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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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Through the Stronger Families reform program, the Queensland Government and its non-government partners are working together to build a new child and family support system that will help ensure Queensland children and young people are cared for, protected, safe and able to reach their full...
Investigation
The Queensland Law Reform Commission has released a discussion Paper inviting submissions about whether the mandatory reporting requirements under the Child Protection Act 1999 should be expanded to apply to the early childhood education and care sector, including long day care and family day care...
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In the first reading of the 2015 Queensland Budget Speech on 14 July 2015, Treasurer Pitt announced that the Queensland Government will pilot three social benefit bonds aimed at sourcing funds from the private sector to finance the achievement of quantifiable social outcomes in the community. The...
Carer
For the fifth year Carers Queensland is conducting a Quality of Life Audit of the State’s 484,400 carers. The survey is designed to determine how carers see their quality of life , which includes access to adequate healthcare and education, the environment they live in and ability to connect with...
Hon Curtis Pitt MP
On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
School books on desk
This webinar draws on the new resource Continuity of Learning: A resource to support effective transition to school and school age care . The publication, by Professors Sue Dockett and Bob Perry, provides an overview of the research base underpinning the importance of effective transitions and...
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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) report , Inequality in Australia: A nation divided , has found that there is a big gap in incomes and wealth between different groups in society. While inequality is not as extreme in Australia by international comparison, we are trending in the...
Multicultural hands
QCOSS is pleased to release two new publications regarding the development of multicultural indicators of wellbeing for children, women and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The intent of these publications is to reinforce the need to develop program responses based on research and...
Know your community
Know Your Community – Key insights into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders , is a new tool which enables anyone to build a community profile containing information and data about Queensland's first nation peoples and the communities they live in. Whether you are developing a...
Money bag
The annual NAB Charitable Giving Index showed that giving to charity grew by just 2% over the year to February 2015, down from 10% at the same time last year. However, the average donation size for all charities increased by $2 over the past year to $336 per donor, with a continuing strong...

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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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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.

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