June 2015

Research report

16 Jun 2015

This report gives a clear picture of how the Australian news consumer compares to eleven other countries surveyed in 2015: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, USA and urban Brazil. The Digital News Report: Australia is part of a global survey by...

12 Jun 2015

Children are more likely to use their strengths to effectively cope with minor stress in their life if they have parents who adopt a strength-based approach to parenting.

In a study published recently in the Journal Psychology, Professor Lea Waters from the Melbourne Graduate...

Research report

25 Jun 2015

This report argues that that Australia's current process for treaty-making falls short on a number of counts, and recommends changes.

Foreword

As this report on Australia's treaty-making process was being finalised the China- Australia Free Trade Agreement—a major trade deal some ten...

Technical report

30 Jun 2015

Effective frameworks for communication can bridge gaps between research, clinical practice, and policy. The gambling sector in Australia comprises a number of stakeholder groups with diverse interests, objectives, and professional skills and resources. The diversity of the sector can present challenges in developing communication strategies...

Technical report

23 Jun 2015

There are more women media professionals than ever in many countries across Asia-Pacific, but they still represent only three out of 10 newsroom staff, often earn less than their male counterparts and are subject to sexual harassment, while struggling to reach decision-making positions.

These...

Research report

16 Jun 2015

Digital technologies is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy with its economic contribution growing from $50 billion in 2011 to $79 billion in 2013-14.

Deloitte Access Economics and the Australian Computer Society Australia’s have partnered to produce Australia's Digital Pulse which...

Audio presentation

5 Jun 2015

Many of the ways we use social media today have longstanding precedents in historical media like diaries, journals, and scrapbooks. What we think of as the 'social media revolution' is part of a much longer story about the use of media for connecting people through...

Research report

3 Jun 2015

This report determines changes in childhood asthma management rates between 2004–14, and examines current medication use and level of control in children attending general practice.

Background

Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are recommended for children with moderate or severe persistent asthma. The aims of...

Video

15 Oct 2014

Older Australians have been slower to engage with the internet and associated technologies the than their younger counter-parts. This presentation uses Australian World Internet Project data to examine this differential pattern of adoption by older Australians and to analyse what older Australians are doing online...

Submission

24 Jun 2015

Recommends the Charter be strengthened to enhance human rights protections and provide a stronger and more enduring human rights culture in Victoria.

Introduction

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this review of the Victorian Charter...

Research report

15 Feb 2015

Non-emergency health transport makes a significant difference to the lives of people living with cancer or undergoing treatment for chronic kidney disease in NSW. For many of these people it is a lifeline, reducing the burden of travel and improving access to healthcare services....

Audio interview

18 Jun 2015

Australians love world news and 24 hour news channels more than other people, and perhaps not surprisingly we increasingly want our personal news feed to be accessible at all times via our smart phones. So what else can we discover from the 2015 Digital News...

Commentary

Article

26 Jun 2015

Referendums don’t bring out the best in the Australian political system. But that shouldn’t stop us from picking our way through the minefield.

On the first day of parliament in 2008, newly minted prime minister Kevin Rudd delivered federal parliament’s Apology to the...

Commentary

Article

24 Jun 2015

Dean Ashenden takes on the sixties, GERM, and the world’s best-known educational revolutionary.

Ken Robinson is perhaps the most celebrated of schooling’s growing band of global gurus, presenter of the most-watched talk in the history of TED, commander of seven-figure speaking fees, profiled...

Research report

25 Jun 2015

On 28 November 2012, the Parliament agreed that a Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples be appointed to inquire into and report on steps that can be taken to progress towards a successful referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition....

Audio interview

25 Jun 2015

A referendum on recognising Indigenous people in the constitution 'cannot and must not fail' according to the chair of a parliamentary inquiry into the issue.

Liberal MP Ken Wyatt says a referendum should be held when it has the best chance of success, and...

Research report

25 Jun 2015

Based on survey data collected from leaders of 513 organisations, the report provides rich information about sector capacity, sustainability, and engagement with government. It shows the sector's strengths as a collaborative, diverse and feminised industry. It also shows leaders' perspectives on the challenges facing the...

Report

29 May 2015

Examines reoffending patterns for 63,366 people sentenced in Victorian criminal courts between July 2004 and June 2014.

Research report

26 Jun 2015

Changing the way services are delivered in order to improve educational, health and wellbeing outcomes for children is not achieved simply through new buildings and co-locating services. It requires developing shared understanding, a shared vision and a new culture of service delivery between services and...

Article

26 Jun 2015

Inequality matters. This is the consistent finding of a myriad of studies in recent times. Consequently, inequality has become an increasingly important concern for policy-makers, business people and societies throughout the world. We can attribute some of the increased interest in inequality to the success...

Journal article

1 Mar 2015

On the 18 February 2015 the Northern Territory Parliament passed an amendment to the Care and Protection Act 2007 (NT) establishing a scheme of permanent care orders for children and young people on other long-term orders under the Act. Of key interest for this article...

Website

25 Jun 2015

The Global Risk Map is the second phase of the PSI Global Resilience Project, which is led by Insurance Australia Group (IAG). The Map was introduced at a major PSI event in Switzerland in May 2015, and formally launched at a global insurance industry event...

Research report

24 Jun 2015

In 2013-14, Australian industry received over $17 billion in gross assistance from the Australian Government through budgetary outlays, tax concessions and tariffs according to the latest annual trade and assistance review by the Productivity Commission.

Notably, budgetary assistance to industry in 2013-14 was about...

Research report

30 Jun 2014

Executive summary

The need for building resilience

Natural hazards have the potential to devastate communities and economies around the world. Natural hazards are inevitable, but not natural disasters. When a natural hazard occurs, it is the collective societal resilience that will...

Article

17 Jun 2015

Australian cities are not alone in playing uneasy host to people sleeping rough or experiencing other kinds of homelessness. Indeed, it would be rare to find a city where there are not people sleeping out without a permanent home, somewhere.

Which is...

Website

24 Jun 2015

This new online resource from the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) provides local government with a practical approach to develop strong, socially cohesive communities.

Developed for the Australian Human Rights Commission under the National...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT)—sensors and actuators connected by networks to computing systems—has received enormous attention over the past five years. A new McKinsey Global Institute report, The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype , attempts to determine exactly how IoT technology...

Journal article

28 Jun 2015

AER 60 takes the 2011 Gonski Review of Funding for Schooling as a vantage point, from which to consider the national funding of schools in Australia, past and future.

Abstract

Section 1 outlines the educational values and perspectives that have underpinned school funding...

Research report

23 Jun 2015

A new report from Statistics New Zealand shows the importance of collecting good information about the one in four Māori who are disabled.

He hauā Māori: findings from the 2013 disability survey shows that while many disabled Māori enjoy good levels of material well-being...

Research report

30 Jul 2014

The third edition of Deloitte’s Media Consumer Survey is a snapshot of how Australians are consuming different media and entertainment. Deloitte’s survey reveals attitudes and behaviours, reporting on how they have changed over the past three years and considers the future. The repot considers: •...

Book

5 Jun 2015

Shared public access to computers and the Internet in developing countries is often hailed as an effective, low-cost way to share the benefits of digital technology. Yet research on the economic and social effects of public access to computers is lacking. This volume offers the...

Discussion paper

15 Dec 2014

The World Coal Association released this concept paper in December 2014 on establishing a Platform for Accelerating Coal Efficiency (PACE).

The vision of PACE would be that for countries choosing to use coal, the most efficient power plant technology possible is deployed. The overriding...

Journal article

1 Mar 2015

This article describes some of the work that North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency does when representing parents and families to assist them to overcome the trend towards removal.

Introduction

The Northern Territory is a place of extremes: extreme heat, extreme beauty, extreme...

Research report

23 Jun 2015

In this Lowy Institute Report Nonresident Fellows Linda Jakobson and Rory Medcalf identify both the real differences in interests between China and other powers in the Indo-Pacific, but also the sharp divergences in perceptions regarding China’s maritime strategic objectives.

Key findings

Regional...

Guide

23 Jun 2015

This Quick Guide provides an overview of Australia’s formal child care system – that is, regulated child care away from the child’s home. The Guide outlines key features of the regulatory framework, approval requirements for a service and describes the funding role of the Australian...

Research report

23 Jun 2015

This paper examines the laws that apply to protests in NSW, showing that it is the common law right to assembly that provides the legal basis of what is commonly called the right to protest.

Introduction

The right to protest peacefully is...

Research report

23 Jun 2015

Overview: Australia’s hospitals 2013–14 at a glance provides information on Australia’s public and private hospitals. In 2013–14, there were 9.7 million hospitalisations, including 2.5 million involving surgery. Public hospitals provided care for 7.2 presentations to emergency departments, with 74% of patients seen within recommended...

Research report

22 Jun 2015

Presents statistics on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program for Australians invited to take part between July 2013 and June 2014.

Summary

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer by actively recruiting...

Discussion paper

24 Jun 2015

The New Zealand Government has directed that a review of its defence policy be conducted over the course of 2015. The Government last updated its defence policy through the Defence White Paper 2010.

The Defence White Paper 2010 represented the first comprehensive articulation of...

Discussion paper

23 Jun 2015

This discussion paper, to prepare for the Reform of the Federation Green Paper, was published online after several chapters were leaked to the media. The Green Paper is yet to be finalised and is intended to be released later in 2015 after further discussions with...

Submission

29 May 2015

Highlights the need for ‘no wrong doors’ for people seeking support for family violence and provides evidence of insufficient integration and coordination between the specialist family violence service system and service systems such as homelessness and disability.

Summary In this submission, Melbourne City...

Research report

26 May 2015

In 2015 the relationship between Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) seems at near rock-bottom. This presents fundamental challenges to the US rebalance strategy and threatens to undermine the security and stability US allies rely on. This new paper by two of America’s leading...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

To what extent have mobile phones become substitutes for fixed-line telephone and fixed-internet, and what is the influence of Australians’ age, location and living circumstances? This snapshot provides some answers to those questions.

Summary Mobile phones and mobile internet devices are an increasingly...

Research report

6 Jun 2015

This paper revisits the Wood Royal Commission report, examines the current system of police accountability in NSW, and discusses the many reviews of the system that have taken place over the past decade.

Overview

The importance of having a system of external...

Research report

4 May 2015

Indonesia’s experience in growing its maritime power will not be of interest to Australia solely in terms of the possible product, but also as a particular illustration of the process of becoming a maritime power.

Executive summary

There are two reasons why...

Research report

21 Jun 2015

Overview: Poor implementation of a policy to get better value for PBS spending is costing government $320 million a year and raising questions about pharmaceutical industry involvement in drug pricing.

The therapeutic group premium policy, introduced in 1998 to stop the government wasting...

Research report

24 Jun 2015

This report examines factors associated with child sexual abuse perpetration and what it can tell us about prevention strategies.

The report considers the specific dynamics of child sexual abuse and their implications in prevention and early intervention, especially through:

identifying the risk factors...

Research report

23 Jun 2015

Outlines the potential impact of the fuel excise on the environment and on lower income Australians.

Summary

Treasury anticipates that the reindexation of the fuel excise will collect $2.2 billion over the forward estimates. From 2001 when the excise was deindexed from...

Research report

19 Jun 2015

Overview: Queensland spends less on social services than the rest of Australia in per capita terms, despite being a large state with a growing population.

In the major areas of health and education, Queensland spends less per person than any other state except...

Audio program

21 Jun 2015

Are our political leaders willing to hear counter arguments or contrary advice if it runs against their political beliefs or interests?

What's at risk if a government surrounds itself with too many yes men and women?

And is politics the only place for...

Commentary

Article

5 Jun 2015

In response to the Financial System Inquiry, the government is set on a course to introduce a user-pays system that can generate about $300 million in revenue to directly fund the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

But beware: wolves sometimes come in sheep’s...

Case study

2 Jun 2015

This report on Rural and Remote Sites Case Studies is complemented by reports on four others: Renal, Cardiac, Maternity, and City Sites. It is published as part of the Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys study, Stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together (MTWT) project. This...

Commentary

Article

18 Jun 2015

Like all phobias, terrorism relies for its enduring effect on sustaining and reinforcing irrational fear. Remarkably, terrorism co-opts credulous authorities who need to constantly dramatize the magnitude and imminence of the threat in order to justify exceptional government actions to protect the community. The reach...

Case study

2 Jun 2015

This report on Cardiac Case Studies is complemented by four others: Renal, Maternity, Rural and Remote Sites, and City Sites. It is published as part of the Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys (MTWT) Study, Stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together project. These case studies...

Guide

2 Jun 2015

The tools contained in this Workbook are an outcome of the Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys (IAPJ) study, Stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together project. Many Aboriginal care journeys are complex, challenging and overwhelming – not only for the person experiencing the journey but...

Briefing paper

23 Jun 2015

The 2015-16 Budget from the Abbott Government has no major announcements on Indigenous issues, but it is far from benign in its support for Indigenous programs. Advocacy groups say it has failed to undo the damage done and anxiety caused by funding cuts in last...

Website

23 Jun 2015

A list of the official datasets which will be used in the 2015 GovHack competition.

GovHack is an annual open data competition held all over Australia and New Zealand. It is a non-profit event run by volunteers who form the GovHack Coordination Team, and...

Commentary

Article

9 Jun 2015

Since the early 1970s, the peace and stability of the Asian region has been underwritten by the simple but enormously important fact that US primacy has been uncontested by any other Asian power. That has sharply limited the risk of a major regional conflict which...

Commentary

Article

19 Jun 2015

Two recent Incline contributions have considered how New Zealand should seek to position itself to meet the challenges of, in Hugh White’s words, an increasingly "contested Asia" where, Matt Hill suggests "while we might not be interested in strategic competition, strategic competition is interested in...

Commentary

Article

23 Jun 2015

In Australia quality teaching is served by a program called Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PELTHE), administered through the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).

Funding for learning and teaching has suffered cuts in most federal budgets over the...

Data portal

23 Jun 2015

Data.gov.au provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from Government. The main purpose of the site is to encourage public access to and reuse of government data by providing it in useful formats under open licences. It was created following the...

Commentary

Article

22 Jun 2015

With declining reach and influence, the Murdoch empire can no longer determine election results

Labor might not have noticed it yet, but Rupert Murdoch’s capacity to influence the outcome declines with each passing election. Over the past eight months, Victoria and Queensland have...

Research report

3 Sep 2014

In the digital age, one of the most complex challenges for media outlets is how to re-shape the editorial responsibilities of journalism itself. Which journalistic standards, many devised last century, still fit in this new age? And which standards form the basis of a new...

Audio interview

11 Jun 2015

Technology is changing the way newsrooms around the world operate, with drones, virtual reality and even games all now being used to report on stories. But there's more - robots could soon be writing your news.

The Associated Press in the US has employed...

Website

19 Jun 2015

On 19 June 2015, representatives from over 40 Australian research institutions gathered in Canberra to launch their most recent Open Data Collections:

internationally significant collections: uncovered, described and made openly available Video stories youtube of 6 of these open data collections (see Related Content...

Research report

12 Jun 2015

The transnational and multi-dimensional nature of Cyberspace and its growing importance presents new frontiers with unparalleled opportunities and challenges for access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy and ethics.

The Internet Study being undertaken by UNESCO is seeking to provide the necessary...

Research report

23 Nov 2012

The Media and Indigenous Policy Report is an outcome of 'The Australian News Media and Indigenous Policymaking 1988-2008' project, funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant. It investigated how journalism impacts on the development of Indigenous social policy. Analysis of media and policy texts, and...

Commentary

Article

24 May 2015

Vatican Radio summary 18 June 2015: Pope Francis’ first encyclical is focused on the idea of ‘ integral ecology ’, connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with...

Research report

22 Jun 2015

While inequality is not extreme in Australia by international comparison, it is trending in the wrong direction according to this report.

Executive summary

Excessive inequality in any society is harmful. It is harmful to the ability of people to participate in social...

Strategy

18 Jun 2015

The White Paper is a vision to unlock the great potential and opportunities of the north. It focuses on building priority roads, developing water resources, removing red tape, building a sustainable workforce and ensuring effective governance arrangements.

Strategy

5 Nov 2014

The Action Plan outlined in this document is intended to support the implementation of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 (NRSS). It addresses key road safety challenges identified in a recent review of the strategy (NRSS Review) and details a range of priority national actions...

Discussion paper

22 May 2015

On 22 May 2014, the Northern Territory hosted the National Remote and Regional Transport Infrastructure and Services Forum in Alice Springs, attended by 120 industry, government and community representatives from all areas of Australia.

Following the Forum, the Council agreed for the Northern Territory...

Case study

2 Jun 2015

This report on City Sites Case Studies is complemented by reports on four others: Renal, Cardiac, Maternity, and Rural and Remote Sites. It is published as part of the Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys study, Stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together project.

Four...

Case study

2 Jun 2015

This report on Maternity Case Studies is complemented by reports on four others: Renal, Cardiac, City Sites, and Rural and Remote Sites. It is published as part of the Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys study, Stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together project.

Five...

Audio program

22 Jun 2015

A major review of the risks of climate change in the Murray Darling Basin is likely within the next seven years.

The proposed timeline has been revealed to ABC RN after a dispute between the Murray Darling Basin Authority and some of Australia's leading...

Report

17 Jun 2015

Executive summary

This is the ninth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks the nations of the world according to their level of peacefulness. The index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources and ranks 162...

Strategy

15 Jun 2015

Bridging the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web and the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the British Library encouraged young people to debate the issues of rights and responsibilities in the digital space.

On 15 June 2015, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta,...

Research report

18 Jun 2015

In this inaugual careers report, comparison website finder.com.au highlights the strongest and weakest industries in Australia. The finder.com.au analysis of the 18 industries within Australia revealed that Arts and Recreational Services is the strongest industry to work in nationally, with the highest of growth rates...

Commentary

Article

19 Jun 2015

Labor’s state election successes during the Howard era propelled ill-equipped party heavies into Canberra. The Killing Season is showing us some of the results

ONE THING all Labor players agree on in ABC TV’s The Killing Season is the sublime nature of the...

Commentary

Article

22 Jun 2015

A series of trends has combined to radically change policies among the largest emitters

CLIMATE change has been called “the greatest challenge facing the world,” and it has certainly been one of the most intractable. At countless international meetings dating back to the...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

Abstract: In this independent research paper four Canberra-based projects were examined to explore the significance of interpersonal skills in technical occupations. The importance of interpersonal skills and demands for teamwork, cooperation and collaboration during projects was confirmed. The implications of skill terminology, career practitioner advice,...

Research report

1 Jan 2015

Executive summary

The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 Act Annual Report 2013–14 sets out how eligible Commonwealth, State and Territory government agencies have used the powers available under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (the TIA Act) between 1 July 2013...

Journal article

19 Jun 2015

School autonomy has become increasingly significant in the politics of education, as well as a central feature of education systems’ reform policies in Australia and globally. This review examines the spectrum of evidence on the impact of school autonomy on student academic achievement, and the...

Research report

17 Jun 2015

A new national framework for action to prevent alcohol-related family violence was launched by Australian of the Year Rosie Batty at Parliament House in Canberra on 17 June 2015.

The Framework, developed by FARE, proposes policies and programs that Australian governments can implement which...

Research report

31 May 2015

The Parenting Research Centre was commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to evaluate the extent to which 288 recommendations from 67 inquiries selected by the Royal Commission had been implemented, and the possible factors that determined, contributed to, or...

Research report

18 Jun 2015

Key areas covered in this report:

Internet access Broadband use Web presence Social media presence Internet commerce Innovation in Australian business Innovation-active businesses Innovation businesses Innovation still in development Abandoned innovative activity

See related content below for access to associated data cubes for this...

Research report

2 Jun 2015

Managing Two Worlds Together: Improving the Aboriginal Patient Journey

Health care is delivered in specialised segments, but mostly succeeds or fails as a package. Tracking patients’ experience, or journey, through the system is an effective way to evaluate how and why the package...

Research report

1 Mar 2015

This report contains the recommendations and outcomes of the national roundtable Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the Family Wellbeing program, Adelaide, March 2014. There is an accompanying policy brief.

Family Wellbeing (FWB) is an effective social and emotional wellbeing program originally...

Case study

2 Jun 2015

This report on Renal Case Studies is complemented by reports on four others: Cardiac, Maternity, Rural and Remote Sites, and City Sites. It is published as part of the Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys study, Stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together (MTWT) project. It...

Website

31 Mar 2015

Compliance rates are output from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare's National Hand Hygiene Initiative, where 3 audits are conducted over 12 months.

Overview

As part of Statewide and/or National agreements, targets have been set for some key performance...

Infographic

18 Jun 2015

Overview: Since 2008, over $175 billion has been loaned to the Australian fossil fuel industry. Market Forces' interactive map and tables outline the commercial banks that have loaned the most money to Australian fossil fuel projects and companies (overall and by sector) since January...

Discussion paper

1 Jun 2015

This paper examines data from a household survey undertaken in Papua New Guinea which found that when respondents were better educated and believed corruption would be addressed by the government, they were more willing to report various types of corruption to officials.

Research report

18 Jun 2015

Alcohol and other drug treatment services across Australia provide a broad range of treatment services and support to people using drugs and to their families and friends. This report presents the information for 2013–14 about publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment service agencies, the...

Research report

17 Jun 2015

The research aims to better understand how and why the activities of local governments, and their roles in society are valued by communities.

Executive summary

The research investigates: 1. local government’s role as a ‘place shaper’ and its importance in meeting the...

Research report

17 Jun 2015

The report contains data on tertiary education trends and changes for the year ended December 2014.

Summary

The key findings of New Zealand's Annual Tertiary Enrolments for 2014 were:

418,000 students were enrolled in formal study programmes in 2014, including 53,900...

Research report

12 Jun 2015

Building on the value of Victoria’s community sector goes beyond the sector’s economic contribution. It discusses the value of all Victoria’s community sector organisations, including those operating with registered charitable status and those operating without. The paper also outlines broader aspects of the community...

Research report

4 Jun 2015

This report marks the first major review of the law governing ‘connection’ in native title claims since the introduction of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). It also examines authorisation of persons bringing claims and joinder of parties to a native title claim. This report...

Research report

11 Jun 2015

This report presents the results of an assessment of reading, writing and mathematical literacy of Class 6 students in 13 provinces in Afghanistan in relation to the gender of students.

Introduction

The purpose of the Monitoring Trends in Educational Growth of is...

Conference paper

23 Oct 2013

Most studies about internet use examine how usage differs among users and why. Less attention has been paid to the varied degrees of non-use or low levels of use. Non-adopters of digital media are usually understood as not having access to digital media. However, there...

Conference paper

23 Oct 2013

The change to a digital environment for Australian families is more than simply adopting internet connectivity or a mobile phone. Moving from an analog environment and into a digital sphere for many individuals is confronting: the transition requires digital media literacy, that is an understanding...

Submission

11 Jun 2015

Tax reform can no longer be avoided. Tax reform is essential to help resolve the serious Budget pressures facing federal and state governments which threaten essential benefits and services. We need it to underpin growth - in investment, living standards and jobs - at a...

Evaluation

1 Jun 2015

JusticeNet is an independent not-for-profit organisation that brokers pro bono legal assistance for low-income and disadvantaged South Australians and community organisations, predominantly for civil law matters. In September 2013, JusticeNet commenced a pilot Self- Representation Service, providing legal advice and discrete task assistance to eligible...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

This evaluation finds that the Community Crime Prevention Program is a highly valued contribution to the Victorian community crime prevention and community safety field.

Abstract

The Community Crime Prevention Program (CCPP), established by the Victorian Government, aims to enhance communities’ capacity to...

Research report

11 Jun 2015

This paper explains the Database of Victimisation Experiences, which provides qualitative information about the victim/survivor’s functioning prior to and after the act of violence.

Abstract

In 2013, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) and Victim Services NSW agreed to develop a database...

Research report

16 Jun 2015

This poll investigates Australian attitudes to military participation in Iraq, the role the Government should play in the upcoming international climate negotiations, views on foreign investment in real estate, feelings about nations such as China and Indonesia, and attitudes to a range of foreign leaders....

Report

17 Jun 2015

In 2013–14, an estimated 321,531 people used disability support services under the National Disability Agreement, including 4,200 who transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme during the year.

Research report

15 Jun 2015

Petrol is set for its biggest quarterly jump in nearly 25 years, according to this report.

Summary

What does it all mean?

The good news for motorists is that petrol prices are still down on a year ago. The bad news...

Research report

16 Jun 2015

This report questions some of the key education reform policies pursued by governments in the last twenty years.

Introduction

In this report, the first of two linked papers on what doesn’t work in education, and then on what does, I describe the...

Research report

16 Jun 2015

This report presents a series of tasks designed to reduce the problem of within-school variability by seeking out and scaling up teacher expertise.

Introduction

In a previous paper, What Doesn’t Work in Education: The Politics of Distraction , I argued that the...

Submission

29 May 2015

In this submission seven clients of Salvation Army family violence services speak about their experiences of the family violence and justice systems and make recommendations to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The women's interviewed highlighted the following themes:

Police responses were generally...

Research report

17 Jun 2015

The concept of an emerging middle class provides a useful entry point for understanding significant developmental and political transformations in Timor-Leste and Melanesia and is important for informing development policies.

Overview

The emergence of a middle class has been identified as an...

Research report

15 Jun 2015

The mining lobby’s concern for the taxpayer comes at a time when tax avoidance by mining companies has been attracting headlines and featuring in other parliamentary inquiries, argues this report.

Overview

Donations to environment organisations in Australia are tax deductible as long...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

This survey data finds broad support for universities investing ethically, and for the idea that universities should avoid fossil fuel investments.

Overview

This report begins by outlining the fast growing campus divestment movement, globally and in Australia, and explores the debate about...

Audio program

14 Jun 2015

The Family Court is one of the most controversial institutions in Australia. It’s also one of the least scrutinised.

In a number of Family Court cases, where claims of child sexual abuse have been made against a father, the court has switched care from...

Journal article

15 Jun 2015

This article argues that the ABC’s Catalyst program criticising statins affected people’s willingness to take these drugs.

Abstract

Objectives: To examine the impact of a two-part special edition of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's science journalism program Catalyst (titled Heart of the...

Commentary

Article

17 Jun 2015

Economist William Nordhaus has come up with a new approach to reducing carbon emissions, writes Michael Gill . And Australia could benefit more than we expect

It wasn’t so long ago that communities ignored many of the threats we now respond to without...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

New survey results indicate that marketers are misrepresenting a large majority of Americans by claiming that Americans give out information about themselves as a tradeoff for benefits they receive. To the contrary, the survey reveals most Americans do not believe that ‘data for discounts’ is...

Research report

12 Jun 2015

Summary Dependence on opioid drugs is associated with a range of health and social problems that affect individual drug users, their family and friends, and the wider public. This bulletin presents information on the clients receiving opioid pharmacotherapy treatment, the doctors prescribing opioid pharmacotherapy...

Commentary

15 Jun 2015

Access to surgical and anaesthetic care is an essential, but often forgotten, component of health care in the developing world.

An estimated five billion of the world’s population are unable to access safe surgery when they need it, and only six per cent of...

Chapter

15 Jun 2015

In this chapter May Ngo discusses her background as a child of Vietnamese bakers in Sydney and how having a working-class background has influenced what she does now at university.

The 'C' word appears at page 20, following the introduction to this book...

Research report

15 Jun 2015

Explores the startling suffering of millions of refugees, from Lebanon to Kenya, the Andaman Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and calls for a radical change in the way the world deals with refugees.

Summary In the past two years, the world has witnessed...

Research report

16 Jun 2015

This focuses on what jobs and skills we need to develop to ensure our economy continues to grow and diversify. Discussion around jobs often focuses on the here and now. However, if Australia is to maintain a robust economy that is internationally competitive, we must...

Policy

20 May 2011

On average four people die and 90 people are seriously injured on Australian roads every day. Most Australians have been personally affected by the trauma of a road crash and the cost to the community in terms of economic loss and personal suffering is enormous....

Research report

15 Jun 2015

Children and young people in out-of-home care across Australia have told CREATE that living with their brothers and sisters in care is very important and that they are the people they most want to contact when they are not living together. Our latest research shows...

Research report

17 Apr 2015

The Perth Freight Link (PFL) has been announced as a major transport opportunity to solve the heavy goods truck problems in Perth. By taking trucks via a toll road around an extended Roe Highway, through Stock Road and Leach Highway to the Fremantle Inner Harbour...

Audio program

15 Jun 2015

A whole range of scientists are looking at engineering technologies to mitigate climate change. We could for example reflect more solar radiation back into space by making more reflective clouds; or we could trap carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and bury it underground, to...

Research report

20 Jun 2015

Overview : The ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) is the peak body for public libraries in Australia. Our committee comprises the chair of every state-based public library association, a senior representative from the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmanian library services, and expert members....

Research report

12 Jun 2015

This report summarises the key South Australian findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2013-14 (cat. no. 4519.0) which was released on 25 February 2015.

Recorded Crime - Offenders is an annual publication which presents statistics on the characteristics...

Literature review

19 Jun 2013

This document reviews national and international literature and experience concerning strengthening the capacity of supply side and intermediary organisations. It synthesises lessons relevant to the Knowledge Sector Initiative in Indonesia run by Australia's Departmentment of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The key question this literature...

Case study

2 Jun 2015

Personal information provided to government and non-government service providers is highly sensitive. Appropriate collection, management and storage of personal information are critical elements to citizen trust in the public sector. However, misconceptions about the frameworks governing sharing personal information can impact on the coordination of...

Research report

13 Feb 2015

Local government is a significant employer in Australia—particularly in regional areas—offering opportunities for employment across a wide range of occupations. This report on the profile of the local government workforce has been written to support the National Workforce Strategy developed for the Australian Centre of...

Research report

13 Apr 2015

Introduction: This paper provides a snapshot of the legal instruments composing the oceans management regime in New Zealand. Whilst the Institute accepts that this is by no means a comprehensive collection, it has provided an initial selection of statutes, regulations and orders to illustrate...

Research report

11 Jun 2015

Contains estimates of employed and unemployed persons classified by sex, full-time/part-time status, states and territories and some age groups; and persons not in the labour force.

Key points

Trend estimates (monthly change):

Employment increased to 11,747,200. Unemployment decreased to 756,300. Unemployment...

Strategy

1 Apr 2015

The release of this draft strategy marks the beginning of consultation to ensure the final strategy represents a shared national vision and responsibility toward international education. The six core goals in the report are:

Creating a world-class education system To be globally competitive,...

Research report

29 Apr 2015

Single, older women in the State of Victoria, Australia have emerged as a group experiencing housing insecurity and being highly vulnerable to homelessness in their old age. One of the most surprising aspects of this trend is the propensity for these women to be tertiary...

Commentary

Article

21 Apr 2015

The recent Intergenerational Report has rekindled debate about the benefits and costs of our immigration program, which is one of Australia’s greatest economic assets: young, hard-working migrants with a diverse and rich cultural background that economically, politically and socially contributes to grow Australia’s strength...

Commentary

Article

10 Jun 2015

The social impact bond (SIB) innovation is gathering pace around the world and here in Australia, but it is still very early in the development of this nascent market. Expectations are high – from investors and service providers alike – but implemented contracts are thin...

Conference paper

23 Oct 2013

This paper explores the contexts and motivations that underpin the uptake of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN). The findings are drawn from a mixed-methods research study of households using surveys and interviews conducted in 2011 and 2012 in an early release site of the NBN...

Discussion paper

9 Jun 2015

This issues paper sets out the systemic issues we see in education providers’ monitoring and reporting of overseas students for unsatisfactory course progress and attendance.

Introduction

The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training for Overseas...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

The investigation found that that some VicRoads enforcement officers routinely exceeded the speed limit in VicRoads vehicles without displaying lights or sirens, as required by the road rules.

Foreword

This report sets out the investigation into a protected disclosure complaint referred by...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

This report, CUAC Regulatory Review, critically examines the Victorian energy consumer protection framework contained in legislative and regulatory instruments.

The key findings and recommendations of CUAC’s report provide a timely evidentiary review of the subtle losses already experienced by Victorian consumers and anticipates the...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

This audit examined the perational effectiveness of Victorian transport ticketing system, Myki, and whether the outcomes and benefits expected from its introduction are being achieved.

Overview

In July 2005, the state committed almost $1 billion to develop myki to replace the ageing...

Commentary

Article

11 Jun 2015

The Abbott government has repeatedly cut the foreign aid budget over recent years, causing much angst among the aid community. In 2015-16, Australia's aid budget will be a spartan $4.05 billion. The most recent cuts come on top of significant cuts made in the Mid–Year...

Discussion paper

10 Jun 2015

This audit examined strategies for delivering services online via digital devices.

Overview

Phase one of this audit specifically reviewed the Victorian Government ICT Governance Framework and the delivery of the Victorian Government Digital Strategy (Digital Strategy).

We found that a coordinated and...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

This publication summarises eating habits of Australians for each State and Territory.

Overview

The survey presents results from a 24 hour dietary recall of foods and beverages from the 2011-12 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS). It contains general information on...

Research report

15 Oct 2014

This report outlines the prevalence of dementia and modifiable risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Executive summary

The high rate of dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities requires urgent attention. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience...

Research report

5 Jun 2015

This research found an overall movement away from street based drug purchasing and drug use, towards more activity in private settings, which has important implications for the harms experienced by people who inject drugs.

Foreword

This paper investigates the frequency of intravenous...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

The status of SOGII rights in Australia has improved significantly over the past two decades. Despite this, LGBTI people still face unacceptable and significant discrimination and barriers to their fair and equal treatment, according to this report.

Introduction

‘SOGII rights’ are ultimately...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

This is the 16th report on women in Australia who die in association with pregnancy and childbirth.

Authored by AIHW, Humphrey MD, Bonello MR, Chughtai A, Macaldowie A, Harris K and Chambers GM.

Summary

Maternal deaths in Australia 2008-2012 provides...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

This report examines what the rise of ISIL means for al-Qaeda and how will it react.

Overview

ISIL is a real threat and must be targeted, but al-Qaeda shouldn’t be forgotten. Indeed, al-Qaeda should remain a key focus for international counterterrorism efforts....

Research report

5 Jun 2015

Investigates the stress levels of first-year education students who undertake teaching practicum and theory units during their first year of teacher education program.

Abstract

This paper investigated the stress levels of first-year education students who undertake teaching practicum and theory units during...

Research report

8 Jun 2015

Overview: Australia’s neighbours in the Asia–Pacific are building high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics research capacities and infrastructure. As a consequence, Australia’s technological advantage in the defence domain is eroding. To recover that advantage, our policy should be to make the most of the...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

This Research Paper outlines the public positions taken by the Rudd and Gillard Governments towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Executive summary

This Research Paper focuses on the public position of the Labor Governments, in power between 2007 and 2013, towards the Israeli-Palestinian dispute...

Research report

30 May 2015

The Budget is the government’s central economic and fiscal statement each year. This paper reviews key aspects of the Budget.

Introduction

The 2015–16 Budget was introduced into Parliament on 12 May 2015. It is the second Budget of the Coalition Government. This...

Audio interview

9 Jun 2015

According to a new survey out this morning, Australians no longer feel over-taxed.

In fact, many of us say we would pay more taxes if the money was spent on public services like health and education.

That's the main finding of the 2015...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

Executive Summary : Australia has witnessed a remarkable shift in public attitudes to public spending and tax over the last two years. We no longer feel overtaxed. We want more spent on public services, especially health and education, and we are willing to pay...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

This audit examined the effectiveness of the Department of Human Services’ administration of the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.

Audit objective, criteria and scope

The audit objective was to examine the effectiveness of the Department of Human Services’ (Human Services) administration of the...

Research report

5 May 2015

How ICANN and the Internet domain name system are ultimately governed may set an important precedent in future policy debates over how the Internet should be governed, and what role governments and intergovernmental organizations should play.

Overview

Currently, the U.S. government retains...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

This paper investigates the extent to which certain deductions and tax offsets in the individual tax system are used by tax payers across different income ranges, and the impact these have on potential tax revenue and the equity of this system.

Executive summary...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

In the lead-up to the Paris climate talks in November, countries continue to advance their domestic climate and clean energy efforts and developing their post-2020 emission reduction targets.

This June update highlights and summarises:

The initial targets of Australia's international peers Will Australia...

Research report

8 May 2015

Introduction: This report provides an assessment of how well the Department of Housing (Housing) delivers power, water and wastewater repair and maintenance services to selected remote Aboriginal communities through the Remote Area Essential Services Program.

We focused on the level and quality of...

Conference paper

23 Oct 2013

This paper examines digital engagement through local e-government. Drawing from a local government case study, it suggests that limitations to online civic involvement are often the result of insufficient government reception of, and responses to, citizens’ views. Interviews with local representatives illustrate inadequate digital education...

Commentary

Article

5 Jun 2015

Despite the publicity given to their plight, international students are still highly disadvantaged in the workforce.

International student workers are ubiquitous in the capital cities of Australia. Take a taxi in Sydney, there is a good chance the driver is an international student; walk...

Audio presentation

9 Jun 2015

How would you like to actively participate shaping government policies, not just indirectly through your vote? Citizen juries allow just that. State and local governments have started to use citizen juries to address issues like infrastructure, budgeting or reforming the electoral system. These participatory democracy...

Research report

24 Nov 2014

The influence of the digital economy on the Australian economy, and society more broadly, continues to accelerate. It is a key issue for business and public sector leaders as organisations look to further embrace 'digital' and all it encompasses.The Digital Australia: State of the Nation...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

Overview

When it comes to where younger Americans get news about politics and government, social media look to be the local TV of the Millennial generation. About six-in-ten online Millennials (61%) report getting political news on Facebook in a given week, a much...

Research report

8 Jun 2015

This survey attracted more than 100,000 on line responses from individuals around the world about their drug use. The study looked at prevalence, price, purity, value for money and the proportion of people seeking medical treatment. The 2015 survey specifically focussed on:

The dark...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

Examines the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as differences by factors such as age, sex and, in particular remoteness.

Background

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in all parts of the nation—from large cities to small country towns,...

Research report

4 Nov 2014

Provides consistent information for each of New Zealand’s 16 regions. This allows us to compare the regions’ economic performance, distinguish their attributes and specialisations, and understand the different roles they play in the New Zealand economy.

Summary

The 2014 regional economic activity...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

Examining access to and the extent of engagement with the Internet in illicit drug-using populations may provide an indication of the extent to which the online illicit drug market is usurping the physical illicit drug market, according to this report.

Summary

The...

Commentary

Article

8 Jun 2015

Every year, young people unable to live with their birth families are placed in kinship care, foster care, and residential care. Over 40,000 children now require out-of-home care in Australia, and the number is growing every year. Only around one per cent of these children...

Discussion paper

29 May 2015

This research study investigates the effectiveness of residential investment vehicles in enhancing the supply of private rental properties in Australia and elsewhere.

Research report

5 Jun 2015

The focus of the report is on maximising opportunities for Australia to strengthen relationships with the countries of Asia. It finds that leveraging language, research and cultural capabilities will provide the basis for deep, long-term engagement that will return social, economic and political benefits to...

Commentary

Article

5 Jun 2015

"Nope, nope, nope," Tony Abbott said last month when asked whether Australia would be prepared to resettle Rohingya rescued in the Andaman Sea. "I'm sorry. If you want to start a new life, you come through the front door, not through the back door." References...

Commentary

Article

4 Jun 2015

Canberra looks set to wade into the South China Sea’s turbulent waters.

As The Australian reported on Tuesday, Australia may soon fly a P-3 maritime reconnaissance aircraft near artificial Chinese islands in the South China Sea’s contested waters.

Following a much-publicised US...

Research report

21 May 2015

This report examines the debt collection industry in Australia on behalf of the ACCC and its Consumer Consultative Committee.

It aims to provide greater understanding of the industry and to identify structural issues or operational practices that may lead to problematic behaviours within the...

Journal article

4 Jun 2015

This paper surveys the origin of Australian classical liberal economics in the nineteenth century, its sharp decline in the first half of the twentieth century, and its revival and growth in recent decades.

Abstract

Classical liberalism, the tradition of free markets and...

Research report

27 May 2015

The Office of the Auditor-General has investigated the state of the infrastructure, the maintenance done by local authorities, and what is needed to ensure the provision of roads and the “three waters” (water supply, wastewater, and stormwater) in the future.

Introduction

A...

Research report

2 Jun 2015

This report charts the growth taking place in the purpose built student accommodation sector.

Executive summary

As at November 2014, Australia had 74,482 places in university colleges, halls of residence and 100 plus bed commercial student accommodation sites. These were established either...

Research report

4 Jun 2015

Abstract: The data presented in this report include frequencies of deaths in prison and police custody and information regarding the deceased, including demographic information and cause of death. Long term trends are also presented.

In 2011–12 and 2012–13, there were 144 deaths in...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

This paper firstly estimates the effect of population changes since 2006 on the skills distribution of the population. Secondly, the paper estimates the reach of adult literacy and numeracy programmes by skills levels in the adult population.

Summary

New Zealand is currently...

Research report

4 Jun 2015

This bulletin examines the level of access to a range of health services by Australians with disability living in the community (excluding people living in institutions), and the experiences these people face in accessing health services.

Abstract

In 2012, 17% of people...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

In 2013 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement assessed student achievement in two learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum–health and physical education, and mathematics and statistics. This report focuses on health and physical education.

Summary

The National Monitoring Study of...

Research report

3 Jun 2015

Foreword: Prisoners experience high rates of drug dependence, health problems and premature mortality. Without intervention, they often come into further contact with the criminal justice system, creating further health risk. Opioid dependence is common among prisoners, yet treatment with opioid substitution therapy (OST) may...

Research report

12 Mar 2015

Around 40,000 children are estimated to require out-of-home care in Australia and this number has risen every year over the past decade (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014a). Young people up to 18 years who are unable to live with their birth families are...

Research report

2 Jun 2015

This study investigates child sexual abuse committed by adult males in youth-oriented institutions.

Foreword

There is significant interest in the issue of child sexual abuse committed in institutional settings. This study uses information collected from a sample of 23 convicted Canadian sex...

Research report

29 May 2015

A majority of Australians of voting age are in favour of the recent budget cuts to Australia’s overseas aid to developing countries, according to Lowy Institute polling conducted last weekend by Newspoll. Although nearly one in five express strong opposition to the budget reductions to...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

In 2013, National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement assessed student achievement in mathematics and statistics, and health and physical education.This report focuses on mathematics and statistics.

Executive summary

The National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement–Wānangatia Te Putanga Tauira–is designed to assess and...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

This report outlines the findings collected from 2013 of the the National Standards School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project.

Executive summary

The National Standards School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project describes and evaluates the implementation of National Standards in New Zealand schools....

Research report

28 May 2015

The re-localisation of food production will support and enhance Australia’s food system and has the potential to increase access to nutritious, affordable food for the most vulnerable, argues this report.

Summary

Urban agriculture is becoming an increasingly prominent topic in discussions on...

Research report

3 Jun 2015

The Ministry of Health’s Disability Support Services (DSS) group has developed a four-year Strategic Plan for 2014 to 2018.

Summary

The plan sets out the vision for Disability Support Services – that disabled people and their families are supported to live the...

Research report

15 Dec 2014

The National Cancer Programme Work Plan 2014/15 covers national, regional and local priority activities for cancer.

Overview

The National Cancer Programme:

brings together the work of district health boards, regional cancer networks and the Ministry of Health to implement the Government’s...

Research report

2 Jun 2015

Executive summary

Children are vital to any community. Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Indigenous children, like children everywhere, have the right to ‘develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential, to grow up in an environment of...

Research report

2 Jun 2015

The research uses social media data from Twitter to develop a methodology for understanding the effects of events and conferences.

Research report

3 Jun 2015

The audit assessed the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office's activities to promote employer compliance with Superannuation Guarantee obligations.

Summary

The Australian National Audit Office adopted the following high‐level criteria in its assessment:

administration and compliance activities are supported by effective...

Website

4 Jun 2015

The Local Governance National Dialogue aims to develop a conversation based around research-informed discussion papers and a series of regional events to consider what type of local governance will best meet the needs of New Zealand’s many different communities over the coming years.

Local...

Research report

28 May 2015

This study finds that HIV testing by gay and bisexual men in Melbourne continues to increase.

Executive summary

The Melbourne Gay Community Periodic Survey is a cross-sectional survey of gay and homosexually active men recruited at a range of gay community sites...

Research report

3 Jun 2015

The audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs administration of the Repatriation Transport Scheme.

Audit objective and criteria

To form a conclusion against the audit objective the ANAO adopted the following high level criteria:

DVA administers the RTS...

Research report

4 Jun 2015

This is a report on the responses of 82 employers in Campbelltown, Fairfield, Narellan, Camden and Smeaton Grange, to a 2013-2014 survey designed to gather employers’ views of their skilled labour needs, in order to remain competitive and grow through innovation.

Overall recommendation...

Book

28 May 2015

The Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste of 2002 contains over 40 human rights provisions in its Bill of Rights. In addition to providing an overview of the process leading up to the adoption of the Constitution, this book brings together information relating to...

Research report

2 Jun 2015

The audit assessed the effectiveness of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s administration of enforceable undertakings.

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s administration of enforceable undertakings....

Commentary

Article

27 May 2015

Academic publishing is a multi-million dollar business dominated by just a few major publishing houses. Many academics and open access advocates believe that’s unfair—publishers simply take researchers’ work and sell it back to them, they say. Stan Correy takes a look at the state of...

Research report

2 Jun 2015

Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector (FASES) 2015 is a research initiative conducted by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne in partnership with Social Traders.

As part of the first stage, a series of 13 workshops were conducted across six states during September...

Research report

2 Jun 2015

In the 60 months to March 2015, domestic violence, indecent assault, sexual assult, theft from dwelling and fraud increased in New South Wales, while other types of major offences decreased or remained stable.

Summary

In the 24 months to March 2014, only...

Research report

28 May 2015

This report deals with criminal cases finalised in 2014 in the New South Wales Local, Children’s, District and Supreme Courts.

Introduction

While criminal disposals have increased in the Local and Higher Courts, they have fallen in the Children’s Court. In the Local...

Commentary

28 May 2015

How far is Australia from Greece? Pretty far, but, sadly, they’re getting closer every day. Not because the Earth is shrinking, but because the Australian government is very gradually easing into Greek financial methods. Greece provides a brutal reminder of what happens when governments spend...

Audio interview

21 Mar 2011

Joan Kirner, Labor Premier of Victoria 1990-1992

The first female premier of Victoria, Kirner found herself at the top of a disintegrating government after the resignation of John Cain in 1990. She sold the State Bank, battled the ALP factions and was hounded by...

Audio interview

30 May 2015

World demand for food is booming but Australia's participation in that growth is not inevitable. The Australian Farm Institute warns we need to bust some myths about the nation's relative competitiveness, invest capital, build skills and marketing capacity and play smarter if we are going...

Commentary

19 May 2015

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had access to a seamless flow of information via the internet? Whether you worked in a metropolitan area or a remote farming region, the software or data needed to keep your business running efficiently could be downloaded quickly and...

Research report

30 Apr 2010

Not So Private Lives is the first national study to examine same-sex attracted Australians’ preferences for various forms of relationship recognition since the introduction of de facto status for same-sex couples at a federal level. It is also the first major study to investigate...

Bill

1 Jun 2015

Labor leader Bill Shorten introduced a marriage equality bill to Federal Parliament this week and in his address to the House of Representatives, asked that members 'embrace a definition of marriage that respects, values and includes every Australian.'

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MARRIAGE AMENDMENT (MARRIAGE...

Policy

3 Jun 2015

This paper identifies strategic priorities for taking action to prevent chronic diseases. It is the second report by the Mitchell Institute on this issue. The first report, Chronic diseases in Australia: the case for changing course , mapped out the social, economic and health costs...

Journal article

30 Apr 2015

This issue of Play and Folklore has a special focus on children’s outdoor play. We hear many stories about the constraints placed on children’s play by adults – the growing number of ‘bannings’ include handstands, cartwheels, throwing things, playing with sticks, digging holes and rough-and-tumble...

Research report

28 May 2015

Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Shanghai have some of the world's highest ranked education systems - so why are they undergoing drastic reform? In this report, Mitchell Professorial Fellow Yong Zhao investigates three decades of education changes in East Asia and draws out the...

Commentary

Article

1 Jun 2015

As APRA moves to tighten rules on bank capital levels, a new class of convertible bonds comes to the rescue, promising to avoid taxpayer-funded bailouts without the heavy-handed — and costly — regulations on the private sector. The Australian financial watchdog should embrace the newcomer,...

Research report

31 May 2015

At the ALP's 2015 National Conference in July, EMILY's List will be seeking rule changes to increase Labor women's representation to 50% by 2020.

To underpin this campaign, we have produced the Status of Women 2015 report (195) which provides an update on the...

Research report

30 Apr 2015

This report was commissioned by the members of the Domestic and Family Violence Crisis Lines of Australia Network (hereafter known as DFVCLAN).

The purpose of this report is to collate and analyse the statistics of those women contacting the Domestic and Family Violence crisis...

Commentary

Article

27 Apr 2015

The retirement system is failing to deliver the living standards it could for many retirees and pensioners, while costing taxpayers an increasing — and increasingly unsustainable — amount.

The pension is the single largest expenditure of the federal government, costing $42 billion a...

Commentary

23 Apr 2015

The $26 million pro-immunisation package announced by Health Minister Sussan Ley this week has provided a rare moment of bipartisan consensus.

Rather than make political hay of the issue, Labor leader Bill Shorten affirmed his support for the Abbott government’s push to boost vaccination...

Commentary

25 Apr 2015

The temperature just surged a few degrees in the South China Sea’s heated territorial dispute between China and its Southeast Asian neighbours.

On the back of news that China has made rapid progress on an 'airstrip suitable for military use’ on a contested islet,...

Commentary

Article

28 Apr 2015

Contrary to Australia’s democratic values, a significant ratio of the country’s workers are denied the right to choose where some of their pay is held, because they are not allowed to choose their superannuation fund.

A study by the Association of Superannuation Funds...

Commentary

Article

28 Apr 2015

Since the Productivity Commission’s draft report into childcare was released in July last year, the issue of whether nannies – or, more accurately, in-home carers – should be subsidised as part of broadening the scope of accessible and flexible childcare has been a hot...

Commentary

28 Apr 2015

The area most obviously in need of reform in Australia today is retirement income. From claims about unfair superannuation tax concessions, to assertions pensioners are living in poverty, and moves to restrict future growth in pension payments, the issue of what to do about...

Research report

28 May 2015

This paper assesses the way the government handled commitments to three conflicts in Southeast Asia; the Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War. It then draws some lessons that remain applicable to our current challenges.

Overview

Australia is currently engaged in...

Research report

31 May 2015

This paper examines the factors behind the reluctance of the ruling elites in the Sulu islands, in the Philippines, to join a region that will be dominated by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) from central Mindanao.

Introduction

The plebiscite on a...

Research report

28 May 2015

This report explores the phenomenon of Western females travelling to Syria and Iraq in support of ISIS.

Introduction

Although often assumed to be passive agents, women have played significant roles in a number of contemporary terrorist organizations. Violent extremist groups across the...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

The burqa has been a garment of controversy in Australia, with calls to ban it from being worn in public -- most notably a suggestion of banning it in the Canberra Parliament.

A new research report published by the Centre for Independent Studies examines...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

Chronically-ill children who need to take extended absences from school are neither officially acknowledged nor assisted to keep up, according to this report.

Executive summary

Australia’s health system faces many challenges related to chronic and complex health conditions. Major advances in biomedicine...

Commentary

Article

1 Jun 2015

The National Work Experience Programme plan to allow jobseekers to do a part-time month of unpaid work experience might be a step in the right direction to get long-term unemployed into the job market. However, there needs to be safeguards to avoid abuse and maximise...

Audio program

1 Jun 2015

Employment in Australia seems to be disappearing—and yet Australians are expected to work both more productively and for longer. This raises the question: where will all the jobs come from?

Melbourne-based computer programmer Geoff Hudson suggests an entirely new framework for talking about employment...

Discussion paper

30 Jul 2014

This discussion paper, Building Australia’s Comparative Advantages , builds on the work of the BCA’s 2013 Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.

It seeks to start a conversation about what it will take to build an innovative economy, foster globally competitive industries and identify the...

Research report

10 Jan 1963

A seminal paper on US government interest in the field of information science.

The Weinberg report, as it is known, provided an impressive analysis of the many issues involved in ensuring that the abundance of scientific and technical information being produced in the US...