Social Innovation

We examine the growing difficulty of accessing good jobs and adequate income support. We seek to understand and highlight the experiences of those who bear the brunt of the effects of policy choices that exacerbate inequality, including underpaid and exploited workers, people who can’t get a decent job, women, First Nations people, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disability and their carers, migrants and refugees, and others who are marginalised by our economic and social structures and denied their fair share of power and resources.

Past Events
June 21, 2023

The Careless State: Reforming Australia’s Social Services, with Mark Considine

A powerful statement of how to fix Australia’s failing social services. The lives of all Australians are profoundly affected by the quality of social services available, but a long list of royal commissions and public inquiries have revealed them to be failing. In The Careless State Mark Considine shows that the preferred model of reform ... Read more
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Progressive Economics
March 20, 2023

Multiples Matter: Investigating the support needs of multiple birth families

Families with multiples face a greater set of challenges compared to those with singletons.
Equitable Housing
April 9, 2021

Per Capita Submission to the Ten-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy for Victoria

Per Capita was excited and gratified to see the Victorian government announce the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build in 2020. As our advocacy has made clear, we believe that an investment in social housing construction of that scale or more is not only desperately needed to begin to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis in this state, but also represents one of the most effective and efficient forms of economic stimulus that we could employ as we recover and rebuild from COVID-19.
July 13, 2020

Home for Good: Communities for Wellbeing

In this fourth Home for Good policy brief, we explore ways to build ‘communities for wellbeing’. By this, we mean the ways in which good housing outcomes extend beyond individual housing circumstances to the context of neighbourhood and broader community.
March 23, 2020

Home for Good: Improving the Private Rental Market for Older Australians

This policy brief, the second in a series looking at housing options for an ageing population, draws on the work of Per Capita and TACSI, to explore and propose new and innovative pathways for private rental housing.
September 9, 2019

Mutual Appreciation: a social innovation thinkpiece

A triple threat is looming in relation to ageing in Australia, one with particular implications for women. While access to secure and affordable housing can mean the difference between poverty and a decent life in older age, full homeownership in Australia is increasingly a privilege.
September 12, 2017

Money for Jam: Financial Wellbeing through Micro-enterprise

Enabling women over 50 at risk of poverty to create financial wellbeing through micro-enterprise
May 9, 2016

Money For Jam: a co-design project

A co-design project enabling women at risk of poverty to create financial wellbeing through microenterprise.
Progressive Economics
April 5, 2016

Action and Impact: Melody Barnes in Melbourne

Melody Barnes served as Assistant to US President Obama and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 to January 2012. Melody is now the Chair of the Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions. Per Capita brought Ms Barnes to Australia for a series of events on building economic growth through social policy, cities and innovation, and insights into her community-based work at the White House.
October 21, 2013

Social Innovation, Public Good: New Approaches to Public Sector Productivity

How does one 'price' a well-educated child or a rapidly cured patient? This report argues that that we should look to the not-for-profit sector to measure social return on investment. By David Hetherington.
Progressive Economics
August 21, 2010

Memo to a Progressive Prime Minister: Leadership for the Long Term

The report, published after the 2010 election of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, explores how a progressive agenda can incorporate the building of a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous Australia. By David Hetherington and Tim Soutphommasane.
Progressive Economics
April 24, 2010

Promoting Good Choices: Patterns of Habit and the Role of Government

This paper argues that in Australia, good choices are those which promote the individual and common good, based on the progressive values of prosperity, fairness and community. By Jack Fuller.
Progressive Economics
July 24, 2008

The Full-Cost Economics of Climate Change: An Aluminium Case Study

This report applies a full-cost economics approach to climate change adaptation, using the aluminium industry as a case study to illustrate the complexity of the policy challenge. The report examines the positive value of jobs within the upstream aluminium industry, and the negative value of carbon emissions from the sector. By David Hetherington.
Progressive Economics
November 24, 2007

Memo to a Progressive Prime Minister: Australia: The Investing Society

This is an updated version of a report first written after the 2007 election of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. It proposes a new progressive governing project. We call this project the Investing Society: a renewed investment in sustaining our prosperity and in strengthening our communities. By David Hetherington and Tim Soutphommasane.