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Research & Advocacy

Melbourne City Mission exists so that people can lead positive lives.

We are dedicated to delivering evidence-based services that create powerful and sustainable positive change.

Our work is focused around three key pillars that we see as essential for social inclusion and equitable participation in society:

  • People with disability have access to the supports they need to live their future, their way
  • Ending homelessness
  • Accessible and inclusive education for all

Our research and advocacy is grounded in lived experience, and we engage people as partners and advocates. We value the power of collective advocacy and work in partnership with the community to amplify our voice.

Research helps us to build a deeper understanding of the complex barriers and challenges our clients face, and to understand and continuously improve the effectiveness of our programs. 

Advocacy is an important tool in our work to disrupt disadvantage, break down barriers and support people to achieve their best future, their way. Through our advocacy, we share our expertise with the community and advocate for policy and wider societal changes that improve the lives of the people we support. 


MCM values curiosity and openness. We seek to partner with researchers who align to our research vision, are committed to high quality applied and accessible research, and use innovative and human-centred approaches.

Advocacy project and campaigns

MCM undertakes purposeful advocacy at all levels – government, private sector and community. Our latest policy submissions can be found below. We work closely with the sector to advocate for positive social change. We have been an active voice on a number of current and recent advocacy campaigns.

View our advocacy projects and campaigns


Read our latest policy submissions and research publications. 

Documents can be sorted by publication type (policy submission, research report, position statement) and topic (Homelessness, Inclusive education, Disability, Family violence, Children and families, Sector reform, Health and wellbeing, Social inclusion, Young people, Client voice, Justice, Pathways to employment).

Read our publications

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