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Social Security Reform: Revisiting Henderson, Poverty and Basic Income

by Troy Henderson on December 19, 2017

2018 Henderson Conference

The 2018 Henderson conference will focus on how the social security system can more effectively respond to issues of poverty and inequality. Over the course of two days, a variety of speakers will cover what key changes have taken place since the 1970s and the Henderson Poverty Inquiry – to the labour market, families and to the position of vulnerable groups – and will assess the effectiveness of how social security has responded. It will also canvas different options for reform, including proposals for some kind of a basic income in Australia.Date:  Thursday 15 – Friday 16 February 2018
Venue: University of Melbourne, The Spot Building, 198 Berkeley Street, Carlton

A conference dinner will be held on the night of Thursday 15 February 2018 at Graduate House, 220 Leicester Street, Carlton. Tickets to this dinner are limited; purchase yours upon registering for the conference to secure your spot.


More than 20 experts will gather to discuss Australia’s social security system, how it has changed over time, and its effectiveness in responding to the challenges of poverty and inequality in Australia today. Read about the Henderson Anniversary Project Publication authors and conference speakers here.

Registration Details

Registrations are now open – purchase your ticket(s) through the Melbourne Institute eCart.

Standard (two day) ticket $180
Concession (two day) ticket $30*

Standard dinner ticket $90
Concession dinner ticket $40*

*Please note that proof of concession is required to gain access to the conference and dinner.

For queries, please contact Caitlin Hindmarsh melb-conf@unimelb.edu.au (03) 9035 8135.


Troy Henderson
Troy Henderson is an economist with a particular interest in the past, present and future of work in Australia. He received a Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences and a Master of Arts (Research) in Political Economy from the University of Sydney. He is completing his PhD in 2019. His Masters research focused on The Four-Day Workweek as a Policy Option for Australia, while his PhD thesis explores Basic Income as a Policy Option for Australia. He has published academic articles and book chapters on these and other work-related topics, and has undertaken economic consulting work for Public Services International. He has presented at national and international conferences, and is a regular media commentator. He is passionate about fair work, social justice, cricket and the NBA. Twitter: @TroyCHenderson

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