July 2007

Report

31 Jul 2007

Commissioned by the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support, this is a collection of three reports on the costs of children in Australian families: 'The estimated costs of children in Australian families in 2005–06'; 'Updated costs of children using Australian budget standards; and 'Costs of children...

Report

31 Jul 2007

This paper identifies nine psychosocial factors that explain reliance on income support from one generation to the next. Psychosocial factors are defined as psychological development and social factors and the relationship and interaction between the two. Each of the nine factors is discussed in turn,...

Report

31 Jul 2007

The latest edition of this annual departmental includes articles on trends in wealth among aged pensioners; potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury; men's and women's fertility; and psychosocial factors and intergenerational transmission of welfare dependency.

Report

31 Jul 2007

This report outlines the Australian government’s broad policy directions for the agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food industries. It identifies the government’s goals, operating in partnership with industry, of creating an environment of opportunity and helping equip individual producers and their industries with the capacity to...

Report

20 Jul 2007

This report concludes that there appears to be no gap in the criminal law as it applies to very serious offences involving drink-spiking. But the committee determined that there should be a particular drink and food spiking offence to fill a gap in the operation...

Report

26 Jul 2007

This research paper assesses the financial performance of 85 federal, state and territory government trading enterprises. It forms part of the commission's research into the performance of Australian industries and the progress of microeconomic reform.

Journal article

31 Jul 2007

Research into student dropout rates has attempted to identify factors that influence a student's chances of dropping out. Student engagement has emerged as an important aspect of academic success. It would seem that the development of friendship networks, based on socializing, could also be important,...

Report

31 Jul 2007

This report shows that the number of doctors in OECD countries has increased by 35 per cent over the past fifteen years to 2.8 million. In most countries, this growth was driven largely by rising numbers of specialists – up nearly 50 per cent between...

Report

31 Jul 2007

Armed violence is the greatest threat facing Iraqis, but the population is also experiencing another kind of crisis of an alarming scale and severity. Eight million people are in urgent need of emergency aid; that figure includes over two million who are displaced within the...

Article

30 Jul 2007

Community broadcasting licences are issued for a five year period. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has renewed the licence of Queensland community broadcasting licence 4CRB Gold Coast, with a change to its community interest so that it now represent seniors in the licence area....

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31 Jul 2007

Issue 21 features ACMA's industry reception in Hobart and a recently published report about communications services and infrastructure. It also highlights ACMA's review of the Children's Television Standards, and reports on industry compliance with TV quotas, the extension of a community television trail in Adelaide...

Journal article

31 Jul 2007

An online survey of 96 adults showed that, based on Young's (1998) criteria for the Internet Addiction Test, 40% of the sample could be classified as average internet users, 52% as problem over-users and 8% as pathologically addicted to the internet. The three groups differed...

Article

31 Jul 2007

Having taken on pretty much everyone in the Australian media and lost, it's no surprise that Kerry Stokes is getting some bad press today, writes Jock Given for ABC News.

Report

31 Jul 2007

OECD countries have agreed a new approach to better protect the rights of consumers and make online shopping safer. They call on national authorities and business to make it easier, cheaper and quicker for people to resolve complaints and get compensation when they are unhappy...

Article

30 Jul 2007

Through a survey of US public radio stations and case studies of four stations successfully using social media, this study provides a snapshot of the realities for US public radio stations wanting to use social media to engage audiences. Results of a survey of 77...

Report

30 Jul 2007

The Queensland government's senior phase education and training reforms were part of a larger change that also encompassed the early years of learning and the middle schooling years. This commissioned report, written by two education academics, provides a history of the reform process from 2003...

Report

30 Jul 2007

A juvenile pre-court diversion scheme was introduced in the Northern Territory in 2000. Administered by police, it uses warnings and conferences to divert selected juveniles from the court process. This paper reports on an analysis of Northern Territory police records on 3,597 apprehended juveniles over...

Article

30 Jul 2007

ACMA is inviting public comment on its draft guidelines on the Transfer of community broadcasting licences. These guidelines are provided to assist applicants in completing an application form to transfer a community broadcast licence. They also include the criteria that is used by ACMA when...

Report

30 Jul 2007

This report aims to address the deficit in the current arena by offering one analysis of how public spaces can contribute to building positive relationships and bridges between different communities. Drawing on expertise from the fields of regeneration, community activism and education, the report works...

Commentary

Article

30 Jul 2007

This collection of essays is the result of a collaboration between Demos and the Barcelona think-tank Fundaci? Ramon Trias Fargas. Over the last fifteen years London and Barcelona have epitomised the story of the 'resurgent city' but now face a set of challenges without easy...

Report

30 Jul 2007

The growing adoption of broadband combined with a dramatic push by content providers to promote online video has helped to pave the way for mainstream audiences to embrace online video viewing. Fifty-seven percent of online adults have used the internet to watch or download video,...

Journal article

27 Jul 2007

This article explores the extent to which socio-demographic characteristics influence knowledge, trust, risk perception and acceptance of an emerging scientific technology, geosequestration or carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in geological formations, which is positioned as a possible response to the build-up of greenhouse gases...

Report

27 Jul 2007

The release of the Framework for National Action on Affordable Housing (the Framework) in 2005 has provided an opportunity to consider how evaluation could be built from the outset into a major future initiative in the housing field. In response, this report first provides an...

Report

27 Jul 2007

This report presents the outcomes of a research project conducted by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Queensland Research Centre (UQ) on the characteristics and themes of the Australian Indigenous housing literature. The report examines the Indigenous housing literature from the 1970s through...

Report

27 Jul 2007

Sentinel events in public hospitals 2004-05 is the first joint publication of the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and presents data on the number and nature of sentinel events occurring in Australian hospitals...

Report

27 Jul 2007

BEACH (Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health) is a continuous national study of general practice activity.

Since 1998 over 9,000 GPs have recorded details regarding approximately 900,000 GP-patient encounters on structured paper forms. The report is designed to assist GPs and other researchers...

Report

27 Jul 2007

This report presents data on publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment services and their clients, including information about the types of drugs for which treatment is sought and the types of treatment provided. The data contained in this bulletin are derived from the comprehensive...

Report

27 Jul 2007

The Asia Pacific region has too many regional organisations, yet they are still unable to do all the things required of them. This matters at a time when the rising power of China and India presents new challenges. There is a need for a new...

Report

27 Jul 2007

On 6 March 2007, the Council for Culture (Raad voor Cultuur) presented the Dutch government with recommendations under the title ?Innovate, participate? (Innoveren, participeren) relating to the agenda for cultural policy in the coming years and the government?s plans for a new subsidies system. An...

Article

26 Jul 2007

Rebecca Roke talks to London-based FAT architects about their award-winning practice that is breaking new ground in social housing and re-interpreting English vernacular architecture.

The practice title, FAT ? an acronym for Fashion Architecture Taste ? gives the first clue as to the...

Article

26 Jul 2007

This report provides an analysis of artists residing in 92 municipalities across Canada with at least 50,000 residents in 2001. Statistics in the report show that, among large Canadian cities:

-Vancouver has the highest percentage of labour force in the arts

-Toronto has...

Journal article

27 Jul 2007

The impact of colour on the first impression of a website is discussed in the light of several rather puzzling experimental findings, which suggest that background colour and colour combinations might influence users? subsequent opinion of, and satisfaction with, a site. Theories of, and approaches...

Report

26 Jul 2007

A look at issues relating to public broadcasting in both Australia and Canada, including an interview with the out-going Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's News Division, Tony Burman.

Report

26 Jul 2007

Three very different perspectives on China and the media... from the changing nature of propaganda to the globalisation of the Chinese cinema and television industry. Interviews with Professor John Sinclair, ARC Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University; Professor Michael Curtin, University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA); and...

Report

26 Jul 2007

Three very different perspectives on China and the media... from the changing nature of propaganda to the globalisation of the Chinese cinema and television industry. Interviews with Professor John Sinclair, ARC Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University; Professor Michael Curtin, University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA); and...

Report

26 Jul 2007

A look at issues relating to public broadcasting in both Australia and Canada, including an interview with the out-going Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's News Division, Tony Burman.

Report

26 Jul 2007

During 2005-06, there were 283 incidents of homicide, resulting in 301 victims, committed by 336 offenders. This is 34 more incidents than in 2004-05, an increase of 14 percent. There has been an increase in homicides committed by young males, but yearly fluctuations in homicide...

Report

26 Jul 2007

Although Australia enjoys the natural protection provided by being both an island and geographically remote, and has extensive border protection mechanisms this paper argues that we need to be aware of trends, internationally and in the region, to ensure we have early warning of activities...

Commentary

Article

26 Jul 2007

The federal government's treatment of Mohamed Haneef recalls the infamous case of Egon Kisch, writes GLENN NICHOLLS.

THE DECISION by the immigration minister, Kevin Andrews, to cancel Dr Mohamed Haneef’s visa has potentially condemned him to years in immigration detention followed by deportation...

Commentary

Article

26 Jul 2007

Australia's interest rates are close to the highest among all developed countries. IAN McAULEY looks at the implications

"WOTCHER gonna do 'bout 'ousin?" a lady screamed at Bob Menzies in a 1960s town hall election rally.

"I'd put an 'h' in front...

Report

17 Nov 2006

Over the last few years, many cultural organizations in Canada have been raising funds to build new spaces, renew older buildings, develop endowment funds or cover operating expenses. A number of these projects have achieved a fairly high public profile.

A new report from...

Report

25 Jul 2007

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index is the new barometer of Australians’ satisfaction with their lives and life in Australia. Unlike most official indicators of quality of life and wellbeing, it is subjective – it measures how Australians feel about life, and incorporates both personal and...

Report

25 Jul 2007

This collection of papers is concerned with issues of policy development, practice, implementation and performance. It represents a range of views about diverse subjects by individuals who are, for the most part, in the public eye and who have the capacity to influence the shape...

Report

25 Jul 2007

This conference, themed "Strong Foundations: Rebuilding Social Norms in Indigenous Communities", challenges the predominant view that the 'answer' to Indigenous disadvantage in Australia (particularly in remote communities) lies exclusively in improving service delivery. Better services are important but will only go so far in addressing...

Report

25 Jul 2007

The Cape York Welfare Reform Project aims to develop reformed incentives and appropriate enabling supports at the community level which catalyse the restoration of social norms in the Welfare Reform communities and ultimately in the whole Cape York region. The future that the Institute envisages...

Report

25 Jul 2007

Conference proceedings from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey held in Melbourne on 19 - 20 July 2007.

Report

25 Jul 2007

Abstract

Using the first two waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, this paper explores the relationship between educational attainment and age at first marriage. Theory suggests that there are two effects driving the relationship, namely the Enrolment...

Report

25 Jul 2007

Using data from the HILDA (Household Income and Labour Dynamics), this paper examines the implications of childcare costs on maternal employment status by distinguishing between full-time and part-time work. Our empirical approach uses an ordered probit model taking into account the endogeneity associated with...

Report

25 Jul 2007

This paper examines the incidence and wage effects of over-skilling within the Australian labour market. It finds that approximately 30 percent of employees believed themselves to be moderately over-skilled and 11 percent believed themselves to be severely over-skilled. The incidence of skills mismatch varied little...

Discussion paper

25 Jul 2007

A range of household head, partner and demographic characteristics in addition to life-changing events have an impact on both the likelihood of remaining poor and slipping into poverty according to this analysis of the HILDA survey.Using longitudinal household data and an econometric model of conditional...

Report

25 Jul 2007

In comparing fiscal indicators of Japan and Australia, it is generally perceived that Japan’s fiscal conditions are very serious and those of Australia are very sound. However, in Australia the rising ratio of foreign liabilities to GDP is the source of anxiety in the market,...

Report

25 Jul 2007

As globalisation accelerates the international movement of organisms that are capable of carrying infectious diseases, it is becoming clear that global infectious disease management is an issue that demands concerted international action in order to be managed effectively. Health security has, in recent times, featured...

Report

25 Jul 2007

Research by SANE Australia shows 56% of people caring for someone with mental illness find their physical and mental health suffer as a result of their caring role. Alarmingly, 70% of carers report having received no relevant training or education, and due to lack of...

Report

25 Jul 2007

This report is a critical review of the literature on the application of professional standards to teachers' practice. It looks at where professional standards sit in the complex mix of factors that can support teachers' professional capacity, how standards can support teacher learning, which models...

Report

24 Jul 2007

This is the third and final report on the David Hicks case produced by Lex Lasry QC. He argues that Australia’s international standing and moral authority has been diminished by its support of a process so obviously at odds with the rule of law.

Report

24 Jul 2007

Whilst there has been considerable progress in the human rights of sexual and gender minorities in recent decades, this report by Sarah Maddison and Emma Partridge highlights the extent to which significant inequalities persist, particularly in respect of relationship recognition.

Report

24 Jul 2007

This report provides a current snapshot of the community housing sector in Australia. Conducted during 2005-06, the Mapping Project provides information on the size, capacity and make up of this diverse and growing housing sector.

The report looks at: Who manages community housing What...

Report

24 Jul 2007

This review of the Professional Services Review (PSR) Scheme has found that it continues to provide a safeguard for patients against inappropriate medical practice. While the vast majority of health practitioners provide appropriate services to patients, the PSR investigates instances where inappropriate practices may have...

Report

24 Jul 2007

This paper assesses the appropriate means by which we can assess how much of an impact – beneficial or otherwise – competition policy reforms have had on Australia’s infrastructure performance. The challenge, according to the aithors, is to undertake a careful analysis capable of weighing...

Report

24 Jul 2007

Industries such as telecommunications, gas, electricity, water, rail and airports have traditionally been either publicly owned or closely regulated by an independent agency. This paper from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Regulatory Conference looks a third option, 'light-handed regulation', which has been tested in...

Report

24 Jul 2007

This paper from the 2007 Australian Social Policy Conference explored differences in school engagement and family life for the 16 year olds who have grown up in low-income families and those in higher income families; the links to the workforce for those who have left...

Conference paper

24 Jul 2007

Youth is often equated to the dynamics of transitions between various states: from adolescence to adulthood, from school to work, from family protection to personal responsibility. Often labelled as the age group with the highest unemployment rate, young people are seen as having specific needs...

Report

24 Jul 2007

During the 2007 school year, Melbourne Citymission will be evaluating four of the seven Learning Support Programs (LSPs) it provides in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. Learning Support Programs offer out-of-school hours tutoring or homework assistance with the aim of improving educational outcomes...

Report

24 Jul 2007

The way we theorise ageing provides a 'cultural template' which effects both policy and practice and which has consequences for the way people make a social contribution. This paper illustrates the implications of this cultural template by reference to an ongoing empirical study of Grey...

Website

23 Jul 2007

Website companion to a 2007 exhibition that "demonstrates how design can be a dynamic force in saving and transforming lives, at home and around the world." Includes descriptions and images of design projects concerned with shelter, health, water, education, energy, and transportation. View projects by...

Report

23 Jul 2007

Results indicate that various aspects of housing do have a direct relationship with social connectedness within communities, over and above the mediating impact of inequalities. Within Australian public policy it has become something of an orthodoxy to assume that housing and planning policy initiatives are...

Report

23 Jul 2007

Changes in the profile of public housing tenants in recent decades have seen growth in the number of tenants with complex needs. Many tenants who engage in demanding behaviour fit within this category. These tenants are especially susceptible to the cycle of homelessness and its...

Report

23 Jul 2007

This paper looks at the employment aspirations and expectations of mothers with and without long-term health problems, and the relationship between their desire to work and the reality of their participation in the labour force.

Report

20 Jul 2007

In this monograph, Jennifer Craik undertakes a critical and historical analysis of the main imperatives of arts and cultural policy in Australia. With forensic skill she examines the financial and policy instruments commonly relied upon in this much contested and diverse area of public policy....

Report

20 Jul 2007

An e-portfolio is a personal digital collection of information describing and illustrating a person's learning, career, experience and achievements. This report focuses on the potential for e-portfolios to provide an electronic method for learners in vocational education and training to record and control access to...

Article

20 Jul 2007

A forum hosted by the US The Ad Council and Kaiser Family Foundation to explore how health-related and other nonprofits and government agencies can use new digital media such as social networking, user-generated content, and gaming to enhance their communications strategies. Vicky Rideout, vice president...

Report

15 Jun 2007

On 27 June 2007 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister since 1997, resigned office in favour of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. Blair's had been a remarkable term of office.

Report

18 Jun 2007

International efforts to dismantle the nuclear program of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have been marked by limited and inconsistent engagement and distrust. One often overlooked diplomatic process that has been continuous and has supported the development of greater trust is parliamentary diplomacy writes...

Report

18 Jul 2007

John Quiggin examines the role of government as the ultimate risk manager. He argues that risk will be the defining concept of the 21st century, the way that globalisation was for the 1990s.

Any party aspiring to win this year's election will need...

Report

18 Jul 2007

This research investigates models and practices in the embedding of innovation, examining characteristics of organisations, innovators and innovative practices. It contributes to our understanding of the interrelationship of the many complex factors involved in the process of embedding innovation.

The fundamental focus of...

Report

18 Jul 2007

Tobacco use is of particular concern for the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, amongst whom smoking prevalence is more than double that of the non-Indigenous population. In 2004-05, half of the adult Indigenous population (50%) were current daily smokers (ABS 2006).Tobacco use...

Report

18 Jul 2007

A directory of statistics related directly, or indirectly, to education and training in Australia from the ABS. It provides descriptive information on various data sources, data items available, frequency of collections, publications produced, and access to information.A Directory of statistics related directly, or indirectly, to...

Report

18 Jul 2007

5.2 million people (34%) of the Australian population aged 18 years and over participate in voluntary work, contributing 713 million hours to the community across diverse activities according to this ABS survey. Results from the national 2006 Voluntary Work Survey released today by the Australian...

Report

18 Jul 2007

This paper examines the current situation of Australians as they put together their work and larger lives, under a particular policy regime. It reviews current policy settings governing care and work, finds them wanting in key respects (especially for particular groups of workers), and argues...

Report

18 Jul 2007

Indigenous poverty is clearly entrenched and often different in nature to that experienced by other Australian poor. This paper from the 2007 Australian Social Policy Conference examines recent evidence on Indigenous poverty and social exclusion and attempts to relate it to the Productivity Commission’s Framework...

Conference paper

18 Jul 2007

In recent times there has been much discussion about the high level of violence amongst Australia’s Indigenous population. Research into the issue, however, has never proceeded beyond simple bi-variate analyses of risk factors drawn from the National Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS). This paper...

Report

18 Jul 2007

Home and Community Care policy is underpinned by an aim of decreasing the vulnerability of people who live in the community, in particular, the vulnerability of 'frail aged' and young people with a disability. However, age-related vulnerability is a slippery concept, its causes and outcomes...

Conference paper

18 Jul 2007

This paper from the 2007 Australian Social Policy Conference explores young people's understandings of the social problems and strengths of their community. The paper discusses girls' (13 to 24 year-olds) accounts of their experiences of growing up in the Glebe public housing estate: the difficulties...

Report

18 Jul 2007

Boroondara is one of Melbourne's wealthiest municipalities, yet some 12% of children are living in poverty. Due to wide affluence and great income inequality in Boroondara, child social exclusion has particular characteristics in comparison to other areas where poverty is concentrated, according to from the...

Report

18 Jul 2007

The report presents a detailed account of the level of Victorian local government activity in greenhouse mitigation and climate change adaptation. It provides an overview of the barriers to local government involvement across the state and proposes a number of recommendations to overcome them. The...

Conference paper

18 Jul 2007

This paper from the 2007 Australian Social Policy Conference outlines the issues and challenges faced by the Transition to Governance project, its partners and the Indigenous community members who are committed to establishing a new Aboriginal community controlled health organisation.

Historically the Indigenous community...

Report

18 Jul 2007

The majority of Australians believe that mobile phones have helped to balance their family and working lives, the first study of its kind undertaken in the nation has found.

Researchers from the Australian National University, the University of New England and the University of...

Conference paper

18 Jul 2007

This short paper from the 2007 Australian Social Policy Conference looks at the extent of the spread of the notion of 'social capital', and investigates a number of the reasons given in the literature for its popularity. It concludes by suggesting that the question of...

Report

18 Jul 2007

The mobile telecommunications industry contributes substantially to the Australian economy. In addition to its direct contributions, it drives productivity gains throughout the economy according to this 2007 Access Economics report.

The mobile telecommunications industry contributes substantially to the Australian economy. In addition to its...

Report

18 Jul 2007

The unipolar world - the world of unchallenged US paramountcy in the society of states - was with us only rather briefly, for approximately ten years, from January 1992 until September 2001, argues Coral Bell.

Report

18 Jul 2007

Ballistic missile defence is becoming a source of tension in international security affairs. Paul Dibb discusses how it is affecting relations between China, Russia, the United States.

Commentary

Article

18 Jul 2007

THE seemingly never-ending Julian Moti saga has reached a climax of sorts this week when the Australian lawyer, who is wanted on child sex charges in Australia, was sworn in as the Solomon Islands Attorney-General. Moti’s initial appointment to the important job last September sparked...

Commentary

Article

18 Jul 2007

Countering terrorism means winning hearts and minds, writes GREG BARTON.

ALTHOUGH no one died, 16 July 2007 can be added to the list of dates when Australia lost something in the struggle against terrorism. The decision by the immigration minister, Kevin Andrews, to...

Commentary

Article

18 Jul 2007

It is absurd to suggest that the attempted terrorist acts last month would not have gone ahead without Dr Haneef's SIM card, argues ANDREW LYNCH.

IF ORDINARY Australians haven’t felt much concern about anti-terrorism laws to date, perhaps now is the time for...

Journal article

18 Jul 2007

An update on nine recent cases and legislative developments relating to patents, trade marks, copyright and designs.

Report

18 Jul 2007

This research investigates models and practices in the embedding of innovation, examining characteristics of organisations, innovators and innovative practices. It contributes to our understanding of the interrelationship of the many complex factors involved in the process of embedding innovation.

The fundamental focus of this...

Report

18 Jul 2007

The mobile telecommunications industry contributes substantially to the Australian economy. In addition to its direct contributions, it drives productivity gains throughout the economy according to this 2007 Access Economics report.

The mobile telecommunications industry contributes substantially to the Australian economy. In addition to its...

Discussion paper

18 Jul 2007

The relationships between publicly funded culture and the creative industries are often assumed to be clear and straightforward. In some cases this is true, but there are more complex factors at work. The creative industries are poorly understood in policy, partly because they often do...

Conference paper

18 Jul 2007

This paper was delivered at an ICOM conference on Transnational Museum Collaboration, held at Fudan University, Shanghai, 26-27 June 2007. It argues that, in an age in which culture is more important than ever before, skills in reading culture must be a vital part of...

Article

18 Jul 2007

There are now an estimated 137 million internet users in China, second in number only to the United States, where estimates of the current internet population range from 165 million to 210 million. The growth rate of China's internet user population has been outpacing that...

Discussion paper

6 Jun 2007

The Group of Eight is heartened by the renewed, bipartisan interest in higher education. This convergence of views on fundamental tenets of policy is a rare historical opportunity, after 35 years of disagreement, to achieve a coherent policy outcome for Australia. This paper seeks to...

Report

17 Jul 2007

Australia has a proud reputation in many areas of education, research and training. Languages Other Than English (LOTE), is no longer one of them and urgent action is required if Australia is to avoid the serious educational, national security and economic consequences of becoming monolingual....

Report

17 Jul 2007

Language has been the Key Learning Area that has been politically easy to ignore. Languages have slipped off the education agenda over the last decade, and public debate has been virtually non-existent. No political party has sought votes for language education in the same way...

Report

16 Jul 2007

This report examines key management and funding issues in the community broadcasting sector. It also examines regulation and sponsorship issues, the move to digital broadcasting and transmission fees issues.

Key recommendations to the federal government include: an increase of $10 million in core funding,...

Report

Australia’s Indigenous visual arts and craft sector
16 Jul 2007

This report assesses the size and scale of Australia's Indigenous visual arts and craft sector and surveys issues including existing government funding, education and training, threats to the Indigenous art market, measures to enhance the market for Indigenous art, Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights,...

Report

16 Jul 2007

The paper examines how the use of child care, the time parents spend with children, and parental wellbeing relate to parental employment. It looks at four themes: the labour force status and job characteristics of parents with young children; patterns of use of child care...

Report

16 Jul 2007

This report examines key management and funding issues in the community broadcasting sector. It also examines regulation and sponsorship issues, the move to digital broadcasting and transmission fees issues.

Key recommendations to the federal government include: an increase of $10 million in core funding,...

Book

16 Jul 2007

This report presents the most recent comparable data on communication sector performance and provides information on policy frameworks in OECD countries. It also provides detailed time series data of up to 10 years for a number of key indicators.

Report

16 Jul 2007

This report by the Oxford Internet Institute and the LSE Public Policy Group looks at the progress made by the UK government in delivering services and information online since the same study team reported in 2002. The study involved a wide range of social science...

Report

16 Jul 2007

This report presents the most recent comparable data on communication sector performance and provides information on policy frameworks in OECD countries. It also provides detailed time series data of up to 10 years for a number of key indicators.

Technical report

15 Jul 2007

The keeping of backyard poultry gives great enjoyment to many people. As more people in Victoria purchase small acreages, poultry ownership is becoming a popular and economically beneficial pastime. The production of fresh eggs and meat for human consumption, plus the enjoyment they give as...

Technical report

15 Jul 2007

Scabby mouth (contagious ecthyma, orf) is a highly contagious, viral disease of sheep, goats and occasionally humans. It occurs throughout Victoria. This disease is a potential problem of live sheep exports due to the close confinement of animals and the feeding of sheep with pellets...

Report

13 Jul 2007

Richard Tanter of the Nautilus Institute writes that the Australian Defence Update 2007 'comes after a decade of constant and still unfinished increases in defence spending, a tripling of domestic security spending, huge weapons systems orders, Australian defence Forces deployments from Lebanon to the Solomon...

Report

13 Jul 2007

India and Japan should set out in concrete terms the political, economic and other goals of their 'strategic global partnership'. India should strengthen its commitments to East Asia. India and Japan must convince Beijing that the world, particularly Asia, has a better chance of achieving...

Report

13 Jul 2007

The way forward from here is for the Federal Government to lead the development of a National Action Plan to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect within all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with the support and involvement of states and territories,...

Report

13 Jul 2007

PODCAST In this paper presented at the World Internet Meeting in Melbourne in July, Margaret Simons discusses the future of the print and online media in Australia.

Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and author. She holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts from...

Report

13 Jul 2007

The Workplace Relations Amendment (A Stronger Safety Net) Bill 2007 has been put in place because the Federal Government has acknowledged that the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 is unfair.

Alliance members working in the circus industry have an intimate knowledge of...

Article

12 Jul 2007

To some, the art market is a self-help movement, a private consumer vortex of dreams, a cash-addled image-addicted drug that makes consumers prowl art capitals for the next paradigm shift. To others, the market is just a happy popularity contest, or as New York Times...

Article

12 Jul 2007

In a decade we have made an enormous transition: back in 1997 half of humanity had never made a phone call. Sometime in 2007 half of humanity will own a phone. And despite all of the 'bling' aspects of the culture surrounding mobile...

Transcript

12 Jul 2007

The fourth in The Media Report's series of 'On the Record' interviews with leading players in the Australian media industry. This time around Kim Williams, the CEO of pay TV operator Foxtel, who has some interesting things to say about the future direction of TV...

Article

12 Jul 2007

The virtual world, Second Life is developing one of the largest art communities on the internet, boasting hundreds of galleries where art - both virtual and actual - can be viewed and traded. This article looks at the possibilities afforded by Second Life for visual...

Report

13 Jul 2005

This study examined the effects of line length on reading speed, comprehension, and user satisfaction of online news articles. Twenty college-age students read news articles displayed in 35, 55, 75, or 95 characters per line (cpl) from a computer monitor. Results showed that passages formatted...

Report

12 Jul 2007

The Work, Housing, Services and Community Project is a national study exploring how men, women and children think about issues related to work, home and community. In particular, it analyses how changes at work and in households are reconfiguring relationships between work, home, services and...

Report

12 Jul 2007

Both the number and heterogeneity of those who have unfavourable dental visiting patterns and poor oral health justify claims that this is a substantial health problem argues John Spencer.The latest survey of oral health and dental care has described two worlds in Australian dentistry (Slade...

Report

12 Jul 2007

A preliminary response to the Australian Government's proposals

Report summary

The following proposals to protect children in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities have been developed by the Combined Aboriginal Organisations (representing Aboriginal organisations in Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine) and community...

Report

12 Jul 2007

Researchers examined the community services recommended for older people with complex needs, the extent to which such recommendations were taken up and the ACAS clients’ and carers’ experience of services.

They found that difficulties in accessing community services were related to social isolation of...

Report

12 Jul 2007

The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council provides funding for students undertaking Masters degrees and doctoral research in the arts and humanities. Approximately 40 per cent of their funding is spent in support of postgraduate research and training. In 2005/06 this amounted to just over...

Article

12 Jul 2007

Devotees of 'crowdsourced' media sites love to equate social editing with democracy, and they've got at least one part of the comparison right: social editing is every bit as raucous, messy and enthralling as the electoral process. For the latest proof, look no further than...

Article

11 Jul 2007

On 20 June, the Communications Legislation Amendment (Content Services) Bill 2007 was passed by Federal Parliament. When it comes into operation, the new law will impose obligations on commercial providers of non-broadcast media content, including content supplied over mobile telecommunications networks and live streamed material.

Report

12 Jul 2007

Privacy International has tracked the development of the Internet since the creation of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s, concerned that this medium provides the potential for a haemorrhage of personal privacy. PI argues that Internet companies should embrace a wider range of...

Discussion paper

12 Jul 2007

Lilian Edwards argues that, in the realm of internet security, the personal is also the public and that the two cannot, and should not, be separated if we are to attain a safe and secure critical infrastructure.

Discussion paper

11 Jul 2007

This paper concludes that heavy-handed moves to compel Asian nations to implement IP laws are increasingly being viewed, through Asian eyes, as unreasonable and might easily backfire.

Report

11 Jul 2007

Between March and September 2006 researchers interviewed 38 Australian television industry figures about their attitudes and experiences with regard to content control technologies for digital broadcasting. The interviews formed part of a three year research project into legal and technological mechanisms for controlling digital television...

Other text

10 Jul 2007

Australians worried about misuse of government advertising might want to take a look at recent developments in Canada, writes FRED FLETCHER

PER CAPITA spending on government advertising in Australia is among the highest of the representative democracies. Until the most recent reforms, Canada...

Commentary

Article

10 Jul 2007

Two new High Court justices will be the pick of the crop, but whose crop, asks GEORGE WILLIAMS.

YOU may not know it, but the Howard government is about to appoint a new High Court judge. This is likely be announced soon so...

Commentary

Article

10 Jul 2007

Loyalty versus the public interest: JACK WATERFORD looks at where the balance lies

ALLAN Kessing’s only chance, before the courts on charges of breaching the Commonwealth Crimes Act for leaking a Customs report, lay in his denial that he had leaked it at...

Report

11 Jul 2007

Between March and September 2006 researchers interviewed 38 Australian television industry figures about their attitudes and experiences with regard to content control technologies for digital broadcasting. The interviews formed part of a three year research project into legal and technological mechanisms for controlling digital television...

Report

10 Jul 2007

An examination of mainstream Australian media over the last five years has shown that much of Australia’s rich heritage of ethnic diversity is being stifled under the weight of a simplifying practice which has resulted in the creation of the idea of a singular group,...

Report

10 Jul 2007

Neighbourhood Watch has been operating in Victoria for 20 years. This review of the community-based crime prevention scheme finds that it is stuck in the past and facing a crisis of relevance.

Report

10 Jul 2007

When natural disasters strike populated areas, the toll in human lives, infrastructure and economic activities can be devastating and long-lasting. The psychological effects can be just as debilitating, instilling fear and discouragement in the affected populations. But, adversity also brings forth the strongest and best...

Report

10 Jul 2007

This paper examines how far, and in what ways, overseas systems of worker representation are influencing the Australian debate. After briefly exploring the diminution of legal support for worker representation over the last 15 years, the paper contains a detailed analysis and comparison of recent...

Briefing paper

10 Jul 2007

In 1987, a large-scale Swedish study confirmed an association between cannabis use and the development of schizophrenia. Ever since, it has become widely accepted by clinicians that there are links between cannabis use and mental illness. Experts have expressed particular concern about the...

Report

10 Jul 2007

The collision between the international asylum system and Australia’s highly developed and managed migration system has played out through detention centres, in northern waters and in offshore processing centres. The latest area of concern and contention is asylum seekers in the community for extended periods...

Report

10 Jul 2007

International efforts to dismantle the nuclear program of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, hereafter North Korea, have been marked by limited and inconsistent engagement and distrust. One often-overlooked diplomatic process that has been continuous and has supported the development of greater trust is parliamentary...

Report

10 Jul 2007

This paper discusses some of the widespread effects of sexual assault on families, professionals and society as a whole, demonstrating the significance of sexual assault as a social issue.

Report

10 Jul 2007

It is nearly two years since the Palmer and Comrie reports set out in detail the serious mistakes which were made in the detention of Cornelia Rau and the removal from Australia of Vivian Alvarez. These reports and the subsequent reports by the Ombudsman have...

Report

9 Jul 2007

Australia needs a new nationally coordinated, planned approach to an integrated system of early childhood education and care is the concensus of a national workshop on childcare held in 2006. This report documents a national workshop ‘Childcare: A Better Policy Framework for Australia’ sponsored by...

Report

9 Jul 2007

Younger citizens are more interested in social networking around values and causes than in traditional politics. Fred Fletcher argues that communication systems hoping to keep them engaged in a democratic public sphere will have to come to terms with these preferences.

For media...

Article

9 Jul 2007

Younger citizens are more interested in social networking around values and causes than in traditional politics. Fred Fletcher argues that communication systems hoping to keep them engaged in a democratic public sphere will have to come to terms with these preferences.

For media theorists,...

Report

6 Jul 2007

This report focuses on the position of low income households including those in employment (i.e. the 'working poor') in the private rental market to better understand the outcomes of the current policy framework on the housing opportunities open to them.

Briefing paper

6 Jul 2007

This update points to the increasing complexity of our strategic situation and it details our Defence policy response.

According to the report, serious threats to stability continue to emerge from the Middle East while in the Asia-Pacific the strategic landscape is shifting. Relations between...

Report

6 Jul 2007

The literature on palliative care for individuals with a mental illness is scant and there is a complete absence of work available on the issue of stigma at this interface. The following discussion makes a start to addressing this important topic by presenting findings on...

Report

6 Jul 2007

To date, there is scant research literature that explores the provision of end-of-life care to Aboriginal peoples in Australia. In particular, there is a lack of published research available on issues at the interface of Aboriginal languages and English during palliative care. The complexity and...

Report

6 Jul 2007

The patterns of offending behaviour in young people (adolescents and young adults) in Australia are problematic from a number of perspectives. First, young people are over represented in official statistics. Second, serious offenders in adolescence progress on to adult crime, with a small number explaining...

Report

6 Jul 2007

Before 2000, the idea that Burma might one day become a nuclear power was considered fanciful. Ever since it regained its independence in 1948, Burma had been a consistent supporter of global nuclear disarmament and had played an active role in international organisations dedicated to...

Report

6 Jul 2007

This report provides the data items and performance indicators collected for annual reporting under the 1999 Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (CSHA). The home purchase assistance report provides information on one of six programs under the 1999 Agreement. The six CSHA areas reported on are: Public...

Report

6 Jul 2007

This report presents comprehensive national data on cancer incidence and mortality in Australia, and hospitalisation trend data from 2000-01 to 2004-05. The report provides 2006 projections on incidence and 2003 data for cancers by site, age and sex, with summary data for each state and...

Report

6 Jul 2007

This report examines Australian hospital data pertaining to fall injuries in people aged 65 and older in 2003-04. The number of fall events resulting in hospitalisation due to injury for older Australians remains high and the rate of fall-related injury incidents is particularly high for...

Report

5 Jul 2007

This publication brings together papers and presentations from a roundtable convened by two welfare and two environmental non-government organisations

: the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the National Welfare Rights Network, the Australian Conservation Foundation and The Climate Institute. Key themes include Australia’s vulnerability to...

Report

5 Jul 2007

There are signs of change to the scholarly publishing model as the dominant or sole one writes Arthur Sale. The subscription model of journal funding is no longer universal. A significant number of journals are no longer printed on paper at all. Self-archiving of papers...

Report

5 Jul 2007

How do designers come up with new and interesting ideas? Is it just luck, or are there practices and models that help? Michael Shrage, who is visiting Australia from the US to give workshops for an independent group called The Creative Leadership Forum, thinks that...

Book

5 Jul 2007

Depending who you ask, nanotechnology might be the Next Big Thing, the Next Asbestos or the Next GM. But before its impacts have been felt, nanotechnology has become a test case for a new sort of governance. It is an opportunity to reimagine the relationship...

Journal article

5 Jul 2007

University research increasingly involves the use, generation, manipulation, sharing and analysis of digital resources. The importance of what is generally called "eResearch" on the national agenda shows the need for improved data management and sustainability practices to support research over the longer term. This raises...

Article

5 Jul 2007

There are signs of change to the scholarly publishing model as the dominant or sole one writes Arthur Sale. The subscription model of journal funding is no longer universal. A significant number of journals are no longer printed on paper at all. Self-archiving of papers...

Website

4 Jul 2007

The Libby, Enron and Arthur Andersen cases have all put the issue of transparency in the forefront of the news. But how transparent are the media themselves? How candid are they about how they cover the news? How willing are the media to make their...

Report

5 Jul 2007

This study is a first at European level. It highlights the direct (in terms of GDP, growth and employment) as well as the indirect (links between creativity and innovation, links with the ICT sector, regional development and attractiveness) contribution of the cultural and creative sectors...

Briefing paper

4 Jul 2007

The Office offers a range of funding programs to support New South Wales filmmakers and production businesses, and the development and production of film and television projects. It is now inviting the NSW screen content community to participate in reviewing the existing development and investment...

Article

4 Jul 2007

The net-based record label Magnatune is pioneering a new way of making "open music" an instrument of creative empowerment, says its founder John Buckman.

Report

4 Jul 2007

As of early March 2007, 47 per cent of adults in the United States have high-speed internet connections at home, according to this report, up five percentage points from a year earlier.

Article

4 Jul 2007

Kevin Taylor from Cambridge University Press talks about the challenges and perspectives for academic publishers in the new digital environment.

Discussion paper

4 Jul 2007

Despite the far-reaching implications of the recommendations made by the Copyright Law Review Committee in its final Crown Copyright report in April 2005, little attention, either academic or otherwise, has been given to these suggested changes. Given the increasing emphasis on the importance of reusability...

Report

4 Jul 2007

According to the 2006 Census, over 22 per cent of the Australian population were born overseas; and almost 14 per cent of the population were born in a non-English speaking country. Almost 16 per cent of the population spoke a language other than English at...

Report

4 Jul 2007

Issues relating to election finance were prominent in the lead up to the NSW general election in March 2007. This paper reviews proposals for reform and surveys arrangements in other states, federally and in some other comparable countries.

Report

4 Jul 2007

Digital communications technologies are providing new means for museums, galleries, libraries and archives to pursue their public interest missions, including in relation to access. However, as practical impediments to collection access change, copyright law poses significant challenges to the development of digital collections. This article...

Report

4 Jul 2007

About a third of online teens say they have been targets of online harassment, according to this report. Older girls and intense internet users are the most likely to report these experiences.

Journal article

4 Jul 2007

Digital communications technologies are providing new means for museums, galleries, libraries and archives to pursue their public interest missions, including in relation to access. However, as practical impediments to collection access change, copyright law poses significant challenges to the development of digital collections. This article...

Report

3 Jul 2007

This report examines the experiences of modern childhood through the results of an online survey undertaken by a national sample of 600 children and young people aged between 10 - 14 years.

The following key themes emerged from the study’s findings. Children’s sense...

Report

3 Jul 2007

Education and systems for medication review conducted by GPs can be used to improve use of medicines. These interventions are associated with a reduction in falls among older people, without adverse effects on quality of life.

Report

3 Jul 2007

Sustained access to a community-based, integrated, shared antenatal service has improved perinatal outcomes among Indigenous women in Townsville according to this study.

Report

3 Jul 2007

Policy proposals, nowadays, are unlikely to survive for long unless wrapped up in the rubric of 'reform'. Martin Leet explores why reform has become such an obsession in public policy and considers whether its days might be numbered.

Report

3 Jul 2007

This report investigates the extent to which people living in poverty interact with, and are affected by, the workings of the criminal justice system in Queensland. The investigation has engaged directly with the poor and with a range of professionals within this system. The focus...

Report

3 Jul 2007

In well-developed, democratic countries such as our own, we have long won the battle of establishing formal political and legal equality for all. However, as Greg Mackay points out, the struggle of making this equality an everyday reality for many people in our society is...

Report

3 Jul 2007

The Becoming a Mother project investigated how becoming a mother impacted on young women’s experience of homelessness.

Report

3 Jul 2007

In 2005 and 2006, the Australian Government referred to the Commonwealth Ombudsman the cases of 247 people who had been detained by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and later released on the basis that they could not be detained any longer as an...

Report

3 Jul 2007

In the past decade or so there has been a substantial rise in the indebtedness and debt-servicing obligations of Australian households. This has been accompanied by a trend increase in labour force participation (LFP) for women and more recently for men. Microeconomic data show a...

Report

3 Jul 2007

This report provides a picture of public hospitals during 2005-06, using data provided by the states and territories. It reports against an agreed set of performance indicators established under the 2003-08 Australian Health Care Agreements. This year the report includes a focus on older Australians...

Report

3 Jul 2007

In early June 2007 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), via its ongoing monitoring of petrol prices, detected a substantial divergence between movements in domestic petrol prices and movements in the international benchmark price for refined petrol.

Report

3 Jul 2007

This report details competitive safeguards in the Australian telecommunications industry and prices paid by Australian consumers for telecommunications services during the 2005-06 year.

Report

3 Jul 2007

This report details competitive safeguards in the Australian telecommunications industry and prices paid by Australian consumers for telecommunications services during the 2005-06 year.

Report

2 Jul 2007

Held in Istanbul in June 2007, this second OECD World Forum focused on the measurement of progress, with discussion of a wide range of issues including climate change, health and economic globalisation. Many of the papers presented are available at the forum website.

Audio

1 Jul 2007

If film was the medium of the 20th Century and games the medium of the 21st, how do we bring together the best elements of these two monoliths of entertainment?

This half hour presentation concentrates on games trends, the complexity of the business and...