$32 million for research to support Australian families

25 October 2019

Research to help Australian families break the cycle of disadvantage and stop the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ widening will continue at The University of Queensland.

The Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan MP has announced $32.1 million in funding for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC said this funding was a reflection of the centre’s strong track record and significant future potential.

“The Life Course Centre was first funded in the 2014 ARC Centre of Excellence round, and today’s announcement of another seven years of funding recognises the innovative and impactful research it is pioneering,” Professor Høj said.

“It is a leader in Australia, and the new Centre will radically expand its research and transform how disadvantage is addressed for individuals and for communities.”

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course will be led by UQ’s Professor Janeen Baxter, from the Institute for Social Science Research.

“The centre will focus on transformative research and translation to develop tailored solutions for people suffering from disadvantage in their daily lives,” Professor Baxter said.

“The Life Course Centre will shift the dial by moving beyond averages to develop a more detailed understanding of why disadvantage takes hold in particular places, at particular times, and for particular people.

“We are committed to progressing a science of disadvantage that utilises new technologies and methods to keep pace with societal change so that all children and families have the opportunity to achieve their life potential.

“Bringing together different types of data will deepen our understanding of the mechanisms underlying disadvantage, and enable us to develop personalised and community-based solutions that can make a difference.”

UQ will collaborate with three Australian universities and 17 academic and industry partner organisations from Australia, Europe, New Zealand and USA.  Together they will provide an additional $33 million in cash and in-kind support to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.

MEDIA: Professor Janeen Baxter, j.baxter@uq.edu.au, + 61 7 3346 9313, + 61 405 451 696; UQ Communications, communications@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3365 1120.