Fostering employability among youth at-risk in a multi-cultural context: Insights from a pilot intervention program – Children & Youth Services Review

ABSTRACT Highlights •A national program for fostering employability in at-risk adolescents is evaluated. •Specific aspects of the program that promoted employability are highlighted. •Improvement in employability and participants’ feedback were culture-specific. •Recommendations are made for flexible, culture-sensitive operation strategies. Abstract Recent studies indicate that the transition from school to work is a critical juncture in … [Read More] Fostering employability among youth at-risk in a multi-cultural context: Insights from a pilot intervention program – Children & Youth Services Review

Exploring Home Sharing for Elders – Journal of Housing for the Elderly

ABSTRACT Research suggests that third party-arranged home sharing (“TPAHS”) enables elders to remain at home in advanced age by connecting elder home owners with suitable live-in “matches.” TPAHS potentially saves elders, their families, and Medicaid budgets millions of a dollars per year in avoided and postponed nursing home costs. In interviews with elder TPAHS participants … [Read More] Exploring Home Sharing for Elders – Journal of Housing for the Elderly

Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford and Jane Millar The Centrelink overpayments controversy highlights shortcomings in social security reforms in Australia and Britain Unexpected bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, unexpected news of a significant debt – sometimes dating back years – can … [Read More] Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Helping young people experiencing homelessness keep faith in ‘the system’ – VCOSS

Extract from a blog post by Molly O’Shaughnessy Young people experiencing homelessness often miss out on support because there’s no plan or specialist support associated with their mental health and substance use warns Melbourne City Mission’s Molly O’Shaughnessy  The specialist homelessness system acts as a safety net when other service systems – child protection, education, health, … [Read More] Helping young people experiencing homelessness keep faith in ‘the system’ – VCOSS

Innovative Workforce Fund Open to Anyone – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Wendy Williams The first round of funding under the Innovative Workforce Fund is set to open on 6 March 2017. The initiative aims to stimulate and disseminate new, more efficient and effective ways for the disability support sector to engage, develop and utilise the workforce to meet the needs of NDIS … [Read More] Innovative Workforce Fund Open to Anyone – Pro Bono Australia

Massive support for net zero emissions and climate action in Victoria – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell Eight out of 10 Victorians support their government’s renewable energy and net zero emissions targets, new polling commissioned by state government agency Sustainability Victoria has found. The survey of 3300 Victorians, which was undertaken by Wallis Research, also found that 93 per cent of people want the government to … [Read More] Massive support for net zero emissions and climate action in Victoria – The Fifth Estate

8 ways public servants can help service providers prepare for the NDIS – The Mandarin

Extract from an article by Stephen Easton  One of the big challenges of the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out for state and territory governments is helping the mostly nonprofit service providers transition from block funding to the new era, and the New South Wales audit office thinks the state Department of Family and Community Services is … [Read More] 8 ways public servants can help service providers prepare for the NDIS – The Mandarin

Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Somwrita Sarkar, Peter Phibbs and Roderick Simpson Australia’s global cities are a very large part of the nation’s economic success, but they are also generating significantly unequal incomes. Our recent research found that as Australian cities have grown, their income inequality has increased. Cities provide many social and cultural opportunities and allow … [Read More] Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

How many people are really benefiting from Help to Buy? (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman Following the recent release of some new data on the use of the government’s Help to Buy scheme, David Kingman looks at whether it is really having a significant impact on would-be homeowners. Some new data recently released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and analysed … [Read More] How many people are really benefiting from Help to Buy? (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT How does one value something one cannot and often does not want to see? How do contemporary digital platforms and their infrastructures of connectivity, evaluation, and surveillance affect this relationship between value and visibility, when it is mediated through the problem of labor as at once a commodity and a lived experience? And how … [Read More] Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

NDIS in the News – Week beginning 27th February 2017

Brotherhood Library staff will monitor press and update this post throughout the week Monday 27th February (including weekend) ABC News – NDIS: Fighting for access to disability support a ‘nightmare’ for some amid political funding debate ABC News – NDIS: Report warns workforce understaffed in major cities, raises concerns over readiness The Australian – Omnibus bill’s link to … [Read More] NDIS in the News – Week beginning 27th February 2017

DSS response: $10m welfare report helping to build actuarial valuations expertise in government – The Mandarin

Extract from an article by The Mandarin Big ticket reports from the top accounting firms don’t always come across to the public as value for money or in their interest, as recently explored in Michael West’s story “Australia’s march towards corporatocracy” earlier this week. But value can come in a variety of forms. One of the examples in West’s story should … [Read More] DSS response: $10m welfare report helping to build actuarial valuations expertise in government – The Mandarin

Australia can be Asia energy capital, with 50% renewables by 2030 – RenewEconomy

Extract from  the full text of a speech scheduled  delivered by Opposition leader Bill Shorten at a Bloomberg event in Sydney on Thursday 23rd Feb 2017  Last month, around Australia, more than 400 weather records were broken. Towns and suburbs in New South Wales and Queensland set records for days over 35 and days over 40. The … [Read More] Australia can be Asia energy capital, with 50% renewables by 2030 – RenewEconomy

Call for papers – Special issue on “Low-carbon energy systems and energy justice” – Applied Energy

Extract The goal of sustainable low carbon energy systems requires a nuanced understanding of social justice concerns. Energy systems are understood broadly as multiple interconnected processes of generation and consumption. These include all components related to production, conversion, delivery, and use of energy. The current energy transition calls for a rethinking of ethical dilemmas on … [Read More] Call for papers – Special issue on “Low-carbon energy systems and energy justice” – Applied Energy

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Shirley Jackson The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers. This will hit young people the hardest as research tells us that while a third of … [Read More] Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

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