Peter Saunders prize awarded

The inaugural Peter Saunders Prize was awarded to Lucy Groenhart and Terry Burke for their paper ‘What has happened to Australia’s public housing? Thirty years of policy and outcomes, 1981 to 2011’. Professor at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Terry’s research interests are lower income housing (public and private rental housing), […]

Call for Expressions of Interest: New Editor for the Australian Journal of Social Issues

The Australian Social Policy Association (ASPA) invites applications to be a co-editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues (AJSI) for a period of three-years from early 2016. The new co-editor will work alongside the current editor Boyd Hunter. The AJSI has contributed to the development of interdisciplinary analysis of social and policy issues in […]

Symposium explores social insurance

Registrations are now open for the annual symposium of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Co-sponsored by ASPA, Social Insurance for the 21st Century: Exploring pathways for a sustainable, equitable and effective welfare system is co-convened by Profs Allan Borowski and Bettina Cass and promises informed and lively discussion on national and international social […]

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Money matters: The state of play in child support

In Australia, as elsewhere, child support continues to attract considerable policy interest. Poverty has an ugly face, particularly for children, and an effective child support system can lessen the chances of children being thrust into poverty if their parents separate. Australia’s child support system is the envy of many countries around the world. But like […]

East Asian Social Policy (EASP) Conference

Flinders University’s Prof Adam Graycar and ANU’s Prof Matthew Gray are featured in the two plenary sessions at the upcoming EASP conference, hosted by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 30-31 July. ASPA president Adam Graycar will be delivering the plenary address on the Governance of Social Services for […]

Journal news – Wiley to publish AJSI from 2017

The Australian Social Policy Association is proud to announce that on 1 September 2016 a contract was signed with Wiley to publish the Australian Journal of Social Issues (AJSI).  As part of this agreement, the Association will maintain ownership of the journal and pay an annual fee for its members to have access to a […]

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Spotlight on retirement incomes policy

Melbourne, 15 October, 11.30-1.30pm With suggested changes to both the aged pensions asset test and superannuation tax concession, and with the government yet to heed calls for a major review, the topic of retirement income policy has been the subject of much recent debate. Coinciding with anti-poverty week ASPA and the Brotherhood of St Laurence […]

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ASPC conference: gender migration and the work of care

ASPA member Professor Deb Brennan is excited about a new research project – an international collaboration on gender migration and the work of care. Preliminary findings from the project will be presented at the upcoming Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) in Sydney, September 28-30. Deb will present the paper with SPRC colleagues Elizabeth Adamson and […]

Dr Cassandra Goldie speaks at report launch.

Report shines light on inequality

ACOSS is shining a light on inequality in Australia at its national conference in Sydney, with CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie presenting the findings of the benchmark ACOSS research report, which was released on Monday (22 June). The report ‘Inequality in Australia: A nation divided’, is based on research by ASPA members Peter Saunders, Bruce Bradbury […]

Visiting US keynote speaker Linda Tirado (centre) poses with two Q&A audience members at the ABC studios.

‘Poverty poster girl’ pulls no punches

US author, media activist and journalist Linda Tirado gave Australians a sneak peek of her entertaining and provocative style, appearing on the ABC’s Q&A program in the lead-up to her keynote address at the ACOSS national conference in Sydney. With Q&A host Tony Jones calling her ‘a poster girl for poverty in the US in […]