February 2013

28 Feb 2013

The demise of Gunns in the spring of 2012 was as much a psychological shock to Tasmanians as it was economic. Alongside cricket stars Ricky Ponting and ‘Boonie’, Gunns had become the best-known Tasmanian. On 25 September 2012, Gunns went into voluntary administration after its...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

Uruzgan presents an enormously challenging operating environment for development activity. An estimated 35-45 per cent of the province remains outside government control, and anti-government attacks are reported, on average, every day. Much of the province, particularly outside of the provincial capital and the district centres,...

22 Feb 2013

Among my many other activities these days, I'm working on a new book … or something like that.

That qualification reflects the uncertainty of the times. As volumes printed on paper evolve to newer media – at some point, a printed volume seems likely...

Research report

4 Feb 2012

This report argues that $111, 000 can be saved per year per offender by diverting non-violent Indigenous offenders with substance use problems into treatment instead of prison.

The report has been produced by the major accounting firm Deloitte Access Economics and also reveals a...

28 Feb 2013

NATASHA Cica sent me an email the other day reminding me I had agreed to do a two thousand-word article for her (this). She wanted to know why MONA is in Tasmania, and she thinks that you might want to also. I needed reminding; I...

Research report

30 Jun 2012

This study examines the incidence of Indigenous driving offending in the Northern Territory since 2006 and assesses the effectiveness of law enforcement in addressing this crime. It seeks to ascertain alternative forms of regulating driver safety and whether they are better suited to Indigenous communities....

Working paper

28 Feb 2013

There is wide variation in the financial performance and capacity of Australian local governments. Most are in at least a satisfactory financial position or have the capacity to be so over the medium-term through reasonable and responsible financial decision-making. Some others, often with large geographic...

Research report

28 Feb 2012

This research report contributes to the body of knowledge about the aged care workforce in Australia.

Fact sheet

15 Feb 2013

This resource sheet reviews programs that aim to promote social and emotional wellbeing and identifies those that have been evaluated and shown to be effective in relation to Indigenous people. Social and emotional wellbeing is a term that is synonymous with mental health and wellbeing,...

Research report

15 Feb 2013

This report summarises a vast literature in relation to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people and both mental health and alcohol and other drug problems. Overall, the team located more than 500 published papers.

The report focuses on two aspects: The prevalence of...

Research report

28 Feb 2013

The middle class in China is often mentioned in the media; defining the middle cl ass and determining the pace of its development, however, is subject to much debate and contention. The rising numbers in Asia's middle class are also expected to be a boon...

Research report

28 Jan 2013

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to carry out research about maximising life choices of people with a spinal cord injury. The research was supported by Ageing Disability and Home Care,...

Journal article

28 Feb 2013

This article argues in favour of same-sex marriage, but only under certain conditions. Same-sex marriage ought to be introduced in the Australian context in order to remedy the formal inequalities between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens and their heterosexual/cisgendered counterparts.

One common...

2 Aug 2012

At the end of November 2011, Australian news media reported that the year was shaping up to be the eleventh hottest on record globally and the hottest in which the La Nina effect was known to be cooling water temperatures in eastern and central parts...

Report

31 May 2012

This scoping study examines the housing characteristics of recently arrived permanent and temporary migrants by their visa category, using data from a number of sources including the 2006 population census and the 2006 and 2010 General Social Surveys. Migrant groups that are examined include overseas...

Research report

15 Dec 2012

This paper outlines the broad scope of research that has been done and could be done to better plan to meet the housing needs and wants of the baby boomer cohort.

The study develops a typology of housing paths, to explore factors shaping possible...

Research report

27 Feb 2013

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. CHF works to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems.

The purpose of this paper is to...

Research report

27 Feb 2013

The research examined the prevalence of intergenerational homelessness in Australia and found that almost half of those currently receiving homelessness assistance had parents who themselves experienced homelessness. Prevention and early intervention programs, especially those oriented to Indigenous people are critical in breaking the cycle of...

27 Feb 2013

‘Big Society’ has been a flagship policy of the UK Coalition Government, centred around ideas of localism, volunteerism and devolving government service delivery to public sector mutuals. In low revenue environments, public sector mutuals offer a potential panacea to the rising costs of essential...

Audio program

18 Feb 2013

The collapse in economic growth following the Global Financial Crisis has led to millions losing their jobs, their homes and, for some, their prospects for the future. While economists and politicians argue over how to return to sustained growth, Richard Heinberg says they are missing...

Audio program

26 Feb 2013

It’s called grey literature because it’s typically unregulated and beyond the scrutiny and control of the peer reviewed journals or public service processes. But is grey literature credible? Does it genuinely add to our store of knowledge? and how much of this digital scholarship will...

Discussion paper

16 Jan 2013

This paper provides background information to support Creative New Zealand’s consultation on the key role for theatre in Wellington, funded through the Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership) Investment programme. The responses to this paper and questionnaire will inform the tender documents developed for the key...

Research report

27 Feb 2013

In 2013 all Australians who are capable of undertaking further study at university have the opportunity to do so. Each year, university campuses around the country welcome thousands more Australians eager to seize this opportunity. The universities they attend are strongly placed to support them...

Research report

28 Feb 2013

This report presents 2012 data for performance indicators in the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services . It includes measures of the extent to which states and territories met targets for emergency department lengths of stay of four hours or less, and for...

Research report

28 Feb 2013

Children entering care have not had the same chance as other children to grow and thrive. Parental maltreatment and other disadvantages mean that their life outcomes are often poor compared to children generally.

Anglicare Victoria’s Children in Care Report Card shows the ‘gap’ between...

Book

28 Feb 2013

Information and communications technologies are increasingly important in the Australian political landscape. From the adoption of new forms of electoral campaigning to the use of networking technology to organise social movements, media technology has the potential to radically change the way politics is conducted and...

Research report

28 Feb 2013

In May 2012 the Cultural Development Network and the University of Melbourne, Centre for Cultural Partnerships presented the Making Culture Count Conference with support from VicHealth and the University of Melbourne. This is the final report for the conference.

The Making Culture Count Conference...

Research report

26 Feb 2013

The global recorded music industry is on a path to recovery, fuelled by licensed digital music services and rapid expansion into new markets internationally. Recorded music is also helping drive a broader digital economy, according this report.

Global recorded music industry revenues rose by...

Journal article

1 Feb 2013

The “Teaching Teachers for the Future” (TTF) project (DEEWR, 2012) provided the La Trobe University School of Education with the opportunity to rethink the integration of Information and Communication Technology in the science curriculum subjects offered in their teacher education programs.

The La Trobe...

Guide

26 Feb 2013

NCCARF’s evidence-based Policy Guidance Briefs address key challenges to effectively adapting Australia to a variable and changing climate, providing high-level policy advice designed for use by policy makers at Commonwealth and State level.

This Policy Guidance Brief explores the support of decision-making for adaptation,...

Guide

26 Feb 2013

NCCARF’s evidence-based Policy Guidance Briefs address key challenges to effectively adapting Australia to a variable and changing climate, providing high-level policy advice designed for use by policy makers at Commonwealth and State level.

Local governments play a critical front-line role in Australia’s response to...

Research report

Synthesis and integrative research final report
26 Feb 2013

The need to address climate change adaptation is growing internationally and not least of all in Australia. There has been a significant investment in adaptation research, risk assessment and planning in Australia, especially since 2007, with substantial support from government funding. This has led to...

Research report

22 Feb 2013

Accessible information is the lifeblood of a robust democracy and a productive economy. As part of a worldwide movement, the Australian Government is fundamentally changing the way that information is valued, managed, used and shared with others.

The concept that best captures this trend,...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

Past critiques of the social sciences focused primarily on the identity of the researcher and his or her relationship with the ‘subject’ Indigenous person, but over time more sophisticated and practical approaches have emerged related to participantfocused methodologies and design. More specifically, past research involving...

Research report

30 Nov 2012

In this research brief the sentencing of Indigenous women in Australia is examined. Quantitative and qualitative data on sentencing patterns and practices are presented in relation to Indigenous women in Australia, although the limitations of these data should be acknowledged. Some examples of non-custodial and...

Research report

30 Jun 2012

The objective of this research project was to consider the social impact of sport and physical activity on the lives of Indigenous Australians and their communities. There has been strong research interest in the links between sport and recreation programs and various health and social...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

There is evidence that the style of supervision by juvenile justice workers can make a difference to the likelihood that young people under supervision will re-offend. This study aimed to examine the style of supervision offered by juvenile justice workers and how this relates to...

Research report

15 Feb 2013

This resource sheet provides a review of policies and programs that aim to prevent suicide and suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour refers to actions that can result in death, such as taking an overdose or deliberately crashing a car. The scope of this resource sheet does...

Briefing paper

25 Feb 2013

Since the beginning of the mining boom Australia’s rural sector has lost $61.5 billion in export income. This includes $18.9 billion in 2011-12 alone. These losses have occurred because the mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs.

Briefing paper

25 Feb 2013

Phase one of the Australian Curriculum (English, Mathematics, Science and History) will start to be implemented in years K to 10 in NSW schools in 2014. 2013 is a year for familiarisation, planning and training for NSW teachers in preparation for its introduction...

Research report

25 Feb 2013

This paper reports on ten-year trends in NSW State finances between 2003/04 and 2012/13 (inclusive). For some of the key indicators, the paper also shows trends for the last two (53rd and 54th) Parliaments, and for the first two years of the current (55th) Parliament....

Briefing paper

25 Feb 2013

The purpose of this Issues Backgrounder is to consider the key legal issues that arise in relation to medical cannabis, in particular the relationship between Commonwealth and State laws. The second part of the paper sets out some of the key background sources relevant to...

Research report

20 Feb 2013

A Mission Australia study has found that homeless men experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at levels more than four times the Australian mainstream male population and even higher than returned servicemen.

The How homeless men are faring: Baseline report from Michael’s Intensive Supported Housing...

Research report

26 Feb 2013

Agriculture, in its business-as-usual mode, is by nature very adaptive. Climate change presents both challenges (biosecurity threats, reduced productivity) and opportunities (business diversity, new crop types and varieties) for the industry.

Key needs to support future adaptation include:

Education and extension – especially...

Research report

26 Feb 2013

South-west Western Australia (SWWA) is experiencing a long-term drying trend linked to climate change which is likely to persist. The water management response contains useful lessons for a nation likely to experience similar conditions in the future.

The average flow rate into Perth’s dams...

Research report

26 Feb 2013

Coastal managers face the challenges, on the one hand, of future climate change and sea-level rise and, on the other, of increased development demands, infrastructure planning, renewal and maintenance, and environmental protection. Effective management of the coastal zone by local governments under climate change and...

Research report

20 Feb 2013

Government attacks on the judiciary and political dissent have accelerated Sri Lanka’s authoritarian turn and threaten long-term stability and peace. The government’s politically motivated impeachment of the chief justice reveals both its intolerance of dissent and the weakness of the political opposition. By incapacitating the...

Book

11 Jan 2013

Copyright for Librarians (CFL) is an online open curriculum on copyright law, developed to be used as a stand-alone resource or as an adjunct to the online version which contains additional links and references for students who wish to pursue any topic in greater depth....

Research report

6 Feb 2013

Some industries have far more political influence than others, and some political systems are more susceptible to the influence of industries than others. The relationship between the defence industry and the US federal government has been so strong for so long that the notion of...

Research report

1 Feb 2013

Phase one of the Australian Curriculum (English, Mathematics, Science and History) will start to be implemented in years K to 10 in NSW schools in 2014. 2013 is a year for familiarisation, planning and training for NSW teachers in preparation for its introduction...

Research report

1 Feb 2013

This paper reports on ten-year trends in NSW State finances between 2003/04 and 2012/13 (inclusive). For some of the key indicators, the paper also shows trends for the last two (53rd and 54th) Parliaments, and for the first two years of the current (55th) Parliament....

Research report

21 Feb 2013

Caring for Carers (C4C) was initiated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 2009 as a pilot program to assist people caring for someone with dementia in the community. It provided carers with training and follow-up support, delivered by project workers experienced in community dementia...

Research report

19 Feb 2013

South Africa’s involvement in international affairs has increased greatly since the end of the apartheid era. While its policies tend to prioritise development within the African continent, it maintains a degree of involvement in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Through varying degrees of multilateral interaction,...

Journal article

1 Dec 2012

The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was deployed to the Solomon Islands almost ten years ago following a short but debilitating internal conflict. Developments on the ground and in RAMSI’s understanding of the small Pacific island nation have led to significant...

Research report

20 Feb 2013

Victoria’s 79 councils rely heavily on the revenue generated by property-based rates and charges to provide services to local communities. In 2011–12, Victorian councils generated operating revenue of $8.18 billion, with rates and charges accounting for $4.09 billion, or 49 per cent, of the total....

Research report

20 Feb 2013

Between 2007 and 2012, $4.5 billion was invested in Victorian Government schools through two major infrastructure programs: the state-funded Victorian Schools Plan (VSP) and the Commonwealth-funded Building the Education Revolution (BER) program.

These programs saw building works take place at 93 per cent of...

Research report

21 Feb 2013

Development of National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plans is a key function of NCCARF. These Plans (referred to as NARPs) are produced for nine key sectors where adaptation responses will be critical in safeguarding against climate risks to social, economic and environmental well-being. The Primary...

Research report

21 Feb 2013

This information sheet provides evidence about the relationship between airport infrastructure and economic activity. It draws together evidence from the international literature and evidence for major Australian airports. It presents estimates of the number of jobs located at major Australian airports in 2011, the industry...

Research report

15 Jan 2013

Economic growth is now deemed the weakness in NSW rather than construction, whilst the job market remains its strength. Nonetheless, economic growth in NSW is up by almost 11% on its average output in the last ten years. CommSec believes that the combination of low...

Transcript

21 Feb 2013

The 2012 Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference was held in Hobart over two days from 12 - 13 July. This conference was organised around the theme of ‘Changing the Way We Think about Change – Shifting Boundaries, Changing Lives’. There were five general...

Strategy

9 Jul 2012

This procedure refers to cases where a child or young person cannot attend, or it would be unreasonable under the circumstances for them to attend school or participate in an eligible option for a period of more than 10 consecutive school days. The official process...

Strategy

9 Jul 2012

This procedure outlines the conditions of approved flexible arrangements which can take place on or off the school site. A student in the compulsory participation phase does not require a flexible arrangement when an alternative education provider is providing an eligible option . During the...

Strategy

7 Jul 2012

This document reflects Education Queensland's committment to creating an inclusive learning environment that supports the mental health and wellbeing of all students.

The procedure covers three areas in the support of students' social and emotional wellbeing.

These are:

mental health promotion and...

Research report

6 Feb 2013

In March 2008, the Australian Government and Opposition committed to the Close the Gap Campaign’s blueprint for closing the health equality gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians – the Close the Gap Statement of Intent.

In April 2008, the...

Website

Australian cities are experiencing a sustained period of rapid urban growth, particularly on the urban fringe.

This growth is predicted to remain strong for the next 25 years or more. NGAA represents the interests of these fast growing local government areas across Australia....

Briefing paper

30 Jan 2012

Australia’s cities rank highly on global ‘liveability’ league tables. But how ‘liveable’ are 24 of the fastest-growing municipalities where more than three million Australians now reside? Over the next 20 years the population of these municipalities will grow at twice the national average bringing greater...

Video

20 Feb 2013

The online age has heralded the rise of the celebrity journalist: ‘personalities’ with headshots, Twitter accounts and guest spots on Q&A . How does this impact on the quality of our journalism? What do star journalists have that bloggers don’t – and how can we...

Audio presentation

19 Feb 2013

2013 is an election year and we know that domestic issues will dominate the campaign and decide our next prime minister. But, at a time when the world is confronting major changes, our foreign policy directions are hugely important, too.

In the Wheeler Centre's...

Website

The Metropolitan Planning Strategy

The Victorian Government is preparing a new Metropolitan Planning Strategy for Melbourne to build on its liveability and ensure the future prosperity of the State.

The strategy will contribute to the overall vision for the State including links with...

Research report

20 Feb 2013

The National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) has been compiled and analysed now for 21 years – since 1989. Through it, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) monitors trends and patterns in homicide across Australian jurisdictions. NHMP data are the most comprehensive collection on homicide in...

Research report

15 Feb 2013

This paper looks at how Australian governments have responded to anti-microbial resistance (AMR) since the problem became evident in the 1980s.

Of particular importance in Australia’s response was the 1999 establishment of the Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance (JETACAR), which...

Research report

19 Feb 2013

This report presents a brief history of the development of the Mental Health Intervention Classification (MHIC) that has been designed for use in Australian health-care settings, and details the most recent iteration of the classification scheme.

The rationale for developing a MHIC is to...

Discussion paper

21 Feb 2013

This release of the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10 is for national consultation until 5pm (AEST) Friday 10 May 2013. The draft curriculum includes two subjects - Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies. Together these will ensure that all students...

Discussion paper

23 Jan 2013

Our paper approaches Twitter through the lens of “platform politics” (Gillespie, 2010), focusing in particular on controversies around user data access, ownership, and control. We characterise different actors in the Twitter data ecosystem: private and institutional end users of Twitter, commercial data resellers such...

Research report

4 Feb 2013

A recent police operation in the Northern Territory community of Borroloola invites reflection on best practice for community policing and alcohol management. Community policing is fundamentally an alliance where the police and community identify and solve community problems together, with the essential ingredient being active...

Research report

21 Jan 2013

Recent reporting suggests that there has been no growth in Indigenous employment since the mid-2000s, or even that employment has decreased slightly. Such reports focus on changes in a measure of employment which includes Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) participants. However, when CDEP is excluded...

Research report

19 Feb 2013

This paper argues that government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more than a million Asian-born Australians, millions of speakers of Asian languages, and an immigration program that sources a large share of new...

30 Jan 2013

A recent CCI research report on the UK's creative economy casts light on some of the most influential work in this field, by the American writer Richard Florida, and in particular its claims for a new “creative class”. Geoff Mulligan, Director of Nesta, writes:...

Thesis

30 Oct 2012

Since Europeans first settled in the region, Australian policy-makers have understood that Australia has security, commercial and humanitarian interests in the Pacific islands. Despite this stable set of interests, Australian engagement has fluctuated greatly; its underlying approach has changed regularly while Australian governments have found...

Research report

19 Feb 2013

This report presents analysis of the impact of the carbon price package legislated in Australia’s Clean Energy Act 2011 on the profitability of Victoria’s brown coal generators.

This analysis takes account of actual carbon market and electricity market outcomes since the commencement of the...

Research report

11 Feb 2013

The magnitude and complexity of the issues arising from the flow of asylum seekers and refugees globally poses huge challenges for the world’s destination countries, including Australia. These countries universally struggle to maintain a balance between controlling national borders and offering protection to millions of...

23 Jan 2013

Late last year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) held what might be its most a productive meeting for some time. In Geneva, delegates from about 160 countries moved one step closer to ending a worldwide famine. But it is by no means a done...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

Dynamic Mapping of the UK’s Creative Industries (125) , by Hasan Bakhshi, Peter Higgs and Alan Freeman of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), adopts a definition of creative occupation as ones with “a role within the creative process...

Journal article

18 Feb 2013

The world in which teachers are working is one, thanks to collaborative technologies, in which high levels of interactions among colleagues and the wider educational community can be facilitated. The question, then, is about how to prepare new entrants to the profession to be effectively...

Research report

18 Feb 2013

Poor mental health among people in the Australian criminal justice system is increasingly being identified and targeted for remediation. This is evidenced by Australian and international governments establishing specialist services for prisoners with mental disorders such as forensic hospitals, forensic units within prisons and specialist...

Research report

18 Feb 2013

In 2005 the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) produced a report, Responding to sexual assault: The challenge of change (DPP & AFP 2005), which made 105 recommendations for reforming the way...

Research report

18 Dec 2012

This study examined what the Brotherhood’s aged service users value in life, what enables them to live meaningful lives and what the services can contribute to this. The capability approach is used as a conceptual framework in which to consider a new model of...

18 Feb 2013

“WILL you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” It’s a good question, particularly if you are now around twenty-four, which was Paul McCartney’s age when his song was released on the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s album in 1967.

Decades earlier,...

18 Feb 2013

“AMERICA’s university-based teacher preparation programs,” declared US secretary of education Arne Duncan in a much-quoted remark, “need revolutionary change — not evolutionary tinkering.” We could use a revolution here too. In fact, we know what it could look like as well as knowing that it’s...

Journal article

16 Dec 2012

A proper coastal management requires an accurate estimation of sea level trends locally and globally. It is claimed that the sea levels are rising following an exponential growth since the 1990s, and because of that coastal communities are facing huge challenges. Many local governments throughout...

Research report

8 Feb 2013

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) investigates and prosecutes certain strict liability criminal offences by directors before local and Magistrates’ courts across Australia. Until December 2011, ASIC made public the details of each successful case by periodically releasing conviction reports on its website and...

Research report

11 Feb 2013

The murder/manslaughter of international visitors in Australia can have significant implications for Australian international relations. In particular, the questions about international visitor safety that can follow after news of murder can have far-reaching consequences for a range of important economic sectors, such as tourism and...

Journal article

3 Jan 2013

Amongst the most prominent uses of Twitter at present is its role in the discussion of widely televised events: Twitter’s own statistics for 2011, for example, list major entertainment spectacles (the MTV Music Awards, the BET Awards) and sports matches (the UEFA Champions League final,...

Research report

14 Feb 2013

This study measured the level of variation across the NSW Police Force’s Local Area Commands (LACs) in the proportion of young persons diverted from court, before and after adjusting for factors police may consider when deciding how to proceed against a young person.

...

Research report

14 Feb 2013

The aim of this study was to determine whether the introduction of the Young Offenders Act had any impact on (a) the probability that a young offender will receive a custodial order 1; and (b) the time taken to receive a first custodial order. These...

Strategy

28 Aug 2012

The Learner wellbeing and behaviour policy pertains to learners, teachers, parents, schools and relevant staff and is concerned with the creation and maintenance of safe and inclusive learning environments in order to provide learners with the best opportunity to reach their potential. This policy is...

Research report

23 Jan 2013

This report presents information on the medical workforce, based on estimates derived from the National Health Workforce Data Set: medical practitioners 2011, the second in this new series. The data set contains information on the demographic and employment characteristics of medical practitioners who were registered...

Research report

22 Jan 2013

This report presents national information on cases of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) associated with care provided by public hospitals for 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. This report builds on robust national and jurisdictional arrangements to monitor and reduce SAB.

What is...

Working paper

14 Feb 2013

In December 2008 and March-April 2009 the Australian Government used fiscal stimulus as a short-run economic stabilization tool for the first time since the 1990s. In May-June 2012, households received lump sum cheques as compensation for the introduction of the Carbon Tax scheduled for 1...

Briefing paper

30 Jan 2013

This brief sets out the case for making public policy evaluations public. It first reviews the various challenges associated with impact evaluations, paying particular attention to the unique hurdles involved in evaluating Indigenous policy. Lessons learned from clinical trials registries in medical research are then...

Research report

8 Feb 2013

China faces a significant challenge in maintaining food and water security over the next 30 years. With less than ten per cent of the world’s arable land and only seven per cent of its potable water, China must feed 20 per cent of the world’s...

Research report

1 Dec 2012

This article examines the strategic importance of the inner arc to the evolution of Australia’s defence policy and how it has been perceived both as threat and opportunity. It analyses the classified strategic guidance from the 1950s to the mid-1970s and the subsequent public...

Discussion paper

14 Feb 2013

The Blueprint for Australian Agriculture (the Blueprint) is the first sector-wide effort to set out a strong and sustainable future path for Australian agriculture and its supply chain, looking ahead at least to 2020, and towards 2050.

The Blueprint aims to ensure the full...

Literature review

30 Jun 2012

Local government is commonly considered to be the tier of government closest to the people of Australia. It provides a range of frontline services that underpin the management of our cities, contributes to the wellbeing of our communities through the provision of infrastructure and services...

Research report

13 Feb 2013

This report looked at the advantages and disadvantages of FIFO/DIDO work practices - especially the effect on rural communities.

Literature review

30 Sep 2012

This paper is the first output of a project entitled Beyond charity: the engagement of the philanthropic and homelessness sectors in Australia . The report has two purposes. First, it outlines the focus of, and rationale for, this empirical research investigating the engagement of the...

Research report

19 Dec 2012

The term ‘learning environment’ suggests learning happens in a place and space such as a school, a classroom, or a library. However, while much of 21st century learning takes place in physical locations, in today’s technology driven world, a learning environment can also be virtual,...

Journal article

30 Dec 2012

iPads have only been on the market since April 2010 but have rapidly gained great attention within educational communities. While their potential to support teaching and learning has been advocated by many, as yet little empirical research has been released on their application in primary...

Discussion paper

7 Feb 2013

This Issues Paper critically explores female genital cosmetic surgery in the Victorian context: to better understand what it is, who is undertaking it, and their reasons for doing so. The incidence of female genital cosmetic surgery appears to be increasing. This trend has been the...

Strategy

9 Jul 2012

The Workplace Health and Safety Representative (HSR) document details the duties of HSRs. HSRs are elected staff members who act as a formal communication channel for their fellow staff. HSRs must represent the views of the staff group regarding strategies to improve the health and...

Research report

13 Feb 2013

This report has been prepared for the Interface Council group by Essential Economics Pty Ltd.

The Interface Council group comprises the ten contiguous local government areas (LGAs) that form metropolitan Melbourne's outer urban ring, made up of Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey, City...

Research report

1 Feb 2013

During the 12 months to the end of June 2012, 225 people died from 200 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses. These included:

– 124 deaths from 112 crashes involving articulated trucks, – 86 deaths from 73 crashes involving heavy rigid trucks, –...

Research report

12 Feb 2013

This report has been designed to be one of the first places for young people in New Zealand to look when making a decision on career options and to determine what their chances are of getting a job once they have finished studying.

There...

Research report

4 Feb 2013

Provides the number and value of dwelling units approved by sector (public/private) and by state, number and value of new other residential dwelling units approved by type of building, and the number and value of non-residential building jobs approved by type of building (i.e. by...

Journal article

30 Jan 2013

Social practice theories provide a unique platform for understanding how everyday practices become globalised through migration, spreading from one place to another, replacing local, often more sustainable, variations. Set in the context of the spreading of resource-intensive practices such as multiple daily showers, we explore...

Article

13 Feb 2013

The project involved 98 face-to-face interviews with persons with a disability in NSW, SA and Vic; focus groups with service providers; and interviews with social housing providers.

The research found that housing assistance has a very substantial impact on the social inclusion of persons...

Strategy

9 Jul 2012

The Queensland Government respects the rights of parents to choose to engage their children in home education. As such, the Work Education in Queensland document has been created to outline the neccesary application procedures for parents seeking registration as home educators.

By submitting an...

Research report

9 Feb 2013

In 2005, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) examined international mobile roaming (IMR) services and concluded that the prices paid by Australian consumers appeared high. Subsequently, in 2009, the Australian House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Communications released the report ‘Phoning Home: Inquiry into...

13 Feb 2013

The reality behind the much-heralded trend in cross-sector collaborations is that many are ending in failure. With over a decade’s experience teaching the art and skill of collaboration, Social Leadership Australia suggests how to recognise when to collaborate … and just what it takes...

Strategy

4 Dec 2012

Applications for a waiver of international student fees must meet the assessment critetia and abide by the terms and conditions outlined in this policy. The Executive Director of the Department of Education and Training International (DETi) has the authority to approve fee waiver applications for...

Research report

20 Dec 2012

The information is designed to help individual businesses in New Zealand understand the current tourism environment, benchmark their performance against the wider market, and plan for the future with greater confidence.

This edition of the TIM is based on 441 responses from a wide...

Strategy

9 Jul 2012

This program addresses the needs of non-government student hostels in rural and remote areas of Queensland. These establishments provide accomodation for geographically isolated primary and secondary aged students including students with disabilities. The Director-General of Education, Training and the Arts is authorised to approve access...

Policy

9 May 2012

The Enrolment, attendance and particpation policy should be read in conjunction with School enrolment procedures, School attendance procedures, Tasmanian academy procedure for student enrolments and Tasmanian polytechnic procedure for student enrolments policies. This policy pertains to the implementation of legislation relating to enrolment and attendance...

Strategy

14 Jun 2012

This procedural guideline must be read in conjunction with Partnerships in Learning Policy Driver (Doc ID: TASED-4-1398), Home Visit Safety Checklist (below), Worker Safety Guidelines (Doc ID: TASED-4-1219), Support for Early Years Home Visits (Doc ID: TASED-4-1218) and the Risk Management Template (Doc ID: TASED-4-1781),...

Research report

25 Jan 2013

Juvenile arthritis refers to the types of arthritis that affect children. It may cause significant pain, disability and restrictions in school and other activities. This snapshot focuses on arthritis in children 0 to 15 years old, although some children may enter into their adulthood with...

Research report

24 Jan 2013

This report presents information on the dental workforce, based on estimates derived from the new National Health Workforce Data Set: dental practitioners 2011, the first for this profession. The data set contains information on the demographic and employment characteristics of dental practitioners (dentists, dental hygienists,...

Briefing paper

13 Feb 2013

On 1 January 2013, Australia introduced 2 weeks of government-funded Dad and Partner Pay for eligible working fathers or partners, including adopting parents and same-sex partner parents.

This paper uses existing literature to describe Australia's family leave policy history leading up to this initiative,...

Research report

31 Jan 2013

High Indigenous incarceration rates have elicited a long list of so-called solutions over the years. Since the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC), countless reports and programs have aimed to reduce the Indigenous incarceration rate. Yet the percentage of Aboriginal people...

Report

6 Feb 2013

When government leaders from across the country met in 2008 to agree to a framework for tackling Indigenous disadvantage, they set ambitious targets to address priority areas for change.

The Closing the Gap framework and the six targets set by the Council of Australian...

Research report

1 Feb 2013

Almost half of Australia’s adult population now own a smartphone. Take-up soared by 104 per cent to 8.67 million units over the 12 months to May 2012, according to research released today by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The report also found that...

Research report

6 Dec 2012

The ACMA Communications report 2011–12 fulfils the ACMA’s statutory reporting requirements under section 105 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to report to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on significant matters relating to the performance of carriers and carriage service providers (CSPs)...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

[NSW Hansard—Other Indexes---Records of Proceedings of Legislative Proceedings from 1824 to 1855]. Under a new Constitution which took effect in 1855, New South Wales gained a new bicameral Parliament with a Legislative Assembly and a Legislative Council. The New South Wales Parliamentary Archives has produced...

Working paper

29 Jan 2013

This report examines the impact of the global financial crisis on the degree of international income and consumption risk-sharing among industrial economies using returns on cross-border portfolio holdings (e.g., debt, equity, FDI). It splits the returns from the net foreign holdings as receipts (inflows) and...

Research report

11 Nov 2012

LLEAP – Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy helps take the guesswork out of philanthropy in education so outcomes for learners most in need in schools and communities throughout Australia can be improved.

LLEAP began because of a widespread view that effective engagement of...

Discussion paper

12 Dec 2012

Local Government Managers Australia National (LGMA), as consortium partner of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, has developed this National Local Government Indigenous Employment Position Paper (‘the Position Paper’) to encourage and facilitate increased Indigenous workforce participation in local government. The Position Paper...

Guide

7 Feb 2013

This guide has been developed as part of an overall suite of initiatives to encourage local government practitioners to develop ideas, document good practice and share their work with a wider audience.

This guide aims to:

Build the capacity of local government practitioners...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

The preliminary Learning in Local Government program inventory prepared by ACELG in 2010 included a profile of existing vocational and higher education courses relevant to some of the key skills shortage areas in local government. The identified skills shortage areas were civil engineering, urban planning,...

Discussion paper

11 Feb 2013

Climate change is the behemoth of our age. It defies description, is too large to comprehend, and what we do understand about it is often terrifying. This is for many, a good reason to stop thinking about it or, like Scarlett O’Hara, decide to “think...

Research report

11 Feb 2013

Immigration detention is one of the most complex, controversial and debated areas of government policy. Over the past three years, the number of people in immigration detention has increased significantly. Around 1000 people were accommodated in immigration detention in June 2009, compared to around 7670...

Article

11 Feb 2013

Former NZ Attorney General and Labour Minister Professor Margaret Wilson has written a detailed account of the rise of precarious work arrangements in Australia and New Zealand in her paper Precarious Work: The Need for a New Policy Framework. Professor Wilson says Australia and New...

8 Feb 2013

How are we to make sense of the iPhone? It has been called a transformative networked multimedia platform; a fetishised consumer brand; a superlative innovation by a genius inventor; the ruination of solitude; and the emblem of a radical shift in the relationship between those...

Research report

30 Oct 2012

In Australia, community concerns strongly influence the way the minerals industry operates and how governments regulate it. The industry is required to fulfill its formal regulatory conditions (its licence to mine) as well as taking into consideration these community concerns (its social licence to operate)....

Research report

7 Feb 2013

This research study investigates how communication technologies facilitate sexual violence against young people and what challenges this presents for the Victorian criminal justice system.

Based on interviews with young people and professionals working with young people, it examines the effects of technology on the...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

Australia and the world needs a focused and effective G20. But the forum is in danger of losing its way. This Analysis identifies nine key lessons from the G20’s history that can help relaunch it. This should be Australia’s goal when it chairs the G20...

Research report

5 Feb 2013

This paper argues that foreign policy will not be a top priority of China's new leaders because they must focus on immense domestic problems. Therefore Chinese foreign policy can be expected to be reactive. This may have serious consequences because of the potentially explosive nature...

Strategy

24 Aug 2012

This procedural outline details parents' obligations for ensuring their child's school attendance. Unless a reasonable excuse is provided, parents/Legal Guarduians are legally obligated to ensure that all of their dependants in the compulsory participation phase are enrolled and attend school. Failure by parents to uphold...

Strategy

29 Jan 2013

This document provides the procedural guidelines to ensure the consistent management of the health care of students with specialised health needs within educational settings. In order to ensure the best student outcomes, health risks are to be collaboratively monitored among school staff, parents and appropriately...

Research report

7 Feb 2013

The newly-released National Security Strategy provides good coverage of broad security issues, but could have given a more expansive worldview. Previous Defence White Papers have shown our approach to national security interests has been narrow and reactive rather than broad and proactive.

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Journal article

30 Jan 2013

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation (Terrorism) Amendment Act 2003 (Cth) is the most controversial piece of anti-terrorism legislation passed by the Commonwealth Parliament.The Act created a system of warrants that permit the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to question and detain non-suspects for the purposes...

Research report

31 Jan 2013

In 2009, the Commission examined the gender gap in retirement savings in the report, Accumulating poverty? Women’s experiences of inequality over the lifecycle . The report identified three strategies to redress women’s disadvantage in the current retirement income system including recognising and rewarding unpaid caring...

Journal article

5 Feb 2013

I n recent times, the heath of adolescents and young people has been considered a priority area by governments around the world. The New Zealand (NZ) Ministry of Health has identified the current health issues in young people (12–24 years) as mental health problems,...

Journal article

5 Feb 2013

Unsafe sex refers to behaviours that increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy. Unsafe sex and the adverse health outcomes that can result are important areas of public health research. The prevalence of unsafe sex is particularly concerning among adolescent and...

Research report

6 Feb 2012

This document includes four projects carried out within the Urban Architecture Laboratory (UAL) over a period of one and a half years to fulfil the requirements of a Master of Architecture by research at the RMIT University.

This candidature developed through the initial study...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

Governments across Australia are increasingly turning to not-for-profit housing providers to help address shortages in housing that is affordable to low and moderate income households. However, an important question is whether, in the quest to provide affordability, these new developments sacrifice social, financial or environmental...

Research report

5 Feb 2013

This paper reviews recent Australian and international research on the long-term effects of child sexual abuse. Information is presented on what is known about the impact on mental health, behaviour problems, suicide, risk taking, personal relationships, criminality, and physical health, as well as gender differences...

Research report

7 Feb 2013

In 2011, the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) highlighted threats to the integrity of professional sport and concluded that there was potential for organised crime to infiltrate sport in Australia, as has occurred overseas.

Data from the ACC’s 2010–11 Illicit Drug Data Report indicated that...

Research report

5 Feb 2013

The arrival of asylum seekers on Australian shores, particularly those who arrive irregularly by boat, has for many years been a matter of significant political and public concern. This concern has ebbed and flowed in line with the numbers of boat arrivals, and corresponding attempts...

Research report

29 Jan 2013

The term ‘boat people’ entered the Australian vernacular in the 1970s with the arrival of the first wave of boats carrying people seeking asylum from the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Over half the Vietnamese population was displaced in these years and, while most fled...

7 Feb 2013

THE two-hour drive from Toowoomba to Brisbane goes through some of the areas most drastically affected by the 2011 floods, so when severe weather warnings came through on the morning of Saturday 26th we cancelled our day trip, thinking we’d go to the cinema instead....

Strategy

12 Sep 2012

The Safe, Supportive and Disciplined School Environment procedure houses the guidelines for implementation of the Code of School Behaviour and the Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students. All state schools are required to have an approved Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students which details a range of...

Strategy

9 Jul 2012

Disclosing Student Information to the Queensland Police Service outlines the protocols for disclosing student personal information to the Queensland Police Service in accordance with section 426 (4)(e)(i) and (ii) of the Education (General Provisions) Act (2006) (QLD). Section 426 of this document states that employees...

Research report

5 Feb 2013

This study provides new evidence on the inter-relationships between Indigenous Australians' association with their traditional culture and their engagement with vocational education and training. It builds on previous work to develop a 'richer' measure of the concept of cultural attachment. This report discusses the links...

1 Feb 2013

A worldwide review of global rainfall data led by the University of Adelaide has found that the intensity of the most extreme rainfall events is increasing across the globe as temperatures rise.

In the most comprehensive review of changes to extreme rainfall ever undertaken,...

Research report

4 Feb 2013

This research project analysed housing policy interventions that help young people in recovery from mental illness. In particular it examined the way independent housing assists them access informal resources (e.g. family, peer and social networks such as sporting, church, cultural and community groups) at a...

Research report

4 Feb 2013

Though shaped by past elements, history demonstrates that future landscapes will be very different from those of the present. This is particularly so in coastal areas of rapid urban growth. The effects of climate change in the future will therefore be impacting on these quite...

Research report

4 Feb 2013

This report documents a study aimed at identifying cross-scale barriers to planned adaptation within the context of local government in Australia, and the development of enabling actions to overcome these barriers. Many of the impacts of climate change and variability have been, or will be,...

Strategy

20 Dec 2012

As part of the Older Australians from Diverse Backgrounds stream of the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package, the Government announced consultation with groups representing people from diverse backgrounds to assess the requirement for the development of further tools and/or strategies to support...

Research report

30 Oct 2012

The Inner City Youth at Risk (ICYAR) Project is a partnership project which draws together 21 government and non-government organisations (NGOs) to target and respond to young people who are experiencing homelessness and/or at risk of homelessness in Kings Cross and surrounding areas. Partners include...

Strategy

9 Jul 2012

This document outlines the responsibilities of sharing information concerning a child's protection and care in accordance with the Child Protection Act 1999. The appropriate sharing of information in accordance with the Child Protection Act 1999 will ensure the delivery of a coordinated services response that...

Discussion paper

21 Sep 2012

Australia has required all eligible electors to enrol (register) to vote now for one hundred years. In recent years, however, changing demographic patterns and citizen mobility have made it increasingly challenging to maintain the accuracy and currency of the federal electoral roll. These same social...

Research report

30 Jun 2012

The aim of this research was to examine approaches taken to social media by other government agencies and electoral management bodies in order to inform AEC participation in social media. The research focused on the key areas of development of social media policies that facilitate...

Journal article

12 Nov 2012

This paper explores the relationship between customer-generated word-of-mouth (WOM) and corporate reputation. After a concise literature review, the authors present several insights from case study analysis of three organizations. The main finding is that customer dissatisfaction and negative word-of-mouth (NWOM) are thought to have strong...

Journal article

12 Nov 2012

In recent years, Internet video gaming has grown exponentially amongst a non-traditional and non-targeted group of gamers: those over 50 years of age. In the United States alone, elderly gamers have grown from nine percent of all gamers in 1999 to over 25 percent of...

Briefing paper

31 Jan 2013

Assessing the key policy implications for regional Australia in the Asian Century, given that regionally based industries will be the leaders of economic change in the coming decades, this policy briefing responds to the Australian Government's recent Asian Century White Paper.

The brief...

Working paper

25 Jan 2013

As a contribution to the Victorian Government’s Service Sector Reform Project, this paper has been developed by the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) to shape discussions within government and across community sector organisations to support better outcomes for those who use social services....

Discussion paper

30 Dec 2012

The recently released White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century reflected a consensus that higher education is at the cutting edge of our Asian engagement. To this end the White Paper prescribes an important role for public universities in the unfolding Asian Century. It...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

The electoral enrolment of immigrants is important for effective democracy. Electoral rolls also provide useful administrative data on the age, regional distribution, and intercensal movements of the eligible voting population. An understanding of the enrolment patterns of recent immigrants provides information on the political integration...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

This report highlights challenges to future industry and local communities in Central Queensland’s coal mining region based on climate-influenced drought and flooding experienced since 2000.

ABSTRACT

Australia is not only a location of extreme climate variability but is one of the world’s most...