Kay Cook is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Studies, Co-Director of the International Network of Child Support Scholars and a Senior Lecturer in the Legal and Justice Studies department at RMIT University. Kay’s work explores how new and developing social policies such as welfare-to-work, child support and child care policies, transform relationships between the state, individuals and families. Kay’s ARC-funded research on single parents’ welfare to work transition, family daycare workforce reform, and the problematic nature of child support for low-income single parents have been taken up at a national level. She has contributed to the development of the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2010 General Social Survey, the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Family Violence and Commonwealth Law, and the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Child Support Program.

blog posts


Federal domestic violence back-patting and concurrent single parent benefit cuts


A decade after the introduction of welfare to work, how have single parents fared?