Melbourne Institute Virtual Colloquium

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Join us in a colloquium for policymakers, practitioners, and analysts

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This regularly held colloquium presents our findings and provides a forum for a broad discussion on a range of topics that inform and shape Australian economic and social policy. Each colloquium is moderated by the Melbourne Institute Director (Professor A. Abigail Payne) or the Melbourne Institute Deputy Director (Professor Roger Wilkins).

Each colloquium starts at 12 noon, a great lunchtime break. The platform for the colloquia is through Zoom. We also offer participation through Slido. Upon registration, we will send you the link for both Zoom and Slido.

Spatial and Community Dimensions of Poverty

Tuesday 10th November, 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Professor A. Abigail Payne

Poverty remains an issue that Australia must address. The importance of addressing entrenched and persistent poverty is ever more important given 2020 events such as devastation from the bushfires and the economic issues that have resulted from our needing to address COVID-19. As a country, poverty rates fall below those observed for the USA but above those observed for the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Poverty, when measured at a community level, ranges from 0 percent to well over 60 percent. For more than 40 percent of our communities, current poverty rates in Australia are simply unacceptable. This colloquium will explore the dynamics of community poverty rates. The presentation and discussion will reflect on the findings in a soon to be released report in the Melbourne Institute Breaking Down Barriers series (supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation).

Can an Innovative Early Years Program Improve Outcomes for Children Facing Extreme Adversity?

Tuesday 17th November, 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Dr Yi-Ping Tseng

Children who experience prolonged exposure to trauma and abuse early in life are set on a trajectory of diminished wellbeing. This colloquium will describe how an innovative Australian intervention targeted at vulnerable children, the Early Years Education Program (EYEP), has bought large improvements in their intellectual and social development. Ideas for how EYEP might be replicated in other settings, and how the research findings can be used to inform future policy-making, will be presented.

Key Research Findings from Current and Past Releases of a Survey of Australians

Tuesday 1st December, 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Professor Roger Wilkins

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is a record of how we live. It shows researchers many things; for example, how economics affects our lives, or how choices made in the past lead to particular life outcomes. Above all, the Survey enables researchers to see how Australia – and its population – have changed over time. The annual HILDA Statistical Report captures the essence of the Survey data, revealing selected research findings from the wealth of information collected since 2001. In this colloquia, Professor Roger Wilkins will provide an overview of this year’s report, of selected findings from waves 1 to 18. The presentation will focus on what the HILDA Survey tells us about life in Australia prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what the report’s findings may mean for our post-COVID future.

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