NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Brotherhood Update February 2017 Welcome to the first Brotherhood Update for 2017, which features items on refugee jobseekers, aged care, young people’s education and training, energy hardship and more. RESEARCH FORUM What would enable refugees to thrive in the labour market? The experiences of humanitarian migrants seeking meaningful work in Australia were highlighted at a … [Read More] NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

NDIS in the News – Week beginning 20th February 2017

Brotherhood Library staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week Monday 20th February (including weekend) Echonet Daily – NDIS – Are you eligible? The Guardian – The NDIS is now a political gaming chip. I’m surprised it took so long Cate Blanchett Voices ‘Game Changing’ NDIS Avatar No Pathway to Release Tuesday 21st … [Read More] NDIS in the News – Week beginning 20th February 2017

VALE: Tony Vinson, Leading Social Justice Campaigner and Reformer 1935-2017 – Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Vinson, Australia’s pre-eminent social justice campaigner, has died at 81.  Extract In a six-decade-long career, his advocacy of social reforms in corrections, education, and government services and pivotal role in establishing social research and behavioural science in various universities impacted on generations of Australians. Part of his working life coincided with a period when … [Read More] VALE: Tony Vinson, Leading Social Justice Campaigner and Reformer 1935-2017 – Sydney Morning Herald

DSS response: $10m welfare report helping to build actuarial valuations expertise in government – The Mandarin

Extract from an article by The Mandarin Big ticket reports from the top accounting firms don’t always come across to the public as value for money or in their interest, as recently explored in Michael West’s story “Australia’s march towards corporatocracy” earlier this week. But value can come in a variety of forms. One of the examples in West’s story should … [Read More] DSS response: $10m welfare report helping to build actuarial valuations expertise in government – The Mandarin

Australia can be Asia energy capital, with 50% renewables by 2030 – RenewEconomy

Extract from  the full text of a speech scheduled  delivered by Opposition leader Bill Shorten at a Bloomberg event in Sydney on Thursday 23rd Feb 2017  Last month, around Australia, more than 400 weather records were broken. Towns and suburbs in New South Wales and Queensland set records for days over 35 and days over 40. The … [Read More] Australia can be Asia energy capital, with 50% renewables by 2030 – RenewEconomy

Call for papers – Special issue on “Low-carbon energy systems and energy justice” – Applied Energy

Extract The goal of sustainable low carbon energy systems requires a nuanced understanding of social justice concerns. Energy systems are understood broadly as multiple interconnected processes of generation and consumption. These include all components related to production, conversion, delivery, and use of energy. The current energy transition calls for a rethinking of ethical dilemmas on … [Read More] Call for papers – Special issue on “Low-carbon energy systems and energy justice” – Applied Energy

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Shirley Jackson The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers. This will hit young people the hardest as research tells us that while a third of … [Read More] Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

NEW Issue: Nature Neuroscience

A selection of articles from the special issue: Focus on human brain mapping March 2017, Volume 20 No 3 pp297-496 For several decades, the neuroscience community has endeavored to understand how the brain controls our perception of the world and how we interact with it. The molecular, cellular and circuit-level mechanisms that underlie these processes have … [Read More] NEW Issue: Nature Neuroscience

Influence of demographic variables on uptake of domestic solar photovoltaic technology – Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

ABSTRACT In Australia during the past decade there has been a significant transformation of the electricity demand and supply sector. In five years from 2008 to 2013 the number of Australians installing solar photovoltaic (PV) technology grew from 8000 to more than one million. Governments in Australia used a range of policy incentives such as … [Read More] Influence of demographic variables on uptake of domestic solar photovoltaic technology – Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Victorian taxpayers to act as guarantor on $1b social housing projects – The Age

Extract from an article by Richard Willingham Taxpayers will act as the guarantor on new social housing projects under a $1 billion Andrews government policy aimed at boosting affordable homes for vulnerable people. Housing associations have often struggled to get loans from banks to build housing projects because of the risk of default, but from next financial … [Read More] Victorian taxpayers to act as guarantor on $1b social housing projects – The Age

Event – Social and affordable housing: Where to from here? CEDA

Melbourne, 16th March 2017 CEDA welcomes Housing Minister Martin Foley to discuss the Victorian Government’s social and affordable housing strategies, and new approaches to address this rising issue for Australia’s economic and social development. Speakers The Hon. Martin Foley MP, Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing  Public event  16/03/2017  Sofitel on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, … [Read More] Event – Social and affordable housing: Where to from here? CEDA

National Disability Insurance Scheme: COAG Disability Reform Council Quarterly Report – NDIS

INTRODUCTION This report is provided in accordance with Section 174 of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, which requires that: The Board members must prepare a report on operations of the Agency for each period of 3 months starting on 1 July, 1 October, 1 January or 1 April; and give the report to … [Read More] National Disability Insurance Scheme: COAG Disability Reform Council Quarterly Report – NDIS

Overcoming youth disadvantage – the difference a license makes – YACVic

Media Release Concerns are rising about youth unemployment and the risk that disadvantaged young people may remain seriously marginalised from the rest of the community. Today Victoria’s peak body for young people put forward one simple question: what if all young people got the right help to become safe, independent drivers?    “We know that … [Read More] Overcoming youth disadvantage – the difference a license makes – YACVic

Patterns of Multiple Risk Exposures for Low Receptive Vocabulary Growth 4-8 Years in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children – Plos One

ABSTRACT Risk exposures and predictions of child development outcomes typically estimate the independent effects of individual exposures. As a rule though, children are not exposed piecemeal to individual or single risks but, rather, they are exposed to clusters of risk. Many of these clusters of risks are better thought of as comprising a developmental “circumstance” … [Read More] Patterns of Multiple Risk Exposures for Low Receptive Vocabulary Growth 4-8 Years in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children – Plos One

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Library & Information Service News: Resources for carers – Alzheimer’s Australia

A selection of books from the NSW Alzheimer’s Australia library Letting go without giving up : continuing to care for the person with dementia The idea for Letting go without giving up grew from concerns expressed by carers who felt they were no longer allowed to have a role in caring for the person they … [Read More] Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Library & Information Service News: Resources for carers – Alzheimer’s Australia

VCOSS applauds ‘game changing’ $2.1b social housing package – VCOSS

Media Release The Victorian Council of Social Service has applauded the establishment of a new $1 billion Victorian Social Housing Growth Fund. “This is a smart and significant investment that will change the lives of thousands of Victorians,” VCOSS CEO Emma King said. “The fund will provide for a pipeline of new social housing long … [Read More] VCOSS applauds ‘game changing’ $2.1b social housing package – VCOSS

Aussie seniors the forgotten victims of housing affordability crisis – Starts at Sixty

Extract from article on Starts at Sixty website Not all Baby Boomers are reaping the rewards of rocketing property prices. In fact, plenty are doing it very tough. Are you one of them? The Baby Boomers who’re accidental millionaires thanks to the soaring value of their family home are regulars in the news. But older Aussies … [Read More] Aussie seniors the forgotten victims of housing affordability crisis – Starts at Sixty

Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Nick Toscano and Anna Patty Hundreds of thousands of Australians who work on Sundays will have their take-home pay slashed after a landmark ruling by the national workplace umpire. The Fair Work Commission on Thursday morning announced Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries will be … [Read More] Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

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