Relationships Australia conducts research and evaluation to improve our services and inform our advocacy on issues affecting Australian communities

Advocacy

Relationships Australia national office advocates on the importance of respectful relationships at all levels, and regularly makes submissions to a range of inquiries and consultations to influence the policy, services and systems that impact our clients and the broader community.

You can review our Submissions below.

   
Submission to the Inquiry into Loneliness and Social Isolation in the ACT
ACT Inquiry into loneliness in the ACT
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Submission to the Department of Infrastructure: Stage 2 Classification Reforms
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Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission: Justice Responses to Sexual Violence (Issues Paper 49)
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Submission to the Department of Health regarding the exposure draft for a new Aged Care Act.
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Relationships Australia 2024-25 pre-budget submission
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Research

Relationships Australia is committed to evidence-informed practice. We are involved in a variety of research projects that support our advocacy efforts. We are committed to integrating the best available research and data evidence across our service offerings.

You can view our key research topics below

The rise of online dating and open relationships
We asked our website users about their relationship with their partner to gain insight into two growing trends in Australia – open relationships and online dating. Results suggest that online dating is a growing in popularity, especially for younger Australians and those in newer relationships. Open relationships are also more common than once thought, with […]
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Feeling unsafe in your most important relationship
Feeling unsafe disagreeing with someone does not always equate to violence; however, it can be indicative of risk factors associated with family and domestic violence and is used as a screening tool by Relationships Australia. National statistics demonstrate 9% of people in Australia feel unsafe disagreeing with the most important person in their life. Our […]
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How do relationship struggles affect loneliness?
We asked our website users a series of questions that, when analysed together, provide insight into whether someone is feeling lonely. We found that the people using the Relationships Australia website felt lonely at more than twice the rate of the general Australian population. 1 in 2 (56%) website users are socially lonely, while 43% […]
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What is the most common relationship problem? Pressures affecting relationships today
Key Findings We asked our website users about the pressures affecting the most important relationship in their life – Almost 1 in 2 (49%) people said mental health was affecting their relationship. When compared with national data, mental health appears to affect our website users at twice the rate of the general population. Other key […]
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Enduring Changes to Home Life from the Pandemic
Enduring Changes to Home Life from the Pandemic Sixteen months since restrictions were introduced in Australia, and twelve months since we completed our COVID-19 and its effects on relationships series, we have re-introduced the monthly survey to explore the ongoing effects COVID-19 is having on people’s home life.See full report here.
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Including youth voices in community services
What is the project? The latest project from Relationships Australia’s National Research Network, in collaboration with the Australian National University, explores how to better include the voices of children and young people in the design, delivery, and evaluation of community services. Results The project is in the development phase. More information will be made available […]
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Relationship Indicators
What is the project? Relationships Indicators is a survey commissioned by Relationships Australia into the state of relationships in Australia. The Relationships Indicators survey was previously run from 1998-2011. In response to the enormous effects of the pandemic and other challenges in recent years, Relationships Australia recognised a shift in Australia and was interested in gaining […]
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Post-Separation Co-parenting Apps: Can They Help Families Avoid Conflict?
What is the project? The ubiquity of smartphones has been accompanied by a proliferation of apps to help separated parents manage their post-separation arrangements. Family law professionals are often asked about these apps by clients—yet there has been no empirical evidence that either professionals or clients can draw on about the potential benefits and risks […]
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Family and Relationship Services Outcomes Study
What is the project? The FaRS Outcomes project developed and tested a standardised methodology to demonstrate outcomes for clients receiving FaRS counselling services. This project was established by the Relationships Australia National Research Network and funded by the Relationships Australia Federation. The project incorporated a co-design approach with clients and practitioners to identify relevant and […]
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The Impact of Family Dispute Resolution at Relationships Australia
What is the project? In 2017, the Relationships Australia National Research Network implemented a large project funded by the Relationships Australia Federation. The study was designed to generate evidence on the outcomes of Relationships Australia’s Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) services, in both parenting and property disputes. The study employed a longitudinal survey design with quantitative […]
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Neighbours Every Day Cost Effectiveness Evaluation
Neighbour Day Cost Effectiveness Final Report
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Remembering and recovering from COVID-19 | Multicultural experiences in Melbourne during the pandemic
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Boosting neighbourhood identification to benefit wellbeing: Evidence from diverse community samples
Emerging research has suggested the importance of neighbourhood identification for supporting community wellbeing, especially in disadvantaged areas. However, these relationships have not been tested across diverse neighbourhoods, nor in experimental studies that might establish causal links. To address this, we recruited a diverse community sample of over 3700 participants across two studies. Study 1 was […]
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Infographic – Neighbour Day 2019-2020 Findings – Key Outcomes explained
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Infographic (Plain Language) – Neighbour Day 2021 Findings – Plain English Research Explanation
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Relationship Indicators: National survey of the state of relationships in Australia

Collected by Life in Australia™ – Australia’s most methodologically rigorous panel. These findings inform our efforts to support all Australians to achieve positive and respectful relationships.