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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 Australian Insitute of Company Directors' (AICD) NFP Governance and Performance Study is an important initiative that helps identify the current challenges and opportunities facing the sector. 2016 is the seventh year they have run the study, making it the largest and longest running NFP...
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HESTA community Sector Awards recognise Australia's outstanding contributors to the community sector. The awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the inspirational work individuals and organisations provide to the broader community, supporting those who need it most. If you know a...
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) published their Market Position Statement for Queensland this week. The NDIA predict significantly higher growth in jobs than the 13,000 FTE predicted by Qld Government: the NDIA expects between 15,900 and 19,400 extra FTE jobs in Queensland by the...
The Child Protection Australia 2014-15 report was released on 21 April 2016. It contains comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services in 2014-15, and on the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system. This report shows that:...
The establishment of the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (TTTA) in 1973 has enabled New Zealanders to travel to, live in and work in Australia without restriction and for Australians to do the same in New Zealand. This is a unique arrangement, which reflects the long-held cultural, trade and...
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a short...
On 20 April 2016, the Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence released Supporting Families Changing Futures: Advancing Queensland’s child protection and family support reforms to: affirm the government's...
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. QCOSS’ Queensland’s wellbeing 2016...
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The second Vulnerability Report from Australian Red Cross focuses on Australia's current criminal justice systems. It highlights the inhumane effects of growing adult imprisonment rates and the failure of current approaches to reduce crime, target government expenditure effectively and produce...
Australia’s 600,000 charities and not-for-profits, from international aid groups right down to the local tennis club, have recently received a major boost, as Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law service launched the acclaimed Information Hub for a national audience. The Not-for-profit Law...

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