Dr Dhara Shah

Dr Dhara Shah, from the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, and researchers from the Policy Innovation Hub in Griffith Business School are members of a multi-institutional team who were awarded funding by the Australian and Queensland Governments, for the project “Training women over 50 for startups combatting issues of poverty and underemployment.”

Project Overview:

Australia’s social support system is undergoing reform to deliver better solutions for all Australians now and in the future, and the aim of this research is to assist women aged over 50 gain the skills needed for better life outcomes. Training women over 50 for startups is an initiative to assist women to either graduate from part-time work into startup businesses or to reduce their needs for social security through startup businesses.

The project led by Dr Dhara Shah, commenced in February 2019 with the creation of an identity that was suitably named, The Sisters Project, with the logo ‘Sisters – Support Business Together’, to highlight the project mission to assist women achieve financial security in small business. The Sister’s Project is focused on improving outcomes for under privileged women over 50 who are either on Newstart Allowance or similar programs, who are underemployed or unemployed, have missed out on superannuation or have limited funds, have poor financial security, are in social housing or rental assistance or at risk of homelessness, and are keen to work to improve their situation.

A key purpose of the work will be to consult with women over 50 in the development stage, and conduct a series of stakeholder meetings and co-development workshops to determine the transitioning program requirements. Potential stakeholders include service providers; Youth Jobs PaTH, Transition to Work, ParentsNext, Humanitarian Settlement Program, Integrated Carer Support Service, Carer Gateway, Career Transition Assistance, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.