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.

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 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 concurrent 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 lack of affordability.

Read and download the latest Snapshot below. Double click the document to enlarge.

In the media: Rental Affordability Snapshot

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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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.

Economic Opportunities

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.

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