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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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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...
This paper from the Centre for AboriginaL Economic Policy Research compares the level and source of income for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians using data from the 2011 wave of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. Three sources of income are considered:...
This paper from the Parliamentary Library of Australia outlines Australia's refugee resettlement program, and the various legal and political questions surrounding it. Of the 145 States Parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention, only about 25 participate in the United Nations resettlement program and...
According to a report by Deloitte, the role of not for profits and non-government organisations in delivering services to many Australians is being compromised by an over-reliance on both external rules and self-imposed rules. Deloitte has found that the rules not for profits and NGOs place on...
This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provides information on trends and issues in housing policy, housing affordability and housing assistance provided to populations with special needs. The demand for housing assistance is continuing to increase. As at 30 June...
This paper reviews the evidence on effective and culturally appropriate mental health and social and emotional wellbeing programs and services for Indigenous people in Australia. It identifies what works, what doesn't, and the gaps in the research evidence. Background information is also included...
Young Australians will be better off than their parents in health, technology and incomes but could be worse off in employment, housing, costs of living, the environment and quality of education, according to a report entitled Renewing Australia’s Promise, prepared by the Foundation for Young...
The latest Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion report has found that support for a multicultural society remains high despite some increases in negative attitudes towards people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Based on the results of the survey conducted in October it was...
This project addresses the importance of culturally appropriate service delivery and disability sector development needs specifically relating to communication. The project aims to enhance the capacity and capability of the disability sector to assist people from a culturally and linguistically...

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