Research resources

28 May 2010 - Perceptions of Welfare Report

In April 2010, Roy Morgan Research was commissioned by the Salvation Army to conduct research into perceptions of welfare and community services in the Australian community.

The objective of the research was to ascertain perceived advantages of non-government organisations providing community and welfare services; perceived advantages of government organisations providing community and welfare services; preference for welfare services to be provided by government or by not-for-profit organisations; and awareness of the types of services provided by the Salvation Army.

28 May 2010 - youTHINK: Your Say

Young people who are living in disadvantaged circumstances and experiencing a range of difficulties in their lives rarely get to speak directly to government about their problems. The youTHINK: Your Say event held in partnership between the Australian Government and The Salvation Army was designed specifically to provide a platform for young people to talk about their problems with unemployment, homelessness, financial difficulties, access to government services and to provide feedback on the Australian Government’s Compact with Young Australians. The activities on and around the 30 June 2009 also provided an opportunity for young people to suggest to government
what might be done to deal with the issues and problems facing those disadvantaged young people in our society.

Over 700 young people convened in 36 separate locations across Australia to talk about their concerns and to discuss directly four key themes – the global financial crisis, access to government services, homelessness and the Compact with Young Australians. For most of these young people this was the only opportunity they have had to talk to other young people in similar circumstances and to participate in the preparation of a formal response to government.

This report captures the thoughts, feelings, opinions and suggestions of the young people and uses their words to convey to government some important messages.

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ovember 2007 - Good Chocolate Guide

After a lot of research, we are pleased to be able to launch the Australian Good Chocolate Guide. This guide, which gives a list of chocolate available for sale in Australia that is Guaranteed Traffik Free, will hopefully help people change their buying habits so that we only purchase chocolate that does not carry the blood, sweat and tears of children forced to work on slave plantations in the Ivory CoastFair Trade Logo.

There are around 12,000 slaves working on cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast - the largest producer of cocoa in the world with 43% of all the worlds cocoa.

We would encourage you to buy this Fair Trade chocolate instead of the other brands who do not carry the fair trade logo. We want to keep the pressure on the big manufacturers to do something about where they source their cocoa from - they have the ability to radically change the lives of millions of cocoa farmers around the world if they pay a slightly higher price for their cocoa and ensure transparency in the supply chain.

Let's be people who reward those companies who are doing the right thing by buying their chocolate.

If your local shopping centre does not carry any of these brands, I'd encourage you to ask them if they will stock them!

More resources, including this guide, are available at