Since its first incarnation in 2008, the Closing Gap framework has been focused on health. This paper triangulates the historical and scientific sub-strata behind Indigenous Australia’s health gaps in an effort to better decode the real reasons behind them.
Occupational mobility in the ALife data: how reliable are occupational patterns from administrative Australian tax records?
The purpose of this paper is to compare the distribution of occupation and rates of occupational mobility in the ATO Longitudinal Information Files (ALife) and the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) datasets.
This research paper was commissioned by the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia Inc. as an initiative to help address the growing gap between ‘the haves’ and ‘the have nots’ in Australia. The paper proposes three simple policy proposals designed to improve...
Using 14 waves from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia (HILDA) longitudinal survey, the authors of this paper report extensive analysis of the financial consequences of (apparent) partner violence (PV) for Australian women.
This research examines how the bi-directional relationship between housing precariousness and wellbeing varies across population subgroups and over time; sheds light on the dimensions of housing precariousness that affect wellbeing, and vice versa; and considers how policy interventions to effectively minimise negative impacts of precarious...
This report card looks at the health of adult Australians by socioeconomic status in relation to preventable chronic diseases, the major risk factors for chronic diseases and premature deaths from those diseases and suicide.
Socioeconomic status is a strong predictor of many health outcomes. However, with cancer it is a far more complicated picture.
This research, prepared by the the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, investigates whether the quality of aged care facilities varies with residents’ financial means.
This working paper reviews existing practice and proposes a typology to identify the different types of programmatic and policy intervention that can maximise migration’s socioeconomic benefits – described here as ‘productive migration’ interventions.
Australians are living in increasingly financialised times. Their financial choices are often constrained by their economic, social and political context. This paper develops the concept of economic dignity as a guiding principle to develop a fuller understanding of financial capability that recognises those contexts.
This paper proposes a financial wellbeing framework that recognises the drivers, impacts and experience of economic insecurity, and is based on the concept of economic dignity.
Closing the (incarceration) gap: assessing the socio-economic and clinical indicators of Indigenous males by lifetime incarceration status
This article investigates the presence and extent of an ‘incarceration gap’ with Indigenous Australian males, and to uncover which social factors characterise the disparity.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have provided a massive fiscal and monetary stimulus. While this policy is welcome in the short run, the author of this paper argues that it does not address the underlying problem in the medium and...
This publication presents research highlights from the past 25 years of the LSAY program, with a focus on schooling, VET in schools programs, the influences of socioeconomic status and demographics on later opportunities, and pathways taken from school into further education and the workforce.
Focussing on indicators of physical and mental health, life satisfaction and, for youth, educational attainment, this paper employs a range of strategies to test competing hypotheses relating to causal mechanisms and selection effects associated with home-ownership.
Fact Check: Barnaby Joyce says the Nationals represent Australia's poorest electorates. Is he correct?
Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce claims that the Greens — followed by the Liberals, then Labor — represent Australia's richest people, while the Nationals look after the poorest.
This report aims to address the trajectories of post-graduation outcomes of students from different equity groups, and to offer new policy insights for Australia.
This report examined the associations between socioeconomic status and injury morbidity in Australia and looked at the effects of SES on hospitalised injury cases by age, sex, Indigenous status, and by a selection of external causes of injury.
This report considers the similarities and differences between two groups of young people who took part in the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2018: those who reported that neither parent or guardian was currently in paid employment, compared with those who identified that at least one...
This report examines how socio-economic status (SES) scores are calculated for non-government schools, which informs the base level of taxpayer funding they receive. The report recommends technical changes to one element of the formula used to distribute funding for non-government schools and systems, based on...