Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene

Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene

Nov 26
Community, business and government will come together to explore the need for Australia and Western Australia to break the cycle of entrenched disadvantage – it’s time to see results. There are some innovative projects gaining momentum in the state and producing positive outcomes for recipients and society. This research launch will provide a much needed update on progress.
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Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
Louise Giolitto, Chief Executive Officer, WA Council of Social Service
Mark Glasson, Chief Executive Officer, Anglicare WA
Nilesh Makwana, Chief Executive Officer, Illuminance Solutions

Event Overview

As the Productivity Commission observes, disadvantage is a multidimensional concept encompassing low economic resources (poverty), the inability to afford the essentials of life (material deprivation), the inability to participate in the economy and society (social exclusion). It effects three per cent of the population include single-parent families, unemployed people, people with disabilities and Indigenous Australians.
In CEDA’s 2018 report Connecting People with Progress, this was identified as an area of not enough progress despite 28 years of continuous economic growth.
CEDA’s discussion will focus on recent report findings Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene and will stress the importance of early identification and intervention critical for those at risk and focus on:
  • failures in current systems and what if any initiatives are making inroads;
  • how feasible it would be to address some of the shortcomings in current services; and
  • potential enablers of better policy and programs to address entrenched disadvantage.

Event presentations

Jarrod Ball, CEDA MP3 | PDF

Louise Giolitto, WACOSS MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

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.

Louise Giolitto
Chief Executive Officer, WA Council of Social Service

Louise Giolitto is Chief Executive Officer of WA Council of Social Service. Louise is widely experienced in the community services sector, having served in numerous executive roles in the sector for more than 24 years. Her experience spans the fields of youth, employment, homelessness, housing, education and training, mentoring, drug education, emergency relief and seniors, across small, medium and large organisations.

Louise has the commitment and belief that the Community Services sector needs collective commitment and leadership to improve the quality of life to community members disadvantaged by the inequities in our society, especially the lives of children, women and families. WACOSS provides the ideal platform for the Community Services sector to support organisations deliver essential services, work collaboratively to advocate to government, raise community awareness, network and share best practice to address the inequities and provide a strong voice for those community members in need. 

Meet the panel

Mark Glasson
Chief Executive Officer, Anglicare WA

Mark has over twenty five years’ experience across a range of human services which includes service delivery to families and children, community development, public policy and services to offenders.  He has held senior executive positions for the Government of Western Australia and also worked in Local Government and community organisations. Mark joined Anglicare WA in October 2013 and until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer held responsibility for service delivery across WA. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University and is a GAICD. Mark has been the Chairperson of Shelter WA since 2015 and is the Co-convenor of the Home Stretch WA Campaign and a member of the Ending Homelessness WA Alliance.

Nilesh Makwana
Chief Executive Officer, Illuminance Solutions

Nilesh Makwana is CEO of Illuminance Solutions and a passionate advocate for ICT and its capacity to change lives. Nilesh led the development of AvantCare, an award-winning integrated client and services information management system designed to help the human services sector meet the challenges faced in a time of considerable change to the government’s funding model NDIS. Nilesh also led the development of the Aboriginal Trust Management System, a unique technology solution to the administrators and recipients of the Native Title trustee organisations.

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