Addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia

Addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia

Apr 30
The economics of inequality and entrenched disadvantage in Australia are of growing concern. The social and economic cost and resulting constraints to growth demands new thinking and new approaches.


Peter Maher OAM, Chief Executive Officer, St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland
Alison McClelland, Commissioner, Productivity Commission
Dr Julia Newton-Howes, Chief Executive, CARE Australia

Event overview

Despite a low unemployment rate and record levels of workforce participation, communities in Australia are entrenched in disadvantage. Policy and funding reforms have done little to improve the baseline of poverty and exclusion. It is ever more important that services and solutions from all sectors effectively respond and are engaged in addressing entrenched disadvantage.

At the Queensland release of the CEDA's Addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia policy perspective speakers will analyse the economics of disadvantage and inequality and consider what will drive real change.

Join this discussion among senior leaders from across sectors. All attendees will receive the Addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia report with fresh insights on:

  • The nature and extent of disadvantage;
  • The economics and social cost; and
  • New models and ways to address entrenched disadvantage.


Meet the speakers

Peter Maher OAM
Chief Executive Officer, St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland

Before joining the St Vincent de Paul Society, Peter advised the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on welfare reform. He previously held senior roles with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Centrelink and in the not-for-profit sector.

Alison McClelland
Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Prior to appointment to the Productivity Commission Alison McClelland was Executive Director at the Victorian Department for Planning and Community Development. A leading academic on social work, social policy and social research her work on labour mobility, education, and disadvantage has influenced government, private sector and non government organisations strategies and programs.

Dr Julia Newton-Howes
Chief Executive, CARE Australia

Dr Newton-Howes has overseen programs to address poverty and disadvantage in over 24 countries. She has currently a worldwide staff of more than 11,000. She has worked with World Bank, AusAID and holds a PhD in science from Imperial College London.

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