Natasha Cortis

Senior Research Fellow
Senior Lecturer

Overview

Dr Natasha Cortis, BEc(SocSci) Hons PhD (Syd), is Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). Her work explores the organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services, focusing on issues of financial sustainability in not-for-profit organisations; funding and workforce issues in community services; and women's employment and economic security. Dr Cortis joined SPRC in 2005 and was UNSW Vice-Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008-13. She is part of the ACOSS Policy Advisor Network (2015-18) and Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues. 

Current and recent projects include:

From 2014 to 2016 Natasha led a study of strategies to promote women's economic security following domestic violence, funded by Australia's National Research Organisation on Women's Safety. Evidence provided to the Fair Work Commission can be found here. Dr Cortis' submission to the Australian Parliament's inquiry into market readiness of the NDIS can be found here.

HDR Supervision:

Natasha is currently supervising PhD candidates: Axelle Marjolin and Karen Wilcox (with Abigail Powell);  Eugenia Marembo (with kylie valentine);  and Valeriia Kasatkina (with Fiona Hilferty). Recent completions include Georgia van Toorn (supervised with Karen Soldatic) and Tammy Burnstock (with Bettina Cass).

Publications

Book Chapters
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Meagher G; Cortis N; Healy K, 2009, 'Strategic challenges in child welfare services: a comparative study of Australia, England and Sweden', in Rummery K; Greener I; Holden C (ed.), SOCIAL POLICY REVIEW 21: ANALYSIS AND DEBATE IN SOCIAL POLICY, 2009, edn. Social Policy Review, POLICY PRESS, pp. 215 - 242, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000333119600011&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2009
Meagher G; Cortis N; Healy K, 2009, 'Strategic challenges in child welfare services: A comparative study of Australia, England and Sweden', in Social Policy Review 21: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2009, pp. 215 - 242
2009
Meagher G; Cortis N, 2009, 'The political economy of for-profit paid care: theory and evidence', in King D; Meagher G (ed.), Paid Care in Australia: Politics, Profits, Practices, edn. Original, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, pp. 13 - 42, http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781920899295
2009
Cortis N, 2007, 'Using community services: a case study in the politics of recognition', in Connelly J; Leach M; Walsh L (ed.), Recognition in Politics: Theory Policy and Practice, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 253 - 269
2007
Conference Papers
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Cortis N; Foley M; Williamson S, 2019, 'Defending the status quo? An examination of how senior leaders frame workplace gender inequality', in 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, presented at 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, 12 February 2019 - 14 February 2019
2019
Cortis N; Foley M; Williamson S, 2019, 'Defending the status quo? An examination of how senior leaders frame workplace gender inequality', in 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, presented at 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, 12 - 14 February 2019
2019
Journal articles
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Cortis N; Powell A, 2018, 'Playing catch up? An exploration of supplementary work at home among Australian public servants', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 60, pp. 538 - 559, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185618769340
2018
Cortis N; Lee I, 2018, 'Assessing the Financial Reserves of Social Service Charities Involved in Public Service Delivery', Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0899764018815619
2018
Cortis N; Macdonald F; Davidson B; Bentham E, 2018, 'Underpricing care: a case study of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme', International Journal of Care and Caring, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/239788218X15411706368334
2018
Cortis N; Lee I, 2018, 'Assessing the Financial Reserves of Social Service Charities Involved in Public Service Delivery', Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly,
2018
Powell A; Cortis N, 2017, 'Working Time in Public, Private, and Nonprofit Organizations: What Influences Prospects for Employee Control?', Human Service Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance, vol. 41, pp. 162 - 177, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23303131.2016.1236764
2017
Cortis N, 2016, 'Access to Philanthropic and Commercial Income Among Nonprofit Community Service Organisations', Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, vol. 28, pp. 798 - 821, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-016-9715-2
2016
Cortis N; Eastman C, 2015, 'Is job control under threat in the human services? Evidence from frontline practitioners in Australia, 2003-2012', Competition and Change, vol. 19, pp. 210 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1024529415580260
2015
Cortis N; Eastman C, 2014, 'Salary sacrificing in Australia: are patterns of uptake and benefit different in the not-for-profit sector?', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, vol. 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1744-7941.12054
2014
Cortis N; Meagher G, 2012, 'Social work education as preparation for practice: Evidence from a survey of the New South Wales community sector', Australian Social Work, vol. 65, pp. 295 - 310, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2012.707666
2012
Cortis N; Meagher G, 2012, 'Social Work Education as Preparation for Practice: Evidence from a Survey of the New South Wales Community Sector', Australian Social Work, vol. 65, pp. 295 - 310,
2012
Patulny R; Cortis N, 2012, 'Introduction to the special issue on emotions in social life and social policy', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, pp. 5 - 10
2012
Cortis N; Meagher G, 2012, 'Recognition at Last: Care Work and the Equal Remuneration Case', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 54, pp. 377 - 385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185612442278
2012
Cortis N, 2012, 'Overlooked and under-served? Promoting service use and engagement among 'hard-to-reach' populations', International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 21, pp. 351 - 360, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00825.x
2012
Craig L; Powell A; Cortis N, 2012, 'Self-employment, work-family time and the gender division of labour', Work, Employment and Society, vol. 26, pp. 716 - 734, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017012451642
2012
Cortis N, 2009, 'Social Inclusion and Sport: Culturally diverse women`s perspectives', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 44, pp. 91 - 106, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2009.tb00132.x
2009
Cortis N; Meagher G, 2009, 'Women, work and welfare in the activation state: an agenda for Australian research', Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol. 35, pp. 629 - 651, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=305997321806315;res=IELBUS
2009
Cortis N, 2008, 'Evaluating area-based interventions: The case of 'communities for children'', Children and Society, vol. 22, pp. 112 - 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2007.00120.x
2008
Cortis N, 2007, 'What do service users think of evaluation? Evidence from family support', Child and family social work, vol. 12, pp. 399 - 408, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2007.00495.x
2007
Cortis N; Gibson C, 2005, 'Research collaboration in the child welfare field', Developing Practice, vol. 12, pp. 31 - 38, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=870103265591669;res=IELHSS
2005
Cortis N, 2000, 'Gender, pay equity and human service work: A New South Wales case study', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 35, pp. 49 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361140050002827
2000
Reports
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Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2019, Training and workforce development in Specialist Homelessness Services, SPRC, UNSW Sydney
2019
Meagher G; Cortis N; Charlesworth S; Taylor W, 2019, Meeting the social and emotional support needs of older people using aged care services, Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney and RMIT University, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5da7d6ab7099a
2019
Ramia IO; powell A; Cortis N; Marjolin A, 2018, Growth and change in Australia’s charities: 2014 to 2016
2018
Cortis N; Powell A; Ramia I; Marjolin , 2018, Australia's grant-making charities in 2016: an analysis of structured philanthropy and other grant-makers, Centre for Social Impact and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/5ac421d678877, https://apo.org.au/node/136241
2018
Powell A; Cortis N; Ramia I; Marjolin A, 2017, Australian Charities Report 2016, Centre for Social Impact and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/5ac41fa615886
2017
Cortis N; Powell A; Ramia I, 2017, Australia’s Aged Care Charities in 2015, Centre for Social Impact and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia., UNSW Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/59a49958414e1
2017
Cortis N, 2017, Working under the NDIS: Insights from a survey of employees in disability services, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, 13/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/5988fd78da2bc
2017
Cortis N; Macdonald F; Davidson B; Bentham E, 2017, Reasonable, necessary and valued: Pricing disability services for quality support and decent jobs, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, 10/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/59681e589e44b
2017
Cortis N; Bullen J, 2016, Domestic violence and womens economic security: Building Australia’s capacity for prevention and redress, ANROWS, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS), ANROWS Horizons Research Report, 5, http://media.aomx.com/anrows.org.au/s3fs-public/page-attachments/ANROWS%20Horizons%20Report%20-%20Domestic%20violence%20and%20womens%20economic%20security.pdf
2016
Reeve R; Lee I; Simnett R; Cortis N; Chiu E, 2016, Australian Charities and Red Tape 2014, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/59a5ffda20e57
2016
Cortis N; Bullen , 2015, Building effective policies and services to promote women's economic security following domestic violence: State of knowledge paper, ANROWS, Sydney, 7, http://anrows.org.au/sites/default/files/4.6%20Cortis%20&%20Bullen%20150821.pdf
2015
Cortis N; valentine K; Brennan D, 2015, Enacting Integration: Progress report for SDN Children’s Services, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 06/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SPRC_Report__Enacting_Integration_FINAL.pdf
2015
Cortis N; valentine K, 2014, Keep Them Safe Outcomes Evaluation - Professional Perspectives Final Report, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Keep Them Safe Outcomes Evaluation
2014
Bennett S; Cortis N; Wong J; Young A, 2013, Evaluation of the National Compact – Aspirations and Impact, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
2013
Bennett S; Cortis N; Wong J; Young A, 2013, Evaluation of the National Compact - Aspirations and Impact, UNSW
2013
McFerran L; Cortis N; Trijbetz T, 2013, Domestic and Family Violence Clauses in your workplace: Implementation and good practice, Social Policy Research Centre & Centre for Gender Related Violence, UNSW, http://www.dvandwork.unsw.edu.au/sites/www.dvandwork.unsw.edu.au/files/imce/domestic_violence_and_work_monitoring_and_good_practice_report_july_2013.pdf
2013
Cortis N; Meagher G; Chan SE; Davidson B; Fatorre T, 2013, Building an Industry of Choice: Service Quality, Workforce Capacity and Consumer-Centred Funding in Disability Care, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report 02/13, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2013_2_Building_an_Industry_of_Choice_Final_Report.pdf, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/unsworks_39334
2013
Cortis N; Eastman C, 2012, Employment arrangements in social and community services receiving Commonwealth direct funding, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, Final report for the Australian Government Pay Equity Taskforce,, 04/12
2012
Cortis N; Eastman C, 2012, Employment arrangements in social and community services receiving Commonwealth direct funding, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 04/12,
2012
Meagher G; Cortis N, 2010, The Social and Community Services Sector in NSW: Structure, Workforce and Pay Equity Issues, NSW Department of Industrial Relations., Sydney
2010
Cortis N; Sawrikar P; Muir K, 2008, Participation in sport and recreation by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 8/08, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report8_08_CALD_Women_in_sport.pdf
2008
Cortis N; Sawrikar P; Muir K, 2007, Participation in sport and recreation by culturally and linguistically diverse women: literature and data review, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports, SPRC Report 4/07, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report4_07_CALD_Participation_in_Sport.pdf
2007
Cortis N; Muir K, 2007, Participation in sport and recreation by culturally and linguistically diverse women: stakeholder consultation report, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 5/07
2007