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Is any job better than the dole?

Work is always better than welfare. While this might be the conventional view in policy circles but recent research suggests that poor quality jobs can leave the unemployed no better off than they were on income support.

Last updated: 14 December 2011

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What If Employers Say No?

'What If Employers Say No?' was jointly released by Catholic Social Services Australia, Anglicare Australia, the Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia. This paper discusses the challenges faced by people with disability when it comes to finding employment.

Last updated: 9 September 2011

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The Social Inclusion Agenda

Where it came from, what it means and why it matters

Last updated: 10 February 2010

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The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Social Services in Australia

Joint Paper, Averting the Social Impact of the Global Financial Crisis, recommendations of Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, UnitingCare Australia and The Salvation Army . Also includes an Issues Paper prepared by Access Economics for the Major Church Providers.

Last updated: 2 February 2009

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An Australian Entitlements Commission

A proposal for an independent commission to inform decisions about the adequacy of pensions and other income support payments.

Last updated: 22 September 2008

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The Obligation Is Mutual

The puzzle of mutual obligation β€” with its tough work requirements, bureaucratic supervision and income support sanctioning β€” is why people have to be coerced into behaving in their own interest.

Last updated: 20 October 2007

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A Job Network for Job Seekers

A report on the appropriateness of current services, provider incentives and government administration of Job Network with respect to assisting disadvantaged job seekers.

Last updated: 15 November 2006