Tony Eardley

Dr Tony Eardley has more than 20 years experience of managing and conducting policy-related social research and evaluation, much of it for government bodies, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. His research interests include income support and labour market policies, housing and homelessness, living standards, poverty and social inclusion, family policies, employment service delivery and youth justice. Dr Eardley has extensive experience of comparative social policy analysis and has carried out consultancies for the OECD, the UK Department of Social Security and the New Zealand Department of Labour, as well as being involved in a number of international studies of family policies. Since 1995 he has carried out numerous research projects for FaHCSIA (and its predecessors) and for other government and non-governmental bodies. He served on the SAAP Information Sub-committee as their Expert Member during 2008-09. He is a member of an ARACY network developing research on the wellbeing of children who experience homelessness. Current research includes a study for AHURI of intergenerational homelessness; designing an evaluation framework for the NSW Homelessness Action Plan (for NSW Housing); and conducting an assessment of best practice for the delivery of emergency relief, financial counselling and micro-finance schemes under the Commonwealth Financial Management Plan (for FaHCSIA). Dr Eardley has been co-organiser for a number of years of the Australian Social Policy Conference, and serves on several policy advisory and management boards for agencies in the social policy field, including ACOSS and the Sydney Welfare Rights Centre. Tony is currently working part-time following the birth of his daughter. He is also a musician. See for details.
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The MISHA project: from homelessness to sustained housing 2010-2013

Michael’s Intensive Supported Housing Accord (MISHA) was a philanthropically funded initiative that provided long-term stable accommodation while supporting the men to build the lives they would like to live. The MISHA Project used a Housing First approach, which is about providing homeless people with immediate...

The role of community housing organisations in meeting the housing and support needs of people who are homeless

Current policies for increasing the supply of affordable housing in Australia envisage a greatly increased role for community housing organisations (CHOs), including as a provider of housing for homeless people. Data from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare indicate that in the year to...

The provision of Commonwealth Rent Assistance to residents of non-standard forms of accommodation for older people

Retirement-village residents may be disadvantaged by current policy on eligibility for Commonwealth Rent Assistance, reports this paper examining potential inequities in rent assistance for older people across different types of housing. This report is concerned with policies on Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) for older people...

Non-resident parents and service use

Non-resident parenthood has become a topic of growing interest in social policy in recent decades. This is mainly because of concern about the consequences for children of growth in divorce and separation, but also because of increasing interest from governments’ in ensuring that both parents...

Intergenerational homelessness and the intergenerational use of homelessness services

This is the position paper for a study examining the prevalence, nature and impact of intergenerational homelessness in Australia. It looks at the patterns and determinants of intergenerational homelessness and homelessness service-use in Australia, and the role and impact of service delivery and policy interventions...