August 2012

Research report

29 Aug 2012

This report finds that establishing a Great Kimberley Marine Park with Indigenous joint management would create a global icon in WA's far north rivaling the Great Barrier Reef.

The first global analysis of human impacts on marine ecosystems (Halpern et al, 2008)...

Research report

29 Aug 2012

Key challenges addressed in the panel included:

How to increase the supply of housing through infill development (e.g. streamlined planning incentives to development etc.). How to deliver a range of diverse housing products in infill developments. How to deliver affordable and sustainable housing (e.g...

Audio

29 Aug 2012

This National Homelessness Research Network event was held in Sydney during Homeless Persons Week 2012. It presented findings from two new AHURI research projects.

29 Aug 2012

Australia is a country made up primarily of migrants and those descended from migrants. To fully understand immigration we need to distinguish between flows and stocks , writes Tom Conley at Big P Political Economy.

We also need to distinguish between types...

30 Aug 2012

In 2012, public debate over the value of art and culture has reignited as conservative state governments in Victoria and Queensland cut arts funding from their budgets.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s plan to scrap the Premier’s Literary Awards (107) in April this year was...

Guide

30 Jun 2012

The Specialist Practice Resources are a valuable tool for practitioners, but do not replace the Child Protection Practice Manual, which is a step-by-step operational tool to help with day-to-day procedures. They have been designed as a useful guide to help practitioners deal with the particularly...

Research report

29 May 2012

Prepared by Urbis Pty Ltd social researchers, this report documents findings from research undertaken to assess the social outcomes of the Working on Country program and complementary Indigenous natural and cultural resource management programs. This study found that the social outcomes are diverse, wide-ranging and...

Research report

27 Aug 2012

Marine bioregional plans have been developed for four of Australia's marine regions - South-west, North-west, North and Temperate East. Marine Bioregional Plans will help improve the way decisions are made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), particularly in relation to...

29 Aug 2012

Greater information about subcontractors helping to deliver the National Broadband Network is required as costs soar to $1.4 billion, writes Charis Palmer The Conversation.

NBN Co yesterday released its Corporate Plan for 2012-2015 (3) , and reaffirmed its commitment to the underlying business case...

29 Aug 2012

Art is a major measure of civilisation because it enriches society and tells us myriad stories about ourselves, yet Australia doesn't invest in it as much as sport, writes Julian Meyrick in The Age .

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As the third quadrennium...

27 Aug 2012

Australia's system of representative democracy is stable but weak. We aren’t about to have an Arab spring, but, when people’s engagement with democracy is limited to voting at elections, often with hostility or resentment, it’s a weak democracy. The system needs revitalising and the local...

Database

A website for sharing information and good practice solutions for the homelessness service sector in Australia.

The Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse is an online tool designed to help tackle homelessness in Australia. This site is available to share resources, ideas and information.

This site...

27 Aug 2012

Ninety countries representing 90% of the global economy are committed to reducing their greenhouse emissions, writes Will Steffen in The Conversation .

This is one of the take-home messages from the Climate Commission ’s report “The Critical Decade: International Action on Climate Change ”,...

Research report

27 Aug 2012

Prepared for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, this report provides background information for the evaluation of Street to Home programs being undertaken in Australian capital cities.

Research report

27 Aug 2012

This report details the financial position of Australian households using the latest ABS Survey of Income and Housing and other data sources. The report places emphasis on the financial position of households where the main source of income is the New Start Allowance and job-seeker...

27 Aug 2012

. The recent release of a discussion paper by Arts Victoria on funding for organisations should be a major step in the development of the arts in Victoria.

Yet, if we are looking to take a leap forward with better funding policies, we...

Research report

20 Aug 2012

This report recommends that the Commonwealth Government release a water recovery strategy well in advance of the introduction of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to the Parliament.

On 29 May 2012 the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities asked the Committee to inquiry...

Research report

21 Aug 2012

This report examines the activities of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to determine whether it is fulfilling its statutory responsibilities.

Section 243 of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 sets out the Parliamentary Committee's duties as follows:

(a) to inquire...

Research report

22 Aug 2012

This research summary defines disability and provides an overview of information regarding the health of people with disabilities and the underlying social determinants, using the population-based data that is available.

Approximately one in five Australians has a disability. Disability may occur at any time...

Report

23 Dec 2011

The projects in the Future Fabric of Cities Flagship explore innovative propositions around the questions that arise in the future design of cities. These questions are approached from a range of perspectives and scales, both physical and virtual, but share a concern for venturous project-based...

23 Aug 2012

Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives: we use it to learn, to shop, to pay bills, and to entertain ourselves, posts Zach Romeo on Learn Stuff.

Not surprisingly, younger generations are heavily influenced by computers in a way that changes...

Audio

23 Aug 2012

Professor Patrick Troy explores the many different approaches of the Commonwealth toward housing policy since the 1940s; from the post war reconstruction initiatives – to questioning the current trend towards densification.

His big question is whether affordable housing is a basic right here in...

Audio

23 Aug 2012

Humans are social animals: relationships are critical to our wellbeing. Indeed, a lack of face-to-face contact can put our health at risk. This panel, investigating ideas put forward in the Grattan Institute's Social Cities report, looks at ways to make cities better places to live...

Video

Individually, technology trends such as mobility, cloud computing, analytics and gamification are making organizations more efficient. When these capabilities collide, however, they can potentially reshape operating models, business models – and even industries and markets. Watch this episode of Deloitte Insights to learn more....

Research report

23 Aug 2012

This report on the issue of male circumcision, examines the current national and international legal framework and offers recommendations for reform.

These include a general prohibition on the circumcision of incapable minors with an exception for well-established religious or ethnicity motivated circumcisions and the...

Discussion paper

30 Apr 2012

On 30 April, the Victorian Government began an extensive consultation process on the future of social housing in Victoria, as part of its commitment to develop a new housing framework better suited to our communities’ needs.

To assist with considering the complex...

Research report

22 Aug 2012

Many councils are looking at adopting social media as part of their operations, and a number of councils, state associations and professional organisations have or are in the process of developing guide documents on the issue. The intent of this ACELG project is to assist...

Research report

21 Aug 2012

This paper explores the effects of a successful third North Korean nuclear test on the Northeast Asian security dynamic.

A successful test, of around fifteen kilotons, could bring to the fore a slew of serious strategic issues in Northeast Asia, creating problems for North...

Research report

22 Aug 2012

This report argues that while email continues to be the most common method by which scams are delivered, the use of landline and mobile telephones, including SMS, to target potential scam victims, has increased.

The Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) includes 22 government regulatory...

Briefing paper

22 Aug 2012

Community cabinets were introduced by the Beattie Labor Government in Queensland in 1998 as a mechanism for encouraging greater community engagement with the processes of policymaking. Whilst similar approaches have been introduced in other countries to encourage more direct dialogue between governments and citizens, the...

Research report

23 Aug 2012

Multiple causes of death data are useful for describing the role of all diseases involved in deaths. This bulletin is the first comprehensive application of multiple causes of death statistics to natural causes of death and specific chronic diseases of public health importance in Australia....

Research report

22 Aug 2012

This report presents the most comprehensive review of the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force ever undertaken, and makes 21 recommendations.

The Terms of Reference were developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission after consultation with the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The...

Research report

30 Jul 2012

This briefing paper summarises some of the key findings derived from three years of research into crime prevention arrangements on the waterfront. In particular, this briefing probes the partnerships between government and industry stakeholders implemented to enhance safety, security and prevent unlawful activity on the...

Research report

30 Jul 2012

This report provides a detailed examination of human DNA in drugs and the feasibility of extracting from it information useful for policing.

The expected outcomes of the project were to:

• identify how frequently drugs contain human DNA;

• assess the relative...

Research report

14 Aug 2012

Severe economic challenges and political obstacles look sure to resign China's currency to a fate short of major reserve currency status.

China’s currency is on the rise. Buoyed by the economy’s outperformance and global trade impact, policy steps over the past few years have...

Research report

9 Aug 2012

The only measure likely to halt violence in Indonesia’s Papua province in the short term is a major overhaul of security policy, argues this report.

A spate of violence in Papua in May and June 2012 exposed the lack of a coherent government strategy...

Research report

25 Jul 2012

This review of the evidence on opioid medications in Tasmania, and also nationally and internationally, has brought up a number of important observations on the changing landscape in Schedule 8 (S8) opioid medication availability, prescribing, and the changes in the regulation of these...

Research report

23 Aug 2012

Bringing up children can be tough at the best of times. When a parent has a mental illness it’s even more of a challenge. What are the problems that they face? And what do parents with a mental illness say would help support...

21 Aug 2012

The use of search engines on the Internet is prolific, so much so that the Google search engine brand name has become a verb in the English language, write Gerry White in DERN .

For example, ‘[information or a person] was Googled’. The amount...

Research report

21 Aug 2012

Examining the way low health literacy effects Victoria's multicultural communities, this report looks at the available resources, those that are still required and best practice strategies for enhanced health literacy.

In 2011, the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) Health Policy Subcommittee...

20 Aug 2012

Abstract

The Productivity Commission labels our current disability support system as ‘underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient, giving people with a disability little choice and no certainty of access to the supports they need’. As the celebrated National Disability Insurance...

Video

Commonwealth politicians are increasingly presenting the concept of localism as the panacea to all our wicked problems yet there remains considerable puzzlement across levels of government as to what it really means in practice. Indeed a recent survey of Commonwealth departments and agencies identified several...

Research report

15 Aug 2012

The vitality of the Victorian community and its economy is significantly linked with the extent to which older people's participation can be fostered and encouraged.

During this Inquiry, the Committee identified that there are individual, community and economic benefits of the diverse participation by...

Research report

20 Aug 2012

Using the case study of Singapore, this paper presents a simple methodological framework to evaluate how well a city is doing in harnessing culture's potential contribution to urban sustainability.

Benchmarks, Best Practices and Framework for Sustainable Urban Development

Research Objectives – To...

Journal article

20 Aug 2012

As the dominant site and sign of human settlement, the city exemplifies and displays the fundamental concerns of the human condition in the twenty-first century. Just as urban living concentrates us in close proximity, the city clusters clichés and sermons, critiques and self-serving assurances. The...

Research report

8 Mar 2012

This Canadian report discusses the importance of incorporating social equity and environmental justice objectives into transport policy and planning analysis. It recommends a more systematic and comprehensive framework for social equity impact analysis.

Social equity refers to the equitable distribution of impacts...

Research report

30 May 2012

As time progresses, New Zealand’s population is projected to increase, with a changed age structure. In particular, older age groups are projected to increase much more than younger age groups, which, in some cases, are projected to fall as a percentage of the overall population....

20 Aug 2012

Tom Conley argues in Big P Political Economy that assessments of the Australian economy often resemble the “yeah, naah” statements of football players in post-match interviews.

Yes I agree that the Australian economy has been doing well, but naah I think things could...

Research report

17 Aug 2012

Senators and members receive an annual allowance by way of basic salary—$190 550 from 1 July 2012.

This background note explains the legislative basis, fixing and linking mechanisms for the allowance. Adjustments to the base salary since 1968 are provided in Table 1 and...

Research report

17 Aug 2012

This background note provides a summary of Commonwealth parliamentary superannuation benefits in place prior to the 2004 general election.

It provides explanation, hyperlinks and documents pertaining to the operation of the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme (the PCSS). A table of eligibility requirements and benefits...

Research report

17 Aug 2012

The issue of parliamentary salaries, allowances and entitlements continues to generate interest and comment.

This background note sets out recent major changes to the parliamentary remuneration and entitlements regime, including the authority and governing legislation and explains how different aspects of parliamentary remuneration and...

Research report

13 Aug 2012

This background note highlights some key public statements by Australian Government officials on the Arab-Israeli conflict as a way of illustrating Australia’s evolving policies towards the Middle East.

It focuses on Australia’s publicly stated position on Palestinian statehood, but also references Australia’s response to...

Research report

13 Aug 2012

This is the evaluation report for the the "pARTicipation Forum" which was held in June 2012.

This one day event was produced by the Centre for Multicultural Youth in association with the Footscray Community Arts Centre, it brought together 152 artists, community arts producers,...

Book

9 Aug 2012

As traditional knowledge systems are also innovation systems, this book analyses the relationship between intellectual property and indigenous innovation.

The contributors come from different disciplinary backgrounds including law, ethnobotany and science. Drawing on examples from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, each of...

Research report

13 Aug 2012

This book presents Australia's geological evolution as seen through the lens of human impacts.

Exploring the geology, resources and landscapes of Australia, the book reveals how these have helped to shape this nation’s society, environment and wealth. Presented in a refreshingly non-linear format, the...

Research report

16 Aug 2012

Although it is popularly thought that older people prefer to downsize to smaller dwellings, the evidence suggests there is a reluctance to do so (Judd et al. 2010). This is partly because of the strong attachments to their existing home and the need for space...

17 Aug 2012

Reports of Labor’s death have been grossly exaggerated, writes Dennis Altman in Inside Story

THE LAST sitting day before the winter recess was a charged time in Parliament House. The day before, the House of Representatives had passed Rob Oakeshott’s attempt at...

17 Aug 2012

Digital media users may be easy to track but they can be very hard to follow, writes Jock Given in Inside Story

“The Net… is different,” wrote Randall Rothenberg in Wired in January 1998. “The Net is accountable. It is knowable. It...

17 Aug 2012

This independent MP rose from thirty-year-old Armidale councillor to NSW parliamentary speaker. Now he plans to take on Tony Windsor for the Nationals. In Inside Story Frank Bongiorno looks at a politician who won’t stand still

PROVIDED that you weren’t a Labor MP...

Research report

17 Aug 2012

This paper explores four hard questions about the upcoming Australia in the Asian Century White Paper being finalised by former Treasury Secretary Dr Ken Henry and his team.

The paper asks:

Will the White Paper focus on the right region in the right...

Research report

15 Aug 2012

This paper argues that whatever the rationales for the creation of the current system of tax concessions for superannuation, minimising the future cost of the age pension does not appear to be among them.

Australian taxpayers contributed $30.2 billion to the private accounts of...

Research report

15 Aug 2012

This paper argues that before Australia jumps into the golden age of gas as a way of combating climate change, it is essential to have a good understanding of the effect that this will have on emissions, which requires measuring the fugitive emissions that occur...

Research report

30 Jun 2012

Community legal centres are providing strong return on investment, argues this report.

The study finds that, on average, community legal centres (CLCs) have a cost benefit ratio of 1:18; that is, for every dollar spent by government on funding CLCs, they return a benefit...

Research report

16 Jul 2012

The report gathers recent research and inquiry recommendations, together with commentary from prominent legal figures to paint a concerning picture of Australia's justice system and what needs to happen to change it.

In 2009, then Federal Attorney General Robert McClelland said that the “critical...

Research report

13 Aug 2012

This background note examines the Australian Government's response to key developments relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2007, as well as broader Government statements on the nature of the conflict and its possible resolution.

This paper complements another Parliamentary Library Background Note, Australia and...

Audio podcast

7 Sep 2011

Recent public debate about educational quality and standards raises questions about which teaching styles are most effective in supporting student learning. Of all forms of teaching, the lecture is the most traditional. It also has the potential to be the most tedious experience for students....

Research report

30 Jul 2012

This paper formalises the commitment of the Australian Institute of Family Studies to turn around the disadvantages experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) vision for reconciliation recognises, respects and values the histories, cultures and...

Research report

16 Aug 2012

This report examines possible policy responses to the challenges and pressures within the broader economy that threaten the ongoing viability and competitiveness of food processing in Australia.

On 24 March 2011 the Senate referred the following matter to the Select Committee on Australia's Food...

Research report

10 Aug 2012

This paper identifies key economic facts and figures for Western Sydney, one of NSW's most significant economic, social and political regions.

Defining Western Sydney for the purposes of this paper involved a choice between two definitions: the NSW Government definition; and the Australian Bureau...

15 Aug 2012

For APO, RMIT's Binoy Kampmark reflects on a story of embittered stinginess that never ends.

This is a story of embittered stinginess that never ends. Poorer countries have done more, and have been more conspicuous in the way they have been flooded (yes, flooded)...

Video

Is this the future of books?

This video was put together by a small team of staff and volunteers that support a single-store bookshop, Type Books in Toronto, Canada.Its elegant choreography and music make it mesmerising viewing. It goes to show that...

Essay

16 Aug 2012

John Buckley, formerly Australia's Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues, stresses that Australia cannot cope with irregular migration on its own.

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are already particularly important in controlling the flow of asylum seekers to Australia, but receive very little credit. As the...

15 Aug 2012

Australia has one of the highest rates of technology take up in education, compared to other countries, according to the OECD (4) . Information and communications technology (ICT) enables access to information and also collaboration in convenient and affordable ways which are very useful in...

Audio

15 Aug 2012

'Hard-headed but not hard-hearted' is how Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston describes the 22 recommendations he and his expert panel handed down this week for asylum seeker policy in Australia. The recommendations included increasing Australia’s humanitarian intake by up to 14,000 people over the next...

Research report

13 Aug 2012

On 28 June 2012, the Prime Minister (Julia Gillard) and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Chris Bowen) announced that the Government had invited Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC (Ret’d), the former chief of Australia’s defence force, to lead an expert panel to...

Research report

13 Aug 2012

Unacceptable physical abuse is causing long-term damage to the lives and futures of far too many children in East Asia and the Pacific, according to this report.

The report, titled Child Maltreatment: Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences in East Asia and Pacific, (109) is the...

Audio

13 Aug 2012

Hacking. We often think of it happening to companies or governments. But it also happens to ordinary people.

14 Aug 2012

In Foreign Policy Rebecca MacKinnon discusses who actually controls the Internet.

It is the "consistent and unequivocal policy of the United States," the lawmakers affirmed, "to promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multi-stakeholder model...

Discussion paper

13 Aug 2012

Using several recent international reports as evidence, this policy brief argues that the extensive use of private tutors in East Asia has a detrimental affect on family budgets, children's time and national education systems.

A recent report by the Asian Development Bank...

Guide

31 Aug 2011

Audit Committees have an important role in the governance framework of entities by providing an independent source of assurance and advice to Chief Executives/Boards. A distinguishing feature of an Audit Committee within an entity’s governance framework is its independence and objectivity, as Audit Committees do...

Transcript

13 Aug 2012

The negotiation over the scope and application of a conservation measure is a negotiation over how the burden of conservation is distributed. The eventual decision will allocate the costs (conservation limits) and the benefits (fishing opportunities and future productivity improvements). Negotiations have to...

Audio

13 Aug 2012

On Queensland's Gold Coast is a food garden with a difference.

The Gold Coast Permaculture Project sits on a large suburban block, alongside the car dealerships and fast food outlets in the commercial heart of Southport.

It's turning large volumes of...

9 Aug 2012

While artists, activists and event organizers have embraced the pop-up phenomenon, urban visionaries have remained overwhelmingly concerned with permanence, writes David Lepeska .

That may be changing, according to The Temporary City , a new book by urban planner Peter Bishop and environmental scientist...

Research report

8 Aug 2012

As part of the ongoing series Growing Up in Australia , this second Annual Statistical Report provides policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and others with a valuable introduction to the information collected by the study.

Chapters and papers include:

2. Parental mental health

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Research report

9 Aug 2012

The airport can no longer be viewed in isolation from its regional setting. Modern airports are major nodes of economic, environmental and social impact. Their efficiency and development potential are inextricably linked with the wider urban context, and in particular, interaction with urban planning systems....

Video

Alfa Hugelmann worked for many years as an architect in Holland and specialises in the complexity of the interior of public buildings in relationship to public space. She worked on master plans for historical university campuses, award winning highly sustainable buildings and architectural exhibitions in...

Research report

30 Jul 2012

This paper presents a preliminary examination of the use of quetiapine (an antipsychotic drug) amongst a broader sample of people who inject drugs.

Quetiapine fumarate is an atypical antipsychotic drug which has become more commonly prescribed in Australia for certain mental health conditions in...

Research report

30 Mar 2012

In an effort to mitigate known conflicts with human rights laws, the past five years has seen the United States implement four independent reforms to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations relevant to the treatment of dual and third country nationals in Australia.

While...

Journal article

30 Mar 2012

As China rises to power in Asia, the hunt is on for a means to ensure its ‘peaceful rise’. One approach advanced in the Australian debate is that Beijing might be inducted into a concert of powers, similar to the Concert of Europe. But different...

Research report

30 Jun 2012

This report explores why it is necessary to design and deliver homelessness services specifically for Indigenous people.

Briefing paper

30 Jul 2012

The acceptance of gifts and benefits – or ‘gratuities’ – has been described as ‘a police image problem that doesn’t seem to go away’ . This assertion was borne out recently in the ‘phone hacking scandal’ in the United Kingdom, when the Commissioner and Assistant...

Video

Australian schools need an injection of at least an extra $5 billion, according to the Gonski report, the most far-reaching review of schools funding since 1973.

The review found the current education system is complex, confusing, failing disadvantaged students and contributing to falling performances...

Research report

14 Jul 2012

This report aims to identify priority needs over the next few years in developing knowledge on how governments, businesses and communities can best adapt to climate change risks.

Development of National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plans is a key function of NCCARF. These Plans...

Audio

9 Aug 2012

Episode five of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Social Trends podcast series. This article looks at participation in organised sport or dancing for children, by selected characteristics relative to an average or typical situation.

Listen in full

Article

9 Aug 2012

This article surveys the landscape of city networks and local government associations and call for some serious bureaucratic Darwinism to cull the overduplication of organisations.

If we are living in the urban century, then the governance landscape at the global level does very little...

Article

9 Aug 2012

Instead of grandiose schemes like a global senate of mayors, this article advocates creating popular democratic demand for city networking, and giving more power and media visibility to the knowledge exchange efforts that cities already pursue.

If the urban century is being...

9 Aug 2012

Rodney Tiffin discusses the importance of Fairfax in Inside Story .

When Rupert Murdoch came to Melbourne in October 2008, he met with Herald Sun editor-in-chief Bruce Guthrie and other senior News Limited executives. After expressing satisfaction at how his Melbourne...

Policy report

A policy framework for developing countries
9 Aug 2012

In a rapidly changing and urbanising world, the provision of adequate and affordable housing remains a key priority for all governments.

However, the concept of housing requires a new understanding to effectively and synergistically address the pressing issues of slums prevention, the urban divide,...

Video

Mr Robert Sirman, Director of the Canada Council for the Arts talks about the importance of artists in the design of government support for the arts; his most transformative life experiences; and what Titus Andronicus means for modern arts development.

9 Aug 2012

A few days ago, Anonymous activists hacked into AAPT, stole 40GB of data including customer information and forced offline ten Australian government websites, write Mark Gregory in The Conversation .

Anonymous members stated in an online internet relay chat (IRQ) interview with...

Research report

9 Aug 2012

How Australia is faring tracks Australia’s progress against a range of social inclusion indicators. It looks at how we’re performing in relation to health and disability, employment, financial stress, education, access to services, housing, feelings of safety and engagement in community activities....

9 Aug 2012

In the film Pulp Fiction , Vincent Vega (John Travolta) recalls the experience of eating McDonalds in continental Europe where fries are drowned in mayonnaise and the metric system reigns supreme.

Creative businesses are experiencing similar feelings of disorientation as they figure...

Working paper

9 Aug 2011

There is evidence that social interactions matter for charitable giving. This paper describes a model of fundraising in social groups, where private information about quality of provision is transmitted by social proximity.

Individuals engage in voluntary provision of a pure collective good that is...

Research report

8 Aug 2011

Peri-urban areas form belts of non-urban land fringing metropolitan centres. They usually contain important natural resources, remnant biodiversity and significant landscapes. These areas are under increasing worldwide threat from development and overuse.

RMIT Peri-urban region research examines characteristics of peri-urban regions and impacts of...

Journal article

10 Jul 2012

Research reports, or grey literature as they are also known, are an essential part of many disciplines including public policy. While access to these reports has become easier in many respects, online publishing presents many challenges as well, particularly for collecting organisations.

Reports and...

Literature review

7 Aug 2012

This literature review examines single person police patrols both in Australia and internationally.

The report examines challenges faced by first-response police officers when working alone and the impact this had on them, operational decisions to deploy single person patrols and how the community view...

Research report

8 Aug 2012

This document is a guide for drug treatment agencies, state and territory health departments and other people involved in collecting and transmitting data for the 2012–13 Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set.

It contains definitions of the data elements in...

Research report

3 Aug 2012

This report resulted from a request by the Council of Australian Governments to conduct a preliminary high-level review of sixteen areas of policy reform, aimed at improving productivity.

The paper was provided on 29 June 2012 to the cross jurisdictional Taskforce established to advise...

Research report

7 Aug 2012

Periodically the US military is host to a robust, heated, and sometimes painful debate on the future character of war. By contrast, the most striking thing about debate within the Australian Army is its near total absence. The Army, it appears, is unable...

Research report

30 Jul 2012

This paper aims to examine criminal activity among regular ecstasy users in Australia.

More specifically, this paper will:

1. Examine the prevalence of criminal activity among regular ecstasy users in Australia, from 2003- 2011.

2. Examine the extent to which drugs and/or...

Strategy

15 May 2011

This 2011 policy paper presents the Australian Government's overarching goals for the nation's cities and how we will play a role in making them more productive, sustainable and liveable.

On 18 May 2011, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport released Our Cities, Our Future...

Research report

28 Feb 2012

The paper examines ethnic differences in the social and economic well- being of the immigrant aged in Australia and the factors affecting older immigrants’ well-being as measured by a number of indicators.

The data analysis is guided by the concept of the ‘Third Age’...

Article

6 Aug 2012

Writing in Swinburne University's Campus Review , Professor Leon Sterling says that information and technology in schools must move beyond covering literacy and skills.

Audio

6 Aug 2012

Just over 12 months ago the alcohol industry initiated Drinkwise with the aim of providing consumers with information about health risks and alcohol. But a report just released from the Ipsos Social Research Institute found that only a small percentage of the alcohol products sampled...

Research report

6 Aug 2012

This report presents state and territory findings from the 2010 National Social Housing Survey of public housing and mainstream community housing tenants.

It shows that:

· the majority of tenants are satisfied with the services of their housing provider · about 1 in...

Website

Homelessness Australia (HA) is the national peak body advocating for people experiencing homelessness in Australia and those who provide services to them.

Homelessness Australia works in collaboration with homelessness assistance services, state and national homelessness peak organisations, other peak organisations, government agencies and the...

3 Aug 2012

Tim Colebatch of The Age , comments on the review of the Fair Work Act.

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The review of the Fair Work Act had just two terms of reference. First, is the act operating as intended? And second, are there areas...

Book review

14 Aug 2012

In this old world, there is nothing new but ourselves.

I was saddened to read of the death of Gore Vidal last week. It is difficult to know exactly what to say when one reads of the death of someone one is only just...

Research report

30 Jan 2012

This literature review examines the prevention of and response to family violence, focusing on the engagement of Indigenous men in remote communities.

This report includes information on:

engagement barriers to engaging men service paradigms social exclusion changing the orientation of services to engage...

Research report

30 Mar 2012

The primary aim of the project was to develop an Aboriginal-led empowerment, healing, and leadership program that would appropriately meet the needs of the local community members. Community consultations were held to seek feedback from members on the development of such a program. Knowledge was...

2 Aug 2012

The policies that helped to insulate Australia from the great recession need to be revisited, argues John Spoehr in The Adelaide Review .

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Countries with an unemployment rate of six percent are the envy of the developed world. We are lucky...

Research report

12 Jul 2012

This report examines the nexus between the demand for infrastructure delivery and the shortage of appropriate engineering and related employment skills in Australia.

On 7 November 2011 the Senate referred the shortage of engineering and related employment skills to the Senate Education, Employment and...

Article

2 Aug 2012

This article highlights the range of real policy development, process and value issues that need to be addressed before further policy change can be considered in this area.

Scott Prasser is the Executive Director, Public Policy Institute at the Australian Catholic University and professor...

Journal article

3 Aug 2012

As solutions and strategies to counter climate change make little progress and scientists struggle to get their findings accepted in the public domain, alternative ways to foreground the urgency of climate change action and prompt changes in behaviour require attention.

As long ago as...

Journal article

2 Aug 2012

In this paper I explore a climate change politics which is deemed ‘impossible’ by some yet still offering opportunities for radical difference. Neoliberal managerialist approaches to climate change combine a consensual populism and technical economic instrumentalism to reflect what Žižek and Rancière, among others, heralds...

3 Aug 2012

The government has launched an inquiry into the powers of intelligence agencies, and already there are worrying signs, write Jennifer Goh and Nicola McGarrity in Inside Story . It is vital that civil liberties are a core issue in this debate

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3 Aug 2012

Gonski’s recommendations can work if we keep in mind how they might fail, writes Dean Ashenden in Inside Story

Is it possible to have mixed feelings about Gonski? Copious debate, commentary and criticism since the report’s release in February have served only...

Literature review

1 Aug 2012

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

building safe and supportive Indigenous communities for children...

Research report

1 Aug 2012

This project responds to the need for more up to date information about the state of private rental markets and in particular the effects on households of long term private rental.

Research report

1 Aug 2012

Exploring the state of volunteering and how it impacts the prosperity and resilience of communities, this study consulted more than 400 stakeholders throughout the Wimmera region in Western Victoria.

To understand the changing dynamics of volunteerism in the Wimmera, Wimmera Volunteers and Net Balance...

Journal article

30 May 2012

For cybercriminals, the anonymity of the Internet offers not only opportunities but also challenges.

Where one does not truly know whom one is doing business with, it makes it difficult to assess trustworthiness or to retaliate should dealings go sour and agreements need to...

Research report

1 Aug 2012

This guide aims to provide government agencies with guidance on implementing Community Cloud Governance, managed by well defined governance structures with clear roles and responsibilities.

A Community Cloud is one of four cloud models outlined in the Australian Government Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper...

Strategy

8 Mar 2012

On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012, the Government launched the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 , at Garden Island, Sydney.

This National Action Plan is a whole of government effort, coordinated by the Office for Women. It will...

Research report

31 Jul 2012

This framework guides and organises the systematic planning, implementation and evaluation of the National Centre for Monitoring Cancer's activities.

The National Centre for Monitoring Cancer (NCMC) was established in 2009 to monitor cancer rates and their impact and outcomes, as well as to identify...

2 Aug 2012

The use of technology in higher education courses continues to be provocative because of the immensity of the possible changes, states Gerry White in DERN .

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The potential for differing expectations between students and teachers using digital technologies also can create...

Research report

30 Jul 2012

This paper argues that reform of Aboriginal heritage legislation in New South Wales is well overdue.

Thousands of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites have been damaged or destroyed in New South Wales (NSW) in recent years. According to the 2011 State of Indigenous Cultural Heritage...

2 Aug 2012

A deluge of data makes cities laboratories for those seeking to run them better, according to The Economist .

NO FACE looks alike, but human bodies and their genetic make-up are almost identical. Cities too have distinctive charms—but are surprisingly alike behind...

Research report

31 Jul 2012

This report provides a new assessment of the rise of Asia and its impact on Australian strategic policy.

It provides an in-depth strategic assessment of a region where the dominant strategic condition is neither cooperation nor competition, but a strange blend of...

Research report

1 Aug 2012

This paper provides details on women elected to Australian parliaments since 1921, in chronological order of election.

This publication updates work published by David Black in 1966 under the title Women parliamentarians in Australia 1921–1996: a register of women members of Commonwealth, State and...

Research report

12 Dec 2011

The report provides an overview of the Australian telecommunications industry performance against a range of regulatory obligations including compliance with safeguards such as the Customer Service Guarantee, the provision of emergency call services and compliance with codes and standards.

The ACMA Communications report 2010–11...

Conference paper

2 Aug 2012

Many challenges facing urban and built environment researchers stem from the complexity and diversity of the urban data landscape.

This landscape is typified by multiple independent organizations each holding a variety of heterogeneous data sets of relevance to the urban community. Furthermore, urban research...

Audio

2 Aug 2012

For parents a pretty constant dilemma is how much time should the kids spend looking at a screen? How much is too much screen time? And what about the pre-schoolers -- is it OK for a four-year-old to play interactive games on a smart phone...

Research report

1 Aug 2012

This report was commissioned by the United States Defense Department to provide an independent assessment of U.S. force posture in Asia. It examines multiple options for positioning US military forces in the Asia Pacific region, including the possibility of a naval base in Perth....

Journal article

30 Mar 2012

The extent to which the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century makes a significant contribution to public policy will depend on the breadth and insight of on its analysis and the practicality of the priorities for Australia that it identifies.

In the...

2 Aug 2012

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Job losses and organisational restructuring at Fairfax continue to transform the landscape of Australian media

It’s clear that newspapers in their traditional form are approaching a point of no return, as news consumption habits are changing for good.

It’s all...

Video

In the online world, science fiction and fantasy, thrillers and romance rule supreme. Much-maligned genre fiction is seemingly better placed to survive in the new world order than prestigious literary offerings. Why is it that writing as ‘art’ is struggling to make the transition....

Briefing paper

30 Jun 2012

This paper highlights the benefits of employing cognitive interviewing techniques with witnesses and police officers following a traumatic incident.

The authors note these techniques can facilitate more detailed memory recall by a witness (civilian or police officer) on the context, chronology and individual perceptions...

Briefing paper

30 Apr 2012

This paper considers the context and reasons underlying the small number of guilt admissions in international criminal courts and tribunals, such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court.

Limited attention has been paid to the rationale that...

31 Jul 2012

Australians living with back problems are 2.5 times more likely to experience a depressive disorder, than the wider population, according to a released today by the government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

One in 11 Australians had back problems in 2007-08, which...

31 Jul 2012

Australians are paying about twice as much as they should for tech products, writes Mark Gregory for The Conversation .

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It’s time for the government to act to bring this shameful situation to an end, to stop foreign multinationals from ripping...

1 Aug 2012

Melbourne and Victoria are great places to live and work. We have enjoyed a long stretch of economic growth and prosperity. But since the GFC, there have been signs that this is under threat. Victorian families, investors, businesses and communities are feeling insecure, with almost...