Material Wellbeing in the Australian Welfare State

Alan Fenna from The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy successfully applied for funding under the ARC Discovery Project scheme for the period 2014 to 2015. Details of the project is given below:

Project Summary
This project will use Australian Bureau of Statistics data on incomes, wealth and time use to construct a
picture of material well-being in contemporary Australia. The results will show how material well-being relates to stages in the life cycle, to family types, and to relative affluence and relative poverty. Comparisons will be drawn between these results and a similar Australian study based on data from the late 1980s. International comparisons will also be attempted. The findings provides important guidelines for public policy and especially for welfare policy.

2014       $80,000
2015       $84,000

Field of Research Codes

  • 160512 Social Policy
  • 160510 Public Policy
  • 140214 Public Economics-Publically Provided Goods


  • Material Well-being
  • Incomes and Wealth
  • Welfare State