January 2013

Report

31 Jan 2013

The Report on Government Services 2013 is being released on 31 January 2013. The Report is produced by a Steering Committee of senior officials from Australian, State and Territory governments for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The Steering Committee was chaired during 2012 by...

30 Jan 2013

THE most shocking fact about Black Saturday 2009 is that people died where they thought they were safest, where they were told they would be safest. Of the 173 people killed on Black Saturday, two-thirds died in their own homes. Of those, a quarter died...

Working paper

30 Jan 2013

HECS is an income contingent loan designed to collect tuition from Australian university students. The debt is collected on the basis of recorded incomes and as a consequence, debtors living overseas will not repay. Using various data sources and assumptions, multiple scenarios are considered in...

30 Jan 2013

Australia Day has come and gone for another year. No doubt there have been many a barbeque had, game of backyard cricket played and the day off, undoubtedly enjoyed. Or perhaps I am being stereotypical? Are Australians simply people who enjoy barbeques and beaches? This...

Report

30 Jan 2013

Transport plays a vital role in enabling access healthcare. Yet for many people, it is a major barrier; impacting their ability to receive the health care they need.

Over the last decade and a half, the lack of support for health transport has been...

Commentary

29 Jan 2013

The Order of Australia Association invited me to their Australia Day Multi-Faith Celebration at Elder Hall, University of Adelaide on 26 January 2013. I was humbled and delightfully accepted the invitation. His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia, and Mrs Liz Scarce,...

Article

29 Jan 2013

We are now in what is widely known as the Asian Century. Within this context, the transformation of healthcare is one of Asia’s greatest challenges but also one of its greatest opportunities. However Asia is a vast heterogeneous region, and includes countries with varying systems...

Essay

29 Jan 2013

When a music video produced by a locally familiar but internationally obscure figure from Gangnam, Seoul, becomes a global craze – now the most-watched YouTube video in history with more than 800 million views – this tells us something about the modern South Korea....

Report

24 Jan 2013

This project examines the likely impacts on the built environment of increased intensities in weather-related natural hazard events, in order to identify the possibilities of using the regulatory mechanisms of building construction, housing insurance and planning in climate change adaptation. The research findings are restricted...

Audio

21 Dec 2012

In 2012, Australia celebrates the year of the farmer. This article looks at the business of farming and the characteristics of Australian farmers, It also compares farming now with 30 years ago.

Australian Social Trends (AST) podcasts bring you short, easy listening highlights from...

23 Jan 2013

Another new study has refuted the case that more competition and choice between schools leads to higher student results. The paper reviewed research evidence in several countries and concluded that it is “mixed and modest”. It also found that choice and competition leads to greater...

Article

24 Jan 2013

An intercultural approach to the provision of social housing for indigenous people living in urban areas would maximise opportunities to strengthen partnerships and work with indigenous organisations. This approach has the potential to deliver more diverse housing choices and adapt services to local cultural norms....

Briefing paper

2 Sep 2012

This paper highlights the needs of siblings of cancer patients and provides recommendations of supportive strategies that can be implemented by those working in the education sector.

It has been prepared by CanTeen Australia in collaboration with the Research to Practice Advisory Group....

Report

28 Feb 2012

The Federation is the cornerstone of the Australian nation and at the very heart of our constitutional democracy, both historically and culturally. However, it is increasingly not working well and needs updating and modernising. The balance of power within the Federation has shifted increasingly to...

Strategy

23 Jan 2013

This National Security Strategy (the Strategy) is Australia’s first. It provides an overarching framework for our national security efforts, and sets priorities for the next five years. The Strategy is an important next step following the 2008 National Security Statement, which articulated Australia’s national security...

Report

20 Dec 2012

This report assesses whether confidence in the New South Wales criminal justice system has changed since 2007, whether changes in knowledge and/or punitiveness underpin any changes in confidence, and whether confidence in police differs from confidence in the courts.

Method: Repeat cross-sectional survey...

Report

30 Apr 2012

This snapshot report makes existing information from a range of sectors more accessible to those with a concern for youth in the Shires of Glenelg and Southern Grampians in Southwest Victoria. This report is one of the outcomes of the Landscapes for Youth Project (L4YP)....

Report

22 Jan 2013

This report is an account of the Southern Grampians Positive Ageing research project and community activities held at RMIT University in Hamilton in 2011 and 2012. RMIT University’s Regional and Rural Research group is located at Hamilton and hosts the Potter Rural Community Research Network...

Report

14 Jan 2013

Fueled by globalization, international aid, and the efforts of journalism groups, the worldwide practice of investigative reporting has grown dramatically since the fall of communism began in 1989. The field’s emphasis on public accountability, targeting of crime and corruption, and demonstrated impact have attracted millions...

Briefing paper

9 Jan 2013

In the last century, Australia's average temperature rose by slightly less than one degree over the pre-industrial average. Without concerted action by all countries, including Australia, the world is on a path to exceeding 4°C by the 2060s. While some further warming is already locked...

Journal article

1 Dec 2012

This article argues that, rather than viewing Melanesia as an “arc of instability”, Australia should see it as an “arc of responsibility”. The idea of responsibility makes explicit the central role that Australia seeks in the region, and the idea of the arc reflects Australian...

Video

21 Jan 2013

Carey Lyon, one of the founding directors of the well-known Australian design practice “Lyons”, recently presented a lecture to RMIT staff, students and industry on the design thinking behind the Swanston Academic Building.

Adjunct Professor Lyon discussed the development of the design for the...

Report

1 Nov 2012

The delivery of effective and efficient public services is the hallmark of good government, yet as private sector standards rise there needs to be an equivalent increase in the quality of public service and increasing confidence and respect between the public service and...

Submission

21 Dec 2012

This report provides recommendations designed to promote community and economic development, advance human rights and address the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

In the 2012-13 Budget, the Federal Government invested $5.2 billion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

Book

12 Nov 2012

This book addresses the continuing and pressing need for robust debate to understand how meaningful improvement in Indigenous outcomes might be achieved.

Indigenous policy is a complex domain motivated by a range of social, cultural, political and economic issues. The Council of Australian Governments...

21 Jan 2013

The 2012 ACT Election held on October 20 was in many ways a mirror image of the previous election in 2008. In 2012 the ALP received a small swing to it after suffering a large swing against it in 2008. The Liberals achieved a large...

Book

23 Oct 2012

This volume presents the papers from the fifth biennial Information Systems Foundations Workshop, held at The Australian National University in Canberra from 30 September to 1 October 2010.

The focus of the workshop was the foundations of information systems as an academic discipline. The...

Video

12 Dec 2012

In the Internet era, a very few companies control our information destiny. In this talk, and in her new book "Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age," Susan Crawford—a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and...

Report

30 Aug 2012

This report presents the results of a project aimed at improving understanding of palaeovalley groundwater resources.

Palaeovalleys are geologically ancient, buried river valleys which no longer function as active surface water systems. These palaeovalley aquifers are often relied upon in regional Australia to supply...

Report

2 Jan 2013

Australian commuters are turning back to trains, trams and buses in record numbers, new analysis by RMIT University researchers shows.

This report analyses the way residents of Australia’s seven capital cities (the six state capitals plus Canberra) have travelled to work over the last...

Report

31 Dec 2012

This paper explores the experiences of asylum seekers released into the community after long-term immigration detention in Australia. The men interviewed were all asylum seekers who had arrived to Australia by boat in 2010 and had been in detention between 15 – 25 months.

Report

30 Aug 2012

Fresh groundwater stored in Australian coastal aquifers constitutes an important resource for humans and the natural environment. However, many Australian coastal aquifers are vulnerable to seawater intrusion (SWI)—the landward encroachment of sea water into coastal aquifers—which can significantly degrade water quality and reduce freshwater availability....

Report

14 Jan 2013

Extreme heat events pose a risk to the health of all individuals, especially the elderly and the chronically ill, and are associated with an increased demand for healthcare services.

In order to address this problem, policy makers need information about temperatures above which mortality...