March 2015

Research report

16 Apr 2003

On 15 October 2001, the Prime Minister announced that there would be an independent review of the competition provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 and their administration.

The Treasurer announced the terms of reference for the review and the membership of the review...

Research report

31 Mar 2015

This is the first comprehensive review of Australia’s competition laws and policy in over 20 years. The National Competition Policy Review (The Hilmer Review) of 1993 underpinned the development of the National Competition Policy – a co-operative initiative of the Commonwealth and State and Territory...

Research report

1 Apr 2015

Executive summary

There has been considerable public debate about both the quantum and equity of tax concessions for superannuation. This has been in the context of recent government budgets facing fiscal challenges and the Intergenerational Report which highlighted Australia’s ageing demographics and the...

Research report

30 Mar 2015

Executive summary

The continuation of Australia’s economic growth is under threat. In order to sustain the levels of prosperity we have previously experienced, we have to build on our competitive edge in key industries to remain globally competitive. Alongside these developments, Australia’s higher...

Research report

17 Mar 2015

This report assesses the PPP experience in both industrialised and developing countries.

The many case studies analysed, from United Kingdom to Chile, shows that PPPs have failed to live up to their promise. In most cases, they are an expensive and inefficient way of...

Video

1 Apr 2015

Julian Burnside AO QC delivered the 2015 Hal Wootten lecture - "The bludgeonings of chance" about becoming an advocate for the human rights of asylum seekers. Julian Burnside is a distinguished Australian barrister, human rights advocate and author. In 2014, he was awarded the Sydney...

Research report

13 Mar 2015

Introduction

This report summarises the key South Australian findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2013-14 (cat. no. 4530.0) which was released on 17 February 2015.

Crime Victimisation, Australia provides the results of an Australia-wide crime victimisation...

Research report

18 Mar 2015

Outlines why progression should be interpreted as increased ambition not just in terms of absolute emission reductions, but also in the rate of emission reductions. In other words, countries’ targets should not just increase the amount of emissions reduced, but the speed at which this...

Research report

18 Mar 2015

This report examines trends in temporary and permanent migration to and from New Zealand. The report updates trends to 2013/14 and compares recent immigration patterns with patterns identified in previous years.

Introduction

This report is the 14th in an annual series about temporary...

Thesis

26 Dec 2014

This thesis set out to form a bridge between the disciplines of architectural history, social and women’s history, building technology and environmental assessment, by investigating changes to existing houses over time and linking these with changes in lifestyle and technology.

Abstract

The...

Research report

11 Feb 2015

This report assesses the performance and results of the Australian aid program in 2013-14.

Executive summary

The report:

Provides an update on progress towards the 10 strategic targets for the aid program; Summarises the performance and results of country and regional...

Research report

4 Feb 2015

This paper provides insights into what partner country governments anticipate will be their main development challenges within five to ten years, and into how they expect their relationships with Development Assistance Committee development assistance providers to evolve in order to meet these challenges

...

Video

22 Nov 2012

Ms Pires explains, drawing from its own experience in achieving social stability and rapid growth, Timor-Leste’s pioneering role in the establishment of the g7+, a group of now 18 fragile states that was formed in 2010 as a country-owned and country-led global mechanism to monitor,...

Transcript

14 Nov 2013

Abstract

Jim Adams delivered the 2013 Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture on November 14, 2013. The Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture Series, of which this is the second, has been created to provide a new forum at which the most pressing development issues can...

Discussion paper

20 Mar 2015

This paper explains why states should have a decarbonisation strategy and explores some key policy elements.

Abstract

Across the world, governments at all levels are implementing policies to reduce carbon emissions, address local air pollution, improve energy productivity, grow new industries and...

Discussion paper

18 Mar 2015

The paper deals with the question of how a fair sharing of costs, responsibilities and opportunities among and within countries can be achieved in formulating and implementing a post-2015 sustainability agenda.

Introduction

After many years of focusing on the symptoms of extreme...

Research report

10 Jun 2014

This report outlines findings from an international online survey of 711 academics about their use of social media as part of their work conducted in January 2014. The survey sought to identify the tools that the respondents used, those they found most useful and the...

Research report

16 Dec 2014

This volume brings fresh perspectives on Indonesia and what the changes in Indonesian politics, diplomacy, and society mean for Australia-Indonesia relations and for the Indo-Pacific international system.

Overview

Indonesia is often described by diplomats and politicians as Australia's most important relationship. The...

Research report

20 Mar 2015

Submitted to the government in early February 2015, this independent review by former integrity commissioner Philip Moss was released to the public on 20 March 2015. The review was commissioned in October 2014 to investigate allegations of sexual and physical assault on asylum seekers and...

Research report

26 Mar 2015

A language guide that ensures that information sourced from the operational level is precise, consistent and unambiguous.

Summary The civil-military-police community is as diverse as it is broad. It contains a wide range of actors who employ varying methodologies, use a variety of...

Commentary

Article

31 Mar 2015

Once the natural party of government, the Liberal Party has been performing badly across Australia for thirty years or more. Mike Baird has shown the party a way out

Mike Baird’s victory in Saturday’s NSW election is far more unusual than it looks....

Research report

26 Mar 2015

Modi’s forthcoming visit to China has the potential to set the tone of Sino-Indian relations for years to come, according to this report.

Summary

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Beijing by the end of May this year. At...

Research report

20 Nov 2013

Examines the recent performance of newspapers as a basis for understanding the current state of play in the industry.

Introduction

The growth of the internet as a popular news and advertising medium has spawned a deep structural adjustment process in the Australian...

Research report

20 Jul 2013

Presents a systematic analysis of the coverage of Italian matters in the Australian news media in the period 2005-2012.

Executive summary

The study presents a systematic analysis of the coverage of Italian matters in the Australian news media in the period 2005-2012....

Commentary

Article

27 Mar 2015

The Intergenerational Report (IGR) is a valuable contribution to public policy, but there is scope for it to be significantly improved. While it has been subject to some criticism, the real issue missing from the IGR is modelling of one entire side of the Budget...

Commentary

Article

9 Mar 2015

Many conversations around Australia start and end on house prices – particularly for those lucky (or unlucky?) enough to live in our major capitals.

Prices are out of control, with quite extraordinary price increases over recent years. I would know, I have struggled to...

Research report

27 Mar 2015

Overview: There’s a possibility that Australia’s future submarine (FSM) will be based on a Japanese design. The government has explicitly kept that option open, along with the possibility of buying the boats from Germany or France.

Wherever the FSM is designed, built, or...

Discussion paper

30 Mar 2015

This paper is intended to start a national conversation on tax reform and invites submissions from the public.

Foreword

Australia has experienced nearly a quarter of a century of uninterrupted economic growth. As a result, Australians continue to have some of the...

Guide

26 Mar 2015

Overview: This paper summarises a recent Parliamentary Library publication on domestic violence. It provides an overview of the prevalence, risk factors and cost of domestic violence in Australia.

This paper uses the term domestic violence to refer to ‘acts of violence that occur...

Guide

25 Mar 2015

This Quick Guide provides a brief overview of the current debate about whether advanced economies are caught in a period of protracted slow growth or if there are grounds to be more optimistic.

What is ‘secular stagnation’?

Robert Solow has defined ‘secular...

Research report

23 Mar 2015

Overview: The National Health Data Dictionary (NHDD) provides national data standards for the health sector. This version (Version 16.2) reflects changes to data standards between July 2013 and June 2014. Eight national minimum data sets, 12 data set specifications, 16 data element clusters, 174...

Research report

22 Feb 2015

This paper discusses the Islamic State's success in using social media and other communications technologies to recruit fighters from Southeast Asia and Australia.

Introduction

Southeast Asia has direct experience of returning extremists. Indonesian veterans of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan laid the...

Strategy

27 Mar 2015

This report, a joint effort of a group of Indigenous leaders from across Australia brought together by the Jawun Indigenous Partnerships Corporation, proposes an Indigenous Empowerment framework.

Foreword

There needs to be a fundamental shift away from the traditional social policy framework...

Research report

30 Mar 2015

Victorian water and energy companies have been working to improve customer outcomes, according to this report.

Introduction

Why write a research paper?

EWOV receives and resolves customer complaints about a wide variety of Victorian energy and water issues. In May...

Commentary

Article

27 Mar 2015

Despite the fact that women are more likely to be raped or killed by an intimate partner in their own home, stranger attacks are still seen as the defining experience of violence perpetrated by men against women.

It is a narrative of convenience: one...

Audio interview

27 Mar 2015

New research from Oxford University has named Australia's most polluting coal fired power stations and warns of the risks they pose to the economy and the environment.

The report's author, Ben Caldecott, has been openly critical of the Australian Government's record on climate change...

Working paper

27 Mar 2015

This paper locates subcritical coal-fired power stations in Australia and identified the ones most at risk of stranding due to their carbon intensity and local environmental impacts. The research shows which companies own these assets in Australia and ranks companies by exposure. In addition, we...

Audio interview

12 Mar 2015

The release of the inter-generational report has given rise to much talk about inequality and the need for another look at our tax system. It's been five years since the release of the Henry Tax Review, a comprehensive study of our tax and transfer system,...

Research report

16 Mar 2015

This project involved descriptive analysis and modelling techniques to understand the structural drivers of homelessness, using data from three Census periods (2001, 2006 and 2011). The project utilised data from the ABS Census of Population and Housing, the Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) Collection from the...

Article

16 Jan 2015

Aged care reform has forced us to become more transparent, more accountable and more efficient in the delivery of both home based and residential care services. We’re working with a client group which is now savvier than ever, wanting to access the best services for...

Research report

26 Mar 2015

Queensland's population growth has slowed to its lowest rate in 15 years, according to this report.

Summary Queensland's population growth has slowed to its lowest rate in 15 years, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

"The sunshine state's...

Research report

27 Feb 2015

Executive Summary

This report provides a data profile of Australian businesses using the Australian Workplace Relations Study (AWRS) and the Award Reliance Survey. It presents information on the characteristics and performance of businesses by business size and degree of award reliance and as...

Video

12 Mar 2015

A lecture by Dr Mari Elka Pangestu on the role of the arts and culture in the development of Indonesia.

Summary

Development in most Asian countries has taken place through several conventional phases. Economies such as Indonesia have started with agriculture/resource based...

Book

27 Mar 2015

These five shortlisted essays from the Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition look at mental health from a variety of perspectives. The outright winner, “A Place to Call Home: Housing Security and Mental Health,” was written by freelance writer El Gibbs. Runners-up were Malcolm Forbes, a...

Research report

26 Mar 2015

Australia has the fastest population growth of major developed countries, and projections show a reduced infrastructure spend per capita, putting huge pressure on major cities.

This report reveals:

Population growth rate has increased above historic trends, largely due to immigration. The ABS predicts...

Research report

13 May 2013

The Knowledge Infrastructures research group convened a workshop in May 2012, sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. Some 25 international scholars from many domains, including sociology, science and technology studies, computer science, human-computer interaction, and the digital humanities, participated in...

Briefing paper

26 Mar 2015

Executive Summary

A tax on financial transactions, or 'Tobin' tax, could protect superannuation investors, improve the operation of Australia’s capital markets and provide a source of tax revenue worth over $1 billion per year.

Protecting investors

Australia’s super funds and...

Research report

26 Mar 2015

Executive Summary

This exploratory study is the first time that the point of view of primary schools and their day-to-day experiences of dealing with student homelessness have been investigated. The findings make an important contribution to the broader evidence base on the detrimental...

Research report

26 Mar 2015

Broadcasters in a number of nations and regions operate under content regulatory schemes designed to serve cultural and economic purposes. Most of these policies were put into place during the age of terrestrial broadcasting in which national policymakers could tightly control the availability of content...

Research report

23 Feb 2015

Presents a snapshot of the public’s exposure to consumer scams, to assess the range of ways in which scams can affect victims and their families, to determine how victims respond and to identify emerging typologies, and look at issues that could be used to inform...

Article

18 Mar 2015

The global economic crisis is not over for Australia. Instead, its effects have been delayed rather than avoided. China’s economic stimulus delayed the impact of the crisis, but as Chinese economy rebalances and its growth slows, Australian policy-makers will have to deal with a series...

Research report

23 Mar 2015

The two papers in this Special Report examine the central role that cybercrime plays in modern society and how technological developments create new opportunities for criminals to exploit.

Overview

Calum Jeffray’s paper, Caught in the net: the law enforcement response to international...

Research report

25 Mar 2015

Summary: Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease-Australian facts: risk factors is the fourth in a series of national reports by the National Centre for Monitoring Vascular Diseases at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

It describes health risk factors and their...

Commentary

Article

25 Mar 2015

Looked at over time and ranked against other OECD countries, public funding of Australian universities is at a record-breaking low

At a conference of university leaders in early 2013, Tony Abbott promised “relative policy stability” in higher education if he became prime minister....

Research report

24 Mar 2015

This inquiry, coinciding with the inquiry into mandatory data retention, examined the need for comprehensive reform of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 in light of changes in technology as well as privacy concerns.

The referral

On 12 December 2013, the...

Book review

21 Mar 2015

Internet critic Andrew Keen might be the man for the times, but his new book fails to convince

The American historian Melvin Kranzberg once wrote that “technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” It’s a lovely observation that reminds us...

Audio program

24 Mar 2015

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull joins RN Breakfast to discuss the Government's controversial metadata laws and putting media reform back on the political agenda.

Guests

Malcolm Turnbull, Communications Minister

Credits

Producer: Alison Carabine

Research report

19 Mar 2015

This report argues that, despite the best intentions of their respective Prime Ministers, any enhancement of the Indo-Australian relationship depends for the most part on India’s domestic agenda and remains speculative.

Summary

Non-alignment in its present form in India is both flexible...

Strategy

4 Mar 2015

On 4 March 2015, the Premier released Victoria's Ice Action Plan.

The plan delivers a package of $45.5 million in new funding, including:

$4.7 million in additional support for families $18 million to expand drug treatment services $1.8 million to enhance the capacity...

Research report

18 Mar 2015

This report argues that the Government has taken decisions to remove a net $2.3 billion in red tape, as at 31 December 2014, more than double the annual net $1 billion target.

Introduction

Regulation is a term generally used to describe the...

Research report

25 Mar 2015

Howard Bamsey and Kath Rowley argue that any failure to pay proper, high-level attention to the current international climate change negotiations raises several risks to the national interest. Strong, constructive engagement in those negotiations by Australia would serve climate change, economic and other national goals....

Research report

25 Mar 2015

The Australian Methylamphetamine Market provide a concise understanding of the nature of organised criminal involvement in the Australian methylamphetamine market. The report consolidates open source information with operational and strategic intelligence to inform the Australian public on what the Australian Crime Commission sees as...

Audio program

25 Mar 2015

The Senate could pass the Government's controversial new meta data laws as early as tonight - but not before the Greens attempt to move more than a dozen amendments to try and beef up privacy safeguards.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has provided a list...

Audio program

25 Mar 2015

Justice Minister Michael Keenan is describing the scourge of the drug ice as a 'mind eating, personality distorting, life ending drug'.

This interview with the Minister discusses the release of a landmark report by the Australian Crime Commission that finds that ice, or methyl...

Research report

23 Feb 2015

This report finds that Aboriginal people experience both illness and death from heart disease at higher rates and at a much earlier average age than non-Aboriginal people, underscoring the urgency to direct efforts ‘upstream’ towards primary prevention and earlier, community-based detection and intervention.

...

Research report

25 Mar 2015

This report was commissioned by the Office of the Chief Scientist and the Australian Academy of Science and produced by the Centre for International Economics (CIE).

The report combines the expertise of Australia’s scientific community with that of business and industry. The aim has...

Audio interview

25 Mar 2015

Though it's not widely known or recognised, science directly contributes $145 billion dollars to the national economy each year.

The report "The importance of advanced physical and mathematical sciences to the Australian economy" discussed here, shows that advanced physical and mathematical sciences account for...

Working paper

12 Jan 2015

This working paper describes the potential of the proliferation of new sources of large volumes of data, sometimes also referred to as "big data", for informing policy making in several areas. It also outlines the challenges that the proliferation of data raises for the production...

Research report

30 Jun 2014

This report analyses the complex system of laws, agencies, and processes that regulate New Zealand's oil and gas industry.

Introduction

In part due to the technique of hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, more wells are being drilled in Taranaki and the amount of...

Research report

19 Mar 2015

Assessed how accountable emergency service organisations and the Departments of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and Justice & Regulation (DJR) are for their response time performance.

Summary The audit assessed how accountable emergency service organisations and the Departments of Health & Human Services...

Research report

20 Mar 2015

This report proposes a case for abolishing the Medicare Schedule Fee, arguing that is has failed to establish a cooperative platform for dealings with the profession over the setting of fees.

Overview

GPs have been willing to bulk bill for over 80%...

Research report

3 Mar 2015

This paper proposes ways to keep Australia and New Zealand within the Pacific Islands Forum and at the same time meet the concerns of the Pacific island states about ‘charting their own course’.

Overview

During her visit to Suva in November 2014,...

Research report

20 Mar 2015

This paper presents a series of posts on the fraught relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

Overview

The bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia has long been a fraught one. The latest tussle, over the imminent execution of two Australian prisoners in Indonesia,...

Audio presentation

18 Mar 2015

When researching his latest book, the organised mind, neuroscientist Daniel Levitin asked some of the world’s busiest people how they manage to keep on top of the data deluge.

In this talk he discusses the brain, learning, creativity, the myth of multitasking and how...

Chapter

17 Apr 2014

This chapter discusses some of the complex issues surrounding the notion of cultural competence—and the critical need for practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, understandings and attributes to be responsive in diverse cultural settings. The argument for culturally competent mental health practitioners and services is situated...

Audio program

20 Mar 2015

A Senate committee's told the Government to reverse its budget cuts to legal services because they are increasing the danger of domestic violence.

The interim report was released on 19 March to pressure the Government as it prepares its next budget.

Labor and...

Research report

19 Mar 2015

One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 and almost one in five have experienced sexual violence. A study of Victorian women demonstrated that domestic violence is the leading preventable contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged...

Commentary

Article

19 Mar 2015

A whacking stick is not enough to get young people into work

Kristy Muir; Abigail Powell, and Rose Butler

Australia’s young people are facing some urgent problems. The unemployment rate of 15 to 24-year-olds, at a staggering 13.9%, is more than double the...

Research report

19 Mar 2015

Presents an overview of admitted patient activity in Australia’s public and private hospitals.

Summary

How much admitted patient care was provided? In 2013-14, there were more than 9.7 million separations from hospitals-5.7 million in public hospitals and 4.0 million in private...

Research report

18 Mar 2015

Examines survey respondents' beliefs about whether they felt they had been left behind by information and communication technology (ICT) developments, and whether they were worried about being left behind in the future.

Summary The rapid advances in information and communication technology (ICT) in...

Research report

19 Mar 2015

More than one-third of Australians (35.3%) went to a GP six or more times in 2012–13, and those who went most often tended to be older and less wealthy, were more likely to have several long-term health conditions and were more likely to see several...

Research report

4 Nov 2014

An investigation of what is causing climate change and one of its major impacts – the rising level of the sea.

Introduction

The level of the sea is constantly changing everywhere on Earth as tides rise and fall in predictable patterns. Both...

Website

1 Feb 2015

China has diplomatic relations with 8 Pacific island countries: the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Niue, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Others recognise Taiwan. China has held two main regional meetings (2006 & 2013) in which it announced a...

Briefing paper

23 Jun 2014

Executive summary

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is not a health scheme. The NDIS funds disability support and a range of related services designed to maximise the independence of a person with a disability. Health care is a specific exclusion. The NDIS...

Research report

19 Mar 2015

This report calls for earlier and more proactive intervention in family violence, arguing that while family violence has finally come to attention as a systemic wrong in need of a National Plan, a significant gap exists in our collective response.

Executive summary...

Briefing paper

23 Jun 2014

Executive Summary

What are the issues related to health professionals’ changing scope of practice in Australia?

There is evidence that the current organisation of health professionals and health practitioners, and their associated scope of practice, are not suited to meet the...

Briefing paper

23 Jun 2014

Policy context

Increasingly, consumers expect their governments, health services and health practitioners to assist them to be:

More informed and involved generally; Managing their health where possible; and Providing prompt, appropriate and individualised help when required.

As such, listening, shaping and responding...

Research report

2 Mar 2015

This report presents a cross-national comparison of the short- and medium-term economic effects of divorce.

Overview

This paper uses longitudinal data to estimate the short- and medium-term economic effects of divorce in the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Korea, Germany and Australia during...

Briefing paper

17 Jun 2014

Executive summary

Clinical decision-making tools can be considered in two broad categories – those designed to be used by clinicians and those designed to promote shared decision making with the clinician and patient together. The potential effect of computerised clinical decision support systems...

Briefing paper

1 Apr 2014

Executive summary

Public patients are routinely being treated in Australian private hospitals. Some jurisdictions have large-scale, planned programs where private or not-for-profit hospitals are contracted by the public sector to treat public inpatients (for example, Queensland’s Surgery Connect program). Often, however, ‘contracting’ is...

Briefing paper

26 Mar 2014

Executive summary

Rural Australians generally experience poorer health than their city counterparts. Rural Australia is a vast geographical region, with significant diversity, where there is good health and prosperity, as well as disadvantage. The purpose of this issue brief is to provide evidence...

Briefing paper

4 Dec 2013

Executive summary

Does antibiotic resistance exist?

Yes. It is a worsening phenomenon seen all over the world, including Australia.

What are the implications of antibiotic resistance?

Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria is associated with longer length of stay in...

Research report

18 Mar 2015

This report examines ways to create a national approach to retail leasing arrangements to create a fairer system and reduce the burden on small to medium businesses with associated benefits to landlords.

Summary

This report provides an overview of previous reviews into...

Briefing paper

26 Jul 2012

After years of highly charged political and public debate on tackling climate change, Australia started taxing carbon emissions on 1 July 2012. Under the carbon tax, Australia’s biggest carbon emitting companies will pay a fixed-price levy on their carbon emissions for three years. At the...

Research report

17 Mar 2015

This Senate report recommends that the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 be rejected by the Senate.

Overview

The Senate Education and Employment References Committees' inquiry and report looked at: (a) the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill...

Submission

16 Mar 2015

This submission focuses on Australia’s international undertakings under the United Nation’s Framework on Climate Change and the implications for future targets.

Summary

The Climate Institutes' submission to the Climate Change Authority’s Special Review on Australia’s future emissions reductions targets.

This submission...

Research report

16 Mar 2015

This working paper reports on a survey of provider organisations conducted almost one year into the implementation of Remote Jobs and Communities Program.

Abstract

On 1 July 2013, a new labour market and community participation program-the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP)-started...

Research report

17 Mar 2015

During 2012-13, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services saw just over 250,000 Indigenous clients. This report shows increases in the proportion of clients receiving appropriate processes of care for ten of the 16 primary health care indicators.

Summary

This report on Aboriginal Community...

Research report

18 Mar 2015

This bulletin examines people’s use of aged care services in the 8 years before death, using the cohort of 116,481 people who died in 2010–11 aged at least 65.

Summary

In 2010-11, 116,481 people died in Australia aged at least 65. This...

Research report

17 Mar 2015

Overview: Sydney Harbour is a paradox: one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, yet few other estuaries are as modified and polluted. Many sites in the Harbour don’t meet water quality guidelines for contaminants such as nutrients and faecal bacteria. Water quality...

Transcript

16 Mar 2015

This speech argues that inclusiveness is the essential quality of a new Australian security.

Introduction

The Australian National University was established with an unashamed nation-building ethos. The goal was a world-class research university in the Australian national interest with, in the wake...

Research report

18 Mar 2015

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Health’s administration of the Medical Specialist Training Program.

Audit objective and criteria

The audit focused on key aspects of Health’s administration of the STP since the consolidation of funding programs in 2009, and...

Research report

18 Mar 2015

Overview: This audit assessed whether Victoria's Department of Education and Training (DET), government schools and early childhood education and care providers are effectively supporting children to transition into Prep and from primary to secondary school.

DET has improved access to high-quality kindergarten programs...

Article

17 Mar 2015

Discusses the problem New Zealand faces in dealing with radicalisation and the participation by its citizens in foreign conflicts.

Introduction

Unlike many other Western countries and its neighbour Australia, New Zealand historically has not had an issue with members of its Muslim...

Working paper

16 Mar 2015

The Office of the Information Commission Queensland / ANZSOG Occasional Paper series aims to objectively evaluate the available evidence about whether openness can be a far more powerful tool than secrecy in serving the public interest. Where transparency can be used as a tool, the...

Video

1 Mar 2015

Overview: In partnership with the Sustainable Living Festival, Simran Sethi shares her wisdom on food, sustainability and climate change with the Wheeler Centre.

The good news for the human among us (i.e. everyone) is that her approach is both passionate and imperfect. For...

Audio program

15 Mar 2015

Cruise liners berthed near homes on Sydney harbour are burning a carcinogenic fuel banned in US and European ports. Residents say they’re getting sick but the cruise companies have refused to burn cleaner fuel and the government says it won’t act to stop the dirty...

Briefing paper

18 Jan 2013

Australia does not currently require warning labels on alcohol products, putting Australia out of step with many other countries. Given the potential persuasive power of labels, as well as the rising social costs of alcoholism in the United States (US), government - mandated warning labels...

Audio program

17 Mar 2015

Economics of Dignity. Marilyn Waring no longer believes that we should put monetary values on unpaid work and the environment. Instead she has developed a human rights approach that puts women and other vulnerable people at the centre. What would make women’s lives easier, safer...

Briefing paper

14 Feb 2013

Under Australian mental health laws, people with schizophrenia can only be involuntarily committed to a mental health facility if they are assessed and it is determined that their illness is making them dangerous to themselves or others.

To determine whether they are to undergo...

Briefing paper

6 Mar 2013

The Australian and New Zealand clinical practice guidelines recommend intensive case management for people with first-episode psychosis or an acute relapse of schizophrenia.

Often initiated following discharge from hospital or transfer from community-based acute care, case management is a collaborative, community-based program designed to...

Audio program

24 Feb 2015

It’s not just reality TV shows telling us how to remodel, refashion and rework our homes and gardens. Reinvention is also being taken up by institutions, corporations as well as by politicians and governments who see the makeover as a way to turn their fortunes...

Commentary

Article

18 Mar 2015

When Tony Abbott pledged to create a million jobs in the first five years in office he wasn't exactly setting himself a task. But weak growth has since turned that minor target into a major task, writes Greg Jericho.

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One big...

Briefing paper

11 Apr 2013

The research evidence shows that accreditation is a useful tool for stimulating improvements in the quality and safety of health services.

Accreditation programs are deployed widely to monitor and promote safety and quality in healthcare. Governments, health service organisations and accreditation agencies have invested...

Briefing paper

27 Jun 2013

Dental diseases are a costly public health issue that disproportionately affect disadvantaged people.1,2 However in Australia, access to oral health care services is determined largely by the ability to pay. In recent years, there has been growing concern about inequities in access to care, with...

Briefing paper

22 Jul 2013

Australia has recently implemented an activity - based funding system for public hospitals. Policymakers and providers are keen to ensure that the price paid for health care services stimulates improvements in quality and safety , but some remain scept ical that this can be achieved...

Website

10 Mar 2015

The CoreLogic RP Data Daily Home Value Index aims to measure daily movements in the value of Australian housing markets. Rather than relying solely on transacted sale prices to provide a measure of housing market conditions, the CoreLogic RP Data Daily Home Value Index is...

Research report

25 Feb 2015

This paper argues that long-held acceptance of student entitlement should be applied consistently across the entire tertiary education system.

Overview

A clear ‘entitlement’ to public support for school education has been widely accepted policy for more than a century in Australia, but...

Research report

11 Mar 2015

Summary: Across the English-speaking world, child protection authorities are increasingly placing children with extended family rather than in foster care or residential care. Many more children are in such arrangements informally. A number of surveys of kinship carers have been conducted in recent years...

Research report

12 Mar 2015

Provides a description of how carbon, water, nutrients, organic matter and microbes interact to underpin the health of soils.

Introduction This paper seeks to provide a short and simple description of how carbon, water, nutrients, organic matter and microbes interact to underpin the...

Journal article

22 Sep 2014

The public value framework, with its call for more entrepreneurial activities by public managers, has attracted concern and criticism about its implicit breaching of the politics/administration dichotomy. This article explores the role of political astuteness not only in discerning and creating public value, but also...

Submission

25 Nov 2013

Victorian aged care provider, Benetas responds to the 2013 National Commission of Audit (NCOA). The Commission's mandate includes identifying wasteful expenditure so that the Government will be in a better position to meet the growing need of essential services, such as aged care.

Benetas...

Briefing paper

21 Mar 2012

Preventing obesity is a high priority for Australian governments. While individuals have a responsibility to manage their own diet and weight, governments also have a role to play. Governments can enable individual health promoting behaviours through a range of means including: the physical environment (for...

Briefing paper

22 Mar 2012

When Activity-Based Funding (ABF) for public hospitals begins on 1 July this year, it should make it easier for hospitals to establish Hospital in the Home (HITH) services. The pricing framework underpinning the ABF system stipulates that public hospital services should be priced in a...

Briefing paper

15 Jun 2012

Policy issue

In 2002, it became mandatory for food producers in Australia to provide a Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) on the back of food packages. However, research has shown that consumers often misinterpret NIPs or do not use them at all. Health advocates...

Briefing paper

19 Jun 2012

A national arts and health policy framework being developed in 2012 proposes whole of government engagement to strengthen arts and health initiatives for community wellbeing.

This framework should assist health providers at all levels to assess existing programs, consider new directions and identify community...

Submission

16 Jan 2014

Victorian aged care provider, Benetas, provides feedback to the implementation of the Application Form and Guideline process for Living Longer, Living Better Significant Refurbishment Supplement.

As a whole, Benetas is supportive of the new Accommodation Supplement and the Guidelines for newly built and significantly...

Briefing paper

21 Jun 2012

Debates about different models of maternity care have been long-running in Australia. Disputes over evidence on the safety and quality of midwifery-led models of care – which include shared care, birth centres, and planned home births – are at the heart of the debate....

Research report

10 Mar 2015

The industrial structure of European economies and the types of occupation that they support are changing. This change takes many forms in different national contexts, but there are some common themes. There has been an increase in service-sector employment, both in low-skilled customer service work...

Research report

16 Mar 2015

Overview: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has declared its intent to establish a fully integrated community by the end of 2015. The aim is to institutionalise a regional bloc built on three pillars:

the ASEAN Economic Community the ASEAN Political-Security Community...

Research report

13 Mar 2015

This year’s report examines trends such as amplified intelligence, ambient computing, software-defined everything and the IT worker of the future. These trends have the potential to disrupt and reshape organisations, business models and even entire industries.

In the coming fiscal year or next, how...

Research report

16 Mar 2015

Overview: This report presents data about natural disasters impacts (human and economic) at world scale for the last 20 years. The analyses focus on trends and patterns of impacts and how these vary regarding the income level or the geographical location. Based on the...

Submission

19 Sep 2014

Benetas is a provider of aged care services. Benetas operates as one of the largest not-for-profit aged care providers in Victoria, employing over 1,400 staff and 400 volunteers to support over 4,000 older people, and their carers and families, to live fulfilling lives through our...

Research report

16 Mar 2015

Executive Director’s report

Ross Wilkinson, ANDS

How can Australia address the challenge of living in bushfire prone city fringes? How can Australia most effectively farm and preserve our precious soil? How can Australia understand the Great Barrier Reef? No single discipline can...

Research report

1 Nov 2014

Main points

Research data are an asset we have been building for decades, through billions of dollars of public investment in research annually. The information and communication technology (ICT) revolution presents an unprecedented opportunity to ‘leverage’ that asset. Given this, there is increasing...

Journal article

15 Mar 2015

In explaining policy reform, there is a tendency to assume that causes and outcomes are temporally contiguous and that the consequences of reform efforts unfold quickly. There is no obvious reason, theoretical or empirical, why this should be the case when considering the relationships between...

Research report

16 Mar 2015

Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of heatwaves in Western Australia and driving up the likelihood of very high fire danger weather.

Western Australia is experiencing a long-term increase in average temperatures and in 2014 the state recorded its highest ever...

Research report

13 Mar 2015

This report argues that successive Australian governments have failed to define an effective national defence strategy.

Executive summary Australia’s inability to clearly and succinctly define its defence strategy is a perennial failing that will have serious policy and operational consequences if not addressed....

Audio program

13 Mar 2015

The Abbott Government says its proposed metadata retention laws are critical to fighting crime and terrorism.

But similar schemes in Europe have been wound back following legal challenges.

This week the District Court of The Hague scrapped the Netherlands’ data retention law, finding...

Journal article

1 Mar 2015

Investigates the use of screen media and digital competencies of higher education students in light of the growing focus on new media and e-learning in Australian universities.

Abstract

The authors argue that there is a need to resist the commonplace utopian and...

Research report

3 Mar 2015

Two thirds of all crime in England and Wales is property crime, yet victims have little faith in the ability of the criminal justice system to address it. Only one in every ten shoplifting incidents is reported to police, and half of burglary victims never...

Research report

11 Mar 2015

This paper examines the issue of nuclear latency (the potential for countries to obtain nuclear weapons capability) by focusing on the cases of the Republic of Korea and Japan, then looks at what Australia should do.

Overview

Since the 1946 ‘Report on...

Research report

7 Mar 2015

This research found that nine in ten Australian women have experienced street harassment and modify their behaviour in response.

Overview

Actions women are taking for their personal safety include everything from crossing the street to avoid strangers, to pretending to have a...

Research report

11 Mar 2015

This paper provides a summary of evidence from research on the effectiveness of homeopathy in treating health conditions in humans.

Findings

There was no reliable evidence from research in humans that homeopathy was effective for treating the range of health conditions considered:...

Submission

12 Mar 2015

This submission proposes 12 immediate spending priority areas for Victoria for this year’s state budget, and presents proposals to address some of the biggest social issues facing the state.

Executive summary

In the lead-up to the 2014 Victorian election and in the...

Research report

7 Mar 2015

Presents a demographic snapshot of ISIS supporters on Twitter by analysing a sample of 20,000 ISIS-supporting Twitter accounts, mapping the locations, preferred languages, and the number and type of followers of these accounts.

Overview

Although much ink has been spilled on ISIS’s...

Commentary

Article

6 Mar 2015

While the IGR asserts that “over the coming decades younger people will make up a smaller proportion of the population…[and] a smaller proportion of the population likely to be engaged directly with education, especially in the primary and secondary sectors”, Australia is currently experiencing a...

Journal article

26 Jan 2015

This article examines some of the earliest copyright cases to deal with works of geographical information, relating them to today’s discussions surrounding the treatment of factual works.

Abstract

Questions over whether and, if so, how copyright law should protect works of fact...

Research report

9 Mar 2015

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on children deprived of their liberty from the perspective of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

In the report, the Special Rapporteur explores the international legal framework and standards...

Research report

11 Mar 2015

Abstract: This paper provides a brief overview of the current teacher workforce situation in Australia. It highlights workforce trends and projected growth, and areas where the collection and analysis of additional data may assist in the targeting of effective policy.

Demand for teachers...

Guide

15 Oct 2014

Introduction: This guide aims to support workers and agencies working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who use alcohol and other drugs. It is the fourth in a series of ‘Good Practice Guides’ developed by Dovetail in its role of providing professional...

Interview

5 Mar 2015

Roxane Gay’s essay ‘Bad Feminist’ was described by the Guardian as ‘the most persuasive feminist recruitment drive in recent memory’: she argues for embracing the values of feminism, while admitting her own contradictions and imperfections as a feminist.

Her book of the same name...

Audio interview

12 Mar 2015

Few countries around the world have been untouched by the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and Indonesia is no exception. Extremists groups in Indonesia have pledged allegiance to Islamic State and a small but significant number of Indonesians have joined the ranks...

Discussion paper

10 Dec 2014

The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to review Commonwealth legislation to identify provisions that unreasonably encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges.

The Australian Law Reform Commission was asked to identify and critically examine Commonwealth...

Research report

1 Oct 2013

This report is the product of a year long process of research and debate undertaken by a group of eminent leaders on the successes and failures in addressing global challenges over recent decades.

As the world slowly emerges from the devastating Financial Crisis, it...

Research report

15 Dec 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” So said Friedrich Nietzsche, who wasn’t short on great thoughts.

While hospital knowledge precincts may not necessarily be the haunt of great philosophers, this research explores the importance of walkability in promoting ideas,...

Commentary

Article

11 Mar 2015

Not yet developed in Australia, Data Labs in the UK aim to provide a new, low-cost way to understand service impact using data that is already collected.

Data Labs enable service providers to use existing government data to better understand the impact of their...

Strategy

11 Mar 2015

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an “umbrella term for a range of approaches and strategies that integrate theory with the practice of work within a purposefully designed curriculum”.1 Specifically, WIL is aimed at improving the employability of graduates by giving them valuable practical experience which...

Discussion paper

1 Dec 2014

Universities are integral to Australia’s research effort and provide the foundation of skills and knowledge required for the nation’s long-term success. Research and innovation have been consistently identified as essential ingredients for improving productivity and quality of life. If Australia is to continue to compete...

Research report

17 Feb 2015

This report presents an analysis of data for research publications dated between 2011–2013 which have been captured in the IDP Database of Research on International Education. The data is presented in the following breakdowns: keywords/topics of research; country focus; regional focus; publication type; and research...

Evaluation

28 Jan 2015

The report finds that, in spite of the support of the Australian Government and the sustained efforts of Livable Housing Australia, the housing industry, as a whole, has failed to show signs of voluntary systemic transformation. A generous estimation is that the current voluntary approach...

Research report

10 Mar 2015

Public discourse on economics in the United States, and around the world, often focuses on rising income and wealth inequality. The “Occupy” movement drew great attention to the rising fortunes of the top one percent while middle- and lower-income Americans lost ground. Vast scholarly, political,...

Briefing paper

5 Mar 2015

This issues brief examines the evolution of the reporting requirements of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) over the last ten years, with a particular focus on programs funded by the Australian Government Department of Health (the Department). With one exception, the issues brief examines...

Journal article

24 Jul 2013

Government is one of the biggest producers of data—and one of the few that deliver data to the public free of charge. Governments already regulate how organizations may use personal data and myriad other issues related to data. The question, then, isn’t really whether government...

Database

20 Feb 2014

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities in Australia.

Since 3 December 2012, charities wanting to access Commonwealth charity tax concessions (and other benefits), need to register with the ACNC. Although many charities choose to register, registration with...

Website

3 Sep 2014

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities in Australia.

Since 3 December 2012, charities wanting to access Commonwealth charity tax concessions (and other benefits), need to register with the ACNC. Although many charities choose to register, registration with...

Research report

4 Sep 2013

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was established on 3 December 2012 as the independent national regulator of charities. One of the objects of the ACNC Act is to “maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in Australian Not-for-profit sector”. This document presents...

Policy

17 Sep 2014

This report establishes a data security regime for all information held by the Victorian public sector.

Authorised Version No. 001 - Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 - No. 60 of 2014

Authorised Version incorporating amendments as at 17 September 2014...

Guide

21 Feb 2015

High hopes for the NDIS are that people with disability will be able to live as independently as they choose, with the housing of their choice, and with the paid support that suits their preferences and life goals. Research conducted by the Social Policy Research...

Audio program

9 Mar 2015

New data shows that the majority of homeless young people in Australia have come straight out of state care.

Welfare organisations say the national survey of 400 homeless young people should be a wake-up call for state governments.

Research report

18 Feb 2015

Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) permits workers from eight Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste to work in Australia for a period of fourteen weeks to six months. The program centers on the horticulture sector, but is currently being trialed in four other sectors that were...

Research report

10 Feb 2015

Focuses on professionally produced long-form video content that is provided over a broadband internet connection or mobile network such as subscription IPTV services, over-the-top (OTT) services, and catch-up television and film services.

Summary Online video content (OVC) services are expanding Australians’ entertainment options....

Research report

5 Mar 2015

Presents statistics relating to the criminal jurisdictions of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's Courts across Australia for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.

Summary This publication presents nationally comparable statistics relating to the criminal jurisdictions of the...

Research report

4 Mar 2015

Examines the policy and practical challenges being encountered in the development of a legitimate and viable rooming/boarding house sector, and how might these best be overcome through an improved regulatory regime and other measures to address a range of housing needs.

Executive summary...

Research report

6 Mar 2015

Summary : Mining plays a small role in the economy of the Southern Highlands. The major employing industries are service industries, manufacturing and construction. While tourism is not separately counted in most statistical publications, the strong employment numbers in retail, accommodation, food and transport...

Research report

8 Jan 2015

Studies the effects of a switch from external reference pricing to internal reference pricing that was implemented in Denmark in April 2005.

Abstract We study the effects of a change in the way patient reimbursements are calculated on the prices of pharmaceuticals using...

Commentary

Article

26 Feb 2015

The Welfare Review Report has finally been released. It advocates a "new flexible social support system that is simpler, sustainable, coherent and outcomes focused".

The Review proposes to replace the present tangled mess of 20 income support payments paid at various levels with 'five...

Research report

1 Jun 2014

An evaluation by the Office of Development Effectiveness of Australia’s response to the Horn of Africa humanitarian crisis, 2011.

Foreword

This report identifies many strengths of the Australian response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa in 2011. At the...

Blog post

26 Feb 2015

On 28 October 2014, just three weeks before Prime Minister Abbott and PRC President Xi Jinping signed an agreement in Hobart promising ‘increased collaboration in Antarctic science’, the Chinese official newsagency Xinhua announced that China would be establishing the first Antarctic base station for its...

Research report

1 Apr 2007

This is the Australian Government’s second intergenerational report. The report provides a basis for considering the Australian Government’s fiscal outlook over the long term and the sustainability of economic growth in light of Australia’s ageing population and other factors.

Foreword...

Research report

14 May 2002

This is Australia’s first Intergenerational Report. The report provides a basis for considering the Commonwealth’s fiscal outlook over the long term, and identifying emerging issues associated with an ageing population.

Overview

This report focuses on Commonwealth programmes in health, social safety net...

Discussion paper

1 Nov 2014

Currently the New South Wales social housing system faces many challenges – funding is decreasing, operating costs are rising and homes are ageing. This makes it difficult to maintain existing properties as well as to build more homes to meet the increasing demand for housing...

Research report

5 Mar 2015

The Intergenerational Report contains analysis of the key drivers of economic growth – population, participation and productivity – and examines what projected changes in these areas mean for our standard of living and public policy settings. It is a projection into the future, giving us...

Submission

27 Feb 2015

The Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) responds to the NDIA’s AT Discussion Paper, and advocates that roles for all stakeholders must be considered.

Summary of ARATA's key recommendations arising from the Discussion Paper:

1. Evaluate outcomes from AT provision...

Research report

4 Mar 2015

This report argues that health and employment services should intervene earlier, involve key stakeholders and ensure they work together in order to help people with mental-health issues find work and stay in a job.

Foreword

Provides a synthesis of the findings of...

Discussion paper

15 Dec 2014

Introduction

What is assistive technology?

The agreed World Health Organisation definition is "Assistive technology can be defined as “any piece of equipment, or product, whether it is acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional...

Research report

2 Mar 2015

This dictionary is intended to be the authoritative source of data definitions used by BreastScreen Australia to meet the need for national consistency in data collected for program monitoring and evaluation, and for accreditation of BreastScreen Australia services.

Summary

Breast cancer is...

Research report

19 Feb 2015

This paper argues that regulatory authorities should be concerned about increases in liquor outlet density.

Abstract

Aim: To investigate the relationship between liquor licence concentrations and assault rates in Local Government Areas (LGAs) in New South Wales.

Method: Police,...

Research report

15 Feb 2015

Drawing on leaked texts of potential provisions of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, this health impact assessment found the potential for negative impacts in the cost of medicines, tobacco control policies, alcohol control policies, and food labeling.

Overview

The Centre for Health...

Research report

4 Mar 2015

This paper provides evidence as a catalyst for informed discussion about arts and culture in Australia.

Executive summary

Australians value the arts.

A growing number of Australians believe that the arts make for a richer and more meaningful life; they influence...

Research report

4 Mar 2015

This report delves into the nature of domestic and family violence and documents some of the work of the deeply committed people who provide services to victims and perpetrators of abuse.

Overview

The Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland...

Research report

2 Mar 2015

Presents information on asylum claims, unauthorised arrivals and irregular migration in Australia and Europe, to help address some of the popular misconceptions that surround asylum issues.

Introduction

The magnitude and complexity of the issues arising from the flow of asylum seekers and...

Research report

3 Mar 2015

Chief Executive Women has commissioned a series of Case Studies analysing genuine progress around diversity within leading Australian organisations which bought our original CEO Kit (now the CEW Gender Diversity Kit). We have drawn on interviews with staff of the organisations as well as researched...

Audio program

3 Mar 2015

Westpac has won much kudos over recent years for its efforts in attracting and promoting more women into management.

It appointed the first woman, Gail Kelly, to the post of CEO - the only one to date to run a Big Four bank in...

Research report

27 Feb 2015

This review calls for major governance reform, an overhaul of Athletics Australia’s high performance practices and for the sport to be united under one structure.

Executive summary

Following the recent 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Board of Athletics Australia Limited, in partnership with...

Conference paper

18 Nov 2014

This study investigates information networks during the 2010 Merapi volcanic eruption, as a well-proven representative case to capture the capacity of local communities to provide, share, and verify information.

Abstract

Strengthening community capacities is important to significantly increase community resilience after a...

Research report

20 Jan 2015

An evaluation of Services Our Way , a NSW Government service model designed to build the capacity of Aboriginal people to have greater access to mainstream and disability services and encourage self-directed support.

Overview

Services Our Way is a NSW Government...

Research report

18 Nov 2014

Optimising carer resilience has direct benefits to carers, and additional benefits to the overall care support system by reducing dependence on paid care.

Executive summary

People with severe and chronic disabilities represent a significant proportion of the population who require assistance to...

Research report

5 Feb 2015

This paper aims to enhance understanding of the features of optimal return to work practices following traumatic brain and spinal cord injury and identify barriers and facilitators to their implementation.

Executive summary

People with catastrophic injuries face many long-term challenges in the...

Research report

1 Feb 2015

This report sheds light on the impact on court filings of the 2006 reforms that encouraged greater use of non-court based mechanisms for resolving parenting disputes and the 2009 reforms that brought post-separation property division laws and processes for de facto couples into line with...

Commentary

Article

3 Mar 2015

The Abbott government’s tough stance on border protection doesn’t only apply to asylum seekers arriving by boat

For almost five years, Solomon Islander Francesca Teua has been trying to convince the federal government to let her stay in Australia with her two Australian-citizen...

Audio interview

27 Jan 2015

In 1980 ANU security expert Des Ball published, A Suitable Piece of Real Estate , about American installations in Australia. These military and intelligence bases are the cornerstone of the Australian/US defence relationship.

Over 30 years later, there are calls for a renewed debate...

Research report

3 Mar 2015

Describes the trends in living alone and describes the characteristics of people who live alone.

Introduction Living alone is increasingly on the public radar. One in four Australian households is a lone-person household, and rates have increased sharply since the 1970s. Throughout the...

Research report

2 Mar 2015

Tax reform is in the news daily. Calls for fundamental reform have become louder, but there are diverse views on the direction and scope of the reform that is needed. The Liberal/National Coalition Government has committed to a White Paper process on Tax Reform, which...

Literature review

26 Feb 2015

Overview: This paper summarises literature on unemployment, mental health and Work for the Dole programs. Australian and international evidence suggests that unemployed young people are more likely to experience mental health problems than employed people (e.g. greater anxiety and depression, higher suicide rates). Drawing...

Briefing paper

2 Mar 2015

Amid a steady rise in the overall unemployment rate, Australia’s youth continue to bear the brunt. This snapshot, using ABS data, shows that youth unemployment has remained much higher than the overall unemployment rate and the probability of finding a job has not improved since...

Research report

19 Dec 2014

The Brotherhood of St Laurence ‘Community VCAL’ program is a response to widespread concern in Victoria about youth disengagement from secondary education. Operating in Frankston since 2010, it enables 15–18 year olds who have encountered significant challenges to undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning—a...

Technical report

15 Jan 2012

The most common problem with the way that economic modelling used is Australian policy debates in Australia is when good modelling is used out of context to suggest that the case for a particular policy position is stronger than the modelling actually suggests. This technical...

Research report

25 Feb 2015

Overview: This audit examined the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of managing high-value Computed Tomography (CT) and Medical Resonance (MR) scanners in public hospitals. We found that these imaging services are not being managed economically, efficiently or effectively across Victoria.

The cost-effectiveness of delivering CT...

Report

27 Feb 2015

This report recommends the Federal Government introduce a data retention scheme, but also recommends several changes to the proposed legislation.

Research report

26 Feb 2015

The example of a credible and sustainable independent online news operation in Malaysia suggests there are opportunities for online journalism in dozens of countries that restrict and control traditional media activities.

Overview

Malaysiakini, an online news platform operating in a country...

Research report

25 Feb 2015

This report argues that a 40% renewable energy target would provide an earlier tipping point to trigger major solar investment.

Introduction

Since its introduction in 2001, the Renewable Energy Target has provided a policy foundation that has supported the emergence of a...

Research report

26 Feb 2015

Ongoing political instability and conflict undermine food security in Yemen by damaging economic infrastructure, causing internal displacement and contributing to food price inflation.

Summary

Yemen is critically food, water and energy insecure. Political turmoil and resource constraints mean that the situation is...

Journal article

25 Feb 2015

This paper argues for more studies which situate legal scholars within the context of Australian law schools.

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to argue for more histories of Australian legal scholars that study their endeavours through the lens of legal...

Journal article

25 Feb 2015

This article explores the dynamic by which once exceptional measures become normalised and then extended to new extremes.

Abstract

Since September 11, Australia’s federal Parliament has enacted a range of exceptional measures aimed at preventing terrorism. These measures include control orders, which...

Discussion paper

15 Mar 2011

The governance and management of public transport systems is an essential component of metropolitan planning and urban management. Most metropolitan strategies in Australia and in other jurisdictions presuppose the provision of public transport. Yet there is often a disconnection between transport plans and land-use schemes....

Conference paper

18 Nov 2014

On September 4, 2010, an earthquake struck rural Canterbury and the most deadly of over 2,000 aftershocks devastated the Christchurch Central Business District on February 22, 2011 (Ardagh et al. 2012). Questions have arisen regarding population dynamics (Love 2011), marginalized groups, health and social care,...