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A safety net that helps build fulfilling lives : an overview of the thinking of the Brotherhood of St Laurence for the Reference Group on Welfare Reform /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2000Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2000 Includes bibliographic references pp. 6-7Summary: The Reference Group on Welfare Reform has agreed to provide strategies to the Government that 'reduce or prevent welfare dependency': that is, strategies that will reduce the extent to which Australians of work force age have to rely uponthe income security system.Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [Website]

by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Publisher: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2003Online Access: AIHW website Summary: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a national asset. We are the leading health and welfare statistics agency in Australia, regarded as international leaders in this field. We improve the health and welfare of all Australians by providing information and statistics that can be trusted and used with confidence. Research on the health of our community can help shape and improve the health and welfare services and programs on offer. Our high-quality, independent evidence is used by many to improve policies and services on health and welfare issues and topics, including expenditure, hospitals, disease, injury, mental health, ageing, homelessness, housing, disability, child protection, and the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Blame welfare, ignore poverty and inequality. /

by Handler, Joel F | Hasenfeld, Yeheskel.

Publisher: New York, NY Cambridge University Press 2007Description: xiii, 401 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Community assets first : the implications of the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach for the coalition agenda /

by Cox, Ed (ed.) | Institute for Public Policy Research | Cooper, Niall | Viitanen, Jenni | Brill, Lucy.

Publisher: Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2011Summary: This report introduces a new way of looking at things -- the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA) -- and uses it to bring together perspectives on a range of issues around poverty in the UK. ; SLA develops the view that people living in poverty are rational agents with assets to draw upon. As a result, the question about poverty moves from 'what do people in poverty lack?' to something more akin to 'what is preventing people from using what they have to get ahead?' ; A key aspect of SLA is the recognition that people's livelihoods are affected by decisions made within structures across the full spectrum, from the individual, household and community levels up to local, national and even international policy levels. So this report aims to make a valuable contribution to the policy debate on the issues it addresses, and to encourage new ways of thinking about poverty more broadly. There are also recommendations throughout the report that could usefully spur a range of individuals and organisations, at all levels, into action.Availability: (1)

Homelessness Australia /

by Homelessness Australia.

Publisher: Notes: formerly named Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations ONLINE SERVICESSummary: Cataloguer's description: The Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations (AFHO) is the national homelessness peak organisation working to address and prevent homelessness in Australia. AFHO develops and analyses policy, consults with and represents services for homeless people, advocates for homeless people and provides information about homelessness. AFHO seeks to collaborate with services for homeless people, government, and the broader community to achieve its objectives.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Increasing the Legal Retirement Age : The Impact on Wages, Worker Flows and Firm Performance /

by Martins, Pedro S | Institute for the Study of Labor | Novo, lvaro A | Portugal, Pedro.

Publisher: Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor 2009Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Many pay-as-you-go pension systems have increased or plan to increase their legal retirement age (LRA) to address the financial consequences of ageing. Although the success of these policies is ultimately determined at the labour market, little is known about the effects of higher LRAs at the firm level. Here, we identify this effect by considering a legislative reform introduced in Portugal in 1994: women's LRA was gradually increased from 62 to 65 years while men's LRA stayed unchanged at 65. Using detailed matched employer-employee panel data and difference-in-differences matching methods, we analyse the effects of the reform in terms of a number of worker- and firm-level outcomes. After providing evidence of compliance with the law, we find that the wages and hours worked of older women (those required to work longer) were virtually unchanged. However, firms employing older female workers significantly reduced their hirings, especially of younger female workers. Those fi! rms also lowered their output although not their output per worker.Availability: (1)

Mercy refugee service. /

by Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia.

Publisher: 2003Summary: Cataloguer's description:: The site covers information on the Mercy refugee service, including current publications, featuring information on migation bills and immigration detention; current events and newsletters; and information about the service, including resources for volunteers.Availability: No items available

Money for nothing? : Australia in the global middle class welfare debate /

by Buckmaster, Luke.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Parliament of Australia. Parliamentary Library 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This 44-page Australian research paper seeks to contribute to understanding of key issues in the debate about middle class welfare through an examination of comparative research into different welfare systemsAvailability: (1)

Neoliberalism and the underclass thesis : social divisions in an era of welfare reform /

by Martin, Sonia.

Publisher: Saarbrucken, Germany Verlag Dr. Muller 2009Description: x, 399 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.Notes: Thesis (PhD)--University of South Australia,2006. Also available electronically via the WWW.Summary: This thesis is a study of social divisions and an assessment of the impact of neoliberalism upon them. Its purpose is to investigate the nature of comtemporary social divisions, and whether or not the 'underclass' is a useful way of conceiving the social and economic marginalisation of some individuals. ; The underclass thesis crystallises in a powerful and contentious way some fundamental premises that underpin the neoliberal philosophy, namely that the welfare state is considered a threat to freedom, discourages work, and is socially and economically damaging. Thus there ought to be a reduced role for the state in the provision of welfare. ; There are two fundamental weaknesses in social democratic critics' contributions to debates about welfare reform. The first relates to a focus on residual welfare and measurements of poverty, largely neglecting the systems of power that underlie welfare distribution. The second relates to the omission of agency. Critics' responses have tended to ignore the behaviour of the welfare beneficiaries targeted by current reform. In order to address both of these issues, I have formulated a critical post-traditional paradigm of social divisions. ; The study comprises three stages. The first is an historical overview of neoliberal policy and a quantitative analysis of social divisions. The findings indicate that neoliberal nations have the lowest commitment to welfare, and the highest levels of poverty and widening inequality. In Australia, labour market changes and educational underachievement are likely to contribute to new and emerging divisions, and the cumulative nature of disadvantage is apparent within low socio-economic areas. ; The second stage of the study examines the policies of the Howard Coalition Government in Australia and focuses on the prevalence of the underclass phenomenon in current welfare reform. Records central to the Government's welfare reform agenda are analysed to examine policy makers' normative beliefs. The findings reveal that the underclass thesis is an ideological construct that legitimises a reduction of welfare provision and control of the unemployed. ; The third stage of the study focuses on the experiences of unemployment among young people, and the views and experiences of welfare providers who work with them. The data show that individuals make decisions about their lives from the range of options they perceive to be available to them at a particular point in time. These options are not limited to those made available by the provisions of the welfare state, nor are they solely the product of inter-generational welfare. The welfare providers enforce the Government's position on welfare reform by endorsing a version of the underclass thesis in their work and directing their interventions at the individual. ; Considered together, the findings reveal that a conservative neoliberal social policy fails to capture the complex interaction that occurs between individuals and their social environment, and the impact this has on their labour market activities. By successfully converting the problem of welfare dependency into a private issue, a neoliberal social policy is legitimised and current social arrangements are maintained.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

No new start /

by Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory.

Publisher: Blackburn, Vic. Salvation Army 2014Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2014 Includes bibliographic referencesSummary: This Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) 2014 is the third consecutive report by The Salvation Army Australia into the levels of deprivation and disadvantage experienced by those within our communities who need to access Emergency Relief (ER) services. The ESIS reports give voice to those most disadvantaged and disenfranchised within our communities, and advocates strongly for a more just and equitable approach to addressing the needs and disadvantage experienced by many.Availability: (1)

Pension Review report . /

by Harmer, Jeff.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Productivity Commission submission to the interim report of the reference group of welfare reform /

by Australia. Productivity Commission.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Productivity Commission 2000Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2000 Summary: The interim report identifies the need for change to the current welfare system to address the simultaneous problems of an increasingly unequal distribution of employment (creating a divide between 'work rich' and 'work poor' households) and a rising incidence of income support reliance. These problems have emerged despite a decline in the aggregate unemployment rate over recent years, and are a reflection of economic, social, demographic and political change.Availability: (1)

Strategies for inclusive growth : strengthening the critical role of active labour market interventions : Inclusive Growth in Australia Roundtable /

by Horn, Michael | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2011 Includes bibliographic referenceSummary: Overview; Context - the Australian economy and labour market, Appraisal of Job Services Australia performance - how well are we doing to assist the hardest to help into work? Government welfare directions - will this be sufficient? Possible directions for more substantial reform? JSA a work in progressAvailability: (1)

Submission to the Independent Review of Centrepay / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Morka, Christine.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: 14 p. PDF.Other title: BSL submission to the Independent Review of Centrepay.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The Brotherhood believes that Centrepay is a valued budgeting tool for many people living on Centrelink payments. As strong supporters of the financial management principles behind it, we believe it has potential to further develop its approach to building the financial capability of its customers. We welcome the opportunity to submit the following recommendations to the Independent Review for consideration. We look forward to learning the outcomes of the review and, in doing so, call for improved transparency to both clients and consumer advocates as to how the financial capability objectives of the Centrepay system are achieved practically through the implementation of the service.Availability: (1)

The prime provider model : an opportunity for better public service delivery ?

by O'Flynn, Janine | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Dickinson, Helen | O'Sullivan, Siobhan.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence & University of Melbourne May, 2014Description: 42 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: May 2014Summary: A research project involving a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood of St Laurence will examine prime provider models and explore a range of issues,including how these models affect the relationships between the actors in these service delivery arrangements. The aim is to gather empirical data relating to the effectiveness of prime provider service delivery models, in this emerging and as yet under researched areaAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

The stewardship principle : how Australia's financial industry can better serve the needs of low-income and vulnerable consumers : a submission to the Commonwealth Government's Financial System Enquiry / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Robinson, Tony.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014Description: 20 p. pdf.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: March 2014 Bibliography : p. 19 Summary: The Brotherhood submission to the Australian Government's Financial System Inquiry focuses on the fourth Term of Reference, namely the obligation on the Inquiry Panel to identify policy options that 'promote the efficient allocation of capital and cost efficient access and service for users' and 'meet the needs of users with appropriate financial products and services.'Availability: (2)

What s the difference between a donkey and an elephant ? : using panel data from US states to estimate the impact of partisanship on policy settings and economic outcomes. /

by Leigh, Andrew.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy Research 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:23:28 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Why we need a new welfare state /

by Esping-Andersen,Go sta | Gallie, Duncan.

Publisher: Oxford, U.K. Oxford University Press 2002Description: xxvi, 244 p. ; 24 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Missing 13 March 2012Summary: "Leading scholars examine the highly topical issue of the future of the welfare state. They argue that welfare states need to adjust, and examine which kinds of welfare architecture will further Europe's stated goal of maximum social inclusion and justice. Why we need a New Welfare State concentrates on four principal social policy domains; the aged and transition to retirement; the welfare issues related to profound changed in working life; the new risks and needs that arise in households and, especially, in families with children; and the challenges of creating gender equality. The volume aims to promote a better understanding of the key welfare issues that will have to be faced in the coming decades. It also warns against the recourse to patent policy solutions which all too often characterizes contemporary debate, It intends to move the policy debate from its often frustratingly vague and generic level towards greater specificity and nuance."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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