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Creating jobs, creating opportunity: Tackling long-term unemployment in Australia


This report by Anglicare Australia examines long-term unemployment in Australia, particularly for mature-age job seekers who struggle to secure entry-level jobs needed for re-establishment in the labor market. The data shows that individuals in the highest needs category for employment support spend an average of five years within the system, with low prospects of re-entering the labor market. The report proposes interventions targeting both the demand and supply sides, aiming to create work opportunities and enhance job readiness for better outcomes.

In-Home Care evaluation report

Early years, Education, Regional Rural and Remote Areas

This report from the Australian Institute for Family Studies evaluates the In-Home Care program, which aimed to support early childhood education and care for specific cohorts. It finds that while the program reached its target groups, a shortage of qualified educators hindered its ability to meet demand, posing financial viability concerns. These findings highlight the need for addressing educator shortages to ensure the program's effectiveness and sustainability.

Transforming responses to intimate partner and sexual violence: Listening to the voices of victims, perpetrators and services

Client Voice, Family Violence

ANROWS has released the findings of their 'Voices' national project, focusing on the experiences of victims, survivors, and perpetrators of violence in seeking help from services. This study identifies critical gaps in service responses and interventions, providing valuable research papers and panel discussions for practitioners to enhance their understanding and address these issues effectively.

Parenting today in Victoria

Families and parenting

The Parenting Research Centre has released the latest Parenting Today in Victoria survey results, indicating that many parents are facing mental health challenges and neglecting self-care. Despite this, the majority still find parenting rewarding, emphasising the need for family service practitioners to support parents' well-being while recognising their dedication.

Transitioning to adulthood from Out-of-Home Care: A review of the literature

Education, Out of Home Care (OOHC)

The CREATE Foundation has released a report on the transition from out-of-home care for young people, addressing the challenges and key issues they face, including education, health, accommodation, and family relationships. This valuable resource equips family service practitioners with insights to better support young individuals navigating the leaving care process.

Evaluation of the 2018 changes to the Australian child care system

Early years, Education

The Australian National University's Centre for Social Research and Methods evaluated the 2018 national reforms to early childhood education and care. The findings indicate modest improvements in childcare affordability for low and middle-income families, but limited impact on workforce participation. These insights are valuable for family service practitioners to understand the outcomes of the reforms and tailor their support accordingly.

Child protection contact among children of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds: A South Australian linked data study

Children and Young People, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Health and Wellbeing

This Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health study provides valuable insights for practitioners in child and family services. It examines child protection contact among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) children in South Australia and reveals a higher likelihood compared to non-CALD children. Practitioners can benefit from this research as it emphasises the importance of targeting support within the child protection system to address the specific challenges that CALD children and their families face.

Tri-Peaks Innovation Webinar Series

Alcohol and Other Drugs, Family Reunification

This Tri-Peaks Project webinar, presented by Mathew Wilson, the state-wide program manager of the Family Drug Treatment Court, focuses on 'Family Drug Treatment Court: Engaging with parents to support family reunification.'

Parenting Orders: Research on compliance and enforcement and insights from practice

Families and parenting

This Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) webinar presents AIFS researchers, Relationship Australia, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia representatives to discuss the findings of the ANROWS study into 'Compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders: Final Report.

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