April 2007

Report

30 Apr 2007

A creeping authoritarianism has been the hallmark of the past 12 months in the Australian press, according to the 2007 Press Freedom Report. Government and the courts continue to restrict what journalists can report and where they can go, criminalising the media's professional obligations and...

Report

30 Apr 2007

This report provides an overview of the gender distribution of ICT and ICT-related employment in OECD countries, and ICT employment patterns are contrasted with overall employment to highlight how different ICT employment patterns are. The document then focuses on participation in ICT-related education and training,...

Survey

30 Apr 2007

Thirty six per cent of online American adults consult Wikipedia, according to this Pew Centre survey. The survey shows that Wikipedia is far more popular among the well-educated than it is among those with lower levels of education.

Report

30 Apr 2007

Current systems for banking authentication require that customers not reveal their access codes, even to members of the family. But the evidence shows that, on the contrary, password sharing is seen as a practical way of managing money and a demonstration of trust. This paper...

Report

27 Apr 2007

In what is believed to be a world first, 16 Australian faith communities representing the world's great religious traditions have united to speak out on climate change.

The climate change debate has tended to be dominated by the language of science. The 2006 Stern...

Report

27 Apr 2007

Based on data released 27 April 2007, the Climate Institute of Australia states that:

• Australia’s energy consumption emissions have increased by 22.5 million tonnes. This is the equivalent of adding more than five million cars to Australia’s roads, or nearly 50% of the...

Submission

27 Apr 2007

Following the release of a consultation paper seeking comments on the allocation and licence parameters for two licences for new digital television services, the authority has received over 25 submissions from a wide range of interested parties including service providers, broadcasters, community groups and content...

Report

27 Apr 2007

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that 2GB Sydney breached the code by broadcasting material on Breakfast with Alan Jones that was likely to encourage violence or brutality and to vilify people of Lebanese and Middle-Eastern backgrounds on the basis of ethnicity....

Report

27 Apr 2007

Antony Funnell interviews Tony Koch, senior reporter with The Australian newspaper, and this year's winner of the prestigious Graham Perkin Award for Journalism, an award he won for his coverage of Indigenous issues.

Report

27 Apr 2007

Across the Tasman there's a significant restructuring of media entities under way, and the changes there are proving harsh in terms of jobs. Print giant APN has announced around 70 job cuts as it moves to outsource sub-editing functions for many of its New Zealand...

Report

27 Apr 2007

Antony Funnell speaks with the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Media, David Kirk, about his organisation's pending merger with Rural Press. Much has been written about the benefits for shareholders, but what's in it for consumers?

Discussion paper

27 Apr 2007

Use rights over cultural and scientific information are of fundamental political importance to citizens everywhere. These use rights will be deeply affected by the kinds of intellectual property rights we allow to develop over information. The article argues for positive intellectual commons as a means...

Commentary

Article

27 Apr 2007

Following the release of a consultation paper seeking comments on the allocation and licence parameters for two licences for new digital television services, the authority has received over 25 submissions from a wide range of interested parties including service providers, broadcasters, community groups and content...

Report

27 Apr 2007

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that 2GB Sydney breached the code by broadcasting material on Breakfast with Alan Jones that was likely to encourage violence or brutality and to vilify people of Lebanese and Middle-Eastern backgrounds on the basis of ethnicity. The...

Audio podcast

27 Apr 2007

PODCAST

The way story works in a game, the role of the writer, and how to technically script a game are topics Jackie Turnure discusses in her one hour overview of the 2006 Austin Texas, Writing for Games Conference.

Jackie Turnure is one...

Transcript

27 Apr 2007

Across the Tasman there's a significant restructuring of media entities under way, and the changes there are proving harsh in terms of jobs. Print giant APN has announced around 70 job cuts as it moves to outsource sub-editing functions for many of its New Zealand...

Transcript

27 Apr 2007

Antony Funnell speaks with the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Media, David Kirk, about his organisation's pending merger with Rural Press. Much has been written about the benefits for shareholders, but what's in it for consumers?

Transcript

27 Apr 2007

Antony Funnell interviews Tony Koch, senior reporter with The Australian newspaper, and this year's winner of the prestigious Graham Perkin Award for Journalism, an award he won for his coverage of Indigenous issues.

Article

27 Apr 2007

Popular web-based applications include blogging (using sites like Blogger.com) and photo sharing (using sites like Flickr.com) are often referred to as 'social software', or as being a part of 'Web 2.0' (as in an upgraded version of the web). The different ways that they might...

Case study

26 Apr 2007

In recent years there has been mounting concern to understand the distribution, utility and influence of research findings in non-academic contexts. This concern originates in part from political imperatives to demonstrate public value, for research to move towards pragmatic considerations in wider public discourse, in...

Commentary

Article

27 Apr 2007

In an Ideas Olympics, what would the humanities, arts and social science, and the industries they feed, have to contribute, asks STUART CUNNINGHAM

THIS was my challenge this week at the launch of Innofest, an initiative of Brisbane's Australian Institute for Commercialisation....

Report

26 Apr 2007

The Strategic Industry Leaders Group formed four working groups, involving wider industry representatives, to investigate key areas where opportunities for and barriers to growth had been identified. These areas were investment, exports and international engagement, research and development, and skills and training. Intellectual property and...

Report

26 Apr 2007

Networks, connections and community: learning with social software investigates the use of social software (blogs, wikis, social bookmarking and virtual conferencing) in teaching, learning and in capability building. Further, it contributes to our understanding of the ways in which the development of social softwares broadens...

Report

26 Apr 2007

This paper provides pictures of low pay adult employees in Australia in 2004 drawing on data from the HILDA survey. The low waged are disaggregated into full-time and part-time employees. It is conservatively estimated that approximately 13 per cent of employees can be classified as...

Report

26 Apr 2007

William Tow notes that the forthcoming Australian election will take place at a time when US foreign policy has become a major issue in the presidential election campaign in that country.

As Australia approaches its own federal election date, its national leaders and...

Report

26 Apr 2007

The Aboriginal Over-Representation Strategic Plan (AORSP) was released in September 2001. The Sydney Institute of Criminology won the tender for the evaluation of the AORSP, and the three year evaluation commenced at the beginning of 2003. This report represents the final evaluation of the AORSP....

Report

26 Apr 2007

This publication is the flagship release for all ABS labour statistics. It draws together data from a range of sources, mostly ABS household and business surveys, to provide an overall picture of the labour market. The key purpose of this publication is to raise awareness...

Report

26 Apr 2007

This release contains statistics on expenditure on education by the general government sector for the period 2000-01 to 2005-06. Government operating expenses on education by all levels of general government totalled $49,741m in 2005-06, $27,477m of which was spent on primary and secondary education and...

Report

26 Apr 2007

This report provides an overview of current pay arrangements and collective enterprise bargaining agreements for teachers in Australian schools. Gives an overview of recent Australian and international research on the attitudes of stakeholders to performance-based pay schemes for teachers, and thirdly looks at the gaps...

Report

26 Apr 2007

This publication presents nationally comparable statistics relating to the criminal jurisdiction of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate) and Magistrates' Courts across Australia for the period 1 July 2005-30 June 2006. Children's Criminal Courts data are also provided on an experimental basis. The statistics describe the...

Report

26 Apr 2007

An analysis of the characteristics of students who fail to complete university courses has found that whether a student attended a government or independent school and their socioeconomic background made little difference to the odds of completing their course.

The study, released today, investigated...

Report

26 Apr 2007

The essential features of the current Defence organisation were established over 30 years ago in peacetime.

Today, in a period of high operational activity, this report finds an organisation struggling to deliver administratively when its main focus is on supporting military operations in nine...

Report

26 Apr 2007

More than one third of young Australians from non-metropolitan areas relocate to a major city in the years immediately after leaving school and, although some return, non-metropolitan areas experience a net loss of a quarter of their young people.

This report is the first...

Policy report

26 Apr 2007

In an integrated world economy, trade and flows of capital, labour, raw materials and technology are inter-related. Labour movements in the Asian region therefore have to be seen in the context of an integrated world economy - but one where vast differences in income, wages...

Report

26 Apr 2007

Following February's release of analysis looking at the retail performance of Australian titles on video (DVD & VHS), updates in March have completed an annual overview of the video and gaming industries with data from GfK Marketing, the Australian Visual Software Distributors Association and the...

Report

26 Apr 2007

In remote community schools, children often miss one or two days of school a week. A majority cannot do maths or read at their age level, and few ever do so beyond the level of an eight year old. As many as half do not...

Report

26 Apr 2007

This compendium of the most recently available national information on crime in Australia is intended to serve as a ready reference. It covers different types of recorded crimes, their place of occurrence, victim and offender characteristics, responses of criminal justice agencies, and government resources directed...

Report

26 Apr 2007

Bot programs allow attackers to form virtual networks of zombies, or botnets, which can be leveraged to orchestrate concerted attacks against other computing resources, increasingly for illicit financial gain. Business, government and individual householders need to be aware of risk mitigation strategies and to ensure...

Report

26 Apr 2007

Results of a Criminology Research Council funded study argues for a nationwide system of screening of all accused offenders taken into police custody to identify those who require a comprehensive mental health assessment. Cross-agency communication also needs to be encouraged and further developed, and training...

Commentary

Article

26 Apr 2007

FEDERALISM does not get good press in Australia. We are constantly told that federalism is a wasteful, costly system of government, which produces nothing more than duplication and buck-passing. Figures are often tossed around about how much money we could save without it - $9...

Report

26 Apr 2007

New research into how technology is being used for knowledge sharing, capability development, and teaching and learning has been released.

Networks, connections and community: learning with social software was commissioned by the national training system's e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.

The...

Report

26 Apr 2007

Bot programs allow attackers to form virtual networks of zombies, or botnets, which can be leveraged to orchestrate concerted attacks against other computing resources, increasingly for illicit financial gain. Business, government and individual householders need to be aware of risk mitigation strategies and to ensure...

Report

26 Apr 2007

Following February's release of analysis looking at the retail performance of Australian titles on video (DVD and VHS), updates in March have completed an annual overview of the video and gaming industries with data from GfK Marketing, the Australian Visual Software Distributors Association and the...

Guide

1 Jun 2009

The Cultural Gifts Program encourages donations of culturally significant items from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives by offering donors the following tax incentives for their gifts: - deduction for the market value of gifts; - exemption from capital gains tax;...

Report

26 Apr 2007

The Strategic Industry Leaders Group formed four working groups, involving wider industry representatives, to investigate key areas where opportunities for and barriers to growth had been identified. These areas were investment, exports and international engagement, research and development, and skills and training. Intellectual property and...

Briefing paper

25 Apr 2007

This paper includes discussion of the bill and its legal context, a summary of ethical considerations and positions, an explanation of Victoria's science, technology and innovation industry, and developments in interstate and international jurisdictions.

Report

20 Apr 2007

This second report from a Brotherhood of St Laurence study commissioned by Camcare, the Rotary Club of Hawthorn and Foundation Boroondara explores child poverty and related service needs in Boroondara, a generally affluent municipality in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, informed by local welfare agencies and some...

Report

19 Apr 2007

Hospital surge capacity is defined as the ability to provide acute care to both critical and non-critical mass casualties simultaneously, and is a marker of the ability to deliver emergency care in a disaster situation. At present, there are no established standards of appropriate physical...

Report

19 Apr 2007

The Disability Policy and Research Working Group has commissioned the University of NSW Consortium (Social Policy Research Centre, Disability Studies and Research Institute and City Futures) to research the effectiveness of supported living in relation to shared accommodation to improve service delivery to people with...

Report

19 Apr 2007

In May 2006, PLR payments totalling just over $7 million were made to 8923 eligible creators and publishers in respect of the 2005–06 fi nancial year. In addition, $10.408 million was distributed under the Educational Lending Right scheme for 2005–06. In this report there is...

Transcript

19 Apr 2007

Malalai Joya is described by the BBC as the most famous woman in Afghanistan and at 28 years of age is the youngest member of the Afghani Parliament. Joya is a controversial figure, reviled by many Afghani fundamentalists yet viewed by others as a freedom...

Report

19 Apr 2007

In May 2006, PLR payments totalling just over $7 million were made to 8923 eligible creators and publishers in respect of the 2005?06 fi nancial year. In addition, $10.408 million was distributed under the Educational Lending Right scheme for 2005?06. In this report there is...

Report

18 Apr 2007

This report makes three recommendations that will change the warnings/directions that trial judges are permitted to give to juries in sexual offences cases about victims' delay in making complaint. The main common law directions/warnings to be given in sexual offences trials that relate to delay...

Report

18 Apr 2007

The main aim of this research was to study the effectiveness of the processes to develop elementary syllabuses and locally developed support materials including consultation and trialling processes in Papua New Guinea.The main aim of this research, conducted by the Research Team at the Faculty...

Report

18 Apr 2007

This study investigates New Zealand's experience with migration from Pacific countries. It updates a similar study by the same two authors in 1995. The report begins with a literature survey on the relationship between development and migration in the Pacific. It then provides an overview...

Transcript

18 Apr 2007

Papers and presentations from this conference held on 13 - 15 November 2006 are available online. Presented by the Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW. Papers and presentations from this conference held from 13 - 15 November 2006 are available online. Presented by the Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW.

Submission

17 Apr 2007

The ARC Federation Fellowship scheme has produced positive outcomes for researchers from the humanities, arts and social sciences, but its value could be enhanced.

Discussion paper

17 Apr 2007

Dr Robin Derricourt says one small modification to the research funding model could deliver major gains in impact and productivity for Government, universities and individual academics alike.

At first appearance the numbers seem stark. Government is investing more and more public money...

Report

17 Apr 2007

This paper appears in a period of a post-Al Gore 'climatic awakening' in the Australian community. Hardly a week passes without a sensational representation in the media of the potential impact of sea levels and other elements of climate change. In turn the major federal...

Report

17 Apr 2007

Local governments are at the forefront of many activities that both contribute to climate change and are likely to be impacted upon by climate change. This paper examines their responsibilities at law to deal with climate change considerations when exercising their functions and powers.

Report

17 Apr 2007

Urban consolidation has been the main planning policy in Sydney since the 1980s. ... For most of this period it has been locally unpopular. This paper overviews Sydney's urban consolidation policy evolution, and explores the way in which planning power, political power and market power...

Report

17 Apr 2007

In the context of the escalating tension in Fiji, a meeting of Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Affairs Ministers (FFAMM) was held in Sydney, Australia on 1 December 2006 which agreed to convene urgently an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) to visit Fiji to meet all the...

Report

17 Apr 2007

This brief is on the theme of corruption and anticorruption— a timely topic given the recent headlines over the AWB payments in Iraq. It provides three perspectives: a diagnosis of the causes and cures for corruption, an economic analysis of corruption and the links between...

Report

17 Apr 2007

This policy brief provides three perspectives on water. The first is an economic evaluation of the national plan for water security announced by Prime Minister John Howard on 25 January, the second is an a review of how to assess the trade-offs between water use...

Report

17 Apr 2007

The Australian Flexible Learning Framework's Indigenous Engagement Project aims to advocate the benefits of e-learning and strengthen the role of Indigenous people and communities in shaping VET provision. The project is now in its third year. During the first two years it funded seven innovative...

Guide

17 Apr 2007

e-Consultation is emerging as a valuable tool for councils to engage with their community. This guide is intended as a practical tool to help councils set up their own e-consultation strategies. Consultation is a dialogue amongst community and council. e-Consultation can enhance traditional face-to-face or...

Report

16 Apr 2007

ACMA's investigation report and findings that the licensee of commercial radio service 2GB Sydney, Harbour Radio Pty Ltd, breached certain provisions of the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice 2004 between 5 and 9 December 2005.

Conference proceedings

16 Apr 2007

This workshop covered topics such as policy options for enhancing the international mobility of researchers and mechanisms to build research capacity in both OECD countries and non-member economies. Workshop presentations are available online.

Article

16 Apr 2007

Like language, the internet exists as a function of its users, who define and generate its structure. As the complex digital world evolves, however, some shared values are needed writes Becky Hogge.

Audio podcast

16 Apr 2007

PODCAST * Solana Larsen in New York speaks to Lauren Sandler, the editor of Assignment Zero, listens in on a Columbia Journalism Review panel on the future of the newspaper, and introduces openDemocracy's new blog on digital photography and democracy, The Democratic Image.

Report

13 Apr 2007

The middle market companies in this study clearly believe that innovation will energise business growth. And when implemented well, they believe that innovation will be a driving force to achieve profit and sustain value. The study captured the obstacles as well as the opportunities from...

Report

13 Apr 2007

In June 2006, the Australian Government Office for Women in the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) engaged the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales to research how culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women participate in...

Report

13 Apr 2007

Final Report No 9 makes recommendations concerning the attribution of criminal reponsibility to organisations. The recommendations in this paper do not change the normal rules about criminal responsibility which apply to individuals. Organisations can already be prosecuted for breaches of environmental, workplace safety, consumer protection...

Report

13 Apr 2007

This brief study addresses a number of questions about pragmatism and principle in the context of recent electoral competition between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party of Australia, particularly at the 2004 election. Some of these questions are about priorities, and some are...

Report

13 Apr 2007

This report is the twelfth in a series originally titled Statistics on Drug Abuse in Australia. The report provides a comprehensive summary of major drug use statistical collections, with references to sources of more detailed information. It also serves as the 'companion document' to the...

Report

13 Apr 2007

Produced by ASPI and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, this report outlines the key issues that will shape our approach to Antarctica.

These include challenges to Australia’s territorial claim, resource exploitation, illegal fishing, the direct effects of climate change, increased tourists,...

Article

1 Mar 2007

Over the last twenty years, advanced communication technologies have become pervasive throughout Western society. These technologies have not only revolutionised the delivery of public and private services, they have shaped consumers' expectations about service quality. This guide (written for managers who have an interest in...

Report

1 Oct 2006

This monograph brings together some of the best practitioners and scholars of the art and craft of political biography in Australia. The assembled papers explore the strengths and weaknesses of the biographical approach; the enjoyment it can deliver; the problems and frustrations of writing biographies;...

Report

12 Apr 2007

SUMMARY

It comes as no surprise that concern about climate change is at an all time high and the vast majority of people no longer doubt that it is real or that it is caused by greenhouse gases created by human activity.

Not...

Report

12 Apr 2007

This Summary sets out the key policy-relevant findings of the Fourth Assessment of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Assessment is of current scientific understanding of impacts of climate change on natural, managed and human systems, the capacity of...

Report

12 Apr 2007

Balancing work and family responsibilities is an increasingly significant concern not only for individual employees, their families and the broader community, but also for government and local communities.

However little attention has been paid to the different ways in which constraints and opportunities for...

Commentary

Article

6 Apr 2007

JOHN WARHURST attends two very different gatherings in Canberra

LAST week I was given a privileged insight into two large lobby groups, what political scientists sometimes call policy communities. I participated in the Politics and Public Policy Review conducted by the Centre for...

Report

5 Apr 2007

The future of any commercial IP television system in Australia is fundamentally hamstrung by a grossly under-resourced national broadband infrastructure, and the vacuum is being filled by audience-driven solutions such as YouTube and BitTorrent. The broadcasting incumbents find themselves increasingly marginalized; the audience has seized...

Report

5 Apr 2007

This year's winner of the Graham Perkin Award for Journalism, The Australian's Tony Koch, speaks to the Media Report about the difficulties involved in covering Indigenous issues.

Article

5 Apr 2007

The EMI Group has announced that it will begin to offer DRM-free music downloads. Eric Nicoli, CEO of the music industry giant, was joined by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, as they addressed an issue that has been of great public interest and concern.

Video

5 Apr 2007

Five million registered users and counting - Second Life is the current darling of the media. With its decision to let users build their virtual world and retain intellectual property rights in their creations they broke new ground, then they open-sourced their client software. Soon...

Report

5 Apr 2007

This analysis argues that for both equity and efficiency reasons gender differences in ICT occupations, education, access and use need to be addressed, and that more detailed, analytical work on the evolution of ICT occupations, education and use should be undertaken and the effects of...

Discussion paper

5 Apr 2007

This working paper considers the implications of emerging trends in online communication, such as social networking tools and blogs, for governmental engagement with the public.

Chapter

5 Apr 2007

In this extract from their new book, Michele McLellan and Tim Porter report on their tour of American newsrooms. It's the people who have to change, they say and it's already happening.

Commentary

Article

5 Apr 2007

This special issue of the online journal SCRIPT-ed, introduced by Graham Greenleaf, is based on the Unlocking IP 2006 Conference, held last year at the University of New South Wales. Contributors include Lilian Edwards, Graham Greenleaf, Ben Bildstein, Catherine Bond, Roger Clarke, Jessica Coates, Melissa...

Report

19 Mar 2007

The future of any commercial IP television system in Australia is fundamentally hamstrung by a grossly under-resourced national broadband infrastructure, and the vacuum is being filled by audience-driven solutions such as YouTube and BitTorrent. The broadcasting incumbents find themselves increasingly marginalized; the audience has seized...

Report

4 Apr 2007

Sean Brennan reviews two key sets of changes contained in the 2006 Amendment Act. It does so against the backdrop of the Land Rights Act’s chequered political history, in which bipartisan endorsement and ideological antagonism have jostled for priority.

Report

4 Apr 2007

The Australian High Court's ruling in May 2006 on Work Choices legislation has significantly expanded the Commonwealth's legislative power at the expense of the States, but for the time being it has also muddied the responsibilities between Commonwealth and States more then ever. Work Choices:...

Report

4 Apr 2007

This project was designed to profile the community services workforce in South Australia and to provide a detailed analysis of critical issues currently affecting the workforce in non-government community services agencies.

Findings from the literature and the key informant consultations were consistent in highlighting...

Report

4 Apr 2007

This reports aims to scope out older volunteering in other settings and to consider this in the South Australian context, both with respect to government policy and organisational practice.

South Australia has the oldest population in Australia. This has created some concern for...

Report

4 Apr 2007

Coral Bell writes that Australian Opposition leader Kevin Rudd's foreign policy approach is not likely to do serious damage to the relationship with Washington, but the alliance might be challenged within the foreseeable future by quite a different factor in world politics. The next landscape...

Report

4 Apr 2007

The illicit use of amphetamines in the community as recreational drugs and drugs of addiction is increasing.1 Amphetamine intoxication appears to be a common reason for presentation to emergency departments (EDs), but, to our knowledge, there are no published data describing the prevalence and characteristics...

Report

4 Apr 2007

This discussion paper draws upon experience of the UK and Australian policy environments, to make a series of tentative observations about the current state of Australian housing research. The political constraints that confront researchers, the role of the state housing authorities in federally funded research,...

Report

4 Apr 2007

This review aims to establish the nature and efficacy of Australian school-based prevention and early intervention programs for anxiety and depression. Twenty-four efficacy or effectiveness trials of nine intervention programs were identified. Most were based on cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy or psychoeducation. Six were...

Report

4 Apr 2007

Australia is home to more than one million species of plants and animals,manyofwhicharefoundnowhereelseonEarth.About85percentof Australia’s flowering plants, 84 per cent of its mammals, 89 per cent of its reptiles, 93 per cent of its frogs, 45 per cent of its birds and 85 per cent of...

Report

4 Apr 2007

The employment of women has done more to encourage global growth than increases in capital investment and productivity improvements. Advancing gender equality is essential to reducing poverty and increasing the effectiveness of aid. Gender equality is a critical development goal in its own right. This...

Strategy

4 Apr 2007

This AusAid strategy aims to help Papua New Guinea reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. The strategy aims to reflect a genuine partnership between Papua New Guinea and Australia, a partnership driven by Papua New Guinea ownership and leadership.This strategy aims to help Papua New...

Report

2 Apr 2007

Produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision, this report contains all Indigenous data reported in the Report on Government Services 2007.

Commentary

Article

3 Apr 2007

The fallout from the nuclear debate will only increase the momentum for a change of government, argues JOHN SPOEHR

JOHN HOWARD should be positioning Australia to be a world leader in the manufacture and application of renewable energy technologies. He should underpin this...

Report

3 Apr 2007

This paper first analyses the demand for and cost of formal and informal childcare for couple and sole parent families, shedding light on factors which affect the demand for childcare. The predicted demand of formal childcare and the predicted costs of informal childcare arising from...

Report

3 Apr 2007

As a form of human capital health, like education, determines an individual's productivity and thus wage rates. While there are numerous overseas studies that examine the effect of health on wages, research on this issue using Australian data is scarce. Lixin Cai investigates the effect...

Report

3 Apr 2007

Established in 1992, divisions are now a recognised and valued part of the Australian health care system offering a network-based approach to supporting general practice-based primary health care and enhancing co-ordination with the rest of the health care system through a diverse set of activities....

Report

3 Apr 2007

Australia’s centrally-controlled system of allocating university places has failed to adjust to either student or labour market demand argues Andrew Norton. A market system, in which universities set the number of places and student fees, would do a better job of supplying Australia’s workforce. EXECUTIVE...

Report

3 Apr 2007

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Government in New Zealand keeps expanding. The main driver has been the inexorable increase in spending on the welfare state.

New Zealanders are much richer than when the welfare state was founded. People’s incomes should therefore be sufficient for them to...

Report

3 Apr 2007

This project was developed from the realisation that considerable research was available detailing the adverse effects of parental imprisonment on children, but that very little information was available about the policy and legislative context in which these adverse effects occurred.

The aim of...

Report

3 Apr 2007

Australia, like many other countries around the world, needs to seriously consider how its tertiary (Higher Education and Vocational Education) system will effectively meet changing societal needs. As modern nations progressively become knowledge economies, the proportion of our population which progresses from secondary school to...

Report

3 Apr 2007

This report dispels many common misconceptions about federalism. The authors draw on international comparisons and political and economic analysis to identify a range of benefits that flow from federal systems, including checks and balances on power to protect the individual; more efficient, innovative and responsive...

Report

3 Apr 2007

Quality leadership in schools provides direction, involves a process of influence with intention, and is value-based and vision-driven. While it is common to equate leadership with principals and faculty heads, the research reviewed in this report recognises the variety of leadership roles within a school....

Report

3 Apr 2007

In 2005, the percentage of students not meeting the benchmarks in numeracy in Year 3 was 6%, however, by Year 5 this had increased to 9% and by Year 7, 18% of students were not meeting the benchmark. Results for Year 7 students also show...

Commentary

Article

2 Apr 2007

Justice has been sacrificed again at Guantanamo Bay, writes GEOFFREY BARKER

THE resolution of the David Hicks saga has revealed much more about the hypocrisy of the US military commission system and the mindset of the Australian government than it has about Hicks’...

Report

3 Apr 2007

The 2006 E-learning Benchmarking Project has built on the baseline developed in 2005 by conducting national surveys of the uptake and use of e-learning by vocational education and training (VET) providers, VET teachers and trainers, and VET students.

The surveys, run in September and...