Lorraine Kerr

Journal article

Contractualism, workforce-development and sustainability in the community-services sector in Australia

The community-services sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia, as a consequence of governments moving away from direct involvement in service-provision and increasingly contracting with non-government welfare organisations (NGOs) to deliver human services. The perceived increase in NGOs’ reliance on government funding has...

Contractualism, employment services and mature-age job seekers: the tyranny of tangible outcomes

Older unemployed people have quite specific job search and job training needs compared with other groups. Lorraine Kerr, Ed Carson and Jodi Goddard draw on empirical research on the job placement system in South Australia to show that agency capacity to address the specific needs...

The impact of mutual obligation policies on, unemployed young people, community organisations, and the wider community

The Commonwealth government has progressively implemented a major shift in social policies towards the unemployed, utilising a re-configured ideology of community. Changes have included a streamlining of service delivery (via Centrelink), quasi-marketisation of community organisations, and re-defining of the roles, entitlements and obligations of recipients...