Social Work and Human Services: Organisations - reports, statistics and more

Find government information, research bodies, statistics, reports and other material.

Overview

Government departments, institutes, clearinghouses, professional associations and other organisations can be an excellent source of information.

Freely available material can include 

  • reports
  • statistics
  • submissions (responses to public consultations run by government or statutory authorities)
  • working papers
  • details of research projects
  • speeches
  • policy documents
  • legislation

A 'clearinghouse' is an organisation that provides research, data and other information relating to a particular issues in order to raise awareness and facilitate discussion. This information can support a range of people and organisations including activists, service providers, researchers and government agencies.

Representative bodies

[Australian Council of Social Service, 'Simon Schrapel, President ACOSS', CC Licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/, image source flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/australiancouncilofsocialservice/8230402529/]

Keeping up to date

Selected sites - Australian focus

Joudo-Larsen, J 2014, Restorative justice in the Australian criminal justice system, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.   Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013, Specialist homelessness services 2012-2013, AIHW, Canberra.  Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (AIHW & AIFS) 2013, 'Diverting Indigenous offenders from the criminal justice system', Resource sheet no. 24, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra.

 

Government portals and multi-site searching

Search tip: use Google to search across multiple Australian, state, territory and local government website pages by including site:gov.au (or site:sa.gov.au to limit to South Australian bodies) in your search e.g.

Example search using 'site' search limit

Evaluate your information

It is important to evaluate all the information you find online. When evaluating a website ask yourself:

  • who is the site targeted at?
  • who is the publisher / author? Are they an authorative source?
  • how is the information presented? Does it contain fact, opinion or bias?
    Does the site use references?
  • is there a publication date? Is the material current, historical, up to date?
  • what scope or depth is covered? Is it what you need?

For further help see the short Library video You be the judge: learn to evaluate.