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Building China's Welfare State - Government Purchased Services for Children Current

Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Linkage Program
People Involved: Xiaoyuan Shang, Karen Fisher, Natasha Cortis

The Chinese government has begun to purchase child welfare services to address vast unmet need. This project will improve outcomes for millions of Chinese children by establishing ways China can avoid the quality and accountability problems of 30 years of welfare service purchasing by governments…

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.


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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…

Disability employment and digital economies Current

Funding Agency: UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
People Involved: Karen Fisher, Bingqin Li

This collaborative research analyses the opportunities of social economy and digital technologies for facilitating social participation of people with disabilities in Australia and China. It examines networked strategies to address issues of social inclusion and exclusion. Based on current case…

Disability employment and the Fourth Industrial Revolution Current

Funding Agency: Disability Innovation Institute UNSW
People Involved: Bingqin Li, Karen Fisher, Zhiming Cheng

This project is a comparative analysis of labour market exclusion of people with disability in Australia and China. The research question is, What prevents people with disability in Australia and China from gaining employment in the digital age? It is background research to test the hypothesis…

Early Childhood Intervention Review Current

Funding Agency: Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW / ACT
People Involved: Karen Fisher, Ariella Meltzer, Christiane Purcal, Rosemary Kayess

Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT has commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre to conduct research into the delivery of early childhood intervention (ECI) services in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll out in NSW. The research compares ECI in the…

Early Review of Specialist Homelessness Services Program Current

Funding Agency: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
People Involved: kylie valentine, Fredrick Zmudzki, Ciara Smyth

This research investigated the reform to the NSW Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Program. The NSW Department of Family and Community Services commissioned AHURI and SPRC to conduct an Early Review of the reform, known as Going Home Staying Home (GHSH). The Early Review is the first…

Employment Model Outcomes for People with Intellectual Disability Current

Funding Agency: Australian Government Department of Social Services
People Involved: Rosemary Kayess, Ariella Meltzer, Karen Fisher, Ilan Katz

The Social Policy Research Centre was commissioned to examine the experiences people with intellectual disability have with different employment models. The study commenced in July 2015 and finished in 2016. Data was collected from 51 people with intellectual disability working in open employment,…