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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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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Commentary

16 Aug 2017

Ageism isn’t the only barrier keeping older workers out of jobs (full article)

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Governments internationally are pushing out the ages at which pensions can be claimed and influential bodies such as the OECD are pointing to the inevitably of longer working lives as...

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Article

15 Aug 2017

Strong arguments, both philosophical and practical, can be made for incorporating a UBI into our tax-benefit system. But if our objectives include social security – ensuring an adequate minimum...

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Article

14 Aug 2017

“At the heart of the NDIS is the Australian goal of the fair go. The insurance model and the legislation are underpinned by this goal. If we stay true to this, the structures and the attitudes that disadvantage people with disabilities can be transformed. The mistakes in the implementation of...

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10 Aug 2017

This report provides an overview of national-level, state and territory findings, as well as comparisons across public housing, state-owned and managed Indigenous housing, and community housing tenants. The report shows that the majority of tenants are satisfied with the services provided by...

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Research report

09 Aug 2017

This project explored neighbourhood experiences of residents in two ethnoreligiously diverse suburbs in Melbourne’s north, Fawkner and Broadmeadows. The two localities were chosen because they both have large Muslim minorities (25 and 30 per cent respectively at the time of the 2011 Census, and...

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09 Aug 2017

An emerging body of research shows people are making sacrifices to pay utility bills, including cutting back on food and going without heating, cooling or lighting. Echoing this research, VCOSS members had warned us people on low incomes were reducing energy and water use in ways most people...

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Strategy

09 Aug 2017

In response to the government’s discussion paper on Social Impact Investing (SII), released in January 2017, the Turnbull Government announced in the 2017-18 Budget context a number of initiatives to encourage the continued development of the SII market...

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Research report

08 Aug 2017

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This study investigated the opportunities and risks for social impact investments (SII) to improve housing and homelessness outcomes in Australia. It described what social impact investing is and its application to housing and homelessness policy in...

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Working paper

04 Aug 2017

This chapter focusses on the question of how formal institutions, like those governing the level of freedom, the regulatory state, political parties and the generosity of the welfare state, affect self-reported well-being. The evidence suggests, for example, that more freedom, as well as...

Research report

02 Aug 2017

Key findings

  • This research delivers, for the first time in Australia, a consistent and replicable methodology for housing need assessment that can be used to inform resource allocation and simulate the impact of policy decisions on housing outcomes.
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Discussion paper

01 Aug 2017

Relative to wages, the cost of alcohol has reduced considerably in the Northern Territory (NT) over the past 20 years. Lower prices and the resulting increase in demand has contributed to unacceptable levels of harm in the community. With rates arguably among the highest in the world, the harm...

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Research report

28 Jul 2017

This research study, drawing on the views of more than 1200 grantseekers, reveals a huge amount of effort is being wasted on abandoned grant applications, large organisations are increasingly scooping up the small grants too, and pressure is building on local government to shell out more....

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Research report

25 Jul 2017

This report profiles 1,465 registered charities which reported that their main activity in 2015 was aged care. It is a companion report to Australian Charities Report 2015.

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In 2015 Australia’s 1,465 aged care charities made up 2.9% of all...

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Article

20 Jul 2017

After ten years advising the social sector, and with persistent disadvantage an ever-present issue in Australia, SVA Consulting reflects on the strategies and interventions that it has seen deliver the greatest impact.

As it reaches its 10th anniversary, SVA Consulting shares insights...

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Research report

19 Jul 2017

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey, known as HILDA, is a nationally representative longitudinal study of Australian households.

It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of...

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Research report

17 Jul 2017

This is the eighth publication from the Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series, and the fifth report in the Measuring
Outcomes for Impact in the Western Australia Community Sector research program. In this report, we present the findings of the second Outcomes Measurement in the Western...

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Discussion paper

17 Jul 2017

A new report from Hobart-based think tank, The Australia Institute Tasmania, has found that previous estimates of the impact of phasing out poker machines on employment are inconsistent with recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.   

ABS data suggests gambling employment in...

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Working paper

15 Jul 2017

In a changing employment and budgetary context, there is renewed interest in the concept of a basic income – a form of social security in which individuals receive a regular, often unconditional payment from either government or a public institution. This working paper examines the purpose and...

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Report

13 Jul 2017

This report is concerned with prospects for quality services and decent jobs under Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Specifically, it examines how the prices set by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are: 

• affecting disability support workers; ...

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