By Peter Mulquiney
10 December 2021


Laura Dixie

Andrew Ngai

The role of data in disrupting disadvantage

By Peter Mulquiney | 10 December 2021 | Co-authors Laura Dixie, Andrew Ngai,

By Peter Mulquiney | 10 December 2021

Co-authors Laura Dixie, Andrew Ngai,

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia, CEDA, has released its latest report, Disrupting Disadvantage Part 2, focusing on how federal and state governments can adopt a data-led approach in helping to ‘stop children from being locked into a cycle of poverty’.

In the first chapter of the report, Taylor Fry’s Peter Mulquiney, Laura Dixie and Andrew Ngai explore the benefits of analysing linked Commonwealth and state datasets, such as better targeted support and effective early intervention for this vulnerable group.

We explain how governments can derive value from the vast array of administrative data they collect from human services, such as education, healthcare, income support, social housing, justice and child protection.

Linked administrative data enables a focus on early intervention to support young Australians

When linked together in a careful and responsible way, we show how this data can be used to provide a rich picture of the paths, predictors and preventors of entrenched disadvantage. We discuss in further detail:

  • Role of data to detect and support young Australians at risk of falling into entrenched disadvantage
  • Different types of data
  • Variables necessary in the early detection of future persistent disadvantage
  • Predictive factors
  • Progress to date for linked data
  • The role of the private sector
  • Technical and political challenges.

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