socialneeds.net.au provides an easily navigable and searchable directory of key reports and submissions concerning social needs in Australia since 2007, with an emphasis on those released in the last 4 years. Each of over 500 reports and submissions can be directly accessed through the directory by clicking on the report or submission name.
Relevant reports can be identified by text or tag search and be sorted by name, author, date, description or tag. The directory also contains a brief description of the organisations that have authored the reports -- and a link to their home page.
The inspiration for socialneeds.net.au arose from a desire to provide pro bono legal service providers with a research tool that could assist them in reviewing and developing their programs, and in prioritising limited resources to meet unmet legal need. However, the directory will be useful for anyone researching or seeking to address unmet social need in Australia, and provides advocates with a tool to help produce evidence-based reports and submissions.
The purpose of socialneeds.net.au is not to equate social need with legal need, but to provide a broader perspective on the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised people in Australia. For reports that deal specifically with unmet legal need see the Just Search facility of the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW.
Feedback and Updating the Directory
We welcome your feedback. If you think a research organisation or report should be included in the directory, or to provide feedback, please email us.
The directory will be updated as often as resources permit but at least annually. It is current as at 29 February 2012.