May 2013

Research report

30 May 2013

Abstract

We are currently facing the likelihood of severe climate change before the close of the century. In the face of such a global driver of species loss, we urgently need to identify refugia that will shelter species from the worst impacts of...

Research report

30 May 2013

Abstract

Australian governments face the twin challenges of dealing with extreme weather-related disasters (such as floods and bushfires) and adapting to the impacts of climate change. These challenges are connected, so any response would benefit from a more integrated approach across and between...

Strategy

30 Mar 2013

The purpose of this strategy is to provide direction for Auckland Council’s research activity in alignment with the council’s priorities. Specifically, this strategy recognises the requirement to prioritise high- quality research to support the implementation and evaluation of the Auckland Plan.

Introduction...

Research report

30 May 2013

Abstract

Settlements in coastal and bushfire prone areas across Australia face major challenges in adapting to potential climate change impacts. This report identifies the range of legal tools and instruments that can be used to influence the spatial distribution and nature of land...

Research report

30 May 2013

Abstract

Research was carried out on South Goulburn Island, Northern Territory, to improve understandings of local, Indigenous people’s dependency on marine resources, and of their perspectives on climate change, and aquaculture as a means towards adapting to climate change. Workshops and interviews were...

Research report

30 May 2013

Executive summary

This project focused upon adaptive housing responses to climate change in the town camps of Alice Springs. It particularly examined household practices of staying cool and keeping warm in the context of increasing extremes of temperatures and climate.In a departure from...

Research report

28 May 2013

Key Points: The market failure that the National Access Regime should address is a lack of effective competition in markets for infrastructure services due to natural monopoly.

This is likely to constitute an economic problem where service providers deny access to, or restrict output...

Strategy

30 May 2013

The Parks and Open Spaces Strategic Action Plan sets out a ten-year direction for Auckland’s parks and open spaces and explains how they will contribute to the Auckland Plan.

The plan will influence how we develop, manage and plan Auckland’s network of parks and...

Commentary

30 May 2013

A new review announced yesterday by the Minister for Tertiary Education Craig Emerson will examine the regulation of Australian universities.

It comes at an important time. Just recently a report commissioned by Universities Australia found that the average Australian university is spending nearly A$1...

Strategy

29 May 2013

Universities have called for a review of higher education regulation. In response to this the Government has announced a review to address the concerns being raised and identify what further action is needed.

Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO, former Vice Chancellor of the University...

Research report

30 Sep 2012

The Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (the Commission) has released findings on health and wellbeing from its fourth biennial Views survey of children and young people living in foster care in Queensland. More than 2000 children and young people responded...

30 May 2013

Total government expenditure on Indigenous health has risen significantly since the commencement of the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes in 2009-10 and now represents about 5.1 per cent of total government health expenditure. Of this, the Commonwealth provides...

Discussion paper

29 May 2013

This paper presents the author’s analysis of the Indigenous provisions in the Australian Government’s 2013-14 Budget in the context of current and past strategies, policies, programs and funding support. It also looks at the implementation and impact of the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Chronic Disease Package. This...

Research report

30 May 2013

Compared with large organisations, small businesses operate in a distinct and highly resource-constrained operating and technical environment. Their proprietors are often time poor, have minimal bargaining power and have limited financial, technical, legal and personnel resources. It is therefore unsurprising that cloud computing and its...

Working paper

30 May 2013

Abstract: The only publicly-available information on the geographical distribution of crime in New Zealand is offence statistics for police administrative units. We investigate whether existing data can be used to construct geographical crime statistics that correspond to regional councils, territorial authorities, and urban areas....

Research report

29 May 2013

This report recommends the introduction of legislation so that minors who make or possess sexually explicit images or video of themselves or their peers cannot be charged with child pornography offences.

It is the final report of the Victorian Parliament’s Law Reform Committee's Inquiry...

Research report

26 Apr 2013

While libraries become increasing involved in the digitization of their various textual collections, little work has been done digitizing and preserving physical collections containing items such as artwork, textiles, insignias, and other historically significant relics. Advancements in 3D scanning technology have made the digitization of...

Discussion paper

27 May 2013

NB The full compilation of this series was launched on 26 June 2014, called "False economies: unpacking public service efficiency" and available here >

In Doing less with less , CPD public service Research Director Christopher Stone contends that sometimes cutting can...

Book

18 Mar 2013

In a rapidly changing technological environment, the difficult task of ensuring long-term access to digital information is increasingly important.

This publication presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation.

This selective bibliography covers...

Research report

30 Dec 2012

Executive Summary: Artists today are increasingly leaving their stages and studios to work in new ways. They are working with artists from other disciplines; with community partners; with health professionals; and with a broad range of educators at every level. This interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral...

30 May 2013

Increasingly, the curatorial role is focused on audience engagement and collaboration, rather than specialized knowledge.

There has been a lot of chatter in recent years about the “death of the curator.” But is the role of the curator really dead, or is...

Research report

30 Dec 2012

This report captures the results from national research into employment levels, barriers and strategies around employment in the arts for people with disability.

Video

29 May 2013

The Victorian Parliament's law reform committee has recommended major changes to laws around the practice of sexting, to avoid teenagers who send an explicit picture of themselves being placed on the child sex offender register.

Duration: 2min 11sec

Article

23 May 2013

LEADING museum professionals around the world agree the art museum is relevant and important. But whether present models are still viable was just one of the difficult questions posed earlier this year to museum directors invited by the Aspen Institute, an education and policy...

Website

Scholarly electronic publishing bibliography is a free curation service provided by Charles W. Bailey Jr focussing on information and commentary about digital copyright, digital curation, digital repository, open access, scholarly communication, and other digital information issues. Bailey provides an ongoing monthly collation of selected journal...

Submission

24 May 2013

This submission has been prepared by researchers from the Home Internet for Remote Communities Project (HIP). HIP is a collaborative project between the Centre for Appropriate Technology, Central Land Council and Swinburne University that aims to investigate the feasibility of home-based computing and internet access...

Website

This site serves as the central research space for the QUT Social Media Research Group (SMRG), a group of social media researchers in the Creative Industries Faculty (and beyond) at Queensland University of Technology ; we’ll use it to document our projects and publications as...

Research report

30 May 2013

Abstract

Extreme weather events in Australia over recent years have highlighted the costs for Australian mining and mineral processing operations of being under-prepared for adapting to climate risk. For example, the 2010/2011 Queensland floods closed or restricted production of about forty out of...

Audio

5 May 2013

2012 was the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Public Service Act - an Act that defined the public service for the best part of a century. This year it's the turn of the Public Service Association to celebrate its centenary. Jeremy Rose talks...

Research report

8 Apr 2013

The Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey has focused since its inception on capturing an accurate picture of faculty members' practices, attitudes, and needs. In the fifth triennial cycle, fielded in fall 2012, the survey focused on research and teaching practices broadly, as well as the...

Research report

28 May 2013

The UK Survey of Academics 2012, conducted by Ithaka S+R , Jisc , and Research Libraries UK (RLUK) , examines the attitudes and behaviours of academics at higher education institutions across the United Kingdom. Our objective is to provide the entire sector, including universities, learned...

29 May 2013

WITH last week’s federal budget slashing the forecast revenue from Australia’s carbon pricing scheme for the second half of this decade, it’s a good time to have a closer look at the Gillard government’s decision to link the scheme with its embattled European counterpart from...

29 May 2013

CROWDS flocking to Adelaide’s Botanic Park for the recent WOMADelaide festival were treated to an innovation: a talkfest on top of the music. Together with the twenty-six groups playing at the biggest world music festival outside Britain, where Womad started, “The Planet Talks” marked the...

29 May 2013

“Hyper-legislation” is how Canadian law professor Kent Roach has described the fifty-four anti-terrorism laws passed by the Australian parliament since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Last Tuesday, two major reports on those laws were tabled in federal parliament. Both were highly critical...

Research report

28 Mar 1988

This was one of the first country-wide reports to recommend ways of improving access to high quality schooling in rural areas of Australia.

Tabled in 1988, this is the first time a digitised version of this report, known as the 'Boomer report', has been...

29 May 2013

WHEN I read that Nick Cater, a senior editor at the Australian , was writing a book about “the rise of an Australian ruling class” I was a little puzzled. The only people I knew who still talked and wrote about “an Australian ruling class”...

Research report

10 Mar 2013

Executive Summary

This report details the process and findings from the first climate risk assessment carried out for RMIT University. Whist the primary focus is on the Melbourne City campus the research activity also draws on interviews and documentation from the RMIT International...

27 May 2013

Much of the debate around urbanisation is about a retreat away from the suburbs and a re-emphasis on inner city living. But sheer weight of numbers, both in terms of the world's ever-increasing population and the rate of global urbanisation, suggests that suburbia has a...

Research report

23 May 2013

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations' role in the delivery of the Children and Family Centre component of the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development.

Overall conclusion:

The establishment of Children and...

27 May 2013

Self determination for Torres Strait communities has been a long running battle, with plans for an independent territory like the ACT falling flat. But over the weekend at a Queensland community cabinet meeting on Thursday Island islanders push for reforms at the council level that...

Research report

27 May 2013

As reforms to the global economic and financial systems are undertaken, a high-level panel has recommended that a body to observe global economic and financial governance to be established with UNCTAD as custodian to safeguard the interests of poor countries.

This document focuses on...

Research report

23 May 2013

This report examines feedback from the community sector and the public on the discussion paper for the Victorian Government's Sector Service Reform project.

A snapshot from the consultations captures the top 5 priorities for reform as being to:

Focus more on outcomes. Increase...

Research report

20 May 2013

The global financial crisis (GFC) significantly affected the house/office building and engineering construction industry in Australia. From the December 2007 quarter to the December 2008 quarter, for example, owner occupied housing commitments fell by 22%. Although (in early 2009) the Rudd government launched the $42...

Research report

23 May 2013

This paper argues that inaugural speeches provide a window on the evolving parliamentary culture in New South Wales, along with the broader political context in which it operates.

With many new members elected to the NSW Parliament at the 2011 general election, the start...

Research report

27 May 2013

The rate of disability in the Indigenous population is substantially higher than for the Australian population as a whole. Despite the relatively high rates of disability experienced by the Indigenous population, there is surprisingly little research which provides basic descriptive information on where those Indigenous...

Research report

30 Jan 2013

In December 2011, the Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Local Government recommended that a referendum be held to amend s 96 of the Commonwealth Constitution to allow the Commonwealth Parliament to make grants of financial assistance to ‘any local government body formed by...

Research report

28 Mar 2013

This report presents background information for an inquiry on the compulsory licensing provisions of the Patents Act 1990 (Cwlth) .

Key points:

Like most countries, Australia has legislated a system of compulsory licensing so that patent owners can be compelled to license...

Strategy

28 May 2013

Future investment in Wellington's city parks, reserves and sports grounds will be targeted to get more people active outdoors - and to meet changing demands for the use of these spaces. Our Capital Spaces suggests developing more multi-use parks like Karori Park. That’s the message...

Transcript

27 May 2013

Transport planning is experiencing a paradigm shift; that is, a change in the way that problems are defined and solutions evaluated. The old paradigm is mobility-based. It assumes that the planning objective is to maximise travel speed, and evaluates transport system performance based primarily on...

Research report

26 May 2013

When and why will people adapt to climate change? We conducted a number of studies examining the psychological drivers of individual adaptation to climate change across different populations. We used a variety of methodologies including interviews, surveys, survey experiments and face-to-face experiments. There...

Research report

26 May 2013

Landscape design – the particular placement of areas devoted to restoration of native vegetation at landscape scales – is a primary approach to climate adaptation for biodiversity management. It may facilitate the maintenance of larger populations as well as shifts in species distributions,...

Research report

24 May 2013

Abstract

Compiled for two decades by the Australian Institute of Criminology, this report found both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates of deaths in custody have decreased over the last decade and are now some of the lowest ever seen (0.16 per 100 Indigenous...

Video

3 May 2013

Prof Sanjay Chaturvedi – Department of political science at Punjab University and Associate of the Indo Pacific Governance research centre- discusses his perspective on the common problem and new fault lines of conflict in both India and China. Drawing on his fellowship at the China-...

Research report

21 May 2013

Abstract

This paper considers the increasing representation of Indigenous people in professional occupations. While the predominant focus in Australian scholarship remains contexts of Aboriginal disadvantage, there is a steadily increasing number of Indigenous professionals in Australia among whom many reside in urban locales....

Research report

23 May 2013

Howard’s Work Choices reforms were seen by many as the enemy of the Aussie ‘fair go.’ Since then, the spectre of Work Choices has loomed large over the debate on labour market reform and created a toxic debate over the benefits and prospects of further...

Briefing paper

27 May 2013

Over the past three years, the Health Policy and Health Finance Hub has collaborated with the World Bank Institute (WBI) and the Harvard School of Public Health to develop a world-class training program to strengthen cohesively health systems and policy making capacities across the Pacific...

Research report

27 May 2013

This report finds that Victoria’s prison population has increased by nearly 40% over the last 10 years, a rate faster than increases in the general population.

Victoria’s Prison Population 2002-2012 concludes that growth in Victoria’s prison population is due to a combination of factors,...

Research report

20 May 2013

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) Illicit Drug Data Report 2011–12 provides a snapshot of the Australian illicit drug market. The report combines illicit drug data from a variety of sources including law enforcement, health and academia. The Illicit Drug Data Report is the only report...

Working paper

27 May 2013

Abstract: The authors explore the hypothesis that high home-ownership damages the labor market. The results are relevant to, and may be worrying for, a range of policymakers and researchers. The authors find that rises in the home-ownership rate in a US state are a...

Research report

20 May 2013

This report argues that a new industry has the scope to make Australia 100% self-sufficient in transport fuels and food.

Key points:

Australia has just 23 days’ supply of fuel in the pipeline: a major oil crisis could cripple our economy within days...

Report

27 May 2013

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has conducted research to learn more about the experiences of racism and racial and religious vilification in Victoria. Through this research, the Commission has received responses from the community on the types of actions and solutions that...

Research report

27 May 2013

Key messages

Significant changes have occurred in patterns of relationship formation and dissolution and childbearing over the last century and into the new millennium, with many of the changes of the most recent few decades being unprecedented. Marriages have been occurring at increasingly later...

Research report

27 May 2013

Australia recognises the critical role that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons plays in preventing uncontrolled proliferation and promoting disarmament, and upholding the treaty has long been a core foreign policy goal. However Australia's disarmament diplomacy has hit a difficult patch. This paper...

Book

23 May 2013

France is a Pacific power, with three territories, a military presence, and extensive investments. Once seen by many as a colonial interloper in the South Pacific, by the early 2000s, after it ended nuclear testing in French Polynesia and negotiated transitional Accords responding to independence...

Research report

23 May 2013

With total health spending in the region worth over a trillion dollars in 2010 and demand for healthcare continuing to grow, Asian governments will have a tremendous challenge meeting and funding this demand.

Research report

23 May 2013

Asia's general reliance on defined benefit schemes could potentially lead to unfunded liabilities similar to those experienced in some countries in Europe, once the tipping point is reached. Some segments of the population lack meaningful pensions, a feature of many developing economies in the region,...

Research report

23 May 2013

While Asia's population is expected to increase by one billion people in the next thirty years, the significant demographic story is the change in its age structure.

Research report

10 Sep 2012

The fiscal challenges of population ageing can be tackled in a number of ways. These include investing in capital and productivity of the smaller workforce, greater saving for retirement, higher migration, an active population policy, reducing benefits for the old, and/or encouraging and enabling them...

Research report

23 May 2013

Abstract

Individuals and societies have always adapted to change, whether catastrophic or slow onset. Over the last two centuries, however, governments have significantly extended their role as ultimate social manager of risk. It is as yet unclear whether, how, or to...

Research report

23 May 2013

Abstract

Changes to climate are predicted to have effects on freshwater streams. Stream flows are likely to change, with implications for freshwater ecosystems and water quality. Other stressors such as population growth, community preferences and management policies can be expected to interact in...

Research report

23 May 2013

The alpine region around Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, is part of one of the three most at risk ecosystems in Australia from climate change. With higher temperatures and decreased precipitation, snow cover is already declining with even greater reductions predicted in the...

Research report

22 May 2013

Student disengagement is a growing societal concern and responses to this concern have included a proliferation of re-engagement programs ( REPs) across Australia. Evaluations by the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and anecdotal feedback have suggested that teachers find it extremely difficult to adapt to...

Research report

22 May 2013

The Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) provides that an unlisted number cannot be disclosed except in specified contexts. The Act however is silent on whether a fee can be charged for an unlisted number.

On 28 February 2013 the Senate referred the feasibility of a...

Discussion paper

22 May 2013

Key points

New Zealand producers and consumers get much value from natural assets. Much of this value is intangible. This is a fundamental reason to make special effort to measure the value of natural assets, to make sure we make the right decisions...

11 May 2013

In an earlier post, I argued that leadership scholars have much devoted much of their attention to developing theories of leadership that address the question "What is leadership?" but less attention to the more basic question "What is leadership for ?" In this essay, I...

Journal article

6 May 2013

In 2011, the respective roles of higher education institutions and students worldwide were brought into question by the rise of the massive open online course (MOOC). MOOCs are defined by signature characteristics that include: lectures formatted as short videos combined with formative quizzes; automated assessment...

Journal article

23 May 2013

In just under seven years, Twitter has grown to count nearly 3% of the entire global population among its active users who have sent more than 170 billion 140-character messages. Today the service plays such a significant role in American culture that the Library of...

Journal article

1 Apr 2013

Key Takeaways

According to a recent study, 100 percent of colleges and universities surveyed use social media , but instructors use it far less for teaching than they do for personal or professional reasons. Of those who use social media for instruction, most use...
16 May 2013

Access to and the use of multiple sources of information by students today is common. For example, when looking for information students will look to Google, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Wikipedia and more online services. Although there is much more information available using the internet...

Journal article

23 May 2013

Abstract: In today's hypermedia landscape, youth and young adults are increasingly using social media platforms, online aggregators and mobile applications for daily information use. Communication educators, armed with a host of free, easy-to-use online tools, have the ability to create dynamic approaches to teaching and...

Research report

22 May 2013

This report provides a progress update on the Government's Tackling Methamphetamine: an Action Plan. It records changes against the Action Plan's baseline data of 2008 or 2009, and details progress on the Action Plan's activities.

Latest data and reports on progress provided six monthly...

Research report

22 May 2013

The Salvation Army Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) for 2013 received a total of 2,705 surveys nationally from respondents accessing the organisation’s emergency relief and community support services. The survey provides a snapshot of the impact of cost of living pressures and the extent...

Website

This section of The Age Online provides infographics and other visualizations of statistics about the news. In many instances readers can add statistics and contribute stories to add to the cumulative data.

Research report

22 May 2013

Key findings

Australia's immigration detention network has been subject to numerous reviews in recent years. This was due to the unprecedented strain on the network arising from increased Irregular Maritime Arrivals and the subsequent unrest and increase in suicide and self-harm incidents in...

Research report

30 Aug 1976

This the final report of a 1974-1976 Royal Commission which examined how to reshape government administration in Australia.

This is the first time a digitised version of this report, known as the 'Coombs report', has been made publically available.

The Commission was tasked...

Briefing paper

17 May 2013

This series of briefing papers details the new budget's impact on a range of policy areas.

These policy briefs are being gradually uploaded by the Parliamentary Library as of 17 May 2013. The areas they cover include:

Agriculture Arts and media and sport...

Research report

21 May 2013

This report finds that teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information.

Despite taking these privacy-protective...

Research report

20 May 2013

Abstract

Resurrection of the local economy is crucial to getting communities back on track after a natural disaster, but this is often overlooked in favour of rebuilding physical infrastructure and getting a town back to ‘normal’ although key economic drivers may have been...

Research report

8 May 2013

This technical paper explores trends in mid-level qualifications (diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees) from 2002 to 2011.

The authors analyse these trends using vocational education and training and higher education enrolment data, as well as student outcomes and destination surveys. Overall they find...

Transcript

14 Mar 2013

This lecture examines the pressure on philanthropic organisations to provide quantifiable short-term impact measurements.

It is often said of private donors and non-profit actors that social impact is not something they set out to measure –– it’s something they set out to make. Along...

Research report

15 May 2013

This report reviews coverage by major media in Britain, the United States, Turkey and Pakistan of the controversy over the Innocence of Muslims , a short video which came to prominence in September last year when it was uploaded to YouTube with anti-Islamic content....

Transcript

13 May 2013

Abstract

Recent years have seen increased interest in the online presence of extreme right groups. Although originally composed of dedicated websites, the online extreme right milieu now spans multiple networks, including popular social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Ideally therefore,...

Research report

11 May 2013

Over the past decade, Australia’s migration program has evolved. It has transformed from a program to source labour into a tool which supplements our skill base and imports knowledge. It has become less permanent but more responsive; less centrally set and more demand driven. At...

Thesis

20 May 2013

The complexities for Māori in creating health and disability organisations based on their traditional knowledge and practices, when the institutions and systems they are dealing with for health developments are non-Māori, are part of the broader phenomenon of contemporary indigenous knowledge based developments. This thesis...

Discussion paper

16 May 2013

The ageing of the population is a global demographic transition that is creating seismic shifts in the age structure of populations worldwide, and Australia is no exception. This Positioning Paper is the first output of a project that aims to uncover the uses, financial costs...

Research report

20 May 2013

This paper presents the results of a comprehensive survey on the attitudes of Indian citizens towards their future in the world.

Key issues covered in the poll include: Indian perceptions of India's economic future, India's role in the world, domestic policy priorities, the challenge...

Case study

10 May 2013

This report is part of a research project that has been commissioned by the Western Australian Government. The project reviews international models that use public subsidies and incentives to attract large scale commercial finance to supply affordable housing.

Research report

16 May 2013

China's growing engagement in the Pacific Islands has fueled talk of great-power competition in the region. But viewing China's activities in the region in geo-strategic terms is inappropriate and potentially counter-productive. Australia and the United States should focus on cooperating with China in aid and...

Research report

10 May 2013

This research has been commissioned by the Western Australian Government to describe and assess international models for financing the supply of affordable housing that use public subsidies and incentives to attract large scale commercial finance to the supply of affordable housing. This report provides the...

Research report

9 May 2013

This paper seeks to contextualise Australia’s bilateral relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran upon the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations, and at a time when the potential for military conflict is escalating.

It canvasses key milestones and events in the bilateral relationship from...

Research report

17 May 2013

While the volume and rate of individual crime types has fluctuated over the past few years, overall, crime in Australia has been decreasing. This report uses information compiled from a broad range of sources to create an accurate and holistic picture of crime and criminal...

Research report

14 May 2013

This report presents data on criminal cases finalised in 2012 in the New South Wales Local, Children’s, District and Supreme Courts.

It finds that criminal disposals have fallen across all court levels. In the Local Court, the number of persons/organisations with a finalised matter...

Research report

20 May 2013

This report argues that the government would have had an additional $38 billion for last year's federal government budget had it not been for unsustainable income tax cuts that were made in the lead up to the global financial coverage.

Had the income tax...

20 May 2013

Australia has a big culture of taking a punt. Whether it is on the dogs, horses or the pokies, gambling has moved out of the local TAB and taken on new forms with applications on smartphones and live coverage of betting odds during sporting events....

Audio

20 May 2013

How much does Medicare really cost? In the last ten years federal, state and territory health spending has increased by 80%. In 2000 – 2001 it was 53 billion dollars ten years later it’s 90 billion.

So how can we curb those costs and...

Research report

9 May 2013

The terms efficiency and effectiveness are commonly used, yet often are applied in slightly and occasionally widely different ways. This paper sets out how the Productivity Commission defines these terms along with related concepts such as cost effectiveness and productivity.

The terms of reference...

Research report

14 May 2013

'Sustainability' is invoked as a desirable objective in a range of contexts, yet its meaning is not always clear. Sustainability can imply vastly different policy responses depending on interpretation, particularly in relation to the degree to which environmental and other resources should be consumed over...

Briefing paper

20 May 2013

Health systems in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the Asia-Pacific region can be characterised as mixed public-private systems, with common features such as blurred boundaries between public and private sectors, low government investment in public services and ineffectual policies and institutions for regulating...

Book

9 May 2013

Agreements between the mining industry and Indigenous people are not creating sustainable economic futures for Indigenous people, and this demands consideration of alternate forms of economic engagement in order to realise such ‘futures’. Within the context of three mining agreements in north Australia this study...

Journal article

30 Apr 2013

Abstract

This keynote paper focuses on the relationship between the idea of culture and the different ways it is talked about in the contemporary world. The media, the Academy, the creative professions and public policy all provide different discursive regimes in which key...

Journal article

13 May 2013

This article examines the causes of child poverty in New Zealand and how child poverty rates might be reduced.

New Zealand has tolerated significant levels of relative child poverty for more than two decades. For a country which once prided itself on being comparatively...

Journal article

13 May 2013

In 2011 New Zealand held a referendum on the future of its voting system for general elections. Following the referendum, the current voting system was retained, and the Electoral Commission reviewed the system and made recommendations for change in late 2012. In early 2013 the...

Research report

30 Mar 2013

This paper presents the results of a qualitative research project aimed to better understand the key elements of promising bicultural practice in the Northern Territory children and families sector.

Findings were used to inform the development of a two-way practice framework that can be...

Working paper

30 Apr 2013

This paper is part of a series that attempts to re-position the perceptions and contributions of older people in contemporary Australian society. The world is undergoing a profound demographic shift, with almost every nation state experiencing population ageing on a scale that is unprecedented. This...

Discussion paper

20 May 2013

In recent decades, various forms of co-management of national parks and other protected areas by governments and Indigenous people have come to the fore. This has occurred as Indigenous peoples have progressively demanded greater access to and decision- making power over their traditional lands. The...

Commentary

18 May 2013

THE first public mobile phone call was made just over forty years ago, on 3 April 1973. The caller was a Motorola engineer in New York City. The phone was a cream-coloured brick, a prototype of the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, which weighed a kilogram and...

18 May 2013

INDIGENOUS policy remains one of the shoutiest areas of Australian public life, with views seldom held tentatively or modified in the light of observation or experience. Among certain non-Indigenous critics, opinions are gripped as a marker of ideological correctness to the point of whitening knuckles....

Research report

17 May 2013

Abstract

This research examines ways to build adaptive capacity to climate change, through a case study of organisations that participated in the response to Queensland’s major flood disaster in Queensland in 2010/11. The research applied a network governance approach, including social network analysis...

Research report

17 May 2013

Abstract

South Australia is challenged with one of the driest and hottest climates in Australia, and the impacts of anthropogenic climate change are expected to seriously exacerbate existing risks from heat waves, water shortages, and inundation. Adaptation to these climate change risks are...

18 May 2013

FOR the past twenty years, some of the more optimistic figures in the solar industry have predicted that their technology would change the electricity game forever. They have largely been dismissed as green romantics or hopeless optimists.

But now it seems that their predictions...

Research report

14 May 2013

Introduction

On behalf of a consortium of state and territory libraries, the Australia Library and Information Association (ALIA) commissioned SGS Economics and Planning Pty Ltd (SGS) to generate estimates of the contributions that public libraries make to Australian community welfare and Australian economic...

Audio

8 May 2013

Middle class enclaves and escapes. A special edition of Thinking Allowed partly recorded at the British Sociological Association's 2013 conference.

Privatised neighbourhoods and lifestyle migration are a global phenomenon. Increasingly, it seems, middle class people with sufficient capital are choosing to 'opt out' of...

Research report

17 May 2013

Abstract

This study identifies the current policies and strategies Australian ACFs use to keep residents well, and highlights the barriers to heatwave adaptation and maintaining wellness in the residential aged during periods of extreme heat. As the Australian population ages, planning for the...

Research report

17 May 2013

Summary for policy makers

Australia’s biodiversity is threatened by climate change, but we currently know little about the scale of the threat or how to deploy on ground conservation actions to protect biodiversity against the changes expected. In this project we...

Research report

17 May 2013

Abstract

Data on the financial performance of a diverse set of 249 farm businesses in south-western Australia over the period 2002 to 2011 was collated and analysed. These 10 years were a period of challenging weather years, underpinned by a warming...

Research report

15 May 2013

This report brings to light legislative, technological, resource and cultural impediments to the effective gathering and use of criminal intelligence in Australia.

Discussion paper

28 Feb 2013

Purpose The purpose of this issues paper is to identify changes that need to be made to the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) specifications in order to better accommodate the transformative shift to online publication of research. The paper examines how well the existing...

Research report

10 May 2013

Abstract

In 2011, the ABS released a research paper – Business Innovation and the Use of Information and Communications Technology by Jessica Todhunter and Ruel Abello – investigating the relationship between Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use by businesses and innovation activity. This...

Journal article

14 May 2013

The objective of the paper is to reflect on the affordances of different techniques for making Twitter collections and to suggest the use of a random sampling technique, made possible by Twitter’s Streaming API (Application Programming Interface), for baselining, scoping, and contextualising practices...

Article

14 May 2013

Television technology is developing at a fast pace and 4K looks set to be common for mainstream TV watching in countries like the US and Japan soon. Unless Australia has a broadband infrastructure plan that can accommodate such technology, we could be left behind....

13 May 2013

In technology, business and government circles there’s much hype about the potential that may come from harvesting huge amounts of online data. Microsoft researcher and MIT professor Kate Crawford says 2013 looks like becoming the year Big Data boils over.

In the...

Journal article

6 Feb 2013

Abstract:

We conducted a study of Australia’s media content regulation system in the context of three major Federal Government reviews of media law and policy (Australian Law Reform Commission, 2012; Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, 2012; Finkelstein, 2012). The current...

Journal article

16 May 2013

Social media and social network sites (SNS) are an evolving area for sexual health communication with young people. They present opportunities and challenges for sexual health professionals and young people alike, such as learning through interactivity and addressing concerns about privacy. In this article, we...

9 May 2013

Considerable debate continues about the integration of digital technologies and digital media into school learning programs. Some researchers and commentators contend that there has been insufficient return on technological investments in schools which have not improved their efficiency or student learning outcomes. Although this view...

Research report

16 May 2013

Abstract

In the first continental analysis of the effects of climate change on a faunal group, we identified that the climate space of 101 Australian terrestrial and inland water bird taxa is likely to be entirely gone by 2085, 16 marine taxa have...

Research report

15 May 2013

In 2012, Ako Aotearoa and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations commissioned Heathrose Research Ltd. to undertake research into how tertiary organisations can effectively use the voice of students to improve quality of provision.

This project centred on nine case studies with a...

Research report

14 May 2013

This report reviews the appropriateness and effectiveness of Australia's national security legislation, focusing on the legal definition of terrorism and on controversial powers such as control orders, preventative detention and coercive questioning.

Key findings:

Chapter II concludes that control orders in their...

Research report

14 May 2013

This report evaluates the operation, effectiveness and implications of key Commonwealth, state and territory counter-terrorism laws.

At a Special Meeting on counterterrorism on 27 September 2005, Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reached agreement that “it was appropriate for newly introduced counterterrorism laws to be...

Evaluation

14 May 2013

This Project analyses Melbourne's CityLink in terms of the amount that needs to be charged to consumers for investors to make a profit.

INTRODUCTION

CityLink is a 22km road scheme in two sections. The Western Link upgrades an existing freeway to eight lanes...

Research report

14 May 2013

This report examines non-fatal heroin overdoses in Victoria in depth using Ambulance Victoria records.

Experts are frustrated that messages about the dangers of crystal methamphetamine use are still not getting through, with a massive increase in the number of ice-related ambulance call outs during...

Research report

28 Feb 1994

This report initiated Australia's first national strategy for developing an Asian languages and cultures program throughout the country.

Released in 1994, this is the first time a digitised version of this report, known as the 'Rudd report', has been made publically available.

The...

14 May 2013

Treasurer Wayne Swan has delivered a budget with a A$19.4 billion deficit this financial year, falling only to $18 billion in 2013-14.

The government would aim to bring the budget back to “balance” – less than $1 billion in the black ­– in 2015-16,...

Briefing paper

15 May 2013

This paper argues that the 2013-14 federal budget does not provide relief for consumers struggling with out-of-pocket health costs.

The 2013-14 Federal Budget has been delivered in an environment of increasing health challenges and a tighter fiscal environment with government revenue stalling. Some will...

10 May 2013

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark was recently reappointed global leader of the UN Development Program, the third highest position in the UN—and she is the first woman to hold the job. Geraldine Doogue talks to her about the experience of being a woman...

Research report

10 May 2013

On 7 February 2013 the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report:

(a) the supply of chemotherapy drugs such as Docetaxel, particularly in relation to:

(i) patient access to treatment,

(ii) cost to pharmacists...

Research report

30 Apr 2013

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) administration of the veterans' children education schemes.

Overall conclusion

The Veterans’ Children Education Scheme and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (the Schemes) provide assistance to...

Working paper

30 Mar 2013

Abstract:

Networks, collaboration and partnerships between the government and community groups offer prospects for stronger governance and improved public value. Many authors have reported on processes that enhance the prospects for successful collaborations, especially in handling intractable issues, but few have examined the...

Research report

7 May 2013

This audit assessed the awarding of funding for the construction of the Adelaide Desalination Plant (ADP) against the requirements of the Commonwealth's grants administration framework.

Overall conclusion:

Against the background of a review of grants administration commissioned by the Government10 that had...

Research report

13 May 2013

Abstract

Understanding the effects of changing climates on the processes which support aquatic biodiversity is of critical importance for managing aquatic ecosystems. This research used an experimental approach to determine whether there are potential ecological surprises in terms of threshold relationships between climate...

Research report

13 May 2013

Abstract

his research aimed to provide practical information about how to design communications on climate change adaptation and target these to the Australian population. This was achieved by: (1) identifying and increasing awareness of different climate change audiences in Australia, and (2) evaluating...

Journal article

13 May 2013

Children who live in poverty in New Zealand currently have no legal recognition and no real voice. These children do not choose their circumstances, but are usually born into families experiencing poverty. Children, by their very status as children, have no resources of their own...

Website

This privately funded Australian initiative lists the world's health awareness weeks, days and other health and disease related promotional events.

Research report

13 May 2013

Abstract

This report presents the findings from the “Pathways to Climate Adapted and Healthy Low Income Housing” project undertaken by the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship in partnership with two organisations responsible for providing social housing in Australia.The project was based on the premise...

Journal article

13 May 2013

In November 2012, Gabriel Makhlouf, the secretary to the Treasury, gave a wide-ranging speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle which discussed, among other things, recent reforms in the welfare system. He described the new ‘investment approach’ as a significant change to the New Zealand welfare...

Research report

13 May 2013

Abstract

The methods used to plan adaptation to climate change have been heavily influenced by scientific narratives of gradual change and economic narratives of marginal adjustments to that change. An investigation of the theoretical aspects of how the climate changes suggests that scientific...

Video

25 Apr 2013

Professor Warwick J. McKibbin, ANU Chair in Public Policy, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy, gives this talk titled Are economic models useful in the global macroeconomic policy debate? This video was recorded at ANU on 5 April 2013....

Research report

8 May 2013

This report studies the feasibility of using the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD) to investigate the relationship between obesity and hospitalised injury in Australia.

It concludes that the NHMD does not currently provide a reliable basis for measuring obesity among admitted patients, nor to...

Journal article

13 May 2013

Abstract:

In 2009, the createED net work, a network for leaders in learning and teaching in the creative arts disciplines, was born. The disciplines included art, architecture, creative writing, design and performing arts (dance, music and theatre). Establishing the network was enabled by an...

Journal article

13 May 2013

Introduction: Using a poverty line set at 60% of New Zealand’s median national income, nearly one in five New Zealand children (19%) was poor in 2011. This poverty rate is considerably less than that of the United States and Canada, similar to that of Australia,...

Research report

13 May 2013

Recapping the dramatic Whitlam-Nixon openings to China of the 1970s—in which he participated—Ross Terrill’s new study finds themes for China policy today.

Our Asia–Pacific region prospers, but the seas off China are not tranquil. American policies protect Australia, but they worry some Australians. Whitlam...

Research report

7 May 2013

The decision of the Aceh provincial government to adopt the banner of the former rebel Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, GAM) as its official provincial flag is testing the limits of autonomy, irritating Jakarta, heightening ethnic and political tensions, reviving a campaign for the...

Research report

8 May 2013

UN peacekeepers withdrew from Timor-Leste in December 2012, ending a thirteen-year presence after two successful elections underscored the country’s continued stability. Pragmatic decisions by local leaders after the 2006 crisis to use swelling petroleum industry revenues to buy peace have paid dividends. But that strategy...

Research report

23 Apr 2013

When enacting the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission Act 2012 last year, the Gillard government declared that its reforms of the Australian not-for-profit (NFP) sector were motivated by the need to restore public confidence and trust in charities.

Informed by the 2010 Productivity Commission...

Research report

13 May 2013

New research from the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at the University of Technology, Sydney, will assist councils across Australia take a consistent approach to measuring the wellbeing of their communities. The research, ‘Community Wellbeing Indicators: Measures for Local Government’, was conducted...

Research report

9 May 2013

This paper argues that Australia's dynamic and socially mobile society neither safeguards the position of the privileged nor frustrates the aspirations of the disadvantaged.

Executive summary

The ‘fair go’ is a core Australian value. The idea that everyone should have the opportunity...

Research report

6 May 2013

Abstract

Preliminary findings from the Legal Australia - Wide (LAW) Survey indicate that homeless people are an especially disadvantaged group who have increased vulnerability to a wide range of legal problems. The findings suggest that addressing the legal and non-legal needs of homeless...

Strategy

9 May 2013

This document is the current industrial relations policy held by the Federal Liberal National Coalition parties. The following points are provided in the Policy:

The Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws will:

• Keep and improve the Fair Work laws –...

Research report

9 May 2013

This audit assessed the extent to which the Department of the Treasury and the Australian Taxation Office have improved the management of tax expenditure estimates.

Overall conclusion

Tax expenditures are revenues a government forgoes in pursuit of its policy objectives, including its...

Research report

8 May 2013

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Tax Practitioners Board’s implementation and administration of the regulatory arrangements for tax practitioners under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009.

Overall conclusion

Taxpayers make extensive use of the services offered by tax practitioners. In 2011–12,...

Journal article

23 Mar 2012

This report reveals findings on the potential relevance of models based on Community Land Trusts (CLTs), one form of hybrid tenure, for the Indigenous housing sector.

Research report

13 May 2013

This is the final report of a project that investigated the housing experiences of social excluded households in different types of local areas.

Description

Social exclusion is measured across a range of life domains, such as access to material resources, employment, education,...

Research report

AHURI Final Report 206
13 May 2013

This is the final report of a project that focused on the integration of mental health and drug and alcohol services for homeless people in two states and documented the mechanisms and effectiveness of such linkages.

Discussion paper

13 Mar 2013

This paper outlines specific areas for review and provides a series of recommendations to the existing legislation governing Tasmania ’s public libraries and archives services, namely :

Libraries Act 1984, and Archives Act 1983.

It is intended that the two Acts remain as...

Research report

13 Oct 2010

Special collections and archives are increasingly seen as element s of distinction that serve to differentiate a n academic or research library from its peers. In recognition of this, the Association of Research Libraries conducted a survey in 1998 (reported in Panitch 2001) that was...

Research report

13 Feb 2013

Special collections and archives play a key role in the future of research libraries. However, significant challenges face institutions that wish to capitalize on that value, to leverage and make fully available the rich content in special collections in order to support research, teaching, and...

Working paper

10 May 2013

Think Piece: (15 March 2013) . On 22 February 2013, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) published the Board of Inquiry’s final report and decision on New Zealand King Salmon’s (NZKS) application to establish nine new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds. The Board approved...

Research report

8 May 2013

This report, commissioned jointly by WWF-Australia and the Food and Grocery Council of Australia (AFGC), provides a broad, independent overview of the facts, issues and challenges surrounding palm oil, and is intended to provide a springboard for efforts to increase the supply of sustainable palm...

Report

Report to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (Vic)
26 Apr 2013

Executive Summary

An assessment of tenant experiences of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH) Property and Tenancy Management (PTM) reforms in the Northern Territory was undertaken on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous...

Article

9 May 2013

Abstract

Mega-events like the Olympic Games remain widely recognized as key opportunities for cities to accelerate large-scale urban development projects through the construction of extensive Olympic Villages complexes. However, in the current global financial climate, these debt-financed urban renewal strategies are fraught with...

Briefing paper

9 May 2013

Key Points:

When examining security issues in the Indian Ocean region, we need to embrace a “New Indo-Pacific” concept — that is, a view of the region as including China, rather than merely the Indian Ocean and its littoral states. The...

Research report

23 Apr 2013

Verizon’s 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report provides insights into the nature of data breaches that can help organizations of all sizes to better understand the threat and take the necessary steps to protect themselves.

The Report brings to bear the perspective of 19 global...

Research report

7 May 2013

This report examines the inherent conflict of interest many media owners face in placing responsibility for content above their commercial interests and how this affects the practice of journalism in countries where independent news media already face challenges.

Recent focus in global discussions of...

Research report

1 May 2013

This report explores the relationship that parents of minor children have with public libraries. In some ways, parents of minor children are similar to other Americans who do not currently have minor children (“other adults” as referred to throughout this report) in how they view...

Research report

30 Sep 2010

This research was designed to provide Creative New Zealand (CNZ), a department of the New Zealand government, with information about a group who are vital to the development of quality art in New Zealand – young emerging artists and practitioners (YEAP) .

The overall...

Journal article

8 May 2013

The purpose of this study was twofold. The primary purpose was to improve pre-service teacher education by using technology to help pre-service teachers bridge the gap between academic preparation and practice. The secondary, but still important, objective was to familiarize pre-service teachers in the use...

Research report

19 Mar 2013

Today there is growing agreement that literacy is at the center of all learning. Expectations for what it means to be literate are rising, and all educators must play a role in helping students meet these expectations. The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), recently...

Journal article

1 Nov 2012

This special issue of Media International Australia seeks to ‘rethink’ ethnography and ethnographic practice. Through the six contributions, the authors consider the variety of ways in which changes in our media environment broaden what we think of as ‘media’, the contexts through which media are...

Journal article

9 May 2013

Blogs and other online platforms for personal writing such as LiveJournal have been of interest to researchers across the social sciences and humanities for a decade now. Although growth in the uptake of blogging has stalled somewhat since the heyday of blogs in the early...

Guide

9 May 2013

This Briefing presents evidence from research to guide mainstream community aged care organisations and practitioners on working in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It aims to help enhance the quality of care by ensuring it is underpinned...

7 May 2013

CROUCHED in the red sand, handling a stone artefact with an arc of blue desert sky above him, Mike Smith is at home. This connoisseur of deserts, who revolutionised our understanding of the human history of Central Australia, has a discerning eye for the distinctive...

7 May 2013

JUST as Los Angeles is home to both Hollywood and a lethal gang culture, and London encompasses the opulence of Knightsbridge and the gritty council estates of the East End, so Dadaab, one of Kenya’s largest urban centres, is more than the sum of news...

Video

4 Apr 2013

Once the Apple Isle, Tasmania’s size and isolation made it the butt of mainland jokes. But those qualities – and its stunning natural environment – are now seen as major advantages. And the buzz (and tourism) generated by MONA, and the island’s new identity as...

Strategy

7 May 2013

The State budget is the means by which the Victorian Government details how it plans to collect and spend public monies for the upcoming year. The budget has two components, the budget papers and the Appropriation Bills. The budget papers detail the Government’s economic and...

Strategy

3 May 2013

The Government brought forward delivery of the new White Paper by one year from its original 2014 timetable to address a number of significant international and domestic developments influencing Australia’s national security and defence posture internationally and domestically that have emerged since the 2009 Defence...

Journal article

2 May 2013

Within criminology and criminal law the reception of post-9/11 counter-terrorist law has generally been critical, if not hostile. The undeniable proliferation of preventive statutes has been regarded as incompatible with conventional liberal norms and as dangerously innovative in its embrace of new strategies of control....

3 May 2013

It’s a debate that’s been raging for decades and dominates academic and popular urban planning discourse: urban sprawl versus urban densification. Is it better to increase density or to expand at the edges? Each camp has its fervent supporters and truckloads of data to back...

Research report

6 May 2013

AbstractThe distribution of the potential benefits and costs of adapting to protect against storm surge inundation vary greatly both within and between coastal communities. This diversity is a result of physical factors, such as the risk of storm surge, sea level rise projections, and the...

Research report

6 May 2013

This updated version (of an October 2010 issues backgrounder) takes account of the recent introduction of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill in New South Wales. Recent cases in Australia are canvassed as are proposed reforms and recommendations in selected jurisdictions, notably South Australia,...

Article

6 May 2013

As Asia is transformed through strong economic growth and rising incomes, AusAID is changing the way it does business. There are millions of poor people in Asia but many now live in fast-growing, middle-income countries. AusAID is finding ways to leverage the successes of these...

Research report

6 May 2013

Abstract

In the international literature on climate change there is an emerging concern that the negative effects of climate change will be disproportionately experienced by those who are economically and socially disadvantaged, further widening the gap between them and more advantaged population groups....

Discussion paper

6 May 2013

This discussion paper explains the current policies and strategies designed to deliver sustainable growth for the Lower Hunter. It looks at the elements that have shaped the Lower Hunter in the past, the trends that are expected to shape the Lower Hunter in the future,...

Guide

29 Apr 2013

This Overview of Australian Indigenous health status provides information about: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations; the context of Indigenous health; various measures of population health status; selected health conditions; and health risk factors.

Introduction The context of Indigenous health Births and...

Research report

2 May 2013

This paper provides a narrative account of the issues, dynamics and outcomes of the 2013 Western Australian (WA) state election. It draws extensively on newspaper and electronic media coverage of the election campaign , and information and data provided by the Western Australian Electoral Commission...

Research report

6 May 2013

Abstract

Small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) comprise 96 per cent of all private businesses in Australia. The SME sector is the economy’s largest employer and the largest contributor to GDP. Moreover, SMEs play a significant role within socio-economic systems: they provide employment, goods and services...

Research report

2 May 2013

In August 2012, the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) engaged the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) to develop nationally consistent definitions and guidelines for subacute and non-acute admitted patient care and care types for implementation from 1 July 2013 to support activity based...

Research report

6 May 2013

Abstract

The objective of this research was to investigate and test the necessary steps in developing an adaptation planning framework for freshwater biodiversity. We used Tasmania as a test case to demonstrate how downscaled climate model outputs could be integrated with spatially resolved...

Journal article

2 May 2013

This article explores the criminalisation and governance of sexting among young people.

While the focus is on Australian jurisdictions, the article places debates and anxieties about sexting and young people in a broader analysis around concerns about new technologies, child sexual abuse, and the...

Discussion paper

6 May 2013

The aim of this paper is to provide an updated description of the level of participation of Indigenous children in early childhood education, as well as an analysis of the differences in outcomes between those children who do and do not attend. The five main...

5 May 2013

The process of approving the use of animals in scientific experiments is in crisis in Australia, with animal welfare and scientific members on key ethics committees at loggerheads.

It’s the job of animal ethics committees to assess all research proposals that use animals. They...

Research report

5 May 2013

Most Australians live and work in cities. They are essential to generating growth and to creating and distributing opportunities. Cities are shaped by where people live, where they work, and how they get around. When these three things are in tune with the structure of...

Research report

6 May 2013

Political opinion polls are an inescapable part of everyday life. Government or opposition policies rarely see the light of day without some poll evidence to gauge the public’s response to them. Party leaders are constantly evaluated against their poll ratings, not least by their colleagues,...

Research report

6 May 2013

This report examines the impact of door-to-door sales practices on vulnerable consumers, including refugee communities, low-income families and public housing residents. By using the real life experiences of our clients at the Footscray Community Legal Centre ( Footscray CLC ), this report examines the social...

Guide

2 May 2013

Developing and implementing a meaningful safety plan is a collaborative process undertaken by the worker and family together to address immediate safety issues and set goals for the intervention. This resource guide describes practical tips to assist family support workers develop and implement a safety...

Research report

30 Apr 2013

Questions relating to identity and meaning are fundamental questions of life. As such, they have been the subject of study by scholars across a diverse range of disciplines, including psychology, theology, sociology and philosophy, throughout history. Despite this diversity, scholars agree that identity and meaning...

Research report

2 May 2013

Abstract

The urban environment is particularly exposed to climate impacts, due to a range of factors, such as its geographical location, spatial immobility, and high population. The urban development industry relates to climate change because the built environment itself has climate impacts; the...

Research report

26 Apr 2013

This report on voluntary euthanasia law reform by think-tank Australia21 and QUT Health Law Research Centre was launched as Parliament House in Canberra on 26 April 2013. The report recommends state governments legislate to permit voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide in particular circumstances, urges the...

Discussion paper

1 May 2013

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has called for a strong focus on diversion and improved collaboration between agencies to address the increasing numbers of young people in detention in Western Australia.

In an issues paper Youth Justice released today, Commissioner Michelle Scott...

Research report

2 May 2013

Abstract

Water markets were first introduced in Australia in the 1980s, and water entitlement and allocation trade have been increasingly adopted by both private individuals and government.Irrigators turned to water markets (particularly for allocation water) to manage water scarcity and Governments to acquire...

Research report

30 Apr 2013

Recent debates around electricity prices and renewable energy policy have ignored the crucial factors of rapidly dropping solar technology costs, and the critical risks involved in continuing with 'business as usual'. Going solar is the first economic assessment of future electricity price shocks if fossil...

Discussion paper

2 May 2013

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at the University of Technology, Sydney has published a discussion paper about the research capacity within local government called Knowledge City. It focuses upon the work of a research unit within the City of Melbourne known...

Research report

2 May 2013

Abstract

Naturalised, but not yet invasive, plants pose a latent threat to Australia’s biodiversity. Approximately 10% of the almost 30,000 non-native plant species introduced to Australia have formed self-sustaining or naturalised populations in the landscape. Whilst some of these naturalised plants have become...

Discussion paper

30 Apr 2013

The UK's creative economy is one of its great national strengths, historically deeply rooted and accounting for around one-tenth of the whole economy. It provides jobs for 2.5 million people – more than in financial services, advanced manufacturing or construction – and in recent years,...

Research report

3 May 2013

Abstract

Background: Several overseas studies have identified that people in ethnic minority groups are at greater risk during heatwaves. However, there is a paucity of information on this issue in Australia. With a highly multicultural society, it is important that vulnerable subpopulations...

Research report

3 May 2013

Abstract

Disasters, and therefore disaster response, in the Pacific are expected to be affected by climate change. This research addressed this issue, and focused on the immediate humanitarian needs following a disaster, drawing upon adaptive capacity as a concept to assess the resilience...

Research report

3 May 2013

Abstract

The long term success of revegetation efforts will depend upon the planted species’ resilience to climate change. Many widespread species grow across a range of climatic conditions and, thus, may possess adaptations that could be utilised to improve climate resilience of restored...

Research report

3 May 2013

Abstract

This report outlines the findings of a study that has sought to inform policy making concerned with preparing strata titled communities to deal with challenges that are expected to result from climate change. The report develops and analyses 24 recommendations designed to...

Research report

3 May 2013

AbstractThis manual provides 25 recommendations that are directed to better preparing strata titled communities for climate change. A grant received from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Foundation supplemented by a grant received from CHU (a specialist strata title insurance company) has enabled the conduct...

Research report

3 May 2013

Abstract

Increasingly there is recognition from researchers and policy makers that there are legal, institutional and cultural barriers to climate change adaptation that will need to be addressed if we are able to adapt efficiently and equitably. However, there is a limited body...

Research report

3 May 2013

Abstract

Approximately a quarter of global terrestrial biodiversity is represented by plant dwelling insects and the potential for thousands of species to be extinguished through widespread disturbances such as a changing climate is high. From a large database of 1,019 insect species on...

Research report

3 May 2013

Abstract The impacts of climate change do not adhere to conventional governance boundaries. Floods for example do not stop at the state border, nor are storm surges contained within local government jurisdictions. Whilst this may appear self-evident, this 'inconvenient institutional truth' poses considerable challenges to...

Research report

3 May 2013

AbstractThe research employed an asset-based approach to understanding the capacities, assets and skills which tenants, landlords and housing managers bring to climate change adaptation. The project also took a pro-poor approach focusing on the adaptive capacity of low-income renters in the public and private sectors,...

Research report

3 May 2013

Abstract

Climate adaptation is recognised by many of the world’s largest businesses as a global risk and one that requires critical attention. The World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global Risks Perception Survey, identified the ‘failure of climate change adaptation and rising greenhouse gas emissions...

Research report

3 May 2013

Abstract

The Macquarie Marshes are one of Australia’s iconic wetlands, recognised for their international importance, providing habitat for some of the continent’s more important waterbird breeding sites as well as complex and extensive flood-dependent vegetation communities. Part of the area is recognised as...

2 May 2013

Integrating the use of digital technologies with pre-service teacher education in order to improve teaching practice is not well established in universities. The need to innovate and research new practices using digital technologies so that successes can be shared with colleagues and students can erode...

18 Apr 2013

The search for school improvement models is not new, although technology can provide more opportunities for school improvement than in the past. Professional development and sharing good teaching practices among teachers is known to have positive effects on teaching practices and student learning. Digital technologies...

Research report

17 Dec 2012

By enabling data sharing between internal IT systems and between one organisation and another, APIs facilitate not only the dissemination of knowledge but also the design of innovative online services for students and staff. By removing the need to repeat laborious data entry tasks, they...

Research report

28 Feb 2013

This report discusses a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers showing that while digital tools are widely used in the classrooms and professional lives of high school and middle school teachers, many teachers worry about digital divides when it comes to their...

Research report

21 Mar 2013

As online courses continue to gain in popularity at colleges and universities throughout the country, knowledge about the effectiveness of this mode of instruction, relative to that of traditional, face-to-face courses, becomes increasingly important. A 2009 report by the U.S. Department of Education provides a...

Research report

17 Apr 2013

This report traces how the technological revolution of the past few decades has created a new corporate world of Internet-based companies that have become the new gatekeepers of information. It offers recommendations for addressing the role of the new information gatekeepers in the age of...

Research report

1 May 2013

This report presents the results of a study on the quality of Indigenous identification in administrative records of hospitalisations in public hospitals in Australia.

An estimated 88% of Indigenous patients were correctly identified in public hospital admission records in 2011-12.

The report also...

26 Apr 2013

When Apple announced its most recent quarter financial results, the news focus was squarely on the fact that for the first time in a decade, Apple's profits weren't up.

Instead, with revenue of $43.6 billion, it managed $9.5 billion in profit, down from $11.6...

Guide

1 Apr 2011

The responsibility of researchers and academics is to think their research through carefully from the outset, p aying at least some attention to what ‘works’ in terms of reaching and influencin g other researchers or external audiences. Researchers need to construct a nd maintain a...

Research report

30 Apr 2013

This report uses National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to provide an in-depth understanding of children's development in Australia's current social, economic and cultural environment, thereby contributing to the evidence base for future policy and practice...

Research report

28 Jun 2012

Researchers of Tomorrow is the UK’s largest study to date on the research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students (born between 1982 and 1994). JISC and the British Library jointly commissioned the three year study in 2009, which involved 17,000 doctoral students from 70 universities...

Research report

2 May 2013

This report delivers a best practice framework to integrate financial risk assessment, governance and disclosure with existing governance principles around climate change adaptation.

Abstract

The Australian business community has long been aware of the risks and opportunities associated with greenhouse gas mitigation...

Discussion paper

1 May 2013

The purpose of this paper is to promote discussion across the sector between library leaders, information service providers, vendors, practitioners, students, commentators, colleagues in Australia and internationally – anyone and everyone with an interest in the field. The paper is intended to engage, excite, provoke....

Research report

2 May 2013

Auckland Libraries is part of realising that vision for the people and city of Auckland. This document outlines the Te Kauroa – Future Directions for Auckland Libraries and the shifts we need to make over the next 10 years in order to contribute significantly to...

30 Apr 2013

The recent tragic death (28) of a young boy from Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL) produced a predictable chorus of calls to disperse flying fox colonies and kill flying foxes, all in the name of public health. But does persecuting bats actually make us safer?...

Transcript

22 Apr 2013

The range of data collected by NCVER for the national vocational education and training (VET) system and how it is disseminated is discussed in this conference paper. The author talks about how analytical techniques are used to maximise what can be extracted from those collections;...

Research report

24 Apr 2013

This report presents 62 indicators on teachers and school leaders from pre-primary to upper secondary education in 32 countries (EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Turkey).

Six topics are covered: initial teacher education and support for beginning teachers; recruitment, employers and contracts;...

Research report

29 Apr 2013

This guide is intended to help agencies and private sector businesses comply with the information security requirements under the Privacy Act.

Key messages:

This guide is intended for entities, including Australian, ACT and Norfolk Island Government agencies, and private sector organisations that...
29 Apr 2013

It’s taken nearly three years, but the European Commission (0) and Google last week reached some form of agreement regarding alleged abuses of the search engine’s dominant position in the European Union.

Google’s competitors claim to be victims of anticompetitive behaviour , such as...

1 May 2013

HOYTS’s seven-screen cinema complex in Sydney’s George Street had been operating for just over a decade when the biggest Australian movie ever, Crocodile Dundee, opened in April 1986. It ran there for seventy-four weeks and grossed nearly $50 million in cinemas across the country –...

1 May 2013

It’s a story that wouldn’t normally make the headlines. A middle-aged man in a central Queensland town found himself stacking on a lot of weight unusually quickly. His blood pressure was on the rise, and he struggled to get a good night’s sleep. His diagnosis,...

30 Apr 2013

A month before we vote on September 14, Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson and Finance secretary David Tune will release their own uncensored estimates of Australia's budget position, thanks to Peter Costello's Charter of Budget Honesty. I think we need to match it now with a...

Dataset

30 Apr 2013

This publication contains estimates of the resident population of areas of Australia as at 30 June for 2011 and 2012.

Research report

30 Apr 2013

This edition of Taxation statistics is a broad collection of data compiled from income tax returns (for the 2010-11 income year) and other information provided to the ATO such as goods and services tax (GST) annual returns and business activity statements (from the 2011-12 financial...

Guide

27 Mar 2013

This guide explains open educational resources (OER) and the benefits that creating, sharing and using OER can provide.

Open educational resources (OER) are learning and teaching materials, freely available online for anyone to use. Examples include full courses, course modules, lectures, games, teaching materials...

Research report

22 Jan 2013

The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while...

Research report

3 Jan 2013

This report discusses the importance in an understanding of usability and user experience for universities and colleges, considering the huge competitive advantage well designed technology products provide.

Universities and colleges are becoming increasingly aware of the huge competitive advantage offered by desirable and well-designed...

Working paper

30 Apr 2013

Collaborative governance is talked about as something New Zealand needs to have more of, to deal with the sorts of issues governement faces today, like solving use and conservation of fresh water. There is even some promising practice of collaborative governance such as through the...