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The 14th Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) was again hosted by the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW from 16‒18 September 2013. This biennial conference is the country's leading event for the discussion and dissemination of social policy and aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers from across disciplines and provides an opportunity to explore research and practice.

2013 Conference theme is: Contemporary Challenges for Social Policy.

We are living through a time of major economic and social change that is presenting new challenges to social policy. In Australia and internationally, governments facing fiscal pressures are increasingly cutting back on 'welfare' spending at a time when many areas of need are increasing. Demographic change, rising inequality, environmental degradation and technological change create new challenges for social policy, but also present new opportunities to learn lessons and draw on research about what works and the impact of policy. The 2013 Australian Social Policy Conference will address many of the most important challenges facing Australian policy makers, practitioners and researchers at this key juncture. It will provide a forum for some of the leading national and international (including regional) researchers, along with analysts from the government and NGO sectors in Australia to present their findings and discuss and debate their implications

The theme of this year's conference addresses these issues and invites papers that may address the following areas:

  • Welfare reform
  • Income distribution and social inequalities
  • Identity and diversity
  • Families, work and care
  • Disability and mental health
  • Organisation and delivery of human services
  • Community and place
  • Homelessness and housing
  • Children, young people and families
  • Retirement and ageing
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Chinese social policy
  • Social policy in low and middle income countries
  • Open strand

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