New approaches to tackling entrenched disadvantage

New approaches to tackling entrenched disadvantage

Nov 25
CEDA’s latest research will explore how Australia can make inroads to break the cycle of entrenched disadvantage.
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Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People
Shona Reid, Executive Director, Reconciliation SA
Ross Womersley, Chief Executive Officer, SACOSS

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. 

The report Disrupting disadvantage:setting the scene will explore the characteristics of these Australians living in persistent disadvantage, provide case studies of innovative approaches already being adopted in parts of Australia and the world, and discuss how South Australia can implement new approaches.

Event presentations

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the speaker

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.

Meet the panel

Helen Connolly
Commissioner for Children and Young People

Helen Connolly took up appointment as South Australia’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People in April 2017. Helen has 30 years’ experience as a leader in human services. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner for Children and Young People she was Executive Director of the Australian Red Cross in South Australia and Chair of the South Australian Council of Social Services Incorporated (SACOSS). Helen is a long-time advocate for building respectful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations, and has established networks and relationships through her position as Co-Chair of Reconciliation SA.

Shona Reid
Executive Director, Reconciliation SA

Ms Reid is a proud Eastern Arrernte Woman, with family connections that extend into the Hart Ranges in the Northern Territory. With the separation of her family from their country many years ago, Shona has lived and worked across South Australia for most of her life and regards South Australia as home. With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science Degree from Flinders University, Shona has devoted her knowledge, experience, professional and personal life to the advancement and rights of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities for over two decades.

Meet the chair

Ross Womersley
Chief Executive Officer, SACOSS

Ross has had an extensive involvement in community services over many years and is driven by the idea that we live in a community in which everyone is included and has access the good things in life. He is the CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) – the peak body for the non-government community and health sector leading the fight against poverty. Across time he has filled many roles including as a manager, advocate, teacher, leader, evaluator, mentor and consultant.  He has served on a range of Boards and committees, has been deeply involved in both training and the evaluation of human services. Ross has a formal background and qualifications in Psychology.

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