Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (Australia)

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8 Mar 2012

On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012, the Government launched the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 , at Garden Island, Sydney.

This National Action Plan is a whole of government effort, coordinated by the Office for Women. It will...


6 Mar 2012

The National Action Plan has been extended to mid-2019. The National Action Plan sets out what Australia will do, at home and overseas, to integrate a gender perspective into its peace and security efforts, to protect women and girls’ human rights, and promote their participation...


9 Feb 2011

The third annual report outlines the progress that has been made towards meeting the targets set to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The most positive change has been in the area of child...


1 Jan 2010

In 2008 the Australian Government implemented a trial of two separate measures of income management in Western Australia - the Child Protection Scheme of Income Management (CPSIM) and the Voluntary Income Management (VIM). The trials were conducted in the remote Kimberley region and in metropolitan...


3 Mar 2009

On 26 February 2009 the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made his first annual statement to Parliament on the Australian Government's Closing the Gap strategy, outlining whole-of-government objectives and strategies.

That statement was supported by a booklet outlining the whole of government approaches to Closing...

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3 Sep 2014

This document sets out to highlight some of the innovative practices being developed across Australia in response to homelessness. The paper draws upon some of the new ways of thinking encountered by researchers at the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning in their work...


18 Sep 2013

Footprints in Time is the name given to the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, an initiative of the Australian Government. The study is conducted by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under the guidance of the Footprints in Time...


11 Jul 2013

This paper used Longitudinal Study of Australian Children data to analyse links between parental employment and the wellbeing of families.

The study found that jobless families and families with short part-time hours (fewer than 21 hours) were at considerable financial disadvantage compared to families...

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1 Apr 2013

This project aims to provide a better understanding of the circumstances of young people who receive transfer payments to support them in providing ‘informal’ care to people with disabilities and the frail aged. The main focus is on the 20,363 young people who were aged...


30 Jan 2013

The Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement ceased on the 30 June 2012. Under this Agreement FaHCSIA ha d responsibility for the compilation and publication of the six monthly Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory monitoring reports. This will be...

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15 Jul 2013

The Geelong Project is a place-based, ‘community of schools and youth services’ approach to early intervention using population screening, a flexible practice framework and youth-focused, family-centred case management. The model builds in longitudinal follow-up and support to reduce homelessness, and achieve sustainable education and lifetime...


30 May 2013

To date, local governments in Australia have not played a major part in addressing homelessness. However, the recent decisions of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) have committed all tiers of government, including local councils, to reducing homelessness. It is important, therefore, to understand what...


29 May 2013

This toolkit is one of the outputs from a study undertaken by the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Adelaide, for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, into the role of frontline services in addressing homelessness....


21 May 2013

Local government is recognised as the tier of government closest to the people of Australia (Megarrity 2011). It provides a range of services that underpin the management of our cities, contributes to the wellbeing of our communities through the provision of infrastructure and services and...


30 Apr 2013

This report uses National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to provide an in-depth understanding of children's development in Australia's current social, economic and cultural environment, thereby contributing to the evidence base for future policy and practice...

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