A pandemic of job loss and job market insecurity

Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit (SESU) update:

An ACU-partnered study has found that Victorians are facing continuing impacts on unemployment, economic insecurity, and demand on social services due to Covid-19.

ACU, Catholic Social Services Victoria and St Mary’s House of Welcome invite you to attend the launch of their report Scarring Effects of the Pandemic Economy: COVID-19’s Ongoing Impact on Jobs, Insecurity & Social Services in Victoria, on Wednesday 6 April.

The report found that low unemployment figures have led to ‘false optimism’ and calls on the Australian Government to deliver an increase in the JobSeeker payment, more investment in public housing, and support for social service providers struggling with a decline in volunteers.

Join us at the event and hear from ACU and community speakers:

  • Professor James McLaren - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, ACU
  • Dr Tom Barnes - Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, ACU
  • Mr Joshua Lourensz - Executive Director, Catholic Social Services Victoria
  • Ms Robina Bradley - Chief Executive Officer, St Mary’s House of Welcome
  • Ms Netty Horton - Chair, Catholic Social Services Policy and Advocacy Committee
  • Mr Tony Nicholson - Social Worker and former Senior Executive - Social Services and Policy sector

You have the option of attending either in person at ACU St Patrick’s Campus in Melbourne (with light refreshments provided) or online, via Microsoft Teams Live.


When: Wednesday 6 April, 5pm-6.30pm (AEST)


  • St Patrick’s Campus (Melbourne) - Christ Lecture Theatre (404.G.12) 29 Young Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
  • Microsoft Teams Live - register to receive link to attend

For more information and registration to attend >

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