February 2008

Report

16 Nov 2007

The government-appointed Consultation Committee has reported on the proposed Human Rights Act for Western Australia. The Committee received 377 submissions (including one from the Audit), and has recommended that additions be made to the original draft Bill. Recommended additions include the right to an education...

Report

29 Feb 2008

The ANU's Brendan McCaffrie discusses a way of removing partisan bias from the formulation of Australia's electoral laws. His proposal for an Independent Electoral Law Committee seeks to remove the partisan influence of the major parties from electoral law-making. Although the major parties may be...

Report

29 Feb 2008

Sean Brennan and Peta MacGillavray report on the Blue Mud Bay native title litigation in the High Court of Australia for the Indigenous Law Bulletin.

Report

29 Feb 2008

Linda Popic writes in the Indigenous Law Bulletin on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and compensation in Canada in the context of Australia's Apology to the Stolen Generations.

Article

29 Feb 2008

This paper is the first comprehensive plan for UK Government support for the creative industries, marking their shift from the margins to the mainstream of economic and policy thinking.

The strategy, 'Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy' makes 26 key commitments for...

Article

29 Feb 2008

The mainstream online news media face accusations of being slow to respond to so-called ?grassroots? or ?citizen? journalism, which uses the World Wide Web, and in particular blogs and wikis, to publish and promote independent news-related content. This article argues that the adaptation of established...

Report

28 Feb 2008

This report presents findings of the sixteenth year of national homicide data collection, and provides an account of the characteristics of victims and offenders of homicide, as well as the circumstances of the incidents for the 2004-05 financial year. Jurisdictional breakdowns are provided for comparative...

Report

28 Feb 2008

The report shows how sentencing outcomes for homicide vary on the basis of characteristics of the incident, the offender and the victim.

Report

28 Feb 2008

This study aimed to provide a portrait of the current situation in Australia in the role and use of e-learning in training for mature age workers, and to identify good practice. To achieve this objective, the study involved three parts: a literature review; consultations in...

Report

28 Feb 2008

These underemployed workers account for 4.7% of the total labour force and when combined with the 4.2% of the unemployed, represented a labour force underutilisation rate for September 2007 of 8.9%.Just over half a million Australian workers would prefer to work more hours, and are...

Report

28 Feb 2008

A series of articles from the ABS aimed at informing the community about a range of migrant and ethnicity related issues. Articles included are: Birthplace and Religion Migrants Experiences of Crime Victimisation Overseas Students Migrants and English Proficiency: Information available from the Migrant Data Matrices...

Report

28 Feb 2008

Why do the world's top performing school systems perform so much better than mosts others? And why do some educational reforms succeed spectacularly while most others fail? This McKinsey report looks at the questions and finds answers from around the world.

Report

28 Feb 2008

Climate change is a common challenge faced by the entire world and China is a key country in the international climate regime. The paper investigates the main actors involved in China's climate change policy making. It discusses recent development in China's climate change policy.

Commentary

Article

27 Feb 2008

Important amendments to the ACT Human Rights Act are currently being considered by the Legislative Assembly, write HILARY CHARLESWORTH and GABRIELLE McKINNON.

In 2004, the Australian Capital Territory was a pioneer in introducing the first legislative human rights charter in Australia. The Human Rights...

Report

28 Feb 2008

Approximately 285,000 people worked in a cultural occupation as their main job in 2006 according to this ABS industry snapshot. However around 45% of these people were not employed in the cultural industry. The largest number of cultural workers were employed as graphic designers, ministers...

Article

28 Feb 2008

More than 80% of 400 Australian employers surveyed were encouraging their staff to undertake e-learning to expand skills and gain qualifications to help overcome the skills shortage. This analysis draws on information provided by 400 employers that participated in the 2007 E-learning Benchmarking Survey through...

Report

28 Feb 2008

57% of RTOs already include e-learning in their education and training programs, with the growth set to continue as knowledge of e-learning potential spreads.

Report

28 Feb 2008

This study aimed to provide a portrait of the current situation in Australia in the role and use of e-learning in training for mature age workers, and to identify good practice. To achieve this objective, the study involved three parts: a literature review; consultations in...

Report

28 Feb 2008

This statistical snapshot brings together the latest data on Australia’s dynamic arts and cultural sector. It includes data on Australians working, participating and volunteering in the arts and cultural sector, Indigenous arts and culture, Australian spending on arts and culture, and the impact of the...

Audio

27 Feb 2008

Abdullah Saeed, discusses issues of interest that relate to contemporary Islam in Australia.

Professor Abdullah Saeed is Sultan of Oman Chair of Arab and Islamic Studies and Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam at the University of Melbourne

Duration:...

Audio

27 Feb 2008

Assoc Profs Priyan Mendis and Nick Haritos reveal how cities stand up to extreme events like explosive blasts and tsunamis.

Assoc Prof Priyan Mendis - from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a specialist in protective technologies for structures

Assoc Prof...

Report

27 Feb 2008

This report investigates developments in internet filtering technologies and other safety initiatives to protect consumers, including minors, who access content on the internet. The report was prepared in response to a ministerial direction received in June 2007. ACMA will report annually on its findings for...

Report

27 Feb 2008

The Australian government has released an exposure draft of its proposed ten National Employment Standards (NES), together with a discussion paper. The NES will cover the key minimum entitlements for all Australian employees, to apply from 1 January 2010. These entitlements will be guaranteed in...

Report

27 Apr 2008

In February 2008, Kate Ellis, Minister for Youth, invited universities, students, small business, sports and community groups to help inform the government on the impact of the current VSU policy. This discussion paper canvasses the issues. Minister Ellis will also meet with representatives from universities,...

Website

27 Feb 2008

This website lists a number of Australian studies that provide information on the supply chain management of genetically modified crops and segregation and co-existence of GM and non-GM products.

• A national market access framework for GM canola and future GM crops (August 2007)...

Report

27 Feb 2008

This is the first report that aligns information about chronic diseases with selected national health indicators. Importantly, the report highlights where indicators for chronic diseases do not exist, and where data to report against current indicators are lacking. 'Indicators for chronic diseases and their determinants,...

Report

27 Feb 2008

The urban renewal strategies being rolled out in all Australian capitals result in an increasing number of residents living and sharing space in city areas. This densification process calls for a closer inspection of the communication policies and initiatives and their adequacy to support the...

Report

27 Feb 2008

This report investigates developments in internet filtering technologies and other safety initiatives to protect consumers, including minors, who access content on the internet. The report was prepared in response to a ministerial direction received in June 2007. ACMA will report annually on its findings for...

Journal article

26 Feb 2008

The publication of scholarly books has been shaped strongly in recent decades by two factors: assessments by publishers of the potential market for books and the influence of publisher's reputations on tenure and promotion decisions. This article reflects on the choices made by a group...

Audio podcast

26 Feb 2008

This series of podcasts investigates how the music industry?s various stakeholders - from record companies, to musicians, to radio - are adapting to the online environment. In part one, Robert Frost discusses the artistic and financial advantages of eliminating record companies.

Report

26 Feb 2008

Our canvassing of longtime internet users shows that the things that first brought them online are still going strong on the internet today. Then, it was bulletin boards; now, it's social networking sites. Then, it was the adventure of exploring the new cyberworld; now, it's...

Article

26 Feb 2008

Social-media sites like Wikipedia and Digg are celebrated as shining examples of Web democracy, places built by millions of Web users who all act as writers, editors, and voters. In reality, a small number of people are running the show. According to researchers in Palo...

Report

26 Feb 2008

This edition of the TPJ publishes articles on issues that impact on the quality of life for most Australians. The articles in this issue • include the annual review of taxes in Australia; • consider fiscal issues relating to superannuation; • canvass aspects of the...

Report

26 Feb 2008

This is the first of what will become a series of half-yearly reports on the impact of the Commission's wage-setting decisions for Australia's low paid workers. The report assists the Commission to monitor the impact of its wage-setting decisions and provides stakeholders with improved information...

Report

26 Feb 2008

This paper provides an overview of trends in fertility in Australia and the potential implications of these trends.

It also discusses various explanations that have been provided for fertility trends and key family policies.

Commentary

Article

26 Feb 2008

State government debt can be a force for good, argues NICHOLAS GRUEN as the Unsworth committee looks again at NSW electricity privatisation.

IT SEEMS that certain beliefs come hard wired - from the idea that imports destroy jobs (in the long run they...

Commentary

Article

25 Feb 2008

Labor has moved to review national defence and security policies, but will it break substantially with the Howard era, asks GEOFFREY BARKER.

THREE fundamental reviews of national defence and security policy have been ordered by the Rudd government as the Australian Defence Force...

Article

26 Feb 2008

Both governments and zealous cyber-enthusiasts champion the internet's educational and political potential. The danger that results is a policy of techno-compulsion that undermines citizens' autonomy. There is a better way, says Dougald Hine.

Article

26 Feb 2008

Even among those of us who feel comfortably integrated with our technologies, it is safe to say that there is creeping alienation in the sense that the technology sometimes overwhelms the "human" in uncomfortable ways. It is clear that some people are more adaptive to...

Report

25 Feb 2008

More support is needed for families coping with young people who are either binge drinking or have issues with drugs, according to this report, which highlights that the biggest problem Australian families are facing when it comes to substance misuse is young people binge drinking....

Report

25 Feb 2008

The Personal Support Programme (PSP), funded by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and delivered by non-government and private contractors, provides two years’ intensive case management to job seekers facing multiple personal barriers. Recent research by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne Citymission and...

Audio

25 Feb 2008

Because housing is expensive, assisting low-income households with their housing costs is also expensive. In welfare systems where resources are inevitably constrained arguments for sustaining or increasing levels of housing assistance can be bolstered if it can be demonstrated that such spending is an investment,...

Audio

25 Feb 2008

This audio briefing presents the first comprehensive and comparative review of public housing rent policies in Australia and seven overseas countries, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. The research for this audio briefing was completed for AHURI...

Report

25 Feb 2008

This report examines the intergenerational sustainability of Australia's system of housing assistance over the next 40 years - the same time period covered by the Howard government's Intergenerational Reports - under assumptions consistent with those made in those reports. At the same time, it broadens...

Article

23 Feb 2008

Students and teachers alike must understand how systems of knowledge creation and archivisation are changing. Encyclopedias are no longer static collections of facts and figures; they are living entities. Just check the entry on Global Warming.

Report

23 Feb 2008

In 2004 the Commonwealth Government in conjunction with the Northern Territory Department of Employment Education and Training and with support from the School for Social and Policy Research, launched the National Accelerated Literacy Program. Accelerated literacy is a teaching methodology designed to accelerate students' reading,...

Report

23 Feb 2008

Since 2003 there has been significant effort by the South Australian government to enhance Aboriginal peoples' employment outcomes in the public sector. Objective 6 of the South Australian Strategic Plan has an accompanying target to increase the employment of Aboriginal employees in the public sector...

Report

23 Feb 2007

It is estimated that between 90,000 to 160,000 people live with chronic hepatitis B in Australia, yet no nationally coordinated public health response exists. A significant gap in the national response is the documentation of the specific needs of people with chronic hepatitis B and...

Report

23 Feb 2008

This report provides an overview of the types, extent and benefits of government assistance available to homeowners and renters as well as to people experiencing homelessness, and to specific population groups.Housing assistance helps people meet their basic human need for shelter and security and can...

Report

23 Feb 2008

This is the 17th report in the series, presenting the latest data on adoptions of Australian children and children from overseas, and highlights important trends in adoptions over the last three decades. Data are presented on all finalised adoptions recorded by the state and territory...

Article

22 Feb 2008

In one of the first rulings of its kind, a Staten Island judge has said that a teenage girl could be charged with violating a restraining order by using MySpace.com to reach out to people she was told not to contact.

The girl,...

Commentary

Article

21 Feb 2008

Digital radio's delayed introduction could mean the future has been created by other audio media, writes JOCK GIVEN

LESS than a year before digital radio services are due to launch in Australia, one of the UK’s biggest commercial radio operators, GCAP,...

Statistics

21 Feb 2008

The second in a series of publications that feature key data from Get the Picture Online, this booklet is designed to complement the detailed data available online, its graphic style and short summaries provide snapshots of the state of the industry and long-term trends....

Commentary

Article

21 Feb 2008

There's a strong overlap between the emerging middle class in the developing world and the world of citizen media. Bloggers in Africa are highly educated and generally are wealthier than the average African. Kenya has a large middle class and one of the largest blogger...

Report

21 Feb 2008

Australia is relatively well placed to do well in a world of comprehensive global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to Professor Ross Garnaut. Australia should promote strong global action on climate change and be prepared to match the commitments of other developed nations,...

Report

21 Feb 2008

On 10 December 2007, Professor Ross Garnaut hosted a public forum on Research and Development: Low Emissions Energy Technologies. This forum sought to explore how innovation happens, and the role of government and the market in the development of low emission energy technologies. In particular...

Report

21 Feb 2008

We're spending less time playing, sleeping and eating or drinking, but working longer, according to this ABS survey on how Australians use their time. n 2006 Australians slept for an average of 8 hours 31 minutes a day, five minutes less than in 1997. Time...

Report

21 Feb 2008

Year Book Australia provides a comprehensive statistical picture of the economy and social conditions in Australia. In addition, it contains descriptions of Australia's geography and climate, its population, the environment, government, international relations, defence, education, health, income and and welfare, housing and crime and justice.Year...

Report

21 Feb 2008

There is widespread recognition that strong family relationships and good family functioning are essential for individual, family and community wellbeing, as well as providing long-term benefits to broader society. This is certainly also true in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, although there are...

Report

21 Feb 2008

This paper examines challenges and strategies associated with encouraging individuals to engage in prevention and early-intervention activities focusing on healthy relationships. In order to achieve this, we need a sense of what constitutes family and couple relationship wellbeing so as to have a set of...

Commentary

Article

19 Feb 2008

The federal government can't ignore the implications of the apology, writes ALEXANDER REILLY.

IN LIGHT of the newly minted federal government apology to the stolen generations, there is a new focus on the other unfinished business from HREOC’s Bringing Them Home report: the...

Commentary

Article

19 Feb 2008

Federal parliament must act to ensure that the wrongs done to the stolen generations can never be repeated, argues GEORGE WILLIAMS IN SAYING sorry, Kevin Rudd acknowledged that “the laws that our parliaments enacted made the stolen generations possible.” He was right to do...

Article

19 Feb 2008

The past 18 months have seen incremental changes to the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Act 2006 to facilitate the transition from Australia's single analogue television broadcasting service to a system requiring broadcasting in digital mode, and facilitate the associated services and new channels. This...

Report

19 Feb 2008

This is a guide to grants being offered in 58 categories and more than 60 initiatives managed either directly by the Australia Council or with partner organisations. This is a guide to grants being offered in 58 categories and more than 60 initiatives managed either...

Report

19 Feb 2008

This report covers the obstacles ahead for online advertising, a novel reinvention of the e-book, the growing influence of media and consumer electronics on the environment and the complimenting relationship between internet TV and its broadcast cousin. Also covered are the growing challenges in online...

Article

19 Feb 2008

This article examines copyright's historic trajectory from a common law to a statutory privilege, turning almost full circle in recent years, in the current age of high technology. It simultaneously probes theories of intellectual property rights which are grounded in somewhat skewed ideas related to...

Article

19 Feb 2008

"This industry is about the very fabric of our democracy - how we talk to ourselves and how we talk to the world." The words of Tom McNally, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, in the NS roundtable discussion, accurately convey...

Report

19 Feb 2008

This paper reviews available official statistics on trust and security in the online environment. It discusses whether security concerns are an obstacle to Internet use and examines how people and companies protect their equipment and networks.

Report

19 Feb 2008

User-created content (UCC) online is emerging as a significant area of economic and social activity worthy of consideration for official measurement. This paper reviews recent measurement work on UCC undertaken in OECD countries.

Report

19 Feb 2008

One reason working-age welfare dependency remains high is that the demand for unskilled labour is in decline. Part 1 of this CIS Issue Analysis showed that more education and training will be of limited help to jobless people who do not have the ability to...

Report

19 Feb 2008

Designed to assist prosecutors and members of the judiciary faced with proceedings involving technology-enabled crime, the report will be a useful general guide to concepts and terms for other non-technical people.

Report

19 Feb 2008

The election of a new government means an opportunity to fix some of the things that have been going wrong with Australia’s electoral system. Australia has been making it harder to enrol and vote, and easier for private money to influence electoral outcomes. Read the...

Report

19 Feb 2008

With the Rudd government looking at making changes to the Electoral Act, Peter Brent places automatic enrolment as a high priority. In this paper, he highlights the mass of database information which the Australian Electoral Commission has access to, but cannot efficiently use for updating...

Report

19 Feb 2008

This paper provides an analysis of the results of the 2007 New South Wales election, updating the preliminary analysis published as Background Paper No. 2/07 in May 2007. This final version completes the analysis of two-party preferred vote and includes new research on the distribution...

Report

19 Feb 2008

Designed to assist prosecutors and members of the judiciary faced with proceedings involving technology-enabled crime, the report will be a useful general guide to concepts and terms for other non-technical people.

Article

19 Feb 2008

Emma Dawson assesses the state of SBS as a public broadcaster reflecting the concerns of ethnic Australia. Dawson discusses how SBS management has responded to being caught up in the culture wars, attempting to adequately respond to the interests of its viewers, and its political...

Report

19 Feb 2008

The worlds of traditional and new media are already clashing, and it's a conflict that continues to expand. However, a second type of conflict is brewing - one that could cause major rifts among traditional partners. For media companies, it's time to pursue different and...

Report

19 Feb 2008

Globalization is placing new demands on today?s corporate leaders. As organizations continue to expand and operate in a more virtual environment, executives are being asked to provide guidance and direction to teams working across time zones and distances. In addition, the competitive environment is requiring...

Article

19 Feb 2008

Whenever I read an article about an educational institution ?banning? Wikipedia I make a point to add this school to a list for future reference. This list serves two purposes: it gives me a list of schools at which I am not likely to work...

Report

18 Feb 2008

This report provides information on the oral health status of late middle-aged adults living in Adelaide in 2004–05. Data are presented on decayed, missing and filled teeth; overall caries experience and periodontal (gum) disease by dental behaviour; dental visiting pattern; sociodemographic data; and socioeconomic status...

Report

18 Feb 2008

This report provides information on the use of dental services by adults in Australia from the National Survey of Adult Oral Health, 2004-06. Data are presented on the percentage of persons receiving x-rays, scale and clean services, fillings, crown/bridge, gum treatment, extractions and denture services...

Report

18 Feb 2008

Stage 8 of the longitudinal Life Chances Study explores the situations of 125 young Australians (75 girls and 50 boys) from diverse backgrounds, their current engagement with school and work and their future plans at the age of 16. The survey responses confirmed the continuity...

Briefing paper

18 Feb 2008

This research paper surveys the major constitutional issues relating to Northern Territory statehood and gives an indication of the complexities and nuances involved. It discusses the application of Commonwealth legislation to the Territory after statehood and provides background on the Northern Territory’s constitutional development and...

Report

18 Feb 2008

This new website usesa range of materials – including photographs, texts of speeches, transcripts of debates and political ads – to allow visitors to see (and assess) how Australian political actors communicate.

Election campaigns are usually focused on the short-term – the hectic three...

Guide

17 Feb 2008

This directory aims to support the Australian Indigenous arts and cultural industry and to make the exceptional depth and range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork more accessible.

The Indigenous Visual Arts and Craft Resource Directory 2006 is published by the Australian Government....

Report

15 Apr 1997

First published in 1997, this report has formed the basis for the Australian Government's 2008 apology to the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal people taken from their families.

"Grief and loss are the predominant themes of this report. Tenacity and survival are also acknowledged. It...

Presentation

17 Feb 2008

Australians, like many others, have long been in denial about climate change, despite the warnings from scientists. As much of South Eastern Australia enters its 17th year of low flows, our major water storages have emptied and Australians are starting to realize something is wrong....

Report

17 Feb 2008

Scott Baum's sweeping new report pinpointing hot-spots of Australia's escalating rich-poor divide and identifying those suburbs left behind by Australia's economic boom.

Despite the fact Australia has enjoyed a sustained period of aggregate national prosperity since the early 1990s, it is equally the...

Report

17 Feb 2008

This directory aims to support the Australian Indigenous arts and cultural industry and to make the exceptional depth and range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork more accessible.

The Indigenous Visual Arts and Craft Resource Directory 2006 is published by the Australian Government....

Report

17 Feb 2008

The 2006 Census provides an opportunity to view a snapshot of Sydney in its current state of flux. This report presents the first detailed suburb-by-suburb analysis of social changes in Sydney between 2001 and 2006.

A major innovation for the 2006 Census is the...

Report

17 Feb 2008

For commercial buildings there are four main types of water that need to be considered, these are potable water, greywater, blackwater and stormwater. Potable water is generally defined as 'water which is suitable for human consumption' (Australian Standards, 2003) and is commonly referred to as...

Commentary

Article

1 Apr 2008

The full text of PATRICK DODSON's speech to the National Press Club.

IT WAS raining in Darwin when I left a couple of days ago and the wet is settled on the land. The wet season will remain for several more weeks yet...

Report

15 Feb 2008

This background note offers a brief guide to statistical descriptions of Indigenous Australians' socioeconomic situation. It looks first at the context of inputs and outcomes, then at works that offer overviews or summaries of Indigenous socioeconomic indicators, then at sources for most of the data...

Report

15 Feb 2008

This background note provides a brief overview of the rules for determining the next Commonwealth, state and territory elections. It lists the date of the next election where this is fixed, or, where appropriate, the earliest and latest possible dates on which it may occur....

Article

14 Feb 2008

The economy around academic journals is crumbling. Libraries are running out of space to put the physical copies and money to subscribe to journals that are read by few so they make hard choices. Most academics cannot afford to buy the journal articles, either in...

Report

14 Feb 2008

This paper describes the social stratification of cultural consumption, including implications for aspects of public policy in relation to the arts. The research is relevant in particular to policy issues that arise in regard to access to, and participation in, cultural activities and to the...

Article

14 Feb 2008

What happens to your request when you click on a link to a Web site or send an email? For most surfers, the Internet experience begins and ends with what happens on the computer screen in front of them. However, if you follow that email...

Article

14 Feb 2008

To build systems shielding users from fraudulent (or phishing) websites, designers need to know which attack strategies work and why. This paper provides the first empirical evidence about which malicious strategies are successful at deceiving general users. The authors first analyzed a large set of...

Commentary

Article

15 Feb 2008

MARGARET SIMONS looks at the results of an experiment in online reporting launched by Jay Rosen

WANDER the mahogany-veneer rows of most Australian newsrooms over the last five years and you would have heard from various old farts that the internet was nothing...

Report

13 Feb 2008

This ABS Newsletter provides information on statistical developments and publications in research and experimental development, innovation, and information and communication technology fields. This ABS Newsletter provides information on statistical developments and publications in research and experimental development, innovation, and information and communication technology fields.

Article

14 Feb 2008

The highly successful, 30 year old model of shared library cataloging is coming to an end. The near universal acceptance of common rules and norms of practice is eroding for reasons both practical and theoretical. Major stakeholders are reclaiming those stakes to invest them elsewhere,...

Report

14 Feb 2008

Artificial companions are typically intelligent cognitive 'agents', implemented in software or a physical embodiment such as a robot. This paper is a summary of a forum on Artificial Companions in Society held in October 2007.

Artificial companions (ACs) are typically intelligent cognitive 'agents', implemented...

Article

14 Feb 2008

The Rudd government's so-called Razor Gang has taken the blade to some of the Howard government's pre-election promises for the 2007-08 fiscal year, including AU$30 million sliced from the federal tech budget.

U$6.4 million will be slashed from the NetAlert program's education (AU$700,000)...

Report

13 Feb 2008

This report recommends 45 changes to the handling of claims of client legal privilege over material sought by federal investigatory bodies and royal commissions of inquiry. The inquiry found general support for maintaining privilege as a fundamental right of clients, which only should be abrogated...

Report

13 Feb 2008

This is the report of the Review of Carer Payment (Child), conducted from March to November 2007 by an independent taskforce. The review examined the eligibility criteria for Carer Payment (child) and their effectiveness in providing a safety net for carers of children with a...

Report

13 Jan 2008

Prepared for the Australian Government by the Australian Council for Educational Research in 2006 and released in January 2008, this report provides information on school leadership in Australia, including school governance, the links between leadership and learning outcomes, the attractiveness of the leadership role, and...

Report

13 Feb 2008

This issues paper examines matters relevant to the ACCC's inquiry into the competitiveness of retail prices for standard groceries. The paper outlines the issues on which the ACCC is seeking information and describes how submissions can be made. Interested parties are invited to make submissions...

Report

13 Feb 2008

Let's Get to Work is an employment strategy and, a way forward to address one of the most important productivity and health issues in Australia. It outlines the actions that need to be taken and provides a detailed background and rationale to these recommended actions....

Discussion paper

15 Mar 2007

This discussion paper is intended to assist in the implementation of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) consumers, carer and community participation in the Victorian health care system and builds on existing Victorian government policies regarding participation in health care as well as ethnic health policy....

Report

13 Feb 2008

This discussion paper presents a national perspective of the current operation of compulsory alcohol and/or other drug (AOD) treatment, within the context of existing research evidence, ethical considerations and international practice. It is intended to inform ongoing debate on the place of compulsory treatment in...

Report

13 Feb 2008

Expenditure on public health activities aim to prevent illness and enhance current and future wellbeing and quality of life of a nation's population. This publication is the sixth in a series that reports expenditure on public health activities by governments in Australia. It provides detailed...

Report

13 Feb 2008

This statement provides details of concessions, benefits and incentives provided through the tax system (tax expenditures) to taxpayers by the Australian government. The publication of information on the Australian Government’s tax expenditures is a requirement under the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998.

This...

Report

13 Feb 2008

On 4 February 2008, the government confirmed its 2007 federal election commitment to establish First Home Saver Accounts to assist Australians aged 18 and over to save for their first home. First Home Saver Accounts will provide a simple, tax effective way for Australians to...

Report

13 Feb 2008

In the past decade climate change has become one of the world’s biggest public policy issues. Ten years ago no one would have predicted that the Nobel Peace prize would be awarded to 10,000 or so climate scientists (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and a...

Report

13 Feb 2008

The tax compliance behavioural literature indicates that among other factors, demographic variables found in the social and psychology models of taxpayer compliance play an important role in the compliance behaviour of taxpayers. However, in measuring and analysing a deterrent impact the basic economic deterrence model...

Chapter

13 Feb 2008

Reducing the flow of greenhouse gas emissions will require substantial changes in human behaviour, both on the demand and production sides. Technological change holds the key. Effective policy toward climate change requires a global approach which is considered to involve placing a price on carbon....

Article

12 Feb 2008

In the last few years, as digitization has gradually moved from an experimental and temporal activity towards one that is structural and continuous, mass digitization projects have been gaining ground. Almost simultaneously with the 'coming-of-age' of digitization, an increasing number of large-scale newspaper digitization projects...

Article

12 Feb 2008

Digital resources produced by publicly funded organisations are a valuable asset to the research and education community. Many people in the sector believe that access to and use of these digital resources could be better and that the wider use of open content licences would...

Report

12 Feb 2008

This report summarises an investigation into the use and uptake of Second Life (SL) by UK Higher and Further Education. The research, initially carried out in the period up until July 2007 and subsequently expanded by further investigation during September 2007, had four main goals:...

Report

12 Feb 2008

*Note full resource has been lost.

This poaper investigates the relationship between inequality and intergenerational mobility.This paper investigates the relationship between inequality and intergenerational mobility. Proxying fathers' earnings with using detailed occupational data, it finds that sons who grew up in countries that were...

Report

12 Jan 2008

Like their counterparts elsewhere, more young Australians than ever are delaying the move to establish residential independence from their parents. This paper reviews the developing economics literature surrounding young people's decisions to continue living in their parents' homes in order to begin to assess the...

Report

12 Feb 2008

Too many young Australians are being left behind by our school education system, a discussion paper released today by the Business Council of Australia has found.

The paper highlights that Australia is at risk of falling behind countries such as Finland, Japan and Korea...

Report

12 Feb 2008

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today issued updated guidance for businesses and industry on the use of environmental claims in marketing.

"The ACCC has produced Green marketing and the Trade Practices Act in response to the increasing use of green claims in advertising...

Report

12 Feb 2008

Maria Tumarkin reports on the impossible hurdles that must be jumped for a young Russian teacher to have her skills acknowledged in Australia.

Report

12 Feb 2008

The very public debate about child abuse is like Baudrillard's 'war porn'. It has parodied the horrible suffering of Aboriginal people. The crisis in Aboriginal society is now a public spectacle, played out in a vast 'reality show' through the media, parliaments, public service and...

Article

12 Feb 2008

This research was undertaken at the request of the Canadian Artists? Heritage Resource Centre Steering Committee. The committee?s purpose is to address the financial needs of senior artists who have made an important contribution to the arts and cultural life of Canada but who have...

Article

12 Feb 2008

Is the concept of Web 2.0 relevant to a service like Intute? How can a quality controlled service like Intute cope with the wild, wild web that everything 2.0 presents? And what can be learnt from subject communities about engaging with users, that can ensure...

Report

11 Feb 2008

This monthly publication contains a selection of the latest economic and social statistics. It is issued during the first week of each month and contains statistics available on or before the day of release.

Report

11 Feb 2008

Retirement income and superannuation have been significant themes for the Commonwealth government since Federation. The following chronology notes some of the significant dates in the development of the current retirement income system.Retirement income and superannuation have been significant themes for the Commonwealth Government since Federation....

Report

11 Feb 2008

Using two series of data that ask overlapping questions to successive cohorts, Leigh and Ryan estimate how the literacy and numeracy skills of young Australian teenagers (aged 13–14) have changed over time. They find a small but statistically significant fall in numeracy over the period...

Report

11 Feb 2008

This publication reports on the participant feedback provided at the recent NCVER Research Forums, which showcased the findings of the Consortium Research Program, 'Supporting vocational education and training providers in building capability for the future'. It shows that the forum participants support the consortium's findings...

Report

10 Feb 2008

The fixes are many - smaller class sizes and more money being the most notoriously useless. Better school buildings, and better equipped libraries (maybe with gyms and piped music …) are also niceties that promise an edge to something already going well. But if it's...

Report

10 Feb 2008

This study is about the extent to which Australian homes are cluttered with things that are rarely or never used. A nationally representative online survey of 1,002 respondents was carried out in December 2007, and was followed up with a series of telephone interviews with...

Commentary

Article

8 Feb 2008

Global security would be well served by changes to the role of the military in Pakistan, argues MARKO BELJAC.

THE HEAD of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed El Baradei, has expressed concern that “nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of an...

Report

8 Feb 2008

This report outlines measures to facilitate the development of the biofuels and alternative fuels industries in Victoria. It argues that with current technologies biofuels will have a small role in the Australian fuel mix until true alternatives to petroleum are identified.

The key recommendation...

Article

7 Feb 2008

While Google is a solid search engine that indexes content from around the world, there are many new search engines that can provide more targeted information about a specific person.

Report

7 Feb 2008

Crime and Justice in South Australia 2006, Offences Reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators is the first of a three volume criminal report on crime and criminal justice statistics in South Australia. While Volume 2 deals exclusively with young offenders and the juvenile...

Report

7 Feb 2008

The Dili government has a golden, if finite, opportunity to address major security problems - and in doing so, demonstrate that Alfredo Reinado is but a distraction from the real tasks facing Timor-Leste. The international security presence - of 1,480 UN police officers and about...

Report

7 Feb 2008

How can organisations like The Benevolent Society increase social capital in the communities in which we work? How can we work with government and business to create better communities? This report looks at what makes communities caring and inclusive, and the role that all institutions,...

Article

15 Mar 2007

Peter Hill chooses here to examine a personal interest in the marriage of text and image in contemporary art. From the inextricable links between text and image made through magazine and advertising media to the mix of graffiti and 'gravitas' achieved through the works of...

Report

6 Feb 2008

Sir Brian McMaster, former Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Culture, to undertake a review to report on:

? How the system of public sector support for the arts can encourage excellence, risk-taking and innovation...

Report

6 Feb 2008

This report was commissioned by Arts Council England, West Midlands in order to map the opportunities and barriers facing the region's African, Caribbean and Asian visual arts sector, which includes artforms such as crafts, photography, digital media, film and fine art.

Article

6 Feb 2008

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is urging parents to check mobile phones are kid safe before they go back to school.

'With young people going back to school, mobile phones can be a great way for parents to keep in touch, but...

Guide

6 Feb 2008

You can now access the Internet on most mobile phones and there are certain potential risks to children posed via the Internet. These risks include accessing adult content, such as pornography and 'stranger danger' contact in chat services.You can now access the Internet on most...

Article

6 Feb 2008

Google is opening up whole new worlds for internet surfers and researchers everywhere-even before the model is ready.

Forget everything you've believe about Google's book digitization project. Once you get past the freakishly high numbers bandied about, the two-dozen-plus distinguished institutions that have...

Article

6 Feb 2008

As 2007 comes to a close, it's a good time to reflect on the current threat landscape. The past 12 months comprised a record-breaking year. McAfee recorded well over 100,000 new viruses and Trojans, a 50 percent jump in the total number of threats ever...

Article

6 Feb 2008

In the Gallic Wars, Julius Caesar systematically employed inside knowledge of the characteristics and weaknesses of the Gallic tribes to conquer each one of them. He, as every great military leader does, strove to understand his enemies to defeat them. Today, it seems that malware...

Article

6 Feb 2008

Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft all maintain versions of their search engines for the Chinese market that censor political content. One of the key issues that emerged concerned transparency. In 2006, all three search engines, following Google's lead, introduced a message that informed user when the...

Report

6 Feb 2008

'The Future of Computing: A Vision' was a senior women's forum, organised by The e-Horizons Institute (University of Oxford) and Women@CL . It ran for two days in late March 2007 and brought together senior women in computer science and related disciplines to consider their...

Report

6 Feb 2008

This paper presents preliminary results from a study of how the Internet and the Web might reconfigure access to scientific information. The study combines qualitative and quantitative methods ? in-depth interviews and webmetric analysis ? to explore how the Internet and Web are reinforcing the...

Report

6 Feb 2008

Some dubbed last year's Federal poll "the Internet election", but research by the Australian Centre for Public Communication shows the net still has far to go in shaping the fortunes of our parliament.Some dubbed last year's Federal poll "the Internet election", but research shows the...

Journal article

6 Feb 2008

Withdrawing health resources from existing healthcare practices, procedures, technologies, or pharmaceuticals that are deemed to deliver little or no health gain for their cost is growing as a priority for international health policy. The term disinvestment in health care is gaining prominence internationally. It relates...

Report

6 Feb 2008

The paper discusses the historical notion that the structure of skilled industrial trades in Australia is an example of 'British' diaspora, and then examines the impact and significance of local differences, especially as demonstrated in one site – the Government Railway Workshops at Midland, Western...

Report

4 Feb 2008

On 26 May 1997 the report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, entitled Bringing Them Home , was tabled in parliament. It received widespread publicity the following day at the Australian Reconciliation Convention in...

Report

5 Feb 2008

In the next 20 years, the only potential sources of increases in labour supply are increased labour force participation rates and immigration. While the Australian government is attempting to increase participation, the impacts of this policy, highly desirable as they are where they are the...

Report

5 Feb 2008

This report for CPA Australia evaluates the impact of Australia’s simplified superannuation changes post 1 July 2007. The report compares the pre- and post-retirement living standards for 12 representative retirement groups, based on family type, income level and retirement age. It reveals that there is...

Journal article

5 Feb 2008

Combining four surveys conducted over a forty year period, Leigh calculates intergenerational earnings elasticities for Australia, using predicted earnings in parents’ occupations as a proxy for actual parental earnings. In the most recent survey, the elasticity of sons’ wages with respect to fathers’ wages is...

Report

4 Feb 2008

In August 2007 the New South Wales government commissioned an inquiry into options for a new national industrial relations system headed by constitutional lawyer George Williams. The purpose of the Inquiry was to develop options for a national system that was based on greater harmonisation...

Report

3 Feb 2008

This discussion paper has been prepared by an independent expert panel appointed by the Queensland Government to undertake a comprehensive review of the Queensland Freedom of Information Act 1992. The Panel was asked to prepare a discussion paper, for community consultation, and then a report...

Report

3 Feb 2008

In the wider community, recidivism rates among sex offenders continue to be widely over-estimated and imprisonment rates under-estimated. The authors of this submission to the NSW Sentencing Council's review of penalties for sexual assault offences believes it would be in the interests of justice for...

Report

3 Feb 2008

Regional Australians comprise 36% of the nation's population, however only 17% of university students are from regional areas. This research was conducted to inform current understanding of the impact of Youth Allowance policy on regional participation in tertiary education, and to share participant recommendations for...

Report

3 Feb 2008

This study was concerned with assessing the costs associated with inefficient uses of the urban spaces in inner-city Hobart. Working from the premise that metropolitan spaces have become increasingly important in terms of determining a region's national and global competitiveness, this study showed that there...

Report

3 Feb 2008

The chemicals used in hospitals cause symptoms in people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). However, the indoor air quality in hospitals can be improved to make hospitals more accessible and healthier environments for everyone. This article describes some of the problems people with MCS experience...

Report

3 Feb 2008

The Solomon Islands, with a population of 500,000, is the third-largest state in the Pacific. It is also one of the poorest and least developed. Its islands are richly endowed with volcanic soils, marine resources, timber, and minerals, and are well-located for trade and tourism...

Report

3 Feb 2008

Media reports of the endorsement of the launch of a planning process to replace Australia's Collins class submarine fleet sometime in the 2020s have cited a cost of up to $25 billion. This paper explains why the cost might be so high, and examines some...

Report

31 Jan 2008

This paper provides background information on the military conflict in Afghanistan. Security issues are considered as well as the role of development assistance. The author offers a 15-year vision for Afghanistan and derives from it a medium-term strategy for assistance, leading to recommendations on Australia's...

Report

3 Feb 2008

This report is part of the commitment of State, Territory and Australian Government Education Ministers to informing the public of progress made towards achieving the national goals for schooling in the twenty-first century.

The benchmarks that underpin the reporting of student achievement describe nationally...

Report

3 Feb 2008

In Australia and internationally, while the need for foster carers has been rising, there have been decreasing numbers of individuals willing to foster. This has been attributed to the greater participation of women in the workforce, the inadequacy of remuneration provided to carers, increasing expectations...

Report

3 Feb 2008

During the period leading up to and during the 2006 Census, a team of four researchers from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at The Australian National University undertook an observation of the census enumeration in four remote locations. Three of these were...

Working paper

1 Feb 2008

It begins with examples from debates over the inclusion of Aboriginal people in the income security system in the 1960s and 1970s, and then explores Noel Pearson's contributions on this topic in the early 2000s, with his advocacy of a less 'passive' and responsibility-based welfare...

Report

1 Feb 2008

This report describes aspects of general practice in Australia. Data reported by 930 general practitioners on 93,000 GP/patient encounters are used, including the problems managed and the treatments provided. This publication is the 21st in the General Practice Series produced by the Australian General Practice...

Report

1 Feb 2008

This is a policy position endorsed by the Tasmanian community sector, and developed with sector input through a consultation process facilitated by Shelter Tasmania, TasCOSS and Anglicare Tasmania. The three documents were officially released on 16 October 2007 at Parliament House in Hobart as part...

Article

31 Jan 2008

The world wide web is a modern miracle - a source of boundless information; a publishing place for budding authors, musicians, movie makers and opiners. The problem is that when any old Joe can contribute to the global information bank, how can we trust what...

Article

31 Jan 2008

This report is founded on the belief that excellent culture goes to the root of living and is therefore relevant to everyone. The author argues that, while there are many examples of excellent work to be found in the UK today, with some tuning of...

Article

1 Feb 2008

Advances in technology have brought many useful tools to scholars, teachers, students, and others, but these advances have also bought significant threats. Digital information is not durable, and in the rush toward technological innovation, many in higher education have ignored the need for digital archiving...

Article

1 Feb 2008

The law is always playing catch-up with technology. But in the world of search-engine law, say some scholars, the courts have only begun to recognize the existence of a train leaving the station, let alone chase after it.

Article

31 Jan 2008

Broadcast and cable stations donated an average of 17 seconds an hour to public service advertisements, totaling one-half of one percent of all TV airtime, according to this study. The most frequent time period for PSAs to air was between midnight and 6 a.m., accounting...

Article

31 Jan 2008

John Banks and Peter Giles interview Matt Costello in two parts at the LAMP: Story of the Future Residential held at Couran Cove, Queensland, Australia in December 2007.

Matt talks about story worlds and how the game play is very dependent on the...

Article

31 Jan 2008

After 128 years The Bulletin is no more. But what made it so special? And did its most recent incarnation really have any connection to the original publication and its founder's aims?

Article

31 Jan 2008

The Innovation Unit, UK, worked with the Science Museum on the ideas for the Classrooms for the Future for three Bedfordshire schools. With the involvement of teachers and pupils, exciting learning spaces have been created, designed and finally built. The world's first outdoor MP3 jukebox?...

Commentary

Article

31 Jan 2008

The new government has a chance to prove itself a supporter of innovation in Australian industry, writes SIMON MARGINSON

WHILE much of Australia spent January at the beach Kim Carr, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, has been busy. In one...