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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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15 Nov 2017

The results are in. View the details of the survey results.

Australians were asked to answer the following question in a postal survey:

Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Of the eligible Australians who expressed a view on this...

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13 Nov 2017

Digital Me, is the latest in a series of surveys conducted by the Australian Psychological Society, to examine issues affecting the wellbeing of Australians.

It has been conducted as part of Psychology Week, an annual initiative that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can...

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10 Nov 2017

Australians appear to have moved little in their views on same sex marriage, despite two months of public to-ing and fro-ing as the postal survey has played out.

The results are due to be released next Wednesday, but a YouGov poll out today found 60 per cent of the company's survey group...

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10 Nov 2017

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released this week as part of the Personal Safety Study (PSS) reveals 16% of Australian women have...

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08 Nov 2017

Despite what the post-modern theorists claim, the nation remains the ultimate political reality. The power of the national story to inspire our collective beliefs about ourselves as Australians, and for those beliefs to inspire the direction of our national life, is the reason the history wars...

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06 Nov 2017

The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), paid by the government to its citizens with few restrictions, has been around for a long time. One of the main justifications for introducing a UBI is the impending changes to the labour market as a result of technology, with advocates arguing that 47...

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06 Nov 2017

Housing affordability concerns the ability of singles, couples and families to buy or rent dwellings within reasonable distances to employment and study opportunities, and basic amenities. Those dwellings are first and foremost our homes, the foundation of our lives and our...

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06 Nov 2017

This resource combines individual and organisational stories with information and data to highlight the effects of disruption across the human services sector in the last decade.

ACTCOSS has recommended the ACT and Commonwealth governments act on the 'Top ten jobs for now', outlined in...

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02 Nov 2017

Settlement Grants is a key program in the suite of settlement services to support humanitarian entrants and eligible migrants to achieve full participation in Australian society by focussing on social participation, economic well-being, independence, personal well-being and...

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31 Oct 2017

This Research Note discusses terminology and key aspects of the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017. It provides an overview of legislative attempts in Australia to introduce similar frameworks, and overseas jurisdictions where voluntary euthanasia and/or assisted dying are currently in...

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30 Oct 2017

On 10 August 2016, the Ombudsman announced an investigation into the way the Department of Health and Human Services (the department) manages and pursues maintenance debts against public housing tenants. The investigation was prompted by a complaint from a tenant advocacy...

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24 Oct 2017

The transition from childhood to adolescence is a challenging period for most young people. Depending on where they live, a young person’s sense of place and attachment to their local community can help them to foster resilience, personal identity and social connections which can be accessed in...

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23 Oct 2017

The Mobilong Prison Radio pilot was an action research community project conducted at Mobilong Prison in April 2017, funded by a Department of Correctional Services SA Community Grant.

The project involved a series of radio production workshops with a group of ten prisoners, and...

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17 Oct 2017

Australia has experienced 20 years of sustained economic growth and is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Despite our wealth, the latest ACOSS Poverty in Australia report (2016) found of the three million people living in poverty in Australia...

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03 Oct 2017

Nesta Impact Investments (NII) was one of the first investors in Europe to develop and grow the field of social impact investment. We believe it is important to show that commercial businesses can achieve social impact and that commercial investors do not have to have a trade-off between...

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27 Sep 2017

The key objective of the Australian Community Trends Report is to continue the longitudinal study, which began in 2015, and to provide a detailed analysis of the effectiveness, engagement and awareness of the not-for-profit sector. It aims to help organisations understand the Australian...

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26 Sep 2017

With the Tasmanian Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets considering the future of poker machines in Tasmania, community pressure is growing for poker machines to be banned from hotels and clubs, limiting...

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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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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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