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Much obliged: disadvantaged job seekers' experiences of the mutual obligation regime

by Ziguras, Stephen J | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Dufty, Gavin | Considine, Mark.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2003Description: vi, 61 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: May 2003 Includes bibliographical references Includes insert: Getting a job can be a game of chance... (4 p.)Summary: A joint research project conducted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, which reveals that some Centrelink requirements actually hinder people, especially those facing multiple barriers, from finding work. The authors argue that the Federal Government should provide more resources for programs targeting disadvantaged jobseekers. ; A joint research project conducted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, which reveals that some Centrelink requirements actually hinder people, especially those facing multiple barriers, from finding work. The authors argue that the Federal Government should provide more resources for programs targeting disadvantaged jobseekers.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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From risk to opportunity : labour markets in transition /

by Ziguras, Stephen J | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Hancock, Linda | Considine, Mark | Howe, Brian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2004Description: 17 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: March 2004 Includes bibliographical references SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: The ‘From Risks to Opportunity: Labour Markets in Transition’ project aims to respond to the social and economic circumstances of the 21st century by drawing on a range of researchers across Australia to develop new policy directions based on the concept of transitional labour markets (TLMs). It is funded by a two year Australia Research Council (ARC) Linkages grant and led by Prof. Mark Considine and Prof. Brian Howe from the Centre for Public Policy and Associate Prof. Linda Hancock from Deakin University, in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, CEDA and the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR). This background paper describes the significant social and economic changes over the last three decades which have rendered traditional policy assumptions obsolete. It then describes the notion of transitional labour markets which could form the basis for a new approach to policy more in tune with contemporary social and economic circumstances.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

Welfare state change : towards a third way? /

by Lewis, Jane (ed.) | Surender, Rebecca (ed.).

Publisher: Oxford, U.K. Oxford University Press 2004Description: vi, 238 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: I. Policy contexts and concepts 1. Modern challenges to the welfare state and the antecedents of the Third Way / Rebecca Surender -- 2. Welfare philosophy and the Third Way / Stuart White -- 3. One Third Way or several? / Giuliano Bonoli and Martin Powell -- II. Policy areas, goals and mechanisms 4. Modernizing [modernising] the state : a new style of governance? / Janet Newman -- 5. Does the Third Way work? : the Left and labour market policy reform in Britain, France and Germany / Jochen Clasen and Daniel Clegg -- 6. Third sector-Third Way : comparative perspectives and policy reflections / Helmut Anheier -- 7. Changing conceptions of family and gender relations in European welfare states and the Third Way / Mary Daly -- III. Conflicts and challenges 8. The Third Way's social investment state / Ruth Lister -- 9. The implications of Third Way social policy for inequality, social cohesion and citizenship / Hartley Dean -- 10. What is New Labour? : can it deliver on social policy / Jane Lewis.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Assisting the most disadvantaged job seekers. /

by Perkins, Daniel | Nelms, Lucy.

Publisher: Callaghan, N.S.W. 2004Description: p. 371-383.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 14-16) Paper published in : A future that works : economics, employment and the environment proceedings of the 6th Path to Full Employment Conference and 11th National Conference on Unemployment, 8-10 December 2004, the University of Newcastle, Australia / edited by Ellen Carlson, Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, N.S.W.Summary: ABSTRACT The increasing interest in active welfare policies internationally combined with a growing recognition that many jobseekers are not being well served by conventional welfare to work models based on rapid labour market attachment and minimum cost interventions, is resulting in an increasing focus on programs that address personal barriers to employment, as well as providing vocational assistance. This paper examines the literature regarding disadvantaged job seekers and barriers to employment in areas such as poor health and physical disability, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse and lack of social support. It then looks at the policy context and program approaches in Australia, the United States and the European Union. Common elements of good practice are highlighted and implications for PSP in Australia are identified.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Skills upgrading : new policy perspectives. /

by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2006Description: 313 p.Online Access: OECD iLibrary (Read only) Availability: (1)

Poverty and family life under welfare-to-work : the continuing failure of welfare policy. /

by Cameron, Helen.

Publisher: Magill, S.A. Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies, University of South Australia 2006Description: PDF.Notes: Family & early years Into & out of work INTO AND OUT OF WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Welfare reform? : following the 'work-first' way. /

by Carney, Terry | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Melbourne, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence and Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne 2007=260 2007Description: 14 p.Other title: Social policy working paper ; no. 7.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2007 Bibliography : 11-14Summary: Terry Carney examines the job-first rationale underpinning the Australian Government s 2005 06 welfare-to-work changes. He traces the move away from Australia s historic welfare settlement, describing it as a move from social security policy to labour market policy. He considers the implications of the 1 July 2006 changes for new claimants for sole parent and disability payments, who are effectively obliged to accept almost any job. Carney argues that what is new for Australia is that these work-first policies are now pursued within a deregulated industrial relations environment and without political debate about alternatives such as the investment state or the third way policies of Britain and parts of Europe.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

What women want : consultations on Welfare to Work and Work Choices. /

by National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW).

Publisher: Nowra, N.S.W. National Foundation for Australian Women 2007Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://nfaw.org/social/www/what-women-want.pdf' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:41:39 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Faith-based social services : measures, assessments and effectiveness. /

by Boddie, Stephanie C. (ed.) | Cnaan, Ram A. (ed.).

Publisher: New York, NY Haworth Press 2006Description: 302 p.Notes: "Co-published simultaneously as Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, Volume 25, Numbers 3/4 2006." Includes bibliographical references and index. Alternative title: Journal of religion and spirituality in social work. Contents: Section I: Conceptual analysis. Introduction / Ram A. Cnaan, Stephanie C. Boddie -- Chapter 1. Setting the context : assessing the effectiveness faith-based social services / Ram A. Cnaan, Stephanie C. Boddie -- Chapter 2. Finding congregations : developing conceptual clarity in the study of faith-based social services / Charlene C. McGrew, Ram A. Cnaan -- Chapter 3. Detecting and decomposing the "faith factor"in social-service provision and absorption / George M. von Furstenberg -- Chapter 4. Faith-based programs and the role of empirical research / Bruce A. Thyer -- Chapter 5. Social service research and religion : thoughts about how to measure intervention-based impact / David A. Zanis, Ram A. Cnaan -- Chapter 6. Testing faith : improving the evidence base on faith-based human services / Robert L. Fischer, Judson D. Stelter -- Section II: Emerging empirical findings. Introduction / Stephanie C. Boddie, Ram A. Cnaan -- Chapter 7. How do they fit? : assessing the role of faith-based organizations [organisations] in social service provision / Elizabeth A. Graddy -- Chapter 8. Investigating the implementation of charitable choice / Wolfgang Bielefeld -- Chapter 9. The effectiveness of faith-based welfare-to-work programs : a story of specialization [specialisation] / Stephen V. Monsma -- Chapter 10. A faith-based alternative youth education program : evaluating a participatory research approach / Jill Witmer Sinha -- Chapter 11. Evaluating the effectiveness of faith-based welfare agencies : methodological challenges and possibilities / Susan E. Grettenberger, John P. Bartkowski, Steven R. Smith -- Chapter 12. Assessing the effectiveness of faith-based programs : a local network perspective / David Campbell, Eric Glunt -- Chapter 13. Belief systems in faith-based human service programs / F. Ellen Netting, Mary Katherine O'Connor, Gaynor Yancey -- Concluding remarks: Common findings and challenges / Stephanie C. Boddie, Ram A. Cnaan.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Choice and voice in welfare reform /

by Lam, May | Ingeus Centre for Policy Reform.

Publisher: London, U.K. Igneus Centre for Policy Reform June 2008Description: 58 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: As the UK Government seeks to outsource welfare-to-work service provision more comprehensively, it faces some serious challenges in engaging and supporting a diverse range of long-term benefits claimants. In this context, there is a powerful case to be made for introducing more user choice and voice in welfare-to-work services: to improve service design, performance measurement and contractor accountability. ; (from Executive summary)Availability: (1)

Mutual obligation and social capital : towards a critique. /

by Turnbull, Nick | Fattore, Toby.

Publisher: 1999Description: p. 227-237.Notes: Rec. no. for conference: B9540 (v. 1) ; B9541 (v. 2) December 1999 Includes bibliographical references indexed chapterAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Mutual obligation : what kind of contract is this? /

by Yeatman, Anne.

Publisher: 1999Description: p. 257-268.Notes: Rec. no. for conference: B9540 (v. 1) ; B9541 (v. 2) December 1999 Includes bibliographical references indexed chapterAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

jobactive : design and monitoring : Department of Employment / Australian National Audit Office.

by Australian National Audit Office.

Publisher: Barton, ACT Australian National Audit Office, [2017]Description: 77 p. 1 colour map, colour charts ; PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Performance audit report"--Cover.Summary: The audit objective was to assess whether the Department of Employment effectively designed and monitors the progress of the jobactive program.Availability: (1)

Submission to the Department of Jobs and Small Business regarding the next generation of employment services

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2018Description: 57 p. PDF.Other title: Submission re future employment services.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: August 2018 Summary: The opportunity to reshape employment services to drive real change must be seized. Delivering more of the same, with a bit of tinkering around the edges, will set everyone up to fail—workers and jobseekers navigating a precarious labour market, employers, communities and our nation. Our economy is changing, the future of work is changing: it cannot be business as usual for employment services. The Brotherhood is pleased to make a submission to inform the next iteration of employment services. Our contribution identifies the key factors constraining the current system and proposes a different way forward, underpinned by recommendations for reform. It draws on our practical experience of delivering a range of employment programs and on research by our own organisation and others. Availability: (1)

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into jobactive

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2018Description: 7 p. PDF.Other title: Jobactive inquiry 2018.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF | Attachment A : Submission to the Department of Jobs and Small Business regarding the next generation of employment services | Attachment B : A fit-for-purpose national youth employment service: submission to the Future Employment Services consultation Notes: September 2018 Sent to: Senate Employment and Employment References Committee, September 2018 ; Note this submission had two attachments: Attachment A Submission to the Department of Jobs and Small Business regarding the next generation of employment services and Attachment B A fit-for-purpose national youth employment service: submission to the Future Employment Services consultationSummary: The opportunity to reshape employment services to drive real change must be seized. Delivering more of the same, with a bit of tinkering around the edges, will set everyone up to fail—workers and jobseekers navigating a precarious labour market, employers, communities and our nation. Our economy is changing, the future of work is changing: it cannot be business as usual for employment services. The Brotherhood is pleased to make a submission to inform the next iteration of employment services. Our contribution identifies the key factors constraining the current system and proposes a different way forward, underpinned by recommendations for reform. It draws on our practical experience of delivering a range of employment programs and on research by our own organisation and others. Availability: (3)

“Outside systems control my life” : the experience of single mothers on welfare to work

by McLaren, Juanita | Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand | Maury, Susan | Squire, Sarah.

Publisher: Abbotsford, Vic. Good Shepard Australia New Zealand 2018Description: 78 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand would like to acknowledge the support provided in the development of this research project including: Annie Feith, Fieldwork Coordinator of Community Development at Victoria University; Dr Natalie Jovanovski, Swinburne University; Seuwandi Wickramasinghe, Brotherhood of St Laurence; and Melissa Dwyer." p. 5Summary: Women are vulnerable to economic insecurity due to gendered policy settings and social norms such as ideas about “women’s work” and caring responsibilities. Single motherhood adds another layer of disadvantage within this context, and it has been demonstrated in other research studies that single mothers experience poorer economic outcomes throughout their life course (Baxter & Taylor, 2014; Goldberg, 2009). As an organisation with a focus on women and girls, Good Shepherd is interested in exploring the gendered effects of the Welfare to Work policy, specifically as it impacts single mothers. This research uses a qualitative research process in the form of in-depth interviews with 26 single mothers with experience of the Welfare to Work policy. The findings are analysed according to themes, with individual case studies available in a companion document. The themes that emerged from the case studies are explored to identify broader trends and policy implications, including recommendations for change.Availability: (1)

Evaluation of jobactive : interim report

by Australia. Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business 2020Description: 112 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Evaluation Team : James Backhouse ; Lixin Cai ; Robin Collins ; Justin Connor ; Joanne Evans ; Anthony Flint ; Akash Halder ; Patrick Hamshere ; Stephen Howe ; Christina Jankovic ; Bethany Jones ; Mark Jones ; Yusuf Muharram ; Mai Pham ; Robyn Shannon ; Zlatko Spralja ; Emily WuSummary: This interim evaluation provides evidence on the effectiveness of the jobactive program during its first year of operation. The analyses of the early results suggest that jobactive has improved job seekers’ engagement as measured by the time taken from registration to commencement in services, attendance at appointments and reconnection to services after missing an appointment. The evidence suggests that for the most disadvantaged job seekers (e.g. the long-term unemployed or Stream B and C job seekers) jobactive is more effective in helping them achieve labour market outcomes than was its predecessor Job Services Australia (JSA) 2012. Further analysis is required to confirm whether this pattern of results holds true when more data becomes availableAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Buying and Selling the Poor : Inside Australia's privatised welfare-to-work market / Siobhan Sullivan, Michael McGann and Mark Considine

by O'Sullivan, Siobhan | McGann, Michael | Considine, Mark.

Publisher: Sydney, NSW : Sydney University Press, 2021Description: 284 p. ; 21 cm.Summary: Buying and Selling the Poor ventures behind the scenes of the multibillion-dollar welfare-to-work system, offering new insights into how Australia responds to unemployment and disadvantage. As the authors tell the story of four local employment offices, they paint a vivid picture of a critically important social service which many people are aware of but which few properly understand. They also reveal the wider impacts that processes of marketisation and welfare reform have had on these frontline services over decades, and how the work of frontline staff and service providers has been transformed. Buying and Selling the Poor looks closely at how these services operate, why some succeed where others fail, and what can be learned from the stories of local staff and clients who have navigated the system. Three decades into this market experiment, how well are we doing in supporting our most vulnerable citizens to get back to work?Availability: No items available Checked out (1).

Jobactive : integrity of payments to employment services providers / Australian National Audit Office.

by Hehir, Grant [Auditor-General] | Australian National Audit Office | Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Publisher: Canberra, ACT Australian National Audit Office, 2022Publisher: © Commonwealth of Australia 2022Description: 49 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) provides funding to a network of employment service providers across Australia to provide employment services to employers and job seekers through the jobactive program. The audit examined the effectiveness of the assurance framework in place for managing the integrity of the payments made to employment service providers. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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