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Clearing muddy waters: why Vinnies are wrong on inequality

A recent St Vincent de Paul Society report claimed income inequality in Australia is dramatically widening. Peter Saunders suggested the report was grossly exaggerated. The authors of the report responded by telling the CIS to take a Bex and have a lie down. But Saunders...

Collective impact: evidence and implications for practice

This paper describes the history and development of collective impact, with a focus on Australia, and includes two case studies to examine how collective impact is currently being practised in Australia.

Mapping social cohesion: the Scanlon Foundation surveys 2017

In its tenth year, the Scanlon Foundation’s Mapping Social Cohesion report has reinforced Australia’s consistently high level of support for immigration and cultural diversity.

Australia, an intoxicated society: 40 years on from the Baume Report

This study, examining the progress made against the landmark Baume Report’s recommendations, has found that despite substantive progress on drink driving, governments have failed over the last four decades to make any significant headway in implementing effective alcohol policy to tackle the price, promotion and...

Victoria's social enterprise strategy

The Victorian Government's Social Enterprise Strategy, the first-of-its-kind in Australia, has been developed to improve and expand on existing support for the sector and to position Victoria to lead the country in driving employment participation and inclusive economic growth through social enterprise. Social enterprises already...

Supporting vulnerable households to achieve their housing goals: the role of impact investment

This study explores how social impact investment (SII) has been used for housing and homelessness objectives internationally, and examines three case studies where SII has been used in Australia.

Couch surfing limbo: legal, policy and service gaps affecting young couch surfers and couch providers in Melbourne's west

Couch surfing is increasingly being recognised as a form of homelessness in Australia, especially for young people (aged under 25) in outer urban areas, who face additional challenges due to lack of infrastructure, support and services.

Six arguments in favour of self-funding

This report says we should welcome the gradual erosion of the mass welfare state by the move to self-funded benefits and services. Peter Saunders identifies strong economic arguments in favour of self-funding: it is more efficient, it strengthens incentives and it helps reduce the mounting...

Australian charities report 2016

This report builds on the research of previous years and represents the most comprehensive record to date of the Australian charity sector.
Discussion paper

Settlement engagement and transition support: a discussion paper on enhancements to the Settlement Grants program

The paper provides an opportunity for currently funded Settlement Grant providers and other key stakeholders to provide views and ideas on the proposed changes to program settings prior to the next funding round.