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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 Family Matters 2017 report examines the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care. The report has been published by the Family Matters campaign, led by SNAICC - National Voice for our Children. The report examines progress made towards...
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The Australian Government has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate home, contents and strata insurance in northern Australia. The inquiry will help to address concerns about insurance affordability, promote more informed and more competitive insurance...
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Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has released a major study on the human impact of power prices: POWER STRUGGLES: Everyday battles to stay connected. The report argues government must remember that real people are at the centre of our nation’s energy price crisis. The report is based on...
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Have your say in how to improve the business and sustainability of community service organisations in Queensland at CSIA's Laying Foundation workshops. The workshops will present the results from an examination of 200 Queensland non-profit organisations in the child and family support sector, based...
Moved by the need to create change, the Brisbane tech and business community are hosting a Homelessness Hackathon. A weekend-long hackathon with the tech, social, design and business communities aimed at solving issues identified by people experiencing homelessness. Whether you work in the housing/...
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The Institute of Child Protection Studies has recently launched a new national survey, MESSI: Managing Ethical Studies on Sensitive Issues. This survey explores what children, young people and adults think about when deciding to take part in social research, or provide consent for children to take...
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Griffith University is leading on national research that aims to advance the quality of social work research and will consult service leaders, policy makers and end users in the project. Quality research is critical to inform policies, program design and implementation, and innovative ways of...
ACCAN and Infoxchange have come together to produce a report focusing on the more than 427,000 dwellings (about 5 per cent of housing stock) in Australia which fall into the category of social housing – housing provided by the government and community sectors to accommodate people in the lowest...
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The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) brings together social entrepreneurs from South-East Asia andAustralia to incubate new projects and professional connections across the region. The focus of the program this year will be in the social impact space and is looking for applicants...
Case studies show social purpose organisations are reaping the benefits of improved process efficiencies. According to Olivia Hilton, Executive Director, SVA Consulting, “A lot of social purpose organisations just do not have the luxury of spending time wondering if there are other ways to achieve...

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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
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
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) recently undertook a project through its Women's Advisory Committee, to explore and share the amazing stories of Australian women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Prepared in inter-generational pairs,...
This paper provides an examination of homelessness and housing stress among Australia’s criminal justice population. Using data from the AIC’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program, this study examines the prevalence and nature of homelessness among a sample of police detainees. The...
This report provides selected findings from the first wave of data collection and is the first of several reports on the findings from the Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia study. It provides a brief account of the depth of problems that homeless young Australians experience. A second report...
This report by the Productivity Commission looks at how we might go about achieving early childhood education in a way that better supports children's learning and development needs and the workforce participation of parents. Read more
This handbook was produced in 2010 by the Queensland Alliance, the peak body for mental health in Queensland. It is a practical approach to helping Sector Development Workers improve their skills and understanding. It provides guidelines on establishing an ethical framework for practice and the...
The RE Ross Trust published this report in 2007: Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise: A Prospectus Framework for the Social Sector The Trust acknowledges that most not-for-profit organisations must seek their funding from a diverse range of sources - government and philanthropic grants,...
The Domestic & Family Violence Clearing House collates a range of current research and best practice related to domestic and family violence.
This report was developed following consultations with over 750 children and young people and over 100 organisations and subject matter experts, as well as liaison with the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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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...

Money bag
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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