October 2012

30 Oct 2012

Rob Chalmers explains the term open access, and how it fits into the wider “open movement” in The Conversation.

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You’ll have read on this site , and perhaps others, about the push towards “open access” for journal articles. But what...

Report

31 Oct 2012

This report provides the latest information on how Australia is faring according to key indicators of child health, development, and wellbeing.

Deaths rates for infants and children have declined since 1986, rates of risky drinking and smoking among children aged 12-14 are down, and...

Report

29 Oct 2012

This report argues that the operations of Australia's diplomatic network are challenged by a lack of funding, the shift of global power towards Asia, the impact of technology, and the rising importance of public diplomacy.

It argues that there is an urgent need to...

Journal article

29 Oct 2012

As committed Indigenous health researchers in Australia, these researchers aim to provide the answers to key questions relating to health that might enable Indigenous Australians to live the lives that they would choose to live.

Working with Indigenous communities towards research that...

Thesis

29 Oct 2012

Health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), can be defined as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ Using this definition of health, and others, as guiding principles, this thesis takes a thematic...

30 Oct 2012

Swinburne University's Kenneth Chern discusses the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper in The Conversation .

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Ken Henry’s team has provided a detailed and useful blueprint for future action in the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper . But...

Report

15 May 2012

There is a lack of empirical research in Australia examining the lifecourse institutional costs associated with vulnerable people who are homeless. The study presented here has developed pathway costings using the Mental Health and Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System (MHDCD) Dataset that contains...

Report

15 Oct 2012

This paper contains a selection of education, family and community statistical indicators for New South Wales. It aims to provide a snapshot of trends, with a focus on the overall situation in NSW. Where relevant, comparisons are made to the situation in the other Australian...

Report

25 Oct 2012

This report argues that Australia's 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target has delivered $18.5 billion in investment, with the potential for $18.7 billion more if the policy is retained in its current form.

A target mandating the purchase of new renewable energy generation by...

Report

23 Oct 2012

This report presents the results of the second comprehensive investigation that the NSW Ombudsman's Office has undertaken into the use of Taser weapons by the New South Wales Police Force.

The first investigation was done at a time when Tasers were only used by...

Report

23 Oct 2012

This research summary shows that charitable giving is growing, despite a softening domestic economy, flat employment growth and persistent consumer cautiousness.

The National Australia Bank and data analytics firm Quantium reviewed donations made by credit card, BPAY and EFTPOS to develop this index and...

Report

17 Oct 2012

This report presents the results of a national study into food insecurity among people seeking Emergency Relief across Australia.

The State of the Family Report has been providing valuable insights into the changing nature of families in Australia since 2000. When there’s not enough...

Report

24 Sep 2012

Housing-related policies and programs can play an important role in promoting social inclusion by addressing homelessness, concentrations of disadvantage, and housing stress.

This project focused on housing in affecting social inclusion/exclusion. It reinforced the notion that exclusion is much more than simply...

Guide

24 Oct 2012

Between 2009 and 2011, the School–Community Learning Partnerships for Sustainability Project explored the ways in which schools and communities can work together to achieve sustainability outcomes. The project involved seventeen schools and early childhood centres and their communities in developing case studies of...

25 Oct 2012

John Lenarcic disects Apple's newest range of products, among them the iPad 4 and the iPad mini, in The Conversation .

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Pre-orders begin later this week, and the iPad Mini will be available in stores from early next month. Will...

Report

25 Oct 2012

This report provides information on the oral health and oral health impacts experienced by Australian children using data from the 2010 National Dental Telephone Interview Survey.

It seeks to determine if this experience is closely related to the oral health of their parents. Additionally,...

Report

25 Oct 2012

This report provides information on the impact of oral conditions on people with a chronic condition including asthma, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure and depression.

The report presents data on:

the experience of toothache feeling uncomfortable with...
25 Oct 2012

Last week Seven Network boss Tim Worner nailed his colours to the mast, but he will eventually be proved wrong, writes Jonathan Green in The Drum .

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ABC's Jonathan Green says the model that offers international hits at an arrogant delay...

Journal article

1 Aug 2012

The Australian economy has experienced profound change over the last five decades, moving from an industrial to a post-industrial structure. This transformation has had far-reaching implications for the nature of economic activity in Australia and has provided the backdrop for the evolving analysis of the...

Report

15 Oct 2012

This paper sets out the background to this proposed legislation, looking at the development of the relevant statutory law, along with the debate about the use of drug sniffer dogs.

On 19 September 2012 the NSW Attorney General, Greg Smith, introduced into the Legislative...

Report

15 Oct 2012

This paper examines the trade relationship between the state of New South Wales and the European Union, and has an added section specifically focusing on trade with the United Kingdom.

In earlier e-briefs, the NSW Parliamentary Research Service examined the trading relationship between NSW...

Report

25 Oct 2012

Despite eight in every ten Australians belonging to a co-op or mutual such as the NRMA or AustralianSuper, only 16 per cent realise it, according to this paper which maps the size and scope of mutually owned co-ops in Australia.

Eight in every ten...

Journal article

25 Oct 2012

The shift away from hierarch­ical forms of government to more porous forms of governance with regard to public assistance in developed nations, has reshaped lifetime experiences of housing under a range of policy regimes.

Governance is a signal feature of contemporary life and the...

Report

25 Oct 2012

As police forces worldwide increase the number of specialist units within their organisational structures, they require innovative performance measurement frameworks to properly evaluate the effectiveness of these units within the broader policing context. Specialist units are generally either technical in nature (eg forensics)...

Report

25 Oct 2012

This report details the results, conclusions and recommendations of an investigation into the condition of the safety infrastructure of the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop and the fire protection services at Flinders Street Station.

This investigation established that key elements of the Melbourne...

Report

24 Oct 2012

This investigation discovered that CenITex (the centre for IT excellence), a Victorian State Owned Enterprise, was responsible for numerous breaches of the relevant procurement policies and guidelines.

These breaches included:

Companies and their contractors were awarded significant contracts totalling up to $4 million...

Report

24 Oct 2012

The objectives of this project are to examine the adaptive capacity of existing institutional arrangements in the National Electricity Market to existing and predicted climate change conditions. Specifically the project aims to:

1. identify climate change adaptation issues in the NEM;

2. analyse...

Video

24 Oct 2012

This video lecture at Victoria University of Wellington helps to define what public policy is, the role of governments and the policy process - including its stages and cycles.

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Report

24 Oct 2012

This background note outlines the types of communications data generated by use of the Internet, email and phones, why law enforcement agencies want it retained, and what existing access law enforcement agencies have to such data.

The Government’s interest in establishing a...

Report

23 Oct 2012

This report presents the results of an investigation into whether Mr Simon Overland engaged in improper conduct exercising his powers of superintendence and control of Victoria Police during his time as Chief Commissioner.

The Acting Ombudsman reached the following conclusions:

a. a senior...

Report

24 Oct 2012

Nuclear-powered submarines are safe and are the best option for Australia’s Future Submarine Project, argues this report.

The Future Submarine Project – replacement of Australia’s 6 ailing Collins Class submarines with 12 Future Submarines – has a potential cost of $40 billion.

The...

Report

22 Oct 2012

In 2010-11, there were 1,190 young women under juvenile justice supervision in Australia on an average day and 2,620 during the year. Most (93%) young women were supervised in the community, with the remainder in detention. Young women spent around 2 weeks less than young...

23 Oct 2012

What do winning and losing really mean, and how do they both shape our lives and society, asks Andrew J. Martin in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

Much of life seems organised around competitions, and winning and losing are signal events. In...

22 Oct 2012

In the current economic environment, identifying the impacts of government funded projects is important. Fiscal constraints and efficiency savings have put a strain on many government policies and programs and associated organisations, leading to greater focus on the demonstration of impacts by the recipients of...

Report

18 Oct 2012

In April 2011, the Australian Government announced a Review into Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. In order to assist the Review, the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research was commissioned by Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations...

Report

18 Oct 2012

The New South Wales Government has established this Inquiry to help safeguard the interests of subcontractors in the building industry.

The terms of reference for the inquiry include how initiatives such as insurance schemes, trust arrangements, compulsory contract provisions or other mechanisms, could help...

18 Oct 2012

All’s not necessarily well in the classroom even when it ends well, writes Dean Ashenden in Inside Story.

Anyone who has taught has regrets, and a student I’ll call Frank Gagliado is one of mine. Frank was one of my students at...

Report

30 Sep 2012

This paper analyses data on those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who reported in the 2006 and 2011 Censuses of Population and Housing that they spoke an Indigenous language at home.

The analysis shows an increase in the number of Indigenous language speakers...

Video

In this talk, Niva Elkin-Koren — former dean of the University of Haifa Faculty of Law and the founding director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT) — shares some insights based on the building of a coalition of higher education institutions in...

Report

16 Oct 2012

This report provides an independent, up-to-date and in-depth analysis of the education, training and work activities of young Australians.

The series provides important information on how successfully our education and training system is working to meet the needs of young Australians as they make...

Report

9 Oct 2012

This release contains details of internet activity supplied by Internet Service Providers in Australia with more than 1,000 active subscribers.

It includes information on internet subscribers and their type of access connection, the type of user (i.e. business/household), the volume of data downloaded, the...

Report

30 Sep 2012

The authors undertake a comparative analysis of rape trials, and the types of information elicited during police interviews with complainants, to that provided during evidence-in-chief at trial. The study’s findings indicate that current approaches during trials may lead to potentially important information being excluded. The...

Website

26 Sep 2013

ACMA-i is the ACMA run website which has information for consumers and citizens to help them get their concerns directed to the most appropriate section of the ACMA or an external agency.

If you are concerned about: something you have seen or heard on...

Report

18 Oct 2012

This draft report was released to assist participants in preparing a submission to the public inquiry into Electricity Network Regulation.

Australia’s electricity sector is facing a number of challenges over the coming years. This includes a large investment requirement for networks to replace ageing...

Commentary

18 Oct 2012

Does every Australian have a right to decent housing? Governments might say so, but they’re not doing much to make it happen, writes Peter Spearritt in Inside Story

HOUSING waxes and wanes as a topic of public concern in Australia....

Article

18 Oct 2012

With global trade negotiations stalled, Australia is attempting to navigate between the competing demands of two giants, writes Jock Given in Inside Story.

IT didn’t look like it at the time, but 1995, the year the World Trade Organization started its work, may have...

Report

17 Oct 2012

BreastScreen Australia aims to reduce illness and death resulting from breast cancer through organised screening of women. This report is the latest in an annual series that presents national statistics monitoring the program against performance indicators.

Key findings:

How many women...

Report

16 Oct 2012

In 2011-12, Australia's public hospitals admitted about 662,000 patients from elective surgery waiting lists, as either elective or emergency admissions.

Almost one in four of these patients was admitted for General surgery (surgery on organs of the abdomen) and about one in seven was...

Report

16 Oct 2012

This paper reports on a review of the Australian Capital Territory’s Family Violence Intervention Program, which provides an interagency response to family violence matters.

The scope of the review was to analyse the program’s activities and outcomes using 2007–08 data provided by participating agencies,...

Report

16 Oct 2012

Looking at initiatives in Australian and overseas jurisdictions, this paper explores the opportunities and challenges that technology presents for the casting and counting of votes in parliamentary elections.

Digital technologies and the internet have dramatically altered the way Australians communicate, transact business and interact...

Report

12 Oct 2012

This report examines steps taken recently by the Australian Government to transfer asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat to third countries for the processing of their claims for protection.

This paper discusses a number of the Commission’s concerns about third country processing...

Report

11 Oct 2012

This report reviews the activities the Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security undertook during the last year to monitor Australia's six intelligence agencies.

The Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security started the reporting period with two major inquiries underway, the...

Journal article

30 Jun 2012

This article provides an overview for Australian Defence Force planners on the use of centre of gravity analysis for joint military planning in an era in which traditional operational art has been joined by notions of operational design.

It examines the dominant role that...

Journal article

30 Jun 2012

In light of the Strategic Reform Program being implemented by Defence, this article discusses risks inherent to Defence's planned approach to Smart Sustainment reforms.

It also suggests an alternative more likely to deliver cost-effective sustainment outcomes, now and into the future. Defence's planned approach...

Report

15 Oct 2012

A report of recent national research commissioned by The Salvation Army and undertaken by Dr Nicola Brackertz of Swinburne Institute at Swinburne University, Melbourne. The research is part of The Salvation Army's Doorways Project, (an initiative supported by Westpac). Doorways provides a holistic, integrated and...

16 Oct 2012

A study in the journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking suggests most videogame players are governed by the same moral codes they apply to real life.

But there are a whole host of problems with any attempt to link the actions players take...

16 Oct 2012

The average house in a remote indigenous community uses about a third of the power consumed by a suburban home, is six times more prone to overcrowding, and probably doesn't have a home internet connection.

Among the rare exceptions - at least for the...

Briefing paper

30 Aug 2012

The Benevolent Society has released the seventh in its series of community aged care Research to Practice Briefings. Briefing 7, Supporting older people who are experiencing mental distress or illness, reviews Australian and international research evidence on the symptoms and treatments of mental illness in...

Discussion paper

30 Aug 2012

This discussion paper presents some of the key issues surrounding the use of restrictive interventions for people with a cognitive impairment or mental illness.

Audio

15 Oct 2012

Episode six of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Social Trends podcast series.This article considers the notion of Australians quality of life and whether or not it has improved or progressed over recent years.

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Literature review

28 Feb 2012

Parenting young children has become a more complex and stressful business, especially for those families in our community with the least resources (Grose, 2006; Hayes et al, 2010; Poole, 2004; Richardson & Prior, 2005; Trask, 2010). A widening gap exists between families that function well...

Report

27 Apr 2012

This book chapter reports on a study that sought to investigate the efficacy of community participative singing on the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from several South East Queensland communities.

Five groups of participants took part in the...

Report

30 Apr 2012

Private Lives 2 (PL2) is a report on the second national survey of the health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Australians. The first Private Lives (PL1) was released in 2006 and was, at that time, the largest survey of its kind...

Policy

11 Oct 2012

Actions considered under this policy include urban, commercial and light industrial developments and infrastructure directly servicing such development (roads, pipelines and other utilities).

This policy statement describes the approach of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (the department) in administering the...

Report

11 Oct 2012

Traditionally, the transition from school to work has been important for young adults, and turning 21 was recognised as the marker of adulthood in Australia, when young people had jobs—and even families of their own. Social and economic changes over the past 30...

Working paper

30 Aug 2012

Throughout the world, large numbers of older persons face challenges such as discrimination, poverty and abuse that severely restrict their human rights and their contribution to society.

The world has not been quick to respond: a lack of political will and the prioritisation of...

Audio

11 Oct 2012

The Internet exists and persists on the border between helpful and harmful, between freedom and totalitarianism, access to knowledge and censorship.

But as long as technology is adaptable activists will be learning and creating workarounds to spread information and promote change. Enter the Circumvention...

Report

11 Oct 2012

This research investigated the role of White health professionals in addressing Aboriginal health in South Australia.

Set within the discipline of nutrition and dietetics and the area of obesity prevention, it explored the practice of White health professionals from the point of view of...

Report

10 Oct 2012

This publication estimates the completion rates of publicly funded vocational education and training courses in Australia in order to fill a gap in performance measures for the sector.

Completion rates for qualifications commenced in 2006-09 are given for various groups, including by qualification level,...

Video

The Lowy Institute held a special panel discussion on the Bali bombing, its aftermath and its impact on Australian-Indonesian relations.

The panelists were:

Ric Smith AO PSM, Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia at the time of the Bali bombing.

Dr Dave McRae, Research...

Report

24 Sep 2012

The report provides a detailed examination of Australia's judicial review system, which is an important avenue of appeal for those affected by government decision making, and makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving its accessibility and efficiency.

The Administrative Review Council has examined...

Discussion paper

9 Oct 2012

This paper explores various aspects of women’s health relating to food.

12 Oct 2012

Research publications have traditionally been thought of as books and journals, particularly refereed journals, writes Gerry White in DERN .

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Specific books and journal articles are often brought to the attention of readers through lead articles in professional magazines or news...

10 Oct 2012

If you have noticed more people than ever are wandering around distracted, noses buried in a smartphone, you are right, states James Manning and Vince Chadwick in The Age .

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Australians' intensifying addiction to phones as an internet source has been...

Audio

10 Oct 2012

Governments are involved in a multi-billion-dollar war against a fast growing super smart breed of new criminal - the hacker, who doesn't even need to live on the same continent to be able to steal from you. So how safe are we from this new...

Video

Michael H. Shuman argues that there are a number of initiatives communities must take to support local economies and small business – and that the knock-on effects of local investment are vast: building strong communities and fostering employment, food and industry growth and security....

Report

10 Oct 2012

This is a publicly available unclassified version of the highly classified report that The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) presents to the Attorney-General annually.

ASIO is the only member of the Australian Intelligence Community to release such a report. The report provides insight into...

Audio

11 Oct 2012

Brisbane urbanist and transport planner Rachel Smith puts her case for reconsidering transport models - particularly cycling.

Rachel is one of four international experts involved in the latest leg of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a think tank, public forum and community centre that's travelling...

Report

10 Oct 2012

This report examines emerging trends in the use, price, purity and availability of illicit drugs.

Key findings:

Heroin remained the most commonly reported drug of choice for participants who inject drugs. ƒƒ Recent heroin use and frequency remained stable. The availability of...

Report

5 Oct 2012

This report provides background on recent media reviews in Australia, and assesses what they may mean for the future.

Since the seventeenth century the media have been seen as the watchdogs of democracy— guardians of the public interest, protecting the people against arbitrary rule...

Report

11 Oct 2012

This paper provides a statistical snapshot of indicators relevant to mining in New South Wales, including the quantity and value of mineral production, mineral consumption, mining export data, employment in mining, mineral income and royalties, major mining projects, mining lease entitlements, mining safety statistics and...

Briefing paper

11 Oct 2012

This summary provides an evidence-based summary of the key issues involved in program design in primary prevention initiatives.

It is targeted at those working in the policy and program development areas of sexual assault prevention.

Its purpose is to assist decision-making about what...

Report

11 Oct 2012

This report examines the reasons for the cancellations/reductions, given varying explanations presented to the Standing Committee, the Alfred Health Board and the media and in particular the degree to which funding of the transplant unit was responsible.

This report resulted from a referral on...

Report

10 Oct 2012

This report finds that Major Projects Victoria is not able to demonstrate that it operates and manages infrastructure projects effectively, efficiently or economically.

Poor oversight by the Department of Business and Innovation (DBI) and the lack of effective internal controls have contributed to poor...

Report

9 Oct 2012

At first glance, the differences between the two candidates for president of the United States in 2012, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, are striking. Each candidate is doing his best to emphasise these differences. Most commentators have drawn sharp distinctions between the two...

Report

8 Oct 2012

Afghanistan is hurtling toward a devastating political crisis as the government prepares to take full control of security in 2014, argues this report.

Plagued by factionalism and corruption, Afghanistan is far from ready to assume responsibility for security when U.S. and NATO forces withdraw...

Report

11 Oct 2012

This report details the Sentencing Advisory Council's work, delivery of outputs and financial management for the year.

This year has been an exceptionally productive one for the Council. It has involved the publication of nine research papers and reports, totalling over 1,000 pages....

Report

12 Sep 2012

The Victorian Department of Health’s approach to statewide planning for energy efficiency is inadequate, finds this report.

The Department does not have a documented policy or plan and lacks a strategic focus and a coordinated approach. It also does not align with...

Report

11 Oct 2012

This report presents speeches from a panel discussion on what the Sydney riot means for Australia's status as a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society.

The riot on 15 September in the Sydney CBD by Muslim protestors angry the US film Innocence of Muslims shocked,...

Report

8 Oct 2012

Access to education is a critical factor in eliminating disadvantage and protecting vulnerable children, and is essential to lifelong economic and social wellbeing.

For these reasons, the Commission undertook research examining the experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian Schools to learn...

Report

8 Oct 2012

Family by Family is a radical new response to the problem of too many families stressed and in crisis, and too few families with the supports to thrive. “More and more families are experiencing unhealthy levels of stress in their lives,...

Journal article

8 Oct 2012

Melbourne, like many cities around the world, is in the midst of reshaping its central city landscape. However, there are concerns, particularly in Australia, that “contemporary strategic planning has almost become child-blind, with the new higher density centres being built essentially for the childless in...

9 Oct 2012

In 1990 a research team began tracking a group of babies born in two inner suburbs of Melbourne. Their latest results paint a complex picture, writes Melissa Sweet for APO and Inside Story

JENNIFER sits poised on the edge of a...

7 Oct 2012

THE average house in a remote Indigenous community uses about a third of the power consumed by a suburban home, is six times more prone to overcrowding, and probably doesn’t have a home internet connection. Among the rare exceptions – at least when it comes...

7 Oct 2012

The political and the personal illuminate each other in James Button’s fine account of a year in Canberra, writes Brett Evans in Inside Story

NOT long after his father died, the journalist James Button realised he had entered that part of life...

Report

8 Oct 2012

The trend towards larger, detached, energy intensive dwellings in poorly serviced, low-density, urban fringe locations, leaves governments, households and communities vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

The planning and design of new outer urban areas, and the retrofitting of existing ones, affects the...

Journal article

30 Jan 2011

This article examines the relationships between regulatory urban policy and land prices concentrating on the claimed impacts of urban growth boundaries (UGBs) using Melbourne, Australia, as a case study.

Claims about these relationships have influenced the development of urban strategic policy internationally. The article...

Journal article

4 Jan 2011

In the planning of a new passenger railway in Perth over many years, state agencies have actively pursued opportunities for transit-oriented development along its route. There is a strong policy framework demonstrating clear intent on the type of development required. Designing a transport system to...

Audio

5 Oct 2012

This article features in Episode 7 of the Australian Social Trends Podcast series.

Education plays an increasingly critical role in preparing individuals for entry into the labour force, and ensuring they have the skills necessary for employment and life-long learning. The changing structure of...

Report

10 Aug 2012

This report focuses on the young people who were under juvenile justice supervision in Australia during 2010–11 due to their involvement or alleged involvement in crime, and the types of supervision they experienced.

Key findings:

Rates of juvenile justice involvement remain...

Report

1 Oct 2012

This report examines the political landscape in Malaysia ahead of the thirteenth general election that will likely be called later this year or early next.

Demographic and social change, easing of authoritarian controls, a growing civil society and economic uncertainty are shaking the communal...

Audio

4 Oct 2012

By Design looks at the future of three areas of regional Australian cities in the 21st century: Gladstone in Queensland, Geelong in Victoria, and the Pilbara cities in Western Australia.

We examine their role and the challenges they face over the next 50 years....

Report

4 Oct 2012

This paper highlights the need for a strengths-based approach to school readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, in order to recognise the skills, cultural knowledge and understandings they already have when they transition to formal learning.

This paper provides an overview of...

Report

30 Aug 2012

This report provides information about US government and private sector efforts to promote and support global Internet freedom and a description of Internet freedom legislation and hearings from the 112th Congress.

Modern communication tools such as the Internet provide a relatively inexpensive, accessible, easy-entry...

Audio

4 Oct 2012

Surveillance technology is now a standard feature in the fight against crime, states Natasha Mitchell on Life Matters.

CCTV cameras are everywhere and CCTV camera vision helped to identify the man accused of the murder of Jill Meagher in Melbourne. Clubs and hotels also...

Video

Michelle Smith from the Wheeler Centre discusses the negative influence pop culture has on young females.

Today’s consumer culture persistently uses girls as icons of sexual attractiveness in advertising, film and television. In the nineteenth century, print media did not dare positively...

5 Oct 2012

The use of the Internet with students has many benefits but it does require a set of skills to ensure a measure of online safety, states Gerry White in DERN .

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Studies previously reported on DERN have shown that students are...

Video

Hosted by Ramona Koval, running in parallel with the university calendar, contemporary writers speak on seminal Australian texts, giving context, sharing their responses and exploring each work’s status as a classic of Australian literature. In this instalment, it’s Peter Craven discussing Patrick White’s Voss....

Report

4 Oct 2012

This is the third national report on health services provided by Aboriginal community controlled and non-community controlled health organisations, and funded by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

In 2010-11, primary health care services provided 2.5 million episodes of care to...

Report

28 Sep 2012

This paper plots, by agency and year, identifiable Commonwealth expenditure in the area of Indigenous affairs over the 44 years from 1968 to 2012.

The paper attempts to plot trends in the above expenditure—expressed in both the nominal and real terms, expressed as a...

Report

3 Oct 2012

Jury directions are extremely complex and sometimes unintelligible, argues this report, which recommends ways to simplify and reform the jury direction process in Victoria.

This report considers in detail a number of areas of law which currently give rise to jury directions which are...

Book

21 Sep 2012

This book tells the story about the magnitude of Aboriginal involvement on the Victorian goldfields in the middle of the nineteenth century.

This first history of Aboriginal-white interaction on the Victorian goldfields offers new insights on one of the great epochs in Australian and...

Book

27 Sep 2012

This collection brings methods and questions from humanities, law and social sciences disciplines to examine different instances of lawmaking.

Contributors explore the problematic of past law in present historical analysis across indigenous Australia and New Zealand, from post-Franco Spain to current international law and...

Report

24 Sep 2012

This paper finds that the Youth Justice Conferences scheme is more cost-effective than the Children’s Court.

The paper compares the cost-effectiveness of Youth Justice Conferences (YJCs) to matters eligible for YJCs but dealt with in the Children’s Court.

Method: The costs for...

Report

8 Jun 2012

This report details the aim, history, activities and outcomes of the Aceh Peace Process Follow- Up Project, and provides a set of recommendations on how the process can successfully be continued.

Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) concluded in 2009 that an invigorated, systematic and constructive...

Report

28 Sep 2012

The government is facing the arduous task of securing sustainable expenditure, revenue and debt beyond the current four-year horizon of the budget estimates, argues this report.

Key findings:

Long-term prospects for Australia’s public finances are not receiving the attention they deserve. It...

Report

26 Sep 2012

This report, by a group of experts and distinguished former world leaders, examines how to promote and protect the integrity of elections.

Since 2000, all but 11 countries in the world have held national elections. Elections can further democracy, development, human rights, and security,...

Report

3 Oct 2012

The purpose of this interim report is to detail the concerns that the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport has with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's Proposed Basin Plan (the Basin Plan). The committee's concerns arise because the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)...

2 Oct 2012

New strategies are needed to avoid losing valuable online content, writes Amanda Lawrence for Australian Policy Online .

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Link rot, disappearing documents, vanishing websites and changing content are endemic to the internet creating a digital black hole. This is having a...

2 Oct 2012

Brendan Keogh writes about Australia’s videogame scene boom for The Conversation .

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Last week’s Freeplay Independent Games Festival in Melbourne served as a reminder that videogames – all videogames – are culturally significant.

Freeplay, which gives people from Australia’s...

Audio

3 Oct 2012

Since the end of the 19th century people have struggled to build better cities, free of the slums and smoke that were part and parcel of the industrial revolution.

Architects saw that the industrialised world was one of enormous possibilities with room for visionary...

Video

26 Jan 2015

From child soldiers in Sudan to gang violence in Papua New Guinea; tsunamis in the Pacific to earthquakes in New Zealand, we’re confronted with communities in need every day. Who should we help? How can we be sure our aid dollars reach their destination?...

Report

1 Oct 2012

This draft strategy provides advice on the future management and use of information and communications technology by government and how the Victorian Government can design and use information and technology to deliver better services.

In June 2012, the Assistant Treasurer established the Victorian Information...

Report

17 Sep 2012

This guide to the Australian national accounts outlines the major concepts and definitions, describes the data sources and methods used to prepare the estimates, and discusses the accuracy and reliability of the national accounts.

It is particularly designed for use by those regularly using...

Report

28 Sep 2012

In November 2011, the COAG Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) agreed to a National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults (the National Strategy). Australian governments have worked in partnership to develop the National Strategy, a 10 year strategy built around...

Strategy

10 Sep 2012

This report sets out a vision agreed by all governments in Australia to build and support the early childhood education and care profession both in the short term and into the future.

The Australian Government has worked with states and territories to develop the...

Report

28 Sep 2012

This background note describes the current situation with regard to refugee entitlements to social security and other assistance.

In recent years a series of emails have been widely circulated throughout Australia claiming to describe the social security entitlements of refugees compared with those of...

Report

28 Sep 2012

This guide is intended to assist public sector organisations to identify, and apply, better practice principles and practices that are tailored to particular circumstances.

Integrity, transparency and accountability remain at the centre of good public sector governance and it is important for public sector...

Report

1 Sep 2012

This experimental US article will attempt to explore, through brief sketches, or “tableaus,” four ways in which the visual interplays with the law of cities, and how a deeper understanding of this intersection can assist in the development of these laws and their underlying policies....

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30 Aug 2012

This report assesses the effectiveness of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s administration of the Regional Backbone Blackspots Program, including the establishment and ongoing management of the program.

Broadband is considered worldwide to be an important technology that enables the achievement...

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1 Sep 2012

This report presents an analysis to underpin a national workforce development strategy for the Defence industry, and provides recommendations on options to improve skills supply to the industries to better position them to take part in Defence acquisition and sustainment procurements over the next decade....

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1 Oct 2012

By Design takes a stroll through the streets of Adelaide, investigating how the city has changed since the early 20th century. In 1936 photographer Gustav Hermann Baring celebrated the city in his publication Progressive Adelaide: As It Stands Today . This was both...

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20 Sep 2012

This audit assessed the appropriateness of the use and reporting of confidentiality provisions in Australian Government contracts for 2011.

Key findings

Agencies reported 39,223 contracts (totalling $156.5 billion) in their 2011 contract listings, 2391 of which were reported as containing confidentiality provisions....

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28 Sep 2012

This paper presents the results of simulations using the integrated Land Use in Rural New Zealand model to analyse the effect of various New Zealand emissions trading scheme scenarios on land-use, emissions, and output in a temporally and spatially explicit manner.

It compares the...