State election platforms and campaign statements 2014 – VCOSS

VICTORIA WITHOUT POVERTY – Community Sector Viewpoints

Victorian community sector organisations have produced state election policies platforms and campaign statement identifying the critical social policy issues in the state. We’ve gathered them here.

SOURCE: “State election platforms and campaign statements 2014″, VCOSS, November 2014

Link to website

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Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme Discussion Paper – DSS

The Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme Discussion Paper sets out the context for the establishment of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. It briefly discusses the current system of home support programmes for frail, older people, the challenges the system faces, and the need for reform. The paper then flags the key reform . . . → Read More: Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme Discussion Paper – DSS

Tackling Victoria’s Unemployment Problem – VCOSS

Extract

Victoria has an unemployment problem, with our unemployment rate now at levels not seen for over a decade. While it is true unemployment can affect anyone in an increasingly precarious job market, the reality is that it is more likely to affect people already facing disadvantage. When unemployment rises, it is these people who . . . → Read More: Tackling Victoria’s Unemployment Problem – VCOSS

Australia’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers: From Human Rights Violations to Crimes Against Humanity – JICJ

ABSTRACT

Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has long been under the human rights spotlight. Over the past 20 years, mandatory detention of asylum seekers pending refugee status determination and transfer of asylum seekers to Nauru and Papua New Guinea by Australia have been widely labelled as violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political . . . → Read More: Australia’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers: From Human Rights Violations to Crimes Against Humanity – JICJ

Respectful Dialogue: A Guide for Responsible Reporting on FGC – AMWCHR

Extract

In 2013, the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights was awarded a grant by the Australian Government’s Department of Health to develop a guide for all media professionals reporting on Female Genital Cutting (FGC). This guide has been based primarily on the views and input of women from affected communities. We have consulted . . . → Read More: Respectful Dialogue: A Guide for Responsible Reporting on FGC – AMWCHR

Department of Employment’s Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences

ABSTRACT

For most people, recruitment is the pathway to employment. The Department of Employment’s Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences provides insights into recruitment. This collection of summary papers presents survey findings about the recruitment process. The survey results identify what employers are looking for in applicants and how job seekers can better connect with employment . . . → Read More: Department of Employment’s Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences

VCOSS plan for tackling Victoria’s unemployment problem

Media release

Victoria has an unemployment problem, with our unemployment rate now at levels not seen for over a decade. While it is true unemployment can affect anyone in an increasingly precarious job market, the reality is that it is more likely to affect people already facing disadvantage. When unemployment rises, it is these people . . . → Read More: VCOSS plan for tackling Victoria’s unemployment problem

What everyday racism tells us about the immigration debate – The Guardian

Author: Owen Jones

Extract

It’s a scene many commuters will be familiar with. The first noises of a commotion trickle down a carriage: a raised voice, perhaps an obscenity to turn the atmosphere blue. Passengers exchange knowing looks – this is a rare event when the strict anonymity of public transport is broken and . . . → Read More: What everyday racism tells us about the immigration debate – The Guardian

Skipping School is Bad News, Even for Pre-K – Brookings

Extract

There is a lively debate about the promise of universal pre-K for narrowing education gaps and promoting more social mobility. So far the focus has been on availability and cost – but it turns out that rates of attendance may matter a great deal.

Chicago has been at . . . → Read More: Skipping School is Bad News, Even for Pre-K – Brookings

Healthy life expectancy in Australia: Patterns and trends 1998 to 2012 – AIHW

Australians living longer, with more years free of disability

Australians can now expect to enjoy longer lives with more years free of disability, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Healthy life expectancy in Australia: patterns and trends . . . → Read More: Healthy life expectancy in Australia: Patterns and trends 1998 to 2012 – AIHW

Household and economic factors associated with geographic and school mobility among low-income children – JCP

ABSTRACT

Child poverty has been shown to have lifelong consequences, and several policy interventions have sought to alleviate its effects. However, federal school policy insufficiently addresses ‘out of school’ factors, including high rates of residential and school mobility among poor students. The detrimental effects of school mobility on achievement and classroom behavior have been well . . . → Read More: Household and economic factors associated with geographic and school mobility among low-income children – JCP

Job Creation and Local Economic Development in Australia – OECD

This publication highlights new evidence on policies to support job creation, bringing together the latest research on labour market, entrepreneurship and local economic development policy to help governments support job creation in the recovery. It also includes a set of country pages featuring, among other things, new data on skills supply and demand at the . . . → Read More: Job Creation and Local Economic Development in Australia – OECD

Rebuilding Community – It’s Time NFPs! – Pro Bono News

Extract: It’s time Not For Profits become more than just service delivery professionals, writes Doug Taylor, CEO, United Way Australia

Recently I was sitting at my desk and jumped when I heard fighter jets fly over the Sydney CBD. It was not an invasion but the RAAF acknowledging the Memorial service for . . . → Read More: Rebuilding Community – It’s Time NFPs! – Pro Bono News

Rising from the ashes: The role of older workers in driving Eurozone recovery – ILC-UK

Harnessing the power of older workers is a vital component of any long-term strategy to rejuvenate economic growth across the Europe.

This report estimates that the Eurozone’s economy could lose one in six workers due to population ageing. It also shows that raising labour force participation rates amongst older age groups could make a significant . . . → Read More: Rising from the ashes: The role of older workers in driving Eurozone recovery – ILC-UK

The skills system and the changing structures of work (UK) – Policy Connect

ABSTRACT

The ways in which people work are changing, with flexibility characterising more people’s working patterns. These changes present significant challenges and the skills system must respond. At present, the skills system in the UK is not adequately matched to the modern structures of work in 2014, and will become further misaligned in the coming . . . → Read More: The skills system and the changing structures of work (UK) – Policy Connect

Plenty of will with indigenous employment, but firms not cutting it – The Australian

Extract from an article by Patricia Karvelas

ONLY two in five Australian companies have policies to attract and retain indigenous workers.

And a third of those with strategies in place are not aware of their success rate.

The white paper from one of Australia’s biggest recruitment agencies reveals a minority of ­organisations surveyed have processes . . . → Read More: Plenty of will with indigenous employment, but firms not cutting it – The Australian

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