New solutions are needed to underpin the Australian social ideal of a “fair go”, and to drive future global economic productivity. The Australian Productivity Commission identifies deep and persistent disadvantage as a significant problem in Australia given the failure of growing national prosperity over the past two decades to benefit underprivileged Australians. Social disadvantage is a global challenge. This Centre will advance basic, applied and translational research to reduce intergenerational and long-term disadvantage. Through the maturation of longitudinal datasets and advanced data integration we can follow the journeys of Australian families over generations and across the life course. This data will provide evidence for new policies and make a real difference to the lives of children and families.

Funding:$20 million over 7 years

Centre Director:Professor Janeen Baxter

Administering Organisation:The University of Queensland

Collaborating and Partner Organisations:

  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia       
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Boston College
  • Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Australian Government Department of Education and Training
  • Australian Government Department of Social Services
  • Australian Government Department of Employment
  • Institute of Education, London
  • National University of Singapore
  • Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services 
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • University College Dublin
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Essex, UK
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Victorian Department of Education and Training
  • Wesley Mission Brisbane
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