Social Inclusion Presentation by Deputy Prime Minister
Saturday, 23rd February 2008 at 12:13 pm
Third sector representatives are invited to register for a presentation by the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard on the Federal Government’s social inclusion agenda.
The presentation will take place on Thursday 28 February at 4.30pm at the University of NSW, Kensington.
The event is being hosted by the Centre for Social Impact in partnership with the Australian Social Innovation Exchange, a project being developed in association with The Young Foundation’s global social innovation exchange initiative.
The Deputy Prime Minister will set out her views on the priorities and opportunities ahead for the Australian Government’s commitment to a social inclusion agenda and to reshaping the health, education and community sectors through collaborative national reform.
The new Rudd Government announced it would establish a Social Inclusion Board that will lead consultation in the community, listening to leading welfare advocates, economists and policy specialists.
The aim is to advise the Government on what, how and where major social investment efforts must begin, feeding into the operations of a new Social Inclusion Unit to be established in the Prime Minister’s Department.
At the time, Julia Gillard said social inclusion initiatives would not be about welfare – they would be an investment strategy to join social policy to economic policy to the benefit of both.
For this reason, the Social Inclusion Unit and Board would be made up of serious economic and social thinkers, not just welfare representatives.
She said there is a need to change the way Governments at all levels deliver services to tackle disadvantage. It’s going to be about bottom up not top-down measures to tackle disadvantage –asking local governments, non-government organizations and businesses to participate in new place-based governance arrangements that bring together Commonwealth, State and local funds in the most effective way to lift up disadvantaged communities
Professor Geoff Mulgan, Director of the Young Foundation (a centre for social innovation in London) will also give an address.
Registrations close next Wednesday 26 February.
Please register via the web link here: http://public-files.syd.bang.net.au/cisco/cis2874_social%20innovation%20edm/CIS2874_social%20innovation_web.html