Tensions and Contradictions in Australian Social Policy Reform: Compulsory Income Management and the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Australian Journal of Social Issues

ABSTRACT This paper explores contemporary contradictions and tensions in Australian social policy principles and governmental practices that are being used to drive behavioural change, such a compulsory income management. By means of compulsory income management the Australian Government determines how certain categories of income support recipients can spend their payments through the practice of quarantining a proportion of that payment. In … [Read More] Tensions and Contradictions in Australian Social Policy Reform: Compulsory Income Management and the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Australian Journal of Social Issues

Homelessness in the News – Week Beginning 30th Jan 2017

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week  Friday 3rd February Daily Telegraph – Lawyer says Vic homeless ban won’t work Thursday 2nd February The Age – Plan to ban homeless people from camping in the city The Australian – Cops and protesters clash over Melbourne homeless camp The Australian – Melbourne homeless … [Read More] Homelessness in the News – Week Beginning 30th Jan 2017

Compulsory income management and the national disability insurance scheme – Australian Journal of Social issues

ABSTRACT This paper explores contemporary contradictions and tensions in Australian social policy principles and governmental practices that are being used to drive behavioural change, such as compulsory income management. By means of compulsory income management the Australian Government determines how certain categories of income support recipients can spend their payments through the practice of quarantining … [Read More] Compulsory income management and the national disability insurance scheme – Australian Journal of Social issues

Everybody gains from disability inclusion – International Labour Organization

Extract from an Infostory at the International Labour Organization Globally, there are over one billion people with disabilities. They are now more active in our society than ever before. Yet employment rates are low and many barriers to work still exist. Explore this InfoStory to find out why employing people with disabilities makes good business sense … [Read More] Everybody gains from disability inclusion – International Labour Organization

Brotherhood Research Forum: From Surviving to Thriving: Inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum – Brotherhood of St Laurence, TASA & MSEI

As global forced migration continues to grow, research into the recruitment barriers, support needs, and long-term economic contributions of humanitarian migrants has revealed insights that can inform policy and programs. Decent, secure and satisfying work is vital for achieving positive settlement outcomes for refugees and people seeking asylum. However, there is a gap in Australia … [Read More] Brotherhood Research Forum: From Surviving to Thriving: Inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum – Brotherhood of St Laurence, TASA & MSEI

Complexity Reduction and Policy Consensus: Asylum seekers, the right to work, and the ‘pull factor’ thesis in the UK context – The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

ABSTRACT Since the early 2000s, asylum policy in Western states has become increasingly dominated by the concept of the ‘pull factor’—the idea that the economic rights afforded to asylum seekers can act as a migratory pull, and will have a bearing on the numbers of asylum applications received. The pull factor thesis has been widely … [Read More] Complexity Reduction and Policy Consensus: Asylum seekers, the right to work, and the ‘pull factor’ thesis in the UK context – The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Why a universal basic income is a poor substitute for a guaranteed job – ABC News

Extract from an article by Claire Connelly Creating a universal basic income as a means of addressing unemployment and productivity problems has become the topic du-jour as workers become increasingly separated from the means of production, with even modest salaries failing to cover the cost of living. Consequently, Australian taxpayers have had to take on a … [Read More] Why a universal basic income is a poor substitute for a guaranteed job – ABC News

Full-time employment increases for third straight month – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release Monthly trend full-time employment increased by 7,000 in Australia in December 2016, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. This was the third consecutive month of increasing full-time employment. Total trend employment increased by 8,200 persons to 11,966,800 persons in December 2016, reflecting an increase in both full-time … [Read More] Full-time employment increases for third straight month – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Savings Scheme Helps Families Go Back to School in Digital Age – Pro Bono Australia

Extract form an article by Wendy Williams Since 2012, Saver Plus has seen a marked rise in participants using their savings on technology, rather than school books, with more than half now spending on digital devices such as a laptops or tablets. In the five years from 2012 to 2016 the number of claims for digital … [Read More] Savings Scheme Helps Families Go Back to School in Digital Age – Pro Bono Australia

How long do households remain in housing affordability stress? Journal of Housing Studies

ABSTRACT We develop a model that specifies the duration of housing affordability stress for particular types of households. Using panel data from Australia, households are considered in semi- and parametric analysis against different household characteristics, revealing whether these characteristics predict the duration of housing affordability stress. For most types of households, an experience of housing … [Read More] How long do households remain in housing affordability stress? Journal of Housing Studies

Unpaid work experience is widespread but some are missing out: new study – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Damian Oliver, Andrew Stewart, John Bray, Anne Hewitt and Paula McDonald Most young Australians undertake unpaid work experience as part of their education or training, to maintain entitlements to social security, or simply to improve their job prospects. But those from more disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to have those opportunities and those on … [Read More] Unpaid work experience is widespread but some are missing out: new study – The Conversation

Inequality and inequity – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT Kelley and Evans (2017) found that income inequality (measured at the societal level) did not affect individual well-being in advanced societies but increased individual well-being in developing societies. This paper discusses how this empirical patterning of the inequality-well-being relationship may arise from mechanisms related to the relationship of inequality with economic development (at the … [Read More] Inequality and inequity – Social Science Research

The new income inequality and well-being paradigm – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT Based on earlier, mainly aggregate analyses, conventional wisdom previously held that income inequality reduces happiness. But aggregate models consistently yield misleading results in this domain, substantially because of intractable problems of sample size, confounding omitted variables, and conditional effects differing between poor developing nations, rich advanced nations, and nations in transition from Communism. Based … [Read More] The new income inequality and well-being paradigm – Social Science Research

The association between indigenous Australians’ labour force participation rates and access to transport – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT This paper examines the factors associated with the labour force participation rates of Indigenous Australians. Emphasis is placed on the role that vehicle ownership, holding a valid driver’s licence and having access to public transport has on Indigenous Australians’ labour force participation decisions. Access to transportation has been widely regarded as a key barrier … [Read More] The association between indigenous Australians’ labour force participation rates and access to transport – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

Job insecurity within the household: Are Australian householders caring when it comes to risk sharing? Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT We investigate perceived job security risk and the distribution of non-labour income between spouses in a household context. In the process, the restrictions implied by Beckerian-caring preferences in the Chiappori (2002) Collective model are considered, and estimates of the sharing rule are derived. The findings support the idea of household formation as a tool … [Read More] Job insecurity within the household: Are Australian householders caring when it comes to risk sharing? Australian Journal of Labour Economics

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