ACOSS (the Australian Council of Social Service) and UNSW Sydney have partnered to tackle poverty and inequality head on through a $2 million, 5 year partnership backed by  Australian Red Cross, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, The Salvation Army, cohealth, a Victorian community health service, Mission Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society National Council, The Smith Family and Anglicare Australia; along with philanthropists the BB & A Miller Foundation; and the Australian Communities Foundation Impact Fund (and three subfunds – Hart Line, Raettvisa and the David Morawetz Social Justice Fund).

Partnership Directors: Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO, and Professor Carla Treloar, Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney.

The struggle to afford basic daily needs is a serious problem for many people in Australia despite being a wealthy country. This collaboration aims to focus national attention on poverty and inequality through high-quality research, policy development and advocacy to effect change.

The partnership will monitor trends in poverty and inequality over time and explore the drivers of poverty and inequality to inform effective action to eliminate these problems.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the Poverty and Inequality Partnership determines the research priorities of the Partnership and advises on Partnership initiatives. It consists of representatives from ACOSS and the partner faculties of UNSW Sydney, and representatives of supporting partner organisations.

The Steering Committee is made up of the following members:

  • Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS
  • Professor Carla Treloar, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
  • Jacqueline Phillips, ACOSS
  • Associate Professor Bruce Bradbury, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
  • Dr Yuvisthi Naidoo, Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Evelyne de Leeuw, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Mark Harris, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Brendan Edgeworth, Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Bill Randolph, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Shelley Mallett, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Yvonne Kwan, The Salvation Army Australia
  • Carmel Sefian, The Salvation Army Australia
  • Anne Hampshire, The Smith Family
  • Susan Maury,  Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
  • Zara Lasatar, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
  • Kathryn Di Nicola, Mission Australia
  • Rachel Christie, Mission Australia
  • Andrew Kos, Mission Australia
  • Rose Beynon, Society of St Vincent de Paul National Council
  • Brooke McKail, Anglicare
  • Rachel Siewert, WACOSS
  • Juanita Frost, on behalf of National Council of Single Mothers & their Children

Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel of the Poverty and Inequality Partnership provides independent advice on the direction and focus of the Partnership’s research and policy activities.

The Advisory Panel is made up of the following members:

  • Terese Edwards, National Council of Single Mothers and Their Children
  • John Hewson, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, ANU
  • Roger Wilkins, University of Melbourne
  • Owen Bennet, Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union
  • Fran Baum, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity
  • Jarrod Ball, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)
  • Mary Patetsos, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA)