Anglicare WA’s research activities are underpinned by our commitment to the organisation’s vision, purpose and values. Our research is based on key themes aimed at investigating the causes of social disadvantage and developing an in-depth understanding of community needs.

Poverty and Inequality

100 Families WA

Anglicare WA is an active member of the 100 Families WA project aimed at developing an ongoing evidence base on poverty, entrenched disadvantage and social exclusion in WA to inform policy and practice. 100 Families WA is a collaborative research project between Anglicare WA, Jacaranda Community Centre, the Centre for Social Impact University of Western Australia (CSI UWA), the UWA Social Policy, Practice and Research Consortium, the UWA School of Population and Global Health, Wanslea Family Services, Centrecare, Ruah Community Services, UnitingCare West, Mercycare, and the WA Council of Social Services. To learn more about the project, download research bulletins or get involved, go to the 100 Families WA website.

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Life Course Centre 

Anglicare WA is a partner in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre) investigating the ways in which deep and persistent disadvantage endures within families and across generations. The Life Course Centre generates evidence-based research to develop new knowledge, technology, and practices to benefit those living in, or at risk of, disadvantage. Bringing together a multi-disciplinary network of researchers and partners throughout Australia and internationally with a shared focus on addressing entrenched disadvantage, the Life Course Centre aims to:

  • Identify the drivers of deep and persistent disadvantage
  • Develop and trial new solutions in policy and practice
  • Build capacity across academic, government, and non-government organisations
  • Develop data and technical infrastructure and innovation
  • Destigmatise disadvantage


Jobs Availability Snapshot

Every year Anglicare Australia produces the Jobs Availability Snapshot to show what the job market is really like for those facing the greatest barriers to work – those who may not have qualifications or experience to draw on, those trying to re-enter the workforce after a long break, or those living in regional or remote areas.

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. 

Visit the Anglicare Tasmania website to read the full report.

Housing and Homelessness

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2021

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.

This year’s Snapshot captured the number of affordable and suitable homes available for rent for people on low income on the weekend of 27-28 March 2021. It found 3,695 private rentals - roughly half the number of available private rentals in last year’s Snapshot.

The Snapshot was taken just days before the end of the WA Government’s 12-month moratoria on rent increases and evictions as part of its COVID-19 economic response. Compounding this situation is the concurrently reduced incomes for many households, with the end of both the Federal Government’s Coronavirus Supplement (for those on JobSeeker and related payments) and the JobKeeper wage subsidy program in March 2021. This reduction in income support is a significant factor in the lack of affordability.

Read and download the latest Snapshot below

Family and Domestic Violence

Investigating the mental health of children exposed to domestic and family violence

Anglicare WA is working with researchers from The University of Western Australia to investigate the long-term mental health of children exposed to domestic and family violence. The project, led by Dr Carol Orr, from UWA’s School of Population and Global Health, and funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) will use police and health records to investigate differences in the mental health service use and diagnoses of children exposed to domestic and family violence.

Insights from the study will inform local and national policy as well as best practice in mental health services provision and support effective domestic family violence responses to affected children.


Investing in Children and Young People

Home Stretch WA Final Report

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The establishment of Home Stretch across Western Australia will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for social change that will last for generations.

Around 85 per cent of 18-year-olds across the country still live at home with their parents.

It makes no sense for states and territories to terminate support for foster care and other types of state care at the age of 18 for the most vulnerable young people in our society.

More than 55 percent of WA children in state care are Aboriginal, despite only being three percent of the state’s total population.

We at Anglicare WA are enormously proud to have had the opportunity to lead the Home Stretch WA Trial.

Read the Home Stretch WA Final Report.

Missed the Home Stretch WA Gallery Walk? Check out the online version below.

Access the Home Stretch Gallery Walk

Reducing Poverty and Improving Child Development in WA

All children growing up in WA deserve to have the best start to life, yet thousands of children are living in poverty. Growing up in poverty has a detrimental impact on children’s health, wellbeing and development. Children’s development is constantly informed by the experiences they have and the environment around them, including the neighbourhood where they live and the systems and policies that shape their lives.

Poverty is an adverse childhood experience that compromises wellbeing and development in the present and throughout a child’s life. An understanding of the early determinants of child development is required to plan prevention strategies and interventions to better support families and improve child health and wellbeing for a healthier society, now and in the future.

The Reducing Poverty and Improving  Child Development in WA report highlights the impact of poverty on child development in Western Australia and proposes policy and practice solutions by drawing on research in the field and highlighting experiences of WA parents and families. It also includes some early insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income families, how the government’s economic response to COVID-19 affected them and suggests ways to support children and families in the future.

Access the full report and snapshot below.

Young Women's Voices

Anglicare WA is partnering with Anglicare affiliates across the country and researchers from Queensland University of Technology and University of South Australia to improve service delivery for girls through Young Women’s Voices, a three-year project funded by the Australian Research Council. Young women’s contact with the justice system in Australia and internationally has shown significant increases in recent years, but the system is largely designed for young male offenders.

Young women are part of the project every step of the way, from inclusion on the steering group through to contributing to the data analysis. Their voices will help to identify strengths and weaknesses in the justice and human services systems as they experience them. The project aims to discover how the youth justice system, and human services such as child protection, mental health and education that have touchpoints with justice, could be improved to generate better outcomes for young women.


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