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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 Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission (ACNC) has developed a new guide: Managing conflicts of interest: a guide for charity board members This guide has been developed to help explain what conflicts of interest are and how they can be managed. This guide explains conflicts of...
Mental health
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has developed a website that brings together a wide range of information on mental health services, under the banner of "Mental Health Services in Australia". Mental health services in Australia provides a picture of the national response of the health...
Meeting from above
Good Foundations recently conducted a survey to start a discussion around the question, "What makes a not-for-profit well-run?". The objective of the research was to clarify how the sector defines and measures whether or not a not-for-profit organisation is well-run. The results of the survey were...
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Improving the quality of residential care provided to children and young people through a new trauma-informed therapeutic framework, is a key reform initiative for the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) and organisations providing out-of-home care services...
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The Indigneous Australian with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System (IAMHDCD) project at the University of New South Wales has recently released its report: A predictable and preventable path. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with mental and...
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Volunteering Tasmania has developed a new calculator to help you work out the value that your organisation is delivering to the economy of your area through the work of volunteers. The calculator takes into account the number of volunteer hours, as well as the money invested through food, fuel and...
Farmer in drought
“You can’t live without hope things will change for the better”: Colin Hay: ‘Next Year People’ Published in Anti-Poverty Week 2015, this short report by Sandy Paton from CentacareCQ reprises “Drought and Poverty in Central Western Queensland: Regional Development Area Fitzroy Central West”...
oneplace
oneplace Community Services Directory will launch on 16 November 2015. oneplace will be an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get to the right service at the right time. From mums and bubs groups to domestic and family violence support services,...
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LGBTI people experience higher levels of social disadvantage than the general population in Australia. In spite of consistent evidence to show that many, though not all, people in this diverse population gain qualifications, the odds are often stacked against them. The myth of ‘pink privilege’ has...
Resources
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has released new publications to support the implemention of the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF) . The documents can be accessed under the Resources and Tools section of the HSQF website . The documents that have been...

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