Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene

Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene

Dec 5
CEDA's latest research explores potential enablers of better policy and programs to address entrenched disadvantage in Australia.


Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
Professor Roger Wilkins, Professorial Fellow, Deputy Director and HILDA Survey Deputy Director (Research), University of Melbourne
Professor Shelley Mallett, Director, Research and Policy, Brotherhood St Laurence
Patricia Faulkner AO, Chairman, Jesuit Social Services

Event overview

Across the Australian community, most analyses of inequality agree on one thing – the need to focus policy efforts on the approximately 700,000 people who have been in income poverty for at least the last four years.

Taking a different approach, CEDA’s newest report, Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene, will focus on the potential enablers of better policy and programs to address entrenched disadvantage in the future and looking into the three per cent of the population that includes single-parent families, unemployed people, people with disabilities and Indigenous Australians.

Join CEDA Chief Economist, Jarrod Ball and panellists as they discuss disrupting disadvantage, including:

  • What are the economic and social drivers that underpin the existence of disadvantage in Australian society?;
  • What are the structural, policy and cultural factors that impact at risk communities and vulnerable minorities in breaking cycles of entrenched disadvantage?; and
  • What is the responsibility and actions of businesses, government and our social sectors in disrupting disadvantage in Australia and how do we get there?
Trustees are invited to attend as CEDA guests.

Meet the keynote speaker

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Jarrod Ball joined CEDA as Chief Economist in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as an economist across the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles at the Business Council of Australia, in EY’s advisory services practice and more recently at BHP. Jarrod also worked in the Federal Government and was a lead adviser on microeconomic reform for the Victorian Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. He is a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy and the Melbourne Economic Forum. Jarrod holds a Masters degree in Economics from Monash University and undergraduate degrees in Business (Economics) and Arts from the University of Southern Queensland.

Meet the panel

Professor Roger Wilkins
Professorial Fellow, Deputy Director and HILDA Survey Deputy Director (Research), University of Melbourne

Professor Roger Wilkins is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Deputy Director (Research) of the HILDA Survey, Australia’s nationally representative longitudinal household study. His research interests include the nature, causes and consequences of labour market outcomes; the distribution and dynamics of individuals’ economic wellbeing; and the incidence and determinants of poverty, social exclusion and welfare dependence. As part of his work on the HILDA Survey, Roger produces the annual HILDA Survey Statistical Report, which each year analyses the latest release of the HILDA data. He has also produced the Australian income component of the World Inequality Database since 2014. Roger is a member of the ABS Labour Statistics Advisory Group, and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Research Panel, and is a Policy Adviser for the Australian Council of Social Service. He is also a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

Professor Shelley Mallett
Director, Research and Policy, Brotherhood St Laurence

Shelley Mallett is the Professorial Fellow in Social Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and Director, Research and Policy at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.  While her research interests are broad including gender and health inequities, and youth transitions, she has particular expertise in homelessness and housing research, especially youth homelessness.  She is a former member of the Victorian Drug and Alcohol Prevention Council and longstanding board member of the Council to Homeless Persons. She is the author of two books, including Moving Out and Moving On: Young People’s Pathways in and through Homelessness, and the recipient of several research awards, including the DM Myers award, and the VicHealth Public Health Research award.

Patricia Faulkner AO
Chairman, Jesuit Social Services

Patricia’s career has spanned the most senior levels of both the public and private sectors. She has been a CEO of large and complex government departments and a Partner in a major advisory firm (KPMG). She now has a portfolio of Board and advisory roles, both as Chairman and Member. Patricia was awarded an Order of Australia in June 2008 for her services to the field of Health and Social Policy; and a Centenary Medal in 2002 for services to Public Administration. Patricia was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Monash University in September 2013. 

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