Report

Action to empower: why Australia needs more co-operative and mutual enterprises in health, community, and social services

This report is a call to action to demonstrate how targeted policy measures focused on enabling different forms of ownership, can increase diversity and choice in social services in Australia with positive outcomes for the quality and productivity of those services.
Report

NSW public libraries: the COVID-19 response

Public libraries in NSW adapted and innovated in response to the challenges that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. This report describes how libraries initially adapted to balance continuity of service with community safety, and gives examples of the nimble responses that many libraries exhibited...
Report

Pulse of the for-purpose sector - final report: wave 1

This first report of a national research program has been released to explore the unprecedented events of 2019-2020 created by the bushfires and the global pandemic, and their associated challenges on Australia’s health, economic and social systems.
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Moving the conversation forward

This report provides a review of how the community services sector has been positioned by major governing bodies – such as the Productivity Commission, Royal Commissions and Senate Inquiries – to provide insight how the sector is being understood and approached by government(s). In particular...
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COVID-19 and Communities Listening Project: a shared response

This report considers how organisations and communities across the United Kingdom adapted and responded to the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

The value of people power

Whether we call it formal or informal volunteering, giving, social action, mutual aid, or simply people helping people, the power of connecting and helping each other makes a huge contribution to society. This report includes an economic analysis of the value of people power and...
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Australia's community sector and COVID-19: supporting communities through crisis

This report provides insight into the status of Australia’s community sector during July 2020, a period in which the sector grappled with the significant health, social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and rapid changes in policy and service delivery.
Briefing paper

Pay equity in community services: the consequences of federal budgetary decisions

This paper suggests that the failure of the Commonwealth to confirm that it will maintain funding for community service organisations could threaten up to 12,000 jobs in that sector, at a moment when those services are critical to Australia’s pandemic-damaged economy.
Report

Missing numbers in children’s services

This report explores what data is available on children’s centres and youth services, and how government might overcome the barriers they face improving this data.
Report

All together: a new future for commissioning human services in New South Wales

Since the late 1990s, the term 'commissioning' as a concept and practice has steadily gained ground. What can good commissioning look like in NSW? And what can government agencies, service providers and peak bodies do to bring this to life? These are the key questions...