New approaches to overcoming entrenched disadvantage



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In 2019, CEDA will explore how Australia can adopt innovative new approaches to breaking the cycle of entrenched disadvantage.
Building on its 2015 report into entrenched disadvantage and 2018 report into inequality, CEDA will explore how Australia can adopt innovative new approaches to breaking the cycle of entrenched disadvantage. Across the Australian community, most analyses of inequality agree on one thing – the need to focus policy efforts on the approximately 3 per cent of the population who have been in income poverty for at least the last four years.

Despite this, limited progress has been made on much-needed ‘handmade’ policies, tailored to address the circumstances of people living in persistent disadvantage at a local level. It is clear that large government programs have failed to make sufficient in-roads and new approaches are needed. Such approaches are likely to utilise the experience and expertise of a range of sectors to deliver intensive place-based support. 

This research report will explore the characteristics of the 700,000 Australians living in persistent disadvantage, provide case studies of innovative approaches already being adopted in parts of Australia and the world, and outline how Australia implements new approaches.

This research will be released in late October.

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