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Read our policy work

Here you’ll find a wide selection of policy papers and submissions we’ve published.

Each paper draws on our experience working with disadvantaged youth, families and communities.

Jesuit Social Services Federal Election Platform

Drawing on four decades of advocacy and action, Jesuit Social Services’ Federal Election Platform 2019 sets out our key priorities across a range of interconnected social policy areas, from ‘closing the gap’ to employment, youth justice, mental health and affordable housing.

Jesuit Social Services Submission to the 2019/20 Victorian State Budget

We must continue to focus on our attention on the significant number of Victorians who face disadvantage and marginalisation. Our submission to the 2019/20 Victorian State Budget includes recommendations spanning locational disadvantage, education, gender and culture, youth justice, adult justice, housing, training and employment, and mental health.

All alone: Young adults in the Victorian justice system

Jesuit Social Services believes that prison should always be a last resort. We acknowledge that sometimes prison is necessary, particularly in cases of violent crime. But when a State takes the serious step of removing a person’s liberty, certain standards must be met to ensure the human rights of those incarcerated, to rehabilitate detainees and to reduce re-offending.

Our report – All alone: Young adults in the Victorian justice system – raises a number of concerns regarding the welfare and treatment of young adults in Victorian prisons, and questions whether these standards are being met.

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