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Rebecca Cassells

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Curtin University
Curtin Business School

Rebecca is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Curtin Business School. Prior to this Rebecca was Principal Research Fellow and leader of the Women, Children and Families team at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM). Rebecca is a member of the ABS' Family Statistical Advisory Group and regularly serves in other working groups and public inquiries. 
Rebecca has a strong interest and understanding of issues affecting Australian women, families and children and has a diverse portfolio that deals both with research methods and policy evaluation. Her principal areas of research include: child wellbeing; childcare affordability and availability; themes of disadvantage, including poverty and housing disadvantage; wealth and superannuation; time use and happiness; education and labour markets; social exclusion, geographic analyses and gender divisions.
Rebecca has published extensively in academic and policy journals, and through commissioned and public reports. She has led major commissioned research reports for a number of organisations including NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, AMP, the Office for Women, The Smith Family, the Department of Defence and the Commonwealth Bank. Her work has been influential in driving public debates and influencing policy and legislation. She has provided evidence to parliamentary inquiries on childcare availability and affordability the Productivity Commission’s investigation into the childcare workforce and labour mobility. Her work on gender wage gaps in Australia was cited as evidence used to determine a new legislative ruling on equal remuneration by Fair Work Australia for community service workers.


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Report

26 Jun 2017

The role of education as a pathway out of disadvantage has featured strongly in policy rhetoric over time. Successive governments have introduced policies that have enabled greater access to higher education. Yet there remains concern that the educational opportunities for our children are...

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Research report

01 Mar 2017

A new analysis of Agency data shows that sizeable gender pay gaps persist across the workforce, but that improving gender balance in leadership teams measurably improves pay equity in organisations.

Gender Equity Insights 2017: Inside Australia's Gender Pay Gap, the second in the...

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28 Oct 2016

When the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the September Labour Force Survey data, shadow minister for employment and workplace relations Brendan O'Connor said the labour market participation rate was in “free fall” and that “people have stopped looking for work”. Is that right?...

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Evaluation

15 May 2016

Headspace aims to improve the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of young people in Australia through the provision of evidence-based, integrated, youth-centred and holistic services. In January 2013, the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) commissioned a consortium of...

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Research report

30 Jun 2014

Using specialised data from the 2011 Census, this paper presents a new index intended to be representative of youth at risk of social exclusion.

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Social exclusion and inclusion has been given a great deal of attention in Australia and throughout the world....

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Working paper

15 Apr 2014

The cost of housing in Western Australia has been a recurrent theme in discussions in West Australian homes, businesses and the policy environment. A long held perception is that housing affordability in the state has spiralled out of control, with rents along with house prices escalating at a...

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Research report

25 Oct 2012

This report discusses the economic prospects, education and innovation of Australians.

Australians with postgraduate degrees will earn almost double, or $3.2 million, over their working lives compared to people with Year 11 or less qualification...

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30 Jul 2012

Social exclusion and inclusion has been given a great deal of attention in Australia of late. This latest social phenomenon has replaced much of the social discourse around poverty and inequality, with the realisation from researchers, practitioners and policy...

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22 Mar 2012

The use of child care, both informal and formal arrangements, has increased substantially over the past few decades, concurrent to maternal labour force participation.

While Long Day Care (LDC) places increased by 39 per cent between 2004 and 2009; Outside School Hours Care (...

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21 Nov 2011

 

Balancing work and family remains a big issue for Australian men and women, with around 40% of women and 30% of men feeling often or always rushed or pressed for time, according to the latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report.

But when it comes to how men and women spend their...

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