Review of Australia’s Welfare System [The McClure report] – DSS

In December 2013, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, commissioned a review of Australia’s welfare system.

The aim was to identify improvements to ensure the social support system is sustainable, effective and coherent, and encourages people to work.

The Minister appointed an independent Reference Group to lead the review. Mr Patrick . . . → Read More: Review of Australia’s Welfare System [The McClure report] – DSS

Tougher job-seeker rules will have negative impact, say interest groups – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Lenore Taylor

The Abbott government’s tougher requirements on job seekers are likely to backfire, harming rather than helping their chances of finding work, job agencies and welfare groups have said.

Asked to assess the likely net impact of the policies unveiled to date by the Coalition against their goal – . . . → Read More: Tougher job-seeker rules will have negative impact, say interest groups – The Guardian

Moving for work: not the panacea the government seeks – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Sally Weller

As a policy response to unemployment and structural change, incentives for workers to relocate in search of work have been pushing higher up the policy agenda.

This has been the trend since the World Bank’s 2009 World Development Report, “Reshaping Economic Geography”, which abandoned the longstanding idea . . . → Read More: Moving for work: not the panacea the government seeks – The Conversation

One sided obligations will make it tougher for people looking for work – ACOSS

Media Release

The Australian Council of Social Service today described the Federal Government’s proposed changes to job search requirements as one-sided and harsh, with Government investing too little to make a difference and jobseekers expected to undertake activities that will not help them get a job.

“Australia’s employment services system is premised on the notion . . . → Read More: One sided obligations will make it tougher for people looking for work – ACOSS

Melbourne’s apartment towers reach for the sky in a race to the bottom – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Willow Aliento

In three months alone 49 residential towers were approved in the Melbourne CBD. But why is the Victorian state government, which controls approval for the biggest towers, ignoring the City of Melbourne’s Green Star minimum standards? Especially when so much can be done to make these tall buildings . . . → Read More: Melbourne’s apartment towers reach for the sky in a race to the bottom – The Fifth Estate

Ten job seekers per vacancy: a reality check on welfare overhaul – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Veronica Sheen

It turns out that the policies for under 30s in the federal budget in May were a precursor to a much wider set of changes affecting unemployed people across the board. These are just now coming to light. While people aged 30 and over won’t have to . . . → Read More: Ten job seekers per vacancy: a reality check on welfare overhaul – The Conversation

Youth unemployment produces multiple scarring effects – Politics and Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Ronald McQuaid

It is clear that youth unemployment leads to many negative outcomes in terms of both material and mental wellbeing. Here, Ronald McQuaid summarises the multiple scarring effects of youth unemployment. Current high levels of youth unemployment will therefore be felt by society for decades, making effective policy responses . . . → Read More: Youth unemployment produces multiple scarring effects – Politics and Policy at LSE

Beyond supply and demand: addressing the complexities of workforce exclusion in Australia – Anglicare

ABSTRACT

Workforce exclusion is a complex and enduring problem in Australia, with some groups of job seekers more likely to be disadvantaged in the labour market than others. We identify a dominant unemployment narrative of ‘work first’ that surrounds unemployment interventions, and ignores the nature of disadvantage and its relationship to workforce exclusion, and reduces . . . → Read More: Beyond supply and demand: addressing the complexities of workforce exclusion in Australia – Anglicare

Unemployed to be forced to apply for 40 jobs a month as part of $5 billion dole overhaul – ABC News

Extract from an article by Karen Barlow

Jobseekers may be forced to apply for 40 jobs a month as the Government renews its push to move people off welfare. The Federal Government has unveiled a $5.1 billion jobs placement program and an expansion of the Work for the Dole Scheme. The draft employment and welfare . . . → Read More: Unemployed to be forced to apply for 40 jobs a month as part of $5 billion dole overhaul – ABC News

Record numbers living on Melbourne streets – The Age

Extract from an article by Aisha Dow

Record numbers of homeless people have been counted living on the streets of Melbourne, as help services strain under fresh demand created by a “perfect storm” of economic and social pressures in Victoria. In recent years Melbourne City Council’s regular survey of rough sleepers has found a relatively . . . → Read More: Record numbers living on Melbourne streets – The Age

Energy saving obligations—cutting the Gordian Knot of leverage? Energy Efficiency

ABSTRACT

Better leverage of public funding is essential in order to trigger the investment needed for energy efficiency. In times of austerity governments increasingly look at policy instruments not funded by public expenditure and energy saving obligations represent one option. Because energy saving obligations are paid for by all energy customers, the degree to which . . . → Read More: Energy saving obligations—cutting the Gordian Knot of leverage? Energy Efficiency

Integrated regional vulnerability assessment of government services to climate change – International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

ABSTRACT

Purpose – This paper describes the conduct and outcomes of an Integrated Assessment of the vulnerability to climate change of government service provision at regional scale in New South Wales, Australia. The assessment was co-designed with regional public sector managers to address their needs for an improved understanding of regional vulnerabilities to climate change . . . → Read More: Integrated regional vulnerability assessment of government services to climate change – International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

Planning adaptation based on local actors’ knowledge and participation – Climate Policy

ABSTRACT

Involving a wide-range of stakeholders at different moments in the planning of urban adaptation to climate change can help to overcome different barriers to adaptation, such as a lack of common perception, or control over options. This Article argues for an approach that involves a wide range of actors throughout the planning process in . . . → Read More: Planning adaptation based on local actors’ knowledge and participation – Climate Policy

New directions in evidence-based policy research – Health Research Policy and Systems

ABSTRACT

Despite 40 years of research into evidence-based policy (EBP) and a continued drive from both policymakers and researchers to increase research uptake in policy, barriers to the use of evidence are persistently identified in the literature. However, it is not clear what explains this persistence – whether they represent real factors, or if they . . . → Read More: New directions in evidence-based policy research – Health Research Policy and Systems

Employment status transitions among young adults, with and without disability – Australian Journal of Social Issues

ABSTRACT

Employment is a crucial avenue through which young people with disability can experience material wellbeing and social participation. While the low employment rates of young people with disability are well established, little is known about the stability of employment status – that is, the degree to which individuals remain in or move in and . . . → Read More: Employment status transitions among young adults, with and without disability – Australian Journal of Social Issues

‘Genuine’ refugees or illegitimate ‘boat people’: Political constructions of asylum seekers and refugees in the Malaysia Deal debate – AJSI

ABSTRACT

Immigration to Australia has long been the focus of negative political interest. In recent times, the proposal of exclusionary policies such as the Malaysia Deal in 2011 has fuelled further debate. In these debates, Federal politicians often describe asylum seekers and refugees as ‘illegal’, ‘queue jumpers’, and ‘boat people’. This article examines the political . . . → Read More: ‘Genuine’ refugees or illegitimate ‘boat people’: Political constructions of asylum seekers and refugees in the Malaysia Deal debate – AJSI

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