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Listed below 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.
  • Who Works in Community Services
    A profile of Australian workforces in child protection, juvenile justice, disability services and general community services

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On 28 February 2015 the Premier announced the release of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence’s report ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland. The release of the report has been timely, with attention on the issue growing daily following...
The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in immigration Detention (2014) is a landmark report that provides compelling first-hand evidence of the negative impact that prolonged immigration detention is having on children’s mental and physical health. Read the Forgotten Children report
Teh Medical Journal of Australia examines how the sleep of Australian Indigenous children presents some unique challenges, particularly in terms of community input, study design and in the collection of relevant data. The wellbeing of Australian Indigenous children has long been an issue of concern...
Researchers have traditionally paid little attention to the intersections between men’s mental illness and family life. Recently, however, this has been changing. This paper provides practitioners and policy-makers with a broad overview of some of the key issues identified in the growing literature...
This paper from the Centre for AboriginaL Economic Policy Research compares the level and source of income for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians using data from the 2011 wave of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. Three sources of income are considered:...
This paper from the Parliamentary Library of Australia outlines Australia's refugee resettlement program, and the various legal and political questions surrounding it. Of the 145 States Parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention, only about 25 participate in the United Nations resettlement program and...
The Closing the Gap report reveals that the Australian Government is on track to achieve only two of its seven goals for improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. The report reveals that in the areas of improving life expectancy, education for Indigenous four-year-olds, reading, writing and...
This report compiles interviews with decision-makers from across the early childhood development system. The aim of the interviews was to capture different perspectives on how the current system works, what are some of the system drivers, and what can be done differently in the future. Read the...
According to a report by Deloitte, the role of not for profits and non-government organisations in delivering services to many Australians is being compromised by an over-reliance on both external rules and self-imposed rules. Deloitte has found that the rules not for profits and NGOs place on...
This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provides information on trends and issues in housing policy, housing affordability and housing assistance provided to populations with special needs. The demand for housing assistance is continuing to increase. As at 30 June...

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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
This guide is designed to support workers and agencies working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who use alcohol and other drugs. Read more
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...
Amnesty International has released ‘The State of the World’s Human Rights’. The 2014/15 report documents the state of the world's human rights during 2014. 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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