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  • 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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More than 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place, according to a new survey recently released by Lifeline Australia. CEO Pete Shmigel said findings from the national charity’s recent Loneliness Survey highlight the lifesaving importance of caring real-world...
The Federal Department of Social Services recently commissioned a research report to better understand volunteering and giving within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities. The research provides some insights and case stories, highlighting the valuable contribution...
The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Action Plan 2016-18 ‘Proud and Strong’ has been released by the Queensland Mental Health Commission. The Action Plan aims to improve social and emotional wellbeing, and outlines 62 actions to be taken by government...
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...

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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.
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national research organisation, specialising in housing and urban research and policy. www.ahuri.edu.au
The AIHW produces reports on a range of housing issues. Reports include: Housing assistance for Indigenous Australians Housing circumstances of Indigenous households: tenure and overcrowding Homelessness among Indigenous Australians Specialist homelessness services 2012-13 National social housing...
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provide a framework for understanding the place of homelessness in Australian society, pathways to homelessness, or aspects of the lives of people which may be impacted by homelessness. You can access a range of reports, data sets and other information of...
The Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse is a tool for the homeless sector to better communicate information about homelessness issues in Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) to be a resource for the homelessness sector, and will evolve with time...
The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse is a national organisation, providing high quality information about domestic and family violence issues and practice. The primary goal of the Clearinghouse is to prevent domestic and family violence. They do this by supporting specialist...

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