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

ACOSS Statement on Centrelink Auto-Debt Recovery Program – ACOSS

Government must abandon Centrelink’s Auto-Debt Recovery Program to prevent further harm In a statement today, ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said: “This error-riddled Auto-Debt Recovery Program must be stopped without further delay. The tweaks announced by the Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge do not address the fundamental problems and serious concerns expressed by us … [Read More] ACOSS Statement on Centrelink Auto-Debt Recovery Program – ACOSS

Social Service Futures and the Productivity Commission – A Power to Persuade Dialogue

  Power to Persuade is hosting a dialogue on the Productivity Commission and the forthcoming review of public services. Overview of the Dialogue 2016 will see a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the marketization of social services. Power to Persuade believes that the outcome will be critical to the future of Australian society and is organising … [Read More] Social Service Futures and the Productivity Commission – A Power to Persuade Dialogue

Child Welfare Involvement and Contexts of Poverty: The role of parental adversities, social networks, and social services – Children and Youth Services Review

Highlights Poor parents highlighted contexts of poverty that led to child welfare involvement Parents commonly cited adversities such as substance abuse and domestic violence Disadvantaged and fractured social networks provided opportunities for involvement Reliance on social services also brought parents into the child welfare system ABSTRACT Research documents a link between poverty and child welfare … [Read More] Child Welfare Involvement and Contexts of Poverty: The role of parental adversities, social networks, and social services – Children and Youth Services Review

Social Determinants: How class and wealth affect our health – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Sharon Friel, Director, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Professor of Health Equity, ANU, Australian National University Inequities in wealth and income are one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time. It’s important to address these inequities for three key reasons. Economic costs: Inequity undermines … [Read More] Social Determinants: How class and wealth affect our health – The Conversation

Weavers goes open source – The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Extract Readers of this blog will be familiar with Family by Family, the service which matches families up with other families in coached, mentoring relationships to help families through tough times and lower the risk of them falling into crisis with all the implications that has for the well-being of the kids and for government budgets if governments are … [Read More] Weavers goes open source – The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Social Policy ‘Generosity’ at a Time of Fiscal Austerity: The strange case of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme – Critical Social Policy

ABSTRACT In a climate of fiscal austerity, Australia’s neo-liberal government is continuing to fund and implement an expensive National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This article presents a demographic, funding and policy context for the introduction of the NDIS. Its success, we argue, must be situated in the context of development of a post-industrial workforce, and … [Read More] Social Policy ‘Generosity’ at a Time of Fiscal Austerity: The strange case of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme – Critical Social Policy

Finally Accountable? Social work and the Community Investment Strategy – Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work (NZ)

ABSTRACT This article examines and proposes a social work response to the Ministry of Social Development’s Community Investment Strategy social policy. Beddoe and Maidment’s (2009) critical intersections model is utilised for this purpose and critical reference is made to the Productivity Commission’s (2015) policy-framing Report More Effective Social Services. The details of the Community Investment Strategy are discussed in … [Read More] Finally Accountable? Social work and the Community Investment Strategy – Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work (NZ)

The ins and outs of co-design – Victorian Council of Social Service

Extract from an article by Mary Sayers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of VCOSS Would a business unveil a new product without first engaging in extensive market testing? Focus groups of prospective users? Of course not. They’d likely lose a lot of money and trash their brand in the process. Yet, in the past, this was exactly … [Read More] The ins and outs of co-design – Victorian Council of Social Service

Why You Should Care about Increased “Competition” in Social Services – Victorian Council of Social Service

Extract from an article by Dev Mukherjee, Victorian Council of Social Service, Sector Sustainability Policy Advisor On Thursday 25 August, in Sydney, the Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the first of his promised “economic headland” speeches. It traversed tax and spending issues, protectionism and the challenges of budget repair. But buried deep within the address was … [Read More] Why You Should Care about Increased “Competition” in Social Services – Victorian Council of Social Service

Brotherhood in the News: BSL Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Extract What is the value of public data for social services? The Brotherhood of St Laurence believes that public data is critical to ensuring transparent, evidence-based policy and program design. As a delivery partner for government social services, the not-for-profit sector should be involved in discussions regarding policy and program implementation that is informed by data. This ensures … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: BSL Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Social Service Futures and the Productivity Commission: A Power To Persuade dialogue – PTP

Power to Persuade is hosting a dialogue on the Productivity Commission and the forthcoming review of public services. Extract 2016 will see a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the marketization of social services. Power to Persuade believes that the outcome will be critical to the future of Australian society and is organising a dialogue to raise … [Read More] Social Service Futures and the Productivity Commission: A Power To Persuade dialogue – PTP

The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business – ANU

Foreword – Extract … collection of articles about collaboration across sector boundaries. This is a subject of great relevance to our work at the ACT Government Community Services Directorate (CSD). Our collaboration with the community sector is currently in the spotlight as we work to develop and implement reforms to respond to unsustainable levels of … [Read More] The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business – ANU

Shergold’s Four Principles to Transform Cross-sector Work – The Mandarin

Cross-sector collaboration often results in failure, argues former PM&C boss Peter Shergold. He suggests four principles to transform the way the public service works with the private and non-government sectors. Extract from an article by David Donalson Increasingly, governments are working in partnership with the private and non-government sectors to deliver services. But often those … [Read More] Shergold’s Four Principles to Transform Cross-sector Work – The Mandarin

Ageing and Aged Care: Resources for the sector to share with service providers – DSS

Resources for the sector to share with service providers Articles and case studies for your publications targeting service providers Fact sheets Presentations Videos Printed materials These resources are available for you to share with your service providers via your communication channels. Resources will be continually updated. Notifications of updates will be announced in our regular … [Read More] Ageing and Aged Care: Resources for the sector to share with service providers – DSS

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