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Close-Up: Danny Lester

Danny Lester is a proud Aboriginal Man with family connections from the Singleton, La Perouse and Orient Point communities. The Lester Family has a rich and valued culture that has been taught through generations, he is one of four children. Danny is the CEO of Aboriginal Employment Strategy. Boss Magazine  voted  him on the BOSS list of 2012…

3 Mar 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Enhancing diversion for young people at risk of youth justice involvement

By Julie Edwards, CEO, Jesuit Social Services* Diversion has been a defining feature of youth justice systems throughout Australia for several decades. While experience and evidence have shown us the positive impacts that diversion can have, there are still major challenges in maintaining support for this approach. By way of some background, diversion is an…

28 Feb 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

CALD communities underutilise crisis services

Australia's crisis services are among the best in the world. Yet, with 200 languages spoken throughout the country, ensuring equal access for non-English speakers remains a tremendous challenge. In the lead-up to the National Emergency Relief Summit, we had the chance to speak to Eva Hussain, CEO at Polaron Language Services about providing access to…

24 Feb 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

The pantry to the welfare sector

In the last financial year Foodbank Australia has experienced an 11% increase in community groups seeking food assistance. In the lead-up to the National Emergency Relief Summit, we had the chance to speak to Gerry Andersen, CEO at Foodbank NSW about the reasons behind the rising demand, what families are most affected and the biggest…

4 Feb 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Prevention not punishment: Helping young offenders getting their life back on track

Trevor Summers is the program manager South West Youth Services (SWYS) at Mission Australia. We had the chance to speak to him about youth crime prevention, community education and the importance of collaboration between different stakeholders. Can you tell us about the Youth Crime Prevention Program (YCPP) and what led to the initiative? Trevor Summers:…

3 Feb 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Close-up: Commissioner Alasdair Roy

Alasdair Roy is the Children & Young People Commissioner (CYPC), within the ACT Human Rights Commission. Alasdair believes that it is important for children and young people to have a say in decisions that affect them.  “I think that the best way to find out what anyone really thinks about something is to ask them…

30 Jan 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Close-up: Professor Peter Saunders

Emergency situations are traumatic to anyone who experiences them. However, it is the most vulnerable members of society that are affected the most. According to studies by Professor Peter Saunders, Research Chair at the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, 14% of Australians are unable to raise $2000 within a week in a case of emergency. …

24 Jan 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Social Impact talks Social Financing

Social Finance, the deployment of financial instruments to fund community organisations, is generating considerable interest from both the public and private sector. But how will it work in reality? What is the finance community’s appetite for such projects in today’s economic climate? How will backers generate a return on their investment? And, what about the…

20 Jun 2012, by Informa Australia
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