Addressing Inequality in Australia

Addressing Inequality in Australia

Change Proposal (1,370-1,500 words with) Note:

A Change Proposal is a formal proposal to change the level of service or funding activities or effect changes in the scope of an agency’s activities.

3: Change Proposal


Change Proposal topic: Addressing Inequality in Australia Building on your understanding of inequality and the unit content to date, please consider how an issue of inequality could be addressed in Australia. This will require you to develop a Change Proposal. A Change Proposal is a formal proposal to change the level of service or funding activities or effect changes in the scope of an agency’s activities. It is written in the form of a report and requires you to think about a clear objective to address the issue you choose to focus on, an understanding of the scope of your proposed change , and any potential constraints in effecting the proposed change.( It is important to indicate that what is Your proposal to change the issue)

The issue you choose to focus on in your Change Proposal can be a local, state, national or global issue.

Consider ways in which you could make a difference and assess the feasibility of your Change Proposal in the current socio-political context.

NB: The Change Proposal should specify:

  1. The issue in need of change;
  2. The way it should be changed;
  3. The expected benefits the change will bring;
  4. The strengths and weaknesses of your change proposal.

The purpose of this assessment task is to give students an opportunity to consider their potential as active Change Agents. In the current socio-political context there is an increasing focus on human service delivery where service providers are reliant, to some extent, on competitive funding models. This task involves students, applying skills and knowledge gained in the unit, addressing complex issues of inequality at an organisational level. Important: Please note your proposal for change can illustrate a very small change, feasibility must be considered and the strengths and limitations of your proposal outlined.

Referencing– please indicate the reference that you are using for each section in front of the sentence or the paragraph (Harvard Style)

Please follow the below guidelines as an example;

Assessment 3: Change Proposal — Addressing Inequality in Australia

NOTE: This resource provides general guidance on Assessment 3 — it is NOT compulsory to use the theories, concepts and references below, they are presented as examples only.


[In this section you will provide an overview of the purpose of the assessment (that is, to propose and argue for a strategy to address an issue of inequality in Australia). The introduction will: provide some broad/background information about inequality in Australia; briefly identify the issue that you will be focussing on, and how you propose to make an impact on that issue. The introduction can also provide information on the theories and frameworks you will use to argue for the change you propose (without going into detail). For any assessment type, a good introduction will also provide the reader with an outline of how the rest of the text is organised, for example “Firstly this proposal will describe….then a solution for change will be proposed with reference to…. In conclusion, an argument for the prosed change will be provided…” An introduction is usually only a paragraph or two, so the information you include will be brief, with further details and explanations given in the sections below]

Description of the issue

[In this section you will explain the issue you have chosen to address in your change proposal. This may include some background (historical) information and an explanation of how the issue produces inequality in Australia, and for whom. In explaining the issue, you will draw on information, concepts and theories from your unit readings: for example, if your issue is the poverty levels of a particular social group, you could identify whether it is absolute or relative poverty, as well as other factors] other theories such as feminism, Kant’s ethical theory, utilitarianism and so on)

Proposal for change

[In this section, you will put forward a solution to the issue you have explained above, and give reasons for why you think your strategy for change will be effective, with particular attention to the Australian context. You will identify who will benefit from the change and how. Again, you will need to draw on your unit readings in order to argue for your proposed change, for example if your change is intended to empower a particular social group, you could draw on theories from (Beckett 2006; DuBois & Miley 2005; Humphries Mertens & Truman 2000; Rose 2000) explained in Chenoweth & McAuliffe 2012]

Assessment of feasibility

[In this section you will discuss why you think the proposed change should be implemented and why it has a chance of being successful in the Australian context. In particular, you will provide reasons for why the strategy you have chosen is relevant to the issue — that is, why the solution ‘matches’ the problem. This section can include factors that would enable, or support the change process, and/or examples of similar change strategies in your unit readings that have been effective. As you are forming an argument for a particular strategy, it is important to identify any limitations to the change you propose and how these can be overcome (or not). Your discussion of feasibility should draw from the concepts and theories you have studied in the unit and the current socio-political context, for example, if you use ideas of empowerment, as suggested above, you would refer to how theorists in your readings have discussed the limitations of this approach, consider possible funding models and sustainability of your proposed change]


[In your conclusion you will sum up the main points you have covered in your change proposal. In writing your conclusion, it is important to avoid introducing any new material or ideas that you have not discussed in your proposal so far. The purpose of a proposal is to persuade — the conclusion is where you pick out the strongest points for re-emphasis in order to ‘sell’ your proposed change].

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