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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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Hon Curtis Pitt MP
On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
School books on desk
This webinar draws on the new resource Continuity of Learning: A resource to support effective transition to school and school age care . The publication, by Professors Sue Dockett and Bob Perry, provides an overview of the research base underpinning the importance of effective transitions and...
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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) report , Inequality in Australia: A nation divided , has found that there is a big gap in incomes and wealth between different groups in society. While inequality is not as extreme in Australia by international comparison, we are trending in the...
Multicultural hands
QCOSS is pleased to release two new publications regarding the development of multicultural indicators of wellbeing for children, women and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The intent of these publications is to reinforce the need to develop program responses based on research and...
Know your community
Know Your Community – Key insights into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders , is a new tool which enables anyone to build a community profile containing information and data about Queensland's first nation peoples and the communities they live in. Whether you are developing a...
Money bag
The annual NAB Charitable Giving Index showed that giving to charity grew by just 2% over the year to February 2015, down from 10% at the same time last year. However, the average donation size for all charities increased by $2 over the past year to $336 per donor, with a continuing strong...
Know your community brochure front page
Know Your Community – Key insights into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders , is a new tool which enables anyone to build a community profile containing information and data about Queensland's first nation peoples and the communities they live in. Whether you are developing a...
The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in immigration Detention (2014) is a landmark report that provides compelling first-hand evidence of the negative impact that prolonged immigration detention is having on children’s mental and physical health. Read the Forgotten Children report
Teh Medical Journal of Australia examines how the sleep of Australian Indigenous children presents some unique challenges, particularly in terms of community input, study design and in the collection of relevant data. The wellbeing of Australian Indigenous children has long been an issue of concern...
Researchers have traditionally paid little attention to the intersections between men’s mental illness and family life. Recently, however, this has been changing. This paper provides practitioners and policy-makers with a broad overview of some of the key issues identified in the growing literature...

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