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Assessment  – Policy paper 1

Policy Analysis Paper 1/ 1350 words

Using Bacchi’s (2009) ‘What’s the Problem Represented to be’ analysis provide a clear analysis of your chosen policy

Use the following headings to provide a framework for your essay.

  1. What is the problem?

2.What presuppositions or assumptions underlie the problem?

  1. How has the representation come about?
  2. What is left un-problematic in this problem representation?

Write in essay format.

Use the above headings to provide a framework and inform your answer

Write succinctly and clear using academic expression

There should be a minimum of 15 references in your assignment

Do not use dot points, or any other form of truncated expression

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Assessment feedback

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Australian Policy Practice – Bacchi’s AnalysisAssignment 1: –
Key components of this assignment Comment by marker
What is the problem?  


Describe how the representation came about  


What is left unproblematic in this analysis?  



Where are the silences?  



Can the problem be thought about differently?  


Essay structure including logical planning and sequencing, grammar and punctuation. Adequacy of documentation and referencing. The extent of reading and research and the use of social policy literature to support arguments
Summary comment




The Graduate qualities being assessed by this assignment are indicated by an X:
X GQ1: operate effectively with and upon a body of knowledge GQ5: are committed to ethical action and social responsibility
X GQ2: are prepared for lifelong learning X GQ6: communicate effectively
GQ3: are effective problem solvers X GQ7: demonstrate an international perspective
GQ4:can work both autonomously and collaboratively



These are the references

Bacchi, CL 2009, Analysing policy: what’s the problem represented to be?, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.

Althaus, C., Bridgeman, P., & Davis, G., (2013), The Australian Policy Handbook, Allan & Unwin, Sydney.


Kettner, P. M., & Martin, L.L., (1987), Purchase of Service Contracting: A Sage Human Services Guide, Sage, Newbury Park.

Althaus, Catherine., Bridgeman, Peter., & Davis, Glyn. (2013) The Australian Policy Handbook. Allan & Unwin. NSW.

Beck, Ulrich,(1992) Risk Society: towards a new modernity, Sage Publications, New Delhi.

Giddens, A., (1990) The consequences of modernity, Polity Press, Cambridge.

May, P., Sapotichne, J., & Workman, S. (2006) ‘Policy Coherence and Policy Domains’ The Policy Studies Journal, 34,3: 381-403

Wanna, J., Davis, G., Weller, P., & Robinson, M., (1994)Policy Development and Advice: Executive Development Program, Senior Executive Service, Brisbane.

Lord, J & Hutchison P 2003, ‘Individualised Support and Funding: building blocks for capacity and inclusion’, Disability and Society, vol. 18, no 1, 2003, pp.71-86

Manthorpe, J. Stevens M RapaportJ Challis, D Jacobs, S Netten, A Jones, K Knapp, M Wilberforce, M GlendinningC ‘Individual budgets and adult safeguarding: Parallel or converging tracks? Further findings from the evaluation of the Individual Budget pilots’ Journal of Social Work,vol. 11, non 4, pp.422-43

Spall , P McDonald, C Zetlin2004 Fixing the system? The experience of service users of the quasi-market in disability services in Australia’, Health and Social Care in the Community vol.13, no. 1, pp.56-63

Thill K 2015 ‘Listening for policy change: how the voices of disable people shaped Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme’, Disability and Society, vol. 30, no. 1 , pp 15-28

Williams F 2000 Principles of Recognition and Respect in Welfare in G’ Lewis, S Gewirtz& J. Clarke Rethinking Social Policy, SAGE, pp. 338-353

Anon., 2009. National Mental Health Policy 2008, s.l.: National Mental Health Strategy

Butler, J., 2016. What the Major Parties Hae Promised for Mental Health. [Online]

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Health, T. D. o., 2014. National Mentall Health Strategy. [Online]

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Health, T. D. o., 2015. Austrailian Government Response to Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities – Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. [Online]

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Huxley, J., 2014. Mental Health Australia. [Online]

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Whiteford, H. A. & Buckingham, W. J., 2005. Ten years of mental health service reform in Australia: are we getting it right?. Health Care, 182(8).

Whiteford, H., Buckingham, B. & Manderscheid, R., 2002. Australia’s National Mental Health Stategy. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 180(3), pp. 210-215.$File/mono71.pdf

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