Improving Out-of-Home Care Experiences for Indigenous Children

Congratulations to Life Course Centre researchers Professor Janeen Baxter and Dr Jenny Povey, who are part of a multidisciplinary team awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage grant on ‘Enhancing children's journey in Out-of-Home Care: A multi-perspective study’.

The $778,000 project grant, administered by The University of Queen...

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Promises and rewards to tackle Indigenous students’ absenteeism

Rewarding an effort commitment, as opposed to rewarding actual achievement, is a novel approach to addressing the problem of school absenteeism among disadvantaged students.

This innovative concept was put to the test in a new Life Course Centre Working Paper that examined the effectiveness of a ‘promise program’ involving Indigenous s...

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Exploring the non-cognitive development of children of Asian immigrants

In most multi-cultural Anglo-Saxon countries, children of Asian immigrants have higher academic achievement than their peers. However, little is known about their relative non-cognitive performance.

A Life Course Centre Working Paper aims to fill this knowledge gap by examining, for the first time, the non-cognitive skills development ...

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Who’s declining the ‘free lunch’? Evidence on the uptake of child dental benefits

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper provides the first evidence on the uptake of public dental benefit programs for Australian children and teenagers from disadvantaged families.

Using longitudinal data from a nationally representative survey, linked to administrative data on eligibility and uptake, the paper investigates the Austra...

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Improving alignment between policy aims and actions in domestic and family violence

How public policies with positive intentions can falter in their wording, design and implementation is the focus of a new Life Course Centre Working Paper.

Specifically, this paper examines the Queensland Government’s Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Prevention Strategy 2016-2026. Authored by Life Course Centre PhD student Ella Kusko...

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How Children, Qualifications and Age Affect Female Underemployment in Australia

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper examines the key factors contributing to female underemployment in Australia.

The paper classifies underemployment as those in part-time work who, if given the choice, would take on more hours. Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, it finds that age...

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Investigating local labour markets to better understand disadvantage

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper examines the size of workers’ Local Labour Markets to analyse the impact of employment density on wages, often referred to as the urban wage premium, and other socio-economic measures.

Local Labour Markets (LLMs) are used by economists and policymakers to identify regional differences in economic ...

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How do women and men really fare financially when a marriage breaks down?

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper takes a broader and longer-term view of wealth changes for women and men across the marital dissolution process.

While previous research has linked marriage breakdown to a decline in income for women, there has been less attention on wider personal wealth as a measure of economic wellbeing. This c...

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Does Female Breadwinning Make Partnerships Less Healthy or Less Stable?

Since the end of the Second World War, men have been most households’ primary breadwinners in the developed world, and US data from the late 20th century suggested violation of this norm stressed marital partnerships. But does this still hold true?

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper using more recent US and Australian data finds a ...

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Research to support Australian families

The Morrison Government is funding new research to help Australian families break the cycle of disadvantage.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced the Morrison Government was providing $32.1 million to establish a research centre to generate new knowledge about families.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of...

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