Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene

Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene

Nov 14
CEDA’s latest research Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene explores how Australia can make inroads to break the cycle of entrenched disadvantage. 
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Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
Alan Greenfield, Principal, Taylor Fry
Anne Hampshire, Head of Research and Advocacy, The Smith Family
Michael Baldwin, Head of Communications and Community, First State Super

Event Overview

Across the Australian community, most analyses of inequality agree on one thing – the need to focus policy efforts on the approximately 700,000 people who have been in income poverty for at least the last four years. In Connecting People with Progress, CEDA called this out as an area where Australia had not made enough progress despite 28 years of continuous economic growth.

This three per cent of the population includes single-parent families, unemployed people, people with disabilities and Indigenous Australians. As the Productivity Commission observes, disadvantage is a multidimensional concept encompassing low economic resources; inability to afford the essentials of life and inability to participate in the economy and society. 

CEDA’s forthcoming research Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene will advocate for policy progress that enhances opportunities for vulnerable people within our community. This event will:
  • Demonstrate the most critical shortcomings in the current suite of systems, supports, policies and programs that are relevant to people living in entrenched disadvantage; and
  • Highlight the key enablers for more effective early intervention and support to lift people out of entrenched disadvantage. 

Event presentations

Jarrod Ball, CEDA PDF

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the speakers

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Jarrod Ball joined CEDA as Chief Economist in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as an economist across the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles at the Business Council of Australia, in EY’s advisory services practice and more recently at BHP. Jarrod also worked in the Federal Government and was a lead adviser on microeconomic reform for the Victorian Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. He is a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy and the Melbourne Economic Forum. Jarrod holds a Masters degree in Economics from Monash University and undergraduate degrees in Business (Economics) and Arts from the University of Southern Queensland.

Alan Greenfield
Principal, Taylor Fry

Alan co-founded Taylor Fry in 1999, helping to establish the actuarial business and, later, an expansion into analytics. He now works with clients across a range of practice areas to make a difference in people’s lives using big data. In 2015, he was awarded Actuary of the Year by the Actuaries Institute for his contribution in developing the investment approach to public policy making.

Anne Hampshire
Head of Research and Advocacy, The Smith Family

Anne Hampshire has over 20 years’ experience working across the community and government sectors, including at national, state, regional and local  levels. Anne has researched and written in a range of areas, including children, young people and families, unemployment, social capital and rural and regional communities. Anne has contributed to the development of a range of initiatives aimed at addressing disadvantage, including for young people, families and communities.

Meet the chair

Michael Baldwin
Head of Communications and Community, First State Super

As Head of Communications and Community, Michael has responsibility for promoting First State Super’s engagement with government, media, industry, community and other key internal and external stakeholders. He is also a member of First State Super’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Over the past 20 years Michael has built a career in leadership, business and partnership management in roles spanning both the arts and corporate sectors.

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