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Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass

Emeritus Professor
Social Policy Research Centre


+61 2 9385 7808
+61 2 9385 7838
245 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy



    Book Chapters

    • Brennan D;Cass B, 2014, 'Grandparents as primary carers of their grandchildren: Policy and Practice insights from research', in Hayes A; Higgins DJ (ed.), Families, Policy and the Law, Melbourne, pp. 109 - 118, http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/fpl/fpl.pdf
    • Yeandle S;Cass B, 2013, 'Working carers of older people: steps towards securing adequate support in Australia and England?', in Kroger T; Yeandle S (ed.), COMBINING PAID WORK AND FAMILY CARE: POLICIES AND EXPERIENCES IN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE, POLICY PRESS, pp. 71 - 87, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000331136100004&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Cass B, 2007, 'Social Policy', in The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 546 - 549
    • Cass B, 2007, 'The goals of a good national system: placing priority on the wellbeing of children', in Elliot A; Hill E; Pocock B (ed.), Kids Count: Better Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia, edn. Original, University of Sydney, Sydney, pp. 97 - 111
    • Cass B, 2005, 'Contested Debates about Citizenship rights to Welfare: Indigenous People and Welfare in Australia', in Austin Broos D; Macdonald G (ed.), ) Culture, Economy and Governance in Aboriginal Australia, edn. Original, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, pp. 95 - 108
    • Cass B, 2005, '‘The Contested Politics of Paid Maternity Leave in Australia in a Transforming Family Policy Regime”', in Grimshaw P; Murphy J; Probert B (ed.), Double Shift: Working Mothers and Social Change in Australia, edn. Original, The Melbourne Publishing Group, Melbourne, pp. 201 - 224
    • Cass B, 2003, 'Inclusion/Exclusion in the Australian Welfare State', in Weiss D (ed.), Social Exclusion: An approach to the Australian Case, edn. Original, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, pp. 235 - 266
    • Cass B, 2002, '“Employment time and family Time: The Intersections of Labour Market transformation and Family Responsibilities in Australia', in Callus R; Lansbury R (ed.), Working Futures: The Changing Nature of Work and Employment Relations in Australia, edn. Original, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 142 - 162

    Journal articles

    • Hamilton M;Cass B, 2017, 'Capturing the centrality of age and life-course stage in the provision of unpaid care', Journal of Sociology, vol. 53, pp. 79 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783315625117
    • Purcal C;Brennan D;Cass B;Jenkins B, 2014, 'Grandparents raising grandchildren: impacts of lifecourse stage on the experiences and costs of care', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 49, pp. 467 - 488, http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=785948543811080;res=IELHSS
    • Hill T;Cass B;Newton BJ;valentine K, 2013, 'Indigenous carers', Social Policy Research Papers
    • Yeandle S;Kröger T;Cass B, 2012, 'Voice and choice for users and carers? Developments in patterns of care for older people in Australia, England and Finland', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 22, pp. 432 - 445, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0958928712449775
    • Smyth C;Blaxland M;Cass B, 2011, ''So that's how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life'. Identifying and supporting hidden young carers', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 14, pp. 145 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2010.506524
    • Smyth C;Cass B;Hill T, 2011, 'Children and young people as active agents in care-giving: agency and constraint', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 33, pp. 509 - 514, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.05.009
    • Cass B, 2007, 'Exploring social care: applying a new construct to young carers and grandparent carers', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 42 (3), pp. 241 - 254
    • Cass B, 2007, 'Using the social care framework to analyse research on young carers', Youth Studies Australia, vol. 26, pp. 44 - 49
    • Cass B, 2006, 'Care-giving and employment: policy recognition of care and pathways to labour force return', Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol. 32 (3), pp. 240 - 256
    • Parker S;Cass B, 2005, 'New Paradigms of Disability in Social Security Law and Policy in Australia: Implications for Participation', Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. Vol. 25
    • Cass B, 2005, 'From meeting Needs and establishing Entitlements to Enforcing Obligations: 1967-2004', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 40th Anniversary Issue, pp. 35 - 54
    • Cass B;Brennan D, 2003, 'Taxing women: The Politics of Gender in the Tax-transfer System', eJournal of Tax Research, vol. Vol. 1, pp. 37 - 63
    • Cass B;Brennan D, 2002, 'Communities of support or communities of surveillance and enforcement in welfare reform debates', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 37, pp. 247 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2002.tb01120.x
    • CASS B;OLOUGHLIN MA, 1985, 'SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES AND SOCIAL POLICIES IN AUSTRALIA 1974-1982', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES, vol. 20, pp. 247 - 266, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.1985.tb00805.x
    • OLOUGHLIN MA;CASS B, 1984, 'MARRIED WOMENS EMPLOYMENT STATUS AND FAMILY INCOME INEQUALITY', AUSTRALIAN QUARTERLY, vol. 56, pp. 325 - 351, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/20635295
    • CASS B, 1983, 'POVERTY AND CHILDREN - THE EFFECTS OF THE RECESSION 1974-1983', SOCIAL ALTERNATIVES, pp. 13 - &, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1983RP40600004&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • CASS B;KEENS C;MOLLER J, 1981, 'FAMILY POLICY HALLOWEEN - FAMILY ALLOWANCES - TRICK OR TREAT', AUSTRALIAN QUARTERLY, vol. 53, pp. 56 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/20635104

    Conference Papers

    • Smyth C;Cass B;Blaxland M, 2008, 'So that’s how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life.’ Identifying and supporting hidden young carers', in So that’s how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life.’ Identifying and supporting hidden young carers, Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 01 - 01 July 2008


    Conference Presentations

    • Thomson C;Hill TL;Cass B, 2015, 'Carers and social inclusion in times of austerity', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC), UNSW Australia, 28 - 30 September 2015
    • Hill TL;Cass B;Hamilton M;Thomson C, 2013, 'From Citizen Worker to Citizen Carer: Rethinking social investment policies to promote social inclusion and social justice for carers', presented at International Sociological Association Research Committee 19 Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 22 - 24 August 2013
    • Cass B;Brennan DJ;Thomson CM;Adamson E;Hamilton M;Purcal C, 2011, 'Experiences of young carers and young adult carers: Life-course stage dimensions of caregiving and the implications for policy and practice', presented at Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Lincoln, UK, 01 July 2011

Teaching and Supervision

HDR Supervision: Professor Bettina Cass is the coordinator of the Higher Research Degree program at the Centre, and has an extensive record of higher degree research student supervision. Professor Cass has recently and is currently supervising PhD students in the fields of family tax/benefit policies in Australia and the UK; grandchildren in kinship care arrangements in Aboriginal families; community care services for older people; retirement incomes policies in Australia and the UK; welfare reform: impacts on parents with children; disability policies in Australia and the USA; voluntary home visiting services for parents with young children; and a range of other topics in Australian and comparative social policy.

Professor Cass currently supervises: Tammy Burnstock, Angelica Hannan, Wendy Hermeston, Helen Hodgson, and Anne Wills.

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