April 2008

Research report

30 Apr 2008

This report presents summary data collected in Australia's most comprehensive national survey of drug use and related issues, together with comparisons with previous surveys and population estimates of the numbers of consumers of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. This report presents summary data collected in...

Research report

30 Apr 2008

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the health and welfare of Australia's Indigenous population. Some of the links between education and health and between selected risk factors and health are also explored.This report provides a comprehensive overview of the health and welfare of Australia's...

Research report

30 Apr 2008

Australian and New Zealand tertiary students are less engaged with their universities than their North American counterparts, according to this report. More than 9000 students from 25 Australian and New Zealand universities participated in the survey in 2007.

Results reveal that, on average,...

Research report

30 Apr 2008

Building communities of professional learners is the key to meeting Australia’s school leadership challenge, according to this review of research. This report argues that the task of leading a school is now too complex and demanding a job for one person, and that improving schooling...

Research report

30 Apr 2008

With the ‘Saffron revolution’ of September 2007, Burma was catapulted into the centre of international attention. It was briefly headline news as people monitored the regime’s response and watched for hints of progress towards democracy and the restoration of rights. With little action on either...

Research report

30 Apr 2008

Once every three years this Code comes under review, providing the general public with the opportunity to contribute to the operation of the Code. This is the report of the most recent review, held in February 2008

Research report

30 Apr 2008

This report for the UK Intellectual Property Office examines the costs and benefits of the Artist?s Resale Right for both the UK art market and its artists. The right was introduced in 2006, as the result of a European Directive. At the time there were...

Research report

30 Apr 2008

Users' bandwidth demands continue to increase over time and this is leading internet service providers and telecommunication operators to find ways to meet these growing network capacity requirements. Operators have spent 20 years extending fibre backbones out to local main distribution frames but now many...

Article

30 Apr 2008

The Internet has become an important means of managing the relationships that we have with others in our everyday lives. A recent survey conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) (University of Oxford), has drawn on a representative sample of over two thousand married Internet...

Article

30 Apr 2008

Ten years ago, stories like 'B&N: The New College Library' (LJ 2/1/98) and 'What If You Ran Your Library Like a Bookstore?' (American Libraries, 3/98) kicked up a controversy about the viability of libraries. Ironically, these days it's the book business that has an aura...

Research report

29 Apr 2008

Over the last 30 years there have been major economic, demographic and social changes in Australia. These changes, together with associated government income support policy responses, have been important factors driving trends in the proportion of workforce age people receiving income support. This background note...

Research report

29 Apr 2008

This report collates and analyses data on domestic applicants for undergraduate university courses from the Tertiary Admission Centres in each state, with the Australian Capital Territory incorporated in the New South Wales data and the Northern Territory incorporated in the South Australian data. It presents...

Research report

29 Apr 2008

This report argues that women aged between 16 and 65 – Generation F – remain significantly overlooked, under utilised and untapped. Research released today has uncovered a new generation of workers that will rival Generation Y as the solution to the nation’s skills shortage....

Research report

29 Apr 2008

This report focuses on the communications industry's performance in providing services to residential and business consumers, and on how the industry is meeting its regulatory obligations. The industry's performance in providing consumer benefits and wider economic benefits is also assessed.This report focuses on the communications...

Research report

27 Apr 2008

What, if anything, connects the formal writing teens do and the informal e-communication they exchange on digital screens? A considerable number of educators and children's advocates worry that James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, was right when he recently suggested that young Americans' electronic communication...

Research report

27 Apr 2008

This publication provides a brief overview of migration, with an emphasis on the contribution migration has made to the workforce. It shows that Australia has been using targeted migration programs to expand and enhance the skills base of its workforce for some time.

Research report

27 Apr 2008

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA) came into effect 33 years ago. It was Australia’s first federal law dealing with human rights and implemented a basic principle of international law: the principle prohibiting discrimination against people on the basis of their race, colour, or...

Research report

27 Apr 2008

This briefing paper reviews international legal and administrative developments relating to older people, specifically the establishment of the first Commissioner for Older People in Wales.

Research report

27 Apr 2008

The Partnerships Advancing Community Engagement program (PACE) was devised by Rotary Youth Ambassadorial Scholar, Courtney Scala, during an internship with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. This innovative approach is about Rotary clubs collaborating with community members and agencies on long-term sustainable projects to address disadvantage....

Research report

27 Apr 2008

The sharp increase in food prices over the past couple of years has raised serious concerns about the food and nutrition situation of poor people in developing countries, about inflation, and – in some countries – about civil unrest. Real prices are still below their...

Research report

27 Apr 2008

Current research has identified that most of Australia's CBD stock, constructed in the 1970's, is entering a phase of retrofitting. Most of this existing stock performs poorly against sustainability benchmarks and there is huge scope for improving the sustainability of the existing commercial building stock...

Research report

27 Apr 2008

This report argues that the NSW electricity sector requires three critical conditions to embrace aggressively cost-effective energy efficiency and other forms of demand-side resources, such as customer-owned generation and demand-side management. Demand Management (DM) refers to measures undertaken by a utility business to...

Research report

27 Apr 2008

This report marks the second of the Climate Institutes's annual updates on public attitudes to climate change and climate change solutions. It primarily details research into the attitudes of Australians since the 2007 federal election. It demonstrates that concern has crystallised into solid support for...

Research report

27 Apr 2008

This paper outlines the key things to get right in an emissions trading scheme to ensure that it plays a role in preventing dangerous climate change.An emissions trading scheme could be an efficient and effective way to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, or it could...

Research report

26 Apr 2008

As part of the COAG Mental Health Initiative (Early Childhood Component), Early Childhood Australia (ECA), working closely with the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), was funded to undertake a study to scope potential delivery settings for early childhood services and mental...

Research report

25 Apr 2008

This report details a pilot project that was offered to refugee young people attending three secondary schools in the eastern region of Melbourne. The objective of the pilot project was to provide additional support to refugee students within secondary schools, their families and teachers in...

Research report

25 Apr 2008

Several different systems of investigation into violent death exist in Australia, such as those conducted by the police, coroners and the National Homicide Monitoring Program. However, none of these look at domestic and family violence-related fatalities specifically, or analyse a group of domestic homicides occurring...

Research report

25 Apr 2008

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in Australia. This report presents the most recent information on participation in bowel screening, cancer detection, program sensitivity and rescreening rates. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to reduce mortality and morbidity...

Research report

25 Apr 2008

The Advocacy Information Service has produced a framework to address violence, called A framework for influencing change – responding to violence against women with disabilities, 2007-2009 (PDF 173KB) The Framework outlines 12 key strategies to guide the advocacy work of the VWDN Advocacy Information Service,...

Research report

25 Apr 2008

The National Code of Practice for Precast, Tilt-up and Concrete Elements in Building Construction (National Code) was declared by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) on 27 February 2008.

The National Code aims to encourage a nationally consistent approach to legislation and guidance...

Research report

25 Apr 2008

Mesothelioma is a usually fatal cancer which typically occurs 20 to 30 years after exposure to asbestos. All new cases of mesothelioma are notified to State Cancer Registries, as mesothelioma is a notifiable disease. These data are collected nationally by the Australian Institute of Health...

Research report

24 Apr 2008

The illegal trade in timber and timber products leads to economic losses in many countries as well as environmental degradation. International policy exists to curtail some of the trade, but there are still clandestine operations by large organisations and criminal networks. This report...

Commentary

Article

24 Apr 2008

The Governance stream at the Summit produced enough ideas to keep us going until 2020, writes MARIAN SAWER.

THE big thing to come out of the Summit was probably not the republic but a confirmation that in the Rudd era talking about ideas...

Commentary

Article

24 Apr 2008

Governance isn't easily reduced to slogans, but it’s fundamentally important, writes ANNE TIERNAN.

THE Governance stream at the 2020 Summit had inherent potential to be fraught. Serving ministers, a former premier, a former chief justice and governor-general, two former and one shadow attorneys-general,...

Research report

23 Apr 2008

The Phase 2 Report of the Ministerial Council on Energy's cost-benefit analysis of a national rollout of Smart Meters was released in March 2008. In its response, PIAC endorses the Report's recommendation that a rollout should be led by distribution businesses and that greater consumer...

Research report

23 Apr 2008

A quarter of all Australians now conduct most or their entire dealings with government online, according to this report, which measures the uptake of government services provided through the internet and other channels in Australia.

An initial study was commissioned in 2004 to establish...

Article

23 Apr 2008

The Cultural Cinema Consortium, a strategic partnership between the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board, commissioned this report in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the digital cinema environment and to inform policy development in this area into the future. The report details...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

In 2006 ACMA commissioned SpectrumWise Radiocommunications Consulting to examine the measures required to better achieve an appropriate balance between government and broader community use of the radiofrequency spectrum.

The Review identified 30 individual recommendations for further consideration, some of which are not in...

Article

23 Apr 2008

For organisations and groups looking for a way to share documents in a way that is more robust than email, Idealware asked six nonprofit technology professionals about their favorite remote file-sharing tools, and combined their insights to come up with a set of solid options....

Article

23 Apr 2008

Most academic publishers screen for plagiarism the old-fashioned way: manually. They rely on peer reviewers with expertise in a submitted article's subject area to catch poaching from previously published literature.

Soon, academic journals may turn the antiplagiarism software that professors have been using...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

This report discusses the environmental challenges relating to the food system, examining: - how the production and consumption of food impacts on the environment; and - the risks and vulnerabilities of the food system to environmental change and social responses (such as policy aiming to...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

Current debate on policy surrounding child poverty in Australia fails to include the perspective of children themselves. If our policies and services are to be successful in supporting children we need to understand what poverty is for them. Invariably in research and policy is this...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

This publication reports on Commonwealth State Housing Agreement private rent assistance. It presents the data items and performance indicators collected to meet the requirements of the CSHA national performance reporting framework.As in previous years: Housing assistance is provided under the 2003 Commonwealth State Housing Agreement...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

This project focuses on supporting the delivery of Triple P - Positive Parenting Program - to Aboriginal and Torres families. Triple P is a "parenting program that has been proven to reduce the risk factors known to contribute to poor child outcomes". Based on consultations...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

This publication brings together statistics on international migration into and out of Australia, interstate migration within Australia and information on overseas-born residents of Australia.

Australia's migration is described in the context of the Government's migration program and in comparison with international migration experienced by...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

This set of articles and data gives a snapshot of national progress over the last decade, using key measures. The publication also includes an article on the relationships between society, economy and the environment.

The ABS has released new information to help Australians assess...

Research report

11 Apr 2008

The Commonwealth’s Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (the Act) commenced on 1 January 2003. The Act provides a scheme to trace, restrain and confiscate the proceeds of certain classes of crime against Commonwealth law. In some circumstances it can also be used to confiscate the...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

In this Lowy Institute Perspective, Visiting Fellow Hugh White examines why Australia needs a new defence white paper, outlines the proper aims of such a project and identifies the pitfalls that need to be avoided. He draws upon his experience in managing the development and...

Article

21 Apr 2008

Australia 2020's focus on traditional arts funding came at the expense of our creative growth sectors, writes Creative Australia delegate Stuart Cunningham, director of the CCi, for newmatilda.com.

Research report

22 Apr 2008

This information paper identifies the agreed priorities and action for information development in the area of Arts and Cultural Heritage. The paper also identifies gaps in available data and provides recommendations for addressing these data gaps. Recommendations will be implemented collaboratively by the ABS and...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

At end June 2007, there were 45 businesses in Australia involved in the provision of digital game development services. These businesses employed over 1,400 people and generated a total income of $136.9m which represented an average of $3m per business.Australia's digital game developers generated $136.9...

Journal article

22 Apr 2008

In any journey, there's a destination but half the 'fun' is getting there. This article chronicles our journey towards a common way of packaging and exchanging digital content in a future Australian data commons - a national corpus of research resources that can be shared...

Article

22 Apr 2008

The Commonwealth's Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (the Act) commenced on 1 January 2003. The Act provides a scheme to trace, restrain and confiscate the proceeds of certain classes of crime against Commonwealth law. In some circumstances it can also be used to confiscate the...

Article

22 Apr 2008

SEO, Search Engine Optimisation, and what it means for the media. It's already quietly changing the way news is presented online and it's redefining the journalist as a marketer.

Article

22 Apr 2008

Google recently announced it's beefing up its presence in Australia with a new headquarters, and it's seeking to grow in a whole range of areas. Meanwhile, in another online universe, Microsoft appears to be still actively stalking the second-tier search engine company Yahoo. What's it...

Research report

21 Apr 2008

This paper provides an economic perspective on the prevention of chronic diseases, focusing in particular on diseases linked to lifestyle choices. The proposed economic framework is centred on the hypothesis that the prevention of chronic diseases may provide the means for increasing social welfare, enhancing...

Research report

21 Apr 2008

How much does the environment affect human health? Are air pollution and tainted water shortening our lives and those of our children? These questions have aroused increasing interest in recent years, particularly since the adoption of Agenda 21 at the UN Conference on Environment and...

Research report

21 Apr 2008

This report summarises the major changes in forest use and management since the National Forestry Policy Statement was agreed in 1992. Among the key points in the report:

• About 13.6 million hectares of forest has been added to the nature conservation reserve network...

Research report

21 Apr 2008

The Atlas provides detailed analyses and commentary on over 800 non-capital city Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) across Australia on a range of demographic, economic and social themes.

Research report

21 Apr 2008

The total amount of funding for road-related expenditure by the Australian, state, territory and local governments in 2004–05 was $9.0 billion. This amount includes donations from the non-public sector. Between 2000–01 and 2004–05 total road-related expenditure increased by an average of 2.8 per cent per...

Research report

21 Apr 2008

This report to the Department of Climate Change, and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts investigates the possible future impacts of climate change on Australia's National Reserve System (NRS), and the consequences of these impacts for the development and management of...

Research report

21 Apr 2008

The 9th edition introduces new vaccines, changes to the schedules, changes to recommendations and procedures regarding the administration of vaccines, and changes to the presentation of the Handbook since the 8th edition in September 2003.

Research report

21 Apr 2008

This briefing paper, prepared for the Australia 2020 Summit, examines trends and predictions for key Indigenous socioeconomic indicators using census data from 1971 to 2006, and projects current trends forward to 2041.

Research report

21 Apr 2008

Strong and healthy relationships play a vital role in building the ongoing health and wellbeing of individuals, families and the broader community. With increasing pressure on the traditional social support mechanisms of extended family, friends and neighbours, particularly in non-urban regions, there is a growing...

Research report

21 Apr 2008

This report argues that energy efficiency is potentially the quickest and cheapest way to cut greenhouse pollution. Energy savings of 30% are possible using immediately available effective technologies. The report recommends that efficiency improvements be complemented by appropriate utility tariffs and safety net measures....

Submission

21 Apr 2008

This submission welcomes the Bill and supports its broad objectives of providing reparations to indigenous Australians who were directly affected by Australian governments' policies of removing indigenous and part-indigenous children from their parents.

Research report

21 Apr 2008

The Initial Report from the 2020 Summit to the Prime Minister, sets out the key results of discussion by 1000 Australians over the weekend of 19 and 20 April in Canberra.

The Report includes results across the 10 streams of the Summit, including...

Research report

18 Apr 2008

PIAC's response to the Garnaut Climate Change Review: interim report arises principally from its Energy + Water Consumers' Advocacy Program. PIAC supports the introduction of a 'cap and trade' scheme for reducing emissions as the option most likely to meet targets set for emissions reduction,...

Research report

18 Apr 2008

PIAC made a submission in response to the release of the Review of the disability standards for accessible public transport: Draft report (the Draft Report) in January 2008. PIAC and the NSW Disability Discrimination Legal Centre, supported by a coalition of disability organisations, produced Flight...

Article

17 Apr 2008

This article outlines the way in which the rise of digital technologies and online social networks has challenged the rationale and efficacy of copyright law. This article, first published in European Intellectual Property Review outlines the way in which the rise of digital technologies and...

Research report

17 Apr 2008

This study was undertaken by Global Learning Services for the 2007 Research and Policy Advice Project of the national training system's e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework). It aimed to provide a portrait of the current situation in Australia in the role and...

Article

17 Apr 2008

We'd been having the same arguments since universities started teaching English literature in the middle of the nineteenth century. The positions may have changed, but the issues had not. Classicists had been deposed by humanists, humanists by historians, historians by critics and now critics by...

Research report

17 Apr 2008

This article, first published in European Intellectual Property Review outlines the way in which the rise of digital technologies and online social networks has challenged the rationale and efficacy of copyright law. In examining how the law might respond to these challenges, the piece highlights...

Research report

17 Apr 2008

This study was undertaken by Global Learning Services for the 2007 Research and Policy Advice Project of the national training system's e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework). It aimed to provide a portrait of the current situation in Australia in the role and...

Research report

17 Apr 2008

This plan outlines the methodology for the evaluation of the Integrated Rehabilitation and Recovery Care Project (IRRCP).

The evaluation will research the implementation, process and outcomes of the program. The objectives of the evaluation are to: • assess whether the appropriate consumers have been...

Research report

17 Apr 2008

This is the final evaluation report from the Community Enterprise Development Initiative (CEDI), funded by the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development and delivered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. After a pilot in 12 locations in 2005, the program expanded to 15 more...

Research report

17 Apr 2008

This report reviews available literature and data relating to the participation and success of people from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds and Indigenous people in Australian higher education, including information on school achievement and retention where this is relevant to access to higher education. Where...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

Only just over two out of five Australian households - 42 per cent - are watching digital television over the airwaves, according to this presentation.Only just over two out of five Australian households ? 42 per cent ? are watching digital television over the airwaves,...

Research report

17 Apr 2008

Digital radio services will commence in the six state capital cities from 1 January, 2009. Submissions by interested stakeholders on the proposed access regime are invited by the ACCC.The ACCC has issued draft legislative instruments, decision-making criteria and procedural rules seeking stakeholders' views on the...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

A new survey commissioned jointly by the Australian arms of Sony Ericsson and Hutchison 3G (3) has shed light on the consumer's view of the internet on the mobile. The report said 96% of people said they want mobile internet access, and more than half...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

Cyberbullying, cyberstalking, harassment, sexual predators and inflammatory gossip rear their ugly heads in cyberspace, or what has been called the Wild, Wild West of the Internet. No doubt the Net - "a far more speech-enhancing medium than print, the village green, or the mails" in...

Article

16 Apr 2008

Google Earth's new mapping program has developed a virtual reality tour with the UN refugee agency of some of the world's major displacement crises and the humanitarian efforts aimed at helping the victims.

The first use of this geospatial tool focuses on refugees...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

The Migration Act requires that a non-citizen who is detained is liable to pay the Australian government the costs of his or her detention. This liability includes costs for the transportation of the person to and from an immigration detention centre and the daily maintenance...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

Climate change will have significant impacts in both Australia and across the globe. Australia is one of the most arid continents in the world. It is vulnerable to risks such as disruptions to water supply; increases in the severity of storms, floods and droughts, coastal...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

The government is committed to the establishment of a Register of Lobbyists that will enable ministers and other government representatives who are approached by third party lobbyists to establish whose interests the lobbyist represents. The Register will be a public document and third party lobbyists...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

This paper presents a summary of the information collected during the department's Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) community engagement qualitative trial undertaken in the Australian Capital Territory metropolitan region and the Queanbeyan region. It is based on focus group and...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

The Commonwealth Scholarships programme assists students from low socio-economic backgrounds, especially those from regional and remote areas and Indigenous students, with costs associated with higher education. The programme currently has two key components. Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships (CECS) which assist students with general education costs...

Research report

4 Apr 2008

This report contains the Commission's latest quantitative estimates of Australian government assistance to industry. It also examines recent developments in assistance in various sectors of the economy over the year or so prior to the commencement of the caretaker period in October 2007, and outlines...

Research report

2 Apr 2008

This report provides data to enable ongoing comparisons of the efficiency and effectiveness of Commonwealth and State government services, including intra-government services. In contrast to the Report on Government Services with its focus on the efficiency and effectiveness of specific services, the Indigenous Disadvantage Report...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

This Policy Analysis suggests that both Australia and NATO have to think harder about their emerging partnership. The NATO Secretary-General recently described such partnerships as a 'permanent feature' of international security in the 21st century and Australia, with competent military forces and a willingness to...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

This submission to the 2020 Summit discusses political financing and argues that removing the dependence of political parties on large donors and preventing the use of parliamentary and government resources for partisan purposes will do much to restore the health of Australian democracy and confidence...

Research report

16 Apr 2008

The Cabinet Secretary, Senator John Faulkner, released an exposure draft of the proposed Lobbying Code of Conduct on 2 April 2008. In this Audit Discussion Paper John Warhurst assesses the proposal. While welcoming the code, he writes that in important respects "it is timid and...

Research report

15 Apr 2008

This publication reports on Commonwealth State Housing Agreement home purchase assistance. It presents the data items and performance indicators collected to meet the requirements of the CSHA national performance reporting framework.As in previous years: Housing assistance is provided under the 2003 Commonwealth State Housing Agreement...

Research report

15 Apr 2008

With the numeracy and literacy skills of five-year-olds, ten thousand indigenous teenagers and young men and women are unemployable because of the educational failures of the last decade.

Research report

15 Apr 2008

This report presents an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative in rural and remote Australia, drawing on quantitative and qualitative evidence to explore the extent to which the stated objectives of the IDDI have been achieved in rural and remote locations.The...

Research report

15 Apr 2008

This publication presents summary information relating to the tenancy and property management of the Crisis Accommodation Program collected to meet the requirements of the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement national performance reporting framework.Housing assistance is provided under the 2003 Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (CSHA) in six...

Commentary

Article

14 Apr 2008

KEVIN RUDD’s global diplomatic odyssey might just have cleared the way for more genuinely independent, confident and assertive Australian dealings with the world. In a clear break from the previous government’s cautious, sometimes cringing, attitude towards major powers, Rudd has emerged as a forthright middle-power...

Commentary

Article

14 Apr 2008

John Button (right) and Clyde Cameron helped get Labor into shape for electoral success, writes PAUL STRANGIO.

IN THE past month, the Labor Party has lost two of its twentieth century luminaries: Clyde Cameron and John Button. In many ways the two men...

Research report

14 Apr 2008

Global warming and resultant climate change pose serious risks to human health. However, global warming is only one of a nested series of threats to the health — and even survival — of humankind. With this in mind, is our current approach to both clinical...

Research report

14 Apr 2008

The Victorian Government's establishment of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will integrate early childhood services and schools across Victoria. Three discussion papers are available to provide an overview of this process, to examine early childhood development and school reform. Find these three...

Research report

14 Apr 2008

Nuclear power development in the region faces questions about its economics and safety, as well as nuclear weapons non-proliferation. A key issue is whether countries will embark on sensitive segments of the fuel cycle. Australia should seek a focus on nuclear power and associated issues...

Research report

14 Feb 2008

A Study into the Teaching of Geography in Years 3-10 discusses current practice in the teaching of geography in Australian schools and factors which affect the quality of teaching and learning of geography. It also investigates the fundamentals that every Australian student should know in...

Research report

14 Apr 2008

At the core of alcohol control policies in Australia—and indeed in any country with a system of licensing—lies a key conflict. This is the conflict between the interest of the state in reducing alcohol-related problems on the one hand, and its interest in enjoying the...

Research report

14 Apr 2008

This submission to the 2020 Summit urges government to focus on a curriculum guarantee to free, secular, universally accessible public education.

Research report

14 Apr 2008

The Sydney Centre for International Law makes 16 suggestions to strengthen Australia's future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world.

Research report

14 Apr 2008

In June 2003 the CMC presented to the Queensland Parliament its report Seeking justice: an inquiry into the handling of sexual offences by the criminal justice system. The report made 23 recommendations for reform of the criminal justice system, also recommending that the CMC subsequently...

Research report

14 Apr 2008

This paper outlines research into the relationships between the costs and benefits of using private housing as the 'home base' for care for older people. Residential care requires relocation to the institution but provides both housing and care to older persons, whereas home-based care means...

Research report

8 Apr 2008

Behavioural economics is economists satisfying themselves intellectually of truths about economic agents' behaviour that are readily understood by marketers and politicians. It is the scientific study of intuition which, because of the way the human brain has evolved, heavily influences our decision making. Behavioural economics...

Conference proceedings

14 Apr 2008

This conference was organised by the Oxford Internet institute and held on Monday 7 April 2008. The presentations, now online, were selected to represent a wide range of perspectives on social networking, both as regards the interpretation of social networking and as regards the way...

Article

11 Apr 2008

This collection of essays criticise the claim made by politicians that the arts are now not only good in themselves, but make a vital contribution to the economy, urban regeneration and social inclusion. The evidence shows that this assumption is often erroneous, and has led...

Research report

11 Apr 2008

This paper compares and contrasts international experience with respect to higher education financing. The size and payment forms of tuition, and the different types and levels of public sector support, are illustrated for a large number of countries. A major aspect of the discussion concerns...

Research report

10 Apr 2008

In 2006 Metropolitan Perth’s Creative Industry (CI) segments employed almost 40,000 people and contributed $4.6bn to the local economy. The flow-on value was an additional $6bn, bringing their total contribution to more than $10bn.

Creative Industries (CIs) are those businesses that turn creative...

Research report

10 Apr 2008

In 2006 Metropolitan Perth?s Creative Industry (CI) segments employed almost 40,000 people and contributed $4.6bn to the local economy. The flow-on value was an additional $6bn, bringing their total contribution to more than $10bn.

Creative Industries (CIs) are those businesses that turn creative...

Article

8 Apr 2008

Homelessness will be a test of the Rudd government, write DAVID MacKENZIE and DAVID ELDRIDGE from the National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness

NEARLY two decades after the landmark Our Homeless Children report, youth homelessness is worse than it was when commissioner...

Commentary

Article

8 Apr 2008

John Faulkner’s proposals deserve support, writes NORM KELLY, but don’t go far enough.

LAST week the Special Minister of State, Senator John Faulkner, announced the first wave of electoral reform from the new Labor government. Most of these reforms should be applauded. However...

Article

8 Apr 2008

The technology we use is accounting for more and more of the energy we consume. We need a way to show that what we do at a personal level counts, because the actions of millions will make a difference, and it may be that the...

Research report

8 Apr 2008

This paper takes a new look at the debate over commons and property in information and communications. It warns against recreating the old communist?capitalist ideological divide by framing the movement for informational commons as "info?communist".

Research report

9 Apr 2008

Cultural rights are just one category of human rights; other common human rights being civic, political, economic and educational rights. This D'Art was used to help gather information for a project of Finland?s Ministry of Education, Science and Culture on the ethical dimensions of cultural...

Research report

9 Apr 2008

This paper identifies a need for research on the ways the cultural sector is (or is not) taking up the use of online tools for collaboration. Despite the fact that operators in the media art field have been actively using, pushing the limits of and...

Research report

29 Feb 2008

This paper discusses the relationship between the development of digital identity management and the concept of personhood, and the broader links to trust in the information society. It concludes that more investigation is needed to address gaps in international data protection in light of the...

Article

8 Apr 2008

The new communications technologies are a toolkit for enriching and deepening democracy, and their greatest impact will be in the global south, says Charles Leadbeater.

Article

8 Apr 2008

While we know that paper records properly stored can last for hundreds of years electronic records ? like email ? may not be available in twenty. This is because computers, software and media quickly become obsolete and the information, including email records, cannot be retrieved....

Article

8 Apr 2008

As Ra?l Castro was formally invested as Cuban head of state in the last week of February 2008, a Reporters Without Borders' special correspondent was in Cuba examining the state of press freedom, five years after the 'black spring' of March 2003. On the eve...

Research report

8 Apr 2008

The first UK Social Networking Guidance provides advice for industry, parents and children about how to stay safe online. This has been developed by a taskforce of representatives from industry, charity and law enforcement agencies.The first UK Social Networking Guidance provides advice for industry, parents...

Research report

15 Oct 2007

This is the largest annual gathering of communications knowledge in Australia. It gives a springboard to serious thinking and data about the state of media, telecommunications and the Internet. One strength of the Forum is the depth of analysis, criticism and research offered by professional...

Research report

8 Apr 2008

How is media convergence impacting on established, ‘broadcast-era’ community media? This paper takes SYN (a community radio licensee in Melbourne) as a case study and employs media ethnography and policy analysis to identify contemporary challenges facing community media. Community media requires a different approach to...

Research report

8 Apr 2008

This is the final report of a commission established to inquire into any allegations of sexual abuse of a person who, at the time that the alleged abuse occurred, was a child in state care, or criminal conduct which resulted in the death of a...

Research report

8 Apr 2008

The National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness is only the second inquiry, specifically focused on homelessness, to be conducted independently of government. The first was the landmark Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Inquiry headed by Brian Burdekin in 1989. As a result of the...

Research report

8 Apr 2008

How is media convergence impacting on established, ?broadcast-era? community media? This paper takes SYN (a community radio licensee in Melbourne) as a case study and employs media ethnography and policy analysis to identify contemporary challenges facing community media. Community media requires a different approach to...

Research report

8 Apr 2008

This case study is part of a series produced by the Internet and Democracy project. The initial studies include three of the most frequently cited examples of the Internet?s influence on democracy. The first case looks at the user-generated news site, OhmyNews , and its...

Research report

8 Apr 2008

This paper, presented at a Council for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences workshop to discuss how the arts sector can respond to the new federal government's innovation agenda, proposes that within the humanities and social sciences it is the field of design that best...

Discussion paper

7 Apr 2008

This discussion paper, the second in a series as the South Australian Government reforms its education and care legislation, seeks the views of the community on how they might reshape their approach to the regulation and registration of schools and children's services in the best...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

A common anecdotal complaint of third sector organisation managers concerns the amount of paperwork associated with the submission, reporting and acquittal of government grants. This study quantifies the time and cost of paperwork using an intense research methodology compared to the orthodox compliance questionnaire. A...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

The Australian Government, represented by the Department of Climate Change (DCC) (formerly the Department of Environment and Water Resources), commissioned Hyder Consulting to assess the impacts and management implications of climate change for the Australian Government’s protected areas.

The report examined twenty protected areas...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

This bulletin previews the reporting framework and key national indicators that will be the basis of the report, 'A picture of Australia's children 2009', scheduled for release in 2009. This bulletin also contains the Headline Indicators for Children's Health, Development and Wellbeing. The indicators cover...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

On 6 December 2007, the incoming Labor government announced a 'new era' for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) with revised arrangements for appointing the bank's senior officers and external board members, in conjunction with a new joint 'Statement on the Conduct of Monetary Policy'...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd's, speech to the Brookings Institution on 31 March 2008, outlines the current foci of Australia's foreign policy.

Research report

7 Apr 2008

This report presents national statistics on deaths and hospitalisations due to drowning for the five-year period 1999-00 to 2003-04. Drowning occurs in a number of settings and contexts: in bodies of natural water, in swimming pools and bathtubs, in association with watercraft and as the...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

During 2007 the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA), through the Australian Education Systems Officials Committee (AESOC), commissioned a review of research undertaken by CAEPR staff and CAEPR Research Associates over the period 1990-2007.

Specifically, AESOC requested that the...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

This report contains a policy-orientated synthesis of the disparate contributions to remote Indigenous housing from the design, policy and public health literatures as grounded and tested in fieldwork in three sample communities in different parts of Australia. This integration of primary and secondary research is...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

This population-based study found an increased risk of mental illness in victims hospitalised due to interpersonal violence and an associated hospital costs burden to the community. In identifying the population groups most at risk of hospital admission for interpersonal violence, the report recommends targeting crime...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

This paper considers the Queensland Drug court's attempt to reduce reoffending by drug-dependent offenders with a long history of criminal offending and heavy drug use. The study found that successful graduates consistently report a decline in their criminal activity and lower rates of recidivism than...

Research report

7 Apr 2008

Details are presented on individual and organizational victims, offenders, the location and timing of incidents, weapon use, type of property stolen, the relationship between offender and victim and offender motivation. Findings show that the features of armed robbery have not changed significantly since reporting began...

Research report

5 Apr 2008

It is commonly held that men delay help seeking because they are ignorant about and uninterested in their health. However, this discussion has not been informed by men's lay perspectives, which have remained almost entirely absent from scholarship relating to men's help seeking practices....

Research report

5 Apr 2008

The Coordinated Care program was a significant joint initiative of the Australian and state and territory governments which aimed to strengthen primary health care to improve the health and well-being of communities and individuals with chronic and complex care needs. The second round of the...

Research report

4 Apr 2008

These papers, prepared by the steering committee of the Australia 2020 Summit in consultation with ministerial co-chairs and their departments, explore the themes set out in each stream and provide background information on some of the major areas to be discussed at the Summit....

Research report

4 Apr 2008

This report looks at the potential for emissions reductions across the energy, transport, agriculture, land use and forestry and waste and industrial sectors. It provides important guidance on areas for future focus and trade-offs associated with different options.

Research report

4 Apr 2008

This study analyses Victoria's greenhouse gas emissions in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005. The analysis allocates greenhouse gas emissions to detailed energy uses in the residential sector, and also analyses commercial/services, manufacturing and transport sector emissions. The report compares Victoria's emissions with national averages and...

Research report

4 Apr 2008

This paper looks at why the environmental aspect of the study of migration and refugees has been neglected. It proposes a definition of population movements induced by environmental factors, before concentrating on climate aspects by providing a synthesis of results put forward by researchers and...

Research report

1 Apr 2008

The aim of this paper is to present an overview of the Australian natural gas sector and outline some recent important developments. It also expands on and updates earlier work by the Parliamentary Library on this topic.

The paper looks at characteristics of natural...

Research report

4 Apr 2008

Australia is posed at the beginning of a major voyage into health reform that has the potential to deliver very real benefits in terms of health outcomes and quality of life. However translating promises into action will require a concerted consultative process on planning and...

Research report

3 Apr 2008

This article explores the pedagogical significance of recent shifts in scholarly attention away from first generation and towards second generation understandings of creativity. First generation or big ?C? creativity locates the creative enterprise as a complex set of behaviours and ideas exhibited by an individual,...

Article

3 Apr 2008

Does your organization show up on the first page of results in search engines like Google or Yahoo? The content and structure of your website can have a dramatic effect on how easily potential constituents can find you via search engines. This article explains how....

Commentary

Article

3 Apr 2008

Delegates to the 2020 summit should heed the advice of The West Wing 's Leo McGarry, argues JENNY LEWIS.

BEING a keen observer, researcher and teacher of public policy is the best job in the world when there is a new prime minister...

Research report

3 Apr 2008

This article explores the pedagogical significance of recent shifts in scholarly attention away from first generation and towards second generation understandings of creativity. First generation or big ‘C’ creativity locates the creative enterprise as a complex set of behaviours and ideas exhibited by an individual,...

Research report

3 Apr 2008

The report investigates risk factors and at-risk groups, noting the limitations in recording data. It presents information on good practice from preventative to support measures and outlines policies, practice and research directions. A current snapshot of missing persons is shown by national estimates, demographic characteristics...

Research report

3 Apr 2008

As well as reporting on longer terms trends in deaths in custody, the report presents information on the 31 deaths in prison and 22 deaths in police custody and custody-related operations that occurred in 2006. There is a separate section on motor vehicle pursuit and...

Article

3 Apr 2008

The subscription television industry recorded a 43 per cent increase in expenditure on Australian drama programs in 2006-07, with expenditure increasing from $18.41 million in 2005-06 to $26.44 million in 2006-07. The subscription television industry recorded a 43 per cent increase in expenditure on Australian...

Research report

2 Apr 2008

The Australia Council for the Arts fully revised second edition of its Visual arts protocol guide will help Australians better understand the use of Indigenous cultural material. The Australia Council for the Arts fully revised second edition of its Visual arts protocol guide will help...

Research report

1 Apr 2008

The first study in Australia to use nationally representative data on how mobile phones have become integrated into everyday lives has released its final report. The study, The Impact of the Mobile Phone on Work/Life Balance, is a collaboration between AMTA and the Australian Research...

Article

1 Apr 2008

The internet and video games are very popular with children and young people and offer a range of opportunities for fun, learning and development. But there are concerns over potentially inappropriate material, which range from content (e.g. violence) through to contact and conduct of children...

Research report

1 Apr 2008

The generational divide between children and young people and their parents is perhaps most widely seen in their views and approaches to the internet and media literacy. With this in mind, how do we ensure that children and young people are safeguarded from harm in...

Article

2 Apr 2008

Bookish people may not be known for their social skills, but a crop of social-networking Web sites aimed at bibliophiles are allowing readers to connect with the page and with each other in a brand new "virtual" environment.

Book-centered sites like LibraryThing, Goodreads,...

Research report

1 Apr 2008

Internet security controls have weakened since the mid-1990s. With the expansion of the community of users, a universal ethic governing activity on the Internet has evaporated.

Article

1 Apr 2008

For the second year in a row, Google shareholders will be asked to hold the Web search giant accountable for protecting free speech, regardless of international borders.

One of the proposals to be submitted at the annual shareholder meeting scheduled for 8 May,...