June 2004

Report

30 Jun 2004

As a contribution to the development of a National Prevention Agenda, the Department of Health and Ageing commissioned a consortium comprising the National Drug Research Institute (Curtin University) and the Centre for Adolescent Health (Melbourne University) to consolidate national and international evidence on best practice...

Report

30 Jun 2004

This is the sixth report in the Aged Care Statistics Series. It contains sections on population and residential aged care service capacity; residents and their characteristics; admissions and separations; characteristics of newly admitted residents; and resident dependency.

Report

28 Jun 2004

This report presents the findings of research that aimed to assess the extent to which the various objectives of tenure diversification policies have been achieved.

Report

28 Jun 2004

Evolving technology now permits the tracking of persons but is this at the expense of personal privacy and civil liberties? In this note Matthew James looks at the new technologies.

Report

28 Jun 2004

In the final report of a project which surveyed households entering social housing and rent-assisted private renters, Terry Burke, Caroline Neske and Liss Ralston discuss client aspirations and needs in relation to the two major forms of housing assistance provided by government in Australia.

Report

28 Jun 2004

In volume one of the final report of this project, John Blair, Deo Prasad, Bruce Judd, Robert Zehner, Veronica Soebarto and Richard Hyde use existing residential development case studies to develop a methodology for assessing the sustainability (economic, social and environmental) of different types of...

Report

28 Jun 2004

In the final report of this project, Nancy Marshall, Ian Burnley, Peter Murphy and Graeme Hugo examine the motivations of, and tradeoffs made by, low-income welfare recipients who choose to relocate from rural and regional areas to metropolitan cities.

Commentary

Article

24 Jun 2004

New protections for intellectual property owners sit oddly in a free trade agreement, argues Mike Willis, and will work against Australia’s interests

CHAPTER 17 of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, dedicated to intellectual property, is the largest substantive chapter in the agreement. Spanning some...

Report

24 Jun 2004

Developed in conjunction with the Australian Indigenous Training Advisory Council, this research strategy aims to contribute to the achievement of the vision and objectives of Partners in a learning culture: National strategy from 2000 until 2005.

This report builds on work about Indigenous...

Report

23 Jun 2004

If individuals limit their labour market participation because of the housing assistance program guidelines, the overall cost of the program participants is likely to be higher than anticipated. Long-term reliance on housing assistance and related programs may limit the participation of individuals in important aspects...

Report

23 Jun 2004

Australia's competitive success with innovation-based products and services is an influential factor to its long-term prosperity. Phillip Toner, Jane Marceau, Richard Hall and Gillian Considine examine the role of vocational education and training (VET) and occupations in innovative industries and firms. They find VET is...

Report

AHURI positioning paper
23 Jun 2004

This Positioning Paper introduces a project undertaken by a team of AHURI based researchers to review Private Rental Support Programs (PRSP) in each Australian State and Territory and judge their effectiveness in assisting tenants on low-incomes.

Report

23 Jun 2004

This positioning paper sets out the conceptual and theoretical issues surrounding housing evictions in Australia. Michele Slatter and Andrew Beer discuss the current state of knowledge about evictions in Australia, as reflected in the Australian academic literature, international research, relevant legislation and policy

Report

22 Jun 2004

Redistributions of Commonwealth electoral division boundaries occurred in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia during 2002-03. The redistribution in Victoria was triggered by the 'seven year' requirement while the redistributions in Queensland and South Australia were triggered by a change in the states'entitlements to representation in...

Report

22 Jun 2004

Despite the importance of the ageing issue, little is known of the assets owned by individuals or of their ability to contribute to the costs associated with ageing. The data available on the current distribution are limited and even less is available for the future....

Report

22 Jun 2004

This report, commissioned by Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, challenges government-commissioned studies which have shown significant economic benefits from the agreement.

The risk is that the agreement will lead to a loss of national sovereignty, reinforced by the fact that it is a...

Report

22 Jun 2004

The institute's ninth biennial health report is an authoritative source of information on patterns of health and illness, determinants of health, the supply and use of health services, and health services expenditure. The report also includes a special chapter on the health of older Australians....

Report

21 Jun 2004

Government advertising is a contentious issue in modern democracies. In Australia, both Commonwealth and state governments are entitled to taxpayer money to provide the public with information about their programs. This is allowed for under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. Richard Grant provides figures on...

Report

21 Jun 2004

Proscription is a mechanism by which a country can outlaw organisations deemed a threat to its national security, generally making it an offence to belong to, train with, recruit for, fund, or otherwise support a banned organisation. Until March this year, Australia could only proscribe...

Report

18 Jun 2004

The culture of long hours has been extensively debated in Australia in recent years with increasing focus on the implications for the health of the family. A survey in 2002 revealed a widespread uneasiness among Australians about how they live their lives and what life...

Discussion paper

18 Jun 2004

Non-government organisations are an essential component of a healthy and robust democracy. Recently, however, the legitimacy of NGOs and their contribution to democratic processes has been under attack, and there has been a serious deterioration in relations between the federal government and NGOs....

Report

18 Jun 2004

This is the third comprehensive report on expenditure on public health services in Australia. Most public health activities are aimed at preventing illness and enhancing the wellbeing and quality of a nation's population. That is, what is spent now on public health services is an...

Report

17 Jun 2004

This is the final report of the Hawkesbury Nepean River Management Forum. It recommends balancing the management of the greater Sydney water supply region's available water resources to ensure the health of the rivers, whilst continuing to provide a long-term effective water supply. The solutions...

Discussion paper

17 Jun 2004

Andrew Jones and Tim Seelig introduce a project designed to enhance the linkages between social science research and public policy in the Australian housing system, with particular attention to the role of AHURI.

The project provides an opportunity for Australian housing researchers and policy-makers...

Report

17 Jun 2004

Toni Schofield examines the ways in which gender has been represented and understood in 'gender-specific' health policy discourse. She seeks to identify more clearly the nature of 'the problem' of gender and health and to recommend directions for improving the way in which it has...

Report

17 Jun 2004

This report provides an overview and analysis of accompanying children in SAAP in 2002-03, including their demographic characteristics, patterns of SAAP use and the reasons why their parents or guardians sought SAAP support. Domestic violence is a major theme of the report, as the majority...

Report

17 Jun 2004

In this submission to the Senate inquiry into student income support, ACOSS provides a series of recommendations for helping young people to take up education and training and, build both personal opportunities and the broader level of skills and knowledge within our community.

Report

16 Jun 2004

Tim Wyatt critically examines two approaches to benchmarking vocational education and training - benchmarking through performance indicators and comparative case studies. He finds both approaches provide useful information, although the case study approach enables a more thorough analysis of particular issues and can take greater...

Report

16 Jun 2004

Data tables from the Student Outcomes Survey, which collects information about the students' general characteristics, employment outcomes, and satisfaction with their training.

Report

16 Jun 2004

The bodies of the poor have often let them down, bringing them face to face with a welfare system that is often loaded with judgements. Amidst redundancy, ill health and poverty, when is it okay to accept charity? And who really deserves it? In this...

Report

15 Jun 2004

On 27 May 2004 the Attorney-General introduced legislation to amend the Marriage Act 1961 to, inter alia, define 'marriage' as the union of a man and a woman and to prevent same-sex couples from adopting children from overseas. The proposed amendments and the ensuing debate...

Report

15 Jun 2004

Given that a young person is compelled to participate in education and/or training till at least the age of 15 or as long as 17 (depending on where they live) what type of education and of what quality are governments compelled to deliver? The right...

Report

15 Jun 2004

Both Indigenous affairs policy in Australia and debate about it suffer from a serious lack of depth, according to Stuart Bradfield. Made on the run by individuals who may be well meaning but have a low knowledge base, policy parameters are set not according to...

Report

11 Jun 2004

The average Victorian is not currently enjoying a financially comfortable retirement, according to this presentation. The Westpac/ASFA Retirement Income Index for a retired Victorian to have comfortable living standard a single person needs $631 per week while a couple need $834 per week ($417 each)....

Report

11 Jun 2004

In this study Richard Percival and Simon Kelly project the future demand for and supply of informal carers of older people in Australia. The study estimates a significant increase in the numbers of older people likely to need informal care in Australia between 2001 and...

Report

11 Jun 2004

In mid-2003, the Department of Health and Ageing commissioned the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to investigate the extent to which health and aged care service use can be associated with dementia, to inform an Australian government review of pricing arrangements in residential aged...

Report

10 Jun 2004

Though they are related, the price, cost, consumption and value of children are not the same. In this paper Bruce Bradbury explores two aspects of the relationship between these concepts. Even if we restrict attention to the domain of commodity consumption, the cost of children...

Report

10 Jun 2004

Noel Pearson challenges the assumptions of the 'liberal consensus' that Aboriginal disadvantage was caused purely by the denial of self-determination and denial of rights and services, and by discrimination. He argues that policies for recognition of culture and language - correct in principle - marginalised...

Report

10 Jun 2004

Australia is getting fatter. Stephanie Short looks into the social changes contributing to weight problems, the government initiatives being used to combat them, and the groups most affected by this worldwide trend. It seems that the solution may be somewhat more complex than simply telling...

Report

10 Jun 2004

Households provide their members with both financial support and caring services. In sole parent households, the vast majority of which are headed by women, the functions of earning money and caring for children fall to one individual. The risk that sole mothers may fail to...

Report

15 Jun 2004

The growth in video camera surveillance and in information systems has prompted claims of invasion of privacy. New location detection systems and electronic tags now offer ways to monitor personal behaviour as never before. This Research Note looks at the new technologies.

Report

4 Jun 2004

It is time for a coordinated, resourced, national approach to mentoring, argues Robyn Hartley. Following consultations with key mentoring providers and others with expertise in the area, this report released by DSF, The Smith Family and Big Brother Big Sister, suggests five key recommendations to...

Report

3 Jun 2004

We have grown accustomed to the idea that so-called 'progressive taxation' is 'fair', but a proportional tax system (in which everybody pays the same proportiion of their income in tax) would be much fairer. Sinclair Davidson argues not only that income tax in Australia is...

Journal article

3 Jun 2004

Donor-assisted conception diverts genetic connection from parent and child to donor and offspring. This article examines ways in which the contributions of genes and relationships to the meaning of family are explained in the narratives of donors, recipients, and offspring of donated gametes and embryos....

Report

3 Jun 2004

In this paper Talina Drabsch provides an overview of some of the key issues involving Indigenous Australians in NSW. Whilst there are many Indigenous cultures within Australia, this paper discusses issues that are generally a common experience for many Indigenous Australians, including health, education, employment,...

Report

3 Jun 2004

The Australian health sector has been the focus of intense policy debate. Health data is quoted with increasing frequency. Improved measures of the performance of the health system are critical to the development of health policy. A good grasp of the sources of health statistics...

Report

3 Jun 2004

Social partnerships provide communities with the capacity to address problems, such as community breakdown, unemployment and social exclusion. In this report Terri Seddon and Stephen Billett analyse the types of social partnerships that involve education in community contexts. They find that partnerships are complex and...

Report

2 Jun 2004

In July 2003, the government released an exposure draft of legislation (Charities Bill 2003) which seeks to redefine what constitutes a charitable organisation. It also asked the Board of Taxation to conduct a public enquiry to determine the criteria for organisations to be given charitable...

Report

2 Jun 2004

According to the budget statement Australia's official development assistance outlay for 2004-05 is an estimated $2133 million, more than $239 million over the 2003-04 budget figure of $1894 million. This represents a 'real increase' of 9.9 per cent. While this observation is technically correct it...