resources


OASIS Australia Articles

Article Collection


Basic Income in Australia and New Zealand - Perspectives from the Neoliberal Frontier

QUT ePrints


Income Insecurity - The Basic Income Alternative by John Tomlinson



The 1979 'Guaranteed Minimum Income' pamphlet by the Unemployed Workers Movement


Contact us

Find us at
O Block, Room O-D608
Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove QLD 4059