June 2013

Commentary

19 Jun 2013

More then ever, we are awash in information. With the advent of the internet, search engines and now more than two billion people wired users globally, information “has become the modern era’s defining quality, the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world”, writes...

Guide

27 Jun 2013

This guide provides strategies for disability service providers to draw upon when creating and sustaining a workforce of support workers to meet the aims of DisabilityCare Australia and implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013. In particular, the Guide is designed to assist providers...

Strategy

27 Jun 2013

This Energy Outlook article explores the long-term future for electricity in New Zealand using scenario analysis. Based on this analysis, we present key insights for investors, grid planners, policy makers and consumers. It presents modelling results to 2040, and is the first part of a...

Audio program

24 Jun 2013

This episode of The Loopcast talks about defining data, digital forensics, cyber weapons, potential responses to being hacked, and briefly touches on legal infrastructure underlying computer crime.

Audio interview

23 Jun 2013

Eugene Kaspersky, founder and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, presents a distinctly Russian perspective on cyberwar, cyber sabotage, and cyber espionage.

24 Jun 2013

A key review of proposals to strengthen national security laws has opted against recommending mandatory data retention, and suggested a strictly limited scheme if governments do consider one.

Parliament’s joint committee on intelligence and security has failed to endorse a data retention regime as...

Research report

24 Jun 2013

This report details Indonesia’s poor treatment of migrant and asylum-seeking children.

Indonesia detains hundreds of migrant and asylum-seeking children each year without giving them a way to challenge their detention. They are kept in sordid conditions, without access to lawyers, and sometimes beaten. Others...

Research report

19 Jun 2013

The Philippines has had some recent success in winding down decades-long negotiations with rebel groups, but achieving peace with the country’s biggest insurgency, in Mindanao, requires both new energy and fresh thinking.

Executive summary

The future of thousands of fighters is at...

Research report

24 Jun 2013

This report presents summaries of road deaths and road death rates for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations and Australian states and territories.

The rates allow for a comparison of Australia’s road safety performance with that of other OECD nations by accounting...

Research report

26 Jun 2013

This paper examines the outcomes of assessments for intensive correction orders, including the penalties imposed on those deemed unsuitable.

Method: Assessment data for intensive correction orders were obtained from Corrective Services NSW and linked to finalised court appearances between 1 October 2010 and...

Research report

26 Jun 2013

This report focuses on packaging opportunities that may help to reduce or recover food waste, proposes opportunities for industry to address food waste through innovative and sustainable primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.

Food security is an emerging challenge for policy makers and companies in...

Discussion paper

1 Feb 2013

Many governments around the world are currently experiencing financial stress. Due to changed economic circumstances, tax revenues have fallen while pressures on expenditures have increased. In response, governments have been engaging in more deficit spending. Longer term, however, deficits must be eliminated and ways must...

Video

27 Jun 2013

This interview with McKinsey partners explore China’s coming technology transformation, the challenges facing manufacturers, and an exciting new wave of innovative enterprise sparked by high mobile penetration and social media.

Digital innovation looks set to drive China’s future productivity growth...

Research report

6 Jun 2013

This Report provides rare insights into the day to day realities of people seeking asylum to highlight the personal and human dimension of their plight. This Report is the first of what will be an annual research contribution by Red Cross on key matters of...

Research report

14 Jun 2013

Participation in arts activities expands networks, strengthens social bonds and brings communities closer together, which are the foundations for mental wellbeing.

Introduction

A community-based arts project is where an artist works with a community to facilitate a creative process that enables participants...

25 Jun 2013

Young people don't understand the concepts of consent, sexual assault and domestic violence; young women who experience violence continue to be blamed and stigmatised.

This last fortnight we have witnessed a remarkable confluence of events involving sexism.

Prime Minister Gillard's "men in blue...

Research report

20 Jun 2013

The report presents a global systematic review of scientific data on the prevalence of two forms of violence against women: violence by an intimate partner (intimate partner violence) and sexual violence by someone other than a partner (non-partner sexual violence).

It shows global and...

Research report

26 Jun 2013

In a tough political and budget year with several major initiatives to be funded - most notably the Gonski education reforms and the National Disability Insurance Scheme, now known as DisabilityCare Australia - the health and ageing section of the 2013-14 Budget has fared reasonably...

Journal article

21 Jun 2013

This article provides an examination of the organisational nature of the threat posed by jihadi terrorism, supplying quantitative and qualitative data on the dynamics behind the creation, evolution, and disappearance of the main jihadi Internet forums during the period 2008–2012.

An analysis of the...

Research report

19 Jun 2013

On a snapshot day in 2012, almost 47,000 clients received pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence at 2,226 dosing points around Australia, this report finds.

Summary

Almost 47,000 Australians received pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence on a snapshot day in...

Research report

21 Jun 2013

This report details the number of people who experienced severe incontinence in 2009, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. It includes estimates of prevalence rates and total expenditure on incontinence, as well as the number of primary carers...

Research report

23 Jun 2013

This report surveyed the state of international banking.

Overview

Since 2007, actions by central banks have prevented financial collapse. Further accommodation is borrowing time for others to act. But the time must be used wisely. The focus of action must be on...

Research report

24 Jun 2013

Abstract: The conservation status of all known New Zealand reptile taxa was reassessed using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). A full list is presented, along with a statistical summary and brief notes on the most important changes. This list replaces all previous NZTCS...

Research report

10 Jun 2013

Current methods of agricultural production and distribution account for almost a third of global food waste, and are unsustainable. In both developing and developed countries the bulk of foods wasted are the more nutritionally dense fresh fruits and vegetables, with heavily processed foods stored for...

Research report

1 Aug 2011

Between 2008 and 2010, the SettleMEN study followed a cohort of 233 recently arrived men from refugee backgrounds living in urban and regional areas of South East Queensland with the aim of documenting their health and settlement experiences. This report presents the key findings of...

Research report

24 Jun 2013

The ninth annual Lowy Institute Poll reports the results of a nationally representative survey of 1,002 Australian adults conducted by mobile and fixed-line telephone in Australia between 4 and 20 March 2013.

The 2013 Poll rated the major political parties on major foreign policy...

Research report

17 Jun 2013

The multilateral trading system, an important contributor to global peace and prosperity, is in trouble. This paper argues that its time for G20 Leaders to work harder to save it.

Key findings:

Since the second half of the twentieth century, the multilateral trading...

Research report

24 Jun 2013

This report identifies failures in Victoria Police's handling of sexual assault cases, and recommends reforms.

Executive summary

The prevalence of sexual assault and its consequent harm to both individual victims and society as a whole has now been widely researched, documented and...

Book

24 Jun 2013

In this eclectic collection of papers, 13 essayists and four high-profile discussants consider the complexity of the tertiary education system and its underlying structures. The papers are clustered by themes: how educational matters influence the system's structures; who controls the system; how the system is...

Research report

19 Jun 2013

Twitter has transformed people’s response to crimes and how they engage with authorities like the police. Never was the changing nature of communication clearer than after the vicious attack on Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich. Twitter became a first port of call for many eye...

21 Jun 2013

Despite the lack of boat arrivals, New Zealand has introduced new laws to deal with irregular migrants arriving by sea. Could it be that the New Zealand government is afraid that Australia could tell asylum seekers to keep moving east?

In March...

Report

24 Jun 2013

This report presents the results of an inquiry into several proposed changes to Australia's national security legislation, including the potential introduction of a mandatory data retention scheme.

Research report

19 Jun 2013

This report card provides information against Essential Indicators from the HfL Program for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) that have participated in the program since 2007 and the 2010-11 OSR data for ACCHS.

In addition, background information on the Indigenous population in general...

Article

20 Jun 2013

Under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (‘the Act’), it is unlawful to publicly do any act which is reasonably likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or group if the act is done because of the race, colour, nationality...

Research report

21 Jun 2013

Abstract

This report describes the research undertaken to develop national guidelines for climate adaptation planning for arid zone aquatic ecosystems and freshwater biodiversity. The guidelines focus on the protection of habitats and processes that support the persistence of freshwater biota under a changing...

Discussion paper

30 Mar 2013

Partnerships between the government and community groups are advocated by many academics and practitioners, but few have examined the limits to partnerships. A simple theory of government (involving the efforts of “reasonable people” in an “ideal state”) is used to explore the issues in creating...

Research report

20 Jun 2013

Abstract

Anticipated future climate change is very likely to have a wide range of different types of ecological impact on biodiversity across the whole of Australia. There is a high degree of confidence that these changes will be significant, affecting almost all species,...

Research report

20 Jun 2013

Abstract

T he issue considered by this research report revolves around the broad themes or questions such as: what are we adapting to?; who or what adapts?; and, how does adaptation occur? The challenge that these questions create is that the concept of...

Thesis

20 Jun 2013

Abstract: This investigation into the online male sex trade in Melbourne explores the Internet's rise in popularity as a marketplace for male sex workers (MSWs). It examines the ways in which clients and workers engage with the Internet, as well as the effect(s) of this...

Research report

20 Jun 2013

Summary

This report presents the findings and recommendations from the project called ‘Analysis of institutional adaptability to redress electricity infrastructure vulnerability due to climate change’. The objectives of the project are to examine the adaptive capacity of existing institutional arrangements in the National...

Thesis

20 Jun 2013

The thesis investigates the impact caused by urban development on the environment. In addition, the thesis proposes and tests a methodology and a prototype tool for assessing the environmental performance of urban environments.

The first section of the research briefly discusses some of the...

Thesis

28 Feb 2013

The online presence of tertiary libraries is becoming increasingly important, however, research (OCLC, 2010) suggests that library websites are being shunned in favour of commercial search engines. Some scholars (Reidsma, 2012; McCann et al., 2010) attribute this to poor website design. Websites are a valid...

Thesis

20 Jun 2013

Populism, an academically contested political theory, has been subject to few thorough studies in the New Zealand context. With a history of strong, successful leaders, and fervent political rebels, New Zealand provides a useful political context in which the theoretical platform for what constitutes populism...

Discussion paper

19 Jun 2013

Abstract: Despite the signing of a comprehensive free trade agreement between New Zealand and China and significantly deepening trade relations, there exists a discernable lag in the investment relationship between the two countries. This paper identifies that the operation and interaction of the two legal...

Research report

18 Jun 2013

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre's (AUSTRAC) arrangements for processing financial intelligence, to assist domestic partner agencies and international counterparts in their operations and investigations.

Overall conclusion:

AUSTRAC plays an important part in the fight...

Strategy

14 Jun 2013

This is the government’s initial response to the recommendations from The UK Administrative Data Research Network: Improving Access for Research and Policy (53) , the report of the Administrative Data Taskforce (ADT).

The UK government broadly supports the recommendations and will work with the...

Research report

4 Jun 2013

This report provides a bird's eye view of the changing environment for digital learning, both in and out of school.

As the digital learner has emerged over the past ten years, we have noticed a significant shift in the student perspective on using technology...

Research report

19 Jun 2013

This paper reviews the sequence of events leading up to terrorist attacks, in particular, the tasks that must be undertaken, being target selection, weapons acquisition, surveillance and implementation. Through an online survey of participants involved in counter terrorism operations, the authors identified preferences for a...

Research report

31 Dec 2012

Developers of this report worked with government departments, academic experts, and funding agencies and representatives from all four nations in the UK to examine the best procedures and mechanisms to make administrative data available for research safely.

Routinely collected administrative data are a rich...

Thesis

19 Jun 2013

Abstract: This thesis seeks to explore how information technology is being used to engage people in social movements, which may both have a diverse support base and be spontaneous, to rally active supporters around a set of shared goals. New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs)...

Research report

19 Jun 2013

Abstract

The impacts of climate change are exacerbated by inefficient adaptation and mitigation decision making, due to the complexity of the decision-making environment. As a consequence, there is no single approach to planning and decision making. Climate change adaptation falls squarely in the...

Research report

22 May 2013

Summary: The Minister for Foreign Affairs commissioned a Panel to conduct a Review of ACIAR.

The Review was asked to address issues including: the appropriateness of ACIAR’s goals and strategies in helping people overcome poverty; ACIAR’s effectiveness in improving livelihoods through more productive and...

17 Jun 2013

"Inglorious" is a word reserved for special moments in political history. The fall of Singapore was one, and the Khemlani Affair and Billy Snedden’s departure from this earth also come to mind. John Howard’s attempt to bowl a cricket ball in Pakistan probably qualifies, too....

Research report

4 Jun 2013

Executive Summary: This paper highlights that, while there is no evidence that family violence is more endemic, or profound in CALD communities, when it does occur, the Australian justice and protection services are not adequately accounting for the additional complexity that can be embedded within...

Research report

16 Jun 2013

The global gas revolution is poised to significantly raise bills for Australian households and some gas-using businesses, but government should resist calls to protect domestic households and businesses from high gas prices. Getting gas right: Australia’s energy challenge finds that development of Australia’s liquefied natural...

Research report

27 May 2013

This project seeks to understand the type of experiences people have, and the extent and nature of material that people experience that is racist or vilifying. It aims to raise awareness of racism and to build capacity for victims and bystanders to report racism and...

Transcript

19 Apr 2013

Abstract: Gleaning, when adopted as an attitude and an action, is useful in seeing and utilising the value in what has been cast aside. This is gleaning through the physical collection of what is left behind, alongside gleaning that is slow, incremental and epistemological. These...

Journal article

19 Jun 2013

This volume addresses the history and heritage of the ‘Macassan’ fishers who made the long and sometimes dangerous maritime journey from the port town of Makassar in southern Sulawesi to the coastline of Arnhem Land and the Kimberley, northern Australia, from before European settlement in...

Journal article

28 May 2013

Abstract: Authentic education is presented in this paper from a multidisciplinary perspective; it is viewed and discussed mainly from the perspectives of psychology, pedagogy, neuroscience and machine learning. It addresses the individual psychological and neurological differences and guide individuals to reach higher levels of human...

Research report

30 May 2013

Over the last several decades longitudinal household panel surveys have become essential elements of the social science infrastructure in Europe, the UK, North America, Asia and Australia. They shed new light on a wide range of social and economic phenomena and their effects on wellbeing....

Journal article

19 Jun 2013

Abstract: Although there are already a range of energy monitoring and automation systems available in the market that target residential homes, mostly with the aim of reducing their total energy consumption, very few of these systems are directly concerned with how those energy savings are...

Audio program

19 May 2013

Those with severe mental illness like schizophrenia have a 15 – 20 years lower life expectancy than the general population. Rapid weight gain associated with the side effects of medication often leads to a higher incidence of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. We...

Guide

20 Jun 2013

The Internet is and has always been a space where participants battle for control. The two core protocols that define the Internet – TCP and IP – are both designed to allow separate networks to connect to each other easily, so that networks that differ...

Discussion paper

20 Jun 2013

In November 2012, the Government announced its intention to assess the broader economic, social and environmental benefits arising from all elements of government research investment, including those benefits arising from university-based research. In support of this work, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science,...

Audio program

17 Jun 2013

The number of maths major enrolments in Australian universities fell by about 15 per cent in the past decade, while at the same time the demand for mathematicians increased by 52 per cent. The proportion of year 12 students taking physics, chemistry and biology fell...

Video

2 Jun 2013

It used to be that the ability to tell the truth was the keystone to an honourable life, but in the last 20 years that has changed. Today, your integrity is as dependent, if not more so, on your ability to recognise lies.

Award-winning...

Research report

20 Jun 2013

This report provides the most comprehensive framework for the establishment of a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme ever produced in Australia.

Long servIce leave is unique to AustralIa and New Zealand. The origins of Long Service Leave can be traced back to the...

Journal article

19 Jun 2013

As a result of increased advocacy for justice reinvestment in recent years, the Australian Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is conducting an Inquiry into the value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s former Aboriginal and Torres...

Research report

19 Jun 2013

This study finds that the availability of labour for housing construction is not a contributor to poor housing affordability in Victoria or Queensland.

Description

This study utilises a mixed methods approach, including a literature review, exploratory interviews with industry stakeholders, quantitative analysis...

14 Jun 2013

For a while now defence officials and analysts on both sides of the Tasman have been looking for ways to re-energise the Australia-New Zealand relationship (56) . It’s almost as if the two neighbours were becoming too comfortable with where things between them were at....

Research report

16 Jun 2013

This report is an update on the implementation of recommendations of World Heritage Committee decision: 36 COM 7B.8, Great Barrier Reef (Australia) (N 154).

WWF and AMCS remain concerned that neither the Australian nor Queensland governments are adequately addressing the World Heritage Committee’s recommendations...

Dataset

18 Jun 2013

This publication presents results from a survey of businesses mainly engaged in film and video production and post-production services and a census of businesses mainly engaged in television broadcasting, television channel provision and digital game development.

It provides information about industries engaged in television...

Research report

18 Jun 2013

The Australasian Consumer Fraud Task Force has conducted a range of fraud prevention and awareness raising activities since 2006. This report presents the results of the 2012 online consumer fraud survey.

Foreword

Each year, since 2007, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)...

19 Jun 2013

In 1984, George Orwell imagined a world in which surveillance technology was used only by dictators. What he didn't anticipate was society's willing integration of private information with commerce.

News that sales of Nineteen Eighty-Four have spiked following revelations about NSA's PRISM program is...

Video

14 Jun 2013

How does climate change threaten your savings? And how do your savings threaten climate change? Can you do anything about it?

One of the world’s fastest-growing social movements calls for citizens and institutions to sell out of fossil fuels. But it’s not only a...

Research report

17 Jun 2013

The Urban Mobility Report (UMR) is a widely-cited study that quantifies and monetises (measures in monetary units) traffic congestion costs in U.S. metropolitan regions. This report critically examines the UMR’s assumptions and methods. The UMR reflects an older planning paradigm which assumes that “transportation” means...

Research report

12 Jun 2013

Over the past five years, the reliance of audited councils on government grants has grown substantially. While rates and charges have increased in real terms, this has not been enough to keep pace with councils' increases in costs. Several audited councils are projected to have...

Website

The new Sax Institute website is a useful resource for anyone interested in the interface between research evidence and health decision making. Researchers using the site can sign up to work with policy makers, learn about the Institute’s research assets or join one of our...

Website

The Constitution Conversation is a chance for all New Zealanders to share their aspirations for their country and what matters to them most about how it's run.

The Constitutional Advisory Panel is seeking submissions from the public about New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements...

16 Jun 2013

Marian Sawer

More than 1,100 workers died in April when the Rana Plaza building housing garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh. Online activists on Change.org have since been calling for consumer action to pressure retailers such as Big W, Woolworths and Kmart to sign up...

16 Jun 2013

ARE you a free marketeer or a red-tape nanny statist? Do you trust the ability of individuals to make their own decisions or do you think that government always knows best? If you have always found questions like these about whether you are on the...

Research report

17 Jun 2013

Two years ago the Climate Commission warned that 2011-2020 is the ‘Critical Decade’ for tackling climate change. In particular, this is the Critical Decade for turning around rising emissions of greenhouse gases and putting us on the pathway to stabilising the climate system.

One...

15 May 2013

I can’t think of anything that strikes more savagely at the heart of the education enterprise than NAPLAN and the publication of results on the MySchool website. I say this as a mother of a child in prep, as a former secondary teacher, as someone...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

The federal government, with the support of the opposition, has sought to strengthen Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing system against cheap foreign imports. Recent changes to the Customs Act and the creation of a new Anti-Dumping Commission are designed to make it easier for Australian producers...

Research report

17 Jun 2013

This report describes Phase 1 of a support and evaluation project for the AIHW National best practice guidelines for collecting Indigenous status in health data sets (the Guidelines). The project, conducted between July 2011 and December 2012, helped to implement the Guidelines in selected areas,...

Research report

14 Jun 2013

The Council of Australian Governments funded the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Bureau of Statistics to review past, ongoing and planned data linkage studies that have an Indigenous focus. This report reviews these data linkage activities and is a companion document...

Audio program

9 Jun 2013

The New Zealand city of Christchurch shook violently on four days between September 4, 2010, and December 23 2011. And after each of those major quakes, the city then shuddered and trembled thousands of times more in the aftershocks - and these still rumble softly,...

Research report

14 Jun 2013

This report contains an alphabetical listing and description of past (published since 1991), current and planned data linkage studies relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The publication provides a brief listing of:

the name of the project the names of the investigators...

Audio program

10 Jun 2013

China has an increasing influence in the Pacific region. Australia has very strong aid, trade and defence links with the Pacific Islands so should we be worried about China’s presence? There is very little evidence to suggest that they are doing anything more than supporting...

Discussion paper

14 Jun 2013

In Australia and internationally, there is strong interest in the role of ‘cultural’ and ‘creative’ activity in the economy, such as highlighted recently by Australia’s National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia. These terms are often used to describe activities connected with the arts, media, heritage, design,...

Research report

14 Jun 2013

The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the burden of kidney disease among Indigenous Australians. After summarising kidney disorders and the context of kidney disease among the general Australian population, attention is directed to the factors contributing to kidney disease among...

Research report

17 Jun 2013

This paper provides a plain language summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, with brief information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, health problems and common risk factors.

Introduction

This summary includes the following information about Aboriginal and Torres...

Research report

12 Jun 2013

This report examines the peace agreement that the Myanmar government signed with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), the last of the eleven major armed ethnic groups to sign an agreement since 2011.

Overview

On 30 May 2013, the Kachin Independence...

Research report

14 Jun 2013

This paper presents the Australian Army's assessment of the future land operating environment out to 2035.

The paper builds on Complex Warfighting 2004 and Adaptive Campaigning Future Land Operating Concept 2009 to describe the characteristics of the evolving environment in which the future land...

Research report

30 May 2013

The growing number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is an issue of concern both in Australia and overseas, argues this report.

Summary

The growing number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an issue of concern...

Research report

14 Jun 2013

Abstract

This report considers the impact of anticipated climate change on Australia’s inland towns and centres to the year 2050. It examines the ways in which non-coastal settlements will be affected by the primary, secondary and tertiary impacts of climate change, including the...

Research report

14 Jun 2013

Abstract

The Arabana Climate Change Adaptation project is a collaboration between the Arabana people and the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Arabana people live in the Lake Eyre region, Marree, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Port Augusta, Adelaide and Darwin. The project was...

Strategy

12 Jun 2013

The Government’s 2011 National Digital Economy Strategy (the 2011 NDES) set the goal of Australia becoming a leading digital economy by 2020. In doing so, it nominated eight goals to position Australia as a world leader in broadband connectivity and the use of digital technologies,...

Research report

13 Jun 2013

This snapshot examines the nearly 30 review and reform initiatives taking place in jurisdictions across Australasia between February and March 2013, continuing a period of change and reform in local government which dates back at least two decades.

The research report, Review of Current...

Research report

11 Jun 2013

The Commission has released the third in a series of reports detailing findings of its latest surveys of young people in residential care.

These are anonymous surveys of young people in residential care conducted across Queensland by the Commission on a regular basis as...

Research report

10 Jun 2013

For the first time, a third of American adults own tablet computers. This report shows demographic trends in tablet ownership using data from telephone interviews.

Overview

For the first time, a third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

56% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind. This report analyses demographic trends in smartphone ownership, addressing factors including gender, age, ethnicity, geography, and socio-economic status.

Overview

For the first time since the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American...

Research report

3 Jun 2013

The objective of this study was to establish a high level understanding of cyber defence capabilities across EDA's participating Member States (pMS) to support progress toward a more consistent level of cyber defence capability across the EU. Specifically, the study aimed to inform further action...

Article

6 May 2013

Big data and analytics, which "marries large data sets, statistical techniques and predictive modeling [to mine] institutional data to produce 'actionable intelligence,'" 1 present big questions to those of us in higher education. Systems now exist that link students' demographic data with data on past...

23 May 2013

Learning analytics is a new area in the assessment domain of learning and is based on interrogating large data sets of student information with a view to improving student retention in courses and student academic performance. Learning analytics is becoming very accurate in predicting student...

Research report

30 Nov 2012

This report provides a children’s rights-based analysis and evaluation of the current criminal laws that can apply to peer-to-peer sexting and cyber bullying among young people in New South Wales (NSW). It offers insight on sexting and cyber bullying that we have garnered from our...

Discussion paper

12 Jun 2013

It is increasingly recognised that experiences of child maltreatment are rarely isolated incidents; different forms of abuse often co-occur, and trauma often develops over prolonged periods.

This paper provides practitioners, policy-makers and researchers with an overview of a number of influential recent approaches to...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

Foreword

Despite significant reductions in recent years, acquisitive property crime remains the single largest crime category, with over 700,000 offences recorded annually by police in Australia. There is potential to further reduce the scale of such offending and the subsequent costs to society...

Research report

13 Jun 2013

CEDA's 2013 Women in Leadership research explores business, economic and cultural aspects of Women in Leadership, including:

Barriers to equality of opportunity in the workforce; Unconscious bias and the consequences to women in the workforce; Implications of the current tax and transfer...

Audio program

26 May 2013

Three very different perspectives on the evolution of the city. We look at the history of four ‘future’ cities; we examine the role of the suburb in the 21st century; and we hear from architect Joyce Hsiang, the co-creator of the incredibly ambitious City of...

Video

21 May 2013

Speaking at Sydney Ideas event 'Trusting The Media', Dr Fiona Martin addresses the topic of transparency. University of Sydney, April 2013

Journal article

30 Aug 2012

Abstract: The pressures of working in contemporary health care environments can result in health professionals becoming focussed on their own domain. This focus, while understandable, diminishes the ability to provide holistic care for patients and clients. This multidisciplinary project sought to introduce post graduate students...

Thesis

13 Jun 2013

This study is situated in the practice of publication design. I characterise publication design as the act of bringing thoughts, opinions, information and stories into the public realm. A publication artefact in this study refers to the material and non-material form that the communication takes,...

Discussion paper

12 Jun 2013

This paper develops formulations for estimating the economic welfare impacts of transport strategies that change land use. The formulations seek to use outputs of transport modelling typically used for transport appraisal.

At present conventional cost-benefit appraisal (CBA) techniques focus only on the short-run impacts...

Research report

6 Jun 2013

Australia’s emissions trading scheme ETS, known as the Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM), came into force on 1 July 2012 as part of the Clean Energy Future package. As the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Greg Combet has stated frequently, Australia is not the...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

This report covers trends in crime across 154 Local Government Areas (LGAs) over the 24 months to March 2013.

The report shows falls in assaults on licensed premises, robberies without firearms, break and enter from non-dwellings and motor vehicle thefts. Most other categories of...

Research report

7 Jun 2013

This publication examines international trade and the role of the G20.

Key findings:

If one of the main roles of the G20 is to be a circuit breaker in overcoming intractable international economic issues, multilateral trade liberalisation is a prime candidate for the...

Research report

12 Jun 2013

New research published by ACELG explores how local governments can foster a culture of learning in their communities to achieve positive long term outcomes.

The report Learning as a Driver for Change explores how learning partnerships between councils, their communities and learning organisations can...

Research report

7 Jun 2013

This report assesses Australia’s Defence White Paper 2013 (70) from India’s point of view.

Summary

The recently released Australian Defence White Paper, which came a year ahead of schedule, has drawn more attention from India. Until a few...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

Since the Electric Vehicle trial commenced in October 2010, more than 3,500 people have subscribed to the EV newsletter, 139 charging outlets have been installed across metro Melbourne, and EVs involved in the trial have travelled more than 300,000 kilometres.

The report captures the...

10 Jun 2013

The past week has seen some extraordinary allegations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was intercepting all online communications . It is also alleged that the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) may have circumvented UK law . These allegation are profound not least because...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

This paper presents the latest national statistics monitoring the National Cervical Screening Program, which aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer.

Summary:

The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) aims to reduce cervical cancer cases, as well as illness and...

Research report

12 Jun 2013

Abstract

Using a case study approach, the objective of this research project was to employ a range of methods to identify climate change adaptation options and to explore adaptive capacity and pathways for its enhancement, combining stakeholder engagement, Systems Thinking, System Dynamics and...

12 Jun 2013

Tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo have denied knowledge or involvement in the US government's PRISM program, but the strategies of such companies are in perfect sync with those of the NSA.

Summary

In the fallout of revelations of the...

Working paper

12 Jun 2013

‘We seek 3rd year Undergraduate Interns to come onboard and join our dynamic team... Best-fit candidates will be bright university students willing to contribute creatively and perform quality unpaid work to build up their experience base’. Over the past decade, an increasing number of these...

Research report

8 May 2013

There has been a substantial increase in interest in continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts in the Australian primary health care arena over the past several years, including in the Indigenous primary health care sector. This interest has promoted increased financial incentives (e.g. to achieve accreditation...

Research report

12 Jun 2013

Abstract

Recent experience with drought and a shifting climate has highlighted the vulnerability of urban water supplies to “running out of water” in Perth, south-east Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and has triggered major investment in water source infrastructure which ultimately will run...

Research report

11 Jun 2013

In this report, detailed primary evidence regarding high school student use of ICT, perceptions of use of ICT at school, perceptions of ICT as a discipline, and motivations regarding career choices was generated.

Australian teenagers have welcomed digital technologies into their daily lives with...

Research report

30 May 2013

This report discusses changes in South East Queensland's geography of population and employment and the impacts on commuting, with a view to providing a solid evidence base about the trends that have been shaping the region in recent years.

Audio program

5 Jun 2013

Global population has passed seven billion and by 2050 it could reach nine billion. That’s an extra two billion people that will need to be fed. How will this challenge be met ?

Over the last 50 years we’ve seen a dramatic increase in...

12 Jun 2013

SHOULD we deal with the growing budget gap by cutting spending or increasing taxes – or by some combination of the two? Before we try to answer that question we need a clear understanding of the current distribution of welfare spending (who gets what?) and...

Dataset

7 Jun 2013

This publication presents updated results from the 2011-13 Australian Health Survey (AHS).

Research report

12 Jun 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...

Book

17 Oct 2012

Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy encourages scientists to think differently about the use of scientific evidence in policy making. This US report investigates why scientific evidence is important to policy making and argues that an extensive body of research on knowledge utilisation...

Book

11 May 2013

Over the course of several decades, copyright protection has been expanded and extended through legislative changes occasioned by national and international developments. The content and technology industries affected by copyright and its exceptions, and in some cases balancing the two, have become increasingly important as...

Research report

7 Jun 2013

Abstract

Balancing human and environmental needs is urgent where food security and sustainability are under pressure from population increases and changing climates. Requirements of food security, social justice and environmental justice exacerbate the impact of agriculture on the supporting ecological environment. Viability of...

Research report

7 Jun 2013

Climate change is leading to an increased frequency and severity of heat waves. Spells of several consecutive days of unusually high temperatures have led to increased mortality rates for the more vulnerable in the community. The problem is compounded by the escalating energy costs and...

Research report

7 Jun 2013

Abstract

Given the broad scale and fundamental transformations occurring to the natural environment due to anthropogenic climate change in the present era, what does the future hold for Aboriginal people in remote arid regions of Australia? In searching for answers to this question,...

Research report

21 Nov 1977

This controversial Royal Commission from the 1970s found that many Australian families were failing to protect their most valuable members, and helped change the shape of public discussion around families, gender and sexuality.

This is the first time a digitised version of the Royal...

6 Jun 2013

Two recent research publications, the International Handbook on Peace and Reconciliation, and the International Handbook on War, Torture and Terrorism, published by Springer, have provided extensive information on the important issue of Australian attitudes to peace and war. The above two publications follow on from...

Research report

6 Jun 2013

Reviewing the 160‐year history of Australian mineral development indicates that local and international factors have all been influential in constraining or sustaining mining, including economics, geology and social forces. Research undertaken through the Mineral Futures Collaboration Cluster indicates that, in future, environmental and social factors...

Research report

31 May 2013

Executive summary

Over the past decade Australian governments have invested extensively in digital education, highlighting the growing link between technology and economic prosperity.

The drive to transform teaching and learning through digital education has been supported by the $2.1 billion Digital Education...

Research report

27 Aug 2012

This report analyses how shoppers use online connected devices (computers, mobile phones and tablets) to aid or even complete their household grocery shopping.

One-third of the world’s population is online, an increase of 528 percent over the past 10 years*. While Internet penetration rates...

Research report

30 May 2013

This report outlines the lessons learnt from the Telstra Warrnambool exchange fire on 22 November 2012, and suggests a number of responses.

The Warrnambool exchange fire highlighted the critical role telecommunications plays in the day-to-day lives of Australians and the significant economic and social...

Journal article

1 Jun 2013

Abstract

This article presents findings from a recent study into the ways young people are engaging with the social networking site Facebook. It draws on a qualitative, small-scale study with six 13 and 14 year old girls who have been using Facebook daily...

Research report

1 Jun 2013

Abstract

This essay addresses the question of change as it is expressed in debates on the introduction and use of new digital technologies in contemporary education. It sets out some of the terms of this debate, concerning MOOCs in particular, and puts into...

Research report

3 Jun 2013

This report explores the relationship between technology investment and productivity in Australian companies. It draws from several sources: the Australian Industry Group’s 2013 National CEO Business Prospects Survey of nearly 350 CEOs, facilitated discussion groups with business leaders, and in-depth interviews with innovative companies from...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

Abstract

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the globally-recognised reference body for climate-related research, describes warming of the climate system as ‘unequivocal’. The changing climate is likely to result in the occurrence of more frequent and intense extreme weather events. This demands...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

Abstract

The long term sustainability of Australian crop and livestock farms is threatened with climate change and climate variability. In response, farmers may decide to (1) adjust practices and technologies, (2) change production systems, or (3) transform their industries, for example, by relocating...

Discussion paper

5 Jun 2013

This is the second stage in the consultation process in this Inquiry into whether the Copyright Act needs amendment to allow Australia to fully participate in a modern, digital economy. The first stage included the release of the Issues Paper, Copyright and the Digital Economy...

Journal article

5 Jun 2013

Arthritis is a common and costly health condition internationally. The direct medical costs of arthritis are significant, with the condition being the fourth most common reason for seeking general practitioner medical care. Treatment of arthritis in Australia cost around $4 billion (AU) in health system...

Website

The archive features performances (publicly available) as well as rehearsals, interviews and television appearances (restricted access) by the acclaimed performing arts company since 1978.

The archive has been developed as a tool for artistic repertoire, for academic use and as a channel for...

Research report

30 Mar 2013

Abstract: What impacts do public libraries in the European Union have on users’ lives? As public libraries in the EU expand their offerings to include access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) like computers and the Internet, are the perceptions and uses of public libraries...

Website

The CSR Dashboard is a visual custom made website. It tracks how, and how well, leading companies are keeping faith with growing community, consumer and investor pressure for bettter social and environmental outcomes. The 2013 Dashboard spans 32 companies and six topic areas. Capacity to...

Research report

3 Jun 2013

This publication provides information on the characteristics of Australia's population, the composition of Australia's immigration programs, the economics of migration and the movement of people into and out of Australia.

In 2011–12, Australia’s combined migration and humanitarian programs totalled 198 757, an increase of...

Research report

31 May 2013

1.1 Purpose of this Document This is the assessment of environmental effects (Assessment) under the Environment Effects Act 1978 (EE Act) for the Western Highway Project Section 2 Beaufort to Ararat (WHP2). It represents the final step in the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process under...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

This paper argues that the nature and tempo of Chinese cyber‑activities have policy implications for the Australian government.

The paper provides an understanding of the key elements of the Chinese intelligence agencies that exploit the cyberdomain. It also shows that, while cybersecurity is a...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

For the fifth consecutive year, the number of students enrolled in the publicly funded training system in Australia increased, with 1.943 million students studying last year, up 3.3% from 2011. Student numbers increased in South Australia (15.5%), Victoria (8.2%), Australian Capital Territory (2.1%) and in...

Research report

18 May 2013

In this report, the findings from a survey of digital media usage amongst local councils in the UK are presented.

The report looks at the top issues affecting the use and success of social mediaa and whether there has been an increased uptake of...

Research report

28 May 2013

This report examines the effects of improvements in Indigenous identification in hospitals data on patterns of hospitalised injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These improvements have resulted in the inclusion of hospital separation data from New South Wales and Victoria in addition to...

Research report

28 May 2013

This paper argues that Australia needs to have a national conversation about the minimum wage, starting with breaking free from the short-term thinking of the annual negotiations.

This paper is concerned with the future of the minimum wage in Australia. While the minimum wage,...

Research report

3 Jun 2013

Across the spectrum of operational policing activities, one situation that poses a degree of risk to community safety is when an alleged offender chooses to flee in a vehicle. In the worst case, the offender, police members or other bystanders may be injured or killed....

Strategy

29 May 2013

Executive summary

On 5 October 2012 the Prime Minister announced that the Australian Government would develop a National Cloud Computing Strategy. This announcement recognised the synergies between the National Broadband Network (NBN) and cloud computing, but also the important role for government in...

Research report

31 May 2013

This draft report was released on 31 May 2013. Written submissions are invited by Monday 15 July 2013 .

The final report will be prepared after submissions have been received and public hearings held. The final report will be forwarded to the Government by...

31 May 2013

The whole idea of museums as art institutions is based on an implicit assumption that art museums are typical of all museums. It’s true that the traditional mores of a museum atmosphere – quiet, solemn, reflective, reverent – are based in the heritage of art...

Research report

30 May 2013

This report gives greater access to the complex workings of the Defence budget to help promote informed debate on Defence budget issues.

After four years of cuts, defence spending is on the rise again. But the growth is occurring from a low base, and...

Research report

3 Jun 2013

The 2013 Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS 2013) paints a picture of the struggles of people with limited economic and social resources. This national survey provides some clear and challenging insights into the economic and social impact of current cost of living pressures on...

Research report

3 Jun 2013

Abstract

This project investigated how the deep knowledge of the Yorta Yorta people can be used to strengthen their participation and influence in the complex national and regional processes that determine how their traditional lands, which are in the highly-contested Murray-Darling Basin, are...

Research report

30 May 2013

This report presents the most recent key information on the oral health and dental care of the Australian population. Data from a number of different years are presented to reflect the most recent data available.

Children

In 2009, the proportion of children...

Research report

3 Jun 2013

Abstract

Australian dryland agriculture will be affected by climate change in a number of ways. First, higher temperatures and changes to rainfall are likely to create greater variability of crop yields and livestock productivity. Second, government policies introduced to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions...

Research report

30 May 2013

This publication describes the state of dental health of Australian children examined by school dental service staff in 2009 and provides insights into the dental health of rural children. The findings are drawn from the Child Dental Health Survey 2009, in which the data of...

Research report

29 May 2013

This bulletin summarises what is known about rheumatoid arthritis and presents available Australian national statistics on the subject.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease – one where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues – and thus differs from osteoarthritis which is characterised...

Research report

3 Jun 2013

A number of recent policy documents signal the Australian Government’s intent to deepen defence engagement in the Asia–Pacific, and future defence policy statements are likely to reinforce that objective. The Australia in the Asian century White Paper clearly established Asia as our primary economic and...

Research report

24 May 2013

One of the most significant developments in global economic leadership in recent years has been the development of the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

After a positive start, particularly with the 2009 London G20 Leaders’ Summit, the G20 has more recently been criticized as losing focus...

10 May 2013

Australia recently released a defence White Paper that has encouraging but complicated implications for New Zealand.

Australia's defence policy is much more important to New Zealand than ours is to Australia. That means we need to read the Gillard government's new White...

31 May 2013

Child sexual abuse is a serious concern for the community and the criminal justice system and is now the subject of three major inquiries in Australia.

The circumstances in which children have been and are sexually abused within social institutions, the impact of this...