Community Organisations and Other Resources
(These links are to external websites)
- Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA)
- Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)
- Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
- Brotherhood of St Laurence
- Carers Australia
- Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
- Family Action Centre
- International Council on Social Welfare
- National Centre for Social and Economic Policy (NATSEM)
- Our Community
- Playgroup Australia
- Raising Children Network
- Relationships Australia
- Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
- Social Policy Research Centre
- The Australia Institute
Useful websites on children and families
Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) website>contains extensive information on Australian families, and includes resources such as ‘Child Family Community Australia’, a research, practice and policy information exchange.
Asia Pacific Forum on Families (APFAM)
Department of Social Services websitecontains information on a wide range of Australian Government policies, programs and research relating to families, children and communities.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) websitecontains statistics on economic, environmental and social issues from the Australian Census data.
Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) website is a product developed by the ABS relating to the assessment of the welfare of Australian communities:
Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) website contains information about young children's development in their first year of full-time school. The AEDI measures: physical health and wellbeing; social competence; emotional maturity; language and cognitive skills (school-based); and communication skills and general knowledge.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) website provides regular information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS) provides support for youth organisations, youth workers, youth researchers and young people themselves, as well as policymakers, researchers and practitioners in other sectors working with youth. The clearinghouse focuses on information about early adolescence to the early adult years (12 to 25 years).
Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) website provides information on a broad range of health determinants across the life course.
Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) website contains information from annual interviews from selected families and individuals about economic and subjective well-being, labour market dynamics and family dynamics.
Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) website contains information on a major study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia.
First-Ever Data Report on Family Well-Being Around the World: The World Family Map For the first time, data are available on family well-being across high and low income countries around the world. The World Family Map report summarizes a large body of data on family strengths and challenges, as well as important educational outcomes for children and youth. The report explores the social, economic, familial, and cultural factors that tend to strengthen or undermine family life.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Australian Institute of Family Studies
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- Child Support Agency
- Department of Employment
- Department of Social Services
- Department of Health
- Department of Human Services
- Fair Work Online
- Family Assistance Office
- Family Relationships Online
- Australian Human Rights Commission
- National Public Health Partnership
- Parliament of Australia
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
- United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Gambling Help Online is an initiative of the Ministerial Council on Gambling (MCG) and is funded as part of an agreement between all State and Territory Governments and the Australian Government. This new online service will complement and increase the range of services available in responding to problem gambling issues. It will provide Australians with a new opportunity to access counselling and information services when they are unable or reluctant to access face-to-face services provided in each jurisdiction.
People with a disability and their families need a secure future. The struggle for essential services and support is never ending – from early intervention to equipment, respite, accommodation, employment and family support. It is time to change the way services for people with a disability are funded in Australia. A planned, fully-funded, National Disability Insurance Scheme will underwrite sustained, significant, long-term improvements in meeting the needs of people with a disability and their families.
Anti-Poverty Week focuses on poverty around the world, including Australia. It includes the UN’s International Anti-Poverty Day, 17 October. The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:
- Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia;
- Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
Participation has grown rapidly in recent years, with activities such as public lectures, workshops, conferences, debates, concerts, displays, sports days and media briefings being organised. Last year, more than 300 organisations were involved in activities, with a total participation of more than 10,000 people around the country. Everyone is very welcome to organise an activity during the Week or join in something being organised by other people. The activities can be large or small, and activities at local levels are especially welcome.
The website www.antipovertyweek.org.au includes basic fact sheets, promotional material, a calendar of activities and links to other sources of information and ideas. It also includes contact details for the National Office and the Co-Chairs in each State.
If you have a parent with a mental illness and are looking for information or local supports, or maybe you are a parent with a mental illness and would like advice or support to assist yourself or the family, then check out the Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) website www.copmi.net.au. COPMI is an initiative funded by the Australian Government to provide information about programs and services for family members where a parent has a mental illness. Information is also available for people who work with these families. The website has many components including tips provided by a wide range of people that share similar experiences. There’s even a space to put any tips you may wish to contribute. You’ll also find a comprehensive list of resources, web links and contact details for programs and services across Australia. New information is being added to the COPMI website regularly. Check it out!