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Can older Australians turn the family home into an income stream? Will automation make us all redundant? Is Sydney becoming a city of "have" and "have nots"?

These are some of the questions being addressed by the latest research and data presented next week at Australia’s largest social policy conference, the Australian Social Policy Conference.

The biennial conference, hosted by UNSW Sydney’s Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), brings together over 300 leading national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers with a view to influencing debate and practice.

Conference discussion will be organised around the themes of poverty, welfare and social inequality; communities, families and children; environment and social policy; disability and care; human services; ageing; and Indigenous peoples. There will also be a special workshop on Chinese social policy.

Current issues of social change and social policy will be explored by social researchers, policy makers, advocates and practitioners, says SPRC Acting Director Professor Carla Treloar.

“This conference is a unique space to explore the complex ways in which policy intersects with everyday life,” says Treloar.

The opening plenary – Get a life: critical reflections on ‘post work’ politics and policies – will be delivered by Head of the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland, Professor Greg Marston.

Other papers being presented at the conference include:

What: Australian Social Policy Conference

When: Monday 25 September to Wednesday 27 September, 2017

Where: John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington

Details: The conference program is available here.