04 July 2016

Spinning the Plates

Spinning plates

BSL work to identify and address poverty and social inequality in Australia. Building robust evidence is critical to their work.

The Research and Policy Center at the Brotherhood of Saint Laurence (BSL) are looking for people to participate in a small paid study on financial volatility.

If you live in the cities of Brimbank, Whittlesea or Dandenong with a household income less than $80,000 and a changing income (eg. changes from fortnight to fortnight), you are invited to participate in this paid study. By participating, you will be required to attend a one hour interview (paying a $60 Coles voucher) and complete eight fortnightly surveys (paying a $200 Coles voucher).

Many Australians today working casually or on contract have to cope with the fact that their wage one week may be higher or lower than their wage next week. Some may also have to deal with problems to their Centrelink payments due to their work or a range of other issues.

International research shows that people with volatile incomes face increased financial risks making ends meet. Yet little is known in Australia about how much household incomes vary from payday to payday, how many households are affected, what types of financial 'juggling' households do, or how they find coping with this problem.

A major aim of this important study is to provide evidence for organisations like the Brotherhood of St Laurence to better advocate on your behalf.

For more information or to register your interest, go to the Spinning the Plates webpage.

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