Social Policy Research Centre

Australia's unemployment welfare system is described as punitive by critics. Image: Shutterstock.

Vulnerable groups who receive unemployment benefits in Australia face punitive payment conditions that have been challenged due to COVID-19. 

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Australia's unemployment benefits are now middle of the pack, but the package treats two-income couples badly.

Support for vulnerable reaches new low, survey finds.

A UNSW survey shows community services are already struggling with demand.

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One quarter of Australian workers have no paid sick leave. They are more likely than most to work in service industries, dealing with people face to face.

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UNSW Professor Deborah Lupton explores the unintended consequences of modern technology through the lens of a social researcher.

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Introducing inclusion at an early age helps everyone better understand disability and reduce discrimination, says UNSW's Rosemary Kayess.   

UNSW ASSA Fellows

The Fellowships recognise the work of top scholars who have significantly advanced research and knowledge in the social sciences.

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The NSW Deputy Coroner has recommended a pill testing trial, the decriminalisation of personal drug use and no sniffer dogs at music festivals.

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The whole aged care system in Australia is in a state of neglect, explains Professor Ilan Katz from the Social Policy Research Centre. 

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A joint study finds unsettling evidence the aged care system is overlooking older people’s basic social and emotional needs as part of accepted business practices.

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