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How do I find information on social welfare issues?

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

Two Australian Government reports on A compendium of legislative changes in social security 1908-1982 and A compendium of legislative changes in social security 1983-2000 also provide an historical overview.

There are also several electronic resources which would enable you to locate references to journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings, some in full text. The following resources are only accessible within the Library's Reading Rooms, although you might also find these resources at your local library:

FAMILY : Australian Family & Society Abstracts Database

Health Issues in Criminal Justice (CINCH-Health)

Other more general indexing and full text services include:

Australian Public Affairs Full Text (APAFT)

Academic Search Complete

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

The National Library can provide copies of certain materials and interlibrary loans for registered users. For more information go to our Copies Direct service. Trove can help you find and get items at libraries near you. See the FAQ What is Trove and how can I use it?

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Last update: 2015-09-09 11:32
Author: General Reference Enquiry