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 2019
Access to affordable housing is a cornerstone of a healthy community. At Anglicare WA, we have seen the transformative power of providing safe, stable accommodation. The financial and emotional stress of paying high rents and having to constantly move from place to place, can be exhausting, and make it difficult to maintain work, keep children in school, and connect with friends and family. Securing decent accommodation is often the first step for people in getting back on their feet and developing a sense of belonging.
The Anglicare WA Rental Affordability Snapshot 2019 highlights how difficult it can be for families to access affordable accommodation. The Snapshot is based on 9,283 private rentals listed on 23 March 2019 in the Perth metro area, the South West and Great Southern, and in the North West including the Kimberley and Pilbara. A property was deemed to be affordable if it required less than 30% of a household’s income, and it was considered appropriate if it had an adequate number of bedrooms. This year’s Snapshot shows that affordable accommodation remains out of reach for many Western Australians, particularly for people on Newstart, a Disability Support Pension or Parenting Payment.
Read and download the 2019 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.