Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP150103022 [ 2015 - 2017 ]

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Researchers Prof Melanie Oppenheimer; Prof Erik Eklund; Prof Joanne Scott

Brief description Australia and similar western democracies continue to wrestle with growing citizen disengagement with political processes and declining levels of active participation in society. This project provides the first historical examination of the Australian Assistance Plan, an innovative yet forgotten program from the 1970s. The AAP sought to reframe participation at a local level, stimulate voluntary organisations and provide a framework that engaged with all levels of governments. Using archival sources and oral history methods, the project offers a new interpretation of an important initiative in Australian history, and demonstrates how historical analysis can inform policy and shape debates in government and non-profit sectors in the future.

Funding Amount 179402

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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