During 2014, the Department of Education, Training and Employment will continue to offer Supporting Diversity in Kindergarten Grants to approved kindergarten program providers to: Develop educators who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or are from another culturally and...
A braille mobile phone for people who are blind is now available in Australia. Users can design their personalised braille phone on the OwnFone Australia website. They will need to provide up to three contact names, which will automatically be converted into braille. These names are then printed on...
This project looks at the housing careers of humanitarian refugees, looking at their access to suitable long term housing, and whether specialist housing and other services are successful in facilitating settlement. FIND OUT MORE : Read the report here .
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services has developed a series of resources for leading social services staff, and those in related disciplines, to practice in an outcomes-focused way. Leading for Outcomes is a series of guides that provide support and training materials to...
According to the latest Mission Australia Youth Mental Health Report, one in five young Australians are likely to be experiencing mental illness, and less than 40 per cent are comfortable seeking professional help. The report surveyed around 15,000 young people across the country aged 15 to 19...
An innovative homelessness program in Queensland has shown multi-million dollar savings to the State’s public health system. By spending $503,000 a year to address the health and housing needs of Brisbane’s homeless people, the initiative has saved the Queensland Public Health System almost $7...
Homelessness and employment services in Cairns have banded together with all three tiers of government to find new ways of helping homeless people get back on track through employment. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said 15 organisations and five government departments...
The human face of homelessness has been captured following a campaign which involved more than 1000 surveys being completed by some of Brisbane’s most vulnerable residents. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said the surveys revealed the level of complexity of the issue...
Foodbank’s Social Return on Investment Report highlights the impact of their School Breakfast Program. According to early findings, for every kilogram of food provided to a child via a school breakfast program in Australia, there is the equivalent of $110 of social value in terms of improved...
The first results of the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey have been released. This survey is the primary source of prevalence data for substance use in Australia, occurring every two to three years since 1985. The survey includes data from nearly 24,000 people aged over 14. Some of the...

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