Social Policy Research Centre

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Localised data on alcohol-related harm and licensed outlets will help decisions on new liquor licences maintain a health focus.

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You might be surprised to know that many unemployed Australians are not on unemployment benefits. And then came COVID – which saw a big shift in how many people were able and willing to claim.

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Even with the latest small increase, JobSeeker remains low by overseas standards – and, on one measure, it’s the lowest in the OECD.

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Navigating the NDIS can be a bureaucratic nightmare for participants. Labor has pledged to review the system if elected.

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We interviewed 80 Australians from a wide range of ages and backgrounds about how the government handled the pandemic. Their responses were mixed.

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The federal government introduced the current childcare subsidy and activity test in 2018. An evaluation of the policy has found it met some of its intended objectives but failed at others.

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A national survey of community organisation staff reveals the sector is struggling to meet the increasing demand for services.

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New Fellows elected in recognition of their excellence in the social sciences.

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Fears that TikTok is “serving up” drug content to impressionable users have prompted calls for all drug content to be censored on the platform. But that would remove useful health advice too.

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COVID-19 is a global pandemic. So why do we still feel ashamed by catching the virus?

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