Front-line workers as intermediaries : the changing landscape of disability and employment services in Australia

Marston, Gregory (2013) Front-line workers as intermediaries : the changing landscape of disability and employment services in Australia. In Brodkin, Evelyn & Marston, Gregory (Eds.) Work and the Welfare State : Street-Level Organizations and Workfare Politics. Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 209-225.

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Abstract

Recent welfare reform in Australia has been constructed around the now-familiar principle of paid work and willingness to work as the fundamental marker of social citizenship. Beginning with the long-term unemployed in Australia in the mid 1990s, the scope of welfare reform has now extended to include people with a disability – which is a category of income support that has been growing in Australia. From the national government’s point of view this growth is a financial concern as it seeks to move as many people as possible into paid work to support the costs of an ageing population (DEWR, 2005). In doing so, the government has changed the meaning of disability in terms of eligibility for financial support from the state, and at the same time redefined the role of people with a disability with regard to work, and the role of the state with regard to the disabled. This has been a matter of some political contention in Australia.

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ID Code: 66404
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: disability, employment, street-level bureaucracy
ISBN: 9781626160002
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Georgetown University Press
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2014 02:48
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 04:40

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