Investing in Australia’s Future: The promises and pitfalls of the ‘Investment’ approach to welfare


An interactive discussion about the promises and pitfalls of investment approaches to welfare.

Start Date

8th Jun 2017 6:00pm

End Date

8th Jun 2017 7:30pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

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The priority investment approach to welfare has been heralded as a new and more effective way of ensuring vulnerable Australians have a better future. It involves identifying members of the community at risk of long-term welfare dependency and providing social, education and employment services aimed at enabling them to participate more fully in the labour market and wider community. This approach has been implemented in a number of countries including New Zealand and was a key recommendation of the McClure Review of Australia’s welfare system.

However, while Priority Investment has the potential to address entrenched disadvantage, there are criticisms of the narrow targeting and limit scope of these early interventions.

Join key policy analysts from Australia and New Zealand as they discuss the promises and pitfalls of investment approaches to welfare.


  • Michael Fletcher, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, Auckland University of Technology
  • Kym Goodes, Chief Executive, TasCOSS (Tasmanian Council of Social Services)
  • Professor Shelley Mallett, General Manager research and policy, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Professor Peter Whiteford, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Chaired by Professor Richard Eccleston, Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change

Refreshments from 5.30pm.

Presented by the Institute for the Study of Social Change (UTAS), the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.