Research about vocational education and training (VET) for early school leavers, and a recent presentation examining the relevance of a ‘basic income’ to Australia are featured in this month’s Brotherhood Update.
Also included are the Brotherhood’s responses to the federal and Victorian budgets, along with policy submissions relating to the school system and income support for migrants.
RESEARCH Smoothing the path from school to VET
Findings about improving the experience of VET for early school leavers in research undertaken by the Brotherhood’s Eric Dommers, George Myconos, Luke Swain and Stephanie Yung are included in a research summary from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
Read the research summary From school to VET: choices, experiences, outcomes
You may also be interested in the team’s full report about early school leavers and VET, published earlier by NCVER
Engaging young early school leavers in vocational training
PRESENTATION Examining basic income as a social security solution
A basic income paid by government has been advocated by some as part of the solution for increasingly precarious employment and growing inequality. Shelley Mallett and Diarmuid Cooney-O’Donoghue took a hard look at this idea in a seminar presentation at the John Cain Foundation.
View their presentation Basic income: a solution to what?
You may also be interested in our working paper Basic income: trade-offs and bottom lines
Federal Budget includes positive job measures but overlooks Newstart
Having long advocated for action to deal with stubborn unemployment. the Brotherhood is pleased to see the federal Budget include measures such as additional places for the successful Transition to Work program which prepares young people for jobs in their communities. However the inadequate level of Newstart Allowance remains a deep concern.
Read our media release Budget: some welcome job measures but inadequate income support undermines nation’s effort
Victoria’s Budget boosts human capital
The Brotherhood welcomed investment in vocational education and skill building, among measures announced in the Victorian Government Budget. In the lead-up to the state election, and with the recent focus on law and order issues, the Brotherhood would like to see all parties prioritise social services that help people lead productive lives in the community.
Read our media release Victorian Budget: welcome boost in the state’s human infrastructure
A school system that works for all students
Australia needs to develop a school system in which all students, regardless of background and disadvantage, can flourish. Key strategies include outcomes targets for students experiencing disadvantage; rapid identification of young people who disengage from school; high support, flexible learning models to re-engage them; and stronger careers guidance and vocational education in schools.
Read our Submission to the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (PDF, 191 KB)
Migrants and self-sufficiency
Extending the waiting period for income support and family assistance for new migrants would cause serious harm, the Brotherhood has argued in response to a federal Bill to implement cost-cutting amendments to social services legislation.
Read our Submission re Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-Sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018
Documentary screening on 20 June. See What’s on, right hand column for details.
Rebecca Calleja works as a Research Assistant in the Inclusive Communities team of the Research and Policy Centre. She has done extensive research into methods of assets-based community development and community capacity building and is currently reviewing how the capabilities approach has been applied in various contexts. Rebecca is also completing her honours year in Philosophy under a Dean’s Scholarship at Monash University. She is investigating the rights and obligations of both immigrants and host nations in relation to culture.
What’s on at the Brotherhood
The Research and Policy Centre’s lunchtime seminars will resume in June, in Father Tucker’s (accessed via 67 Brunswick Street Fitzroy).
Dates for your calendar
Tues. 12 June, 12 noon to 1 pm
Thurs. 21 June, 12 noon to 1 pm
Thurs. 28 June, 12 noon to 1 pm
Watch for details of speakers and topics on our website at www.bsl.org.au/events
To receive email notification about upcoming research events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In Refugee Week, the Brotherhood will host a screening of the celebrated film Another News Story, which takes a fresh view of the European refugee crisis.
Location: Palace Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne
Date: Wednesday 20 June
Time: 6 pm
Price: $30 (includes pre-film drinks and nibbles)
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