Social Impact

The Social Impact Collection is curated in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia and Swinburne University of Technology. This collection contains the latest research on social issues, the social purpose sector, collaboration and measuring outcomes.  

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Commentary

22 Sep 2017

The 'homelessness crisis,' particularly in Melbourne and Sydney, has attracted renewed attention in recent months. While there are higher rates of unemployment for people who are homeless, many are working and homeless.

For the past two decades, the growing numbers of Big Issue sellers on...

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Essay

20 Sep 2017

Responding to Charles Taylor’s question, ‘What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age?’, this essay sets out to develop an alternative engaged theory of religion and secularity. It comes back with three alternative questions. Firstly, how can we find a way to understand the social...

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Report

13 Sep 2017

This Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) report shows Australia is at risk of becoming an Americanised society of working poor if people are not given a pay rise.

Rising inequality is forcing working people into poverty, with the number of workers who are now on minimum or award...

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Strategy

13 Sep 2017

NDS commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting to research and establish a knowledge base on the contribution and potential of the WA disability sector under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

In developing the plan, there was extensive engagement within the disability sector and...

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Commentary

12 Sep 2017

The postal marriage survey starts popping into letterboxes today, and if the deadline to return it were this Friday, or next, we know exactly what the result would be: an easy win for Yes.

Opinion polls tell us so. Polls can be wrong, but not by this amount. True, the marriage survey won’...

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Report

11 Sep 2017

The Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources focus throughout this inquiry was on the social aspects of driverless vehicles in Australia. While technological developments and questions and regulatory approaches were considered within that context, the committee’s...

Research report

11 Sep 2017

This is the second of five research reports from Giving Australia 2016, with findings of interest to civil society, government, business, and philanthropists.

The Business Giving and Volunteering report focuses on giving and volunteering by small, medium and large businesses that...

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Research report

11 Sep 2017

This is the third release, of five research reports from Giving Australia 2016, with findings of interest to civil society, government, business, and philanthropists.

The Individual Giving and Volunteering report provides insights on volunteering, including trends, innovations and...

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Commentary

07 Sep 2017

The High Court has struck down the challenges to the same-sex marriage ballot, clearing the way for voting papers to start going out next week.

The court’s decision...

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Research report

06 Sep 2017

This report documents a mixed methods research study, the aims of which were to:

  • Identify major contributors and pathways into and out of homelessness for LGBTIQ people;
  • Investigate their experiences of current homelessness service provision;
  • Examine current
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Report

04 Sep 2017

This report explores some of the macro trends shaping social and economic inclusion in Australia, including workforce transitions and increasing wealth and income inequality. It considers the ways in which these trends impact on access to affordable energy supplies and participation in the...

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Report

04 Sep 2017

Social housing is a vital service underpinning the social good of NSW. But, as widely recognised, the social housing system is beset by challenges that limit its social benefits. For example, tenant rents must be low to make social housing affordable for those who need it. But low rents are not...

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Evaluation

01 Sep 2017

With support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Department of Human Services (DHS), and developed in close consultation with local community leaders, local and state government agencies and other Australian Government agencies, the Department of Social...

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Discussion paper

01 Sep 2017

Electronic gambling machines (EGMs), or poker machines, are a high-intensity form of gambling and the most harmful form of gambling available in Australia. While less than a third of the Australian adult population (30%) use EGMs annually, and 5% use them weekly, around 30% of weekly users...

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Research report

31 Aug 2017

This research study reports on a campaign to house rough sleepers shows how long term homelessness is associated with high levels of health problems, trauma and disability. The '50 Lives 50 Homes' is a project aimed at rapidly housing and supporting Perth’s most vulnerable rough sleepers. Within...

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Working paper

29 Aug 2017

Women are paid less,
but aren’t less valuable.
We blame sexism.

As in other OECD countries, women in New Zealand earn substantially less than men with similar observable characteristics. In this paper, we use a decade of annual wage and productivity data from New...

Research report

23 Aug 2017

The project was funded by the Australian Research Council under Linkage Project grant LP120200481, with additional cash and in-kind support provided by Catholic Social Services, Australia; United Voice (National Office); and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). A budget standard...

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Report

23 Aug 2017

20.7% of Australian households don’t have $500 in savings to use in case of an emergency. Because of this, many are forced to use private sector ‘payday’ lending services, that often involve annualised percetage rates of over 150%, exacerbating families financial woes, not helping them.

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Chapter

22 Aug 2017

Key findings

Rates of self-harm and suicidal behaviour are high among Australian teens. Among 14-15 year olds, one in ten reported that they had self-harmed in the previous 12 months, and 5% reported they had attempted suicide. 

Girls appeared to be at greater risk...

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Report

17 Aug 2017

Palliative care is an essential component of modern health care services and an increasingly important part of the wider health and social care systems. Palliative care is healthcare and support for people with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers. It is provided by, or informed by...

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