How do we use an area-based indicator for social policy? Lessons learned from a Child and Social Exclusion Index in Australia

Stream: Australia’s welfare / social data
Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Time: 10.45 am – 12.25 pm


Child Social Exclusion (CSE) is a complex and multi-dimensional measure of social and material disadvantage. It extends the concept of child poverty by reflecting the extent towhich children lack the opportunities and resources to participate fully in their communities and feel connected. The CSE Index is an area-based indicator of the risk of experiencing multiple intersecting forms of disadvantage which lead to marginalisation. An area with the lowest risk of CSE may nevertheless have children who experience social exclusion. Application of an updated CSE methodology to data from the 2011 and 2016 Censuses reveals that the level of CSE in a small area (LSA2) is remarkably stable over time. Analysing the strength of association between level of CSE and important policy indicators such as developmental vulnerability and child protection activity demonstrates the potential use of the CSE for policy-makers and service providers alike.


Riyana Miranti (Presenter), NATSEM, IGPA, University of Canberra
Riyana (Mira) Miranti is an Associate Professor at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) ,
IGPA at the University of Canberra. Mira holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University and has a research interest in the areas of wellbeing and disadvantage across the life cycle. She has led the development of the latest 2016 Child and Youth Social Exclusion Indexes and is the co-author of ‘Small area Indicators of Wellbeing for Older Australians (IWOA)’.

Laurie Brown, NATSEM, IGPA, University of Canberra
Laurie Brown is a Professor and Research Director at IGPA. Laurie is one of Australasia’s leading health geographers and modellers. Laurie has over 25 years experience in public policy and practice and researching the impacts of demographic, social and economic change. She has an academic background in health geography, population studies, epidemiology, health economics and health services research.

Robyn Seth-Purdie (Presenter), UnitingCare Australia and Griffith Institute of Criminology
Robyn Seth-Purdie is a Senior Analyst with UnitingCare Australia and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Griffith Institute of Criminology. She has extensive experience in social policy and has conducted research in a range of fields including early childhood, welfare, criminology, governance and public administration. Her current interests focus on equity as a population harm prevention mechanism.