Social problems


20 Mar 2019

The World Happiness Report surveys the state of global happiness and ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year’s report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on...


14 Mar 2018

The World Happiness Report 2018 ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants. The main focus of this year’s report, in addition to its usual ranking of the levels and changes in happiness around the world, is...

Working paper

17 Jan 2018

Using new cross-country survey and experimental data, we investigate if it is possible to increase people’s support for the national government to address inequality through redistribution by providing them with information about inequality and social mobility in their country.


1 Nov 2017

This volume is the most international of all published monographs from the series "Czech-Polish-Slovak Studies in Andragogy and Social Gerontology." Among the scholars trying to grasp the nuances and trends of social policy, there are diverse perspectives, resulting not only from the extensive knowledge of...


24 Oct 2017

This report calls for a conversation about gambling and contact with the criminal justice system.


20 Apr 2017

Gambling experts have hailed a potential plan to impose strict limits on television gambling advertising.

The ABC understands the federal cabinet is poised to impose the restrictions, but it's already facing resistance from the nation's biggest sporting codes.


29 Mar 2017

The objective of this report, commissioned by Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA), was to begin a national conversation as to how investing in coordinated strategies to increase family-based prevention and early intervention services can be utilised in Australia to better address priority health and...


20 Mar 2017

The World Happiness Report 2017 ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels. This year's report also looks at the role of social factors in supporting happiness.

Journal article

1 Jan 2017

The aim of this study is to explore how social and environmental disclosures are used to manage reputation during a major incident, through the use of British Petroleum Plc's (BP) Gulf of Mexico crisis as a case study. It is argued that reputation is distinct...


6 Dec 2016

Each year we encourage Australians aged 15-19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them through Australia’s largest online youth survey. In 2016 we had nearly 22,000 respondents and the survey revealed that more than half of young people believe there are barriers...

Literature review

30 Nov 2016

This literature review describes the social and economic associations of various forms of housing tenure, mainly homeownership and renting and analyses over a hundred and twenty international studies, focusing on the effects of housing tenure on health, employment, crime, welfare, wealth and education.




27 Oct 2016

Since 2014, SVA has been incubating a model for demand-led employment called the Industry Employment Initiative (IEI). The model aims to create sustainable employment for disadvantaged job seekers, while helping employers meet their recruitment needs and corporate responsibility objectives.

Incubating the IEI has highlighted...


National economic and social impact survey 2016 - key findings Victoria
16 Oct 2016


The Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) 2016 is the fifth consecutive national report by the Salvation Army exploring the levels of deprivation and disadvantage experienced by those who access Emergency Relief (ER) services in Australia. This booklet is an adjunct to...


30 Sep 2016

The cost of homelessness to society and to the individual is difficult to measure, which in turn makes it difficult to formulate and evaluate meaningful policy change to address rising homelessness and housing deprivation. This report reviews the international literature on quantifying the cost of...

Audio interview


2 Aug 2016

Eli Melky, who served as the Country Liberal Party's assistant treasurer before aligning himself with the Palmer United Party, says he is outraged by treatment of young people in juvenile detention and has announced he will stand against the Northern Territory's Chief Minister Adam Giles...


25 Jul 2016

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) publishes monthly data on electronic gaming machine expenditure in Victoria. June 2016's data set completes the 2015-16 financial year expenditure report and is now available on the Data web-page.

Total expenditure for the 2015–16 financial...

Discussion paper

11 Jul 2016

We are faced with a new kind of fundamentalism – call it ‘minority fundamentalism.’ It has all the features of religious fundamentalism, such as ideological fanaticism, intolerance of dissent, and a Manichaean certainty about truth and falsehood. The goal of the minority fundamentalists is to...


28 Jun 2016

Measuring the things that matter most is only part of the story; real change comes through building a culture that understands how to use this data to manage to outcomes.

Five key reasons for managing to outcomes are: to sustain or grow funding, to...


24 Jun 2016

State governments traditionally regulate gambling in Australia. They tend to work closely with “industry” to promote gambling’s benefits, as they see them.

These benefits include revenue for cash-strapped state treasuries (about $5.75 billion a year, $3.5 billion of it from pokies), glitzy tourist attractions...

Discussion paper

20 Jun 2016

With experience as a prison doctor and psychiatrist, Theodore Dalrymple decries the impact of the welfare state and a culture of dependence in society.

A phrase such as ‘a broken society’ should not be made to bear more meaning than it has. Societies do...



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