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The Community and Family Studies syllabus

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Please refer to the syllabus document link, and in particular Section 9.1 : HSC Core : Research methodology


Bush Telegraph Podcasts

The Bush Telegraph full program podcast - one single audio file of the whole program for continuous listening. Presented by Michael Mackenzie, Bush Telegraph is an entertaining look at rural and regional issues around Australia. It's current, it's topical and it's an in-depth look at what makes life outside our capital cities unique.

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Conversations with Richard Fidler Podcasts

Spend an hour in someone else's life each weekday. 'Conversations with Richard Fidler' draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.

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Useful websites

You may find some of these websites useful in gathering infomation for your Independent Research Project

  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics
    A range of useful resources to use as stimulus material for your research. The Cumulative List of Articles Under Australian Social Trends is a good starting point.
  • Legal Information Access Centre
    Legal Information Access Centre at the State Library of NSW provides free access to information about the law. Source some publications via the Legal Tool Kit.
  • Family Court of Australia
    Similar and linked sites with downloadable information including brochures and booklets, fact sheets and other publications, and includes the most recent updates about changes to Family Law Act.
  • NSW Commission for Children and Young People
    Here you will find information on the Commission, child protection, child care, parenting, children in care and children's rights. The Kids Stats on the menu bar is excellent. It has overviews, tables and charts on family, child care, school and work, community, health, crime and safety, economic security and demographics. There are also some great ideas in Resources (speeches, kits) and Our Work for Kids.
    You will find good resources including brochures on the importance of play, child safety and other related issues.
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
    Resources and activities human rights and responsibilities
  • The Australian Institute of Family Studies
    This is a statutory authority established to promote the identification and understanding of factors affecting marital and family stability in Australia.
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
    Australia's national agency for health and welfare statistics and information. Publications on homelessness, aged and aged care, burden of disease, chronic disease, functioning and disability, indigenous Australians, rural health, population health, and children and youth. Includes statistics.
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs
    This is a portal helping Australian communities and community groups find relevant and up-to-date information.
  • Families and Work Institute
    This is a nonprofit centre dedicated to providing research for living in today's changing workplace, changing family and changing community. It is a US site, but under Resources and Publications there are some good reports available to download e.g. Generation and Gender in the Workplace, Older Employees in the Workplace etc.
  • Group dynamics
  • Australian ClearingHouse for Youth Studies
    A not-for-profit project funded by the Australian Government providing information on the complex and wide-ranging issues that affect young people today, from early adolescence to the early adult years.
  • Australia's implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CROC)
    This includes benefits, description, downloads, news.
  • Heywire
    Young regional Australians telling it like it is
  • Leadership
    Provides many useful links to a range of relevant topics on leadership, including describing leadership, leadership styles, leadership skills, comparing leadership and management and communication.
  • Discovering Psychology - LifeSpan Development
    Outlines biological, cognitive and psychosocial development for various age groups that cover all stages of the lifespan.
  • Theorists
    Excellent site for browsing theorists related to the socialisation of children. Includes Bronfenbrenner, Erikson and Piaget, and others.
  • Relationships Australia
    Here you will find a wide range of resources including information about issues like parenthood, work and relationships, birth rates, same-sex couples, families, parents as grandparents, fathers in Australia, childcare, adoptions, identity and work, conflict within families, work-life balance, parenting, infertility, stepfamilies, ageing, part-time work... the list goes on.

Search Engines?

Don't just use Google!

Noodle Tools lists some alternative search engines which you can emply depending on what you want to achieve! Check it out...

Instagrok employs a visually interactive map interface with links to other types of media besides web pages.


Link to Richmond River Tweed Library


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