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Success in latest ARC funding schemes rounds

cepar award

The Australian Research Council  (ARC) has recently awarded Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRA) and Discovery Projects (DP) to CEPAR researchers working on a range of population ageing research projects:

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme for 2021
Investigator Project Summary Administering Organisation Funding Awarded Project Duration in years

Dr Sophie Andrews

This project aims to investigate the neurobiological and neuropsychological determinants of habit formation and change in the context of ageing, by combining cutting-edge techniques in psychology, behavioural neuroscience and neuroimaging. This research expects to generate new knowledge in the area of automatic habits and behaviour change, by investigating how these processes are affected in ageing using an interdisciplinary approach. Expected outcomes include a new, comprehensive model of habit formation and change in ageing. This should provide significant benefits, as it will lay the foundation for future habit-based behaviour change interventions to support older people to age well and productively.

The University of New South Wales



Dr Collin Payne

This project aims to investigate trends, determinants, and inequalities in healthy longevity in Australia. By identifying inequalities in later-life health and the drivers of healthy longevity, this project addresses a pressing issue facing Australia and other ageing populations. The project is expected to generate the first systematic evidence-base on healthy longevity in Australia, and seeks to explore how trends in later-life health in Australia fit within our global region. Intended outcomes of this project include improved health interventions and more targeted, effective, and equitable health system planning. The anticipated benefit is to improve healthy longevity among older Australians and reduce health inequalities.

The Australian National University



Discovery Projects (DP) 2021 


Project Summary

Administering Organisation

Funding Awarded

Professor Michael Keane; Professor Alan Woodland

Optimal Tax Policy Meets Modern Labour Supply Theory. This project aims to generate new evidence on the optimal design of the federal tax system. Specifically, it seeks to determine the optimal combination of taxes on income, capital and consumption to raise necessary revenue while minimizing disincentives for work and capital formation. The project is innovative because, for the first time, it does optimal tax calculations using models that account fully for how taxes affect human capital investment and labour force participation. It aims to enhance or understanding of the optimal mix between taxes on earnings, capital and consumption, and the optimal degree of income tax progressivity. The benefit is a tax system better designed to promote economic efficiency and human capital formation.

The University of New South Wales


Associate Professor Jonathan Ziveyi; Dr Yang Shen; Professor Michael Sherris; Associate Professor Jeromey Temple


Forecasting and Financing Healthy Ageing and Aged Care in Australia. This project aims to quantify future risks of chronic illness and functional disability in retirement, proposing financing strategies aimed at enhancing healthy ageing, lifestyle quality and aged care provisions. The project devotes to devising a framework integrating government and private sector participation in funding health costs which increase significantly in older ages. The expected outcome includes sustainable retirement income scenarios for easing fiscal pressure from social initiatives such as age pension and aged care financing at the same time improving living standards for seniors. The project expects to place Australia at the forefront of research on sustainable solutions to financial challenges facing retirees.

The University of New South Wales


Professor Jocelyn (Lyn) Craig; Dr Myra Hamilton; Dr Elizabeth Adamson; Professor Virpi Timonen Grandparent childcare: negotiating work and care across generations. This project aims to investigate how and why parents and grandparents share childcare responsibilities in contemporary Australia. Using mixed methods and an innovative conceptual approach with a central focus on parent-grandparent care dyads, it expects to generate critical new knowledge of intra-family negotiations about employment and childcare provision across generations, and their relationship with social and economic policy. The project expects to identify sustainable employment-childcare practices that meet the needs of children, parents and grandparents. Significant benefits include informing new policies aimed to enhance both gender and generational equity, promote women’s workforce participation, and boost national productivity. The University of Melbourne $318,385.00

A/Professor Chung Tran
Lifetime Approach to Measuring Inequality in Living Standards in Australia . This project aims to develop a new methodology to study trends in inequality in Australia. It expects to advance the body of knowledge by measuring inequality in living standards over the whole lifetime and by identifying the role of the Australian fiscal system in redistributing lifetime resources across households and generations. This new approach would help clarify the potential bias embedded in commonly used inequality indicators based on current-year income. Its findings expect to provide new insights into how the gains from economic growth have been shared among Australians. It should also offer policy options for designing a better tax and transfer system that would sustain economic prosperity and fairness in Australia. The Australian National University $221,615