November 2012

Policy

11 Oct 2012

This White Paper sets out a framework which ensures key agencies and professionals working with children in New Zealand are better connected so they can share information on vulnerable children and identify their needs earlier.

The White Paper for Vulnerable Children sets out a...

Research report

29 Nov 2012

This report is about people who live in mental health facilities beyond the point at which they need to be there, and the multiple barriers that prevent them from leaving.

The consequences of this situation are significant – for the individuals themselves, and for...

Research report

29 Nov 2012

The latter years of the first decade of the twenty-first century were characterised by an enormous amount of challenge and change to Australia and Australians. Australia’s part in these challenges and changes is borne of our domestic and global ties, our orientation towards ourselves and...

Research report

30 Sep 2012

The aim of this paper is to describe the country brand for Australia released by the Australian Federal Government in May 2010, ‘Brand Australia’. At the time of writing this paper, only the logo was available, and further details of the strategy (activities, targets, partners)...

Research report

30 Sep 2012

This paper will consider some of the wider contextual and policy questions arising out of four major public inquiries that took place in Australia over 2011–2012: the Convergence Review, the National Classification Scheme Review, the Independent Media Inquiry (Finkelstein Review) and the National...

Research report

29 Aug 2012

For young Aboriginal people new technology enables creative engagement and provides a means for negotiating and developing their identities, asserting and affirming their Aboriginality within an urban environment.

In this report, although young people’s responses indicate the central role of mobile phones as interactive...

Research report

28 Nov 2012

The demand pressures on the prison system are becoming unsustainable, according to this report.

2012–13 forecasts by Corrections Victoria (CV) indicate that by 2016 the male and female prison systems will not have sufficient capacity to meet increases in prisoner numbers.

A 38...

Research report

28 Nov 2012

The completion of Year 12 or equivalent is an important predictor of future health, employment and welfare prospects and improves the ability of Victorians to participate socially and economically in their community.

Despite a significant focus on addressing student completion rates over the past...

Research report

28 Nov 2012

This report covers the results of financial audits of 103 entities within the local government sector, consisting 79 councils, 11 regional library corporations and 13 companies, trusts and joint ventures.

It informs Parliament about significant issues arising from the audits of financial, standard and...

Research report

28 Nov 2012

This report presents the outcomes and observations from the external financial audit of 11 portfolio departments and 193 associated entities in Victoria.

Additionally, it comments on the quality of financial reporting, the financial sustainability of self-funded state entities and the effectiveness of internal controls...

Research report

27 Nov 2012

This report shows that some international students are being exploited and suffering racism in the workplace.

Last year, almost 300,000 people came from around the world to begin their studies in Australia. Many find they must work to support themselves and the government recognises...

Audio program

28 Nov 2012

When the NSW Government decided it wanted to hear what people really thought about energy policy they turned to the New Democracy Foundation, a privately funded research venture, states Natasha Mitchell on Life Matters .

They established two citizen juries to meet over a...

Audio program

28 Nov 2012

Urban living is getting denser, so how safe are you if there is a fire? Asks Fenella Kernebone on Radio Nationals By Design .

Hardly a week goes by when the news doesn’t report a fire in a house, or an apartment, and often...

Research report

28 May 2012

This research charts the key issues facing the governance and management of strata buildings and is the first major study of the strata sector undertaken in Australia.

An estimated three million people live in strata titled homes in Australia. The state of...

29 Nov 2012

The Internet has become so pervasive that people don’t think they are on it anymore, even when they are, writes Gerry McGovern on New Thinking .

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An online study by Forrester Research of 58,000 U.S. adults found that in 2011 they...

Audio program

29 Nov 2012

Television has been a powerful presence in our domestic lives and has penetrated our cultural imagination, discusses Cassie McCullagh and Jason Di Rosso on Radio Nationals, Common Knowledge .

Looking back, it has played an unrivalled role in building national identity and developing our...

29 Nov 2012

Australia’s quality news outlets have gained a strong and loyal following on Twitter, writes Axel Bruns at CCI .

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The Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC have emerged as leading Australian news sites in the Twittersphere, based upon the Australian Twitter...

Research report

25 Sep 2012

This monograph examines the reasons for recent reforms to the legislative framework for fraud, forgery and identity offences in NSW, and makes comparisons with Commonwealth and interstate provisions in light of the objective of national consistency.

The increase in maximum penalties evinces a clear...

Research report

29 Nov 2012

This report finds that people with dementia had much higher hospitalisation rates than those without dementia: 26% compared with 12%.

The Hospital Dementia Services Project is an innovative study that uses linked data to explore how hospital-based aged care and dementia services in New...

Research report

29 Nov 2012

This report describes the methods used for the Hospital Dementia Services Project to derive dementia status, complete hospital stays and post-hospital destination using New South Wales hospital data for 2006-07.

Comparisons of estimates using these key variables show that the method used to derive...

27 Nov 2012

Twenty-five years ago, John Dawkins dramatically reshaped higher education. His critics still fail to distinguish the good from the bad in his reforms, writes Dean Ashenden in Inside Story .

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It is an astonishing fact that almost a quarter of a...

Research report

28 Nov 2012

This report presents information on the dental, audiology and ear, nose and throat services funded throughout the course of the Child Health Check Initiative Program.

Although open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under 16 years living in prescribed communities, this program...

Research report

1 Oct 2012

This article argues that, while China has indeed been deepening its relationship with Pakistan for the last sixty years, this relationship has been a marriage of convenience for both parties.

On the eve of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Pakistan in December 2010,...

Research report

22 Nov 2012

This paper argues that there is a moderate to high risk that Egypt will develop both food and water crises in the next decade.

With approximately 83 million people, Egypt is the most populous country in the Middle East. Its population density has roughly...

Research report

15 Nov 2012

This paper argues that unless it's foreign policy shifts unexpectedly, Turkey will continue to have a growing trade focus on India, Indonesia, South Africa and Australia.

If the past four years are any indication, the Indo-Pacific region is home to a rising batch of...

Research report

27 Nov 2012

This report examines how Australia as a nation supports the estimated 3.2 million Australians each year who live with a mental health difficulty, their families and support people.

Australia leads the world in progressive mental health policy , but it falls down in delivery...

Research report

28 Nov 2012

This report argues that Australian could gain $48 billion of benefits from adopting high speed rail.

High speed rail (“HSR”) now exists on every continent except for Australia and Antarctica. There is a great deal of international experience and analysis available to assess the...

Research report

2 Nov 2012

As Brisbane businesses embrace the digital economy, developing and implementing a coherent digital strategy will become increasingly important.

This report reveals that:

► 83% of surveyed businesses are using digital technologies but only 30% are selling products and services online and 41% communicate...

Research report

26 Nov 2012

Australia’s approach to retirement incomes policy has three pillars: the means-tested age pension; compulsory superannuation; and voluntary saving, including saving via superannuation over and above that mandated by the superannuation guarantee. This paper examines the economic case for compulsory superannuation contributions and questions whether compulsory...

28 Nov 2012

With the inclusion of China’s eighteenth party congress, life in Beijing is changing in increasingly obvious ways, writes Antonia Finnane in Inside Story .

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The shelves of our local video shop have been cleared again. You can buy How Green Was...

Research report

26 Nov 2012

The building that houses the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development at Bond University is the first educational building to achieve a six Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. It has won numerous awards since opening in August 2008 including being judged...

Literature review

26 Nov 2011

The Healthy Built Environments Program has completed a major scholarly literature review examining the role of the built environment in supporting human health as part of everyday living.

The principal aim of the Review is to establish an evidence base that supports the development,...

Research report

26 Nov 2012

This review provides a brief update of developments in social housing policies and national strategies in a cross‐section of developed countries since 2007. The countries included in the review are: Austria, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden (described collectively as European countries)...

Research report

26 Nov 2012

Current government policy strongly advocates that young people finish Year 12, then move from school to further training and/or to paid employment. To combat high youth unemployment and poor outcomes for those with lower levels of education, the Australian government introduced the Learn or Earn...

Research report

26 Nov 2012

Former South Sudanese refugees in Australia are grateful to be pursuing "the Australian dream" but are making plans to return to their homeland, now independent and in need of their skills.

South Sudanese people settling in Australia have faced and overcome various ordeals throughout...

26 Nov 2012

NAPLAN tests in schools are causing health problems and promoting a culture of “teaching to the test”, writes Nicky Dulfer in The Conversation .

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A national study released today surveyed around 8,300 teachers and found the tests had unintended consequences, particularly...

22 Nov 2012

Gerry White discusses in DERN, various changes in research skills before and after the emergence of technology.

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In the past, research has been a slow but a deliberative and persistent process of locating specific books,...

Research report

22 Nov 2012

This report assesses whether it would be socially desirable to provide enhanced post-cyclone emergency services in towns such as Cairns.

One means of addressing the issue is to estimate the net social benefit that would accrue to Cairns residents. Focus groups of residents identified...

Research report

10 Nov 2012

This report identifies major constraints to the adaptive capacity of food organisations operating in Australia.

This report is about food security, climate change and risk management. Australia has enjoyed an unprecedented level of food security for more than half a century, but there are...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

This report presents a preliminary analysis comparing the costs and impacts different types of law enforcement have on methamphetamine use.

Methamphetamine belongs in the class of stimulant drugs referred to as Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS). The category of ATS includes ecstasy, amphetamine and methamphetamine....

Research report

23 Jan 2012

The 2012 housing affordability survey covers the 325 urban markets of the United States (211); United Kingdom (33); Canada (35); Australia (32); New Zealand (8); Ireland (5) and Hong Kong in China (1).

The Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey’s rate housing affordability, based...

Research report

20 Nov 2012

The link between poorer physical and mental health and self-reported experiences of racism has been well documented. In 2010-2011 a survey of 1139 individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in four Victorian localities examined types, settings and frequency of experiences of race-based discrimination and...

Research report

21 Nov 2012

This paper examines the numbers and characteristics of Indigenous young people in the juvenile justice system, the types of supervision they experience, recent trends, and associated research findings.

Key findings:

Indigenous young people are over-represented in the juvenile justice system, particularly...

Research report

21 Nov 2012

Australians work some of the longest hours in the developed world – substantially longer than their counterparts in Denmark, The Netherlands and Norway. For many Australians though, work stress is related not to the number of hours worked, but a mismatch between the...

Research report

15 Nov 2012

Drawing an analogy between the specialist skills needed in fishing to that of strategic intelligence analysis, this paper revisits the selection criteria for analysts who focus on terrorism.

As the global terrorist environment has changed significantly in the post-2001 era, additional analytical capabilities need...

Journal article

1 Oct 2012

There is a growing global interest in formulating national security strategies but their form, nature and usefulness depends greatly on the conceptual approach policymakers choose to base them on. The three different national security approaches of grand strategy, opportunism and risk management have different purposes,...

21 Nov 2012

In the 1880s Melbourne was a study in contrasts. It was the fastest growing city in the British Empire and one of the most prosperous, writes John Legge in The Age .

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It was also the smelliest, with an appalling infant...

Research report

1 Oct 2012

This article examines the link between China's grand strategy and its participation in multilateral organisations in Asia.

It argues that Chinese multilateralism arises because multilateral organisations provide a highly effective mechanism for China to achieve its strategic objectives and not indicative of a more...

Research report

30 Aug 2012

Despite peaks and troughs over the past 64 years, the number of trips taken by passengers on Melbourne's public transport network is increasing.

The Melbourne Public Transport Patronage Long Run Series report examines patronage on metropolitan trains, trams and buses since the end of...

Research report

6 Nov 2012

This is the Commission’s eighth annual report analysing the deaths of children and young people in Queensland focusing on the circumstances and risk factors surrounding external (non-natural) causes of death. The Commission’s Queensland Child Death Register now holds data in relation to 4,074...

Research report

20 Nov 2012

This report argues that the Sri Lankan government’s refusal to negotiate seriously with Tamil political leaders is heightening ethnic tensions and damaging prospects for sustainable peace.

The administration, led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party of Mahinda Rajapaksa, has refused to honour agreements with...

Research report

16 Nov 2012

This report reviews the new planning powers in New South Wales under the State Environmental Planning Policy and examines how planning and housing policy domains can work together to increase affordable housing supply and their effectiveness.

Key findings:

Most Australian...
22 Nov 2012

Authors and readers, authority and audience – all are in a state of transition, writes David Beagley in The Conversation .

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Back in the 1960s, when computer programmers were still bending paperclips to punch holes in cards, and phone apps and...

Research report

22 Nov 2012

This report provides summary data on trends in hospitalised childhood injury for 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2007.

Information is provided for three age groups (0-4, 5-9 and 10-14) for each year; information is also presented on the top five causes of hospitalised...

Journal article

21 Nov 2012

This article presents statistical information about the High Court’s decision making for 2011 at both an institutional and individual level, with an emphasis on constitutional cases as a subset of the total.

The authors emphasise the importance of acknowledging the limitations that inhere in...

22 Nov 2012

It’s early morning, you’re preparing for the day ahead and thinking about life’s important conundrums, writes Adam Burke in The Conversation .

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Is there enough muesli left for the week? Do you have enough time to catch the bus? Are you...

Research report

21 Nov 2012

This report argues that the Pacific Islands region is in the midst of an information and communications technology revolution that could have profound implications, particularly for democratic governance and the region’s development.

Approximately 60 per cent of Pacific Islanders now have access to a...

Research report

21 Nov 2012

This collection contains key works by Val Plumwood, who provided a radical critique of traditional Western conceptions of nature.

Val Plumwood was an eminent environmental philosopher and activist who was prominent in the development of radical ecophilosophy from the early 1970s until her death...

Research report

20 Nov 2012

This paper assesses whether the blue card system (designed to help prevent the abuse of children) has made for safer service environments for children and young people in Queensland.

The blue card system plays a critical part in the prevention of abuse and practices...

Research report

20 Nov 2012

The blue card system was introduced in 2001 to address widespread community concerns about the number of children who had been exposed to significant levels of abuse in service environments intended to promote their safety and wellbeing. The system was further strengthened on...

Research report

20 Nov 2012

While it is not mandatory for people to identify their cultural background when applying for a blue or exemption card, the Commission monitors the information provided to assist it in appropriately targeting and tailoring education activities to meet the needs of particular groups.

Since...

Research report

21 Nov 2012

This report details the CSIRO's research into digital technologies and services for disaster planning, preparation, rescue and recovery.

Natural disasters have increased in severity and frequency in recent years. In 2010 alone, 385 natural disasters killed over 297,000 people worldwide, impacted 217 million human...

Audio program

19 Nov 2012

An innovative project which aims to rejuvenate the industrial city of Newcastle is embarking on its biggest challenge, David Marks discusses the Renew Newcastle Project .

Over the past four years, Renew Newcastle has successfully installed around 90 artists in disused store fronts and...

Research report

6 Mar 2012

Over the last two decades, macroecology – the analysis of large-scale, multi-species ecological patterns and processes – has established itself as a major line of biological research.

Analyses of statistical links between environmental variables and biotic responses have long and successfully been employed as...

Research report

15 Nov 2012

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been touted as the biggest and most expensive social reform since Medicare. The Productivity Commission initially estimated that the NDIS would provide disability care and support services to 411,000 people at a cost of $13.5 billion (gross) every...

Guide

15 Nov 2012

Reviewing current research on family structures, this paper aims to assist practitioners and policy-makers who work with children and families to make evidence-informed decisions.

This paper reviews the research on whether some family structures expose children to a higher risk of child maltreatment than...

Transcript

30 Jul 2012

Many risks existing in the supply chain of green construction projects are poorly managed by traditional non-collaborative approaches leading to problems such as higher prices, inappropriate indoor environment quality, technological failures and legal battles that in turn adversely affect all stakeholders. To reduce the cases...

Research report

15 Nov 2012

In recent years there has been a rising interest in the level of productivity and efficiency of the New Zealand construction industry. This interest has meant that there has been an increased use of statistical techniques to determine the productivity and efficiency of the overall...

16 Nov 2012

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a royal commission (0) into child abuse in churches, schools and foster homes, writes Scott Prasser in The Conversation .

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The inquiry will include, but not be limited to, allegations of abuse in the Catholic...

Audio program

14 Nov 2012

Robert Siegel speaks with Harper Reed , who was chief technology officer for the Obama reelection campaign, about the strategies they employed to mobilize volunteers and reach voters on NPR .

Research report

12 Nov 2012

Despite the recent upward trend in drive-by shootings, the the number of incidents involving a firearm in New South Wales declined by 48% between 1995 and 2011.

Aim: To investigate trends over time, spatial patterns, and characteristics of criminal offences involving firearms....

Research report

14 Nov 2012

This research summary highlights the key findings of the Aboriginal Experiences of Racism survey undertaken in 2010-2011.

A total of 755 Aboriginal Victorians were surveyed in two rural and two metropolitan areas of Victoria. The research was conducted as part of the Localities Embracing...

Journal article

1 Nov 2012

The settling of the 32-year conflict in Aceh, Indonesia, not only transformed former members of the Free Aceh Movement into administrators, constructing a new circle of elites, but also created new spaces for economic and socio-political competition.

This transformation sowed the seeds of an...

Research report

14 Nov 2012

This article examines whether prevention in anti‐terror law is distinct from prevention in other areas of Australian law.

The move towards prevention in domestic anti-terror law and policy was initially justified as an exceptional response to the exceptional threat of transnational terrorism...

Research report

14 Nov 2012

This report argues that the mining boom has not been managed well, and that it has been allowed to expand with little consideration for the collateral damage it causes to other sectors of the economy.

14 Nov 2012

There is a strong imperative for coordinated action to address current and looming skill shortages in the wider agricultural sector, writes Luke Condon for The Allen Consulting Group .

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A recent Senate committee into higher education and skills training to support...

Book

12 Nov 2012

Indigenous policy is a complex domain motivated by a range of social, cultural, political and economic issues. The Council of Australian Governments ‘closing the gaps’ agenda for addressing Indigenous disadvantage in Australia now includes six targets with well defined and measurable outcomes for policy action....

Research report

10 Nov 2012

This paper canvasses the ongoing NSW planning system reforms. Foreshadowed by the NSW Coalition prior to the 2011 election, the reforms involve wholesale change to the planning system including the development of a new Planning Act. Reviewed in the paper are divergent comments from selected...

Research report

13 Nov 2012

This paper examines sources of stress in the Pakistan-China relationship.

Pakistan-China relations have been deepening on several fronts for the last 60 years. There have also been, however, a number of issues that have dampened the relationship, notably attacks against Chinese citizens, the presence...

Research report

6 Sep 2012

The prospect of drone use inside the United States raises far-reaching issues concerning the extent of government surveillance authority, the value of privacy in the digital age, and the role of Congress in reconciling these issues.

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are aircraft...

Research report

15 Nov 2012

This report provides further evidence of the relationships between child abuse and neglect, homelessness and criminal activity.

Current research demonstrates relationships between child abuse and neglect, homelessness and criminal activity. This report presents key findings from analysis of a data set linking...

15 Nov 2012

Do girls and boys really learn differently? Is gender formed by one’s social environment? Kellie Burns writes on the rise of neurosexism, in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

Research report

15 Nov 2012

Following the release of a study exploring the feasibility of linking three community-sector data collections, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare was funded to link child protection, juvenile justice and Supported Accommodation Assistance Program data.

This report describes the process used to link...

Research report

13 Nov 2012

This audit assessed the Department of Health and Ageing's implementation and ongoing management of the Aged Care Complaints Scheme and the effectiveness of their complaint management systems in supporting service delivery and regulatory outcomes.

The Australian Government subsidises residential aged care places to assist...

Research report

14 Nov 2012

This publication contains indexes measuring changes in the price of wages and salaries in the Australian labour market.

Australia/Sector (trend) In the September quarter 2012, the Public sector, Private sector and All sectors wage price indexes rose 0.9%. The Public sector rise of...

Research report

14 Nov 2012

This report informs Parliament about the results of the audit of the Annual Financial Report of the State of Victoria for 2011–12 (the AFR). The Auditor-General issued a clear audit opinion on the AFR on 5 October 2012, thereby providing reasonable assurance that the information...

Video

James Fallows shares his insights to the 2012 US election, the candidates, the issues, the campaign – and the consequences for the country.

James Fallows has been writing politics, global and national, for the Atlantic (where he is national correspondent) for over 30 years....

15 Nov 2012

In The Guardian, Jean Burgess and Axel Bruns discuss which Hurricane Sandy images have been tweeted the most, and which are real .

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Crisis events today (from wars and uprisings to natural disasters) are highly mediated - it is...

Research report

15 Nov 2012

This report presents the results of an evaluation of consumer-directed community aged care.

Consumer-Directed Care (CDC) is central to the aim of rendering community aged care more flexible and responsive. In Australia, it builds on experiences of consumer-directed community-based disability care and is intended...

15 Nov 2012

Libertarian ideas won't help the disadvantaged gain back control over their lives, writes Paul O’Callaghan .

When it comes to equality of opportunity, free market think tanker Charles Murray is a professional pessimist. He argues that there’s nothing governments can do to improve the...

13 Nov 2012

The number of sensors and embedded computer devices being used by consumers and in a range of industries is rising, writes Fabio Ramos in The Conversation .

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New cars have several computers and sensing capabilities built in, including anti-lock braking systems...

13 Nov 2012

Do you need to show your face at work? Adam Turner discusses teleworking in The Age .

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It's National Teleworking Week. Don't feel bad if it snuck up on you this year, as it's actually Australia's first National Teleworking Week. It's...

Video

La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program and ‘Thesis Eleven’ present a special symposium exploring the implications and ramifications of Wikileaks.

What does it mean for journalism, for diplomacy, for governance? Chaired by La Trobe University’s Peter Beilharz, with Robert Manne, Peter Vale,...

Audio program

14 Nov 2012

Titan, the new supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has been crowned the fastest in the world. Audie Cornish talks to Steve Henn for more on NPR .

It can clock 17.59 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second). Audie Cornish talks...

Research report

14 Nov 2012

IBSA’s Environment Scan (Escan) 2012 has been produced with funding assistance provided by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE).

The Escan provides Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA) with an opportunity to gather industry intelligence...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

Walking and riding are fundamental everyday modes of transport and are a vital component of Australia's transport system. Many people walk to local destinations such as their local shops, cafes or services such as the post office or library. Others walk on a daily basis...

Research report

30 Jun 2012

An investigation was undertaken in the second half of 2011, on behalf of the Council of Australian Governments Infrastructure Working Group, into the Design & Construct (D&C) model in contracting for public infrastructure. This investigation was conducted through a qualitative research method using semi-structured interviews...

Strategy

30 Mar 2012

The original edition of the National Code of Practice for CCTV Systems for the Mass Passenger Transport Sector for Counter-Terrorism (the Code) was published on 14 July 2006. The Code was reviewed in 2010-2011. The Review recommended that:

Governments agree to develop...

Research report

20 Jul 2012

Understanding Australia's Urban Railways provides an overview of the urban passenger and freight railways in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. For passenger rail, the report explores service provision; patronage trends; recent and planned network expansion; and the key challenges facing each system. In...

Research report

29 Oct 2012

The Sydney report discusses changes in the geography of population and employment and the impacts on commuting.

Transcript

14 Jun 2012

International research into migrants’ housing consumption has traditionally focussed on the geographic patterns of settlement and the housing quality and options of migrants. There are particular emphases on migrants who have arrived recently and the housing of forced or labour migrants. There is thus far...

Commentary

Article

27 Nov 2012

Timbuktu is a symbol of Africa’s written intellectual heritage long before the arrival of European colonialism. The sheer quantity of its manuscripts bears witness to that indisputable fact. As a metaphor, or symbol, of knowledge, Timbuktu includes both the actual city and settlement of Timbuktu...

9 Nov 2012

One of the difficulties for school and educational leaders is to develop strategies for innovation and change, writes Gerry White in DERN .

There is no doubt that digital technologies used professionally and with skill can improve student and professional learning engagement...

Research report

5 Nov 2012

This paper argues that there are a number of opportunities that Pakistan and India may capitalise on in order to build a deeper relationship in the longer term.

Relations between Pakistan and India are anything but simple. Characterised by periodic ups and downs and...

Research report

8 Nov 2012

This book chapter examines the factors that are likely to influence the strategic dynamic of the China-India bilateral relationship in the Asian Century.

Although engagement through trade, defence dialogue and high-level visits has deepened, strategic relations remain strained. While it is likely that strategic...

Research report

4 Nov 2012

Since the time of decolonisation in Fiji, women’s organisations have navigated a complex political terrain. While they have stayed true to the aim of advancing women’s status, their work has been buffeted by national political upheavals and changing global and regional directions in development policy-making....

Research report

1 Nov 2012

This audit examined how well the Department of Education and Communities monitors and supports young people at school or on an approved alternate pathway until they reach 17 years of age.

Studies here and overseas have found that teenagers who leave school early are...

Research report

26 Sep 2012

The audit examined the NSW Division of Local Government and assessed how well it monitors the performance of councils, and intervenes to address the performance issues it identifies.

The 152 local councils in New South Wales spend more than $9.3 billion annually, manage over...

Research report

30 Oct 2012

The Stocktake of Regional Research project provides people involved in regional development with easier access to the latest knowledge. The project also supports researchers who want to see their work taken up and used for the benefit of regions to connect their insights...

Research report

30 Oct 2012

This report identifies research literature of relevance to regional development in Australia and finds gaps in current knowledge.

Since the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) was established in late 2011, many researchers and users of research in regions and government have spoken to RAI about...

Research report

24 Oct 2012

This audit assessed whether Western Australia's National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness has succeeded in reducing homelessness by seven per cent.

In 2009, Western Australia (WA) and the Commonwealth signed the four year National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. Data at the time indicated...

Research report

24 Oct 2012

This audit assessed the effectiveness of FaHCSIA‘s performance of its lead agency role in coordinating whole-of-government commitments to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.

Addressing the deeply entrenched nature of disadvantage faced by Australia’s Indigenous people compared to Australia’s non‐Indigenous people is a key...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

This article draws on social movement theory to help explain how the use of social media, in particular Twitter feeds, may have played a role in the emergence of the Egyptian Arab Spring revolution.

More precisely, it suggests that activists' uses of Twitter may...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

This study analysed the discursive strategies and representations of virtual communities on 38 terrorist-related websites between 2009 and 2010.

Many security officials, policy analysts, and researchers are quick to identify the internet as a powerful terrorist recruiting tool that poses a growing security threat....

Research report

1 Nov 2012

Funded by the AMP Foundation this report has been written by social research organisation Effective Philanthropy. It explores what programs can usefully be funded to support Aboriginal women and girls to realise their full potential. It specifically looks at the types of programs that can...

8 Nov 2012

Mark Gregory discusses in The Conversation how the implementation of the national broadband network (NBN) will occur throughout Australia.

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is an important nation-building project that’s being implemented at a time of fundamental change in the way we utilise...

8 Nov 2012

It’s estimated that in 2011 a truly staggering 1.8 zettabytes (4) of digital information was created. Or to put it in more meaningful terms, that’s 57.5 billion 32-gigabyte iPads full .

Recent articles about this “digital deluge” warn of an approaching...

8 Nov 2012

The old adage “the devil is in the details” is never more true than when it comes to the federal budget, writes Lesley Russel for APO .

Analysis of the 2012-13 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) shows that behind the bland statements in...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

This paper provides an update of the evidence on different aspects of the housing situation of Indigenous Australians.

Research report

5 Nov 2012

The Australian heavy vehicle industry is critical to the movement of people, freight, livestock and other goods. However, every year there are deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads, some of which are caused by speeding heavy vehicles.

Speed management is an important part...

Research report

7 Nov 2012

This thesis explores the views and experiences of academics involved in short-term international teaching assignments and the specific strategies employed by universities to manage and support their career success and work-life balance.

Accordingly, this thesis examines the challenges faced, and the type and quality...

Research report

2 Nov 2012

This report compares different methods of assessing dietary behaviours, and finds that asking short questions is of limited value for predicting sodium or iodine intakes.

Information on food and nutrient intake and trends is important for policy makers, food regulators, educators, and health professionals...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

After steadily increasing for more than a decade, from mid 2009 the NSW prison population started falling. This paper identifies why this has occurred.

Method: The study relied upon administrative data. Corrections data was considered to gauge the size, timing and nature of...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

This paper examines the profile of offenders who commenced the Blacktown Traffic Offender Program between 1994 and 2011 and investigates which factors predict re-offending.

Method: Descriptive statistics were used to examine the profile of program participants. Logistic regression models were used to determine...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

This audit assessed the management and effectiveness of Defence Community Organisation’s delivery and coordination of support services to Australian Defence Force (ADF) families, in particular support services provided when an ADF member is seriously injured or ill, or dies in service.

Serving in the...

5 Nov 2012

One in five Australians are not contactable via a landline telephone – What are the implications for your telephone survey estimates?

As in other parts of the world, one of the issues facing Australian survey researchers is the increasing proportion...

Audio program

1 Nov 2012

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres reviewed how a low-carbon future is a trend which recognises that everyone, every nation and every sector of society holds part of the solution to solving a global problem.

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Video

1 Nov 2012

Australia is going through a period of great structural change. Dr Don Russell's lecture provides an insight into the role the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education plays in pursuing the Australian Government's policy agenda for strengthening the economy's productive performance and...

Research report

30 Apr 2012

The Oceans Governance project was funded by the Emerging Issues Programme, overseen by the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Its primary goal is to provide interested members of the public and policymakers with a general overview and a description...

Research report

30 Dec 2011

New Zealand has an enviable international reputation as a country where it is relatively common for women to hold top leadership roles in government and in organisations. Of 36 OECD countries, in 2003 New Zealand had the 4th highest representation of women in senior management...

Video

What do we expect from a 21st-century university? Which ideals have survived the transition to our brave new education world? And what does it mean when students become customers?

Moral philosopher Raimond Gaita, politics professor Robert Manne and University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis...

Research report

29 Oct 2012

This report argues that Australia will face significant human and economic costs because its infrastructure is poorly equipped to handle more frequent extreme weather events and other consequences of climate change.

Key findings include:

Government policy is fragmented. Australia lacks a nationally coordinated...

Research report

11 Oct 2012

China has long since been perceived as the laggard in the climate action space, and as scapegoat for other countries, like Australia, delaying action. But this report argues that this claim is increasingly difficult – if not impossible – to make in light of China’s...

Strategy

1 Nov 2012

Auckland’s time has come, according to the Auckland Council who have developed a substantial strategy to become the world’s most liveable city by 2040.

And for the first time in our history, we have a single, comprehensive plan to deliver this vision for all...

1 Nov 2012

The Queensland State Government recently announced it would take up uranium mining again, writes Barry Noller in The Conversation .

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The topic of uranium mining often raises concern about environmental risk. While past uranium mining in Queensland led to environmental damage,...