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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 Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Service's Social Service Performance and Reform Program is progressing priorities related to the following elements of the Department's Strategic Plan 2015 - 2019: Social Services and Reforms; and Community inclusion, participation and...
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The Productivity Commission has released its preliminary findings report on Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform . The report sets out the Commission’s preliminary findings on the services within the human services sector that are best...
One in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men rate their happiness as zero, compared to just one per cent of non-Indigenous young people. In their annual youth survey, Mission Australia found that one-quarter of Indigenous young people also reported high levels of concern about...
The Productivity Commission has released the preliminary findings of its public inquiry into the increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services on 22 September 2016. The findings point to six priority areas where competition models could improve...
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has released a report after surveying more than 4,000 parents and non-parents to better understand what drives help-seeking, help-offering and help-accepting behaviours in relation to parenting in Queensland. The full Talking Families research...
In 2014, 151 young people in Australia aged between 5 and 19 years died by suicide. Many organisations and individuals are working hard to develop strategies that will make a difference, but the voices of young people are often missing from the conversation. yourtown/Kids Helpline have published a...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are under-serviced by digital technologies, with indigenous Australians being 69% less likely than non-indigenous people to have any Internet connection and are about half as likely to have broadband access. This 'digital divide' contributes to and...
The right to work is a fundamental human right, but one that far too many older people and people with disability in Australia do not enjoy. The Inquiry is grounded in the voices of individuals affected by discrimination, the experiences and perspectives of employers of all sizes and across all...
The Australian Digital Inclusion Index , powered by Roy Morgan Research, measures the extent of digital inclusion in Australia. The first report was released on Wednesday 24 August 2016. Access and affordability can present barriers to digital inclusion, however an individual’s digital engagement...
The Department of Social Services has commissioned research aimed at improving the knowledge base about giving and volunteering patterns and trends to support evidence-based policy development. The research aims to better understand volunteering and giving within culturally and linguistically...

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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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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...

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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