Brotherhood in the News: Brotherhood Update – Research & Policy Centre

September 2016 – Extract This Brotherhood Update features recent policy submissions to Productivity Commission inquiries about competition and choice in human services and about access to data for research and evaluation. It also highlights a forum on youth employment hosted by the Brotherhood, at which a new OECD report on youth in Australia was launched, and … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: Brotherhood Update – Research & Policy Centre

Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare – Australian Government Department of Social Services

Extract from Department of  Social Services website The Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare is about using the best available evidence to ensure vulnerable Australians have a better future. About the approach Our welfare system ensures our most vulnerable will always have help. Through the Priority Investment Approach and by intervening early, we will be … [Read More] Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare – Australian Government Department of Social Services

Human Services: Preliminary Findings Report – Productivity Commission

This preliminary findings report was released on 22 September 2016. You are invited to examine the preliminary findings report and make written submissions by Thursday 27 October 2016. The study report will be released in November 2016. The Commission will then commence the second stage of the inquiry Reforms to Human Services. The purpose of … [Read More] Human Services: Preliminary Findings Report – Productivity Commission

Media Coverage of Investment Approach to Welfare Reform

The PWC Baseline Evaluation Report Released by Christian Porter at the National Press Club 20th September 2016 (link) Tuesday 20th September The Age – Government considers linking school attendance to welfare payments The Australian Financial Review – Does an investment approach to welfare only apply to the young?  The Australian Financial Review – Christian Porter takes on welfare reform … [Read More] Media Coverage of Investment Approach to Welfare Reform

NDIS in the News – Week Beginning 19 September 2016

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week Monday 19th September The Age – National Disability Insurance Scheme: Half signed getting disability support for first time Tuesday 20th September Bega’s disability services planning for the National Disability Insurance Scheme The Border Mail – People with a disability empowered by Art of … [Read More] NDIS in the News – Week Beginning 19 September 2016

Suspending welfare payments unlikely to boost school attendance – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Kirsten Hancock The Commonwealth Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, recently floated the ideaof linking welfare payments to children’s school attendance rates. But research and results from ongoing trials show this policy approach doesn’t really help address the problem. The idea follows on from the success of the no-jab-no-pay policy where … [Read More] Suspending welfare payments unlikely to boost school attendance – The Conversation

Offshore Processing Resources – RCOA

Offshore Processing: A selection of key resources  Offshore Processing Centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea: Procurement of Garrison Support and Welfare Services (Australian National Audit Office, 13 September 2016) Australia’s offshore processing of asylum seekers in Nauru and PNG: A Quick Guide to statistics and resources (Parliamentary Library of Australia, 30 June 2016) This is … [Read More] Offshore Processing Resources – RCOA

Refugee Council Of Australia: Update September 2016

A selection of resources from the Refugee Council Of Australia: United Nations summit on refugees and migrants Held in New York on 19 September 2016. More than 150 government and non-government representatives gathered to adopt a framework to address the large-scale displacement and movement of people across the globe. The key focus of the meeting was the … [Read More] Refugee Council Of Australia: Update September 2016

The Australia-Cambodia Refugee Relocation Agreement Is Unique, But Does Little to Improve Protection – Migration Policy Institute

Extract from an article by Madeline Gleeson The refugee relocation agreement between Australia and the Kingdom of Cambodia—which marked its second anniversary in September 2016—is simultaneously one of the most extraordinary yet underwhelming components of Australia’s efforts to deter asylum seekers from reaching its territory by boat. The agreement is extraordinary in that it is the … [Read More] The Australia-Cambodia Refugee Relocation Agreement Is Unique, But Does Little to Improve Protection – Migration Policy Institute

Unpredictability, Invisibility and Vulnerability: Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors’ Journeys to Australia –

ABSTRACT This qualitative study investigated the refugee journey of 17 males who arrived in Australia as unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors between 2009 and 2013, and were granted protection visas. The article focuses on the four conceptual challenges of refugee journeys, as identified recently by BenEzer and Zetter: temporal characteristics; drivers and destinations; the process/content of the … [Read More] Unpredictability, Invisibility and Vulnerability: Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors’ Journeys to Australia –

Shedding light: private ‘for profit’ training providers and young early school leavers – NCVER

DESCRIPTION This research aims to shed light on the role of private providers in delivering training to a particular cohort of learners, young people who have left school early. The authors surveyed 130 private ‘for profit’ registered training organisations (RTOs) to find out their perspectives on teaching and learning practices, engaging with early school leavers, … [Read More] Shedding light: private ‘for profit’ training providers and young early school leavers – NCVER

More at-risk young people are turning to private VET providers – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Kira Clarke and Kitty Te Riele New research shows that the most at-risk young people – including those who are homeless and have mental health issues – are increasingly being enrolled by private Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers to undertake their training. The report, released by the National Centre for Vocational … [Read More] More at-risk young people are turning to private VET providers – The Conversation

Social Determinants of Health: Do They Apply to Caregivers? – International Journal of Health, Wellness & Society

ABSTRACT Background: Gender, socioeconomic status, and age are well-known social determinants of health in general populations. More often they are examined separately, less often in combination in terms of their intersectionality. Among informal caregivers to older adults with dementia, they also tend to be studied separately rather than for their combined effects. Furthermore, while poverty … [Read More] Social Determinants of Health: Do They Apply to Caregivers? – International Journal of Health, Wellness & Society

The Centrality of the Australian Suburb: Mobility Challenges and Responses by Outer Suburban Residents in Melbourne – Urban Policy & Research

ABSTRACT Living in the suburbs is founded on mobility, as residents move to the periphery of the city, commute to work and travel for shops, schools and leisure. While there have been numerous studies raising critical questions on the vulnerability of outer suburban residents to loneliness, financial and mortgage stress, the actual experiences and challenges … [Read More] The Centrality of the Australian Suburb: Mobility Challenges and Responses by Outer Suburban Residents in Melbourne – Urban Policy & Research

Poverty and climate change: VCOSS response to the Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper

Extract VCOSS believes the effects of climate change – including extreme weather and natural disasters – are profoundly discriminatory. Climate change can exacerbate the health, mental health, safety, financial and other socioeconomic aspects of people facing disadvantage, particularly those living on low incomes. Introduction VCOSS welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Victoria’s Climate Change Adaption … [Read More] Poverty and climate change: VCOSS response to the Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper

NEETs and welfare dependency—what the OECD says – Australian Parliamentary Library

Extract from an article by Don Arthur According to a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), there are 580,000 15 to 29 year old Australians not in employment, education or training. In the jargon of the policy community, these young people are known as NEETs. Most NEETs receive some form … [Read More] NEETs and welfare dependency—what the OECD says – Australian Parliamentary Library

Young home buyers unfairly pushed out to Melbourne’s fringe – 3AW

Extract An expert in urban and regional planning says young home buyers are being unfairly pushed out to the outer fringes of Melbourne. It comes as Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen is expected to paint a grim picture of housing affordability at a speech in Melbourne tonight. In 1982 – 62% of people aged 25-34 owned their … [Read More] Young home buyers unfairly pushed out to Melbourne’s fringe – 3AW

Productivity Commission calls to privatise public health and housing – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Gareth Hutchens Social housing, public dental services and public hospitals could soon be opened to more market competition. The Productivity Commission has said they are among six “priority areas” in the human services sector where the quality of services could be greatly improved if people are given a greater say over … [Read More] Productivity Commission calls to privatise public health and housing – The Guardian

Event – Meeting the needs of Aboriginal people with disability under the NDIS – SPRC

Sydney, 11 Oct 2016 Damian Griffis, CEO First Peoples Disability Network First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) has for the last 12 years worked intensely in the space of advocacy on behalf of Aboriginal people with disability, with strong representation and involvement across all spectrums of government policy development to ensure that the unmet needs of … [Read More] Event – Meeting the needs of Aboriginal people with disability under the NDIS – SPRC

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