The Working Paper Series has demonstrated outstanding impact and reach in high-profile reports and inquiries from government and non-government organisations in Australia and internationally, and also attracts strong media interest and profile for authors. Showcase examples of the power of our Working Papers to inform important policy discussion and development include: the Productivity Commission’s 2018 report on the state of inequality in Australia; the Australian Government Inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence 2018-2019 and its final report, Living on the Edge; and the Australian Human Rights Commission 2017 Children’s Rights Report, which drew upon student-led Working Papers. Our Media and Communications Officer utilises a range of communications channels, and liaises with authors, to strategically position Working Papers to reach target audiences. This includes, but is not limited to: social media; media release; key policy outlets such as The Mandarin and Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO); news items on the Life Course Centre website; and inclusion in the Life Course Centre Digest.


In order to encourage the continued publication of high-quality, timely and high-impact research via the Working Paper Series, the Life Course Centre has implemented annual awards for all papers submitted in a calendar year (up to and including 31 December). The annual awards are judged in two categories: Best contribution to scholarship on social and economic disadvantage; and Best contribution to policy, practice or engagement to reduce social and economic disadvantage over the life course. There are separate Student and Researcher awards in each category, providing up to four prizes of $4,000 each. Terms and Conditions are available here.

How to Submit:

We welcome contributions to the Life Course Centre Working Paper Series by Research Fellows, Partner and Associate Investigators, Students and Research Affiliates from across institutions and research disciplines, including our international collaborators, as well as partner and industry organisations. If you would like to become a Life Course Centre Affiliate, please refer to the Affiliate Program details. Guidelines on how to submit a manuscript to the Working Paper Series and the manuscript submission form can be found here (DOC/PDF). For questions or further information, contact:

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