Social Action Research Centre

At the Social Action Research Centre (SARC), we contribute to building a more just Tasmania.

This means we listen, collaborate, research, advocate and educate. We carry out research and work for changes that will reduce poverty and disadvantage.

We listen to the views and experiences of people in local communities. We also hear from frontline workers.

We share what we learn with others – including decision-makers in government. Our research is available free of charge.

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Our Ethical Framework

SARC has high ethical standards for our research. We conduct our research with honesty, integrity and respect.

Anglicare Tasmania seeks approval from a registered Human Research Ethics Committee for all research involving participants.

Major research projects are overseen by a reference group that is consulted about ethical safeguards.

Areas of Focus: Financial Wellbeing

A public health approach to ensure the financial wellbeing of all Tasmanians is essential.

We know through our research and support services that harms to financial wellbeing cost many people their health, relationships, jobs and homes.

Gambling causes significant harm to many Tasmanians.  We support the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to introduce a card-based system for poker machines to reduce harm.

Buy Now Pay Later services are also harming Tasmanians who are vulnerable or on low incomes.  We support the regulation of these credit services to reduce harm.

Our research can help government with decisions about policy, systems and services to improve the financial wellbeing of Tasmanians.

Survival Mode: The daily challenge of living on a low income in Tasmania 'The poker machine card. Simple as.' Report Buy Now, Struggle Later? Gambling - What's the real cost? Publications

Areas of Focus: Child, Youth and Family Wellbeing

The wellbeing of children, young people and their families is important to us.

But in Tasmania, many measures of wellbeing are declining and some children, young people and families are experiencing significant problems. Our research can inform decisions about policy, systems and service improvements to help them.

Unaccompanied Homeless Children Better, Bigger, Stronger Young, in love and in danger Anglicare Services Publications

Areas of Focus: Housing and Homelessness

We believe that everyone has a right to a home.

Housing options for low-income Tasmanians are limited due to a shortage of affordable rentals and social housing in our State.

Homelessness has a significant impact on health and wellbeing. It also affects educational outcomes and makes it harder to find and keep a job.

Our research highlights the importance of affordable housing as essential infrastructure.

Rental Affordability Snapshot The Right to Belong Research Project Waiting for social housing Publications

Areas of Focus: Healthy Ageing

Tasmania has an important interest in supporting people to age well at home. About one-fifth of Tasmanians are aged 65 or over, and higher in rural areas.

Our research can help our state with decisions about policy, systems and services for older Tasmanians.

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Survival Mode - The Daily challenge of living on a low income in Tasmania

This research explores the day-to-day experiences of Tasmanians living on a low income in the midst of a national cost of living crisis. It builds on emerging evidence that the stress associated with poverty and engaging with some services cause harm to peoples emotional and physical wellbeing. Participants describe being forced to ration or delay essential healthcare, including for their mental health. Read more

The poker machine card. Simple as.

'The poker machine card. Simple As.' report looks at the government's commitment to introduce a card-based system for poker machine gambling in Tasmania, how it will work, and the four critical features needed for the card to be effective. It explains how this simple and reasonable measure will reduce harm from gambling and benefit all Tasmanians, including recreational users of poker machines. Read more

Action for a healthier community: An effective response to illicit drugs

This position paper builds on Anglicare's work to reduce the harms from drug use, enable the development of natural social supports for members of our community who have drug use disorders, and work for a more just approach. Read More

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