The impact of the global financial crisis on social services in Australia. The current global financial crisis and its likely impact on the Australian economy will have an acute impact on the most disadvantaged members of society as well as pushing increased numbers of low and middle income earners to seek the services of welfare agencies. In many areas — examples include residential aged care, housing, homelessness and family relationship services — demand already outstrips the capacity of agencies to offer assistance. (Adapted from text of Australian Policy online). Read the full report here.