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).

Visit Items of Interest for general information on Basic Income, and BIGA's Historical Items Section to see many early Australian and international articles on the Basic Income debate. Browse by Author is an extensive list on this BIGA site, and all publications are printable and accessible.

Photo of a glorious sunset over Lake Eucumbene in the Snowy Mountains District of New South Wales
To keep with the Australian flavour of our site - a glorious
sunset over Lake Eucumbene in the Snowy Mountains
District of New South Wales.
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As part of a six-chapter dissertation on Universal Income Support, Allan McDonald gives some insight into what a basic income is, and what it can do for people.

More short articles describing the Universal Basic Income

A large number of descriptive items on the Basic Income may be accessed at Items of Interest.

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