July 2013

Research report

30 Jul 2013

This report provides the most comprehensive contemporary profile of serious and organised crime in Australia. The report provides the context in which organised crime operates in Australia and gives an overview of each of the key illicit markets and the activities which fundamentally enable serious...

Policy

31 Jul 2013

This plan proposes 93 actions over 10 years to help ensure Australia has a stronger economic future.

Introduction

This action plan is for Australia’s future.

It addresses the question of whether the future can be prosperous for all Australians and whether...

Research report

31 Jul 2013

Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements for people on unemployment benefits. As a result, there are now around 350,000 people receiving unemployment benefits who are classified as ‘non-jobseekers’, meaning that they are not required...

Research report

30 Jul 2013

This audit examined:

New South Wales’ capacity to meet changing public housing need how well Housing NSW (HNSW), a division of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), acts to relocate tenancies where an individual’s needs or circumstances change how well the NSW...

Research report

30 Jul 2013

The world continues to urbanise. In 2008, for the first time in history more than half of the world's population lived in cities. By 2030, it is estimated that five billion people—80 per cent of humanity—will be urbanised.

For highly urbanised countries, a wrong...

Video

24 Jul 2013

Dr Alison Evans, Independent Advisor on Development, UK gives a keynote address titled 'Emergence, divergence and why poverty still matters' at The future of international development in Asia and the Pacific conference. This video was recorded on 10 May 2013.

Transformations in the global...

Audio program

29 Jul 2013

Is the “female brain” better equipped for the complex challenges of the new world? W riter, commentator and journalist George Megalogenis delivers the inaugural Griffith Review lecture. He posits our economy, media, and body politic are hard-wired to the false certainty of the male...

Audio program

29 Jul 2013

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is just the latest of many Australian legal processes which have been, and will be, fundamentally flawed, according to Evan Whitton.

Guests Evan Whitton Legal historian Former chief reporter of The Sydney Morning Herald...

Audio program

24 Jul 2013

Pamela Williams, editor-at-large of the Australian Financial Review , details the part played by James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch in the fall of the once mighty Fairfax empire.

Guests Pamela Williams Editor at large, Australian Financial Review and author of Killing Fairfax. Publications Title...

Video

18 Jul 2013

Pivot is a word that you hear a lot in startup land. It didn’t make my list of annoying phrases back in January but it could have. This is mainly because of its over use and, often, due to people misunderstanding what it means in...

Research report

29 Jul 2013

The issue of parliamentary salaries, allowances and entitlements continues to generate interest and comment. This research paper sets out major changes to the parliamentary remuneration and entitlements regime, including the authority and governing legislation and explains how different aspects of parliamentary remuneration and entitlements are...

Research report

29 Jul 2013

This research project investigated the marginal rental housing market, which includes boarding or rooming houses and residential (caravan) park accommodation and provided a typology of marginal rental housing.

Research report

25 Jul 2013

Stigma stops people asking for help and getting the treatment and support they need. It makes it more difficult to find somewhere decent to live, a job, a mortgage, or insurance. It can make it more difficult to get help to look after children, make...

Research report

29 Jul 2013

An increasing proportion of Australians are now renting privately, many for over 10 years or more. Long-term renters experience higher levels of housing stress and are less likely to feel part of the community. Policy-makers need to respond to the needs of long-term renters, especially...

Research report

3 Sep 2013

This draft report was released to assist participants in preparing a submission to the commissioned study into Regulator Engagement with Small Business.

Members of the public are invited to examine this draft and provide written comment. The deadline for all written responses is Wednesday...

Research report

16 Jul 2013

This report argues that a growing majority of Australians think that their country should be a leader in finding climate solutions.

Executive summary

Since 2007, The Climate Institute has conducted comprehensive research into Australian attitudes to climate change and related policies. We...

Research report

29 Jul 2013

Executive summary: The focus of this VCCCAR Visiting Fellowship was participation in the project ‘Implementing tools to increase adaptive capacity in the community and natural resources management sectors’. This project aimed to improve understanding of the adaptation capabilities and needs of three types of government...

Research report

30 Jul 2013

This synthesis report provides a summary of the research activity and conveys the key findings arising from the 18 month ‘Framing Adaptation in the Victorian Context’ project undertaken between 2010 and 2012. Due to the complex nature of climate change adaptation, the original research program...

Journal article

1 May 2013

Abstract: Visions about the use of nanotechnologies in the city, including in the design and construction of built environments, suggest that these technologies could be critically important for solving urban sustainability problems. We argue that such visions often overlook two critical and interrelated elements....

Research report

22 Jul 2013

With attention focused on our relations with Asia, analysts have overlooked a significant strategic shift in recent years: Australia's emergence as a major 'soft power' across the Southern Hemisphere, from sub-Saharan Africa to South America, as well as in Antarctica and the Southwest Pacific. This...

Research report

29 Jul 2013

Cybersecurity is rapidly emerging as a high-priority policy challenge for the Australian Government. This rise reflects growing international concern about the impact of malicious cyberactivity. Notwithstanding recent government policy announcements, this paper, authored by Peter Jennings and Tobias Feakin, argues that significantly more needs to...

Research report

26 Jul 2013

This report looks at death and serious injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia due to transport accidents in the five-year period 2005-06 to 2009-10. Land transport accidents accounted for 26% of all fatal injury cases and 9% of all serious injury...

Research report

24 Jul 2013

This report finds that Australia's prisoners have significant health issues, with high rates of mental health problems, communicable diseases, alcohol misuse, smoking and illicit drug use.

Summary

The health of Australia's prisoners 2012 is the 3rd report relating to the National...

Research report

24 Jul 2013

Summary

Young people aged 10-14 are a small but important group in youth justice

Despite being a relatively small group, research indicates that young people aged 10-14 in the youth justice system are at risk of becoming chronic, long-term offenders....

Research report

25 Jul 2013

This paper argues that the financial disadvantage Australian women will face in retirement has nothing to do with whether they have a family.

Summary

There is much public debate about the role of 'choice' when it comes to women and work in...

Research report

28 Jul 2013

This report examines the fears some Australians have about the potential adverse consequences of the 10-year mining boom.

Briefing paper

26 Jul 2013

Providing a brief history of boat arriving asylum seekers in Australia, as well as the various government solutions to cope with an increase in numbers, this paper asks whether New Zealand would be better placed, before PNG, to accommodate a greater number of people.

Research report

29 Jul 2013

This report finds that many heart attack survivors underestimate their risk of having a future heart attack.

Executive summary

Preventative Health at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, under the auspices of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality...

Research report

24 Jul 2013

This paper surveys the issues and regional responses, including that of Australia, surrounding the current conflict and humanitarian situation in Rakhine state, Myanmar.

Introduction

The plight of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya people has received renewed international attention over the past year as a...

Research report

23 Jul 2013

This paper provides a brief overview of the historical and political context surrounding boat arrivals in Australia since 1976.

Introduction

The term ‘boat people’ entered the Australian vernacular in the 1970s with the arrival of the first wave of boats carrying people...

24 Jul 2013

Australia has stuck with its three major political parties since just after WWII. ABC election analyst Antony Green looks at how compulsory voting and 'ticket' voting seem to be creating apathy, stifling new ideas, and encouraging the proliferation of spurious rather than serious minor parties....

26 Jul 2013

“THINGS fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” W.B. Yeats’s line retains its grace and gravity even after being used for decades as a convenient signifier of political melodrama. From the same haunting poem – “The Second Coming,” published in 1920 – generations of British statesmen...

Research report

26 Jul 2013

Completion rates are increasing for trainees but not for trade apprentices, according to data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2012. Individual completion rates increased from 55.4% for trainees who started in...

26 Jul 2013

THE federal government claims that its new asylum seeker policy – the PNG solution – breaks the people smugglers’ business model. Anyone smuggled by boat to Australia will be removed to Papua New Guinea for processing and won’t be resettled in Australia. People smugglers will...

Research report

29 Jul 2013

Few areas of Australian public policy have undergone such rapid change as vocational education and training (VET) in recent years. The introduction of private provision, known as ‘contestability’, has radically reshaped the VET sector. Contestability was first embraced in Victoria in 2009 in response to...

Research report

26 Jul 2013

The Information and Communications Technology Report takes an in-depth look into how New Zealand’s ICT sector is performing. It focuses particularly on the information technology services sub-sector, which has achieved export growth of 10 per cent per annum since 2002.

A number of themes...

Working paper

16 May 2013

Abstract

This working paper summarizes what is currently known about cybercrime offenders and groups. The paper briefly outlines definition and scope of cybercrime, the theoretical and empirical challenges in addressing what is known about cyber offenders, and the likely role of organized crime...

Research report

21 Jun 2013

This guide provides tips for Australians to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.

Summary

Secure your mailbox with a lock and, when you move, redirect your mail. Be cautious about using social media, and limit the amount of...

Research report

11 Jun 2013

This report explains key trends in scam activity in 2012 and highlights the impact of scams on the community.

Snapshot of 2012

Scam reports

In 2012 the ACCC continued to observe a high level of scams activity in Australia, with...

Research report

3 Jun 2013

This research found that one in eight businesses surveyed losing between $100 and $10,000 because of scams.

Executive summary

This survey is the first national attempt at specifying the small business scam as a distinct category of scam worthy of focussed research...

Journal article

24 Jul 2013

Abstract: Various tools and services based on Web 2.0 (mainly blogs, wikis, social networking tools) are increasingly used in formal education to create personal learning environments, providing self-directed learners with more freedom, choice, and control over their learning. In such distributed and personalized learning...

Research report

12 Jul 2013

On 21 March 2013, the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee (the committee) for inquiry and report by 1 June 2013:

The effectiveness of current regulatory arrangements (under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Copyright...

11 Jul 2013

There have been many studies that have examined questions about the effectiveness of online and blended learning compared to face to face learning. Each new study adds a further richness and also a deeper complexity to our understanding of the use and effectiveness of digital...

22 Jul 2013

Australia: the lucky country, a proud island nation and… the pirate capital of the planet.

We may not be pillaging every ship that hits our shores, but when it comes to TV shows and movies, Australians will to do whatever it takes to access...

Research report

6 Mar 2013

This report comprehensively addresses matters raised in the recent Close the Gap Clearinghouse Fact Sheet No. 20 which highlights the dearth of and need for comprehensive independent evidence-based evaluation in this sector. This evaluation directly addresses those concerns. This is a specific case study, but...

Working paper

24 Jul 2013

Abstract: Historically, Indigenous people have largely been excluded from building businesses in Australia. Recent reductions in Indigenous disadvantage, especially improvements in Indigenous skills, may have combined with other policy changes to make it easier for Indigenous entrepreneurs to set up successful businesses. Indigenous self-employment...

Research report

23 Jul 2013

The Report of the Review into the Treatment of Women at ADFA (November 2011) (ADFA Report) made 31 wide ranging recommendations to effect significant cultural change.

The ADF accepted all the recommendations made – 30 in full and one in principle.

The Audit...

Discussion paper

24 Jul 2013

Introduction : New Zealand’s bilateral relationship with South Korea is founded on strong political, economic and security links that date back to the Korean War. New Zealand responded to the United Nations Security Council’s call for members of the United Nations to assist South...

Strategy

24 Jul 2013

Victoria's 2020 Tourism Strategy is a whole-of-government document that provides a clear vision about how the tourism industry can increase its economic and social contribution to the State.

Through seven priority areas, the 2020 Tourism Strategy outlines how Tourism Victoria, working with key...

Research report

21 Jul 2013

This report argues that the Commonwealth Government should create 2500 teaching-focused positions in universities as part of a national effort to raise the quality of teaching in higher education.

Overview

Australia has national debates about the quality of teaching in our schools....

Research report

4 Jun 2013

This report examines whether sentencing influences subsequent reoffending.

Introduction

An important aspect of the Sentencing Advisory Council’s work is examining the effects of sentencing on an offender’s subsequent behaviour. This is one element of the more general question of whether, and to...

Research report

22 Jul 2013

This paper provides an overview and analysis of the Indigenous Justice Agreements (IJAs) introduced by Australian states and territories, and examines whether strategic planning on Indigenous justice issues is improving Indigenous justice outcomes as intended. The authors identify four key factors for success of IJAs,...

Working paper

1 Jun 2013

Summary: Which cities have the highest risk of human and economic losses due to natural hazards? And how will urban exposure to major hazards change over the coming decades? This paper develops a global urban disaster risk index that evaluates the mortality and economic...

Journal article

3 Jul 2013

Abstract:

'Smart cities' is a term that has gained traction in academia, business and government to describe cities that, on the one hand, are increasingly composed of and monitored by pervasive and ubiquitous computing and, on the other, whose economy and governance is...

Research report

17 Jul 2013

This paper identifies a number of issues that require greater attention to strengthen the investment relationship between China and Australia.

This is a revised and edited version of the presentation on 27 February 2013 in Sydney by Professor Zha Daojiong, Inaugural Lowy Institute-Rio Tinto...

Journal article

5 Jul 2013

Abstract

The 2013 White Paper talks a great deal about reform in Defence. It is notable, however, that the areas of reform that are discussed relate primarily to processes of accountability, planning, reporting, consultation and reviewing. Some advances have been made in these...

22 Jul 2013

The Federal Government’s decision to make changes to how FBT claims are processed was prompted by the desire to ensure that the transition to a floating Carbon Price (earlier than planned) had a neutral effect on the budget. Those who seek to claim FBT will...

Video

22 Jul 2013

With the federal election fast approaching, and two weeks prior to the leadership spill that would see Gillard relinquish the prime ministership, Sally Warhaft speaks with pre-eminent political journalist Michelle Grattan for a special spotlight edition of the Fifth Estate.

What are the issues...

Video

16 Jul 2013

Trains, planes or automobiles, health, education or indigenous care, welfare or childcare, the young or the old, the fast or the creative, an NBN or hospital beds – how should politicians decide where our taxes should go?

With the 2013 Federal Election looming and...

22 Jul 2013

SOMEBODY who has been preoccupied by the problem of irregular migration and to whom the idea of talking to “boat people” would not have appeared strange is the Pope. On 8 July, in what was one his first forays out of Rome, Pope Francis visited...

Research report

8 Jul 2013

Background

For several decades, the alternative commercial and economic uses and management of Australia’s native forests have generated considerable debate. In the past five years, this debate has sharpened as the native forest sector has contracted in response to increased competition in international...

Journal article

22 Jun 2013

Abstract: Shipping containers are gaining increasing recognition for their apparent durability, adaptability, light weight, ‘low cost ’and ease of stacking, spurring a trend that has resulted in shipping container sculpture, homes, housing, hotels, and museums. The use of prefabricated, pre-manufactured and prototype building methods for...

Journal article

8 May 2013

This article examines the governance challenges facing Australian local government, which include lack of constitutional standing, intergovernmental dependencies, financial constraints and weak democratic standing. The historical context has shaped the nature and place of local government in the Australian federal polity and has contributed to...

Strategy

22 Jul 2013

Introduction

The Top 4 Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions (the Strategies) are the most effective security controls an organisation can implement at this point in time based on the our current visibility of the cyber threat environment. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD),...

Working paper

22 Jul 2013

Abstract: How do private returns to tertiary education in New Zealand compare internationally? According to the latest OECD measures, the private rate of return for New Zealand is 8.9%, compared to an OECD average of 12.4%, placing New Zealand toward the bottom of the...

Research report

23 Jul 2013

Libraries, telecenters, and cybercafés play a critical role in extending the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to a diverse range of people worldwide. However, their ability to contribute to development agendas has come into question in recent times. The Global Impact Study was...

Research report

22 Jul 2013

New research finds that the Australian mental health system is failing young men and suggests modern technology offers the potential to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Summary:

The first Young and Well National Survey, a scientific study of young men from across...

Audio program

14 Jul 2013

Paul Fletcher and Robyn Williams discuss the monetary value of Australian science, research and innovation.

Summary:

Liberal Federal MP Paul Fletcher, the member for Bradfield in New South Wales, talks about the importance of Australian research and innovation. He asks whether we...

Research report

Community views on current challenges and future directions
28 Feb 2013

This report discusses the Australian Government's 2013-14 Refugee and Humanitarian Program, drawing on consultations conducted nation-wide.

Summary:

During October and November 2012, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) conducted national community consultations to gather views on issues to be considered by the...

Research report

17 Jul 2013

Foreword

Studies of the specific deterrent effect of criminal sanctions have mostly focused on prison. This is, in some ways, unfortunate as non-custodial penalties are far more frequently imposed than custodial penalties. In this study, the authors use propensity score matching to assess...

Research report

16 Jul 2013

This report provides the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are faring according to a range of indicators on health status, determinants of health and health system performance that are based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework....

Research report

28 Feb 2013

Identifying the major resettlement challenges confronting UNHCR, governments and non-governmental organisations, this report attempts to inform debate and ehance the effeciveness of ressetlement as a protective tool.

Summary:

For many years now, irregular migration and asylum seeking have dominated refugee-related discourse within...

Research report

18 Jul 2013

Summary

This report presents information on expenditure for diabetes in Australia in 2008-09, as well as information on how this expenditure has changed in the last decade and how it is expected to grow in the future. Expenditure is presented by sex, age...

Research report

22 Jul 2013

This report develops new resources that support the Victorian public oral health sector's clients of refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Summary:

The first key outcome of the project was the development of new resources that support the Victorian public oral health sector....

Website

A collaboration between Policy Booth and Swinburne University, Pre/Poll allows the user to focus on policy, not politics.

Pre/Poll lets you prepare for the polls by comparing the policies of Australia’s political parties in the lead up to the Federal election....

Journal article

5 Jul 2013

Abstract

The depiction of Australia’s strategic environment in the 2013 Defence White Paper has been one of its most favourably received elements. This article examines the White Paper’s treatment of China’s rise, and of the US-China relationship, the newly introduced construct known...

Research report

22 Jul 2013

This report explores the potential approaches for addressing climate change induced loss and damage in Bangladesh.

Summary:

At this time, there is no universally agreed definition for the term “loss and damage”. To date, loss and damage has been discussed and debated...

Journal article

5 Jul 2013

Abstract

The 2013 White Paper reaffirms the centrality of the US Alliance for Australia. It identifies a number of concrete areas for future cooperation and provides the foundation for developing greater strategic ties with China while remaining firmly anchored in the US...

Research report

1 Jul 2013

This report outlines the United Kingdom's policy and action-based responses to changing climates.

Summary:

Our climate is changing and the impacts from it are likely to affect most of us in some way during our lifetimes. There have always been natural fluctuations...

Research report

22 Jul 2013

Details the correct use of a WHO designed economic analysis tool to support health adaptation planning in European member states.

Summary:

The WHO Regional Office for Europe prepared this economic analysis tool to support health adaptation planning in European Member States. It...

Research report

5 Jul 2013

This paper canvases the role of the G20 in strengthening financial regulation.

Key findings:

Financial regulation has been central to the G20 since the first leaders’ summit in 2008. Leaders wanted to ensure that another devastating financial crisis would not happen again...

Transcript

13 Dec 2012

Like many other Western jurisdictions over the past sixty years, New Zealand has had to contend with episodes of moral panic regarding the activities of youth gangs. The most recent episode occurred in 2005-2007 and was spurred by a perceived escalation in inter-gang conflict and...

Research report

25 Jun 2013

This paper details the scope and nature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation in the child protection system, and provides discussion on strategies to effectively address this over-representation.

While there is wide acknowledgment of the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families...

Research report

17 Jul 2013

This report recommends stricter limits to reduce the number people with disabilities being sterilised without their consent.

On 20 September 2012, the Senate referred the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia to the Senate Community Affairs Legislative Committee for inquiry...

Research report

30 Mar 2013

Prepared in partnership between the Tasmanian Government and the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, this paper provides a start to thinking about Tasmania’s future in Asia, and lays out a comprehensive plan for leveraging the federal implementation strategy. The most important role...

Research report

18 Jul 2013

Key findings: Australia’s regions are more economically diverse than most people assume.

Most non-metropolitan regions have a level of employment diversity close to the national employment profile.

Diversity is possible in all regions.

Smaller and remote regions can also be diverse. All types...

Working paper

30 May 2013

Key messages: Victoria’s school system delivers generally good results for students, but its performance falls short of the world’s best systems. To lift the Victorian system into the top global tier in the next decade, the Government has signalled a further wave of school reforms...

Research report

18 Jul 2013

Australia is in the process of pivoting back to our own region and looking for new strategies for Defence re-engagement. But the Defence Cooperation Program hasn’t been scrutinised in any depth since an audit report by the Auditor-General in 2001. That pointed to a lack...

Research report

18 Jul 2013

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is the agency leading and coordinating the recovery of greater Christchurch following the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes. The area over which CERA has responsibility was defined under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 using council boundaries rather...

Research report

26 Mar 2013

The important role of community and voluntary sector organisations to democratic debate and policy development is widely acknowledged by governments, academics, and the sector itself. However, our survey of 153 NZ community and voluntary sector groups shows that democratic engagement has been constrained under both...

Research report

18 Jul 2013

Malicious hoax calls for service and suspicious fires are a significant burden to the community financially and in the potential danger they present, yet little is known about the dynamics associated with their prevalence. The present research is the first of its kind in Australia...

19 Jul 2013

For the victims of most drone strikes, there is no warning at all. Undetected surveillance drones may have spied on the targeted individuals for days or weeks before an armed drone is directed to release its Hellfire missile. Victims may hear a brief hissing sound...

17 Jul 2013

The collapse of the command economies of Australian schooling has been less dramatic and complete than that of the Soviet Union, but in other respects they have much in common.

Both imperiums enjoyed tremendous reach and power almost to the moment of their eclipse....

Transcript

13 Mar 2013

Abstract: The current economic climate of funding stringency has intensified the need for non-profit organisations (NPOs) to find new delivery models of their services as a way of creating greater efficiencies and reducing costs. Consideration of improvement to their back-office operations is one way of...

Research report

16 Jul 2013

Overview

A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and high school students finds that digital technologies are impacting student writing in myriad ways and there are significant advantages from tech-based learning.

Some 78% of the 2,462 advanced placement (AP) and National...

Research report

27 Jun 2013

This paper reviews the evolution of law enforcement use of Big Data in the United States and captures some key lessons learned.

Law enforcement methodology has evolved tremendously in the past few decades to embrace quantitative analysis and statistics with the rise of data-driven...

Journal article

18 Jan 2013

Abstract: This paper explores the concept of sustainable e-learning. It outlines a scoping review of the sustainability of e- learning practice in higher education. Prior to reporting the outcomes of the review, this paper outlines the rationale for conducting the study. The origins and...

Research report

30 Jun 2013

Introduction and Purpose “At the heart of the movement toward Open Educational Resources is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general, and the Worldwide Web in particular, provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to...

Transcript

18 Jul 2013

Abstract: The generalized use of Communication Networks and Information Technologies is nowadays a global phenomenon. It has multiple impacts on how to teach/learn and on the contexts in which this process takes place (the Learning Environments). These areas include Physical Learning places, Virtual Learning...

Audio program

10 Jul 2013

Internet pioneer Jaron Lanier explains why it’s time to accept that the original dream of free content and information on the web is failing. In this talk he outlines how he would reconstruct the digital economy, avoid further concentrations of wealth and power and perhaps...

17 Jul 2013

The technology sector might be booming, but in 2013 women are still vastly under-represented in many areas of science and technology. Science journalist Wendy Zukerman takes us on a personal journey to explore why so few women pursue a career at technology's coalface.

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Research report

18 Jul 2013

Young people who leave school early are at greater risk of experiencing long-term unemployment and slipping into social exclusion as a result.

This paper looks at the risk factors associated with young people exiting the education system prematurely, particularly in a family context. The...

Research report

9 Jul 2013

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) is developing skills and workforce research on the Professional, Scientific and Technical services industry division.

AWPA has identified that the sector is particularly complex and diverse. It includes multiple industry activities and related occupations that do not...

Research report

9 Jul 2013

New research by The Australia Institute suggests more than a million young Australians feel no political party best represents the needs of young people.

Summary:

The new survey of more than 800 respondents aged 17-25 found 47 per cent believe no party...

Research report

16 Jul 2013

Focusing particularly on the information technology services sub-sector, this report takes an in-depth look into how New Zealand's ICT sector is performing.

Key observations:

rising investment in the sector the increasing number of computer systems design firms strong employment growth, with wages...

Discussion paper

17 Jul 2013

The paper examines the state of investment liberalization and facilitation in the Philippines and suggests policy measures to enable the country to comply with its AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) commitments.

Summary:

Based on interviews and surveys; the results indicated that investment incentives,...

Research report

17 Jul 2013

This report finds that NSW public hospitals are treating patients within national clinical timeframes, however increased operations will be required as targets increase and demand grows.

Summary:

“Thousands more people could be operated on in the NSW public health system if operating...

Research report

17 Jul 2013

This report presents the results of a survey among Australians to determine their level of science literacy and how it has changed over the past three years.

Summary:

The questions in this survey were first asked of Australians in July 2010 and...

Research report

17 Jul 2013

Discusses the top five federal issues facing the Australian government for the week ending 12th July, 2013.

Summary:

A commercial report, this document identifies and outlines the key issues currently confronting the Australian federal government, including the election date, asylum seekers, the...

Research report

10 Jul 2013

Routinely ranked among countries with the highest restrictions on Internet use in the world, Cuba's only telecommunications firm recently activiated two undersea fiber optic cables, drastically increasing access. This report explores the impact this will have on the island's information economy.

Summary:...

Research report

17 Jul 2013

This document articulates the need for a Town Belt Management Plan and proposes a model of best practice which sets out the objectives and policies of management and how these should be achieved.

Summary:

Wellington has a very beautiful natural setting by...

Research report

17 Jul 2013

This article examines current research emphasising the importance of developing infrastructure projects that enhance national productivity, arguing that investing in infrastructure that does not remains the biggest risk to limited budgets.

Background:

This edition of AHURI Evidence Review draws from the following...

Working paper

13 Sep 2012

Social media content has grown exponentially in the recent years and the role of social media has evolved from just narrating life events to actually shaping them. In this paper we explore how many resources shared in social media are still available on the live...

Book

9 Jul 2013

The Chinese economy is undergoing profound change in policy and structure. The change is necessary to increase the value of growth to the Chinese community, and to sustain growth into the future. The changes are so comprehensive and profound that they represent a new model...

Research report

11 Jul 2013

This paper explores differences between two types of illicit drug users (heroin users and non-heroin users) in relation to injecting risk behaviours, self-reported mental health, driving and crime.

Key findings

Participants were divided into two groups based on recent heroin use: heroin...

Discussion paper

11 Jul 2013

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to assess geographic labour mobility within Australia and its role in a well-functioning labour market (attachment A). Matters on which the Commission has been asked to report include:

• patterns of geographic labour mobility in Australia, the...

Research report

12 Jul 2013

This report argues that current arrangements at Manus Island do not meet international protection standards for the reception and treatment of asylum-seekers.

Summary

UNHCR acknowledges a number of positive developments since its January visit, including the transfer of children and their families...

Research report

9 Jul 2013

This report presents statistics on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program for over 320,000 Australians invited to take part between July 2011 and June 2012.

Summary:

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) aims to reduce the incidence, illness and mortality related...

Research report

11 Jul 2013

A decade after the invasion of Iraq, the 10-year-anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) later this month will mark an equally significant juncture in Australia’s strategic policy. The new Defence White Paper 2013 declares the ADF will be structured around just...

Report

11 Jul 2013

In 2011-12, Australian governments spent $6.9 billion on disability support services under the National Disability Agreement, accessed by more than 317,600 people

Research report

11 Jul 2013

This report presents 24 months of reception, discharge and custody population data and comparisons between the current and previous quarter for age, gender, indigenous status, most serious offence and the average length of stay.

Separate figures are presented for juveniles and adults.

The...

Research report

11 Jul 2013

This paper used Longitudinal Study of Australian Children data to analyse links between parental employment and the wellbeing of families.

The study found that jobless families and families with short part-time hours (fewer than 21 hours) were at considerable financial disadvantage compared to families...

Journal article

5 Jul 2013

Abstract

This article analyses the political context of Defence White Papers from 1976 to 2013. Political competition between the major Australian political parties is an inevitable and indeed essential backdrop to policy development. Only by understanding the dynamics of that competition is it...

Journal article

5 Jul 2013

This paper reviews the defence industry and innovation policy element of the 2013 White Paper.

Abstract

In addressing defence industry policy, the 2013 White Paper reaffirms well established themes that need revisiting in the light of changing economic, strategic and technological circumstances:...

Research report

25 Jun 2013

This report provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in more than 40 countries, including OECD members and G20 partners.

Summary:

Featuring more than 100 charts, 200 tables, and over 100 000 figures, Education at a Glance provides...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

Operating since the early 1970s, the International Visitor Survey (IVS) represents the most comprehensive source of information on international visitors to Australia. The report is jointly funded by the Australian, state and territory Governments under the guidance of the Australian Standing Committee on Tourism (ASCOT)....

Research report

15 Jul 2013

This report argues that the general practice sector needs to collect the Indigenous status of patients in order to provide health interventions specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, suggesting effective Indigenous identification processes are not widespread in the sector, undermining both service delivery...

Research report

8 Jul 2013

Summary

Community patrols have the potential to increase Indigenous community safety. They can assist in reducing crime rates and alcohol-related harm and empower the local community. The most successful community patrols tend to enjoy community involvement and ownership and strong collaboration with police...

Research report

26 Jun 2013

This report defines good performance reporting as that which provides sufficient information to reliably, objectively and clearly determine whether public sector agencies are delivering on their objectives effectively, efficiently and in compliance with laws and policies, arguing that the Environment Protection Authority's approach to data...

Research report

15 Jul 2013

This report argues that Australia’s poor investment in energy efficiency is costing the nation tens of billions of dollars in economic growth.

Summary

Energy efficiency is both the single most costeffective way of lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and an essential component of...

Research report

26 Jun 2013

Between September 2010 and March 2011 Victoria experienced severe flooding, affecting 70 of the 79 Victorian local governments and resulting in relief and recovery costs estimated to total $971 million. This report finds that the governance response model chosen resulted in a fragmented approach to...

Research report

15 Jul 2013

Around two-thirds of students have reported incomes below the poverty line as student debt soars by almost 30 per cent in just six years according to the findings of the University Student Finances in 2012 report.

Summary:

According to Universities Australia's comprehensive...

Research report

15 Jul 2013

The size of Australian households and the forms they take have changed in profound ways across the years. These trends result from the interaction of many factors; for example, the increasing size and ageing of the population, along with an extended period of “healthy ageing”;...

Research report

10 Jul 2013

Summary

This paper reports on 11-year trends in NSW State finances between 2003-04 and 2013-14 (inclusive). For some of the key indicators, the paper also shows trends for the last two (53rd and 54th) Parliaments, and for the first three years of this...

Research report

15 Jul 2013

Estimates of the 2000/02 burden of death and disability due to alcohol consumption in New Zealanders have been used widely by researchers and policymakers. In the eight years since the previous estimates were published, more recent alcohol consumption data and burden estimation methods have become...

15 Jul 2013

YOU’LL be familiar with the narrative. Lobbyists are quietly pulling all the strings in the political world. Deals are done behind closed doors, suspicious men in dark suits lurk in the corridors of power, and vested interests throw money at political parties to buy the...

15 Jul 2013

THE federal government’s battle to cut back subsidies for private health insurance hit its first obstacle in 2009, when the Senate rejected a means test on the health insurance rebate introduced by the Coalition twelve years earlier. Only in 2012, when it faced a less...

15 Jul 2013

To see whether you care about inequality, take this simple test. Would you prefer to be born into a society in which the bottom fifth of households had 1 per cent and the top fifth had 62 per cent of the wealth? Or a society...

Audio program

15 Jul 2013

WITH a federal election looming, the ABC will be under intensified pressure to deliver what its critics see as impartial and balanced coverage of parties and politics. In the hot seat is the corporation’s director of news, Kate Torney. Peter Clarke talked to Kate not...

Research report

9 Jul 2013

This paper examines the practical factors that impact on the evaluation of crime prevention programs and makes a number of important recommendations for the evaluation of projects delivered as part of large-scale programs.

Foreword

The Australian Institute of Criminology has spent...

Research report

30 Jun 2013

This paper argues that cinema's place in the media and entertainment economy is again being challenged.

Abstract

Around three decades ago, multi-screen complexes began to transform the business and culture of cinema in Australia. New screens built in new locations and environments...

Journal article

30 Jun 2013

This article reports on the integration of Twitter messages into the live television broadcast of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) weekly public affairs discussion program, Q & A . The program first went to air in May 2008; Twitter integration began two years later. Twitter...

Working paper

30 Jun 2013

This paper reviews the Australian Defence Force's media embedding program.

Executive summary

Like other Western military forces, the ADF has used deployments since Vietnam to develop appropriate mechanisms to support media access to its operations. The ADF’s advances in this regard, like...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

With the rapid update of smartphones and tablets, app purchase and usage are quickly becoming mainstream media and communications activities.

This paper is the first in a series of occasional papers examining emerging issues in contemporary media and communications and possible regulatory response strategies....

Audio interview

30 Jun 2013

Sean Richmond, senior technology consultant with Sophos Australia and New Zealand, discusses personalised malware, and why cyberwar and advanced persistent threats (APTs) are over-hyped.

10 Jul 2013

Tim Dunlop writes in King's Tribune about the appearance of three new fact-checking sites on the Australian media landscape.

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The appearance of three fact-checking sites on the Australian media landscape over the last few months is quite an amazing development....

1 Jul 2013

Are paid writers a dying breed, and authors of original work an endangered species, asks Paul Livingston in The Drum.

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Personally I have no problem with a free-range unregulated internet open source culture... except when it trespasses on my intellectual property....

Video

2 Jul 2013

Based on the popular ABC TV Show, the Emerging Writers’ Festival version, 'Emerging Q&A', focuses more on cultural topics of the day than the usual serve of politics.

Emerging Q&A is hosted by Benjamin Law and features Khairani ‘Okka’ Barokka, Lisa Dempster, Jess McGuire,...

Research report

10 Jul 2013

This report argues that neither creating more competition among schools nor giving them more autonomy without support to improve learning are the vital solutions that will lift the performance of Australian students.

Neither creating more competition among schools nor giving them more autonomy without...

Working paper

11 Jul 2013

Strong economic growth is a way of increasing living standards and opportunities. Yet despite growing levels of prosperity over the last two decades, and the unemployment rate more than halving, there are concerns within the community that some Australians are being ‘left behind’.

Headline...

Fact sheet

4 Jul 2013

This release finds that the total number of private sector house approvals rose 1.5% in trend terms in May. This contributed to the 1.0% increase in the total number of dwelling units approved.

Dwelling approvals increased in May in the Australian Capital Territory (4.1...

Journal article

30 Mar 2013

Abstract

Learning analytics is receiving increased attention, in part because it offers to assist educational institutions in increasing student retention, improving student success, and easing the burden of accountability. Although these large-scale issues are worthy of consideration, faculty might also be interested in...

Journal article

5 Jul 2013

This article argues that the latest Defence White Paper White Paper provides no insights into how to integrate cyber power into national strategy, set any real strategic direction for an improved whole-of-nation effort.

Abstract

The 2013 Defence White Paper includes security...

Research report

8 Jul 2013

Summary of findings

Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—exhibit a fascinating mix of habits and preferences when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology. Almost all Americans under age 30 are online, and they are more likely than older patrons to use libraries’ computer and...

Research report

3 Jul 2013

This report finds that American young men are especially likely to visit the “front page of the internet.”

Overview

Six percent of online adults are reddit users, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life...

Research report

1 Jul 2013

Wadeye is one of the largest Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. Over the past decade, the community has attracted much negative media attention because of the amount of violence that has occurred. This violence has often been portrayed as the result of gang activity....

Research report

5 Jul 2013

Abstract

Identifying communities and locations where chronic and persistent offenders are most likely to reside, and understanding the factors that produce the interconnections between place and offending, has enormous potential for the effective targeting of crime prevention initiatives.

This paper provides a...

Research report

30 Jun 2013

This paper has been produced to facilitate understanding of words and concepts commonly used – and misused – in relation to working thoughtfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout the healthcare sector.

The paper uses original sources, where possible, to assist nurses...

Research report

31 May 2013

Introduction

Every Federal election, The Climate Institute undertakes a qualitative assessment of the climate change policy position of political parties and independents represented in the Parliament. The Institute bases this assessment on our analysis of what is required for Australia to contribute to...

Research report

23 Jun 2013

This factsheet summarises the key findings of an opinion poll on the potential repeal of Australia's carbon laws.

Abstract

Recent national polling shows that there is no support for the claim that the Federal election is a ‘referendum on the carbon laws’....

Research report

5 Jul 2013

Summary

Gas prices in eastern Australia are going to rise substantially. These price rises are not driven by a lack of supply but rather by an increase in demand. Once the eastern Australian gas market is connected to the world gas market, domestic...

Research report

17 Jun 2013

Australia has a rich biodiversity, with between 7 and 10 per cent of all species on Earth occurring here. There are between 600 000 and 700 000 species found in Australia, many of which are unique (endemic) to the country. The main drivers affecting the...

Research report

28 Jun 2013

Introduction

This report details the visit of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services ('the committee') to Beijing and Shanghai from 5 May to 11 May 2013. The purpose of the visit was to improve the committee's understanding of the Australia–China...

Research report

11 Jun 2013

This forecast of employment prospects in New Zealand suggests overall employment demand is rising in response to stronger economic growth.

Purpose

Employment prospects over the next 3 years to March 2016 are presented in this report which is an update on the...

Research report

18 Jun 2013

This paper was written in 2010 to encourage policy-makers to think about how to measure socioeconomic status (SES). The findings show that measurement of SES is a complex issue, and that the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) measures perform quite well in measuring the aggregate...

Research report

4 Jul 2013

This paper argues that new research challenges the common view that more expenditure does not lead to better school performance.

Introduction

A new review of research studies on the relationship between expenditure on schools and education outcomes has challenged the common view...

Video

5 Jul 2013

In 2009, young Australian traveller Jock Palfreeman was found guilty of the murder of Andrei Monov. Monov was the son of a family well connected in the Sofia legal fraternity. Palfreeman claimed he went to the defence of gypsies being attacked by Monov and a...

Strategy

5 Jul 2013

This strategy outlines a vision of where Australia's relationship with Indonesia should be in 2025 and how Australia should get there.

Introduction

This country strategy takes forward the objective of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper: for Australia to build...

Strategy

3 Jul 2013

This report presents intended reforms for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, aimed at delivering border protection and fostering lawful trade and travel that contributes to economic growth.

Summary

The Blueprint is based on three tracks of reform: our people and...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

This UK report explores what can be drawn from the advances across a range of fields to mobilise research knowledge more effectively across social policy and practice.

It frames the issue by looking at the individual elements of an effective evidence chain – production,...

Video

1 Jul 2013

At the 1960 games in Rome, the first known Olympic doper, Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen, died after being given Roniacol before his race – a drug intended to increase blood circulation.

Yet from the East German swimmers, to Ben Johnson and Marion Jones,...

Working paper

4 Apr 2013

This paper outlines potential options for future censuses in New Zealand.

These options form the basis for investigative work to assess the feasibility of each option. The emphasis in this paper is on describing administrative census options.

This version forms an initial set...

Audio program

1 Jul 2013

This episode of The Loopcast discusses a wide range of issues covering information security and the evolution of cyber conflict.

Book

3 Jul 2013

This book explores the manner in which a variety of public benefits such as environmental protection and consumer safety have been accommodated through the authorisation process within competition law and policy in Australia.

While the regulator’s use of its discretion can be explained as...

4 Jul 2013

Scientists are only just beginning to understand the potential risks associated with releasing nanomaterials into the environment. These include potentially harmful effects on soil and water organisms. Despite growing evidence of potential harm, a new study suggests that globally hundreds of thousands of tonnes of...

4 Jul 2013

THE Grattan Institute is the most interesting voice in the debate about schooling, and among the most influential. Grattan’s ideas and proposals have supported several elements of the Rudd–Gillard “education revolution,” including its “top five by 2025” target, as well as reforms now under way...

4 Jul 2013

IT IS ALWAYS difficult to make direct comparisons between refugee determination procedures in different countries with different legal systems, but the most recent figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees suggest that Australia’s asylum record is entirely unremarkable.

The UNHCR Statistical Year...

5 Jul 2013

As someone who identifies as a ‘rational economist’, and has taught and studied both international trade and economic policy, I am going to do something that I never imagined I would do. In this short article, I am going to advocate a government assistance package...

Research report

3 Jul 2013

This publication reports on oral health, dental visiting and dental treatment needs of Australian children as reported in the National Dental Telephone Interview Survey (NDTIS) 2010. Time series data across all NDTISs conducted since 1994 are presented to provide a picture of how key measures...

Research report

5 Jul 2013

This report presents a comprehensive picture about, and the latest data on, stroke and how it is managed in Australia.

Summary

Stroke poses a burden on patients, their families and services

Although stroke event rates fell by 25% between 1997...

Research report

5 Jul 2013

This report provides the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are faring according to a range of indicators on health status, determinants or health and health system performance.

Executive summary

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance...

Research report

4 Jul 2013

The National housing and homelessness data dictionary (NHHDD) provides national standards for the housing and homelessness sector. The dictionary replaces the National housing assistance data dictionary (NHADD) which was last published in 2006.

It includes data set specifications and data elements for Specialist Homelessness...

Research report

4 Jul 2013

After several incidents occurring close together, there is the possibility of strains appearing in India-US relations if the trend is not arrested. It requires a “message” to reach the Indian public, over the heads of their “managed” political leaderships. This could lead to public pressure...

Research report

19 Jun 2013

This report aims to provide the evidence base for future research and policy development to support family functioning and children's health and wellbeing.

Introduction

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is Australia’s first nationally representative longitudinal...

Research report

26 Jun 2013

This resource sheet outlines the role and duties of child commissioners, and explains the differences between the various offices in each state and territory.

Children have a special need for protection and policies and actions concerning children’s lives need to be undertaken with a...

Research report

3 Jul 2013

This paper provides an overview of the operation of the Commonwealth of Australian Governments (COAG) and other aspects of intergovernmental relations in Australia.

Summary

In 2006, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) adopted a new national reform agenda and established the...

Report

27 Jun 2013

This report examines a broad range of Defence issues as part of the process of accountability of Government agencies to Parliament, and makes a series of recommendations.

2 Jul 2013

Many of us will end up in aged care, but no one wants to talk about it. It's depressing, boring, lonely. Or is it? Recent research from the Queensland University of Technology suggests many new residents of aged care facilities find their existential despair disappears,...

2 Jul 2013

Australia's position on Asia's doorstep and its ability to offer quality, English-speaking university courses to the region has made it a major player in the global education market. Rear Vision looks at the astonishing growth of Australia’s universities, and why students are being asked to...

Research report

3 Jul 2013

Over the next 5 to 10 years high-speed broadband will enable a number of new services in the health sector including telemedicine consultations, electronic health records, eLearning for clinicians, and personalised medicine and participatory healthcare. Currently there are a variety of piecemeal data connectivity arrangements...

Research report

19 Jun 2013

Is there a link between new digital technologies and good governance? What, if any, are the connections between increasingly digitally equipped populations and political change? Did social media contribute to the recent uprisings across the Arab world and other political and social movements? Is it...

24 Jun 2013

How many Twitter followers do you have? As a rule of thumb, the worth of a conventional blog can be measured by the number of comments it accrues per posting. If comments are the social capital of blogs then in the world of micro-blogging, namely...

Journal article

8 Apr 2013

This article argues that the gathering of open source intelligence, such as through messages on social networking sites, weblogs, blogs or apps, demands proper checks and balances.

Abstract

Open source intelligence (OSINT) is increasingly used for security and safety purposes. Even though...

Journal article

8 Apr 2013

This article finds that while smart surveillance can be ‘smart’ from a privacy and data protection perspective, this does not mean that no discrimination concerns arise anymore.

Abstract

This article tackles the rise of smart surveillance in the European Union (EU). It...

Research report

29 May 2012

This report sets out the findings of an exploratory qualitative research study that examined the attitudes and experiences of children, youth and parents relating to networked communications technologies. Using a semi‐structured interview guide, we conducted a total of 12 qualitative group sessions in Calgary, Toronto...

Research report

20 Jun 2013

This release presents key indicators on the incidence of use of information technology and innovation in Australian business, as collected by the 2011-12 Business Characteristics Survey (BCS).

Data quality

An important aim of the BCS is to release estimates for key indicators...

27 Jun 2013

The development of a strategy for moving into the future is a very difficult process because it needs to take into account the successes of the past and make predictions for the future based on the best evidence available. The Digital Education Revolution (DER) of...

Research report

26 Jun 2013

This audit assessed the effectiveness of selected government agencies’ administration in developing advertising campaigns and implementing key processes, and the ongoing administration of the campaign advertising framework.

Audit objectives, criteria and scope

The audit objectives were to:

assess the effectiveness of...
1 Jul 2013

Difficult as it may be to believe, we’re still almost three months out from the likely date of the next Australian federal election; campaigning during this time will become even more frenzied than it has been to date. A sea of speculation, controversy, and crisis...

Research report

4 Jul 2013

This report, produced by CCI in collaboration with the University of Oslo, investigates how the political uses of social media are portrayed in the Australian mainstream media, in order to understand the perceptions that help shape how politicians, citizens and journalists employ new media tools...

Audio program

28 Jun 2013

The recent leadership spill saw more and more Australians taking to social media to express their own views on how it all unfolded. It was funny, dark and ridiculous at times, but also charged with emotion and undeniably honest. So what’s to be made of...

Research report

27 Jun 2013

The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report reveals an increasingly connected Australian home, with 27% now having access to four screens: television, computer, smartphone and tablet (16% a year ago). As people embrace new screen technologies, they use them to complement their TV viewing.

While the...

Research report

4 Jul 2013

Background: In February 2011, the then Steel Industry Innovation Council endorsed the need to map steel industry related research programs across tertiary institutions and research organisations in Australia. This reflected the industry-wide concern that while steel fabrication related innovation and research is being undertaken by...

Research report

3 Jul 2013

The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria’s (YACVic) new report explores young people’s use of social media and perspectives about how government agencies and community organisations should use social media to communicate with them. Through a survey of 55 young people, six focus groups and five...

Strategy

2 Jul 2013

This plan identifies the reforms and priority infrastructure that Australia needs to ensure our infrastructure networks can take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

The actions include:

Establishing a single national infrastructure fund; Moving from grant funding of infrastructure to a system that encourages...

Research report

30 May 2013

This report presents an evaluation of a school readiness program for Aboriginal children with additional needs, assessing the benefits for the children, their families and communities as well as local service providers. The outcomes of the evaluation may be useful when considering future service models...

Research report

3 Jul 2013

This study aimed to determine whether being referred to the Court Referral of Eligible Defendants into Treatment (CREDIT) pilot program reduces re-offending.

Method: Using propensity score matching, adult defendants referred to the CREDIT program, who had their matter finalised in court by 30...

Research report

27 Jun 2013

On 15 May 2013 the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee for inquiry and report:

The effectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), with specific reference to:

...

Commentary

1 Jul 2013

For decades the prosperity and wellbeing of our suburbs was sustained by great post-war investments in social and physical infrastructure - much of this to support the burgeoning defence, white-goods and automotive industries in the suburbs. These industries fuelled the growth of other sectors, creating...

Research report

3 Jul 2013

Auckland is New Zealand’s dominant economic centre, leading national population and productivity growth. However, there is little detailed analysis into the nature of the sub-regional economic roles and connections within the Auckland regional economy.

This research examines the main economic linkages (labour market, transport...

Strategy

24 Jun 2013

This strategy sets out a framework for advancing New Zealand's relationship with Australia.

Introduction

Australia is our closest ally, and our closest partner when pursuing our interests on the regional and world stage.

The NZ Inc Australia Strategy is part of...

Research report

26 Jun 2013

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ management of the Australian Government’s contribution to the Australian Employment Covenant Covenant. The scope of the audit is the Australian Government’s role in the initial establishment of the Covenant and its...

Research report

18 Jun 2013

Executive summary

In 2010 and early 2011 two major earthquakes hit the greater Christchurch area causing widespread damage. The first earthquake was magnitude 7.1 and struck at a depth of 10km near Darfield on 4 September 2010. The second was magnitude 6.3 and...

Research report

28 Jun 2013

This project aims to provide a multi-level analysis of the wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters living in socially diverse locations, to help inform area-based policies on social mix and affordability.

Key findings

Whether it is better to be ‘poor’ in a ‘poor...

Working paper

1 Jul 2013

Introduction : Dealing with natural disasters and their after-effects are among the most difficult tasks governments face. Such disasters can seriously harm the financial, social, environmental, and human welfare of a country, and managing them often requires co-ordination between local authorities, businesses, neighbourhood groups,...

Research report

27 Jun 2013

Summary

This report focuses on trends in fall-related hospital care for people aged 65 and older that occurred over the period 1999-00 to 2010-11. Information is also presented on the incidence and burden of hospitalised fall injury in the financial year 2010-11....

Research report

28 Jun 2013

Summary

This report presents data on Australia's medical indemnity claims in the public sector, and in the public and private sectors combined, from 2007-08 to 2011-12. The data exclude public sector claims for Western Australia, which did not report its claims data for...

Research report

1 Jul 2013

This report finds that specialist homelessness agencies helped more than 157,000 clients and provided more than 3.6 million nights of accommodation in the 6 months from July to December 2012.

Summary

In the 6-month period from July to December 2012:...

Research report

26 Jun 2013

This paper provides an explanation of the National Plan for School Improvement (NPSI) school funding model, including the new funding that will be provided to participating education systems and schools and the Australian Government’s funding for schools.

Introduction

If agreed to by...

Research report

27 Jun 2013

This paper considers the policy environment which has surrounded federal government sports funding decisions since federation, concentrating on the period from the 1970s from which time the federal government has become increasingly involved in funding sport at the elite and participation or grassroots levels....

Research report

28 Jun 2013

This paper sets out the key clauses of the government contract for health care provision to asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island, and examines their adequacy in providing for mental and physical health needs.

Introduction

With the recent return to processing...

Research report

28 Jun 2013

This paper provides an overview of mandatory vehicle CO 2 emission (mandatory fuel efficiency) standards adopted overseas and the standards adopted by Australia.

Introduction

Fuel efficiency pertains to the conversion of chemical fuel energy into vehicle movement, whereas fuel economy is the...

Research report

28 Jun 2013

This paper outlines the post retirement travel entitlements provided to former parliamentarians, discusses recent policy developments and provides links to material that explains retirement travel in greater detail.

Introduction

Former parliamentarians are provided with a post retirement travel, severance travel or Life...

Strategy

19 Jun 2013

Overview

What is a public library? In 2012? In 2030? The Victorian Public Libraries 2030 project commenced in 2012 and sought to answer these questions.

The purpose of the project was to develop a strategic framework for Victorian public libraries. In focusing...

Research report

28 Jun 2013

Summary

Russia’s strength in energy resources has led to its re-emergence as a key influential state. The growth in Russian energy exports has widened its influence from its immediate sphere to much larger regional matters. As a result, Moscow is now increasing its...

Research report

1 Jul 2013

This paper examines changes in the nature of labour market outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Abstract

While recent research has found that there has been a substantial increase in Indigenous mainstream employment since the mid-1990s, there has been relatively little regional analysis of...

Article

28 Jun 2013

What do people affected by a mental illness and carers say about the help they receive from emergency services? What is needed to improve the response of police and ambulance services, mental health crisis teams, and hospital emergency departments when someone has a mental health...

Research report

1 Jul 2013

This report finds that housing availability and affordability is the greatest unmet need for clients of welfare services, followed by community-based care and treatment for mental illness and emergency relief.

Summary of key findings

Housing still the highest priority for clients...

Research report

28 Jun 2013

This report is the third annual companion to the Australian water markets report series.

The Australian water markets reports provide information that summarises activity in Australian water markets. It includes information on water market structures.

The trends and drivers report:

provides an...