From marketisation to inclusive governance: Victoria shows the way

Date 12:00 PM 09 June 2016 - 13:00 PM 09 June 2016
Location 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker's Room

Presenter: Professor Paul Smyth

Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar

All are welcome to attend this seminar and there is no cost involved.

In a comment upon the governance recommendations of the Royal Commission on Domestic Violence, the DPC Head in the Victorian Government, Chris Eccles, spoke of the need for a re-birthing of citizenship in a ‘co-design’ model involving the collaboration of government, private sector, civil society and individual citizens.  Drawing on the Power to Persuade’s Social Service Futures Dialogue, this seminar will present the Victorian initiative as a long awaited vanguard of Inclusive Governance in Australia.  It will be contrasted with the increasingly irrelevant marketisation model of the Productivity Commission; and the seminar will conclude with a discussion of the next steps needed to advance the Victorian agenda.

Paul Smyth is Professorial Fellow in Social Policy at the University of Melbourne and from 2004-2013 was also General Manager of the Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fitzroy, Australia.

Paul's diverse career combines academic and social action experience. He was previously the Director of Social Policy in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Queensland. Prior to this he was senior researcher at Uniya, the Jesuit social research and action centre at Kings Cross, Sydney. A former Catholic priest, he also worked for 20 years in youth and family care.

As Professorial Fellow in Social Policy, Paul was founding coordinator of the Masters of Social Policy program. Paul's research areas include contemporary Australian social policy, local governance and social inclusion, and international perspectives on social and economic inclusion.  Paul has been an advisory council member for the Centre for Work and Life at the University of South Australia and Volunteering Australia and the Council of the Australian Institute of Family Studies and is currently a member of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Commission.

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