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Social Policy

Document: Working Paper

‘Income management’ programs, restricting the way in which some recipients of government transfers can spend this money, have operated in Australia since 2007. The nature of the programs implemented varies considerably, including the mix of voluntary and compulsory elements, and differences in the scope and nature of targeting. A number of evaluations and other studies of these programs have been made.

Document: CAEPR Seminar

The value of the 'healthy country-healthy people' nexus in promoting physical and psychosocial wellbeing for Aboriginal people in Australia and beyond is the subject of an extensive literature. However, this presentation argues that there is a real question as to these and other putative benefits for Aboriginal communities who are dealing with disruptive social transformations, when only a relatively small proportion of their residents can realistically be engaged in substantive on-country activities, or wish to do so.

Document: Research Monograph

Indigenous policy is a complex domain motivated by a range of social, cultural, political and economic issues. The Council of Australian Governments ‘closing the gaps’ agenda for addressing Indigenous disadvantage in Australia now includes six targets with well defined and measurable outcomes for policy action. In this context there is a continuing and pressing need for robust debate to understand how meaningful improvement in Indigenous outcomes might be achieved.

Document: Discussion Paper

Social policy towards Indigenous Australians was fundamentally rethought in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The result is the current involvement in this policy area of large numbers of government agencies and programs across the range of functional responsibilities and at both State and Commonwealth levels of Australian government. The involvement of such a multiplicity of agencies and programs has recently been much criticised, most notably in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Document: Discussion Paper

This paper addresses the policy question of how to achieve equity and social justice for Aboriginal families through social policy in the 1990s. This would appear to be simply a matter of finding the 'right' policy formula since policy makers are well informed of the extent of continuing, socioeconomic deprivation of Indigenous Australian families relative to other Australian families.

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