Craig Wallace & associates talking with media

Disability campaigners have bought forward information & traumas of abuse to the Lower House. The Greens are calling for a royal commission and the government are yet to announce the outcome.

A child measuring his height

Measuring the community sector's social impact has progressed in the last decade, but it isn't perfect. Our sector's trust has grown too. This measurement is core to the success of our organisations, but it has a long way to go.

two First Nation people smiling

National Close the Gap Day sheds light on the many issues that still surround the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. ANTaR says Australia’s universal health system has been failing First Australians for far too long.

In the past seven years homelessness has doubled in several suburbs, mostly in the west. Big jumps have also occurred in Strathfield and the CBD. Charities are feeling the impact. 

Is Homecare following the ignoble tradition of dodgy operators leaping onto government-funded gravy trains? Pressure selling through doorknocking happened with home insulation and vocational education and it's already happening with Homecare; threats by Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt to impose sanctions may mean the government doesn't intend to get fooled again.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a huge public health concern, with recent studies estimating a prevalence of 2-5% of the population in the USA. No population-wide prevalence studies have been conducted in Australia, but recent research found the highest worldwide prevalence in Banksia Hill Detention Centre, where 36% of youth was diagnosed with FASD.

bird houses on strings

Sydney leads the national trend, with property prices dropping 10% from the highs of a year ago. Current data suggests the cost of renting might not necessarily follow the trend.

Newstart form

The Newstart allowance of $273 p/w has flatlined, in real terms, since the early 90s and remains well under the poverty line for most recipients. 

Money Tap

Although the economy is 'performing well' the RBA reports that growth in household income remains low, debt levels are high and some asset prices have declined.