The St Vincent de Paul Society undertakes research into issues that have the potential to impact the lives of low-income people and families in our community. Click on the links below to read recent Reports.

  • Evaluation of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s implementation of the Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI), ANU Centre for Social Research & Methods


    This report contains evaluation findings on the Society’s delivery of the DCSI Round 2 and assesses the effect of the grants in reducing financial hardship and contributing to regional economies.

  • 2021-22 Pre-Federal Budget Submission


    This submission identifies the Society’s priorities for the 2021-22 Federal Budget.

  • 2020-21 Pre-Federal Budget Submission

    2020-21 Pre-Federal Budget Submission


    We call on the Australian Government to increase the Newstart Allowance, address the chronic shortage of suitable housing options, increase funding...

  • The Ache for Home

    The Ache for Home


    The Ache for Home paper was prepared by the National Social Justice Commitee of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Australia, with the assistance of the...

  • Gambling, Health, and the Federation

    Gambling, Health, and the Federation This paper was produced as part of St Vincent de Paul’s internship program. For more information, contact Rik at Problem gambling is a serious public health...

  • National policy on asylum seekers

    Policy and Position Statement for People Seeking Asylum In November 2015, the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia approved the following policy on people seeking asylum. Vinnies recognises that...

  • Sick with worry 2015 national report

    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has released the national report, 'Sick with worry' - Stories from the front-line of inequality, to coincide with Anti-Poverty Week 2015.

  • Call for housing and tax reform

    Report on gender, housing and taxation The report, ‘A right to housing: A gendered perspective on housing and taxation’ was written by Thevini Kirupakaran during the completion of her internship with the St...

  • The effectiveness of NFPs in public life

    The report, ‘The effectiveness of public participation by not-for-profit organisations in Australia’s public life through submissions to Parliamentary Inquiries’ was written by Jacqueline Williams, LLB...

  • The Healing Path

    The Healing Path Principles and procedures in responding to complaints of abuse against members, volunteers and staff of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia. October 2012.

  • Two Australias: A report on poverty in the land of plenty

    Poverty in Australia Poverty in Australia is of great concern to the St Vincent de Paul Society. We are committed to helping people build bridges out of poverty and we do this by providing practical assistance and...

  • What is austerity?

    Austerity is an economic theory that champions cutting government spending, increasing some taxes, privatisation, reconfiguring public services, and freezing labour costs. These measures are aimed at saving governments...

  • Harm Minimisation in the Poker Machine Industry

    Harm Minimisation in the Poker Machine Industry National Policy of the St Vincent de Paul Society The St Vincent de Paul Society is deeply concerned about the negative impact of the Poker Machine Industry, especially on...