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Social Work: Policy analysis

Guide to locating relevant resources for Social Work assessment tasks and projects.

Who makes Public Policy in Australia?

Government Policy resources

Through our research the Commission contributes to the public debate and encourages informed policy discussion.

To search for the work of parliamentary committees, parliamentary debates/Hansard, bills and legislation, parliamentary publications, parliamentary media releases and the budget papers

Parlinfo

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News media sources

Full text Library Newspaper Databases

Newsbank For  major Australian Newspapers 

Factiva For Australian and thousands of overseas newspapers

Factiva requires a bit of assistance to use effectively - watch this quick online tutorial Basics of searching Factiva


Radio and TV sources

TVNews Searchable database of Australian television news, current affairs and selected documentaries from the free-to-air networks with links to the digitised video content 

Informit EduTV

APO - Analysis & Policy Observatory

The Analysis & Policy Observatory is an award-winning research collection and information service curating key resources to support evidence-informed policy and practice. APO hosts and provides free access to a wide range of grey literature, data, journal articles and books, audio and video and online resources and the tools to publish, search, manage and track content, people and organisations.”

Independent Think Tanks & Social Policy Institutes

A selective list:

NATSEM - "For over 20 years NATSEM has been, and remains, one of Australia’s leading economic and social policy research centres, and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost centres of excellence for microsimulation, economic modelling and policy evaluation."

UNSW Social Policy Research Centre - "The Social Policy Research Centre is at the forefront of research generating real change for individuals and communities in Australia, and internationally. We are dedicated to making a positive impact through independent and leading research that tackles critical social issues. Our research enlightens public debate and enhances policy formation, both nationally and internationally. We are Australia’s largest team of social policy researchers, trusted partners with government, industry and the community."

Australian Institute of Family Studies - AIFS is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) - Governments and the community use our reports and data in discussing, debating, and making policy decisions on health, housing and community services matters.

Think Tanks provide critical analysis of  existing Government policy and  use their own research to influence Government policy. Often they have a particular political persuasion that informs their policy analysis

The Australia Institute

The Australia Institute is the country’s most influential progressive think tank. Based in Canberra, it conducts research on a broad range of economic, social and environmental issues in order to inform public debate and bring greater accountability to the democratic process.

Institute of Public Affairs Australia

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is a public policy think tank[1] based in Melbourne, Australia. It advocates free market economic policies such as privatisation and deregulation of state-owned enterprises, trade liberalisation and deregulated workplaces, climate change scepticism (through its environmental subsidiary the Australian Environment Foundation), and the accountability of non-government organisations (NGOs).[citation needed] In its own words, the Institute believes in "the free market of ideas, the free flow of capital, a limited and efficient government, the rule of law, and representative democracy."[2]

Evatt Foundation

The Evatt Foundation was established in 1979 as a memorial to Dr Herbert Vere Evatt with the aim of advancing the ideals of the labour movement, such as equality, participation, social justice and human rights. For more than 30 years, the Foundation has been helping to promote these ideals through research, publications, public discussion and debate.

The Centre for Independent Studies

The CIS supports a market economy and a free civil society under democratic government. We believe that smaller government is the key to unlocking individual responsibility, liberty, choice and enterprise. 

Through public policy research and events, the CIS encourages debate among leading academics, politicians, media and the public. We aim to make sure good policy ideas are heard and seriously considered so that Australia can continue to prosper into the future.

The Grattan Institute

Melbourne-based , non-aligned institute, the Grattan Institute contributes to public policy in Australia as a liberal democracy in a globalised economy. Grattan Institute focuses on six key policy areas: Cities, Energy, Health, Schools Education, Higher Education and Productivity

More Think Tanks here.

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