April 2012

Audio

30 Apr 2012

Dr Rhonda Galbally is a key adviser to the federal government on the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. A scheme that, Galbally says, will radically improve the lives of the disabled and their families.

In this interview Dr Galbally also discusses some...

27 Apr 2012

Dr Janette Randall of the National Prescribing Service (NPS) transcribed presentation to The National Press Club.

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Acknowledgements

I would like to begin by acknowledging the custodians of the land on which we meet today –...

Report

26 Apr 2012

Summary The Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) initiative is a 5-year program agreed on by the Council of Australian Governments. It aims to reduce the number of people with disability aged under 65 who live in residential aged care. In 2010–11,...

Video

Intelligence Squared’s 2012 series of debates kicks off with a look at the ethics of eating meat.

Six speakers are divided into two teams for lively and insightful arguments for and against the proposition, ‘Animals Should Be Off the Menu’.

Speaking for the...

26 Apr 2012

The rising influence of vested interests is threatening Australia’s egalitarian social contract writes Wayne Swan, "this essay to make a simple point: if we don’t grow together economically, our community will grow apart."

A decade ago, as I waited for my order...

Report

26 Apr 2012

This report provide for manufacturers and importers of substances, mixtures and articles who have a duty under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and Regulations to classify them.

It may also be useful for suppliers, persons undertaking business and undertakings, workers and other...

Article

26 Apr 2012

How do we measure such big questions and why is so much is written about the world economy without resort to the most recent and comprehensive numbers?

How big, how rich and how developed? And how do we measure such things? Big questions, indeed,...

Report

23 Apr 2012

Europe’s economic crisis has been shaking financial markets for the past three years. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and even Italy are in danger of defaulting on their debt. The continent’s banking system looks fragile. A whole generation of young Europeans faces an uncertain...

26 Apr 2012

Australian film makers could benefit from the digital distribution disruption which has now reached the movie world, writes Beverly Head for ITwire .

Just as books and music have undergone distribution revolutions, the film industry is now, courtesy of increasingly ubiquitous and faster broadband...

Report

30 Mar 2012

Underfunding, and caps on prices, mean universities will have limited incentives to offer enough places in the fields students want.

The Bradley Review’s recommendation of a demand-driven system of funding university places was made without explicit reference to labour market demand for particular skills...

Report

13 Mar 2012

Over less than a decade, we have witnessed a seismic shift in the way knowledge is produced and exchanged. This is opening up new opportunities for civic and community engagement, entrepreneurial behaviour, sustainability initiatives and creative practices. It also has the potential to create fresh...

Report

30 Mar 2012

While the absolute amount of higher education research funding has grown significantly, the relative shares of research income and research block grant funding of the major university groupings in Australia has been largely unchanged over the past two decades, with most redistribution of shares occurring...

Journal article

26 Apr 2012

Objective. To assess whether Indigenous Australians age prematurely compared with other Australians, as implied by Australian Government aged care policy, which uses age 50 years and over for population-based planning for Indigenous people compared with 70 years for non-indigenous people.

Methods. Cross-sectional...

Journal article

26 Apr 2012

This paper describes the trends in the prevalence of smoking, quitting and initiation among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women aged 18 years and over.

Methods: Analysis of responses to smoking questions in national Indigenous surveys in 1994, 2002, 2004 and...

Article

26 Apr 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi’s participation in by-elections for Myanmar’s new parliament, her sweeping win, and the government’s endorsement of the result have completed a sea-change in the country’s politics – and as a result, its relations with the Western world including Australia.

Hamish McDonald...

27 Apr 2012

A budget in surplus is a mantra that may burden the state government, states Josh Gordon of The National Times .

There is an interesting debate playing out at the highest levels of the Baillieu government that would have been inconceivable 18 months ago....

Report

26 Apr 2012

Comparisons of health between countries are popular and useful, and often attract media attention. This guide highlights the types of questions to ask before comparing countries and when presenting health data in an international context.

Summary Why are international health comparisons so popular?...

Article

26 Apr 2012

Labour force participation by women in Japan displays characteristics unobserved in most other advanced countries. One such characteristic is that labour market participation highly depends on family factors, particularly spousal income and the existence of children. Further, labour force participation rates do not necessarily climb...

Report

24 Apr 2012

This paper presents the proceedings of a conference that brought Australian and international speakers together to share different perspectives of strategic and security affairs with our audience.

The conference focuses on the bigger geopolitical issues shaping Australia’s strategic landscape.

The keynote speaker was...

Article

26 Apr 2012

This essay argues that real house prices are being pushed up to levels which require buyers to take on large amounts of debt that are repaid later in the life course. As a result Australian home buyers are exposed to higher levels of credit risk...

26 Apr 2012

Connectedness to the internet is a matter that is important for Australians in order to engage in educational activities, access information and tele-communicate, writes Gerry White in DERN .

Today, there are many points of access to the internet such as desktop computers, laptops,...

Report

19 Apr 2012

This audit assesses the effectiveness of the AFP’s administration of the Fighting Terrorism at its Source initiative and related measures.

On 9 September 2004, ten days after the announcement that Australia would hold a Federal Election on 9 October 2004, a car bomb exploded...

Report

3 Apr 2012

This audit report examines the administration of the Australia Network tender process identifies lessons learned from the conduct of the process to inform future procurement activities.

The Australia Network is an Australian Government funded overseas television broadcasting service established to pursue foreign and trade...

Report

29 Mar 2012

This audit was to assesses the effectiveness of Centrelink’s Quality On Line control, which supports the integrity of payments administered by DHS on behalf of the Australian Government.

Introduced in 2000, Quality On Line (QOL) is one of Centrelink’s main pre‐payment quality control mechanisms...

Report

26 Apr 2012

A Night Less Ordinary was a pilot scheme to test whether theatre attendance by under 26s could be increased if price was removed as a barrier by offering free theatre tickets to children and young people at more than 200 participating venues throughout England. It...

Report

17 Apr 2012

This report presents data on crime reported to, or detected by, the NSW Police Force from January 1995 to December 2011, with a focus on the statistical trends for the 24 months ending December 2011.

During November and for part of December 2011 NSW...

Literature review

26 Apr 2012

This review looks at dozens of existing studies that attempt to measure the value and impact of the arts on people's lives.

This literature review is one of the NEA's latest efforts to conduct and commission research that examines evidence of the...

Report

25 Apr 2012

2011 presented a highly diverse terrorism picture in Europe, in which the most notable trend was the increasing prominence of lone and solo actor plots.

Terrorism is the attempt to achieve political goals with the use or the threat of violence. The ideologies behind...

Report

26 Apr 2012

This paper outlines the present system of judicial appointments in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions.

It also summarises the debate about the appointments process and looks at recent discussion papers and reports in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions. In addition, an overview is presented...

Commentary

24 Apr 2012

The Gallipoli legend is a security blanket we use to dispel the fear of invasion, writes David Day for The Age .

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Lots of questions remain about Gallipoli. And the debate about the details of the campaign will only intensify as...

Report

23 Apr 2012

Key Points

It is time for a hard-headed cost/benefit analysis of the US Alliance. Any such analysis should include the following questions:

Does the Alliance create more problems than it solves? In the Indo-Pacific Region, do we want a balance between the...

Audio

23 Apr 2012

With newsrooms and media outlets becoming increasingly dominated by people with journalism degrees, we find out what is being taught and whether there are anywhere near enough jobs for all the graduates.

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Audio

23 Apr 2012

It's fashionable and cool but is it also a radical new direction for journalism? And will it become the framework for how we produce and consume our news in the future? We speak to three people doing their bit for open journalism today.

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Article

23 Apr 2012

The intense debate about how to deal with our two speed economy and the best way to distribute Australia's wealth among all citizens has yet to penetrate into an equally intense concern about the growing divide in our education system.

We need to realise...

Video

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was the guest speaker at this ASPI-Boeing National Security Lunch.

In a statement about Australia's commitment in Afghanistan, Ms Gillard spoke about progress towards transition which will prepare the Government of Afghanistan to take responsibility...

Report

23 Apr 2012

The Report on Government Services 2012 was released in January 2012. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has identified the performance of mainstream services in relation to Indigenous Australians as a particular focus of the Report, and an Indigenous Compendium collating relevant data...

Report

23 Apr 2012

The landscape for public services is changing rapidly. In the context of significant and sustained reductions in public spending, changing public expectations and rising demand, those who design and deliver public services have to contend with a very different set of circumstances in which to...

Audio

23 Apr 2012

What does it take to make good policy decisions in a world where attention spans are dwindling and political populism is on the rise?

The Australian Opposition is pushing for a resolution of border protection, and the rise of foreign ownership of local land...

20 Apr 2012

Joe Hockey's politically dangerous contribution to the welfare debate is a gift to the struggling Gillard government, writes Michelle Grattan in The Age .

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Politicians are alert to journalists seeking ''gotcha'' moments. Well, usually they are, but apparently not Joe Hockey...

Transcript

19 Apr 2012

The Australian Council of Social Service annual conference is a major event for social services and the community sector. Papers from the conference examine our country from the perspective of low income Australians.

The ACOSS Annual Conference is a premier national event...

Report

19 Apr 2012

Current policies for increasing the supply of affordable housing in Australia envisage a greatly increased role for community housing organisations (CHOs), including as a provider of housing for homeless people.

Data from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare indicate that in...

Report

19 Apr 2012

This report asks, "What if we took the opportunity to reshape late adulthood and redefined how systems, services, families and friends give and get care? What if we saw late adulthood as a lifestage as important and worthy of investment as childhood? What if late...

20 Apr 2012

The media is awash with stories about the exceptional academic success of Chinese students. Young Chinese-Australians are topping their classes, winning places in selective schools, and gaining entry into competitive university courses.

When China debuted in the 2009 international standardised testing program PISA, students...

Report

18 Apr 2012

Carl Williams' death raises important concerns about the monitoring systems in place at Barwon Prison.

The report finds that Corrections Victoria failed in its statutory obligations to Mr Williams and identifies major deficiencies in relation to how intelligence information is gathered, coordinated and shared...

Report

18 Apr 2012

The federal government gives just over $4 billion in direct subsidies to mining companies each year, mainly in the form of cheap fuel and tax breaks for building roads and railways, this policy brief reveals.

This is at a time when the industry is...

Audio

18 Apr 2012

You might think the iPhone is all about the way it looks and feels - but new research adds another dimension: the iPhone is 'listening' to you.

Listen in full - http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/03/bdn_20120314_1445.mp3

Report

18 Apr 2012

This paper considers how data-matching could also be used to improve the delivery of social security assistance payments rather than simply as a revenue raising exercise.

One of the tools used by the government in pursuit of ‘welfare cheats’ is data-matching. The Data-matching Program...

18 Apr 2012

As the Australian Children's Television Foundation celebrates its thirtieth birthday, CEO Jenny Buckland looks at the power of great storytelling in helping kids navigate the world around them.

Television for children comes in for a lot of bad press. So much of...

Report

12 Apr 2012

Between August 2007 and December 2011 more than 8,000 children were provided with over 14,000 dental services through the Closing the Gap Child Oral Health Program.

This bulletin presents information on the dental health status and the dental services provided under the Closing the...

Report

18 Apr 2012

Identifing the many positive benefits of media for children, but recognising that there are also areas of concern, this position statement discusses a broad range of potential psychological impacts of media on young people.

The scope of media has broadened dramatically over...

Report

19 Apr 2012

Countries across the world are affected in different ways by demographic change at the local level. For example, decline in the urban population due to suburbanisation and de-industrialisation, has resulted in a wide range of socio-economic issues (e.g. increased unemployment rate, decrease in revenue, degradation...

Report

19 Apr 2012

This paper quantifies Australia's submarine capability under different options.

The Defence White Paper of 2009 promised to deliver Force 2030, which had as its centrepiece a force of twelve new highly capable long range submarines. That’s not going to happen. One way or another,...

Report

12 Apr 2012

This guide addresses the hazards and risks associated with electroplating processes, including hazardous chemicals, electrical, plant, noise and manual handling hazards.

It applies to all workplaces where electroplating is carried out, and where relevant, can be applied to other processes such as anodising, hot-dip...

Report

19 Apr 2012

In April 2011 the federal government established an Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians to ensure the potential of the older members of our community is considered in a range of policy debates. The panel's three reports and the government's response are...

18 Apr 2012

Using online social networking to improve learning is often confused with social networking for personal and social reasons, states Gerry White in DERN .

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Social networks in education can be usefully deployed to increase student engagement and improve learning, especially where...

18 Apr 2012

Google new release Project Glass : the development of a pair of glasses with a difference.

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Google’s augmented reality eyewear (or “eyeware”) will provide hands-free access to maps, weather information, message notifications and more, all displayed as a virtual layer on...

Audio

18 Apr 2012

Having discovered that one of their most popular episodes contained numerous fabrications, a retraction was made by This American Life. A new episode has now been published which highlights the errors in Mike Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn , which makes iPads and other products...

18 Apr 2012

Government censorship is an active occurrence in China.

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Following the circulation of rumours regarding Bo Xilai’s downfall (15) , government censorship has been swift and decisive with reports of up to six arrested and 16 websites closed (36) . Despite reform...

16 Apr 2012

The Howard government made it harder for some nationalities to become citizens, and Labor has made it worse, writes Kerry Ryan in Inside Story

THE 27th of January each year is a no-brainer for a newspaper editor with a little space to...

13 Apr 2012

A new biography of Tony Abbott by Susan Mitchell paints him as irredeemably sexist and misogynistic; and generally a danger not just to women but to the whole country.

But, ask Kate Gleeson and Carol Johnson in the Australian Review of Public Affairs ,...

Report

30 Mar 2012

This release contains information on internet subscribers and their type of access connection, the type of user (i.e. business/household), the volume of data downloaded, the speed of internet connection and the location of the subscriber (by state or territory).

Key points:

Mobile wireless...

Report

12 Apr 2012

Young people in the Northern Territory are three and a half times more likely to commit suicide than young people nationally and 75% of all child suicides in the Northern Territory between 2007 and 2011 are by Indigenous youth.

The rate of...

Report

30 Mar 2012

This release presents monthly economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature articles and technical notes.

Primarily a reference document, the publication provides a broad basis for analysis and research on the Australian economy and includes statistics that can be applied to both macro-economic...

Report

10 Apr 2012

This report examines the adequacy of Australia's current biosecurity and quarantine arrangements, including the adequacy of resourcing.

1.1 On 23 June 2010, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport (the committee) for inquiry...

Report

11 Apr 2012

Myanmar has implemented a wide-ranging set of reforms as it embarks on a remarkable top-down transition from five decades of authoritarian rule, argues this report.

This report examines the real changes that have been taking place during the first year in office of President...

Report

29 Feb 2012

This article elaborates upon ideas contributed to a symposium considering the possible shape of an Asia Pacific Community, including future trade arrangements within an Asia Pacific Community.

It suggests some innovations in dispute settlement that could be considered for inclusion in such arrangements....

Report

12 Apr 2012

The object of this study is a community of 80,000 retired people living in ‘The Villages’, a child-free ‘active adult retirement community’ in central Florida (USA). All property owners and most of the residents, bar a smattering of under-age partners and household members, are over...

12 Apr 2012

Moves by Western governments to crack down on the use of technology by citizens are being compared to repressive policies of regimes such as China, writes Asher Moses for the Age .

After British Prime Minister David Cameron floated the idea of restricting the...

Report

20 Mar 2012

This paper provides major hazard facility operators with information to develop a safety case outline.

A safety case outline is a plan for the preparation of a safety case for a major hazard facility (MHF). It is essentially a project plan for the preparation...

Report

12 Apr 2012

This research is funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Adaptation Research Grants Program (ARGP) 2011-2013. The focus is on what can be learnt from existing cross-border regulatory mechanisms with a view to strengthening and improving cross-border climate change adaptation practices in...

Report

2 Apr 2012

This paper assesses the effectiveness of a new diabetes education program for Indigenous Health Workers.

The Indigenous diabetic foot program (IDFP) provides educational programs for both Indigenous Health Workers (IHWs) and Indigenous patients who have diabetes. Components of the program include information on foot...

Report

30 Jan 2012

This publication showcases the varied programs and initiatives being undertaken at medical schools across Australia and New Zealand in relation to Indigenous medical education.

It highlights long standing and successful programs together with new, original and innovative programs. The case studies are examples of...

Audio

12 Apr 2012

The wireless phone industry has a plan to take the profit out of the market for stolen smartphones. At the urging of police chiefs across the country and federal regulators, the industry is developing a database of stolen devices.

Report

12 Apr 2012

This publication summarises the main statistics on work-related injury, disease and death produced by Safe Work Australia.

Information shown includes the main types of injuries for which compensation was paid, the cost of injury and incidence rates by industry.

Key statistics:

In...

Audio

12 Apr 2012

Websites and social media can garner the support of hundreds of thousands for a particular cause. They can even bring issues to light that might otherwise have been overlooked by mainstream media. Host Michel Martin speaks with Shelby Blakely of the Tea Party Patriots, and...

Video

In The Fifth Estate’s debut event, and in the wake of Kevin Rudd’s challenge to Julia Gillard’s leadership, Lindsay Tanner, former Finance minister and ALP heavyweight, talks with Sally Warhaft about the state of the democratic process in Australia.

Together, they explore the challenges...

Submission

12 Apr 2012

ACFID has now released its submission to the 2012-13 Federal Budget: Helping People Overcome Poverty: Investing in Community Solutions .

The submission contains 26 recommendations gathered from the knowledge and input of ACFID Member Agencies and covers the four-year period to 2015-16, when the...

Report

11 Apr 2012

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) commissioned Alzheimer’s Australia to conduct a series of consumer consultations in response to the Productivity Commission’s report Caring for older Australians. Sixteen consultations were held nationwide, as well as an online survey for those unable to attend. Approximately...

Report

12 Apr 2012

This paper reviews the research on building safe and supportive families and communities for children in Australia. Based on assessments of 22 research and evaluation reports, it examines the evidence base in the areas of:

community attitudes and awareness of child safety; parenting and...

Report

28 Mar 2012

This paper argues that the most important thing we can do to encourage disadvantaged Australians into work is to turn our culture of low expectations into one that supports high achievement.

In a wealthy country like Australia, perhaps the most damaging kind of poverty...

Report

29 Mar 2012

Like Australia, Southeast Asian states worry about a future where their major economic partner may come into conflict with their security guarantor.

All Southeast Asian states want to take advantage of the benefits of a rising China, yet none wants it to be in...

Report

11 Apr 2012

Sentencing Children and Young People in Victoria covers the operation, functions, and philosophy of the Criminal Division of the Children’s Court. It presents a statistical profile of offences sentenced in the court, and identifies and analyses changes over a ten-year period (2000 to 2009 inclusive)....

Report

11 Apr 2012

This paper examines the threats faced by journalists and social media users who report on drug violence in Mexico, and proposes steps to reduce these risks.

The job of Mexican journalists covering drug trafficking and organized crime along the Mexico-U.S. border has been called...

Policy

12 Apr 2012

This policy statement seeks to invalidate the increasing tendency by employers to try to exercise power over their employees in the form of compulsorily-imposed tests for consumption of alcohol and other drugs.

There are some circumstances in which a genuine need exists...

Report

12 Apr 2012

This background note provides a snap-shot of significant developments in refugee law and policy during the period September 2010 to the end of December 2011.

On 14 September 2010, Julia Gillard was re-sworn in as Australia’s 27th Prime Minister following the 21 August 2010...

Report

30 Mar 2012

This background note provides an overview of the regulation of political financing at the Commonwealth level including election expenditure.

It also gives an account of the various political financing reforms that have been implemented or proposed at the national level since the 1980s....

Report

12 Apr 2012

This paper explores the evidence for the importance of a greater emphasis on social and emotional learning, as part of a holistic view of young people's education.

Recent years have seen significant shifts in the world of work, with the focus moving away from...

Report

12 Apr 2012

Australian Social Trends draws on a wide range of data, sourced both from ABS and other agencies, to present a picture of Australian society.

This publication aims to inform decision-making, research and discussion on social conditions in Australia. It covers social issues of current...

12 Apr 2012

Interactive web services at the turn of the 21st century spawned a number of new alluring ways to use online services writes Gerry White in DERN 's latest research review.

Although the use of blogs and wikis can be traced back to the 1990s,...

Report

31 Oct 2011

This paper presents a comparative analysis of the legal regulation of political parties as competitors in, and as new entrants to, the electoral contest. The paper focuses on laws that regulate both ballot access and the registration of political parties as ‘official’ electoral actors. It...

Report

31 Oct 2011

Australian public sector bodies regularly advertise their dedication to diversity and inclusion. Australian national, state and territory governments consistently emphasise four criteria when measuring and addressing public sector representativeness: indigenous status, ethno‐linguistic status, gender, and physical and intellectual disability. For many years, Australian governments had...

Report

3 Apr 2012

This paper examines how the voice of children and young people in State care can better contribute to the decisions that affect their lives.

Today, there is broad recognition of the critical role of the child’s perspective in any valid and effective policy, program,...

Report

22 Mar 2012

There’s recently been a flurry of activity as Airbus has attempted to sell the virtues of its C-295 aircraft for the Australian Defence Force’s future battlefield airlifter. This paper examines both the Airbus solution and its rival, Alenia’s C-27J Spartan .

The Australian Defence...

Report

12 Apr 2012

This paper presents evidence from Australia and overseas that demonstrates that high proportions of young offenders have a clinically significant, but previously undetected, oral language disorder.

Youth offenders are complex and challenging for policymakers and practitioners alike and face high risks for long-term disadvantage...

12 Apr 2012

The company makes no profits. It has little revenue. It has 13 employees and they have not worked out how to make money from their product, writes Paul Sheehan for the National Times .

But this company, Instagram, has just been sold for $US1...

10 Apr 2012

Are we so impressed by the power of collaboration that we’ve come to overvalue working in groups, asks Jock Given in Inside Story

IMAGINE a line-up of very young babies, all just four months old. Your job is to predict which ones...

Report

11 Apr 2012

A child's social and emotional wellbeing is integral to their overall health, development and wellbeing. Children with high levels of social and emotional wellbeing are more likely to successfully negotiate physical, intellectual and social challenges during childhood and adolescence. This report describes the process of...

Report

11 Apr 2012

The present study seeks to build on earlier work by identifying the factors associated with the frequency of natural disasters and the resulting mortality. Drawing together the main findings, some observations are made from a policy perspective to focus on key elements of a disaster...

Report

11 Apr 2012

At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new US report. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels...

Audio

11 Apr 2012

On Tuesday 13 March 2012, the BBC's Mishal Husein spoke at the Lowy Institute on her TV series 'How Facebook changed the world: the Arab Spring'.

. Her presentation can be heard here: Online people power: how social media is transforming the world...

Report

11 Apr 2012

Refugees in Melbourne suburbs are being exploited and living in dingy conditions, according to this report.

Briefing paper

11 Apr 2012

This briefing paper describes sentencing outcomes for adult offenders convicted of the offence of homicide and related offences between 2009 and 2010 in the NSW Criminal Courts.

Aim: To describe the penalties imposed on convicted homicide offenders

Summary: The average age...

Literature review

30 Nov 2011

This paper introduces community governance to an Australian local government audience and provides the foundation for further research on the topic. It summarises the findings of a literature review on community governance from a local government perspective and sets out the theoretical underpinnings.

Literature...

Report

11 Apr 2012

South East Queensland (SEQ) is a fast growing, mega-city region in Australia and innovative metropolitan regional planning and collaborative governance arrangements have been evolving in the region since the early 1990s. This report presents the results of recent research on the evolution of collaborative governance...

5 Apr 2012

In October 2011 Chinese authorities banned scores of racy and overtly materialistic entertainment shows on primetime television, writes Ying Zhu for Asian Creative Transformations .

Within days Western media were abuzz with speculation on China's tightening cultural policy.I received a fair amount of questions...

Audio

4 Apr 2012

Once surveillance was the prerogative of governments or the security services. But now it’s no longer simply a top down or They monitor us model according to David Lyon of Radio National .

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Today we actively participate and engage in our...

4 Apr 2012

Making social networking accessible to people with disability doesn't have to be expensive and complicated, writes Dr. Scott Hollier for ABC Ramp U p.

It's fair to say that social media is taking over the world. At least the online...

Report

30 Mar 2012

This paper sketches out the factors which could exacerbate tensions in the 2012 national elections and sets out a series of recommended actions to avert the violence.

As Papua New Guinea gears up for the national election due to be held mid 2012, there...

Report

4 Apr 2012

This paper examines productivity trends in the Australian utilities industry and highlights some significant issues relating to the measurement and interpretation of changes in measured productivity over time.

Key findings:

Multifactor productivity (MFP) growth in Australia’s market sector has been considerably below average...

Report

30 Mar 2012

This report examines the effectiveness and efficiency of the current economic regulation and quality of service monitoring regime for airports and whether new arrangements are needed.

In 2006, the Productivity Commission conducted a review of the regulatory arrangements for pricing airport services. The review...

Briefing paper

4 Apr 2012

This briefing highlights the key statistics, policy problems and development opportunities relevant to youth and disability today.

This is a particularly topical issue given current efforts to establish a national organisation to represent young people with disability, and the Australian Government’s recent decision to...

Report

4 Apr 2012

These papers are a follow-up to a roundtable that reviewed the Australian tax system, the Henry Review recommendations and the extent of their implementation, and last year's Tax Summit at Parliament House.

In October 2011 the Academy, in partnership with the ANU...

Report

4 Apr 2012

This report presents the first results of the new Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC) from the first quarter of data collection―July to September 2011. The SHSC describes the clients who seek assistance from specialist homelessness agencies and the services they receive.

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4 Apr 2012

When most people browse a web site or check out one of their friends on Facebook, the last thing on their mind is likely to be concerns about their carbon footprint, writes Rod Tucker of Melbourne University for the ABC .

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Report

2 Apr 2012

This review forms one of a suite of four literature reviews that have been completed under the From Education to Employment theme. These reviews collectively identify strategies for assisting young people at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) to make effective...

Report

2 Apr 2012

Instead of focusing on student satisfaction, retention and completion rates, this study surveys the way students learn and the outcomes they achieve, helping institutions understand more about the quality of education provided.

The Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) is an annual...

Report

2 Apr 2012

The Internet and online media have significantly impacted the Australian media and content industry and will continue to do so. They will be the key drivers of growth for the industry, delivering considerable value to consumers. Companies will need to adapt to the new reality...

Audio

2 Apr 2012

Ian McAllister, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at ANU and a former Director of ANU’s Research School of Social Sciences, discusses the Australian Election Study (AES) and its implications for the ALP.

Report

2 Apr 2012

Providing findings about the outcomes for participants and their families, implementation of the pilot, and the process and cost analysis, this report also draws together implications for future development of similar programs.

Disability and Community Care Services, Department of Communities has commissioned...

Commentary

3 Apr 2012

Just when it looks like things can’t get any worse for News Corporation, another scandal is engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s $50 billion media empire. This time the Murdoch pay TV businesses are under scrutiny. Allegations aired last week on the BBC and published in the Australian...

3 Apr 2012

Guy Standing brings together evidence about precarious employment from across the world, but his argument leaves Ian Watson with some unanswered questions

DURING a decades-long period at the International Labour Organization, Guy Standing wrote a series of important studies about the changing...

3 Apr 2012

Teaching can be a demanding profession writes Gerry White in DERN 's latest research review.

Student teaching practice is one part of pre-service teacher education that brings to the fore many of the demands that are made on teachers, in everyday practical situations. The...