Labour Economics and Social Policy Research Program

The Labour Economics and Social Policy Research Program investigates a broad range of labour market and social policy issues, with a focus on income distribution and social inclusion. Disadvantaged groups in society, such as individuals on a low income or with low skills, are of particular interest with an aim to improve their circumstances through appropriate policies. Health and education are important factors in much of the research.

The Program's research activity is funded from a variety of government and non-government sources. Important funding sources have included the Social Policy Research Services (SPRS) contract with the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department for Families and Community Services, and the National VET Research and Evaluation Program for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. Other significant funding sources have been the Department of Social Services (and its predecessor the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) in particular for funding the Journeys Home survey, the Australian Government Treasury, the Victorian State Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the New Zealand Treasury, the Australian Reserarch Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council and the University of Melbourne.