Welcome to the first issue of Brotherhood Update for 2019. Energy policy, youth employment and opportunities, and employment and settlement services for people who have sought refuge in Australia are featured.
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Energy market reforms announced by the Victorian Government, including a default electricity price offer and increased monitoring of competition and price margins, are likely to benefit low-income households.POLICY Victorian energy market reforms welcomed
Read the Brotherhood’s submission to the Essential Services Commission regarding the Victorian default offer
Read our media release Energy market reforms will offer welcome relief to vulnerable Victorian households
Find out more about our work on energy affordability.
CAMPAIGN Tackling the rise in part-time employment for young adults
Young Australians are now far more likely to work part time than 40 years ago. Our report unpacks the latest data about the increasing percentage of youth who have part-time work and want more hours.
Read the short research report Part-time purgatory: young and underemployed in Australia
You can subscribe to receive the Youth Unemployment Monitor enewsletter
BEHIND THE RESEARCH
Dr Mutsumi Karasaki joined the Research and Policy Centre as Senior Research Fellow in December. He will be working on projects about NDIS practices, as part of the Inclusive Communities team.
He is passionate about social justice. His research interests focus on the intersections between family care, institutions and policy, with emphasis on disability and early childhood.
Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam, investigating the social and cultural context of early childhood eating and sleeping. For his PhD at Monash University, he examined experiences of people whose relatively young spouse had a stroke.
Outside research, Mutsumi has worked at mental health and disability organisations, and as a school teacher.
RESEARCH Bridging the gap to work
The Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers program acted as a ‘bridge’ to employment for asylum seekers, circumventing some of the constraints of their visa conditions and mainstream recruitment barriers.
Funded by a philanthropist, the program worked intensively with jobseekers and with employers in Melbourne to identify suitable job opportunities and traineeships. Our study examined the employment trajectories of the participants.
Read the report by Seuwandi Wickramasinghe, Building bridges to work
RESEARCH Setting life goals, building networks
How can we support young people who have experienced a child protection or youth justice order to make a successful transition to adulthood?
In this first stage of the Skills for Independence pilot (funded by the Department of Education and Training) researchers examined the mechanisms that enabled young people to progress through the Certificate I in Developing Independence (DI). DI is being delivered in four sites across Victoria as a novel approach to increase engagement in education, job training and aspiration-building for these young people.
Read the report by Lisa Conley, Push and pull: increasing student engagement in Developing Independence
POLICY Improving outcomes for humanitarian migrants
A focus on people’s needs and aspirations, stronger linkages with local communities and increased collaboration are keys to services that will enable humanitarian migrants to rebuild their lives and contribute to Australia as their new home.
Read the Brotherhood’s submission to the Independent Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes
WHAT’S ON AT THE BROTHERHOOD
Catch up with presentations from the Reclaiming social securityseminars commenced in 2018.
Lunchtime seminars 2019 will commence soon. Contact Jane Douglas email@example.com to be notified about details.
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