Community-based family services

Technical report

23 Nov 2017

The Parenting Today in Victoria survey is the most comprehensive look at the concerns, needs and behaviours of Victorian parents ever conducted. We asked 2600 parents more than 100 questions – and what we found will fill important gaps in our knowledge about how parents...


6 Oct 2017

This report has been published by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. It outlines the key achievements of the past twelve months, and describes focus areas for the 2017-18 financial year.

Highlights of the progress report include:



8 Sep 2017

Information sharing has been at the heart of the Troubled Families programme from the start, providing the intelligence local programmes need to identify families, understand their needs and demonstrate their progress. Local authorities depend on local public services providing access to their data and intelligence...

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...


5 Jul 2017

The Support and Safety Hub Statewide Concept outlines the role the hubs will have in our long-term plan to end family violence in Victoria.

The concept has been developed in collaboration with victim survivors, industry experts and members of the wider community, with Aboriginal...


10 Jun 2017

This resource is primarily designed to support good practice learning and reflection for workers providing intensive or targeted family support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with multiple and complex needs. There are many different models of intensive support provided across Australia. Many...

Research report

29 Mar 2017

Despite the increasingly high profile of domestic and family violence (DFV) in Australian society, surprisingly little is known in the public domain about the ways women’s specialist services provide help to the victims/survivors. When it comes to Aboriginal women, high rates of violence have been...


18 Mar 2017

Tasmania’s child and family centres (Centres) provide a single entry point to early childhood services (ECS) for children and families living in amongst the most disadvantaged communities in Australia. This study investigated the impact of Centres on parents’ use and experiences of ECS using a...

Research report

16 Mar 2017

During 2015–16, 162,175 (30.2 per 1,000) Australian children received child protection services (investigation, care and protection order and/or were in out-of-home care).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were seven times as likely as non-Indigenous children to have received child protection services.


Discussion paper

3 Nov 2016

The Queensland Government is committed to building a new child protection and family support system that meets the needs of Queensland children, young people and families, now and into the future. As part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program, we are undertaking a...

Journal article

15 Aug 2016

The first Australian policy to promote collective responsibility for children’s wellbeing, the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020: Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business , endorses the need for local, state and national agencies, the community service sector and citizens to think and act differently....

Research report

19 May 2016

Community playgroups have significant social and economic benefits not just for children but also for their parents, particularly mothers, finds this report.

Relationships Matter: The Social and Economic Benefits of Community Playgroups , funded by Playgroup Australia and undertaken by RMIT University’s Centre...

Literature review

20 Apr 2016

This review aims to identify evidence-based strategies to address common parenting issues faced by parents of young children. Due to time constraints, it was not feasible to attempt to identify all the issues that might concern parents. Instead, it was agreed that the literature review...

Journal article

21 Mar 2016

Over the last decade there has been at best limited implementation of preventive interventions for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families in remote communities of northern Australia despite growing involvement in the child protection system. This paper describes challenges for services...

Journal article

15 Mar 2016

The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) in 2014 to assist with the establishment of a panel of experts to help agencies funded under the department's Families and Children Activity. The Families and Children Activity provides...

Video interview

19 Jan 2016

Families Australia and the Australian Centre for Child Protection are jointly providing national leadership for the Child Aware Local Initiative. Some of the leading stakeholders in the Child Aware Local Initiative give their views on what 'child aware' means to them.


14 Nov 2015

The opportunities presented by the National Affordable Housing Agreement propelled the SA Homelessness Strategy Unit into implementing a range of reforms that built on existing strengths of the specialist homelessness services sector. As a major contribution to homelessness service system reform, SA took the decisive...


27 Feb 2015

In 2010, the then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (now the Department of Social Services) funded the Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) to develop and deliver Protecting and Nurturing Children: Building Capacity Building Bridges (BCBB) over three years as an...

Research report

1 Sep 2013

Evidence indicates worsening or unacceptably high levels of problems amongst Australia’s children and young people. These problems will not improve – and could get worse – unless we are able to effectively intervene to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place or address...


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....