Social issues

We have a long history of speaking out about social and economic disadvantage. Our experience supporting individuals and communities, our leadership work and our research and evaluation put us in a strong position to contribute to debates on social issues and influence public policy decision-making. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact us.

  • Sep 2014

    Inquiry into childcare and early childhood learnng - submission

    The Benevolent Society's response to draft recommendations made by the Productivity Commission following their inquiry into child care and early childhood learning.

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  • Aug 2014

    Interim report of the McClure Review of Australia's Welfare System - submission

    Our recommendations in response to the interim report of Patrick McClure's Review of Australia's Welfare System

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  • May 2014

    Early action to improve lives and break the cycle of disadvantage - snapshot

    Provides an overview of the research evidence for the potential for early intervention to improve the long-term outcomes of Australian children, especially those experiencing disadvantage.

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  • Mar 2014

    Inquiry into early childhood education and care - submission

    Our recommendations in response to Senate inquiries into the delivery of quality and affordable early childhood education and care services and the future of the sector in Australia.

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  • Mar 2014

    Inquiry into social, public and affordable housing in NSW

    From our work with low income people we are very aware of the link between housing and disadvantage. Lack of affordable housing limits people’s ability to work, study and build better lives for themselves and their families.

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  • Feb 2014

    Inquiry into speech pathology services in Australia - submission

    The Benevolent Society's recommendations in response to the Senate inquiry into the prevalence of different types of speech, language and communication disorders and speech pathology services in Australia.

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  • Feb 2014

    South Australian Government discussion paper on social impact bonds - submission

    Our response to the South Australian Government's Discussion Paper about the potential for financing important community services through social impact bonds (or social benefit bonds).

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  • Jan 2014

    Inquiry into child care and early childhood learning - submission

    Our submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into child care and early childhood learning.

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  • Jan 2014

    Review of Queensland Births, Marriages and Deaths Registration Act - submission

    Our recommendations for changes to the Act, so that it better meets the needs of people affected by adoption.

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  • Oct 2013

    Acting early, changing lives: how prevention and early action saves money and improves wellbeing

    Investigates how early intervention can improve the outcomes of Australian children. Ten initiatives & strategies are identified that are likely to have the greatest impact upon reducing disadvantage in the long-term.

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