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Social services

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Briefing paper

Community first social care: care in places people call home

Additional funding for social care is important. The system has suffered significant cuts and cannot be improved without a funding deal. This briefing makes a contribution to the evidence and policy thinking on what should come alongside funding proposals. It outlines how combining funding reform...
Report

The power of freedom: how personal budgets for social services are transforming lives

This report describes the independent financing model, a funding model for public services which gives control and responsibility to recipients of support services.
Journal article

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delivery of services to CALD communities in Australia

This policy briefing paper is presented as part of an Australian Research Linkage Project on mapping social services in multicultural communities, where one of its key objectives is to understand the experiences of service delivery and provision modes to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
Report

The social state: from transactional to relational public services

This report is the first as part of a major new research programme at Demos reimagining public services. The project will build a credible policy agenda for 21st Century public services with citizen experiences at the centre.
Report

New housing supply, population growth and access to social infrastructure

This research tests the usefulness of new datasets to inform the forward planning of social and community infrastructure in rapidly growing areas of Australian cities. It focusses on greenfield areas of Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth to demonstrate data sources and methods that can be replicated...
Report

Vital support: building resilient charities to support Australia’s wellbeing

This report finds that despite Australia’s promising economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, many charities remain in vulnerable financial positions and require urgent funding from the Australian government to continue supporting thousands of Australians in need and providing employment opportunities.
Report

The social sector in NSW: capitalising on the potential for growth

The NSW social services sector employs more than 230,000 people, and provides care to more than 1 million people per year. This report underlines the opportunities arising from investing in the sector.
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

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.
Report

A wave of disadvantage across NSW: impact of the COVID-19 recession

COVID-19 has started an economic tsunami that threatens to overwhelm progress towards reducing disadvantage across New South Wales. This report provides estimates based on international, Australian and original research on the impact of rising unemployment on disadvantage across NSW’s regions.