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Australian Framework for Financial Wellbeing Current

Funding Agency: Financial Literacy Australia
People Involved: Myra Hamilton, Peter Saunders, Melissa Wong

Money matters. It can determine, how we live, how stressed we feel and what options are available to us, now and in the future. The ability to manage money and cope with unexpected financial shocks is important for individuals, households and the economy.

Around the world, programs are attempting…

Budget Standards: A new healthy living minimum income standard for low-paid and unemployed Australians Current

Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Linkage Program
People Involved: Peter Saunders, Megan Bedford

This project builds on previous Australian and recent international research to develop a set of budget standards for low-paid and unemployed Australians and their families. The family types included are a single person (male and female), couples without children, couples with one and two children…

Carers and social inclusion: new frameworks, evidence and policy lessons Current

Funding Agency: Australian Research Council
People Involved: Trish Hill, Bettina Cass, Catherine Thomson, Melissa Wong

Concepts of social inclusion mainly focus on participation in public sphere activities, often overlooking the constraints of the private sphere, such as informal care. For Indigenous Australians, social inclusion concepts are yet to fully address issues of cultural diversity and cultural…

Child Protection Education Current

Funding Agency: NSW Department of Education
People Involved: Ilan Katz, Ciara Smyth

This project involves a literature review and stakeholder consultation on child protection and respectful relationships education and best practice in school settings, to be conducted between November 2015 and March 2016.


Child Protection and Respectful Relationships Education and…

Child poverty, labour markets and social transfers Current

Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Discovery Program
People Involved: Bruce Bradbury

Both earnings and social transfers are important determinants of the living standards of disadvantaged families with children. What is their relative role and how do they interact? What constraints do wage rates and employment patterns place on social transfer structures? This project is…

Deprivation and Exclusion among Young People (DEYP) Current

Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Linkage Program
People Involved: Peter Saunders, Megan Bedford, Elizabeth Adamson, Melissa Wong

This project aims to better understand the different ways that young people experience poverty and other forms of social disadvantage. Its focus is on finding out more about how young people in NSW between the ages of 12 and 16 (in school years 7-10) perceive and experience material deprivation…

Evaluation of Home Detention in South Australia Current
People Involved: Jesse Cale, Fiona Hilferty, Lise Lafferty, Fredrick Zmudzki, kylie valentine

In response to an increase in prisoner population, the South Australian government introduced legislation in February and September 2016 to expand the use of home detention, and funded the implementation of a support service for those subject to home detention. Home detention is a corrective…

Evaluation of the Wesley's Team Casework Model for SHS Services Current

Funding Agency: Wesley Mission
People Involved: Trish Hill, Lise Lafferty, kylie valentine

This report presents findings from the evaluation of Wesley Mission’s team casework model across four services in Sydney and the NSW Central Coast funded through the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) program. It describes the key characteristics of the model, the factors that…

Growing Unequal: Diverging childhood outcomes in Australia, Canada, the UK and US Current

Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Discovery Program
People Involved: Bruce Bradbury

How and why do the outcomes of children from rich and poor families differ in the early and middle school years? This study is comparing these outcomes in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States and placing these outcomes in the context of the social policy environments in…

Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment (OCHRE) Initiatives Evaluation Current

Funding Agency: Aboriginal Affairs NSW
People Involved: Ilan Katz, BJ Newton, Bruce Bradbury

Aboriginal Affairs, NSW Department of Education, have contracted the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW Australia) to conduct an evaluation of OCHRE, the community-focused plan for Aboriginal affairs in NSW. This will involve case studies of eight projects operating as part of OCHRE. The…