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Australian Social Policy Conference Session – UNSW/ACOSS Poverty and Inequality Partnership presents: Poverty and inequality in the Covid crisis

4 November 2021 @ 2:00 pm -4:00 pm

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Date: Thursday 4 November

Time: 02.00PM–04.00PM

Chair: Dr Yuvisthi Naidoo, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre  

Session overview

The Covid crisis has been associated with dramatic changes to the incomes of Australian families. In 2020, lockdowns led to job losses, while household incomes were supported by wage subsidies and income support supplements. In 2021, these supports have been significantly reduced. In this session, we look at different aspects of the impact of the crisis on family incomes, in the context of both longer-term trends and international comparisons.


The Covid impact on the Australian labour market 
Bjorn Jarvis, ABS

Income support and poverty from the turn of the century to the Covid crisis
A/Prof Bruce Bradbury, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre

COVID Jobseeker and Jobkeeper impacts on poverty under current and alternative policy scenarios
A/Prof Ben Phillips, Australian National University (ANU)

Income support during the Covid crisis: International perspectives
Prof Peter Whiteford, Australian National University (ANU)

‘In this together, recovering unequally’: Income inequality in the pandemic 
Dr Peter Davidson, ACOSS & UNSW Social Policy Research Centre

Charmaine Crowe, ACOSS