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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 Service Providers Accessibility Guide has been designed by Media Access Australia to provide you with a practical, hands-on, step-by-step way to effectively prepare and deliver content and communications to people with disabilities via computing and mobile devices. The original version of this...
The ABC has produced an interactive Fact File , based on the latest research in Australia, to reveal how the patterns of homelessness in Australia have changed over 15 years. Some 105,200 Australians are without a home. Indigenous Australians and single parents are over-represented in the numbers,...
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is now inviting applications for its 2016 grants program. The ACCAN Grants Scheme funds projects which either undertake research on telecommunications issues, represent consumers or create educational tools which empower consumers to...
This paper presents the current state of knowledge on parenting in the context of DFV by examining the following four research questions: What is the prevalence of DFV among parents? How does DFV impact on parenting capacity? What are the methods and behaviours that perpetrators use to disrupt the...
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Mission Australia’s 2015 youth survey has revealed that more than half of young people believe there are barriers which will prevent them reaching their goals when they leave school. The focus of this year’s survey was to uncover what young people perceive to be the main barriers to success. The...
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The NDIS Assistive Technology Strategy was recently released at the NDIS New World Conference. Technology is increasingly a part of everyone’s life, and for people with disability it can help them perform tasks they could not otherwise do, and to do this more safely and securely. It is allowing...
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Cost reflective tariffs are being developed and implemented by energy businesses across Australia. By more closely aligning the way we pay for electricity consumption with the costs of providing electricity, the fairness and efficiency of the electricity distribution system can potentially be...
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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...
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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...
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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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