Why we research
Anglicare WA’s research activities are underpinned by our commitment to the organisation’s values and our purpose and vision. Our research is based on key themes aimed at investigating the causes of social disadvantage and developing an in-depth understanding of community needs. Engaging with scholars, practitioners and people with lived experience informs the design of high quality, innovative research and services to help people rise above tough times.
Housing and Homelessness
Access to safe, secure housing is essential to a person’s health, wellbeing and ability to participate in society. The Housing and Homelessness theme uncovers experiences for people on low incomes in the rental market, and examines public perceptions about homelessness and social housing tenants.
Rental Affordability Snapshot 2018
Anglicare WA conducts the Rental Affordability Snapshot each year to develop a better understanding of how our rental market is changing and the implications for Western Australians living on low incomes. The Snapshot
was conducted on 24 March 2018. It includes a survey of 12,229 private rentals advertised in the Perth metro area, the South West and Great Southern, and in the North West to determine if the properties were affordable and appropriate for different household
Read and download the 2018 Snapshot below.
Poverty and Inequality
Over 200,000 Western Australians live in poverty, including 44,000 children. Research under this theme focuses on understanding their experiences, barriers encountered when seeking support, strategies people use to survive, and the role of a social safety net in supporting people through challenging times.
Price of Welfare Reform: The experiences of Anglicare staff and clients in interacting with Centrelink
Centrelink is significantly changing the way Australians can access its services and receive ongoing assistance. Successive governments have committed to an ambitious agenda of shifting most Centrelink services to digital platforms to make the client experience comparable to online banking or shopping.
Given the significance of this change in how people access an essential government service, Anglicare Network members conducted a research project to investigate the impact of these changes on our clients and staff. We did this through a survey and face-to-face interviews with over 218 Anglicare staff and case studies of 18 clients in three different jurisdictions– Southern Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.
Read the report brief below or visit the Anglicare Tasmania website to read the full report.
Research in this theme investigates the stories behind unemployment statistics. It explores the mismatch between job seekers and job vacancies to highlight the experiences of those facing barriers to employment.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Research under this theme seeks to understand the local needs and assets of each community where we work to determine how best to support local communities in the provision of mental health services.
Families and Communities
The Families and Communities research theme investigates the resilience of families facing difficult situations and life transitions. Those with lived experience are best placed to inform policies, research and advocacy priorities and service design.