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Sharon Bessell

Sharon Bessell is the Director of the Children's Policy Centre.

Tshoki Khandu

Tshoki Khandu is the Administrator of the Children's Policy Centre.

David Stanton

David Stanton is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He has helped develop a social policy stream in the Crawford Masters of Public Policy Program. He runs two intensive courses: POGO 8084 "Principles of Social Policy" and POGO 8085 "Social Policy Implementation and Service Delivery". He is also a Consultant Social Security Planner and Policy Analyst operating as Stanton Strategic Solutions. From August 2004 to June 2005 he was Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Task Force on Child Support and he held the position of Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) from May 1999 to January 2003. In recent years he has also been a consultant to the Australian National Audit Office and has been a member of the Board of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) since November 2009.

David worked for the Australian Government in various positions over some 36 years up to the equivalent of Deputy Secretary. He started in the Australian Public Service with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and then with the Department of Social Security (DSS). He held various Division Head Positions with DSS for some 12 years, including as Head of the (then) research and policy Division of the Department (Development Division), the Family Programs Division, Performance and Control Division and Evaluation and Services Division. He also worked on the service delivery side of DSS having been Director of DSS for NSW from 1987 to 1990.

David has also worked as a Social Policy Consultant/Economist with International Agencies (including the International Labour Office and the Asian Development Bank) in such countries as China, Egypt and Trinidad and Tobago. He has been responsible for reviews of pension provision in the Asia and Oceania region. He was a member of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) Advisory Committee on Social Security Research for some 10 years.

Research interests/expertise

  • Social policy generally (particularly social security research and policy issues).
  • The historical development of social policy.
  • Social policy issues for families and children and the retired.
  • Social policy issues in the context of divorce, separation and child support.
  • Labour market policies and administration and "welfare to work"
  • Measurement and analysis of poverty and inequality.
  • Social security and welfare data and evaluation
  • International comparisons and developments (OECD, China, Asia and the Pacific).
  • Processes of policy development and analysis.
  • Public administration and service delivery issues
  • Management theory and application.

Contact details:

Telephone: +61 2 6125 4351
Mobile: +61 419 864032
Room: Stanner 1.11

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