BSL Event: Prospects for decent work and quality care under individualised funding arrangements – RPC

Fitzroy, Thursday 23 October from 12.00 noon-1.00pm

You are invited to the next Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar on Thursday 23 October from 12.00 noon-1.00pm, at the Brotherhood, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Fr Tuckers Meeting Room.

Prospects for decent work and quality care under individualised funding arrangements: reflections on . . . → Read More: BSL Event: Prospects for decent work and quality care under individualised funding arrangements – RPC

National Children’s Week 18th-26th October 2014 – CWCOA

Children’s Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October. In 1996 it was decided to adopt a permanent theme: “A Caring World Shares” as a reflection of Children’s Week aims while at the same time acknowledging the designated year on national posters and other printed materials.

A diverse range . . . → Read More: National Children’s Week 18th-26th October 2014 – CWCOA

Indigenous students neglected in the higher education policy debate – The Conversation

Article by Ian Anderson

The government has made clear that more opportunities for Indigenous students are key to its vision for a world-class higher education system. However, Indigenous issues have received little attention in the policy debate over recent months, including in the higher education bill.

In the decade from 2003, . . . → Read More: Indigenous students neglected in the higher education policy debate – The Conversation

Negative stereotypes and evidence-based policy – The Power to Persuade

Extract

Cynicism has been creeping into debates over evidence-based policy. We’ve certainly noticed this in the last two PTP symposiums, with speakers urging a more realistic adoption of ‘informed policy’. Below,Kathryn Oliver, Simon Innvær, Theo Lorenc, Jenny Woodman, andJames Thomas examine some of the on-going barriers to evidence-based (and even evidence-informed) policy. This post originally . . . → Read More: Negative stereotypes and evidence-based policy – The Power to Persuade

Underemployment and housing insecurity: an empirical analysis of HILDA data – AHURI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

Time-related underemployment, hereafter just called underemployment, can be broadly understood as employment that is insufficient in terms of the number of hours of paid work (Campbell et al. 2013, pp.9–11, 16–18, 67–70; see ILO 2013, p.9). The concept of underemployment is closely linked to that of unemployment since both involve insufficient . . . → Read More: Underemployment and housing insecurity: an empirical analysis of HILDA data – AHURI

Who’s really hiring in Australia? Ethical Jobs

Extract from Blog Post from Ethical Jobs

“Removed from reality”: the Abbott Government shows it has no idea who’s creating jobs in modern Australia

“I would suggest they’re removed from the reality of what is helping to drive the Australian economy and create more employment.”

That’s Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey showing his unwavering belief in . . . → Read More: Who’s really hiring in Australia? Ethical Jobs

Pathways, diversity and academic skills: Bourdieu and 2nd year VET articulants – VOCED Plus

ABSTRACT

This work in progress investigates academic strategies of students transferring from vocational education and training (VET) directly into second-year university programs. Thus, their first-year university experience occurs within second-year of the planned program. Subsequently, they cannot access first year supports and they miss introductory foundational subjects. Bourdieu provides a theoretical framework for the study . . . → Read More: Pathways, diversity and academic skills: Bourdieu and 2nd year VET articulants – VOCED Plus

Researchers using social media for youth study – ABC News

The Hunter Research Foundation will use social media as part of a study into why many young people find it difficult to transition from education to employment.

As part of the Younite program, young people will be invited through Facebook and Instagram to discuss their aspirations and their . . . → Read More: Researchers using social media for youth study – ABC News

Attention Researchers: Here’s How to Improve Samples of Homeless Youth (US) – National Alliance to End Homelessness

Liza Doran

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, the Alliance this month is highlighting the issue of youth homelessness. We encourage you to commemorate the anniversary by taking action in your communities and spreading the word on social media using the hashtag #EndYouthHomelessness.

Conducting reliable research on homeless . . . → Read More: Attention Researchers: Here’s How to Improve Samples of Homeless Youth (US) – National Alliance to End Homelessness

Energy retailers given green light to increase prices at will – Consumer Action Law Centre

Media Release

Consumer advocates lament a lost opportunity to repair Australia’s broken energy retail market

Energy retailers will continue increasing prices at their leisure after the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) rejected a proposal that would have banned them from increasing a customer’s tariff during a fixed term or benefit contract. . . . → Read More: Energy retailers given green light to increase prices at will – Consumer Action Law Centre

Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People (US) – Climate Progress

Extract from an article by Ari Phillips

If free donuts, gym memberships, or flex pay programs aren’t your preferred employee benefit, cheap solar systems could soon be an option. On Wednesday, three major companies — Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly-Clark — announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying . . . → Read More: Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People (US) – Climate Progress

Pearson’s 2014 learning curve report – VET Development Centre

Blog Post

Pearson’s 2014 Learning Curve report is a multimedia delight. This year the report – which you can download from this webpage – has a particular emphasis on adult education in the broad context of lifelong learning. The introduction to the report highlights that

… some conclusions from The Learning Curve can clearly be . . . → Read More: Pearson’s 2014 learning curve report – VET Development Centre

Making work better: an agenda for Government (UK) – The Smith Institute

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

We all spend a considerable proportion of our lives at work. Indeed, half the nation are working and our shared prosperity hinges on our combined efforts. What we do at work and the way we are treated at work not only affects us as employees, but also impacts on our living . . . → Read More: Making work better: an agenda for Government (UK) – The Smith Institute

Dementia Training Study Centre (DTSC) Essay Prize – AJDC

The NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre (DTSC) is working with five universities on the first stages of a project aimed at drawing the attention of undergraduates to the opportunities to contribute to the care of people with dementia.

The idea is that second year students are invited to compete for . . . → Read More: Dementia Training Study Centre (DTSC) Essay Prize – AJDC

$6.5 million committed to delivering Australian cultural information for humanitarian entrants – DSS

The Australian Government is committing $6.5 million to help humanitarian entrants settle in Australia.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has announced that International Organization for Migration (IOM) was successful in a recent tender process by the Department of Social Services to deliver the Australian Cultural Orientation (AUSCO) . . . → Read More: $6.5 million committed to delivering Australian cultural information for humanitarian entrants – DSS

Young People Are the Front Lines of Financial Inclusion: A Review of 45 Years of Research – The Journal of Consumer Affairs

ABSTRACT

Amidst concerns about percentages of households that remain unbanked or underbanked, policy endeavors have emerged to promote financial inclusion by making financial products such as savings accounts readily available. While these endeavors have primarily concentrated on households, young people may be the front lines of financial inclusion because they may be more likely to . . . → Read More: Young People Are the Front Lines of Financial Inclusion: A Review of 45 Years of Research – The Journal of Consumer Affairs

Event – ACOSS Policy Forum and AGM 2014 – The Road to Inclusive Growth

Melbourne, 11 Nov 2014

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Victoria 3000

Host: Australian Council of Social Service Register now

Date: Tuesday 11th November Time: 9am – 4 pm Location: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Registration: $35 members, $60 non-members, $15 concession Registration: Click here

. . . → Read More: Event – ACOSS Policy Forum and AGM 2014 – The Road to Inclusive Growth

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