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The following are some reputable sources of research within the social service sector:

Department of Communities Reports and Services

  • COMSIS - Community Services Information System
    COMSIS provides a single comprehensive source of local, regional and state-wide data for over 200 datasets. Data topics in COMSIS include: demography, education, employment, family, housing, income, remoteness and disadvantage.

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Researchers from the University of New England are conducting a survey looking at the health, well-being, service usage and social support of people aged 60 or over, aiming to compare the situation between those with and those without intellectual disabilities across rural and metropolitan QLD and...
This paper presents the current state of knowledge on parenting in the context of DFV by examining the following four research questions: What is the prevalence of DFV among parents? How does DFV impact on parenting capacity? What are the methods and behaviours that perpetrators use to disrupt the...
Over one-third of adults and children seeking help from specialist homelessness services in Australia did so for domestic and family violence reasons, according to a new report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Domestic and family violence and...
The ABS will be holding a forum " Better Census Data, Better Communities " on 10th February 2016. The forum will bring together key representatives in the Queensland culturally and linguistically diverse community to begin a conversation about the benefits of good quality Census data and how we can...
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It has been a very busy six months for the social benefit bonds program team. Between June and November the program was established, the team has grown from three to nine, they conducted 233 discrete market engagement activities, targeting 436 individuals from a cross section of stakeholders. Over...
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Mission Australia’s 2015 youth survey has revealed that more than half of young people believe there are barriers which will prevent them reaching their goals when they leave school. The focus of this year’s survey was to uncover what young people perceive to be the main barriers to success. The...
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The NDIS Assistive Technology Strategy was recently released at the NDIS New World Conference. Technology is increasingly a part of everyone’s life, and for people with disability it can help them perform tasks they could not otherwise do, and to do this more safely and securely. It is allowing...
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Cost reflective tariffs are being developed and implemented by energy businesses across Australia. By more closely aligning the way we pay for electricity consumption with the costs of providing electricity, the fairness and efficiency of the electricity distribution system can potentially be...
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The Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission (ACNC) has developed a new guide: Managing conflicts of interest: a guide for charity board members This guide has been developed to help explain what conflicts of interest are and how they can be managed. This guide explains conflicts of...
Mental health
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has developed a website that brings together a wide range of information on mental health services, under the banner of "Mental Health Services in Australia". Mental health services in Australia provides a picture of the national response of the health...

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QCOSS has developed a number of factsheets to help those who are facing difficulties paying their energy or water bills or who need information on how to reduce costs. The factsheets include tips on saving energy and finding concealed leaks, information on what concessions and assistance are...
In the first reading of the 2015 Queensland Budget Speech on 14 July 2015, Treasurer Pitt announced that the Queensland Government will pilot 3 social benefit bonds aimed at sourcing funds from the private sector to finance the achievement of quantifiable social outcomes in the community. The pilot...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
This paper from the Australian Parliamentary Library provides an overview of the prevalence, risk factors and cost of domestic violence in Australia. Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) notes that, in Australia, domestic violence is the most prevalent form of...
An inaugural benchmarking survey draws together insights from over 100 survey respondents on topics such as governance, strategy, fundraising, risk management and the use of volunteer and professional resources. The survey results highlight that many not-for-profit organisations rely heavily on...
Our Community Pty Ltd has published practical advice on finances for not-for-profit board members. The book is part of CommunitySmart, a national financial literacy program development by Commonwealth Bank Not for Profit Sector Banking and the Institute for Community Directors Australia (part of...
Australian Institute of Company Directors has completed a comprehensive study that examines governance practices and opportunities in Australia's NFP sector. Read more
'The cost of unresolved childhood trauma and abuse in adults in Australia' provides an overview of the impacts of childhood trauma, including impairments in education, work, relationships as well as mental health impacts and criminal justice impacts. The report also looks at the impacts of...
This report by the Brotherhood of St Laurence reveals that more than 290,000 Australian youth aged 15 to 24 were categorised as unemployed in January. The worst hit were the 15 to 19 year olds, with the unemployment rate for this group hitting 20 per cent – a level not seen since the mid-1990s...
A report by Diversity Council Australia (DCA) and Deakin University has found that the Boards of Australian companies are becoming more culturally diverse but they are still not reflecting the diversity of the broader Australian community. Read more

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Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

You can now access a series of resources that showcase best practice HACC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery models. 

The three booklets tell the stories of innovative and positive service delivery practices that meet the cultural needs of their...

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Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has just released a new cost of living report examining the cost of living pressures across six Queensland regional centres – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Mount Isa, Rockhampton and Kingaroy.

The report uses the existing Cost of Living...

Books
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Candice Bool, Open Minds

Open Minds recently participated in a research project called The Blue Portraits Project.  This project  proved to be a fantastic opportunity for the organisation to not only  increase its understanding of...

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Author: 
Grazia Catalano, Multicultural Policy Officer, QCOSS

The Queensland Government has just released some excellent policy documents on the Cultural Diversity Policy and the ...

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Author: 
Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Government’s ambitious and visionary Queensland Plan has set out a positive framework for the next 30 years, but its success will depend on whether it can inspire real action.

The Queensland Plan is not designed...

Grants
Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

The Grantseeker Manual is a comprehensive toolkit prepared by Community Builders NSW. It is a starter kit to introduce you to the basics of grantseeking, designed to support small to medium...

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Author: 
Gail Slocombe, Senior Project Officer, QCOSS

The Queensland Government has launched its Social and Human Services Investment Framework which is based on the three principles of:

  • customers first
  • red tape reduction and
  • contestability 

These three pillars are expected to lead to more...

Balancing money and people
Author: 
Gail Slocombe, Senior Project Officer, QCOSS

Last week saw the third budget for Queensland Treasurer the Hon Tim Nicholls, MP.

You can see the Treasurer's presentation at the QCOSS Budget Breakfast on StudioQ.

It’s clear...

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