Past events

A book launch as part of RPC events

From surviving to thriving: inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum

Date 07 December 2016
Location University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria

As global forced migration continues to grow, research into the recruitment barriers, support needs, and long-term economic contributions of humanitarian migrants has revealed insights that can inform policy and programs. This research forum brought together migration scholars, sociologists, applied researchers and community sector practitioners.

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All being well? Financial wellbeing, inclusion and risk

Date 05 December 2016
Location RMIT University, Melbourne

A lively panel discussion on financial wellbeing featured Professor Elaine Kempson (UK) and Professor Jerry Buckland (Canada).

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Beyond the gig economy: opportunities to organise, collaborate and develop new responses to insecure work

Date 24 November 2016
Location Melbourne Metropole Central, Fitzroy, Victoria

Researchers from the UK, New Zealand, Denmark and Australia discussed the consequences of insecure work, existing policy responses and opportunities for collaboration to foster positive change.

Speakers included Professor Rob MacDonald (UK), Professor Alan France (NZ), Professor Lisa Adkins (Aust) and Dr Kraen Blume Jensen (Denmark).

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Strength-based approaches to community engagement

Date 17 November 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood head office, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

This seminar will explore the theory underlying asset-based (or strength-based) community development, and build upon this to explore ways community organisations and government agencies can more effectively engage with local communities for local planning and community development. Topics will include: a brief background history of asset-based community development (ABCD); principles of ABCD; principles and practices of effective community engagement; and some practical case studies.

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Research shows that research doesn’t make a difference. A critique and reimagining of the potential of research in addressing poverty and socioeconomic disadvantage

Date 03 November 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood head office, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Presenter: Dr Deborah Warr, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

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Anti-Poverty Week 2016 - Addressing inequalities in early childhood education: Gaming the system or changing the game.

Date 20 October 2016
Time 11:00 AM
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood head office, 67 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

By the time disadvantaged children have progressed from Year 1 to Year 3 they are one year behind their counterparts. This gap then widens onwards to year 9.

Presenters: Dr Tim Gilley, Professor Guyonne Kalb, Professor Shelley Mallett, Associate Professor Chris Ryan and Professor Stephen Zubrick

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Beyond welfare and after conditionality? Rethinking social security under neoliberalism

Date 13 October 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood head office, 67 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Presenter: Dr Elise Klein

Dr Elise Klein is a Lecturer of Development Studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

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Generation Y, gender and labour market precarity

Date 22 September 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street

Despite an ever-increasing investment in education by young people, the process transition into employment continues to be of widespread concern, creating what the International Labour Organisation calls a “crisis for youth”, based on high levels of youth unemployment.

Presenter: Professor Johanna Wynn

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Lunchtime seminar: The role of regulation in policy for Australian dementia care: clusters and the organisation of risk

Date 25 August 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Presenters: Professor Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr

The quality of dementia care has become an important policy issue. This paper examines the role that regulation plays in protection and innovation in care settings. Regulation sits at the crossroads of the state’s duty to protect its most vulnerable citizens, provider attempts to fulfil market expectations and consumers concern for their rights and protection. Here we examine the way that regulation is not a uniform event, but forms clusters...

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Gerard Tucker Oration & Choral Evensong

Date 21 August 2016
Time 18:00 PM
Location Christ Church, corner of Punt and Toorak Roads, South Yarra

The Brotherhood of St Laurence, together with Christ Church South Yarra, invites you to attend the Gerard Tucker Oration to be delivered by The Venerable Jan Crombie, Archdeacon for Parish Partnerships, in the Diocese of Melbourne.

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Can working lives be extended? Problems and prospects for older workers

Date 21 July 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location Father Tucker's Room, The Brotherhood, 67 Brunswick Street

Presenter: Professor Chris Phillipson, visiting from the University of Manchester

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From marketisation to inclusive governance: Victoria shows the way

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

Presenter: Professor Paul Smyth

Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar

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Taxes, transfers, the Budget and the election

Date 02 June 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker's Room

This presentation focuses on key tax and transfer measures in the recent Budget, the election proposals of the Government and Opposition, and issues of fairness, fiscal sustainability and the agenda of ‘jobs and growth’.

Presenter: Professor Miranda Stewart

Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar

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Purchasing (for) social value: social procurement and new public governance

Date 26 May 2016
Time 12:30 PM
Location 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker's Room

This presentation will review the history of social procurement, outline contemporary approaches and consider their implications for creating social value and public policy.

Presenter: Professor Jo Barraket

Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar

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Transitioning to a zero carbon economy: Implications for low income and disadvantaged households

Date 25 May 2016
Time 10:00 AM
Location Woodward Conference Centre, University of Melbourne

A forum for organisations in the social and community service sector

Presented by: Brotherhood of St Laurence & ACOSS

 

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Inequality versus economic growth

Date 19 May 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker's Room

Presenter: Tony Ward and Barry Pullen

Research & Policy Centre lunchtime seminar

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Competition and Human Services: Oil and Water?

Date 28 April 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

Presenter: Professor Ian Harper

Forthcoming Lunchtime Seminar presented by the Brotherhood’s Research & Policy Centre

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Migration, settlement, and the concepts of house and home

Date 14 April 2016
Time 12:00 PM
Location 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Presenter: Dr Iris Levin

A seminar to celebrate the launch of the book ‘Migration, settlement and the concepts of house and home’

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Dr. Ditte Andersen and Dr. Signe Ravn (with and formerly with The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Copenhagen respectively)

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Melbourne launch: Index of wellbeing for older Australians

Date 01 March 2016
Time 14:00 PM
Location 67 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Presenters: Professor Jeni Warburton, Robert Tanton and Barbara Mountjouris on behalf of Gerard Mansour

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Individualised and market-based assistance: a critical appraisal of contemporary Australian housing policymaking

Date 12 November 2015
Time 12:00 PM
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

Presenter: Professor Keith Jacobs, University of Tasmania

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Presenters: Dr Kay Cook and Associate Professor Kristin Natalier.

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Spotlight on Retirement Incomes Policy

Date 15 October 2015
Time 12:00 PM

Joint seminar with the Australian Social Policy Association and the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre for Anti-Poverty Week.

Presenters: Susan St John, Auckland University; John Daley, Grattan Institute; Angela MacRae, Productivity Commission.

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Presenters: Tony Ward, Robert Kerr and Barry Pullen

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Presenter: Associate Professor Sharon Goldfeld

The importance of early life for children’s later child health and development has become increasingly clear. Australia’s population statistics show substantial inequalities for children and young people across a range of health and developmental outcomes, even in young childhood.

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Presenter: Dr Larissa Nicholls

Time-of-Use (TOU) tariffs are being introduced in Australia with the aim of reducing electricity demand at peak times (e.g. afternoons and evenings on days of extreme heat). This is expected to reduce the need for expensive and underutilised infrastructure investments and associated increases in electricity prices for households.

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Presenter: Dr John Spierings

This seminar will examine the potential for social change in Australia given rising inequality and the power of market forces to shape our media and political landscape.

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Presenter: Professor Mark Considine

Getting Welfare to Work traces the radical reform of the Australian, UK, and Dutch public employment services systems.

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Presenter: Dr Clare Land

In this interactive presentation Clare shared insights from her newly released book, Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles.

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Presenter: Dr Catherine Needham

Dr Needham from the University of Birmingham, UK, will share findings from a recent research into very small providers of care and support for older people and people with disabilities.

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Presenter: Dr Ian Winter, Executive Director of AHURI.

Changes to the housing responsibilities and roles of Federal and state governments could have significant political and policy outcomes and affect the lives of many Australian citizens.

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Presenter: Professor Gavin Wood

A quiet revolution in home ownership and housing finance is ushering in a new era for the Australian housing system.

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Dr Dina Bowman and Dr Michael McGann

The Intergenerational Report forecasts a doubling in the number of Australians aged 65+ and a decline in the working age population by 2055.

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Presenter: Dr Tim Moore

Over the past few decades, there has been a growing acceptance among scholars, professionals and policy makers of the importance of the early years.

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