Research, impact, policy & advocacy
Mission Australia undertakes research and produces publications on the key issues affecting our services and the people who use them. We evaluate the impact and effectiveness of our services and also collaborate with universities, other community service providers and government agencies on research and policy projects.
Backed by our research, impact measurement and frontline expertise, we use our influence in the sector, with government and business representatives, our media profile and community connections, to advocate for changes to improve the lives of disadvantaged Australians
Research and evaluation
Our research supports Mission Australia’s efforts to stand alongside people in need and speak up on their behalf in a way that truly represents their needs. Our research findings also contribute to discussions about key and emerging issues with government, in the media, the community services sector, academia, business and the community.
Annual Youth Survey
Conducted annually since 2002, Mission Australia’s Youth Survey is our yearly ‘temperature check’ of young people across the nation. Each year we ask young people aged 15 -19 what concerns them, what they value and their views on work, study and the future.
Learnings from our research and evaluation help us to plan and develop new services and re-shape existing programs to make sure we meet evolving community needs.
Measuring our impact gives us the evidence to maximise client outcomes and improve our programs for existing and future clients.
Mission Australia has prepared several policy statements, which outline our views on issues such as homelessness, early learning, employment, housing and youth justice.
Our social policy team seeks to affect change to public policy by preparing responses to State and Federal Government inquiries, consultations and legislative reviews.
Want to learn more?
Much of our research work; including our snapshot reports are available for download.
Visit our Publications area for more information.
Homelessness & social
We believe every person in Australia should have access to safe and secure housing.
families & communities
Early intervention and prevention allows us to address issues before they become major setbacks.
Mental health, alcohol
& other drugs
With the right support, people can improve their mental health or break the cycle of addiction
Disability, visible or not, shouldn’t prevent a person from being active in their community.
Employment can benefit a person's health and wellbeing, as well as their financial situation.