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Retirement Incomes and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Submission to the Treasury Retirement Incomes Review The purpose of this submission is to impress upon the Secretariat and Treasury researchers conducting the review of Australia’s retirement income system of the need to include a focus on the adequacy of retirement incomes for Indigenous Australians and to... Read article 22 May 2020Public Submissions Read More
Jobkeeper payment: how will it work, who will miss out and how to get it? Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University and Alan Duncan, Curtin University The A$130 billion $1,500-per-fortnight JobKeeper payment will benefit six million Australians for six months, with payments expected from May 1. Eligible businesses include not-for-profits and businesses with turnovers of less than... Read article 31 March 2020News & Public Commentary Read More
The urgent need to embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture This article first appeared in The Border Mail. Successive Australian governments have grappled with “Closing the Gap” on Indigenous disadvantage. Like many First Nations peoples, Indigenous Australians face poorer psychological well-being, physical health and socioeconomic outcomes than their non-Indigenous counterparts.... Read article 5 December 2019Media Releases Read More
Study finds Indigenous culture boosts children’s outcomes Indigenous children who are taught about their traditional culture by their parents are better equipped to overcome stress and more likely to thrive later in life, new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre research has found. The research, published in the International... Read article 25 November 2019Media Releases Read More
Rise in migrant workforce boosts wages for Australian workers Eliminating the skills mismatch of qualified migrants in Australia through improved jobs matching and better education and training could deliver $6 billion to the Australian economy each year, a new report released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) today... Read article 1 November 2019Media Releases Read More
New report identifies 163,000 new jobs for WA workers Diversifying the State’s economy to develop emerging new sectors including defence, lithium, big data and tourism would create more than 163,000 new jobs in Western Australia within the next five years, a new report released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics... Read article 30 August 2019Media Releases Read More
Fall in ageing Australians’ home-ownership rates looms as seismic shock for housing policy Outright home ownership has long been regarded as a supporting pillar of Australian retirement incomes policies. A report released today by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) raises concerns that rising mortgage debt and falling home ownership rates... Read article 27 August 2019News & Public Commentary Read More
Greater support needed for women pursuing careers in STEM, study finds Women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are facing barriers that require attitude changes and additional support – such as scholarships and tax breaks – in order for Australia to truly benefit from more women in the... Read article 3 July 2019Media Releases Read More
Housing stress easing for home owners but still an issue for renters — Rents not falling in line with WA’s softening housing market — — Policy intervention is required to generate a sustained supply of affordable housing — Low-income earners and single parents are among the Australian households who are regularly struggling... Read article 31 May 2019Media Releases Read More
Housing affordability has improved slightly, but people on lower incomes will continue to struggle The re-election of the Morrison government has delivered an Australian housing policy platform based on home ownership. The recently announced First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and the existing First Home Super Saver Scheme complement first home buyer grants and stamp... Read article 31 May 2019News & Public Commentary Read More
Aussie students impacted by inequality of their family’s origins: study The gender stereotypes and cultural norms of a child’s family heritage impacts their academic performance in Australian schools, research led by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre shows. The research, published in The Australian Educational Researcher, compared 2015 Programme for International... Read article 22 May 2019Media Releases Read More
More hospitals will not cure Australia’s ailing health-care system. There’s a more efficient way The federal government has just promised to increase spending on public hospitals from A$21.7 billion in 2018 to A$26.2 billion by 2023. Expect more hospital promises in coming weeks. There is a long history of parties at both state and... Read article 9 April 2019News & Public Commentary Read More