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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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The Australian Government Productivity Commission is undertaking a public inquiry into the increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services. The inquiry will be undertaken in two stages and the Commission is to consult widely, including releasing...
The 2016 Child Aware Approaches Conference was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 23-24 May 2016. Many of the presentations are now available to watch online, and you can also download the presentation slides. Presentations included: The Oration Healing to Thrive: Building the...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is working towards applying an outcomes-oriented approach to inform and drive future policy and investment decisions. It has just released a short fact sheet about its approach.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey ( NATSISS ) was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. The NATSISS is a six-yearly multidimensional social survey...
The National No-Interest-Loan-Scheme (NILS) conference was recently held in June 2016 in Adelaide. The presentations from the conference workshops are now available: Marketing masterchef Are social enterprises the answer? Financial conversations Are you making an ethical decision? The good and the...
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The Australian Institute of Families (AIFS) has published a special facts sheet exploring the different phases of family, from the families we live with as children to the families we form as we grow older. Each of us sees family from a different perspective as we grow and move through life, and...
What are the factors that enable some Aboriginal organisations to drive positive change in their communities? The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research has released a new paper: Let’s talk about success: exploring factors behind positive change in Aboriginal communities This paper draws on...
This project aimed to establish the extent and nature of reporting of violence against women by the Australian media to inform future strategies for change. Using both quantitative (content analysis) and qualitative (critical discourse analysis) methods, the study provided a glimpse into the...
Disaster resilience is "the ability of individuals, communities, organisations, or countries exposed to disasters and crises and underlying vulnerabilities to: anticipate, reduce the impact of, cope with, and recover from the effects of adversity without compromising their long-term prospects." (...
The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget is a solid budget for vulnerable Queenslanders. It provides funding for crucial areas such as prevention of domestic and family violence, universal access to kindy, investment in employment in regional Queensland and the provision of a range of social...

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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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Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

National Reconciliation Action Week (27 May to 3 June) is celebrated in Australia each year, in commemoration of two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

This year’s theme is ...

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Joel Ainscough, Queensland University of Technology

As more and more businesses impose fees and restrict access to paper bills and statements, customers are being denied their right to choose how they receive important information. The Keep Me Posted campaign is advocating for the Australian public’s right to choose how they are contacted...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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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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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...

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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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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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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...

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...

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