Social Policy Research Centre

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Changes to our drinking habits could be a surprising “good news story” with the lockdown providing a catalyst for positive behaviour change, a new study has found.

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New analysis shows there is considerable scope to increase JobSeeker payments before they might hinder people's motivation to find paid work.

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The impact of increased income support during COVID-19 has been viewed as overwhelmingly positive in a new survey of community service workers.

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A UNSW report considers China’s children affected by migration and climate change, and the necessary social policy reforms required to protect their rights. 

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A new study into the prevalence of homelessness in ex-serving men and women calls for urgent policy attention and improved services.

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UNSW and ACOSS report provides a baseline to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty in Australia.

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The government’s new income support could be strengthened by extending support to migrants, families with children, private tenants, and people on pension payments, says UNSW expert.

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Almost 37% of Australian workers do not have paid sick leave. We need to fix this if we want people not to turn up to work when sick during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A survey of more than 2300 disability workers shows that the sector is being seriously overlooked in this pandemic. 

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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