It was in 1984 that Professor Edna Chamberlain and Mr Bill De Maria (now Professor), conducted research to determine the advantages of having a supporting advocate for those people appealing Social Security decisions to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. Their findings indicated that there was a significant increase in successful outcomes when Appellants were assisted at hearings by independent advocates.
Based on this research, the Welfare Rights Centre was established and a small group of volunteers were trained and began working on behalf of Social Security clients who were dissatisfied with decisions made by the Department.
A more detailed history will be available soon . . .