The genesis of the NDIS: bringing competing agendas together – Rhonda Galbally AO

Extract from The Sambell Oration at the Brotherhood of St Laurence The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is undoubtedly one of the biggest social policy reforms Australia has ever seen – a once-in-a-generation reform alongside Medicare and national superannuation. In delivering the Sambell Oration this evening, I’m going to explore where we have come from … [Read More] The genesis of the NDIS: bringing competing agendas together – Rhonda Galbally AO

Event – Leading researchers question the relevance of popular thinking on how to fight poverty – Brotherhood of St Laurence & RMIT

Melbourne, 5th December 2016 A seminar hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and RMIT University in Melbourne will question the relevance of the focus on ‘financial wellbeing’ among policy makers and service providers to the lives of those most affected by economic, technological and social change. Dr Dina Bowman from the Brotherhood’s Research and … [Read More] Event – Leading researchers question the relevance of popular thinking on how to fight poverty – Brotherhood of St Laurence & RMIT

Brotherhood in the News: Youth Employment Monitor – My Chance, Our Future Campaign

November 2016 Welcome to the My Chance, Our Future Campaign – our latest Youth Unemployment Monitor provides key data and other insights on the challenges of high rates of youth unemployment in Australia. Significant structural changes in our economy have made the transition from school to work for young people much harder than it was … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: Youth Employment Monitor – My Chance, Our Future Campaign

Redefining What it Means to be “Australian”: Dangers in the government’s approach to migration – APPS Policy Forum

Extract from an article by Marianne Dickie A leaked report earlier this year shed light on where the Australian Government’s migration policy is headed and despite being dismissed at the time, subsequent actions should be sounding the alarm, Marianne Dickie writes. Recent statements by Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection about Lebanese refugees, along with … [Read More] Redefining What it Means to be “Australian”: Dangers in the government’s approach to migration – APPS Policy Forum

New financing plan to relieve public housing costs – Australian Financial Review

Extract from an article by Phillip Coorey State and federal treasurers will discuss a new plan in which private providers of community housing will be able to finance their developments by tapping into bond markets. The plan, designed to relieve pressure on state and federal governments in providing public housing, involves creating a so-called bond … [Read More] New financing plan to relieve public housing costs – Australian Financial Review

Creating Meaningful Access to Justice for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Women: Preliminary investigation into the use of interpreters in family violence matters – WLSV

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract Access to interpreters is key to unlocking real and meaningful access to justice for some women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who have experienced family violence. Interpreters at court are the conduit through which clients with limited English language fluency can understand and be heard. Whether making an application, … [Read More] Creating Meaningful Access to Justice for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Women: Preliminary investigation into the use of interpreters in family violence matters – WLSV

A ‘simple policy’ to make a universal basic income a reality – World Economic Forum

Extract from an article by Yanis Varoufakis, Finance Minister, Greece The right to laziness has traditionally been only for the propertied rich, whereas the poor have had to struggle for decent wages and working conditions, unemployment and disability insurance, universal health care, and other accoutrements of a dignified life. The idea that the poor should be granted … [Read More] A ‘simple policy’ to make a universal basic income a reality – World Economic Forum

The Economics of Ageing: Introduction – The Australian Economic Review

EXTRACT The economics of ageing is the study of economic decision-making by individuals and government aimed at fostering well-being in old age. These decisions include preparing for old age and managing well-being during old age. Both sets of decisions are made in the face of a number of risks, such as financial risk, health risk … [Read More] The Economics of Ageing: Introduction – The Australian Economic Review

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

KEY FINDINGS – Extract This publication presents information from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). It follows the release of the First Results in April 2016, which are also included in this publication. Disability The disability prevalence rate in Australia has remained relatively stable over time, with 18.3% of people reporting disability … [Read More] Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

How is the NDIS impacting collaboration? The Mandarin

Extract from an article by Gemma Carey & Daniel Reeders The NDIS is impacting the way organisations work with each other. What does it mean for clients? A new study will consider the impact of the NDIS transition on patterns of networking and collaboration by disability service providers. Recently the spotlight has fallen on the National … [Read More] How is the NDIS impacting collaboration? The Mandarin

Beyond social ties: The impact of social capital on labour market outcomes for young Swedish people – Journal of Sociology

ABSTRACT This study makes use of a dataset which contains material relating to young Swedish people who have recently completed their studies and started working. It explores whether using social networks as such or using individuals’ resources which are accessible through social networks (social capital) provides relative advantages in the competition for better jobs. Interest … [Read More] Beyond social ties: The impact of social capital on labour market outcomes for young Swedish people – Journal of Sociology

Social protection and basic income in global policy – Global Social Policy

Extract from an article by Moritz von Gliszczynski Since the early 2000s, social protection has become a mainstay in global policy debates and has been recently named as an instrument to achieve the United Nation’s (UN) sustainable development goals (UN, 2016). This is the outcome of a long-term shift in policy: after decades of neglect at the global level, … [Read More] Social protection and basic income in global policy – Global Social Policy

Victoria to introduce licensing of disability workers, Premier announces – Community Care Review

Extract from an article by Linda Belardi The Victorian Government will introduce an independent registration and accreditation scheme for disability workers, becoming the first jurisdiction in the country to commit to the regulatory regime. Labor Premier Daniel Andrews said the scheme would protect people with a disability from harm and would ensure workers had “the right … [Read More] Victoria to introduce licensing of disability workers, Premier announces – Community Care Review

Citizen’s Income: Rights and Wrongs (UK) – Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion

ABSTRACT A Citizen’s Income, or a Basic Income, is not a new idea but it has been receiving increasing attention. There is confusion about the idea and an attempt is made to distinguish different concepts. Then a full Citizen’s Income is examined in relation to four key criteria: the justice of an unconditional benefit; the … [Read More] Citizen’s Income: Rights and Wrongs (UK) – Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion

Is it better to invest in hard or soft skills? The Economic and Labour Relations Review

ABSTRACT Increasing awareness of the productive potential of soft skills has sparked a discussion of their systematic and purposeful development. However, education systems pay only limited attention to this topic in most countries and remain focused on the development of hard skills. Is this approach rational or inadequate? This article provides new evidence on different … [Read More] Is it better to invest in hard or soft skills? The Economic and Labour Relations Review

Trajectories of Parental Involvement in Home Learning Activities Across the Early Years: Associations with socio-demographic characteristics and children’s learning outcomes – Early Child Development and Care (AU)

ABSTRACT This study examined the socio-demographic factors associated with trajectories of parental involvement in shared book reading and other home activities for children aged 2–6 years. The study uses data from 3836 families participating in Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Latent growth curve models were estimated to describe associations between … [Read More] Trajectories of Parental Involvement in Home Learning Activities Across the Early Years: Associations with socio-demographic characteristics and children’s learning outcomes – Early Child Development and Care (AU)

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