Social Policy Research Group (UniSA)


Careers at the coal-face? Community services in South Australia: workforce development

This project was designed to profile the community services workforce in South Australia and to provide a detailed analysis of critical issues currently affecting the workforce in non-government community services agencies. Findings from the literature and the key informant consultations were consistent in highlighting that...

Third sector in partnership arrangements: navigating new waters or treading water?

In recent years the notion of ‘partnership’ is being used by both the Commonwealth and State Governments to describe a preferred relationship with the third sector. Governments are increasingly initiating partnerships to deliver social services, assuming that the networks and resources of third sector organisations...

The impact of mutual obligation policies on, unemployed young people, community organisations, and the wider community

The Commonwealth government has progressively implemented a major shift in social policies towards the unemployed, utilising a re-configured ideology of community. Changes have included a streamlining of service delivery (via Centrelink), quasi-marketisation of community organisations, and re-defining of the roles, entitlements and obligations of recipients...