Reconciliation Day Public Holiday

All National Library reading rooms will be closed on Reconciliation Day, Monday 28 May.  Regular reading room hours will resume on Tuesday 29 May. See our holiday opening hours for more information.

How do I find information on social welfare issues?

Social worker Sister Margherita speaking to four young South American migrant women over a counter at the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau in Sydney


The Parliamentary Library's guide to Welfare law contains links to legislation and key national welfare bodies, many of which publish their research freely online. It also provides a history and chronology of welfare law.

The following two Australian Government reports also provide an historical overview:

We also have several eResources which will help you locate journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. While the following eResources are only accessible within the Library's Reading Rooms, you might also be able to find them at your local library:

Other more general indexing and full text services include:

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) produce a number of publications, including the Australian community sector survey 2014 and Poverty in Australia

Trove can help you find and get items at libraries near you.