Welcome

The Australian Social Policy Association (aspa) is a non-profit organisation and professional association of social policy researchers, educators, practitioners and policy-makers.

It promotes debate and increased understanding of social policy in Australia and productive collaborations between those working and researching in social policy locally, in the Asia-Pacific region and internationally.

ASPA seeks to support the community of social policy researchers, policy makers and analysts, practitioners, advocates and consultants, in their efforts to understand and contribute to the promotion of human well-being.

Our Mission

Support and foster research, practice and education in social policy in the university, non-government and government sectors.

Create a forum for the exchange of information and ideas about social policy in national and international contexts.

Facilitate and encourage higher degree research training in social policy.

Establish links with other Australian and international organisations that have an interest in social policy issues.

Membership

The Association provides its members with access to:

  • publications
  • seminars
  • workshops and conferences
  • cross-sectoral networking opportunities
  • higher degree research forums and networks

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Money matters: The state of play in child support

In Australia, as elsewhere, child support continues to attract considerable policy interest. Poverty has an ugly face, particularly for children, and an effective child support system can lessen the chances of children being thrust into poverty if their parents separate. Australia’s child support system is the envy of many countries around the world. But like…
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The inaugural Peter Saunders Prize was awarded to Lucy Groenhart and Terry Burke for their paper ‘What has happened to Australia’s public housing? Thirty years of policy and outcomes, 1981 to 2011’. 

Professor at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Terry’s research interests are lower income housing (public and private rental housing), housing affordability, urban segregation, and comparative urban and social policy.

Now studying medicine in New Zealand, Lucy was formerly an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology with research interests focusing on social housing and tenure mix, and urban policy evaluation.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Australian Journal of Social Issues, the Peter Saunders prize was awarded to the best paper published in AJSI in a calendar year.

Peter Saunders prize awarded

The inaugural Peter Saunders Prize was awarded to Lucy Groenhart and Terry Burke for their paper ‘What has happened to Australia’s public housing? Thirty years of policy and outcomes, 1981 to 2011’. Professor at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Terry’s research interests are lower income housing (public and private rental housing),…
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Journal news – Wiley to publish AJSI from 2017

The Australian Social Policy Association is proud to announce that on 1 September 2016 a contract was signed with Wiley to publish the Australian Journal of Social Issues (AJSI).  As part of this agreement, the Association will maintain ownership of the journal and pay an annual fee for its members to have access to a…
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