July 2012

Article

30 Jul 2012

Is affordable housing a basic right for all Australians like other social goods such as education?

In his new book Accommodating Australians: Commonwealth Government Involvement in Housing Pat Troy answers this question strongly in the affirmative and chronicles a betrayal of this...

Research report

30 Jul 2012

Australia has much higher rates of income poverty and inequalities among children than Sweden and the other main Nordic nations. The aim of this publication is to identify what Australia can learn from the Nordic nations’ policies to reduce inequalities, and increase wellbeing,...

Journal article

30 Jul 2012

In 2006, Paul D. Numrich (2008) posed the question of whether contemporary scholarship on North American Buddhism constituted a distinct "field of study" and identified several factors that defined both academic disciplines and fields. This paper applies Numrich's criteria to the study of Buddhism in...

Research report

25 Jul 2012

The territorial disputes in the South China Sea get much less attention than other crisis points, in the Taiwan Straits and the Korean Peninsula, but are arguably more unpredictable and dangerous. It is in the South China Sea that the components of Asia’s changing power...

Research report

26 Jul 2012

In this new Working Paper, Mark Thirlwell provides a beginner’s guide to the Eurozone crisis. He argues that the Eurozone experiment has rested on a series of big economic and political bets, and that it’s now clear that almost none of them have...

Research report

24 Jul 2012

Australia lacks a scholarly book that covers recent developments in public sector governance in Australia and blends cross-disciplinary perspectives from law, management, public administration and public policy. The primary reason for writing this book is to fill the gap in the treatment of this subject,...

Research report

20 Jul 2012

The paper offers practical opportunities and recommendations for organisations to advocate for improved protection of Indigenous children's rights at both the international and domestic level.

Indigenous children around the world continue to face significant challenges in exercising their rights. They often experience major violations...

Research report

26 Jul 2012

This paper examines Australia’s involvement in the Joint Strike Fighter program and provide a succinct status update.

The F-35 Lightning II, commonly known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is a so-called fifth generation multi-role aircraft designed with both fighter (air-to-air) and strike (air-to-ground)...

Research report

26 Jul 2012

This publication presents the detailed official ABS trade in services data for 2011as well as a range of other statistics that are available to users interested in Australia's trade in services.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publishes official statistics on Australia’s trade in...

Audio

26 Jul 2012

The development of potentially lifesaving unmanned aircraft capable of flying in conditions considered too dangerous for manned aircraft, is being fast-tracked under the joint research venture Project ResQu.

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Research report

11 Jul 2012

This publication analyses the growth, direction and commodity breakdown of Australia's trade over the last five years, and includes individual reports showing the composition of trade with over eighty of Australia's trading partners.

Also included is a section on Australia's trade in services....

Journal article

24 Jul 2012

Efforts to understand the nuances inherent to the political turmoil in Syria present daunting challenges. While the numerous insurgent factions and the Syrian security forces engage each other in combat in towns and cities to secure tangible battlefield gains, the warring parties are also waging...

Research report

26 Jul 2012

Against a backdrop of growing public interest in corporate citizenship and responsibility, this report investigates the approach that leading firms are taking to investing in communities.

It looks at how, and how well, companies are performing against leading indicators for community investment.

Significantly,...

Research report

1 Jul 2012

Activity in cyberspace has permeated every facet of human activity, including U.S. military operations, yet the prospects for effective cyber defenses are bleak.

Warfare has become even more complicated since Richard Smoke wrote this description of escalation in 1977. The National Security Space Strategy...

Research report

13 Jul 2012

The paper explains the construction, content and features of the first version of the Australasian Colonial Legal History Library.

Australasia has a rich and complex legal history since the first European settlement, and our knowledge of legal practice and precedent in the colonies of...

Article

25 Jul 2012

Around the turn of the Twenty-first century, the internet transitioned from a unidirectional source of information to an interactive platform for sharing information.

This paradigmatic shift, referred to as Web 2.0, spread beyond the confines of the internet, resulting in increased sharing (porousness) beyond...

Research report

27 Jun 2012

This research identifies opportunities to strengthen reporting on violence against women to improve community understanding of the nature and causes of the issue.

The media plays a key role in the way people understand social issues such as violence against women. This research focuses...

26 Jul 2012

Handling crowds on major events is a huge challenge for organisers writes Angelika Kneidl in The Conversation .

The Olympics Organising Committee will be dealing with some of the biggest crowds there are, simulating such crowds could be one of the best shortcuts to...

Research report

26 Jul 2012

Little evidence has been produced on the influence of housing on children’s development in Australia. This study, relying on LSAC 2004 and 2008 data, begins to fill this gap by examining the association between residential mobility, unstable housing tenure and housing stress on children’s cognitive...

Research report

25 May 2012

This research provides an evidence base to develop further programs that encourage pro-social bystander action to address the determinants of violence against women.

The VicHealth Bystander Research Project is the first of its kind in Australia. To date, the project has included an evidence...

Research report

25 Jul 2012

This article explores the relationship between experiences of crime victimisation and self-reported measures of social capital and social cohesion.

It is widely acknowledged that a complex relationship exists between crime, feelings of personal safety, and social wellbeing. Experiences of crime and feelings of personal...

Audio

26 Jul 2012

It's a word that is used quite liberally: community gardens, community hall, community fundraiser, and maybe a community protest. But what does it mean, what defines a community?

Is it about sharing a suburb, a culture, or a language -- can it be...

Research report

20 Jul 2012

Indigenous communities possess unique strengths but also face significant challenges. This research brief examines the effectiveness of place-based initiatives in reducing disadvantage in Indigenous communities.

The challenges faced by some communities, such as poverty, unemployment, poor health, social dysfunction and violence, have not been...

Audio

26 Jul 2012

A wild ride back to the halcyon mid 20th century decades of the newspaper industry in Australia, as some old time press photographers reflect on life behind the camera lens, and their willingness to do just about anything in pursuit of the front page shot....

Research report

30 Jun 2012

This brief describes some of the promising efforts to reduce Indigenous family violence in Australia and overseas, including both government and community initiatives, as well as support mechanisms and measures for victims.

The issue of family violence in Indigenous communities across Australia has been...

25 Jul 2012

About every six months, someone I know asks me to help them to find funding for their community group / kindergarten / art project. Fundraising is a different process to applying for research funding.

However, thinking about how you fund a community...

Book

25 Jul 2012

Provides a concise and readable handbook for practitioners who are trying to implement sustainability strategies for packaging Draws on the expertise of researchers and industry practitioners to provide information on business benefits and environmental issues Includes industry case studies

The packaging industry is...

23 Jul 2012

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Regular readers of “The Conversation” will have probably seen the coverage of the speech delivered by Dr Ken Henry to the Australian Conference of Economists at Victoria University, Melbourne published on 12 July 2012. In this speech Dr Henry, who is...

Research report

30 Jul 1991

This 1991 report, commonly termed the 'Finn Review', resulted in the establishment of local industry vocational training for young people.

The Australian Education Council (AEC), at its October 1988 meeting, resolved to establish a working party on links between schools and TAFE. The working...

23 Jul 2012

Governments need to ensure a robust process for evaluating PPPs writes UQ's Flavio M. Menezes for Policy Online.

The Queensland Government, under the leadership of Campbell Newman, is promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to finance infrastructure projects. The Government recently created Projects...

23 Jul 2012

So when an Olympic gold medal is on the line, it’s no wonder we turn to electronics to help us.

But can we really rely on Hawk-Eye, or some other electronic gadget?

Many sports are now using some kind of electronics...

Commentary

20 Jul 2012

Child protection is often labelled a 'wicked' public policy issue, resistant to change and innovation, writes David Griffith of Allen Consulting.

The warning is stark. If Victoria's current reporting rates continue unchecked, one in four Victorian children born in 2011 will be reported to...

Research report

19 Jul 2012

This discussion paper presents research on current issues in relation to productivity and workforce participation, examines issues in relation to future demand from industry, and starts to explore policy options

The paper was produced by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency to invite stakeholder...

Book

16 Jul 2012

This book resulted from a research project intended to revisit historical, spatially diverse and now contemporary articulations of Indigenous and settler-state and settler-capitalist social and economic forms.

This is the second volume to emerge from a project on Indigenous participation in the Australian economy,...

20 Jul 2012

A catchment threatened by salinity can’t be repaired by one or two landholders, writes Roger Jones in The Conversation .

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Revegetation designed to lower watertables has its greatest ecological benefit where the plants are, but its net impact on salinity is...

Audio

19 Jul 2012

Social media experts Baratunde Thurston and Deanna Zandt answer listener questions about how to behave in the digital age. This week's question — should you have two separate Twitter accounts for personal and professional use?

Research report

16 Jul 2012

Almost ten years after the Bali bombing that brought terrorism in Indonesia to international attention, the country’s violent extremists are weak and divided but still active.

In the face of strong police pressure, they are finding ways to regroup on the run, in prison...

Research report

16 Jul 2012

This background note presents excerpts of parliamentary speeches relating to Australian immigration policies between 1901 and World War One.

It is the first in a series of Parliamentary Library publications that plan to address major immigration debates in Australian history. The purpose of this...

Research report

13 Jul 2012

This Background Note documents the evolution of the international responses to the uprising in Syria from March 2011 to June 2012.

This includes the reactions of international bodies such as the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC),...

Research report

19 Jul 2012

This report finds that South Australia's Department for Correctional Services has breached section 86 of the Correctional Services Act, by failing to adequately consider the individual circumstances of each prisoner in deciding whether to apply restraints in hospitals.

Key findings:

shackles should only...

Research report

10 Jul 2012

This audit assesses prisoner complaint handling practices against recognised national and international standards, with an eye to the realities of managing almost 2000 prisoners across South Australia’s nine prisons.

The evidence gathered in the audit indicates that the Department for Correctional Services complaint handling...

Research report

17 Jul 2012

This report discusses the key issues arising from the Australia-India relationship and presents them from both viewpoints.

It draws conclusions and proposes recommendations for action that the Taskforce members believe will create more robust Australia-India ties. The problems of the past reflected different histories...

Journal article

17 Jul 2012

This article catalogues Australia’s record of enacting anti-terror laws since 9/11. With the benefit of perspective that a decade brings, it draws conclusions and identifies lessons about this body of law for the Australian legal system and the ongoing task of protecting the community from...

Research report

19 Jul 2012

This report provides a detailed picture of kidney replacement therapy treatment in Australia using a variety of data sources. Differences are explored in kidney replacement therapy treatment rates and treatment patterns for end-stage kidney disease between population groups and over time.

End-stage kidney disease...

Research report

20 Jul 2012

This paper outlines the key findings of the limited research that has investigated how a history of child sexual abuse can influence men's perceptions and experience of fatherhood, and also discusses some of the reasons why this important topic remains largely excluded from public, academic...

Briefing paper

3 Jul 2012

This paper presents and discusses a snapshot of data describing the rates of involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out of home care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are over-represented in child protection and out-of-home care services...

Research report

17 Jul 2012

The public administration reforms contained in the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth), Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (Cth) and Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (Cth) apparently devolve ‘responsibility’ to Agency Heads, Chief Executives and Directors respectively.

This article surveys these framework legal...

Journal article

16 Jul 2012

This study aimed to determine the percentage of health care encounters at which a sample of adult Australians received appropriate care (ie, care in line with evidence-based or consensus-based guidelines).

Design, setting and participants: Computer-assisted telephone interviews and retrospective review of the medical...

Research report

10 Jul 2012

From time to time a decision of the High Court is considered to have major implications for federalism in Australia. The list of such cases includes the Engineers case (1920), the Uniform Tax cases (1942 and 1957), the Tasmanian Dam case (1983), the...

19 Jul 2012

Should a child's obese body be used as evidence to support their removal from their parents' care? Asks Darren Powell in The Conversation.

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According to a recent report in The Age newspaper, the Children’s Court of Victoria thinks so. Victoria’s Department...

Strategy

20 Jul 2012

This draft long-term plan, prepared in accordance with the Local Government Act, covers the 10 years to 30 June 2022. Its legal purposes are: to describe our activities and community outcomes; to provide for integrated decision-making and co-ordinated use of resources; to provide a long-term...

Strategy

19 Jul 2012

Focusing on four key infrastructure areas integral to the functioning of cities – energy, transport, water and waste, this report provides governments with a clear action agenda for realising productivity and liveability gains, and meeting sustainability outcomes.

Audio

18 Jul 2012

Sociologist Associate Professor Cheris Chan recounts the expensive lessons foreign insurance firms have had to learn in China and other ethnically Chinese countries when encountering cultural taboos and superstitions that directly impact on business success.

Audio

18 Jul 2012

More seniors are texting, e-mailing and using Facebook. They say social media helps them stay connected to family.

Host Michel Martin talks with grandmothers Barbara Graham and Denise Crenshaw about how they got plugged in. Grandparents.Com editor Ellen Breslau also joins the conversation....

Research report

18 Jul 2012

This Investigative Panel draws on international evidence and experts to understand how planning performance links with housing market efficiency, and how these factors will be affected by the housing reform agenda.

The panel drew on experts from the United States, United Kingdom and New...

Audio presentation

18 Jul 2012

Professor David Held delivered the 2012 Globalism Research Centre Tom Nairn Lecture on March 27, 2012.

'Cosmopolitanism in the Multipolar World' presented David Held's thinking about the future of humankind with a determined optimism, while recognising that from 9/11 to the present day, terrorism,...

Journal article

19 Jul 2012

The article reviews 11 primary studies that examine the impact of social mix on public housing estates. In a growing number of countries policy-makers view social mix as the key mechanism to address the problems often associated with disadvantaged public housing estates – unemployment, anti-social...

Research report

18 Jul 2012

Of most concern to business is the costs they face from local government planning and zoning assessment and building and construction regulation.

Key points

Implementing and enforcing state and territory laws, rather than local laws, dominates local governments’ regulatory workload. While...
17 Jul 2012

The quartier Européen of Brussels was abuzz as Italy’s prime minister Mario Monti returned to his old stamping ground for a summit of European Union leaders, writes James Panichi in Inside Story .

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With a solution to the eurozone’s crisis still...

Article

18 Jul 2012

With the government's White Paper on 'Australia in the Asian Century' imminent, Anthony Milner argues Australia must focus on more than our US alliance and China.

We have never been a mere 'deputy sheriff' and this needs to be made especially clear today. Closer...

Research report

18 Jul 2012

This document offers practical guidance for school leaders based on findings from A review of careers professionals' involvement in schools in the UK .

The report explored what the best available recent research tells us about successful careers education, information, advice and guidance (CE/IAG)...

Research report

11 Sep 2011

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are becoming an increasing major health and socio-economic concern in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). The World Health Organization estimates that NCDs accounted for 63 per cent of global mortality in 2008, 80 per cent of which was in LMICs.

Experiences of high-income...

Research report

18 Jul 2012

The carbon price is a vital step in creating a low-emissions future for Australia, but it needs further support. Investors are still struggling to overcome the risks surrounding low-emissions technologies and to get projects running at large scale and low cost. Grattan’s report...

Transcript

29 Feb 2012

This address examines what might be the recipe for a successful referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Mick Dodson also discusses ways we might mix the ingredients of that recipe to both achieve the symbolic recognition in our Constitution,...

Research report

30 Nov 2011

This story of Indigenous Australian-Indonesian intermarriage is one that sheds light on the changes to citizenship entitlement in Australia and the struggles of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Asian peoples to lead their lives free from government intervention. Indonesian-Australian contacts remain relatively unknown in Australian...

16 Jul 2012

Medicine has long been the subject of vigorous debate about the control of social resources, writes Paul Komesaroff in The Conversation .

The formation of modern medicine in the mid-19th century was itself the result of a century long fight for legitimacy among many...

Audio

17 Jul 2012

There's a skill shortage in trades and as the baby boomers retire it's set to become more acute. RMIT University academic Alan Montague believes students need better careers counselling to think beyond the current focus on a university degree so they see trade training as...

17 Jul 2012

The use of games in education and for learning has a long tradition ranging from commercial games to complex simulations, writes Gerry White in DERN .

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Teachers use games with school students because of their value for engaging learners and lecturers...

16 Jul 2012

More than 1,000 years of formal university learning and teaching does not change quickly, or without a struggle, writes Gally Salmon , in The Conversation .

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But we are starting to see some key tech trends engaging staff and students –...

Research report

11 Jul 2012

NSW public expenditure on health represents one-third of the entire NSW budget. Despite public hospitals consuming nearly 60% of the high and rapidly growing health spending, elective waiting times have lengthened in NSW compared to other states in the last decade.

In an ever-tightening...

Research report

25 Aug 1993

This 1993 report, widely known as the 'Hilmer report', prompted Australia's landmark microeconomic reform program.

A key principle of the program was that competitive markets will generally best serve the interests of consumers and the wider community.

Spanning 1995-2005 the National...

Discussion paper

9 Jul 2012

This discussion paper contains a package of proposals for telecommunications interception reform, telecommunications sector security reform and Australian intelligence community legislation reform.

Audio

12 Jul 2012

Are we prepared should the evolution of smarter-than-human technology pose a danger to humanity? Stephen Hawking has said that 'unless mankind redesigns itself by changing our DNA by altering our genetic make-up, computer-generated robots will take over the world.'

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Jonathan Harris is both an artist and a computer scientist. That must mean that both hemispheres of his brain are on fire. In this video, Harris shares what he sees as the four big cultural trends brought to us by the likes of Facebook, Twitter...

Research report

31 Mar 2012

The Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF) undertakes independent research into the attitudes and actions of Australians in relation to the issue of illegal content theft of movies and television shows. The research is undertaken by Sycamore Research; Marketing, an independent market research organisation, in conjunction...

Research report

9 Jul 2012

This background note provides a brief overview of the historical and political context surrounding boat arrivals in Australia since 1976.

The term ‘boat people’ entered the Australian vernacular in the 1970s with the arrival of the first wave of boats carrying people seeking asylum...

Research report

10 Jul 2012

This is a compilation of actions undertaken over the past decade relating to the establishment of a second Sydney airport.

This is a compilation of actions undertaken over the past decade relating to the establishment of a second Sydney airport. For the period prior...

Research report

30 Jun 2012

This paper presents background information on wind farms, examines NSW and Commonwealth regulatory regimes, and summarises recent policy developments.

The current NSW Government's "NSW 2021" commits the State to achieving a 20 percent Renewable Energy Target (RET) by 2020. This target has been a...

Research report

10 Jul 2012

This paper examines the profile of offenders given intensive correction orders in New South Wales and compares these offenders with those who received other penalties.

Method: Details of offenders’ demographic and offence characteristics, prior convictions and penalties were examined. Logistic regression models were...

Journal article

25 May 2012

This paper deals with the 2011 NSW Inquest into the death in custody of Mark Holcroft in 2009 and the related issues about the rights and essential needs of prisoners undertaking long journeys in prison transport.

The paper highlights the findings and recommendations of...

Research report

29 Jun 2012

Tech analysts envision a future with “smart” devices and environments that make systems more efficient. But the early evidence is that the costs and necessary infrastructure changes to make it all work are daunting. And the experts note that people find comfort in the familiar,...

11 Jul 2012

At a time when the court’s decisions are making life complicated for the government, Nicola Roxon is faced with two new appointments to the bench. In Inside Story Andrew Lynch looks at the factors she’ll be taking into account

EVEN more anticipation...

11 Jul 2012

It’s a year since News Corporation’s cover-up of phone-hacking in Britain began to unravel. In Inside Story Rodney Tiffen takes stock of the damage so far, assesses the News Corp split, and looks ahead

ON 4 July 2011, Rupert Murdoch’s world changed...

Evaluation

1 Jun 2012

The Summer Foundation and Monash University conducted interviews with 68 people with disabilities and families who received services through the five-year Victorian Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) initiative.

“This study shows that moving out of nursing homes enriches the lives of young...

Audio

9 Jul 2012

Why are girl gamers being harassed and abused online? We meet the founder of the Older Wiser Lifestyles program helping people who develop an addiction later in life. Plus the first in our series celebrating that it's never too late to learn.

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9 Jul 2012

The issues associated with student online safety can be confusing in trying to discern sense between media hyperbole and exaggeration, and solid, reliable research information, explains Gerry White in DERN .

There is also a tendency among some official bodies to over-exaggerate the...

6 Jul 2012

Brian McNair discusses the longevity of print media in The Conversation .

I SAY “crisis”, but let’s be clear: news organisations are still making profits. Maybe not as much as they used to in the pre-internet days of “rivers of gold”...

6 Jul 2012

Universities are traditionally seen as exclusive institutions for the few, not the many. But that is changing as a new wave of online courses throws open the doors of academia to all, writes Craig Savage in The Conversation .

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Led by...

Research report

4 Jul 2012

This report looks at the proven benefits of marine parks for fish stocks (and therefore for the fishing industry), and estimates the value of ecosystem services provided by areas to be covered by the new marine parks.

It also puts the modest and short-term...

Research report

28 Jun 2012

This report presents information on the demographic and employment characteristics of the nursing and midwifery workforce, based primarily on estimates derived from the National Health Workforce Data Set.

Data were collected via registration forms and a survey instrument administered by the Australian Health Practitioner...

Research report

4 Jul 2012

It is estimated that, across Australia, 44 people per 10,000 accessed specialist homelessness services in this quarter and, on average, over 18,500 clients were accommodated by these service on any given night in the quarter.

This report presents results of the Specialist...

4 Jul 2012

The New York Times' entry into the Chinese media market is off to a seemingly rocky start, writes Yanshuang Zhang in The Conversation .

Two days ago, the company launched its Chinese website – cn.nytimes.com – and a corresponding Sina Weibo microblogging account (China’s...

Research report

29 Jun 2012

This release provides 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 and...

Research report

22 Jun 2012

The industrial dispute between Qantas and three of its unions can be seen in the context of Qantas’ attempts to remain viable in a highly competitive domestic and international aviation environment. This note details the background to the enterprise bargaining disputes in 2011 between Qantas...

Research report

4 Jul 2012

This report presents progress against indicators in the National Indigenous reform agreement , which sets out the policy framework and the six targets for commonwealth, state and territory governments to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage in health, education and employment.

It is the...

5 Jul 2012

In order to distinguish teaching in the classroom from educational administration or research, terms such as teaching at the coalface or the chalkface were often used as a metaphor, writes Gerry White in DERN .

Metaphors like coalface and chalkface were used to emphasise...

Audio

5 Jul 2012

Smartphones are internet enabled mobile phones, and more than 50% of Australians own one (maybe more like three quarters of us by some estimates), Radio National's Natasha Mitchell and her guests Mark Pesce and Mark Eiden discuss.

Clearly we love them—and why shouldn't we?...

Video

‘Only connect,’ said E M Forster. Could Mr Forster have envisaged a world in which one person connected with another, thousands of miles away, through free video and voice calls, instant messages and file sharing, via a computer and broadband internet connection? Humans are now...

Video

Discussing Quarterly Essay 46, author and journalist Laura Tingle explains that our disenchantment goes to something deep in Australian culture: our great expectations of government.

Since the deregulation era of the 1980s, governments can do less, but we wish they could do more. Rather...

Research report

30 Jun 2012

Big Data, the data too large and complex for most current information infrastructure to store and analyze, has changed every sector in government and industry.

Today’s sensors and devices produce an overwhelming amount of information that is often unstructured, and solutions developed to handle...

Research report

28 Jun 2012

The clandestine nature of trafficking in persons means that there is little reliable data about the nature and extent of the crime; however, a picture is emerging of the nature of people trafficking as the number of prosecutions grows.

Few of the cases identified...

Research report

28 Jun 2012

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s administration of the Household Assistance Scheme.

Digital television broadcasts in Australia commenced in simulcast (alongside existing analog channels) in metropolitan areas in January 2001. In 2008, the...

Research report

26 Jun 2012

Australian businesses received online orders worth $189 billion in the twelve months to 2010-11, according to this release on the incidence of use of information technology and innovation in Australian business.

This includes orders received from Australian households, businesses and government, as well as...

Research report

21 Jun 2012

A recurring feature of high profile Victoria Police investigations is the unauthorised release of confidential information or ‘leaking’.

This report sets out the findings of an Office of Police Integrity (OPI) review of Victoria Police’s management of investigations, in particular, the management of ‘high...

Research report

20 Jun 2012

This report examines the application of the current legislative and policy framework for police reporting police wrongdoing. The topic is of particular importance to police because they – unlike any other public sector employees in Victoria – are compelled by legislation to report serious misconduct...

Research report

20 Jun 2012

Alcohol-related harm costs Victoria an estimated $4.3 billion per year. This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Justice, Victoria Police and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation in preventing and reducing the impact of alcohol-related harm on the community.

Despite...

Research report

20 Jun 2012

Frontline information and communications technology (ICT) includes the hardware, software and supporting network infrastructure used to help public sector agencies deliver services.

ICT can quickly become obsolete due to the high tempo of innovation and subsequent refresh rate of technology assets. Inadequate...

Research report

6 Jun 2012

Victoria's economic, social and environmental goals depend on better performance in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. However, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has not succeeded in raising achievement in science and mathematics or participation in the enabling sciences....

Research report

6 Jun 2012

This audit assessed the effectiveness of fraud prevention strategies at a selection of Victorian councils.

Each year, local government collects $7 billion in operating revenues, expends $6 billion, and manages assets with a total value of $60 billion. These significant resources are at...

Research report

27 Jun 2012

This audit assesses the extent to which government agencies create, manage and dispose of records in accordance with key business, legal and policy requirements.

The agencies included in the audit were the: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs); Department of Immigration and Citizenship...

2 Jul 2012

Terry Flew discusses the place for public service media organisations in The Conversation.

As a graduate student at the University of Sydney in the 1980s, I worked with a professor who had over 15 years of copies of The Economist in his office....

Research report

28 Jun 2012

This paper analyses Vietnam’s strategic trajectory over the past two decades, with an emphasis on its relations with China and the US, its policies on the South China Sea dispute, and the implications for regional players.

The paper provides an overview of the rationales...

Research report

28 Jun 2012

Australia's political relationship with China is far less developed than its economic relationship. This paper argues that this is detrimental to Australia's interests because China is not merely an economic power but also a crucial political and security actor in the region.

Underdeveloped political...

Research report

13 Jun 2012

This report provides data on criminal cases finalised in 2011 in the New South Wales Local, Children’s, District and Supreme Courts.

Enhancements to the JusticeLink system in November 2010 have resulted in improved recording of ex parte convictions, legal representation and plea. The proportion...

Research report

18 Jun 2012

This paper provides brief background information on the origins of the Olympics and a snapshot of the development of the Games since the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

Particular reference is made to the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 and the Sydney Olympics...

Working paper

29 Jun 2012

This paper presents a case study of an exercise in Aboriginal community governance.

It sets out the background events that led the Yawuru Native Title Holders Aboriginal Corporation to secure information for its own needs as an act of self-determination and essential...

Research report

21 Jun 2012

A critical skills shortage has developed which threatens the ability of the agricultural sector to continue to grow and meet increasing global demand for food and fibre.

On 19 September 2011 the Senate referred the following matters to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace...

Journal article

2 Jul 2012

Public health ethics has emerged and grown as an independent discipline over the last decade. It involves using ethical theory and empirical analyses to determine and justify the right thing to do in public health. In this paper, we distinguish public health ethics from clinical...

Article

2 Jul 2012

Beyond the usual technical and evidentiary considerations, there are ethical questions that we must consider in the justification of our obesity interventions in the name of expected population health gains.

These relate to the types of health identities that are permitted in society,...

Journal article

2 Jul 2012

The prevalence of mental disorders among Indigenous adults in Queensland custody is very high and there remains an urgent need to develop culturally capable mental health services for Indigenous Australians in custody.

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of mental disorder in...

Research report

2 Jul 2012

On 27 June 2012, the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties tabled its critical review or the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the House of Representatives.

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Research report

1 Jul 2012

This research project investigates the marginal rental housing market, which includes rooming houses and various kinds of caravan park accommodation.

The project asks: What are the supply and demand trends in different geographical locations? What are the drivers of change in this...

Literature review

1 Jul 2012

Through a review of the relevant academic and policy literature, this report aims to critically revisit both the conceptual thinking and the research evidence that have shaped academic and policy interest in the drivers, outcomes and potential means of addressing concentrations of social disadvantage....

Article

1 Jul 2012

The Australian population is one of the most mobile in the world—with over 50 per cent of Australians changing their place of usual residence in the five-year period between 2001 and 2006 (ABS 2006). This essay teases out the links between housing and mobility and...

Fact sheet

1 Jul 2012

This fact sheet outlines: workforce participation by gender, full time/part time status and industry; working patterns and average weekly hours.

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