We continue to focus on addressing circumstances and policies that deny some Australians a decent quality of life: the lack of secure, well-paid work; rising energy prices; the uneven quality of care; the inadequate level of the Newstart Allowance for jobseekers. The Brotherhood is also keen to explore innovative, collaborative solutions, as illustrated in Victoria’s Education First Youth Foyers.
REPORTS: Towards better employment services for mature age jobseekers
Our latest research highlights several contradictions that undermine the effectiveness of Australia’s current publicly funded employment services, for mature age jobseekers.
Read the research summary Working for everyone? Enhancing employment services for mature age jobseekers by Dina Bowman, Agathe Randrianarisoa and Seuwandi Wickramasinghe.
Insights from jobseekers, employment services staff and employers feature in three complementary reports:
Help but not real help: mature age jobseeker perspectives on employment services in Australia, by Seuwandi Wickramasinghe and Dina Bowman.
On the front line: employment services staff perspectives on working with mature age jobseekers, by Agathe Randrianarisoa and Dina Bowman.
Missing the mark: employer perspectives on employment services and mature age jobseekers, by Dina Bowman and Agathe Randrianarisoa.
Working for everyone website
The same study of employment services for mature age jobseekers produced online resources at www.workingforeveryone.com.au for these jobseekers and staff who assist them.
POLICY Notifying customers about retail energy price changes
The Brotherhood remains concerned that the impact of rising energy prices is greatest on those living on low incomes and those who are already disadvantaged. We commented on the regulatory proposal to require retailers to give advance notice about changes to their prices for energy, which could prompt households to seek better offers.
CASE STUDY Collaboration between the community and public sector
The experience of community organisations working with government to develop Victoria’s Education First Youth Foyers is presented as a study of social innovation, written by Shelley Mallett, Danielle Thornton and David Bryant and published by The Australia and New Zealand School of Government..
POLICY Youth Employment Body to break new ground
Lessons learned from the Transitions to Work community of practice coordinated by the Brotherhood have shaped a new Youth Employment Body to be funded by the Australian Government.
ARTICLE Balancing compliance and care in dementia practice
High quality dementia care requires a careful balance between complying with regulations and responding to the needs and wishes of individuals. Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr explore this in a new article:
Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2018, “Balancing compliance and care in dementia practice”, in Australian Journal of Dementia Care, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 26–30.
The article draws on their research report The organisation of risk: how do dementia care providers adapt to regulation?
Behind the research
James Pilbrow is a Research Assistant in the Inclusive Communities team of the Research and Policy Centre. He has undertaken extensive research on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), focusing on capacity building, person-centred planning and the role of local governments.
James holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology and a Master of Social Policy, both from the University of Melbourne. His honours thesis defended the applicability of sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s theories to the present-day context. He has strong interests in human geography and asset-based community development both in Australia and internationally.
NEWSTART IN the SPOTLIGHT
Conny also joined Professor Peter Whiteford from ANU and Troy, a 24-year-old Newstart recipient, to share their professional, academic and personal insights about Newstart.
Listen to “You feel like you’re not quite human”: What it’s like living on Newstart on Philip Clark’s Nightlife program on the ABC.
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia