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SWRC Newsletter No 15 - December 1984

Rosemary Hooke
SWRC Newsletter; No 15

SPRC Newsletter No 48 - March 1993

Julia Martin
SPRC Newsletter; No 48

Global Pressures, National Responses: the Australian Welfare State in Context

Peter Saunders
The welfare state remains the subject of intense debate over its effects and effectiveness. How has it responded to changes in community values, political priorities and global economic forces? Statistics on the size of the welfare state must be treated with care, particularly those which compare developments across different countries. The Australian data confirm that spending by government on welfare programs continued to rise over the 1990s, as had employment in those industries that provided...

Issues in Social Welfare Policy 1985: Perceptions, Concepts and Practice. (SWRC Papers at ASPAA and ANZAAS)

Adam Jamrozik
The areas of enquiry covered by the four papers are concerned with issues of social policy and social welfare related to young people, children and families, minority groups, and the unemployed. Although ranging over such wide areas, the issues addressed by the authors are similar in many respects. The common theme that can be discerned in the four papers is the concern with the perceptions of the Welfare State and of the functions performed by...

Submission to the Parliament of NSW, Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues, regarding: INQUIRY INTO OVERCOMING INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE

Eileen Baldry, Sue Green, Heidi Freeman & Sheila Langan
This submission provides recommendations for improvements to NSW services to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and close the large life expectancy gap. These recommendations are mainly based on research performed by two of the authors of this paper, Sue Green and Dr Eileen Baldry and their peers. This research was largely focused on human services, housing and incarceration and encompasses both analysis of the issues and evidence-based recommendations to improve services. Despite many previous reports outlining past...

Trends in the Disposable Incomes of Australian Families, 1982-83 to 1989-90

Bruce Bradbury, Jennifer Doyle & Peter Whiteford
This paper describes and assesses trends in the disposable incomes of Australian families between 1982-83 and 1989-90. The paper's results are based on the 1985-86 Income Distribution Survey adjusted by micro-analytic simulation techniques to reflect changes in employment and earned and unearned incomes, as well as developments in the personal income tax and social security systems. A model of factors influencing mortgage repayments is also developed and used to assess trends in housing costs and...

A Probit Analysis of the Factors Influencing Labour Market Success of Aborigines in New South Wales

Russell Ross
Using data from the 1986-87 Survey of Working Age Aborigines in New South Wales, this paper presents the results of a probit analysis to determine the characteristics which differentiate employed Aborigines from Aborigines not in employment. The results of the probit analysis show the importance of the acquisition of human capital to the employment success of Aborigines. Increments in level of education, previous participation in formal labour market programs, and previous employment experience all have...

Defining Poverty and Identifying the Poor: Reflections on the Australian Experience

Peter Saunders
This paper provides an overview of the historical development of poverty research in Australia, focusing on the impact of Seebohm Rowntree’s first study of poverty in York, conducted one hundred years ago. It also reviews some of the recent Australian evidence on the extent of poverty and summarises the debates generated by that research. Finally, the paper discusses several developments currently in progress in the area of poverty and living standards research. These include the...

Immigrant Welfare: A Research Perspective

Michael Liffman
Liffman takes three analytical questions: what is encompassed by the term ‘immigrant’; how are immigrants affected by welfare systems; and what determines outcomes in immigrant/agency interactions. He discusses four factors which must always be taken into account in developing any services for immigrants; language and communication; culture; experience and knowledge; and resettlement. With a grasp of these issues Liffman deals illustratively with two "welfare fields", social security and child care, identifying: a) issues common to...

Working but Poor? Low Pay and Poverty in Australia

Tony Eardley
There has been talk of a new phenomenon of 'working poverty' in Australia, whereby the levels and concentration of low pay are combining to see incomes in a significant number of households fall below the poverty line even where family members are in paid employment. The links between individual low pay and family poverty, however, are complex. This paper uses Australian Bureau of Statistics survey data to examine the growth of working poverty in Australia...

Income Inequality in Australia in an International Comparative Perspective

Peter Saunders & Gary Hobbes
Earlier comparative work on income distribution has tended to suggest that Australia is characterised by less income inequality than other industrialised economies. Concerns about the quality of the Australian data used in such comparisons have led to the need for more detailed assessment of the situation. The Luxembourg Income Study has been a focus for this work by bringing together microdata sets for a range of countries and reorganising them to conform to standardised concepts...

Provision of Welfare Services to Immigrants (Proceedings of SWRC Seminar, 26 May 1986)

Adam Jamrozik
Proceedings of SWRC Seminar 26 May 1986 Part I: ‘Immigrant Communities, Self-Help and Voluntary Effort: Policy, Practice and Perceptions of Issues’. 1. ‘Migrants, Marginality and Community Work’, by Andrew Jakubowicz and Helen Meekosha. 2. ‘The Role of the Non-Government Welfare Sector’, by Judy Petruchenia. 3. ‘Some Considerations on Provision of Welfare Services to Migrants’, by Michael Morrissey. Part II: ‘Immigrants, Welfare and the Workplace’. 4. ‘Migrants, Welfare and the Workplace’, by Jock Collins. 5. ‘Government...

Human Resources in Community Services: Conceptual Issues and Empirical Evidence

Adam Jamrozik & Cathy Boland
This report has been written in two parts. The first, Sections 2-4, provides a conceptual framework for the analysis of human resources; analyses the data on the trends in the Australian labour market so as to show the trends in the allocation of human resources, in most cases since 1966; it gives a more detailed analysis of the use of human resources in community services; and then examines some data on education, to show how...

Socially Inclusive Urban Renewal in Low Value Suburbs: A Synopsis of Issues and an Agenda for Action

Bill Randolph
City Futures Research Centre Issues Paper No. 6

Social Policy in East Asia and the Pacific Area in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Responses

Peter Saunders
This paper adopts a broad regional perspective to review some of the major challenges currently confronting social policy in Australia and other Pacific rim countries. It begins by making the distinction between social policy and social protection and notes that the development of a welfare state is only one possible means through which governments can achieve their social goals. Recognising the specificity of the Western welfare state is an important ingredient to any comprehension of...

Perks of the Job: The Distribution of Non-cash Wage Income in Australia in the 1980s

Phil Raskall
This report addresses an issue which grew in significance in Australia during the 1980s, but which has been of importance for some considerable time - the role of non-cash fringe benefits or 'perks of the job' in influencing the nature and extent of inequality amongst the Australian workforce. Paid employment remains the most important single factor in explaining the overall extent of income inequality and it is important that the analysis of wage and salary...

SPRC Newsletter No 58 - August 1995

Julia Martin
SPRC Newsletter; No 58

Stigma Indicators: Vietnamese and Chinese General Community and hepatitis B related knowledge, attitudes and health seeking behaviour.

R Horwitz, L Brener, T Broady, E Cama, D Jin, H Vu, E Wu & C Treloar

Informing hepatitis B prevention, testing and treatment programs in Chinese and Vietnamese communities in Australia through the student body.

L Brener, J Bryant, R Horwitz, J Rance, T Broady, HMK Vu, J Defeng, E Wu, J Yuan, L Mao, E Cama & C Treloar

Interventions to reduce stigma: Social norms interventions for health care workers

T Broady, L Brener, E Cama, R Horwitz, K Lancaster & C Treloar

Stigma snapshot: Health care workers 2022

T Broady, L Brener, E Cama & C Treloar

Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour 2022: HIV/STIs and Sexual Health in Australia

L Mao, T Broady, M Holt, C Newman & C Treloar

Gay Community Periodic Survey: Sydney 2022

C Chan, T Broady, J MacGibbon, B Bavinton, L Mao, A Molyneux, F Delhomme, C Power, S Clackett, A Heslop, G Prestage & M Holt

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