Research, impact, policy & advocacy
Mission Australia undertakes independent research and produces publications on the key issues affecting our services and the people who use them. We also collaborate with universities, other community service providers and government agencies on research and policy projects.
Our research supports our efforts to stand alongside people in need and speak up on their behalf in a way that truly represents their needs. Our findings also contribute to discussions about key and emerging issues in the Australian media, academia, business and the community.
Backed by our research 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 government policy and public perceptions.
It’s our way of telling governments what they can do better to improve the lives of disadvantaged Australians, including people experiencing homelessness, long-term unemployment, alcohol and other drug issues, mental health issues and family breakdown. Sometimes we can make more of an impact in the lives of the people we support by changing public policy rather than delivering another service.
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.
Annual Youth Survey
Mission Australia’s Annual Youth Survey is our yearly temperature check of teenagers across the nation. Each year it asks young people what concerns them, what they value and their views on work, study and the future.
The Michael Project
The Michael Project was a three-year initiative funded by a private donor that aimed to help homeless men in Sydney improve their lives. The evidence gained showed it actually costs more to leave someone homeless than it does to help them.
Michael’s Intensive Supported Housing Accord (MISHA)
MISHA followed on from The Michael Project. Philanthropically funded, this Housing First initiative showed the effectiveness of providing long-term, stable accommodation while supporting the men to build the lives they wanted to live.
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.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Mission Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan is an agreed strategy on how Mission Australia intends to contribute to reducing the gap in living standards between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Mission Australia provides a network of place-based, community development, early intervention and prevention programs tailored to meet local community needs. Mission Australia Housing also engages local communities to develop a community master plan, identify gaps in support services, fund community projects and look at ways to sustainably develop the community.
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.
& family services
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.
Latest news, media & blog articles
Read about what we’ve been working on, our stance on important social issues and how you make a difference to vulnerable Australians' lives.