The UWA Social Policy Practice & Research Consortium undertakes social policy and research projects on all aspects of social policy and provides multi-disciplinary graduate and postgraduate research training.
Social policy is an integral part of everyone’s daily life and affects the decisions and choices we are able to make. In Australia, over the years there have been numerous social policy initiatives that have targeted vulnerable and marginalised groups such as the unemployed, people with disabilities, single parents and Aboriginal communities in order to address inequalities within our economic system.
Policy practice is considered to be the activity that social workers and other professionals engage in to propose and change social policies in order to achieve the goal of social and economic justice.
This activity includes:
The UWA Social Policy Practice and Research Consortium provides a teaching/learning environment for social policy academics and students to work in collaboration with other organisations and communities to research, analyse and shape social policy decisions.
The Consortium includes a multidisciplinary perspective to its research and teaching, and as such engages with community groups, business, government and non-government services to better understand the issues Australians face today.
An Advisory Board comprising influential leaders from the policy field with a wide range of expertise provides advice to the Consortium.