November 2014

Commentary

Article

1 Dec 2014

The polls are showing how far the Coalition has drifted from the mainstream, and the electoral damage could easily outlive this government

IN A FEW days’ time, a full year will have passed since the federal Coalition was ahead of Labor in the...

Research report

1 Dec 2014

This survey finds that young Australians are struggling to cope with stress as they strive to achieve their goals in life.

Overview

This year, 13,600 young Australians aged 15-19 took part in Mission Australia's 13th annual youth survey.

The 2014 survey...

Research report

1 Dec 2014

When compared with 11 Western European countries, the United States and Canada, Australia performs well in the share of the world’s top 1 per cent of cited research papers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Introduction

In March 2014 the Office...

Journal article

20 Nov 2014

Examines the consequences of penalty rates for employment, productivity, profitability and consumer welfare.

Abstract

As a result of decisions by numerous state and federal commissions and tribunals, most recently the Fair Work Commission, penalty rates have become an important influence on the...

Video

1 Dec 2014

Broad-scale immunisation has saved millions of lives worldwide, making it the most effective form of disease prevention we have. Meanwhile, new vaccines and delivery methods continue to be discovered. Why, then, are vaccination rates at dangerously low levels in parts of Australia and overseas? What...

Audio interview

1 Dec 2014

Outgoing Victorian Attorney General Robert Clarke joins RN Breakfast to discuss the weekend's election result, which saw the Liberal-National Coalition tossed out of office after just one term.

The Napthine Government faced a number of problems during its four years in power, many of...

Audio presentation

26 Nov 2014

Tony Abbott wants a conversation about Federal-State relations. If the current arrangements are to be reformed what alternatives are there? How might they work and is there the political leadership to bring these ideas to life?

Highlights of the Swinburne leadership dialogue series Reimaging...

Report

1 Dec 2014

The Government commissioned the ABC and SBS Efficiency Study to identify potential savings from the many "back of house" functions of the public broadcasters' operations. This included administration, use of equipment, property and technologies.

The Study was undertaken by the Department of Communications with...

Research report

1 Dec 2014

Describes the nature of malicious damage to property offences in Bourke Local Government Area, considering the characteristics of both the offence and known offenders.

Summary

In the 12 months to March 2014, the rate of malicious damage to property offences in Bourke...

Journal article

1 Dec 2014

This paper aims to identify and analyse several predominant issues and discourses as they relate to the burgeoning interrelationship between social media, crime and victim.

Abstract

In this paper we analyse the kidnapping, rape and murder of Jill Meagher as a case...

Journal article

1 Dec 2014

The rights afforded to Indigenous Australians under the Native Title Act 1993 are very limited and allow for undue coercion by corporate interests, argues this paper.

Abstract

The rights afforded to Indigenous Australians under the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA) are very...

Book

20 Nov 2014

It's time for a game-changer in how black and white Australians relate.

The difficulties we have in coming together—to talk, to work, to lead change—are core to our challenge to reconcile, as a country. But if we want to shift the status quo,...

Commentary

Article

28 Nov 2014

Australia's increasing economic interactions with China are seen by most as unequivocally beneficial. The putative growing middle classes of China and the rest of Asia will see Australia flourish over the next decade, according to most economic policy-makers and commentators. But what if they're wrong?...

Research report

28 Nov 2014

Summary: This report looks at the numbers and rates of young people who were in youth detention in Australia due to their involvement or alleged involvement in crime. It focuses on trends over the 4-year period from the June quarter 2010 to the June...

Research report

27 Nov 2014

This report finds that deep funding cuts and uncertainty about Government plans have created one of the largest scale upheavals in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

Foreword

One of my primary responsibilities is to report annually on the enjoyment and exercise...

Research report

15 Oct 2014

Examines the impact of involuntary job loss on the mental health of family members.

Abstract This study examines the impact of involuntary job loss on the mental health of family members. Estimates from fixed-effects panel data models, using panel data for Australia, provide...

Research report

27 Nov 2014

This paper looks at one group of large industrial firms in Tasmania and their claims that the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is costing them $20 million.

Overview

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) has been subjected to a lot of criticism in recent...

Research report

27 Nov 2014

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Hugh Jorgensen and Dr Daniela Strube examine China’s approach to global economic governance. The paper argues that China will seek a greater role in governance processes, but will pursue a combination of approaches involving both existing Bretton Woods Institutions and...

Research report

30 Jul 2014

This paper recommends legislative responsibility be given to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council to ensure the swift and respectful return and burial of Ancestral Remains.

Introduction

This paper outlines the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council’s (Council) advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs...

Research report

1 Aug 2014

This paper sets out an agenda intended to advance New Zealand's ability to unlock the latent value of its data assets and position New Zealand as a world leader in the trusted and inclusive use of shared data to deliver a prosperous society.

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Article

26 Nov 2014

This snapshot presents the latest data on use of public Wi-Fi hotspots — publicly accessible wireless internet connections, offered free of charge or on a fee-for-service basis, to users with an internet-enabled Wi-Fi device.

Introduction

Wi-Fi hotspots in Australia have become easier...

Research report

24 Nov 2014

Examines some significant deployments of New Zealand troops overseas during the last 25 years, and summarises the legal requirements in comparable countries for governments to obtain parliamentary consent to deploy troops.

Introduction

In New Zealand there is no legal requirement for the...

Discussion paper

28 Nov 2014

This issues paper examines possible changes to the law of self-defence in Tasmania, and invites submissions from the public.

Background

In September 2011, the Director of Public Prosecutions wrote to the Attorney-General to raise concerns that the current Tasmanian law on self-defence,...

Audio interview

25 Nov 2014

State elections are often considered as barometers of the national political mood. Latest polls still show Labor winning this week's Victorian state election. Will Victoria's poll be decided on the Abbott government's economic policies?

Guest

Brian Costar, Professor of Political Science, Swinburne University...

Research report

26 Nov 2014

Executive summary

Digital Government strategies are being rolled out in many Australian and international jurisdictions, ushering in a fundamentally different approach to the design and delivery of public sector services. Digital Government makes digital services (usually delivered through internet and mobile channels) the...

Research report

26 Nov 2014

Trying to tell whether a preventive health program will be as effective—and cost-effective—as its proponents claim is a difficult task for policymakers and voters. This paper offers a toolkit to assist in their evaluations, in the form of eight questions to ask of any preventive...

Research report

27 Nov 2014

Large-scale seizures of cocaine, heroin and amphetamine-type substances (ATS) do not result in any reduction in overdoses on these drugs or on arrests for use and possession of these drugs, according to this report.

Aim: The aim of this study was to examine...

Submission

28 Mar 2014

Introduction

NICTA thanks the Productivity Commission for the opportunity to submit a response to the Public Infrastructure Issues Paper and Draft Report. NICTA understands the importance of productivity enhancing infrastructure development to boost growth and create jobs in the current economic environment:...

Discussion paper

14 Mar 2013

This response builds on NICTA‘s earlier input to the NSW Draft Long Term Transport Master Plan, and strengthens ongoing relationships with the NSW Government, Roads and Maritime Services, Transport Management Centre and many related agencies.

Summary

The Draft Strategy provides a clear...

Submission

26 Apr 2012

This document is NICTA's submission on the Draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan. It outlines areas where ICT may help meet NSW transport needs and where NICTA could contribute its technological expertise to fulfilling this vision.

Introduction

NICTA, as Australia’s largest...

Research report

27 Nov 2014

Introduction: Senators and members receive an annual allowance by way of basic salary—$195,130 from 1 July 2014.1 This research paper explains the legislative basis, fixing and linking mechanisms for the allowance. Adjustments to the base salary since 1968 are provided in Table 1 and...

Submission

31 Jan 2012

Overview

This submission is written from the viewpoint of how ICT and digital technology can support the NSW Professional Services industry and how Government might foster that support. There are several areas Government initiatives could have significant impact:

To encourage the rapid...

Submission

24 Nov 2011

The consultation draft provides a wide-ranging, high level approach which we think defines an appropriate framework for leveraging ICT for the benefit of NSW citizens. We would also like to underline areas of emphasis we think may contribute to the plan as well provide some...

Submission

24 Nov 2011

Overview

We are in midst of a generational change in the way our economy operates with several inter-connected trends impacting us simultaneously.

Over the next decade the economy will need to re-organise itself to take advantage of the increasingly compelling power and...

Submission

11 Mar 2011

Executive summary

NICTA welcomes the Parliamentary Committee‟s inquiry into the role and potential of the national broadband network (NBN). A national broadband network has the potential to greatly improve Australia‟s economic, social and environmental performance and make us more competitive in the global...

Research report

26 Nov 2014

This report estimates the costs of crime for the calendar year 2011.

Executive summary

This report seeks to estimate how much crime costs the Australian economy by calculating the number of crimes that come to the attention of the authorities and, using...

Research report

25 Nov 2014

This paper offers a toolkit to assist in the evaluation of preventive health proposals, in the form of eight questions to ask.

Overview

Preventive health is a broad umbrella that includes such disparate services as vaccines for schoolchildren, blood pressure screenings, ad...

Book

25 Nov 2014

Overview: Coral Mary Bell AO, who died in 2012, was one of the world’s foremost academic experts on international relations, crisis management and alliance diplomacy. This collection of essays by more than a dozen of her friends and colleagues is intended to honour her...

Research report

26 Nov 2014

Summarises the available research about how gambling problems affect family relationships and family members, how families cope with gambling problems, and the assessment and therapy options available to the family members of people with gambling problems.

Summary Gambling problems can have severe personal...

Research report

26 Nov 2014

Overview: Maritime security cooperation between Australia and Indonesia is important because of our geographical proximity and common interests. With recently-installed President Joko Widodo proclaiming Indonesia as the ‘World Maritime Axis’, there’s great momentum for Australia and Indonesia to enhance maritime security cooperation.

This...

Research report

25 Nov 2014

Through NAAPA, emergency workers, health professionals, community members, community sector workers, researchers and advocates have come together to present a comprehensive plan that addresses alcohol harms. The plan is outlined under five key priority areas:

Protecting children and families Putting communities first Reducing disability...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2014

Summary: This paper synthesises information published about Indigenous Australian gambling, and summarises issues and implications for key stakeholders. It is relevant for raising awareness and promoting community education about gambling for Indigenous Australians.

Key messages

Gambling is part of the social...

Research report

24 Nov 2014

This report makes 55 recommendations for reforms intended to better provide people with disability equal recognition before the law, particularly in relation to the right to make decisions that affect their lives and to have those decisions respected.

Overview

This Inquiry is...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2014

Summary: One of the most significant changes to the gambling environment in the past 15 years has been the increased availability of interactive or Internet gambling. Interactive gambling, including mobile gambling, is the fastest growing mode of gambling. This paper describes how and why...

Research report

14 Nov 2014

Executive summary

This report provides the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights' view on the compatibility with human rights as defined in the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

of bills introduced into the Parliament during the period 20 to 30 September...

Book

25 Nov 2014

This book provides a new understanding of the historical and contemporary aspects of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women’s leadership in a range of local, national and international contexts.

Overview

While leadership is an over-used term today, how it is defined for women and...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2014

Summary: Reviews the growth of sports betting and the accompanying proliferation of sports betting advertising, with particular focus on its integration into sporting events and broadcasts.It draws on lessons from the advertising of other potentially harmful products, and synthesises research into gambling advertising and...

Video

25 Nov 2014

Climate change is intensifying, but along with the repeal of the carbon tax, the price of coal has dropped – making it more appealing as an energy source. What lies ahead … for Australia and the world?

The Australian economy is largely propped up...

Audio interview

25 Nov 2014

It’s the love child of economics and psychology – behavioural economics. It tries to explain people’s rational, or better irrational, behaviour when it comes to financial decision-making and consumption patterns. On Big Ideas, two experts outline the main lessons of behavioural economics and discuss the...

Research report

26 Nov 2014

This review assessed accounts of abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy, and recommends a Royal Commission.

Summary

The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (Taskforce) was established on 26 november 2012 as part of the Government’s response to the review conducted by law...

Research report

30 Apr 2014

Executive summary

Rumours of the death of manufacturing in Australia are greatly exaggerated. However, today’s successful manufacturers are enjoying a life very different to what has been known in the past. Rather than the mass production and assembly of final products (traditional manufacturing...

Research report

24 Nov 2014

This report examines the importance of TAFE (Technical And Further Education) for the Australian economy.

Terms of reference

TAFEs have played a critical role in the training and development of Australians for more than one hundred years. For many Australians, TAFEs provide...

Research report

20 Nov 2014

This paper argues that Australia should restate its commitment to participate in a new post-2020 framework that is consistent with the national interest of avoiding 2C of global warming.

Overview

In Lima Climate Summit: Striding or Shuffling to Paris? The Climate Institute...

Data portal

26 Nov 2014

auprefs.info is a project to visualise preference data for Australian elections.

“Above the line” voting means a political party is choosing your preferences for you, and you may not know, or like, the choices they have made. auprefs.info aims to give you better...

Commentary

Article

13 Nov 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping will be making a short visit to Tasmania following his participation in the G20 meeting in Brisbane and his address to a joint sitting of the Australian Parliament on 17 November. The choice of destination is unusual and certainly not one...

Research report

25 Nov 2014

Examines findings from comprehensive gender data provided by Australian employers.

Introduction Lifting female workforce participation and closing the gap in earnings between women and men is a significant national productivity imperative. At an organisational level, employers increasingly recognise their future growth depends on...

Research report

25 Nov 2014

In 2013, over 40% of Australians smoked daily, drank alcohol in ways that put them at risk of harm or used an illicit drug in the previous 12 months, according to this report.

Summary The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey collected information...

Research report

25 Nov 2014

There is no evidence licensed premises are systematically concealing assaults in a bid to avoid losing their liquor license or to avoid having restrictions imposed on their trading hours, according to this report.

Aim To determine whether there has been any change in...

Research report

15 Nov 2014

Executive Summary

1 Introduction

This report’s primary aim is to provide yield projections for the proposed Linear Fresnel Reflector (LFR) technology plant at Collinsville, Queensland, Australia. However, the techniques developed in this report to overcome inadequate datasets at Collinsville to produce the...

Research report

13 Nov 2014

Presents early estimates of apprentice and trainee commencements for the September quarter 2014.

Introduction This publication presents early estimates of apprentice and trainee commencements for the September quarter 2014. Indicative information about this quarter is presented here; the most recent figures are estimated,...

Blog post

24 Nov 2014

In September 2014, Education Minister Christopher Pyne delivered a talk entitled China and Australia— Our Valued Education Relationship at Peking University’s Australian Studies Centre. The speech touched on many issues, and was largely uncontentious. However, one particular paragraph is noteworthy for its comments in an...

Research report

21 Nov 2014

The primary aim of this report is to help negotiate a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the proposed hybrid gas-Linear Frensel Reflector (LFR) plant at Collinsville, Queensland, Australia. The report’s wider appeal is the discussion of the current situation in Australian National Electricity Market (NEM)...

Video

24 Oct 2014

Professor Gregory Cook is a microbiologist at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Otago School of Medical Sciences.

His research is focused on developing bacterial metabolism and energetics as drug targets to combat bacterial pathogens and environmental microorganisms that contribute significantly to greenhouse gas...

Research report

24 Nov 2014

Online vacancies for skilled jobs in New Zealand showed little change in October.

Overview

Jobs Online measures changes in job vacancies advertised by businesses on the two main internet job boards – SEEK and Trade Me Jobs. The trend series is...

Research report

20 Nov 2014

Gives the results of the financial statement audits of law and order agencies within the Police and Justice cluster for the year ended 30 June 2014.

Book

20 Nov 2014

This book draws together a suite of little known colonial women and investigates their writings for what they reveal about their attitudes to, views on and beliefs about Aboriginal people.

Overview

This book offers a fresh perspective in the debate on settler...

Research report

20 Nov 2014

In this report, four programs that were already being implemented by states and territories and identified by them under the National Indigenous Law & Justice Framework as promising practice in diversion are examined.

Executive summary

Diversion from the youth justice system is...

Working paper

22 Oct 2014

The norms of men as breadwinners and women as carers face a different reality, with large and ongoing consequences for employment arrangements, family formation and the raising of children.

Abstract

Traditional gender roles are being disturbed by the increasing earnings of women...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

This paper examines six emerging trends in media and communications, which highlight that consumers are increasingly using personalised access pathways to communications and content services that cut across different networks, devices and services.

Introduction

The ACMA monitors industry and consumer data to...

Commentary

Article

18 Nov 2014

In the long run, the enemy of my enemy isn’t always my friend. It’s a mistake that’s proving costly for the Liberals

TWENTY years ago, during a long, leisurely lunch conversation about the Liberals and their history, John Howard expressed the view to...

Commentary

Article

22 Nov 2014

As the dust settles after the US–China climate announcement and Australia’s G20 climate debacle, a closer look at the Abbott government’s approach to international cooperation on climate change and economic prosperity

AUSTRALIA was once widely regarded as a nation that “punched above its...

Video

24 Nov 2014

Most important journalism depends, to some extent, on who breaks the rules to give confidential information to journalists. Sometimes they are breaking the law. Can such action ever be justified? What motivates leakers, and should the law protect them? What would happen if no one...

Audio

16 Nov 2014

In Australia, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the US in 2001, more than sixty pieces of legislation have been passed into law, that significantly strengthen the powers of intelligence organisations. This program opens the file on one of Australia's earliest, highly secretive...

Commentary

Article

18 Nov 2014

Victorian voters can lock micro parties out of parliament and counter the tricks of ‘preference whisperers’ by taking advantage of the state’s optional preferential voting system in the parliament’s upper house.

The number of political parties contesting this month’s Victorian state election has jumped...

Research report

23 Nov 2014

IB Primary Years Programme students star in NAPLAN results compared with like and other Australian schools

The aim of this research study was to examine and document the impact of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) implementation on student outcomes, pedagogical practice and...

Research report

21 Nov 2014

Between 1998 and 2012, life expectancy at birth has risen by 4 years for boys and nearly 3 years for girls.

Summary

Life expectancy measures how many years on average a person can expect to live, if current death rates do not...

Research report

21 Nov 2014

Employment forecasts over the three years to March are presented in this report.

Purpose Employment forecasts over the 3 years to March 2017 are presented in this report. These employment forecasts will be used to inform the Ministry’s advice relating to immigration priorities,...

Research report

21 Nov 2014

Outlines the processes undertaken towards establishing the National Early Childhood Development Researchable Data Set, which aims to link health and education data, using both jurisdictional and national data sources.

Summary

This report describes the processes undertaken from 2011-13 towards the development of...

Fact sheet

21 Nov 2014

Provides information on domestic production and the resulting income that is available for spending and saving.

Key facts

The National Accounts (Income and Expenditure) release provides information on domestic production and the resulting income that is available for spending and saving. It...

Research report

21 Nov 2014

This paper illustrates the role that post-school/non-university education occupies, and highlights the decisions that have set recent policy changes in motion.

Introduction

Technical and further education (TAFE) is important for the development of an economy. Hector Sala and Jose Silva, in their...

Journal article

19 Nov 2014

With the Defence White Paper due for release in 2015, this paper argues the government should bear in mind that planning for an era of Chinese dominance in the region - or even its emergence as an American strategic peer in Asia - would be...

Research report

21 Nov 2014

The Safeguarding Integrity Guide aims to help public sector employees and the broader community understand Victoria's integrity system and its key agencies.

Foreword

Every day, public sector employees make decisions and take actions that affect the lives and interests of the Victorian...

Research report

15 Nov 2014

This report argues that much of the millions of dollars in international aid that the U.S. government spends annually to build the capacities of journalists around the world can be wasted unless the capacities of government officials to communicate openly are also improved.

...

Audio

16 Nov 2014

The Government has introduced new labour laws that strengthen the hand of employers, despite New Zealand having some of the most flexible employment rules in the developed world.

Employers say the bargaining process has become unnecessarily protracted and costly.

They say the changes...

Research report

18 Nov 2014

Executive summary

This report sets out the results of the financial statement audits of the 18 Transport cluster agencies and their associated entities for the year ended 30 June 2014.

Unqualified audit opinions were issued on all financial statements for the year...

Journal article

20 Nov 2014

Abstract: Departments of economics in Australia have not fared well recently. Many have been closed, merged or relocated, their staff made redundant while economics degrees and majors have been eliminated. This article tries to understand why academic economics appears to be withering in this...

Briefing paper

18 Nov 2014

Looks at the practice by a number of farmers in the Great Southern agricultural region of Western Australia of inoculating seed with fungi spores in order to recover degraded soils.

Summary

Healthy soil is not only a fundamental necessity for increased food...

Research report

1 Sep 2014

In the lead-up to the 2014 APSA Conference, the APSA Executive agreed to a proposal by the president, Brian Head, to conduct a rapid survey of members’ opinions on the nature and future of political science.

Background

The focus on research impact...

Research report

16 Sep 2014

This analysis of Australia's galleries, libraries, archives and museums finds that digital innovation in the sector is inconsistent and isolated, and provides a roadmap to maximise the potential of the digital economy.

Executive summary

The GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector...

Research report

18 Nov 2014

This report aims to galvanise attention and action by highlighting how preventable drowning is, and how collaboration across sectors can save lives.

Introduction

There needs to be much more national and international attention focused on drowning, given the limited data available on...

Commentary

Article

19 Nov 2014

Australians reward leaders who stand by core beliefs and, on occasion, flex their muscle

WHEN a giant kauri crashes in the forests of south-western Australia, every creature trembles and, if only for a moment, all life is stilled.

This month saw the...

Briefing paper

20 Nov 2014

This briefing provides an overview of the role and purpose of Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) within the New Zealand science and innovation eco-system. CRIs are two-thirds of the nation's publically-funded science researchers (excluding health and ICT areas); and where businesses choose to spend $3 of...

Article

19 Nov 2014

Abstract: In the 1980s religious and ethnic persecution in Bhutan resulted in the exodus of around 100 000 Bhutanese of ethnic Nepali decent. Despite sometimes appalling conditions in the camps, the Bhutanese refugees saw education as a high priority and initiated programs that ensured...

Research report

13 Mar 2014

Provides insights into the aspects of Australian communities that support children and those that fail them. It examines the ways in which communities can be strengthened from the standpoint of children. The report documents how excessive use of alcohol, aggressive drivers and the threat of...

Research report

7 Mar 2014

A group of researchers decided to ask children what they think about the communities they live in - what they think makes a strong and supportive community, for children and for adults.

Executive summary

In 2008, a group of researchers surveyed 108 children...

Article

18 Nov 2014

All living things are diminished: Breaking the national consensus on the environment was authored by The Honourable Bob Debus AM - lawyer and broadcaster; NGO leader; and longserving politician in the NSW and Federal Parliaments.

"Our history shows that some substantial degree of...

Research report

19 Nov 2014

Examines whether policies and programs are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Key points

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and was produced in consultation with governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Based on...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Provides up-to-date guidance for general practitioners (GPs) in the recognition of PTSD and the current best practice recommendations for pharmacological and psychological treatment.

Background Australians are commonly exposed to traumatic events, which can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Several...

Research report

30 Oct 2014

Provides up-to-date information about asthma, and summarises what is known and where the gaps lie. The report also makes recommendations to authorities on required actions.

Executive summary

When examining the burden of asthma today, there is much to be concerned about....

Dataset

19 Nov 2014

Presents information about persons aged 15 years and over who worked at some time in the last 12 months and experienced their most recent work-related injury or illness in that period.

Research report

19 Nov 2014

This is the first report of a project that explores the duration of housing affordability stress (HAS) in Australia. It updates research findings previously reported by Wood and Ong (2009), which tracked the housing affordability trajectories of Australians over the period 2001–06. The present project...

Research report

12 Nov 2014

Abstract: The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is the first international survey programme to focus on the learning environment and the working conditions of teachers in schools. The overarching aim of TALIS is to provide robust, policy relevant indicators and analysis on...

Research report

19 Nov 2014

Provides a comprehensive summary of the latest available data on the prevalence and incidence in the Australian population of these three chronic vascular diseases, acting alone or together. It examines age and sex characteristics and variations across population groups, by geographical location, and by socioeconomic...

Research report

16 Nov 2014

Assesses, in general terms, key trends in various cost of living measurements (including the consumer price index), as well as wage indexes in Australia.

Introduction A significant concern for many households is the expense they incur to buy goods and services that are...

Research report

18 Nov 2014

Work/life balance continues to be an issue for many people with only three-out-of-ten people (3.4 million) reporting an improvement in the past five years, according to this report.

Introduction Former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard described work/life balance as a "BBQ-stopper" in...

Article

1 Nov 2011

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is collaborating with the Queensland Brain Institute to create Australia's first Science of Learning Centre., in which an emerging field of research is improving our understanding of how students learn. Advances in our understanding of human learning is...

Fact sheet

17 Nov 2014

Key facts for the survey of New Zealand's retail trade for the September 2014 quarter, compared with the June 2014 quarter (seasonally adjusted):

The total volume of retail sales rose 1.5 percent. Twelve of the 15 industries had higher sales volumes. Supermarket and grocery...

Evaluation

14 Nov 2014

This report presents the findings from the first two phases of evaluation of the new graduate nurse (NGN) employment scheme through the Very Low Cost Access (VLCA) initiative. Report findings highlight that: VLCA practices receiving 12 months funding for a NGN had high or very...

Research report

1 Oct 2014

This report presents five case studies of long-term partnerships (over three years) between arts organisations and schools. The Start programme enables arts venues and schools to work together to offer disadvantaged young people opportunities to engage in creative activities that inspire them and enhance their...

Commentary

Article

8 May 2014

Research on the numeracy proficiency of youth and adults in Australia show that Australia's performance has declined. Last year’s OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 54 per cent of 15- to 74-year-olds...

Audio

16 Nov 2014

Imagine a city where everything from the cars to the street lights to the traffic bridges are connected. Where censors and beacons pepper the urban environment.

Imagine a city where all of those internet-connected objects are networked, giving the metropolis a second layer of...

Audio podcast

9 Nov 2014

The Abbott government is tying the success of its Direct Action policy to a clean coal technology that is still in the very early stages of development. Paddy Manning tracks the quest for the clean coal holy grail and investigates the men getting unspeakably rich...

Research report

18 Nov 2014

Provides the latest research on which Australian States and Territories are winning the race to renewables - and which are not.

4 key findings

1. Australia's States and Territories have an important leadership role to play in tackling climate change and growing...

Research report

17 Nov 2014

Strategies to manage crowding in Indigenous households can reduce the negative effects for people living in those households, according to this report.

Key Points

Crowding in Indigenous households has structural causes, including the shortage of appropriately designed and affordable rental housing, and...

Guide

18 Nov 2014

Make sure your web content is published professionally and can be:

Discovered – by search engines and potential readers Curated – by information services, clearing houses and libraries Easily evaluated – by anyone who wants to use it Cited and measured – so you...

Guide

18 Nov 2014

Make sure your publications look professional and can be

Discovered – by search engines and by readers Curated – by information services, clearing houses and libraries Evaluated – by anyone who wants to use it Cited and measured - by you so...

Guide

18 Nov 2014

It is often assumed that grey literature is not peer reviewed or lacks standards of quality and rigour. While this is often incorrect, there is currently no standard way of indicating the kind of review process that has occurred. There are also alternative methods to...

Research report

17 Nov 2014

This report on stage 2 of the national core maternity indicators project describes the development of 8 indicators, including scoping and assessment of existing data items for reporting.

Summary

This report builds on previous work undertaken by the AIHW for the Maternity...

Research report

17 Nov 2014

This report argues that the costs of Australia acquiring F-35B Joint Strike Fighter short take-off, vertical landing aircraft outweigh the potential benefits.

Overview

Is there a case for Australia to acquire F-35B Joint Strike Fighter short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft to...

Website

20 Mar 2017

The Government has set 10 challenging results for the public sector to achieve over the next five years.

TEN RESULTS WITHIN FIVE AREAS

Reducing long-term welfare dependence

1. Reduce the number of people who have been on a working...

Research report

17 Nov 2014

Provides information, analysis and practical tips for organisations seeking to use digital technologies to enhance general and professional legal education for people living in remote, rural and regional (RRR) Victoria.

Introduction These guidelines provide information, analysis and practical tips for organisations seeking to...

Journal article

17 Nov 2014

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a primary care diabetes clinic in Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service.

Background

Optimal diabetes management involves frequent monitoring and achievement of outcome targets. A primary care diabetes clinic that provides a 'one-stop shop' may facilitate more...

Audio

14 Nov 2014

Feeling stressed and unhealthy? There's growing evidence that taking a walk in a park might be better than popping a pill.

New research to be released at the World Parks Congress in Sydney tonight highlights the health benefits of outdoor exercise in green spaces....

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Aims to address clinical questions that general practitioners (GPs) may have in identifying and responding to patients experiencing family violence.

Background

Family violence covers a range of abuse including child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence and elder abuse. Each form of...

Guide

17 Nov 2014

This guide looks at a number of key economic indicators to provide an overview of what has been happening in Australia's manufacturing industry.

Commentary

Article

17 Nov 2014

Tony Abbott's "protector of the realm" persona is one of his key strengths, so the image of him wimping out of the fight with Putin and being overruled on climate change will hurt, writes Paula Matthewson.

Other than the Chinese and Indian leaders' addresses...

Strategy

17 Nov 2014

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a forum of countries working to ensure that member governments are more open, accountable and responsive to citizens.

New Zealand government has accepted an invitation to join the OGP. As part of our membership of the forum we...

Policy

16 Nov 2014

This communique presents the agreed positions of the participants in the G20 Brisbane Summit, as well as key documents, and issues for further action.

Introduction

Raising global growth to deliver better living standards and quality jobs for people across the world is...

Commentary

Article

13 Nov 2014

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has pointed to Britain’s parliamentary oversight of security agencies as a way of moderating Australia’s latest security laws.

IN A SERIES of unusual moves over the past couple of weeks, Labor has exhibited what looks like a degree of...

Transcript

20 Oct 2014

In an ideal world, restorative justice could be the "main system" for dealing with crime and the harm it causes, with traditional court systems operating "as backup", one of the world's leading scholars of restorative justice has argued.

In a lecture to the Institute...

Collection

17 Nov 2014

The Home Modification Information (HMinfo) Clearinghouse, established in 2002, is an information service tasked with collating, reviewing and creating the evidence base for best practice in modification of the home environment to support people with problems in self care, participation and autonomy.

Home modifications...

Research report

17 Nov 2014

This resource details the 'blood pressure' indicators of the world's top twenty economies, the G20.

Twenty brief reports based on consumption accounting methods present the critical economic, social and environmental measures that underpin how each country works. Behind it is a database that brings...

Discussion paper

18 Nov 2014

This paper discusses the ways in which the internet has profoundly changed how we produce, use and collect research and information for public policy and practice, particularly focusing on the benefits and challenges presented by grey literature. The authors argue that grey literature (i.e. material...

Research report

30 May 1981

The Fraser government commissioned this inquiry in 1979, as the national broadcaster approached its 50th anniversary. The inquiry was chaired by Alex Dix and came to be known as "the Dix inquiry".

The inquiry found that:

The ABC is now nearly 50...

Research report

13 Nov 2014

This paper provides an overview of data about the national response of the health and welfare system to the mental health care needs of Australians.

Introduction

This Mental health services—in brief 2014 report has been produced as a companion publication to the...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

This paper seeks to clear up the uncertainty surrounding US hopes and wishes of allies in Asia, and to provide Australia with a fuller picture of the opportunities and challenges in our strategic alliance with the US.

Overview

Given China’s rise and...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

Examines whether the current generation of young people will be better or worse off than their parents.

Foreword

Youth policy is too often relegated to the edge of the public discourse. It is often considered in isolation, as a niche policy area,...

Research report

12 Nov 2014

This investigation found that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection breached the Privacy Act 1988 by failing to adequately protect the personal information of approximately 9,250 asylum seekers.

Overview

On 21 February 2014, the Australian Information Commissioner opened an own motion...

Research report

11 Nov 2014

This resource sheet reviews past and current programs, research and strategies (both government and non-government) for the prevention and treatment of ear disease in Indigenous children.

Introduction

Ear disease and the associated hearing loss are significant health problems for Indigenous children. Children...

Fact sheet

10 Nov 2014

Overview: The Monthly Economic Review is an overview of the New Zealand economy. It includes the latest data on New Zealand’s economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data (such as the Reserve Bank’s official cash...

Research report

11 Nov 2014

The Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) policy allows the horticulture and viticulture industries to recruit workers from overseas - mostly from the Pacific Islands - for seasonal work when there are not enough New Zealand workers. Under the scheme employers can bring in up to 9,000...

Research report

11 Nov 2014

Recent political unrest, in conjunction with security and social-economic challenges, presents serious concerns for Yemen’s future.

Summary

Yemen currently faces an array of challenges ranged against its future development. Political unrest continues to plague the government, along with security challenges. Yemen also...

Research report

12 Nov 2014

This report explores the potential for social media to support efforts to get out the vote.

Research report

13 Nov 2014

This report argues that Australia has a need for greater water use efficiency and the identification and utilisation of alternative water resources to avoid potential conflict between users.

Summary

Australia is one of the highest per capita water consumers in the world....

Research report

13 Nov 2014

This research diagnoses the challenges relating to the future of the public service workforce, and identifies some of the potential solutions to these challenges.

Introduction

Much has been written about public services in recent years, but the one constant within this vast...

Video

13 Nov 2014

A public lecture by Professor Nikolas Rose, Kings College London, delivered at ANU in August 2014.

The human body was made legible long ago. But what of the human mind? Is it possible to ‘read’ the mind, for one human being to know what...

Audio interview

12 Nov 2014

It has been fifteen years since Indonesia relinquished control of East Timor and the Australian-led intervention supported the successful quest for self-determination. Following the independence ballot, in 2002 Timor-Leste emerged as the first sovereign nation state of the twenty-first century.

Since then, the relationship...

Transcript

13 Nov 2014

This speech discusses the 'new model' of great power relations between China and the US, potential threats to this model, and what additional steps could be taken to increase the likelihood of achieving it.

Introduction

In June of this year, I gave...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

This paper assesses the progress of SEA 4000—Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) from its inception at the start of the previous decade until August 2014. SEA 4000 is a program to build three guided missile destroyers (or DDGs to give them their hull classification symbol) for...

Guide

13 Nov 2014

Asylum seeker and refugee policy has attracted a great deal of attention in Australia for many years. In particular, concerns over the unauthorised arrival of asylum seekers by boat have occupied successive governments and parliaments since the 1970s. With increasing levels of global forced displacement,...

Literature review

30 Jun 2013

This literature review addresses and informs the hypothesis that ‘a culture of trust enhances performance’ in schools. Drawing on an environmental scan of research and policy literature, the authors explore the definition of trust and the ways in which trust is linked to performance in...

Literature review

30 Nov 2013

Learning leaders position themselves first as learners, then as leaders of other learners. The inherent tensions in this duality are explored in this literature review. Drawing on a broad range of research from education, psychology and neuroscience, the review builds a picture of the situation...

Research report

13 Nov 2014

Media Release: 13 November 2014

AUDITOR-GENERAL’S REPORT TO PARLIAMENT VOLUME SIX 2014 PREMIER AND CABINET

Today the Auditor-General of New South Wales, Grant Hehir, released his Volume Six 2014 Report to Parliament focusing on agencies in the NSW Premier and Cabinet cluster....

Research report

30 May 2014

The Designing Professional Learning report provides a snapshot of the key elements involved in creating effective and engaging professional learning in a globally dispersed market. AITSL commissioned Learning Forward to undertake this study to give greater guidance around the ‘how’ of professional learning. Learning design...

Research report

13 Nov 2014

The annual Survey of Staffing provides the Ministry of Education with a snapshot of the number of entitlement staffing vacancies at the start of Term 1. The survey also collects information about the number of overseas-trained and beginning teachers employed by schools. In 2014, the...

Briefing paper

12 Nov 2014

Executive summary

This briefing provides you, as the incoming Minister, with information on challenges and opportunities facing the New Zealand health and disability system, and how the Ministry can advise and support you to implement your Government’s priorities for health. The Ministry looks forward...

Discussion paper

7 Oct 2014

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) presents an unprecedented opportunity for Australians with permanent and significant disability to receive the lifelong support they need to pursue their goals and participate in their communities. The greater choice and control offered by the NDIS promises not only...

Literature review

30 Jun 2013

The primary focus of this review is on how school leaders can develop and sustain a student-centred philosophy at all levels within their schools in order to increase the quality of education for all students. The authors draw on research literature from Australia and internationally...

Research report

30 May 2014

This report was completed by the Innovation Unit on behalf of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). It set out to discover innovative practice in professional learning and performance and development in new or transformational sectors including, but not limited to, education....

Literature review

30 Jun 2012

A literature review on mentoring and supervision of pre-service teachers. The review looks at the current policies, procedures and practices that are designed to support pre-service teachers’ professional experience. These policies, procedures and practices are drawn from initial teacher education providers and the education sectors...

Research report

12 Nov 2014

Just over 130,000 children and young people were hospitalised as a result of an injury in 2011-12, with boys outnumbering girls by 2 to 1.

Summary

This report provides information on hospitalised injury in Australian children and young people aged 0 to...

Research report

9 Nov 2014

This paper examines the possible escalation of conflict between China and Japan and the implications for Australia and the US.

Executive summary:

Political competition and a lack of crisis management mechanisms could make it very hard for China and Japan to resist...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Rory Medcalf and James Brown assess Australia’s security environment in coming decades. Defence challenges 2035: securing Australia’s lifelines argues that as the Australian Government prepares its new Defence White Paper it will need to consider growing risks not just to...

Research report

12 Nov 2014

These papers assess whether China is waging an economic war in cyberspace, and examine China’s internal mechanisms for delivering and protecting cyberpower.

Book

12 Nov 2014

Overview : In this innovative collection, Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars from Australia and Europe reflect on how their life histories have impacted on their research in Indigenous Australian Studies. Drawing on Pierre Nora’s concept of ego-histoire as an analytical tool to ask historians to...

Commentary

Article

5 Nov 2014

Australia is sending dubious messages to Indonesian fishing communities

For the past fifteen years, Australia has funded information campaigns designed to deter asylum seekers from reaching Australian shores. In countries of origin and at transit points, films, billboards and TV commercials have warned...

Commentary

Article

10 Nov 2014

A conversation with award-winning Indigenous screenwriter Steven McGregor

It’s a windy mid-week morning. The trains roll in and out of Redfern Station and a stream of commuters pours up the concrete steps. Coffees are bought, phone calls made and received. Students – all...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

In this research, family violence survivors have identified issues and barriers they have encountered, and have provided suggestions in regards to how both the criminal justice system and the broader Victorian community might assist survivors and help prevent family violence.

Overview

This...

Interview

6 Nov 2014

To discuss Julia Gillard’s time as prime minister, and to look more broadly at women with power in politics and public life, Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft is joined by two formidable guests, Gold Walkley Award-winning journalist and former state government minister Mary Delahunty, author...

Report

15 Oct 2014

This audit found that three Victorian government departments are not effectively applying the performance measurement and reporting system.

Audio

5 Nov 2014

What is the influence of the media on leadership styles and practices in Australia? Some people claim that the national media are setting the political agenda. Others say that their influence is declining as people move to digital media for their news - or abandon...

Research report

14 Oct 2014

Executive Summary

The biennial Carers NSW Carer Survey collects information about carers in NSW to inform the organisation・s direction, support and systemic advocacy for all carers across NSW. The 2014 survey collected more extensive and detailed data than any previous Carer Survey and...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

The Australian government should announce an independent, transparent domestic process to define our initial post-2020 target offer, argues this report.

Summary

Much of the recent climate policy debate in Australia has been framed around our 2020 emissions reduction and renewable energy goals....

Research report

11 Nov 2014

Describes the current situation with regard to refugee entitlements to social security and other assistance.

Introduction In recent years a series of emails have been widely circulated throughout Australia claiming to describe the social security entitlements of refugees compared with those of other...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

Examines community perceptions of crime and safety, offender rates and characteristics, crime rates, victims; measures of policy effectiveness, courts (including bail and sentencing outcomes);recidivism; corrections (including prison population levels); and expenditure on the criminal justice system.

Summary Crime and justice are complex and...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

In the 2014 Fiji general election, 14% of elected parliamentarians were women. This percentage represents the largest proportion of women in Fiji’s parliament since independence in 1970. However, it also shows that Fiji is still a long way from parity and lags well behind the...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international study that is administered on a three-yearly basis. The study assesses how well 15 year-old are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s society. PISA assesses three key areas of knowledge and skills: reading literacy,...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

Resource Teachers of Literacy (RTLit) are specialist literacy teachers who support and assist staff in schools to meet the needs of years 1 to 8 students experiencing difficulties with literacy learning.

This summary of the 2013 RTLit monitoring data provides an overview of the...

Transcript

9 Oct 2014

This paper argues that New Zealand's current youth justice system, which was introduced with so much hope for Māori, has not delivered as was envisaged.

Abstract

New Zealand’s youth justice system in the 1980s was the subject of growing public dissatisfaction and...

Research report

30 Oct 2014

Summary

The first annual Cancer Nurse Coordinator Initiative (CNCI) evaluation report has drawn on a number of data sources, including:

a specific Cancer Nurse Coordinator (CNC) database that provides information about the activity and function of the nurses a CNC online survey which...

Video

24 Jul 2014

NZ Police has a large, and growing, online and social media presence. Social media is used for community engagement, prevention advice, recruitment and investigative purposes. Nationwide NZ Police and the public affairs team manage 36 live Facebook pages including regional, workgroup and neighbourhood policing team...

Audio interview

15 Sep 2014

In this conversation Tim Ashton, a former member of the Armed Offenders and Special Tactics group in the New Zealand Police force, talks with Professor Kevin Clements about guns, gun control and combating hypermasculinity in Aotearoa-New Zealand. In 1990 Tim was one of the Special...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

Few defence topics have been as prominent or invested with as much optimism in recent years as defence diplomacy. This paper has been created to explore the issue and help guide policymakers.

Foreword

Few Defence topics have been as prominent or invested...

Journal article

15 Jun 2013

FOREWORD

For over three decades, Professor Jon Altman has been one of the leading scholars on Indigenous research with a particular focus on Indigenous economies.

Through the period since the Northern Territory intervention in 2007 until the present day, his work has...

Policy

30 Jun 2013

Government has charged the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) with leading government ICT to provide system-wide assurance, enable integrated digital service delivery, and deliver sustainable business savings of $100 million per year by 2017.

The Strategy and Action Plan is the response to this...

Discussion paper

Background and policy paper no.2/2014
29 Oct 2014

The burden of chronic disease in Australia threatens to overwhelm the health budget, the capacity of health services and the health workforce. Much of that burden is preventable through effective, evidence‐based changes to policy.

This is a background paper for the Mitchell Institute November...

Article

24 Oct 2014

Since legal cases deal mainly in facts, merely expressing an opinion isn’t usually allowed, but there is one major exception to this and that’s where an expert of some kind is involved. These experts are usually drawn from scientific or technical fields, though it’s not...

Research report

7 Nov 2014

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is emerging as a public health issue in Australia. Health-care providers and policy makers need accurate and timely data in a useable format to monitor and prevent FASD. This bulletin identifies ways to facilitate the collection and reporting of FASD-related...

Research report

3 Nov 2014

Provides resources and information to support service planning and delivery regarding diabetes care.

Introduction Diabetes mellitus is a long term complex metabolic disorder characterised by high levels of blood glucose and caused by defects in insulin secretion and/or action. Diabetes increases the risk...

Evaluation

19 Sep 2014

The Australian Institute of Family Studies was commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care to evaluate the National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, which ran from 1995 to 1999.

Executive summary

The National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy was an initiative...

Research report

6 Nov 2014

Introduction: The purpose of this paper is to draw on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) perspectives, theoretical understandings, and available evidence to answer questions about what is required to effectively address Indigenous people’s mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

Social and...

Working paper

7 Nov 2014

In this critical period of transition, the most important thing that the Australian government and other members of the international community can do is help Solomon Islanders reverse a recent history of defunding and dismantling the institutions of subnational government.

Abstract

Over...

Research report

6 Nov 2014

This paper argues that coal companies are not, in general, major contributors to energy poverty alleviation efforts.

Overview

The term "energy poverty" refers to people who do not have access to electricity and clean cooking facilities. Globally, 1.3 billion people do not...

Research report

6 Nov 2014

Australian food exports are increasing, but demand patterns alone will not ensure continual export growth and the integration of the Australian and Asian food markets to the future, argues this report.

Summary

Australian farmers and agribusinesses are highly reliant on export markets...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Examines the drivers of demand for bespoke housing, the impact of building firm size and the barriers to innovation, and thus productivity, in New Zealand residential construction.

Executive summary This report examines the drivers of demand for bespoke housing, the impact of building...

Research report

14 Aug 2014

A review and evaluation of domestic and family violence prevention and early intervention services focusing on at-risk groups and communities.

Summary

This report sets out the findings of research into domestic and family violence (DFV) prevention initiatives focused on groups and communities...

Commentary

Article

7 Nov 2014

On economic reform and now on national security, New Zealand can see beyond scare campaigns and political opportunities - unlike their cousins across the ditch, writes Barrie Cassidy.

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Just this week Prime Minister John Key delivered a speech to the Institute...

Research report

14 Aug 2014

This report sets out the findings of research into domestic and family violence prevention, early intervention and response for children aged 0–8 years in New South Wales.

Executive summary

The report contributes to the development of the knowledge base on DFV prevention,...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Describes the health needs of survivors of war and conflict in the immediate and long-term resettlement periods.

Background Since 1945, more than 700 000 refugees and displaced persons, survivors of conflicts in over 60 countries, have resettled in Australia. Every general practitioner (GP)...

Commentary

Article

6 Nov 2014

In the workplace, more so than society in general, mental illness continues to lurk quietly and relatively freely, writes Sam Ryan.

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The workplace is a breeding ground for mental illness stigma: where increasing pressure (203) creates and exacerbates stress, and increasing...

Research report

30 Oct 2014

The public perception of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds is often associated with crime or offending behaviour. Unbalanced media stories sometimes reinforce these stereotypes.

Executive summary

This paper aims to gain a more accurate picture of migrant and refugee youth...

Video

4 Nov 2014

In this video ANU classics expert Dr Ioannis Ziogas delivers the 2014 Last Lecture.

Classics, the study of the ancient Greek and Roman world, deals with the traditional literature of Greece and Rome and the themes of history, philosophy, and culture.

Dr Ziogas...

Research report

6 Nov 2014

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office’s administration of annual compliance arrangements with large corporate taxpayers.

Audit objective and criteria

To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO adopted the following high-level criteria:

the governance arrangements for...

Audio interview

7 Nov 2014

Women in rural and regional Victoria are up to three times more likely to experience family violence than women in Metropolitan areas, according to research by Deakin University. The study shows a woman's postcode also appears to play a role in determining her chances of...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Investigates the quality of the administrative data of migrants on student and temporary work (skilled) visas as well as assessing the suitability of the data for linking with the Australian Census of Population and Housing and the Australian Taxation Office Personal IncomeTax data.

...

Transcript

5 Nov 2014

This valedictory speech for the ANU's National Security College outlines the interaction between academia and public policy in Australia, which has been an evolving mix of reticence and engagement, shared purposes and distinctive roles.

Introduction

I would like to take the opportunity...

Research report

6 Nov 2014

Overview: Transformative, long-term economic and institutional reforms that Australia must implement if it is to create a healthy environment with a productive economy.

This blueprint describes the magnitude of the environmental challenges we face, establishes the case that it is possible to grow...

Research report

28 Feb 2014

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership held an Induction Round Table on the 21st of February 2014. At the event, three groups of researchers presented findings from studies related to teacher induction in schools. In the first presentation, the lessons from the Teachers...

Evaluation

30 Mar 2014

This report presents the initial analysis of baseline findings from the Evaluation of the implementation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. It comprises analysis of findings from key 2013 data collection activities – the National Forum and National Survey. These activities investigated stakeholders’ knowledge...

Guide

6 Nov 2014

Increasingly, organisations are expected to demonstrate, and document, the differences their services are making for children, families and communities (McCoy, Rose, & Connolly, 2013; 2014). Evaluation and research helps to respond to this demand. Evidence gained through these activities helps to identify whether programs have...

Commentary

Article

28 Oct 2014

CFCA Manager Elly Robinson draws on the wisdom of Atul Gawande to help make complex concepts understandable.

"Use familiar words – words that your readers will understand, and not words they will have to look up. No advice is more elementary, and no...

Research report

4 Nov 2014

Key findings

Reading Recovery Outcomes

Reading Recovery outcomes for students who exited the intervention in 2013 were very similar to those of previous years. The majority (79%) of students who exited Reading Recovery made accelerated progress and were successfully discontinued from the intervention...

Fact sheet

6 Nov 2014

More than half a million households, businesses, schools and health centres are now able to connect to the New Zealand Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband network, which continues to rollout ahead of schedule.

The report shows the UFB programme is about 7 per cent ahead of...

Research report

4 Nov 2014

This paper analyses the circumstances under which conflict in the East China Sea could occur and the implications for Australia.

Executive summary

Tensions between China and Japan have ratcheted up in recent years to the point where their territorial dispute over islands...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

This dictionary is an assemblage of data elements used by the National Cervical Screening Program (which aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer) to help achieve national consistency in data reporting through promoting standardisation and comparability of data across the jurisdictions....

Research report

5 Nov 2014

This report presents some facts and figures about Crown land, provides a brief history and summary of the legislation governing Crown land, and outlines the proposed reforms.

Introduction In March 2014, the NSW Government announced substantial changes to the management of Crown land...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Rising employment is more than keeping up with New Zealand's growing population, while unemployment has fallen to 5.4 percent, according to this report.

Key facts

In the September 2014 quarter compared with the June 2014 quarter:

The number of filled jobs...

Discussion paper

5 Nov 2014

Regulation of childcare for the purposes of early childhood learning and development is a relatively new phenomenon. Where debates were once about whether children are better off in childcare or at home with a parent, today’s conventional wisdom, based on sometimes misguided interpretations of research,...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

This report measures sport related injury, using two types of measurements: one based on rates of injury within the total population and the other on rates of injury within the population that reported participation in sports activities.

Summary

During 2011-12, an estimated...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Provides a summary of the available evidence for assessing traumatic brain injury (TBI) and managing the common mental health, physical and cognitive/behavioural issues associated with TBI.

Background Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of lifelong disability and death worldwide, but is...

Research report

30 Oct 2014

The NSW adult prison population has fallen from a peak of 10,825 in April to 10,426 in September.

Overview

This report presents 24 months of reception, discharge and custody population data and comparisons between the current and previous quarter for age, gender,...

Research report

22 Oct 2014

Abstract: This paper examines the extent to which year-9 performance on the National Assessment Program—Language Arts and Numeracy (NAPLAN) predicts access to higher education as determined by subsequent achievement on year-12 Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) exams. VCE performance is measured via three binary...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Executive summary There has been considerable media exposure in recent years to the contracting opportunities for younger people to become home owners, just as there was at the turn of the millennium. Rising dwelling prices were a problem then as they are now. The...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

This project aimed to determine the feasibility of an integrated pathway model of care for Aboriginal women in Western Australia during pregnancy.

Introduction

Despite making substantial improvements in the health of Aboriginal Australians over the last ten years, significant gaps between Aboriginal...

Interview

3 Nov 2014

In this Fifth Estate discussion, series host Sally Warhaft is joined by anti-gambling campaigner and independent Senator Nick Xenophon and author Michaela McGuire, whose new book Last Bets examines the gaps between ethics and the law.

Australians have always loved a punt – on...

Reports

3 Nov 2014

Chair’s Foreword

I am pleased to introduce AITSL’s second Initial Teacher Education: Data Report. Since we released the first report in May 2013, the debate over the quality and direction of initial teacher education has intensified. The first data report has contributed to the...

Book

3 Nov 2014

Overview: This volume draws together essays by leading art experts observing the dramatic developments in Asian art and exhibitions in the last two decades. The authors explore new regional and global connections and new ways of understanding contemporary Asian art in the twenty-first century....

Research report

30 Oct 2014

This paper presents statistical data describing Australia's trade and investment with APEC through 2013.

Overview

This publication is part of a geographic set of trade publications released annually by DFAT. It presents statistical data describing Australia's trade and investment with APEC through...

Commentary

23 Oct 2014

Business as usual is not an option. Here is what needs to change if we are to succeed in countering violent extremism.

Research report

30 Oct 2014

This audit examined selected entities’ effectiveness in implementing entity-wide fraud control arrangements, including compliance with the requirements of the 2011 Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines, and the overall administration of the fraud control framework by the Attorney-General’s Department.

Overall conclusion

Fraud control is...

Audio

2 Nov 2014

Formed in 1999 after the Asian Financial Crisis, the G20 claims to be the world’s pre-eminent steering committee on global finance. While it’s true that the G20 represents many of the world's major economies, it also excludes 174 nations – so can it justifiably argue...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Now that the acute phase of boat arrivals appears over, this paper urges all parties to use this opportunity to construct an overarching national asylum and refugee policy for the long term.

Executive summary

Forced migration is an age-old phenomenon. It cannot...

Research report

23 Oct 2014

Executive summary:

An environmental scan of Australian Library and Information Studies (LIS) research was undertaken focusing on the period 2005–2013. This was in response to a brief from ALIA that sought such an analysis to inform its decisions in relation to content of...

Research report

31 Oct 2014

This report recommends that the Australian Government extend the activities of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce to support victims of abuse in Defence, including allowing new complainants to make claims up to 30 June 2015.

Introduction

On 27 March 2014, the Senate...

Research report

29 Oct 2014

Summary

Surfing carries a well documented risk of head and facial injuries and these injuries may have become more frequent in recent times with overcrowding at beaches and the streamlining of surfboard design. Ocular trauma caused by surfboards can be severe, with long-term...

Research report

28 Oct 2014

This audit finds that the quality and timeliness of financial reporting across the NSW public sector has continued to improve.

Research report

27 Oct 2014

A Federation for the 21st Century examines:

The key challenges for a federation in the 21st century The potential for reforming the way government organises and delivers services The relationship between the Commonwealth and state governments in relation to funding, investment and infrastructure...

Audio

30 Oct 2014

Often enough you mostly hear stories about mining, fly-in and fly-out workers or severe weather events from Western Australia. But there is more. At a 720 ABC Perth forum, a panel of TEDx Perth speakers discusses the future of Western Australia: initiatives the state is...

Research report

1 Nov 2014

Introduction: The Synthesis Report (SYR) of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provides an overview of the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change, emphasizing new results since the publication of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 (AR4). The SYR synthesizes...

Commentary

Article

30 Oct 2014

Opposing changes to the GST is unlikely to benefit Labor’s election prospects

Barely a year into the new government, the GST is finally, officially, back on the table, with prime minister Tony Abbott calling for a “mature debate” rather than the usual political...

Commentary

Article

30 Oct 2014

The thirtieth anniversary of SBS’s Dateline is a chance to consider some often-unreported truths

The thirtieth-anniversary edition of Dateline, broadcast on SBS on 24 October, featured a selection of landmark stories from the program’s history. In the words of the guest host, Les...

Commentary

Article

28 Oct 2014

Cultural policy and trade policy are pulling in different directions, and Ten’s Offspring could be one casualty

On 7 August this year 1.3 million people watched what is probably the last episode of the popular Australian series Offspring. Created...

Research report

30 Oct 2014

Australia’s Special Forces have long been objects of fascination, but there is no clearly documented description of the operational art and science of this unique military capability, argues this report.

Abstract

Australian Special Operations and the performance of our Special Forces have...

Research report

30 Oct 2014

Presents the ACCC’s monitoring results and observations about the role of competition in Australian container stevedoring.

Key messages There is now greater competition in container stevedoring

Increased competition has delivered benefits to users of stevedoring services and the wider Australian community in...

Research report

3 Nov 2014

This paper explores participatory sensing and issues associated with governance in the light of new information gathering capabilities that directly engage citizens in collecting data and providing contextual insight that has the potential to greatly enhance Council operations.

Executive summary

Local government...