National Employment Standards Need an Overhaul: Former Fair Work Commissioner – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Anna Patty The employment safety net needs a wide-ranging overhaul and minimum rates of pay should be cut in order to help solve youth unemployment, says former Fair Work Commission vice-president Graeme Watson. In in his first public appearance since resigning last month, Mr Watson used a speech at the Centre … [Read More] National Employment Standards Need an Overhaul: Former Fair Work Commissioner – Sydney Morning Herald

The Policymaker’s Dilemma: The Risks and Benefits of a ‘Black Box’ Approach to Commissioning Active Labour Market Programmes – Social Policy & Administration

Article by Mark Considine, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Phuc Nguyen ABSTRACT In September 2009, the British Government launched a new employment assistance model called Flexible New Deal. It was soon replaced by Work Programme in 2011. Both prioritized what is often called a ‘black box’ approach to public employment assistance, whereby the government purchaser focuses predominantly on outcomes … [Read More] The Policymaker’s Dilemma: The Risks and Benefits of a ‘Black Box’ Approach to Commissioning Active Labour Market Programmes – Social Policy & Administration

Residential Aged Care Funding: Recent developments – FlagPost

There have been a number of developments in residential (nursing home) aged care funding since the 2016–17 Budget. This FlagPost briefly outlines key changes to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), a tool used by aged care providers to determine the base funding they receive to care for each resident. Australian Government funding The Australian … [Read More] Residential Aged Care Funding: Recent developments – FlagPost

Resourcing Critical to the Successful Management of Native Title Agreements – Curtin University and the Centre for Regional Development at The University of Western Australia (UWA)

MEDIA RELEASE – Extract A report released today by Curtin University and the Centre for Regional Development at The University of Western Australia (UWA) highlights the challenges faced by Native Title holders in managing related agreements, including the perception that claimants are primarily motivated by financial compensation. Aboriginal Assets? The impact of major agreements associated with … [Read More] Resourcing Critical to the Successful Management of Native Title Agreements – Curtin University and the Centre for Regional Development at The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Warehousing the Homeless is Not the Answer – Council to Homeless Persons

Extract We have made great effort to move away from the old-school model of large-scale homeless shelters. We know from experience here, and around the world, that these kinds of facilities create far more problems than they solve. Warehousing hundreds of highly disadvantaged, highly traumatised, long-term homeless under one roof in the outer fringes of … [Read More] Warehousing the Homeless is Not the Answer – Council to Homeless Persons

Australian Unemployment Jumps, Jobs Fall – Business Insider Australia

Extract from an article by David Shutt Australia’s February jobs report has missed expectations, with unemployment shooting higher as employment growth fell. According to the ABS, employment fell by 6,400 in seasonally adjusted terms, missing the median economist forecast that was looking for an increase of 16,500. It was the first decline in employment since … [Read More] Australian Unemployment Jumps, Jobs Fall – Business Insider Australia

Immigration Detention in Australia: A quick guide to the statistics – Parlinfo

Extract from an article by Janet Phillips,  Social Policy This guide provides current statistics on immigration detainees in Australia (onshore) since 1989-90. It updates the appendices of a more detailed Parliamentary Library research paper, Immigration detention in Australia (2013). The research paper includes an overview of the historical and political context surrounding mandatory immigration detention … [Read More] Immigration Detention in Australia: A quick guide to the statistics – Parlinfo

Vocational Education Participation and Attainment Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Trends 2002-2015 and Employment Outcomes – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

ABSTRACT This report examines trends in participation in vocational education and training, and attainment of vocational qualifications, among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during 2002–15. The report also investigates whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a higher-level vocational qualification are more likely to subsequently gain employment than those with a lower-level vocational … [Read More] Vocational Education Participation and Attainment Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Trends 2002-2015 and Employment Outcomes – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

The Relation between Ethnic and Civic Views on Citizenship, Attitudes towards Immigrants and Sympathy for Welfare Recipients – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT In this study we investigate the relationship between different definitions of national citizenship, sympathy for welfare recipients, and how this relation is mediated by attitudes towards immigrants. We make use of the 2008 wave of the Belgian Political Panel Survey 2006–11, in which over 4,800 18-year-old adolescents were questioned. The results demonstrate that an … [Read More] The Relation between Ethnic and Civic Views on Citizenship, Attitudes towards Immigrants and Sympathy for Welfare Recipients – Social Policy & Administration

Exploratory Study of Australian Aged Care Staff Knowledge and Attitudes of Later Life Sexuality – Australasian Journal On Ageing

ABSTRACT Objective: To explore aged care staff knowledge and attitudes towards later life sexuality and attitudes about intimacy in people with dementia. Methods: Fifty-two care staff working in two aged care facilities with secure dementia care units were recruited. Knowledge and attitudes on later life sexuality and attitudes towards later life sexuality in people with dementia were … [Read More] Exploratory Study of Australian Aged Care Staff Knowledge and Attitudes of Later Life Sexuality – Australasian Journal On Ageing

Carbon Sequestration: Why & how? – Future Directions International

Extract from an artilce by Christopher Johns, Research Manager, Northern Australia and Land Care Research Programme Key Points To achieve the global warming targets set by the Paris climate change conference it may be necessary to actively remove and store greenhouse gas currently in the atmosphere. The capture and storage of carbon will be key to … [Read More] Carbon Sequestration: Why & how? – Future Directions International

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – FlagPost

21 March 2017 Extract of an article by Mary Anne Neilsen The United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed with a series of worldwide events on 21 March every year. Proclaiming the Day on 26 October 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate … [Read More] International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – FlagPost

Multicultural Australia: United, strong, successful – Department of Social Services

Extract Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world, uniting a multitude of cultures, experiences, beliefs, and traditions. We owe our accomplishments as a nation to the contributions of more than 300 different ancestries—from the First Australians to the newest arrivals. We have flourished in part thanks to our cultural diversity that is … [Read More] Multicultural Australia: United, strong, successful – Department of Social Services

[Audio] The Schools Squeeze: How the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms – Radio National

Listen as David Lewis investigates an explosion in the number of high-rise apartments across our capital cities is dramatically driving up student enrolments, resulting in “jam-packed” public schools.  A transcript of this program will be made available by the Tuesday [21 March 2017] following the broadcast. SOURCE: Lewis, David. “The Schools Squeeze: How the apartment … [Read More] [Audio] The Schools Squeeze: How the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms – Radio National

EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

Sydney, 25–27 September 2017 The Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) is the pre-eminent multidisciplinary conference concerned with issues of social policy in Australia and beyond. It attracts over 350 participants from academia, government and the community social welfare sector internationally. The ASPC will address the most pressing challenges facing Australian policy makers, practitioners and researchers at … [Read More] EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

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