Participation of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families in a Parent Support Programme: Longitudinal associations between playgroup attendance and child, parent and community outcomes – Child: Care, Health And Development

ABSTRACT Background: Playgroups are a relatively unique form of family support programme that is common in Australia which has high community acceptance and significant government investment. However, limited evidence exists regarding the effectiveness of playgroups to achieve better outcomes for children and their parents. This study describes patterns of playgroup participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait … [Read More] Participation of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families in a Parent Support Programme: Longitudinal associations between playgroup attendance and child, parent and community outcomes – Child: Care, Health And Development

New issue: Developing Practice: The child youth and family work journal – ACWA & NSW FamS

Developing Practice is a refereed journal that has been published by the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and the NSW Family Services (FamS) for the child, youth and family services sector since 2001. Issue 44, September 2016 In this issue: What road ahead? Directions and challenges for the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. Early … [Read More] New issue: Developing Practice: The child youth and family work journal – ACWA & NSW FamS

Indigenous Affairs: A quick guide to key internet links – ParlInfo

Extract from a paper by Jade Koekoe and James Haughton Social Policy Section This Quick Guide provides links to: A listing of Australian Government Indigenous affairs policies and programs The Council of Australian Government (COAG) key agreements under ‘Closing the Gap’ Key documents on the proposed Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Other … [Read More] Indigenous Affairs: A quick guide to key internet links – ParlInfo

Productivity Commission calls to privatise public health and housing – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Gareth Hutchens Social housing, public dental services and public hospitals could soon be opened to more market competition. The Productivity Commission has said they are among six “priority areas” in the human services sector where the quality of services could be greatly improved if people are given a greater say over … [Read More] Productivity Commission calls to privatise public health and housing – The Guardian

Human Services: Preliminary Findings Report – Productivity Commission

This preliminary findings report was released on 22 September 2016. You are invited to examine the preliminary findings report and make written submissions by Thursday 27 October 2016. The study report will be released in November 2016. The Commission will then commence the second stage of the inquiry Reforms to Human Services. The purpose of … [Read More] Human Services: Preliminary Findings Report – Productivity Commission

Retirement Adequacy of Indigenous Australians: A Baseline Study – Economic Papers

ABSTRACT This baseline study examines the retirement adequacy of indigenous Australians. Using indigenous Australian demographic and employment data, we construct a forty years retirement savings profile. We employ simulation techniques to estimate the superannuation balance of a “typical” indigenous worker. The findings reveal that the retirement outcomes of indigenous workers are approximately 27 per cent … [Read More] Retirement Adequacy of Indigenous Australians: A Baseline Study – Economic Papers

Australia’s Housing Affordability Problem Explained in Five Historical Steps – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Dallas Rogers, Lecturer in Urban Studies, Western Sydney University There is much debate about which groups of people have played the greatest role in creating the increasingly unaffordable housing markets in Australian cities. Baby boomers and foreign investors are two popular targets. But in my new book, The Geopolitics of Real Estate, … [Read More] Australia’s Housing Affordability Problem Explained in Five Historical Steps – The Conversation

Young People Worldwide Fear a Lack of Economic Opportunities: It’s easy to see why – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Usman W. Chohan, Doctoral Candidate, Policy Reform and Economics, UNSW Australia What is the one thing that makes young people everywhere the most anxious? According to the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, it’s a lack of future economic opportunities. Data from both the OECD and the Youth Wellbeing Index show Australian youth have … [Read More] Young People Worldwide Fear a Lack of Economic Opportunities: It’s easy to see why – The Conversation

Boyer Lectures: Give every child the best start

The 57th Boyer Lecture Series: Over four lectures and four weeks, the World Medical Association president, professor Sir Michael Marmot, explores the challenges communities face in solving issues of health inequality. In this episode, ep. two, Professor Sir Michael Marmot explains how the good and bad things that happen in early childhood set the stage … [Read More] Boyer Lectures: Give every child the best start

25 Percent Of Homeless People In Australia Are Indigenous – Huffington Post Australia

Extract from an article by Catherine Yeomans Chief Executive Officer, Mission Australia Reconciliation is an issue that is forcefully pressing on our nation’s conscience. Negotiations continue on constitutional recognition and we have our first female Aboriginal MP in the House of Representatives. But alongside this evidence of progress are reminders of the wrongs of our colonial … [Read More] 25 Percent Of Homeless People In Australia Are Indigenous – Huffington Post Australia

‘Shocking’ number of Indigenous teenagers rate happiness at zero – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Calla Wahlquist One in 10 young Indigenous men and one in 20 young Indigenous women report being ‘very sad’ most of the time, Mission Australia survey reveals The Indigenous leader Tom Calma says he is “shocked” by a Mission Australia survey that found 10% of young Indigenous men and 5% of … [Read More] ‘Shocking’ number of Indigenous teenagers rate happiness at zero – The Guardian

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Report 2016 – Mission Australia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people experience being part of a culture which fosters group cohesion, community, shared and a greater sense of identity. Their culture gives them a sense of connection with each other and their families which is a protective factor in times of need. This report compares Aboriginal and Torres Strait … [Read More] National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Report 2016 – Mission Australia

Better Than Welfare? Work and Livelihoods for Indigenous Australians After CDEP – CAEPR

ABSTRACT The end of the very long-standing Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme in 2015 marked a critical juncture in Australian Indigenous policy history. For more than 30 years, CDEP had been among the biggest and most influential programs in the Indigenous affairs portfolio, employing many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. More … [Read More] Better Than Welfare? Work and Livelihoods for Indigenous Australians After CDEP – CAEPR

Giving and volunteering in CALD and Indigenous communities – Cultural & Indigenous Research Centre Australia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract Australia is a hugely diverse country. Australians speak more than 200 languages other than English at home, and come from more than 240 countries of birth. Over half a million people identified as Indigenous (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) in the 2011 Census. Both culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous … [Read More] Giving and volunteering in CALD and Indigenous communities – Cultural & Indigenous Research Centre Australia

Telling it Like it is: Aboriginal perspectives on race and race relations – Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (Tas)

Telling It Like It Is: Aboriginal Perspectives on Race And Race Relations collected data from nearly 200 in-depth interviews with 44 respondents from a cross-section of Darwin’s Aboriginal residents and visitors, a survey of 474 Aboriginal people living in, or regularly visiting, Darwin (matched to the socio-demographic profile of Darwin’s Indigenous population based on the … [Read More] Telling it Like it is: Aboriginal perspectives on race and race relations – Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (Tas)

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