Redistributive policy

Podcast: Women and the social security system

On this episode of Policy Forum ModuleElise Klein from Australian National University and Kay Cook from Swinburne University join us to discuss how to improve Australia’s social security system, especially how it serves women.

Does the Australian social security system serve women as it should? How is care valued within the system? And what policy responses are needed to ensure that it improves people’s lives rather than hurts? On this episode of Policy Forum Module, Associate Professor Elise Klein and Professor Kay Cook join Professor Sharon Bessell and Dr. Arnagretta Hunter to discuss these questions and more. Listen now: https://bit.ly/3CDDR2r

Elise Klein OAM is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. His research focuses on development policies and social policies with a particular interest in work, redistribution, decoloniality and care.

Kay Cook is Professor and Associate Dean, Research in the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education at Swinburne University of Technology.

Sharon Bessel is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy.

Arnagretta Hunter is a Human Futures Fellow at ANU College of Health and Medicine, Cardiologist, Physician, and Clinical Lecturer at ANU Medical School.

View Notes | The following were mentioned during this episode:

The Failure of Child Support: Gendered Systems of Inaccessibility, Inaction, and IrresponsibilityKay Cook (forthcoming)

Social security and timetable during COVID-19Elise Klein, Kay Cook, Susan Maury and Kelly Bowey (2021)

Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Voice of Women) – Implementation FrameworkAustralian Human Rights Commission (2022)

“International Women’s Day is blind to the greatest threat to women – Australia’s welfare system”, Guardian AustraliaKristin O’Connell (2022)

BIEN2022 CongressSeptember 26-28, 2022

Policy Forum Pod is available at A casting, Apple podcast, Spotify, embroiderer, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback on this podcast series! Send your questions, comments or suggestions for future episodes to [email protected] You can also tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on Facebook group.