The BAFW package was announced as part of the 2011-12 Budget. It included 39 measures across a number of Australian Government departments. The Department of Employment was tasked with undertaking an overarching evaluation of the BAFW package to examine the overall impact of the package on the individuals, families, services and industries that it was designed to affect.
The evaluation strategy provides more information about how the evaluation was to be conducted.
Research conducted under the BAFW evaluation will inform the content of an evaluation report, which is being finalised by the Department of Employment.
A number of studies were undertaken as part of the BAFW evaluation. The Department of Employment thanks all participants who took part in these studies.
Business Engagement Study
The Business Engagement Study provided qualitative information on employer and industry views of the BAFW package, including changes in those views over time. The study consisted of two rounds of fieldwork conducted in June 2012 and March / April 2013 at locations across Australia. It was conducted by ACIL Allen Consulting (Allen Consulting).
Place Connections Research
The Place Connections research looked at the opinions and experiences of individuals in Australia in regards to community-led place-based approaches to addressing disadvantage. The research involved focus groups, interviews and longitudinal case studies with a sample of people who participated in one of a number of BAFW measures. It also included individuals who had similar characteristics to the BAFW target groups, but may not have been directly impacted by the package.
The research was conducted over two phases in April 2012 and April 2013 to explore any changes in circumstances and opinions. Urbis Pty Ltd was contracted to undertake this research.
My Journey Survey
My Journey was a longitudinal survey that looked at the needs, opinions and experiences of Australians at different stages in their life. It followed the same group of people over a period of two years and provided information about the changes in work, study, social and other activities that can lead to different outcomes for people.
Five groups of people participated in the survey via a telephone interview. The first group was introduced in May and June 2012 and was made up of randomly selected people who had recently stopped receiving Parenting Payment Single. Three more groups were introduced in September 2012, including people who had recently submitted a claim to receive the Disability Support Pension, families looking for work and participants in the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Programme. The fifth and final group was introduced in April 2013 and was made up of apprentices and trainees who had just started their apprenticeships or traineeships.
The Department of Employment contracted Wallis Consulting Group to conduct the phone interviews.
$200 Prize Draw
Participants who completed the My Journey Survey between 3 February 2014 and 2 May 2014 were automatically entered into the draw to win one of five $200 gift vouchers.
The department conducted a random draw at 2.00 pm (AEST) on 26 May 2014 to determine the prize winners. Read the Prize Draw Full Terms and Conditions for more information.