November 2013

Report

29 Nov 2013

A franchise is an arrangement in which a ‘brand’ owner allows a franchisee to trade under that brand and typically either allows, or requires, the franchisee to use the franchisor’s business and marketing systems. This research paper examines whether the former Government’s mooted legislative amendments...

Dataset

28 Nov 2013

This publication contains state and territory estimates of Gross domestic product and its components, in current price and volume terms, for the years 2004-05 to 2012-13.

Audio interview

26 Nov 2013

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne's promise to overhaul Gonski has become a lightning rod for conflict between the Abbott Government and the States. But his critics argue that clawing back the Gonski reforms would see the return of the deep inequities of the SES scheme...

Working paper

23 Nov 2013

This paper examines barriers that prevent the enforcement of hospitality workers' rights.

Introduction

It is beyond doubt that despite the existence of legislated minimum employment entitlements in Australia, many businesses employing vulnerable workers fail to provide these entitlements to their employees. Apart...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2013

As the NSW government considers marine management reforms, this report finds that marine parks already provide significant economic benefits, but it is too early to judge their environmental effectiveness.

This short paper presents compelling evidence that:

NSW marine parks are already delivering clear...

Report

1 Nov 2013

In 2011 Tangentyere Council commissioned the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) to undertake a comprehensive and independent Post Occupancy Evaluation of Town Camp housing work done under the Commonwealth’s Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program. The research was conducted in three stages across 18 months....

Journal article

8 Nov 2013

Population-based funding formulae act as an important means of promoting equitable health funding structures. To evaluate how policy makers in different jurisdictions construct health funding formulae and build an understanding of contextual influences underpinning formula construction we carried out a comparative analysis of key components...

Report

29 Nov 2013

This report outlines the workforce characteristics of nurses and midwives in 2012.

Summary

Size of nursing and midwifery workforce

In 2012, the total number of nurses and midwives registered in Australia was 334,078, a 6.8% (312,828) increase since 2008. There...

Report

25 Nov 2013

This paper presents a set of performance indicators for monitoring neonatal hearing screening activity in Australia at a national level, to help measure how well neonatal hearing screening is achieving its aims.

Summary

Each year in Australia approximately 551 children are born...

Report

29 Nov 2013

This paper provides an assessment of offenders who commit human trafficking, slavery and slave-like crimes in Australia.

Foreword: There is a lack of international and Australian research about offenders who have been convicted of human trafficking, slavery and slave-like practices. In Australia, 15...

Report

27 Nov 2013

China today is using economic statecraft more frequently, more assertively, and in more diverse fashion than ever before. Yet fears of Chinese economic coercion should not be overdrawn. In many cases, China’s use of economic statecraft has been counterproductive. China’s domestic challenges and Australia’s considerable...

Report

28 Nov 2013

This paper compares student loan and other support arrangements in Australia and New Zealand, with particular reference to the access to these arrangements by citizens of the other country.

Both countries provide income contingent student loans to tertiary education students. New Zealand offers them...

Report

28 Nov 2013

The Victoria: State of the Environment (SoE) 2013 is intended to inform the Victorian community about the health of the natural environment and influence government to achieve environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability.

The SoE 2013 contains two main parts and an epilogue....

Report

28 Nov 2013

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission (the Commission) to undertake a broad-ranging inquiry into public infrastructure, comprising two broad streams of work:

the provision, funding, and financing of major public infrastructure the scope for reducing the costs associated with such infrastructure.

As...

Report

29 Nov 2013

This research report investigates whether children in regional areas experience a "tyranny of distance" or a "tyranny of disadvantage".

In other words, are the gaps in children's development in regional areas compared to children living in the major cities explained by their distance from...

Report

29 Nov 2013

This report presents the key findings from the Survey of Recently Separated Families 2012. This study examined the experiences of 6,119 parents who separated between 31 July 2010 and 31 December 2011.

The research, commissioned and funded by Attorney-General's Department, focuses on parents whose...

Commentary

Article

25 Nov 2013

There has been a major international debate in recent years about whether creative industries provide new opportunities for developing countries to benefit economically from their abundant cultural resources. Studies such as UNCTAD’s Creative Economy (78) reports, as well as UNESCO reports , have identified ways...

Report

27 Nov 2013

This report assesses existing research to address the question of whether unconventional gas should be endorsed as a major future energy source, based on its impacts on human health and the climate.

Synopsis

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Australia needs to change...

Report

2 Nov 2013

This white paper describes the outcomes of a project designed to examine the effectiveness of using broadband technologies to deliver a program promoting well-being and engagement amongst young deaf and hearing impaired adults.

This white paper recommends:

Broadband technologies continue to be explored...

Report

25 Nov 2013

Perspectives on Sport is a series of short articles on topics of interest relating to sport and physical recreation using data sourced from a range of ABS surveys.

This is the tenth issue of Perspectives on Sport. Future releases will feature articles on topics...

Report

24 Oct 2013

On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to an initiative of Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Overall, about half of adult Facebook users, 47%, “ever” get news...

Journal article

1 Nov 2013

Abstract: In early 2012, 76 heavily armed police conducted a raid on a house in Auckland, New Zealand. The targets were Kim Dotcom, a German national with a NZ residency visa, and several colleagues affiliated with Megaupload, an online subscription-based peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing...

Report

18 Nov 2013

This publication shares 10 lessons on how to create innovative change in local government from the Creative Councils programme.

Key findings

New approaches are needed for costly social challenges posed by long–term youth unemployment and vulnerable families often living in places that feel...

Commentary

15 Nov 2013

Australia wants to foster innovation in a digital economy, but our copyright laws discourage businesses from investing in new technologies and make it harder for individuals to access the knowledge upon which innovation is based. Yesterday’s US decision in the Google Books case shows why...

Report

26 Nov 2013

This report informs Parliament about the Annual Financial Report of the State of Victoria, 2012–13 (AFR), the consolidated financial report of the state, and acquits the government’s stewardship of the state’s finances to Parliament.

A clear audit opinion was issued on the AFR on...

Dataset

26 Nov 2013

This publication contains projections of Australia's population by age and sex for the period 30 June 2013 to 2101, and projections of the states, territories and capital cities/balances of state for the period 30 June 2013 to 2061. Figures for 30 June 2012 are preliminary estimated resident population.

Report

26 Nov 2013

UNHCR undertook a visit to Manus Island from 23 to 25 October 2013 to assess the progress by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in implementing their commitments under the 1951 Refugee Convention since UNHCR’s June 2013 visit and to review the reception conditions at...

Report

26 Nov 2013

UNHCR undertook a visit to the Republic of Nauru from 7 to 9 October 2013 to assess the progress by Australia and Nauru in implementing their commitments under the 1951 Refugee Convention since UNHCR’s December 2012 and March 2013 visits and to review the reception...

Report

20 Aug 2013

This paper presents a review of current literature on aged prisoners and an analysis of the USA’s aged prison populations highlighting transferable learnings for Wintringham and the Victorian Correctional system.

The number of older prisoners in Australian prisons increased by 84 percent over the...

Report

27 Nov 2013

Abstract: We use unique survey data linked to nearly a decade of administrative welfare data to examine the relationship between early marijuana use (at age 14 or younger) and young people’s educational outcomes. We find evidence that early marijuana use is related to educational...

Commentary

Article

27 Nov 2013

Soon after Australia’s new government took office in September, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop stated that Australia would put ‘economic diplomacy’ at the centre of its foreign policy. In the weeks that followed, the government gave Trade Minister Andrew Robb a mandate to focus this...

Report

25 Nov 2013

This paper highlights opportunities to improve the administration of the law, noting that while key regulators must be independent, they must also operate in an environment with incentives to better understand business and minimise regulatory burdens, including those arising from delays and uncertainty.

...

Book

12 Dec 2012

Behind the Scenes examines planning in the City of Adelaide from 1972 until 1993 within the historical framework of City/State relations from 1836 when the Province of South Australia was founded.

During this 21-year period, the City had its own planning and development...

Video

22 Nov 2013

Drawing on research and fieldwork conducted for his latest book Forgotten War , acclaimed historian and writer Henry Reynolds outlines the depth and breadth of violence and conflict between white colonists and Aborigines, in Australia’s own forgotten frontier wars.

Australia is dotted with memorials...

Audio

22 Nov 2013

An expert in environmental law says the Victorian Government's extension of a ban on fracking is purely a political move and will do little to stop the expansion of coal seam gas in that state into the future.

The Victorian Government yesterday released a...

Commentary

Article

21 Nov 2013

The use of online services often requires that users enter personal information and details in order to access the online information. Entering personal information can be for a registered login to a web service, sometimes for a survey and for online purchasing. A digital identity...

Journal article

22 Nov 2013

There is reason to hope that long-term fiscal planning can still be effective in New Zealand.

Introduction

Many countries now require the regular publication of longterm fiscal projections, looking at the potential long-term costs of government spending programmes. In New Zealand, section...

Journal article

22 Nov 2013

This article explores how New Zealand's Treasury can further its commitment to engaging young people in a conversation surrounding the long-term health and viability of the economy.

Report

Reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice
25 Nov 2013

Background to the study

The project began with the recognition that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people experience life circumstances that seriously challenge their social and emotional wellbeing and limit their capacity to fulfill their life potential. This most likely contributes...

Report

25 Nov 2013

Australian innovation and engagement with Asia is the theme of the Australian Innovation System Report 2013, the fourth in a series of Australian Government reports on the Australian innovation system. The core message of this report is that the rise of Asia presents many opportunities...

Report

25 Nov 2013

The Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings (94) (2012) – which has become known as the Finch Report - recommended a series of measures to accelerate and manage a transition to open access (OA) over an extended period that...

Report

24 Nov 2013

This report argues that a reform package could add about $37 billion a year to Australian government budgets and help to tackle Australia’s growing budget crisis.

Overview

Australian governments must make tough choices to balance their budgets. They face a decade of...

Report

23 Nov 2013

Abstract : The Indigenous population is projected to continue to grow at a much faster rate than the non-Indigenous population over at least the next 20 years. One explanation for this rapid growth is a high rate of mixed marriage partnerships with the children...

Report

22 Nov 2013

This report has been provided to the Victorian Government by the independent Gas Market Taskforce and is being released for public comment.

The Victorian Gas Market Taskforce, chaired by former Federal Minister Peter Reith, was established in January 2013 by Premier Ted Baillieu to...

Report

23 Nov 2013

This paper offers a snapshot of the current state of media literacy programs.

Introduction

In 2009 and 2010, people coming and going in a collection of public places in Ukraine saw an unusual set of electronic billboards. “The person who uncovers that...

Report

3 Nov 2013

Too many ports in a storm provides a comprehensive overview of the perverse incentives and weaknesses in Queensland’s current approach to port development.

As the mining investment boom turns to bust, Queensland’s port capacity has already shifted from a shortfall to a surplus....

Report

31 Oct 2013

This research puts Victoria's alcohol culture under the microscope to examine, in a non-judgemental way, why alcohol is such a central part of our lives. It aims to inform a new conversation about alcohol, one that moves beyond blaming the individual.

This project lays...

Report

25 Nov 2013

The report explores how a controversial proposal in Indonesia to amend a 2001 law on special autonomy, that until mid-November seemed to be getting nowhere, was suddenly transformed into a detailed, practical program for improving the lives of indigenous Papuans.

A draft bill containing...

Report

25 Nov 2013

Executive Summary: New Zealand’s housing market needs urgent reform. For too long, the rate of building has fallen below what is needed to keep up with household formation and demographics. It is difficult, costly, and time consuming to build a new house or dwelling....

Report

30 Oct 2013

Climate change represents a unique challenge to asset owners and their ability to manage global, cross-sectoral, systemic risks. It demands change management across every function of a fund.

Many asset owners have already acknowledged the need to build capacity and challenge traditional industry practices...

Report

18 Sep 2013

Footprints in Time is the name given to the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, an initiative of the Australian Government. The study is conducted by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under the guidance of the Footprints in Time...

Report

19 Jul 2013

In early 2013, Brain Injury Australia was funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme's (NDIS) Practical Design Fund to develop a culturally appropriate NDIS assessment process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons living with an acquired brain injury (ABI).

This project was co-managed...

Report

22 Nov 2013

This report examines the effects of ageing on economic output (underpinned by changes in population, participation and productivity) and the resulting implications for government budgets were current policy settings to be maintained.

Key points:

Australia's population will both grow strongly and become...

Strategy

21 Nov 2013

This publication presents key trends in the City of Melbourne's retail and hospitality sectors, and outlines a strategy intended to support these sectors.

Executive summary

The Melbourne Retail and Hospitality Strategy 2013-2017 is a joint initiative of the City of Melbourne and...

Report

22 Nov 2013

Executive summary

This paper describes the key procedural changes that were effected in the 43rd Parliament following the 2010 federal election, which resulted in a hung parliament—the first hung parliament since the early 1940s. The paper focuses on the work of the House...

Commentary

Article

22 Nov 2013

STANDING on the podium in Warsaw this week, president Baron Waqa of Nauru wasn’t mincing his words. “Many of the countries most responsible for climate change are retreating from their moral responsibility and obligation to act,” he said. “Consequently, we are lacking the urgent ambition...

Report

22 Nov 2013

Social democratic critics of the Australian government’s income management policy often argue that the policy is driven by the philosophy of neoliberalism—as espoused by thinkers such as Milton Friedman. But were Friedman alive today, it is almost certain he would oppose income management, as a...

Audio interview

4 Nov 2013

With Western Australia’s senate election result in doubt, thanks in part to 1375 completed ballot papers going missing, electronic voting is being discussed once more. But e-voting isn’t the magic solution some think it is.

“There isn’t a secure solution for voting over the...

Audio

21 Nov 2013

Has the digital era fundamentally changed the nature of creation, and who the creators are? Do we have a generational gap in how we perceive creators? Does copyright law at the moment support creators? Live episode recorded in front of a studio audience at the...

Video

10 Aug 2013

Some of the world's top social media science communicators discuss how to present science and engage with an always changing and growing audience.

Host: Dr Will Grant - lecturer and researcher at the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the...

Journal article

12 Nov 2013

The co-creation of cultural artefacts has been democratised given the recent technological affordances of information and communication technologies. Web 2.0 technologies have enabled greater possibilities of citizen inclusion within the media conversations of their nations. For example, the Australian audience has more opportunities to collaboratively...

Report

12 Nov 2013

This Project encompasses the work of the South Australian Government's 2013 Music Thinker in Residence, Martin Elbourne. Over two periods of residency, Martin has worked and consulted with stakeholders - including venue owners, training organisations, musicians, regulators, councils, government departments and Ministers, and organisations across...

Report

20 Nov 2013

This report outlines a proposed approach to monitoring access to, and utilisation of, pulmonary rehabilitation and long term oxygen therapy, by capitalising on existing data sources and identifying data development opportunities.

Summary

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of...

Report

19 Nov 2013

Abstract

Funded and endorsed by the Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators, this is one of the first national scale research reports into the bail and remand practices for young Australians. A young person can be placed in custody on remand (ie refused bail) after...

Guide

7 Nov 2013

Introduction: Funded by the Cabinet Office, the Innovation in Giving Fund supports innovations that aim to get many more people involved in giving time, money, skills and resources to the causes they care about. Nesta set out to find and support the most...

Report

11 Nov 2013

This paper argues that increasing longevity and an ageing society together represent the demographic climate change of our time, and that without prompt and considered action on a number of fronts – political, social and economic – we risk a loss to our quality of...

Report

21 Nov 2013

This publication presents information on persons in custody and persons serving community-based corrections orders under the authority of corrective services agencies. The statistics are derived from information provided to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from administrative records held by corrective services agencies in each...

Report

19 Nov 2013

This report finds that girls and young women across Australia have achieved equity in education, but gaps remain in workforce participation.

About this report

In 2012, COAG and the Select Council on Women’s Issues asked the COAG Reform Council to report on...

Report

2 Nov 2013

New consorting provisions came into effect in New South Wales on 9 April 2012 and are set out in the Crimes Act 1900 in Division 7, Part 3A. It is now an indictable offence punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment and/or a $16,500 fine...

Report

15 Nov 2013

On 23 July 2013, the then Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, asked the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to conduct an Inquiry focused on Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks that deny or diminish the equal recognition of people with disability as...

Report

22 Nov 2013

This report looks at the evidence collected and assessed by the Safety Monitoring Committee established to assess whether there were adverse outcomes following the introduction of new guidelines on how women with a low-grade Pap test result or a treated high-grade cervical biopsy result should...

Report

21 Nov 2013

This paper proposes steps to move the Federal budget back to surplus in the short term.

Summary

The new Abbott government should address its self-identified budget emergency by cutting wasteful spending now. Reducing government will also help prepare Australia for its future...

Report

12 Nov 2013

This paper examines men's role in the prevention of sexual assault. Sexual assault prevention has seen shifts from risk-avoidance messages aimed at women to a more inclusive paradigm that proposes both women and men have an important role to play in the prevention of all...

Report

21 Nov 2013

This publication provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and results of health systems. Key indicators provide information on health status, the...

Guide

19 Nov 2013

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes - according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research...

Commentary

Article

20 Nov 2013

IN THE unlikely setting of Perth in the early 1990s three colleagues and I set ourselves up as software developers. None of us had any significant experience or expertise in computing or business, but we did have a hot idea. School systems in Australia and...

Report

20 Nov 2013

Problems getting enough work, breaking back into the workforce or getting a break from overwork are taking their toll on millions of Australian workers, making us sick and leading to less productive and enjoyable workplaces. Whether employees are overworked, underworked or out of work, millions...

Commentary

Article

20 Nov 2013

WHEN WikiLeaks published the August 2013 draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’s chapter on intellectual property earlier this month, it was the first time anyone outside an inner sanctum of negotiators had seen any of the text since a previous leak in early 2011 (except,...

Report

13 Nov 2013

This report looks at how Australians manage their personal data online.

Summary

Most Australians have multiple digital identities, managing between five and 50 login and password combinations to conduct their day - to - day online activities, according to recent ACMA research....

Journal article

6 Sep 2013

This article presents a framework for utilising mobile social media to support collaborative curriculum development across international boundaries.

Abstract

Within the background where education is increasingly driven by the economies of scale and research funding, we propose an alternative online open and...

Guide

30 Oct 2013

This factsheet summarises research findings on the attitudes and behaviours of Australian readers. It is based on evaluation research of the Get Reading! campaign conducted from 2008 to 2012.

The methodology was an online survey by AMR Interactive, with annual sample sizes of...

Report

5 Sep 2013

This report examines whether and how furthering Internet freedom can empower civil society vis-à-vis public officials, make the government more accountable to its citizens, and integrate citizens into the policymaking process.

Abstract

The Internet has become a new battleground between governments that...

Working paper

16 Feb 2013

This paper examines the utility of online discussion forums as effective means of engaging citizens in the political process.

Abstract

Public authorities are increasingly using information and communication technology (ICT) to engage citizens. In this experimental study we analyse the effect of...

Journal article

25 Oct 2013

Abstract

This article presents the analysis of a single case interaction between two preschool children aged four-years-old and their male early childhood teacher during a routine excursion to the New Zealand bush. The findings build on prior research that revealed how child-initiated enquiries...

Website

The demographic resource centre at .idcommunity provides free access to demographic and spatial data using powerful web applications and visualisations.

.id is a company of population experts - demographers, spatial analysts, urban planners, forecasters, census data and IT experts who build demographic information products...

Commentary

20 Nov 2013

The Victorian government’s announcement that it is ceasing publication of its yearly Statistical Profile of Prisoners at a time of unprecedented growth in prisoners in Victoria is deeply disturbing and entirely unjustifiable.

The Statistical Profile which has been freely available for decades and easily...

Report

16 Oct 2013

This report provides the results of a global survey of government and thought leaders to review active integration schemes in the human and social services sector across 22 jurisdictions from around the world. It examines the features of integration initiatives and identifies where the integration...

Report

14 Nov 2013

This paper presents a summary of the state of knowledge on ocean acidification.

Summary of outcomes:

The ocean continues to acidify at an unprecedented rate in Earth’s history. Latest research indicates the rate of change may be faster than at any time...

Report

18 Nov 2013

This article finds that there is considerable scope to increase the uptake of preventative measures against breast and ovarian cancers.

Abstract

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of the use of cancer risk-reducing measures among Australian BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers....

Report

12 Nov 2013

This paper summarises a research project that aimed to more fully understand the role of non-governmental local organisations in shaping responses to local crises, and also to investigate whether there was a case for increasing support for grassroots groups on the basis of the resilience...

Report

12 Nov 2013

This inquiry examined the quality and accessibility of school music education in Victoria.

Executive summary

Music is an integral part of the society we live in, providing a vehicle through which humans can communicate, express emotions and increase their sense of self...

Report

15 Nov 2013

This paper presents information about the consistency of Indigenous status across linked death registration and 2011 Census records, and examines social and demographic characteristics associated with differences in Indigenous status identification.

Executive summary

Life expectancy is a broad measure of a population’s...

Report

11 Nov 2013

This paper finds that the total value of owner occupied housing commitments rose ($68m, 0.4%) in September 2013.

Key points

Value of dwelling commitments

September 2013 compared with August 2013

The trend estimate for the total value of dwelling...

Report

14 Nov 2013

This paper considers whether single-sex schooling affects gendered patterns in the uptake of science courses in year 11 and the development of science-related career paths. In particular, the author is interested in exploring gender differences surrounding the life and physical sciences. The author explores these...

Report

8 Nov 2013

This publication presents early estimates of apprentice and trainee commencements for the September quarter 2013. Indicative information about this quarter is presented here; the most recent figures are estimated, taking into account reporting lags that occur at the time of data collection.

Working paper

18 Oct 2013

Abstract

This study finds that participation in extracurricular activities significantly reduces engagement in risky behaviours among Australian adolescents. However, the effects differ by activity type, gender and to some extent by socio-economic status (SES). Participation in activities other than sports and arts reduces...

Report

7 Nov 2013

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the administration of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (ARPA)'s financial industry levies.

Overall conclusion

APRA was established in 1998 as part of a package of measures to strengthen consumer protection functions in the financial system. To...

Report

11 Nov 2013

Summary

Through a combination of domestic agricultural production and food imports, Indonesia currently maintains food supply levels adequate to feed its population. Due to inefficiencies in distribution systems and persistent poverty a low level of food insecurity exists in the country, particularly amongst...

Working paper

13 Nov 2013

Abstract

Common property (communal land) is often viewed negatively with some claiming that communal land ownership and the absence of private property rights more generally have been insurmountable barriers to Indigenous enterprise. This paper provides a brief overview of common property resources and...

Report

12 Nov 2013

This study finds that more support, services and education are needed to appropriately care for Australia's ageing population.

Report

13 Nov 2013

This Victorian parliamentary inquiry examined responses to criminal child abuse by all non-government organisations that interact directly with children.

Executive summary

Each year hundreds of thousands of children and young people in Victoria spend time involved with religious and other non-government organisations....

Report

8 Nov 2013

This paper aims to contribute to and clarify the debate around false allegations of sexual assault by providing a summary of recent literature, including consideration of the classifications and methods of defining a false allegation, whether there is a prevailing scepticism around allegations of sexual...

Audio

11 Nov 2013

We are in the midst of an energy revolution - gas - and it’s important that we get it right so there’s enough for both the home market and the export market, that the price is competitive and that it’s not too much of a...

Report

24 Jun 2013

This inquiry examined issues surrounding cyber-safety for Indigenous Australians, particularly young people in remote and rural communities.

Introduction to the inquiry

On 20 March 2013 the Committee adopted an inquiry into the issues surrounding cyber-safety for Indigenous Australians.

This inquiry followed...

Discussion paper

11 Nov 2013

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

CPD’s public service research director Christopher Stone contends that despite rhetoric to the contrary, the Australian public sector...

Report

11 Nov 2013

The newly elected Government has promised to introduce legislation to repeal the carbon price and associated measures as its first item of business for the 44th Parliament. This guide provide links to futher information on the carbon price and the process of repeal.

Report

11 Nov 2013

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa, or ‘subclass 457 visa’, allows skilled persons to come to Australia to work for an approved employer, accompanied by their immediate families, for a period of between one day and four years.

The uncapped program is driven by employer...

Report

15 Nov 2013

Two Decades after the birth of the World Wide Web, more than two billion people around the world are Internet users. The digital landscape is littered with hints that the affordances of digital communications are being leveraged to transform life in profound and important ways....

Report

12 Nov 2013

This quick guide provides links to source material on the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) and the preceding proposal, the Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT). This material includes the Henry Review, the RSPT and MRRT and associated expense measures, as well as Parliamentary inquiries, additional...

Report

14 Nov 2013

This paper provides an overview of recent global trends in women’s political representation. It describes the different types of gender quotas that have been adopted, and summarises the various arguments for and against their use, as well as key issues and observations about the impact...

Report

14 Nov 2013

This is the first comprehensive national report on prostate cancer in Australia, presenting an overview of the condition and analysis of key summary measures including incidence, mortality and survival.

Summary

The effect of prostate cancer is wide reaching-affecting males diagnosed with the...

Report

15 Nov 2013

This report provides detailed information on the national response to the palliative care needs of Australians.

Report

11 Nov 2013

Restorative justice conferencing for young offenders is a legislated response to youth offending, which has been in place in all Australian states and territories for nearly two decades. Restorative justice conferences are meetings between young offenders, their victims and supporters to discuss the offence, its...

Report

11 Nov 2013

This research describes a generic monitoring design that could be widely applied to detect temporal changes in soil organic carbon stocks (SOC) across a carbon estimation area (CEA) with no prior knowledge of the spatial or temporal variance of SOC within the CEA.

The...

Report

13 Nov 2013

This report argues that, despite recent moves meant to show progress towards post-war reconciliation and respect for human rights, Sri Lanka’s government has not altered the authoritarian direction of its policies, and the rights and security of all communities remain under threat.

Executive...

Report

7 Oct 2013

The Measuring the Information Society (MIS) report, which has been published annually since 2009, features two benchmarking tools to measure the information society: the ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB).

The 2012 IDI captures the level of ICT developments in...

Report

7 Oct 2013

This review focuses on evidence relating to cyber-dependent crimes (for example, the spread of viruses and other malware; hacking and DDoS attacks) and cyber-enabled crimes (for example, cyber-enabled fraud and theft; and sexual offending against children, including grooming and indecent imagery).

The review also...

Report

12 Nov 2013

Indonesia’s impressive political and economic development in recent years has fuelled expectations that Australia’s much larger neighbour could join the ranks of the world’s ten largest economies as early as 2030. While there are good reasons to caution against such long-term predictions, there’s a high...

Report

13 Nov 2013

Foreword

As we do for each new Parliament, we present this volume of short, strategic level snapshots of some of the big issues affecting Australia which are expected to figure in the early months of the new Parliament.

The articles have been...

Book

28 Feb 2013

Introduction: In its resolution 65/230, the General Assembly requested the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to establish, in line with paragraph 42 of the Salvador Declaration on Comprehensive Strategies for Global Challenges: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Systems and Their Development in a...

Journal article

3 Aug 2013

This paper develops a revolution model incorporating the effects of social media. It is seen that social media changes the outcomes of traditional revolution models due its effects on the cost/benefit analysis of would-be participants. The paper also considers various strategies for the dictator to...

Commentary

Article

18 Oct 2013

As a business adviser one of my favourite creative industries rantras – half rant, half mantra – is “make sure you are rewarded for your creative output”. To which I like to add, for reasons of clarity, “don’t write the song but only get paid...

Audio

11 Nov 2013

Dead tree newspapers are on their last legs, some say. In the meantime, new forms of journalism are springing up everywhere, courtesy of social media and online platforms. The audience - the citizen, the amateur - has become the new journalist . Paul Barclay...

Commentary

Article

13 Nov 2013

The Panopticon and the native American Potlatch ceremony are the yin and yang of social media gift economics, driving and sustaining the frenzy of exchange made possible by our new 'social era'—an age of constant, multi-channel, real time sharing.

Paul Krugman doesn’t...

Journal article

14 Nov 2013

Scholarly communication change and open access (OA) initiatives in Australia have followed an Odyssean path in the last decade. The stop-start nature of early initiatives demonstrates that institutional leadership is essential for the successful deposit of academic content in an institutional repository. Similarly, OA policies...

Report

25 Oct 2013

This publication brings together economic data currently available about sport and physical recreation in Australia from a variety of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) sources.

The topics covered are as follows:

Expenditure by households Employment Volunteers in sport Spectator attendance at sporting events...

Report

9 Nov 2013

This paper provides a broad assessment of productivity issues facing the New Zealand construction sector.

Key points

The Building & Construction Productivity Partnership has asked NZIER for a broad assessment of productivity issues facing the New Zealand construction sector and testable hypotheses...

Journal article

12 Nov 2013

Abstract

This paper explores the concept of collaborative care, particularly in relation to a range of new models of organisation and service that are emerging in response to one of the most problematic areas of public policy – mental health. These emerging models...

Commentary

Article

13 Nov 2013

In education, the transformation that is occurring from the print to the digital era has many twists and turns. Some early adopters may have retreated for fear of reputational damage, often encouraged by sensationalist media reports or student safety concerns, or persuaded by eager developers...

Video

6 Nov 2013

Anwar Ibrahim is an internationally recognised champion of democracy. The former Malaysian Vice-President has spent years championing free and fair electoral processes at great personal cost. He speaks to Waleed Aly at Adelaide Festival of Ideas.

Working paper

19 Oct 2013

This paper examines Flexi-super, a proposal to allow people to begin receiving New Zealand Superannuation (NZS) between the ages of 60 and 70, instead of age 65 as at present.

The paper identifies several problems with the proposal.

Working paper

19 Oct 2013

New Zealand is ranked highly on the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), which assess performance on six dimensions of governance: voice and accountability, political stability performance on six dimensions of governance: voice and accountability, political stability and absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of...

Journal article

30 Oct 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (‘Indigenous Australian’) gay and other homosexually active men, transgender people and sistergirls are identified as priority populations in the Third Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy.

While there have been similar rates...

Report

11 Nov 2013

This Quick Guide provides key internet links to information about: general tertiary education resources, higher education, vocational education and training (VET), international students, adult and community education, and international organisations.

Note: administrative arrangements announced on 18 September 2013 have altered departmental responsibility for tertiary...

Report

10 Nov 2013

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide a preliminary set of projections at the national and regional level for the Australian Indigenous population. Using population estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the most recently available vital-statistics data, it is...

Commentary

Article

11 Nov 2013

TWO forced ministerial resignations in the space of six months doesn’t necessarily drive a government from office. But in New Zealand’s case, the veteran politicians concerned are the leaders of the two minor parties whose support John Key needs for his National Party to stay...

Report

8 Nov 2013

Introduction

The 2010 election produced a hung parliament, leaving Julia Gillard as caretaker Prime Minister while negotiations took place as to which party would form government. Because the ALP and the Coalition had each emerged with 72 seats in the House of Representatives, both...

Commentary

Article

11 Nov 2013

I AM writing this review on a plane. Everybody around me is immersed in the tiny screens on the back of the seats in front of them. Some are watching movies and TV shows; others are playing games. All of them are consumers of what...

Report

25 Aug 2013

Executive summary

The Council of Social Service of New South Wales (NCOSS) report discusses findings from a small qualitative study exploring public and community transport use in the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown and its surrounds. The study had a focus on accessible...

Report

18 Oct 2013

This report presents the findings of a survey intended to develop an evidence base about the extent and nature of Medicare Locals' engagement and collaboration with the community sector.

Report

6 Nov 2013

Abstract

This paper presents the results from exploratory primary research into the role of the internet in the radicalisation of 15 terrorists and extremists in the UK. In recent years, policymakers, practitioners and the academic community have begun to examine how the internet...

Audio

6 Nov 2013

The new rush created by the rise of unconventional gas technologies is a politically-charged issue. This talk will explore questions such as how important is unconventional gas to Australia’s economy and domestic energy sector? What are the environmental risks and can they be managed?...

Video

19 Oct 2013

Open access to research outcomes has become a hot topic in the past two years. The two Australian government funding bodies, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), now have open access policies. The Australian Open Access Support...

Audio

15 Oct 2013

At a state dinner in Jakarta, Tony Abbott’s first foreign destination as prime minister, the new Australian leader said that there have been times when ‘all sides of Australian politics could have said less and done more’. Australia’s recent handling of issues relating to asylum...

Journal article

2 Jul 2013

This literature review attempts to identify and examine, both qualitatively and quantitatively, traditional medicine practices within Aboriginal Australia today.

Abstract

The practice of traditional Aboriginal medicine within Australia is at risk of being lost due to the impact of colonisation. Displacement of...

Report

8 Nov 2013

Summary

This report presents a narrative literature review of treatments available to pregnant women who have alcohol use disorders and findings from interviews with key stakeholders regarding current treatment practices and areas requiring improvement.

Societal norms on alcohol use are contradictory and...

Report

6 Nov 2013

The 19th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013. This will be the first major international climate change meeting attended by the newly elected Coalition government. The Warsaw meeting will occur as legislation...

Report

8 Nov 2013

This paper seeks to provide a concise survey of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s recent progress and major policy emphases and challenges.

Introduction

The Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) is the premier regional grouping in East Asia. It is...

Report

6 Nov 2013

Effective pathways from vocational education and training (VET) to higher education help to alleviate skill shortages as well as increase access to higher qualifications and lifetime earnings for people holding VET awards. Nationally, the proportion of students admitted to higher education on the basis of...

Report

8 Nov 2013

This paper examines strategies to improve the way that government and community services work together to address the needs of vulnerable community members.

Introduction

In late 2012 I was appointed to lead the Service Sector Reform project. The goal was to explore...

Article

7 Nov 2013

Engagement with sub-national governments in Asia, including by Australian sub-national governments, will be fundamental to enhancing Australia’s prosperity and wellbeing in the Asian Century. To understand why, we need to understand how sub-national jurisdictions work in Asia.

Extract: The reality is...

Report

7 Nov 2013

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will deliver a comprehensive upgrade to Australia’s national broadband infrastructure. This will be of profound importance to Australia’s long-term productivity agenda.

This paper, commissioned by Vodafone Australia, assesses new opportunities for the NBN. In particular, we examine how the...

Report

7 Nov 2013

Description: This paper presents the results of an analysis of the contribution that the GMH manufacturing facility in Elizabeth makes to South Australia. It updates a previous analysis of the contribution in 2011 undertaken for the Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy –...

Report

7 Nov 2013

Aim: To investigate the extent to which youths in custody 1) rate specific life goals as important and likely to eventuate; 2) have strategies to achieve their goals; and 3) can anticipate barriers to achieving their goals.

Method: A total of 107...

Report

7 Nov 2013

Aim: To develop a method for forecasting the NSW remand and sentenced prisoner populations.

Method: Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) models with other time series as input variables were employed to estimate and forecast changes in the remand and sentenced prisoner populations....

Report

8 Nov 2013

This report looks at trends in housing and housing assistance provided by governments in Australia in 2012-13.

Summary

Having a safe place to live is important to all Australians. Stable and secure housing contributes to a range of essential benefits including shelter,...

Report

8 Nov 2013

A decade after the successful peacekeeping mission, and a year and a half before the window opens for a referendum on Bougainville’s political status, the peace process is dangerously adrift.

In this paper, Peter Jennings and Karl Claxton set out a plan to help...

Report

4 Nov 2013

This paper introduces the Productivity Commission's inquiry into public support for Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry, including motor vehicle and automotive component production, and invites readers to make submissions.

It contains and outlines:

the scope of the Review the Commission’s procedures matters about which...

Report

6 Nov 2013

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate, supported by the National Disaster Recovery Taskforce, in providing assurance that value for money is being achieved in respect to Queensland reconstruction projects.

Overall conclusion

The...

Book

6 Nov 2013

This is is the first comprehensive scholarly examination in English of the development of Shi'i Islam in Indonesia. It focuses primarily on the important period between 1979 and 2004 – a period of nearly a quarter of a century that saw the notable dissemination of...

Working paper

4 Nov 2013

The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 highlighted the vulnerabilities of airports and aircraft. Further attacks in 2002, 2007 and 2009, have led to major government reforms in passenger processing and airport access. The security of Australian airports has also followed this trend, with an...

Report

28 Oct 2013

Introduction

This publication presents information on employers’ use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system. The findings relate to the various ways in which Australian employers use the VET system and unaccredited training to meet their skill needs, and their...

Guide

6 Nov 2013

This guide provides an overview of Australia’s complex health system: what governments do, the role of private health insurance, how much we spend on health care, how Australian health outcomes compare internationally, the health care workforce and links to further information and resources.

Report

6 Nov 2013

Measures of student achievement are regularly used in the development and evaluation of education policy. This can include the relative achievement of sub-groups in the community (such as the Closing the Gap targets for Indigenous students), an assessment of demand (such as university entrance scores)...

Report

6 Nov 2013

This guide provides links to selected sources of financial assistance to community groups. It does not include links to scholarships, fellowships or research grants.

Report

6 Nov 2013

This research paper addresses some of the key military, political, and diplomatic aspects of Australia’s drawdown in Afghanistan, and provides some early indications as to what the post-2014 mission could look like.

Introduction

Australia first sent troops to conduct operations in Afghanistan...

Report

6 Nov 2013

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at UTS has released a new resource called 'Profile of the Local Government Workforce'. The publication contains new research data compiled by ACELG that confirms local governments are particularly important employers in regional Australia that can...

Report

31 Oct 2013

This audit examined the clinical information and communications technology (ICT) systems of eight public health services in Victoria to see whether they were appropriately planned and implemented and whether expected outcomes and benefits are being realised.

It examined the Health SMART clinical ICT systems...

Report

30 Oct 2013

The scale, complexity and likely impacts of the demographic, health, security and climate challenges facing Victoria requires a mature, well-coordinated approach to public sector risk management.

The Victorian Government Risk Management Framework (the Framework) published by the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) in...

Report

6 Nov 2013

Background: The current mining boom has brought considerable wealth throughout Australia, but the benefits are not distributed evenly. The majority of Australian mining activities are in remote locations where demand for labour usually exceeds local supply, requiring a long-distance commuting (LDC) workforce from source communities...

Journal article

25 Oct 2013

Abstract: This paper explores theoretical and practical distinctions between individual citizens (‘citizens’) and organized groups ('stakeholder representatives' or ‘stakeholders’ for short) in public participation processes convened by government as part of policy development. Distinctions between ‘citizen’ and ‘stakeholder’ involvement are commonplace in government discourse and...

Guide

7 Nov 2013

Telework, as part of flexible workplace practices, has many proven benefits including attracting and retaining valued staff and capturing productivity benefits. Understanding how telework might add value to your organisation, the right course of action when dealing with requests for telework arrangements—including consideration of compliance...

Report

7 Nov 2013

The vast potential of northern Australia is being held back by serious bottlenecks in infrastructure and human capital, but strategies for sustainable economic and population growth need to shift beyond the simple solutions and polarised debate of the past 50 years.

This is one...

Commentary

4 Nov 2013

Last year the Australian Bureau of Statistics did the maths – government spends about A$7 billion annually in Australia on arts and culture. The exact dollar figure varies depending on what we count, but it includes heritage, broadcasting and botanical gardens, along with all the...

Report

31 Oct 2013

Introduction

This publication presents results in respect of 31 March 2013, from an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey of Australian resident enterprises with exposure to foreign currency. The survey covers all enterprises with significant foreign currency denominated balance sheet items and/or significant...

Report

6 Nov 2013

This paper looks back at how the Commonwealth Games came to be, Australia’s experience of staging the event and contemplates how the Gold Coast will deal with that legacy and surmount perceived and unexpected complications that will inevitably surface before the 2018 Games’ Opening Ceremony....

Journal article

11 Oct 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are a priority population in all national and jurisdictional sexually transmissible infection (STI) and blood borne virus (BBV) strategies, but until recently we have had little information on which to build and evaluate responses. This situation has changed...

Website

On 16 March 2013 the NSW Premier announced the Urban Activation Precincts program as an important component of a package of wider housing delivery and jobs initiatives.Through consultation with local communities and councils, Urban Activation Precincts aim to deliver more homes in places...

Report

6 Nov 2013

This working paper provides an overview of a proposed national linked dataset on the educational activity and outcomes of children while in child protection services, to allow ongoing and longitudinal monitoring of the academic progress, and to better inform policy, practice and planning of activities...

Report

31 Oct 2013

This year was the first time in over a decade that the New South Wales' Total State Sector Accounts received an unqualified auditor’s opinion.

Executive Summary

Audit Result

The Total State Sector Accounts for the year ended 30 June 2013...

5 Nov 2013

In an amusing and poignant talk Lisa Wilkinson considers the impact of social media on journalism and expresses her despair at the unfair treatment experienced by so many women working in the Australian media.

The annual Andrew Olle lecture, established in 1996 to remember...

Report

30 Oct 2013

Employees who telework one to three days per week – so-called ‘hybrid teleworkers’ - are more productive than workers who do little or no telework, according to a new study jointly undertaken between the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) and AUT University's Work...

Journal article

30 Sep 2013

Abstract: Asia and the Pacific is undergoing a remarkable economic transformation, which is occurring at an exceptional pace. There is clear evidence of an equally rapid epidemiological transition in the region. This article sets out the policy challenges of building healthy societies in the context...

Report

1 Nov 2013

This paper provides an overview of how the innovative use of technology can add value to service delivery in organisations working with families, children and young people.

Key messages:

Most Australians have access to the Internet and use mobile devices to connect...

Report

30 Oct 2013

The Australian Feral Camel Management Project addressed the urgent need to significantly reduce feral camel densities to lessen their impacts in remote Australia on biodiversity, wetlands, waterholes and sites of cultural value to Aboriginal people, infrastructure (fences, houses, cars) and personal safety.

Feral camels...

Discussion paper

8 Oct 2013

This Issues Paper was released on 8 October 2013, signalling the first stage of public consultation for the Serious Invasions of Privacy Inquiry.

The paper provides background information and highlights issues identified by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) as relevant to the Terms...

Website

Knowledge Circle is a resource that celebrates new approaches to keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe and happy in their communities.

Our aim is to share knowledge about "what works" in delivering positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families...

Report

27 Oct 2013

Introduction

This publication provides an assessment of the political impact for the final determined New South Wales electoral boundaries, proclaimed on 18 September 2013. The final boundaries contained only minor adjustments to the draft boundaries released on 17 June 2013. The new boundaries...

Report

25 Oct 2013

This report examines the financial costs and risks of alternative housing equity withdrawal mechanisms and provides recommendations about mitigating risks associated with mortgage equity withdrawal products for older Australians.

Objective and key research questions

This Final Report is the second output of...

Report

20 Oct 2013

The edges of home ownership are usually examined in terms of entry (affordability), sustainability (risk of exit through financial stress), and utility (retirees trading-out for asset-based welfare). However, this research shows there is considerable 'churn' at the edges of home ownership in all age groups....

4 Nov 2013

Researchers from the UK’s University of Bradford have raised concerns about the dangers of some tattoo inks and their potential to cause illnesses, including cancers. [1]

Evidence has been found that nanoparticles from the ink can leave the skin (most likely via its dense...

Video

6 Jun 2013

In the last decade liberal arts colleges have sprung up across Asia. What accounts for this sudden interest in the liberal arts? What aspirations do they serve? What models are being drawn upon? And what do these new initiatives say about the nature of higher...

Report

1 Nov 2013

Urban agriculture has considerable potential to improve food security in the developing world.

Summary

Urban agriculture produces 15 to 20 per cent of the world’s food supply and could play a major role in achieving global food security. Urban agriculture refers to...

Report

1 Nov 2013

This report outlines work towards the inclusion of Indigenous status on pathology request forms as a way to improve Indigenous identification in national cancer, communicable disease and cervical screening registries.

Summary

Most pathology request forms do not include an Indigenous status identifier....

Report

1 Nov 2013

This guide provides links to information about the policy and administrative framework for school education, individual school information, school funding information, statistics including student achievement statistics, indigenous education, Australian organisations, international organisations and education departments and state and territory government websites.

Note: administrative arrangements...

Report

31 Oct 2013

This is a publicly available version of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's classified Annual Report, and provides insight into ASIO’s outcomes and activities.

ASIO is the only member of the Australian Intelligence Community to publicly release such a report which is a key demonstration...

Report

30 Oct 2013

This report reviews the activities the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security undertook during the past year to monitor Australia's six intelligence agencies.

Overview

Highlights

This year the office experienced a heavy inquiry workload with five full inquiries commencing in the...

Book

9 Oct 2013

Abstract

This volume examines the notion of a maritime school of strategic thought for Australia, a debate that emerged in 2012 during the development of the 2013 Defence White Paper. The book is the product of a short research project conducted by the...

Report

1 Nov 2013

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland Government are undertaking a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone.

The draft strategic assessment and program reports are now available for public comment .

The...

Report

26 Oct 2013

The Climate Change and Risk Management: The Role of the Financial Services Sector Think Tank held on 5 December 2012 brought together members representing the financial sector, government and policy makers, climate scientists and academics to discuss the role the financial sector can play in...

Report

4 Jun 2013

This report examines trends in online learning using an inside-out perspective on the classroom and the use of a variety of online learning strategies with students.

Key findings include:

Administrators are widening their scope regarding the value of online classes to include...

Report

4 Nov 2013

INTRODUCTION: Health Libraries Inc (based in Victoria) and Health Libraries Australia (a national group of the Australian Library and Information Association) have collaborated to carry out this investigation into the return on investment of health library and information services in Australia.

The partners commissioned...

Report

30 Oct 2013

In order to fill a gap in performance measures for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, this publication estimates the course completion rates of publicly funded VET courses in Australia. Completion rates for qualifications commenced in 2008-11 are given for various groups, including by...

Report

20 Oct 2013

This study found that 29% of the most viral content on Twitter during the Boston bombing crisis were rumors and fake content.

Abstract

Online social media has emerged as one of the prominent channels for dissemination of information during real world events....

Commentary

31 Oct 2013

The creative economy could fuel Australia's next boom

By Stuart Cunningham , Queensland University of Technology

Australia is richly blessed with an abundance of resources which, along with robust legal, business and political infrastructure, has allowed it to pull through tough times on...

Report

30 Oct 2013

Summary

This report explores the association between diabetes and disability-comprising of impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions-and its comorbidities. Using data from the 2009 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers (SDAC), it presents estimates of the number of...

31 Oct 2013

IT REALLY is going to happen. We are going to turn off the television. On 3 December, Sydney’s analogue TV transmitters will be switched off. A week later, the ones serving Melbourne and remote central and eastern Australia will be closed and analogue TV in...

31 Oct 2013

AS a historian, I was once invited to an event in China marking the contributions of Chinese students and researchers who had returned to their homeland since the founding of the old Republic. The event was at a time of high tension in China over...

Report

31 Oct 2013

This paper argues that the Chinese Communist Party’s evolving model of ‘accountable authoritarianism’ is set to prove that prosperity need not produce democracy.

Executive summary

The last two centuries seem to stand testament to the widely assumed connection between prosperity and democracy....

Report

11 Apr 2013

Abstract

This article contributes to the growing literature on organised crime prevention by examining the approaches of two countries, Australia and the Netherlands. In many respects these countries are similar. They also have many organised crime problems in common. But their responses to...

Journal article

22 Oct 2013

The Australian Government has stated an intention to develop a comprehensive Strategic Policy Framework (SPF) that coordinates and guides efforts and resource allocations across Australia’s national security community. This article suggests that the Australian Government should add horizon scanning to its emerging SPF in order...

Book

31 May 2013

This book was produced and edited by Labor for Refugees, a ‘ginger’ group of people who belong to the Australian Labor Party and work from within the party with the goal of trying to change Labor’s asylum seeker and refugee policies so that they better...