August 2015

Research report

28 Aug 2015

Building Audiences examines the barriers to and the strategies for increasing audiences in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts sector. This research investigates the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of current and potential audiences.

What is in the report?

The findings...

Research report

31 Aug 2015

Examines the policies and research on charter schools and their equivalents in five countries –USA, Sweden, Chile, England and New Zealand.

Summary Charter schools and free schools – publicly-funded, privately-managed schools – have been introduced in several countries around the world as a...

Research report

28 Aug 2015

Previous analysis by the Mitchell Institute has shown a clear disjuncture in Australia’s expenditure on education and training, with spending on schooling and higher education far outstripping spending on vocational education and training.

One year on, this trend has intensified.

Analysis...

Website

31 Aug 2015

New data mapped by the Heart Foundation reveals the rates of heart attack and cardiac arrest for each local government area in Victoria, and for some communities the picture looks bleak.

The latest Victorian Heart Maps ​ (138) , show a graphic picture of...

Discussion paper

28 Aug 2015

On 7 December 2014, the Government released the Final Report of the Financial System Inquiry, an inquiry which sets out a 'blueprint' for Australia's financial system over the coming decades.

The Financial System Inquiry for Australia's current regulatory architecture has many strong characteristics, and...

Research report

19 Jan 2015

"Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries” is the third title in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role on the internet between authors of content and audiences, UNESCO took a joint initiative, with the...

Audio interview

28 Aug 2015

The corporate watchdog ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) is set for a major overhaul that could see it funded by the very companies it regulates.

In a consultation paper released today, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, suggests ASIC could be bankrolled according...

Commentary

Article

31 Aug 2015

Judges take a risk when they step outside the courtroom to play the role of royal commissioner

Dyson Heydon wasn’t the first royal commissioner to face allegations of bias, and he’s unlikely to be the last. Other commissioners, especially in Queensland, have fallen...

Commentary

Article

28 Aug 2015

By-elections sometimes reflect important political trends, and sometimes they don’t. So why are we watching Canning so closely?

It was Saturday 26 March 1988, and Coalition supporters were cock-a-hoop. Just a week earlier twelve years of NSW Labor government had been swept away,...

Journal article

16 Apr 2015

Background and review question

School-based education programmes for the prevention of child sexual abuse have been implemented on a large scale in some countries. We reviewed the evidence for the effectiveness of these programmes in the following areas: (i) children's skills in protective...

Evaluation

27 Aug 2015

Executive Summary

The Funded Family Care (FFC) policy was introduced on 1st October 2013. The Ministry commissioned an evaluation to assess the impact and effectiveness of Funded Family Care and the reasons influencing its uptake in its first year of operation. Evaluation participants...

Research report

4 Mar 2015

This report shows that a continued steady increase in demand for IT staff is expected during 2015.

Key Findings

During December 2014 we received over 300 responses to our 18th survey and analysis of organisations in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Data is...

Commentary

Article

19 Aug 2015

If you want to register an Australian web address, your options may be about to change due to a review of domain name policy that is currently underway.

The Australian domain name system (DNS) has been managed by .au Domain Administration (auDA) since 2001,...

Research report

28 Aug 2015

A dramatic increase in the number of Victorian households experiencing involuntary electricity and/or gas disconnections has prompted a review of disconnections by the Victorian government. This research into the direct and indirect costs that arise from disconnections was commissioned by the Consumer Action Law Centre...

Research report

20 Dec 2014

There is growing concern in the child welfare sector with the quality of care being provided through Residential Care out-of-home care services. In Victoria, the recommended policy direction is to move away from standard Residential Care as much as possible (Auditor-General Victoria, 2014), largely because...

Research report

10 Sep 2009

Summary : In Victoria, children constitute a third of people attending homelessness services. This research aimed to gain insight into the homelessness experience of children accommodated in transitional support services in an urban setting. It is the first major investigation of children’s perspectives on...

Research report

25 Aug 2015

Today, over 46 million people live with dementia worldwide, more than the population of Spain. This number is estimated to increase to 131.5 million by 2050.

Dementia also has a huge economic impact. Today, the total estimated worldwide cost of dementia is US $818...

Research report

26 Aug 2015

Recent reforms in the disability sector through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will allocate funding to individuals who will be able to exercise greater control over its use. More people with disabilities will be able to access support to move from congregate care, group...

Guide

14 Aug 2015

Introduction

The rapid advancement of technology has resulted in increasing privacy implications for library and information services, their users, and society. Commercial Internet services, including those used to deliver library and information services, collect extensive data on users and their behaviour. They may...

Audio

26 Aug 2015

The Victorian Government will no longer allow special religious education—known elsewhere in Australia as scripture—to be taught during lesson time in the state’s public primary schools.

Since the 1950s, it’s had a small place in the official timetable. But now lessons specific to one...

Journal article

26 Aug 2015

INTRODUCTION

I was asked to make some remarks about the concept of‘consultation’ in the proposal for Indigenous constitutional recognition put forward by the Cape York Institute (‘CPI’). My understanding of what presently is proposed is taken from the two submissions by the CPI to...

Journal article

26 Aug 2015

INTRODUCTION: Proposals for the establishment of an Indigenous advisory body within the Australian Constitution are genuinely innovative and exciting. Designing such a body is a challenge. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have long sought better political representation. Indigenous Australians constitute approximately 3 per cent...

Journal article

26 Aug 2015

INTRODUCTION: This paper is on Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination and its exercise through democratic participation. First, I will expound on why the right to self-determination—as configured in international law, translated by many states and adopted by Indigenous communities—enhances liberal democratic governance. Then I will...

Research report

8 Dec 2004

Terms of reference

Preface

On 26 March 2003 the Senate agreed to the recommendation of the Selection of Bills Committee in its Report No. 4 of 2003 that the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 be referred to the...

Audio presentation

20 Aug 2015

Jennifer Nedelsky calls for deliberation on her proposal to completely rebalance the challenges of employment, life, family and care. Her idea; that everybody (and she does mean everybody) engage in both paid part-time work and unpaid part-time care. In this talk she argues that the...

Research report

20 Aug 2015

Overview

This report analyses serious, transnational and organised crime and the harms it causes to Australia’s interest, with the aim of reinvigorating a discussion of this critical matter amongst Australians.

This web impacts on our national interests to the sum of an...

Research report

26 Aug 2015

Summary

This report describes trends in the occurrence of injuries requiring hospitalisation in Australia from 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2013. The annual number of cases rose from about 327,000 to 447,000 during this period.

Injuries in 2012-13

Overall,...

Research report

24 Aug 2015

Summary

Between 2007 and 2014 trial delay in the NSW District Criminal Court increased 34% for defendants on bail and 44% for those on remand. In 2014 the pending caseload had increased to 1716 trials. This reports finds these results to be due...

Research report

20 Aug 2015

This paper provides a summary of each of Australia’s defence white papers issued between 1976 and 2013 and seeks to draw out common themes that emerge in some or all of them.

Executive summary

Australia published defence white papers in 1976, 1987,...

Research report

24 Aug 2015

Economic changes are transforming work through automation, globalisation, and more flexible work.

Overview

Work has long been important for the livelihood, dignity, and happiness of humankind. We intuitively and statistically know that work helps us meet our most basic and complex needs,...

Research report

1 Aug 2015

Language development

Developing language skills is one of the most important tasks of early childhood; language is at the foundation of all of the skills that children need for life. When children have a language impairment, they can struggle to make and keep...

Research report

23 Aug 2015

New data shows the continuing national rise in methamphetamine use among Australian police detainees.

Abstract

Delivered by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program supports the National Drug Strategy through its timely provision of data...

Research report

26 Aug 2015

Examines the future of domestic gas across the interconnected eastern-Australian gas market.

Executive Summary

Following on from our research into “domestic gas” demand specific to New South Wales, the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) have examined the future of domestic gas...

Research report

25 Aug 2015

The 17th issue of the G20 Monitor examines the progress made by the 2015 Turkish G20 Presidency and explores potential priority areas for the 2016 Chinese Presidency.

Key findings

The G20 is making headway on Turkey’s priorities of investment, implementation, and inclusiveness...

Research report

20 Aug 2015

This paper argues that the Australian Army must inculcate interpretations of expeditionary warfare based on Australia's historical, geostrategic and organisational influences into its conceptual development.

Overview

As the Australian Army seeks to understand the institutional lessons of its last 15 operationally intensive...

Commentary

Article

23 Aug 2015

Victoria's state emblem, the Leadbeater's possum, is one of the most critically endangered animals in Australia. Fire and logging have decimated its habitat, causing Leadbeater's numbers to plummet. A fierce and secretive political debate is now raging over whether the possum and the industry can...

Research report

25 Aug 2015

On Friday 11 January 2013, the Governor-General appointed a six-member Royal Commission to inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

The Royal Commission is tasked with investigating where systems have...

Research report

13 Aug 2015

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s regulation of permits and approvals within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

To form a conclusion against this objective, the...

Video

14 Jul 2015

Public opinion is now overwhelmingly in favour of the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s Constitution. What would be the symbolic and practical implications of such a change – and who is leading the push for a referendum?

Working paper

26 Aug 2015

The capability approach has recently been used in Australian Indigenous policy formation. Of particular note is how it has been used in some instances to justify current paternalistic and directive policies for Indigenous Australians. These include behavioural conditionalities on state support and income management—policy apparatuses...

Website

9 Aug 2015

These toolkits provide information about how to foster a professional community dedicated to more and better science and technology festivals.

The toolkits include guidelines on how to implement discovery days, astronomy nights and neighbourhood science to engage communities, and also provide planning, reporting and...

Research report

24 Aug 2014

Executive Summary

Introduction The Glenn Inquiry (TGI) has contracted Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) to bring together the relevant experience and expertise to collaboratively model a transformed system to address child abuse and neglect (CAN) and family violence (FV)...

Research report

18 Aug 2015

The three key sections of this report constitute a reference and technology-planning guide for librarians, library leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists.

What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries worldwide? Which trends and technologies will drive change? What are the challenges...

Research report

25 Aug 2015

This latest Climate Council report provides an update of climate change science, impacts and risks. This report draws from the massive body of evidence that human activities - primarily from the burning of coal, oil and gas - are driving dramatic changes in our climate...

Research report

21 Aug 2015

The 2015 report concludes that baby boomer retirees from the LIS sector are creating the job opportunities for graduates and other entrants to the LIS job market. Educators are in a challenging period, but this isn't restricted to the LIS sector. Data shows that more...

Research report

26 May 2015

The report outlines recommended changes to improve Australia's spectrum management framework. The report is the result of the review conducted by the Department of Communications in conjunction with the Australian Communications and Media Authority and included extensive stakeholder consultation.

On 25 August 2015 the...

Infographic

13 Aug 2015

Domo has created infographics showing how fast data proliferates. The amount of data that can be produced in a single minute is mind-numbing and shows no sign of slowing down.

This infographic reveals astonishing leaps in digital consumption. Since 2013, the global internet population...

Database

21 Aug 2015

The United States government has published dietary advice for over one hundred years. In response to popular interest in these documents, the National Agricultural Library has collected, digitised, and united them into a single online tool, the Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection.

This collection...

Research report

24 Aug 2015

Introduction

This 2016 Corporate Plan has been prepared by nbn co limited (nbn) for its shareholder ministers, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann (Shareholder Ministers) as required by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (Cth) (PGPA...

Commentary

Article

25 Aug 2015

Nick Xenophon is breathing down the Coalition’s neck in his home state. In a tight federal election, the implications could be significant

Prime ministers are normally not frequent visitors to South Australia. With just eleven seats in the House of Representatives, voters here...

Research report

24 Aug 2015

Young people living in low socio-economic status areas are more likely to be concerned with getting a job, bullying and other emotional abuse than young people from higher SES areas.

Executive summary Inequality and disadvantage remain entrenched in areas of our society with...

Discussion paper

24 Aug 2015

Investigates the relationship between housing wealth and consumption using postcode-level variation in house prices and administrative data on new passenger vehicle registrations as a proxy for consumption.

Working paper

30 Jun 2015

Explores technological diffusion among New Zealand firms using a model of convergence in which a firm’s multi-factor productivity (MFP) growth depends on its ability to catch up to its industry’s productivity frontier.

Summary

New Zealand has a poor productivity track record at...

Commentary

Article

24 Aug 2015

While people in the affluent world are living longer and healthier lives than ever before, they have become more and more fearful and worried about their health. Iona Heath untangles the distinct yet overlapping fears of patients, doctors, bureaucrats, politicians and society at large....

Journal article

17 Aug 2015

Lifestyle-related chronic diseases pose a considerable burden to the individual and the wider society, with correspondingly negative effects on industry. Obesity is a particular problem for the Australasian road and rail industries where it is associated with specific cardiac and fatigue-related safety risks, and levels...

Research report

19 Aug 2015

In today’s world, people — particularly young people — are continually finding and adapting new ways of communicating electronically to fit their needs. Case in point: 2015 marks the first time Pew Research Center has asked specifically about mobile messaging apps as a separate kind...

Working paper

18 Aug 2015

Coproduction – the contribution of time and effort to the delivery of public services by service-users and citizens, prompted by or in concert with public sector organisations – is attracting increasing attention from governments and communities. The literature identifies numerous initiatives in the United States,...

Research report

23 Aug 2015

The Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) employs 33 indicators to comparatively evaluate access to and usage of affordable financial services among people excluded from formal financial services across 21 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan,...

Commentary

Article

22 Aug 2015

Joe Hockey has a profound faith in the communist leadership of China. He, together with many other economic liberals, believe that Chinese policy-makers can smoothly transition the economy away from an investment-led model to a consumption driven one. The irony of this position, however, seems...

Commentary

Article

17 Aug 2015

An article by Australia's chief scientist Professor Ian Chubb to mark National Science Week.

It's national science week, the one week in 52 when we make a national effort to think about science.

When I think about science, I think of knowledge. I...

Guide

20 Aug 2015

ACMA has published this guide with general information about SVOD services.

Our appetite for subscription video on demand (SVOD) services—commonly known as ‘streaming’—is growing exponentially. Since early 2015, almost two million Australians have subscribed to SVOD services.

To help you make informed choices...

Research report

20 Aug 2015

Australia's welfare 2015 is the 12th biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

This comprehensive report provides an authoritative overview of the wellbeing of Australians, examining a wide range of relevant topics. This edition combines analytical feature articles on a...

Submission

20 Aug 2015

Chronic disease causes nine out of ten Australian deaths, according to this report.

Chronic disease in Australia

Chronic diseases in Australia are significant contributors to illness, disability and premature death. Chronic disease causes nine out of ten Australian deaths. Heart disease, cancer,...

Research report

20 Aug 2015

The Senate Committee examining domestic violence in Australia acknowledges that a coherent, strategic and long term effort by all levels of governments and the community is required to take effective action.

In 2013, the World Health Organisation found that more than one third of...

Conference paper

17 Aug 2015

Abstract

Whenever the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are announced, media headlines are full of reports about rankings, about how many countries Australia is outperformed by and outperforms. In early rounds of PISA, Australia ranked among the top 10...

Data portal

21 Aug 2015

FNIGC Data Online is an online service from the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC), Canada’s premier source of information about First Nations people living on reserve and in northern communities. This new application will provide unprecedented access to FNIGC’s published data in the form...

Research report

5 Aug 2015

The NQF Snapshot Q2 2015 is ACECQA’s 10th national report on children’s education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework.

Snapshot highlights include:

·14,910 children’s education and care services operating under the NQF across Australia

·9347 or 63% of services...

Research report

15 Jul 2015

The Work productivity loss in young workers report examines the prevalence of diagnosed back or neck pain and their contribution towards absenteeism and presenteeism (loss of productive time whilst at work) among young people.

Twenty per cent of 23-year-old workers in the study had...

Discussion paper

31 Jul 2015

This discussion paper seeks submissions on a review of child protection mandatory reporting requirements for the early childhood education and care sector.

The Queensland Law Reform Commission has released a discussion paper (WP 73) seeking submissions on its review of child protection mandatory reporting...

Audio

14 Aug 2015

National Science Week kicks off this weekend, and we're all being urged to don the safety glasses and get involved. If you haven't touched a bunsen burner since high school, never fear — there are plenty of ways for those of us with limited scientific...

Research report

19 Aug 2015

This inquiry headed by Principal Commissioner, Bernie Geary OAM, addresses the issue of sexual abuse, exploitation and the adequacy of the provision of residential care services to Victorian children and young people in care.

Executive summary

The Commission’s Inquiry into the adequacy...

Literature review

20 Aug 2014

In May 2014 the Commission for Children and Young People (the Commission) commissioned the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare to prepare a short analysis of past and current responses to the sexual exploitation of children in residential care in Victoria. Following discussions...

Fact sheet

19 Aug 2015

This fact sheet provides information on national employment by industry, occupation, and regional employment for Māori. All data is sourced from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) released quarterly by Statistics New Zealand (SNZ). Data is annualised to address sampling error and seasonal variation concerns....

Journal article

19 Aug 2015

How do policy workers actually use academic research and advice? While there are several recent studies regarding this question from other Westminster jurisdictions, similar academic studies have been rare in New Zealand. So far, most of the local research in this field has been conducted...

Commentary

19 Aug 2015

Activists and environmentalists take note. In this special essay, Dr Lissa Johnson explains how to make people give a damn.

The Federal Court decision to set aside environmental approval for Adani’s Charmichael mega-mine has been hailed as ‘a great example of democracy in action’....

Journal article

19 Aug 2015

Over recent decades most of the developed world has invested significantly in lifting the proportion of the population that has a tertiary education, with a view to increasing what is commonly referred to as human capital. The OECD defines human capital as ‘the knowledge, skills,...

Research report

18 Aug 2015

Overview

This paper argues that countering violent extremism (CVE) and terrorism are international security and development issues. Australia’s foreign aid should be used to strengthen resilience to violent extremist ideologies. Improving governance in weak states can help to deny terrorists the easy recruiting...

Research report

18 Aug 2015

This report discusses barriers to, and opportunities for, the collection of data on screening for domestic violence during pregnancy.

Summary

Domestic violence (DV), defined in this paper as 'acts of violence that occur between people who have, or have had, an intimate...

Survey

13 Aug 2015

The annual Author Insights Survey, run by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and sister company Palgrave Macmillan forms part of a wider research programme which aims to understand general author attitudes and behaviours around publishing, to track any changes over time.

The survey is conducted...

Audio presentation

13 Aug 2015

Crowdsourcing in policymaking is becoming a more common method for civic engagement and knowledge search, and it is used both by local and national governments. In crowdsourced policymaking, the government invites citizens to contribute to a policymaking process and asks them to share their ideas...

Research report

16 Aug 2015

Overview

In some hospitals, far too many people get a treatment they should not get, even when the evidence is clear that it is unnecessary or doesn’t work. Australia urgently needs a system to identify these outlier hospitals and make sure they are...

Research report

17 Aug 2015

Overview

The emergence of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft offer a potentially useful addition to Canberra’s urban transport options.

Canberra faces unique transport challenges. Car ownership rates are higher in the ACT than in most states, despite almost all of the...

Research report

4 Mar 2011

Biomechanical demands such as repetitive hand or arm movements, lifting heavy loads or working in awkward postures contribute to the development or worsening of inflammatory or degenerative musculoskeletal disorders. However, little is known about patterns of exposure to different biomechanical demands and how they relate...

Audio

16 Aug 2015

The mixed and overlapping responsibilities of Australia's education system makes it one of the most complicated in the world.

A new report, Schooling Federalism: Evaluating the Options for Reform , looks at the effect this system has on the primary and secondary education children...

Statistics

18 Aug 2015

Contains latest available estimates by age and sex of the resident populations of areas of Australia as at 30 June.

KEY POINTS AT 30 JUNE 2014

Greater Darwin and Greater Perth were the only capital cities where males outnumbered females. The SA2s...

Research report

3 Aug 2015

Overview

The demand for amphibious capabilities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region reflects the operational and strategic challenges faced by the U.S. Marine Corps and Australian Defence Forces. Both nations have indicated the importance of deepening their strategic partnership, yet there has been a lack...

Research report

19 Aug 2015

In this Analysis, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Tristram Sainsbury examines the evolving global economic leadership roles of the United States and China.

Key findings

The rise of the Chinese economy means that China and the United States must share a role, although...

Research report

18 Aug 2015

Provides rankings for the liveability of 140 cities worldwide. The top ten liveable cities include Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Auckland.

Summary Although it's usually the top cities that warrant the most attention, the latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability...

Book

17 Aug 2015

Overview

The vast shape-shifting continent of Australia enables us to take a long view of history. We consider ways to cross the great divide between the deep past and the present. Australia’s human past is not a short past, so we need to...

Research report

14 Aug 2015

This report examines the effectiveness of fees-free places and secondary-tertiary programmes at keeping New Zealand's young people in education.

Summary

The Youth Guarantee policy provides opportunities to support 16- and 17-year-olds to achieve education success, and progress into further education, training and...

Journal article

18 Aug 2015

Consumption of capsaicin (found in chilli) may be able to prevent overeating through an action on nerves in the stomach, according to this report.

Abstract

Within the gastrointestinal tract vagal afferents play a role in control of food intake and satiety signalling....

Research report

16 Aug 2015

This collaborative research project was conducted by academics across the three major universities in South Australia, i.e. University of South Australia, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide. The project was funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin...

Research report

4 Aug 2015

The new VCOSS report, Walk alongside: Co-designing social initiatives with people experiencing vulnerabilities, invites people to challenge their thinking about social problems and the people affected by them, as well as the way government and the community sector works with them. It encourages us to...

Research report

19 Aug 2015

Aim: To consider trends in bail and remand prior to and immediately following the implementation of the Bail Act (2013) on 20 May 2014 and the ‘show cause’ amendments on 28 January 2015.

Method: Descriptive analysis of trends in police use of...

Interview

21 May 2015

The way the media reports on a community can have a powerful impact on the way the broader society perceives them. The less that’s known about that community, the more power the media wields, as a primary source of understanding.

Media coverage can foster...

Research report

9 Jun 2015

Aims to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Melbourne was selected from 372 applicants around the world to be among the first wave of 33 cities to...

Research report

3 Jul 1989

This inquiry uncovered long-term systemic political corruption and abuse of power in Queensland, and changed the policing and political landscape across Australia.

Overview

In May 1987 Acting Queensland Premier Bill Gunn ordered a commission of inquiry after the media reported possible police...

Research report

13 May 1985

This review was Australia's first national consultation with people with disability, their families and service providers.

Overview

For much of Australia's history there was no national program of disability service provision. This changed with the election of the Whitlam government, which passed...

Research report

17 Jul 2015

This report presents findings from a pilot study to identify current Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) and Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practices in TAFE’s Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing). The findings provide an important insight into the current provision of foundation skills and bridging...

Discussion paper

7 Aug 2015

Analyses available baseline information for chronic diseases in Australia, as a starting point for chronic disease target and indicator consideration.

Introduction

The Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) is facilitating development of a set of targets and indicators to measure and track the...

Research report

18 Aug 2015

Provides a profile of mothers' and children's educational expectations and whether these change over time.

Summary

The research shows that the educational expectations of parents and children are important factors in predicting children's educational achievements and occupational outcomes. This chapter provides a...

Technical report

7 Aug 2015

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013‐2020 aims to reduce the burden of non‐communicable diseases by 2025, through action on nine targets measured by 25 indicators of performance. While the WHO 25 x 25 targets were...

Research report

16 Aug 2015

The most efficient way to run, fund and regulate primary and secondary schools in Australia is for the State and Territory Governments to have sole responsibility.

Background

Australian federalism has evolved significantly since Federation in 1901. There is now extensive, contested concurrency...

Conference paper

19 Aug 2014

The concept of ‘self-tracking’ (also referred to as life-logging, the quantified self, personal analytics and personal informatics) has recently begun to emerge in discussions of ways in which people can voluntarily monitor and record specific features of their lives, often using digital technologies. There is...

Guide

9 Apr 2015

Today’s technologies offer tremendous opportunities for authors to make their out-of-print or otherwise unavailable books more widely available. Some authors want to revive their books by creating e-books, while others may want to use print-on-demand technology or deposit their books in openly accessible repositories. This...

Journal article

17 Aug 2015

Practices associated with humiliating medical students persist in contemporary medical education. These practices need to be eradicated, given the evidence that they affect students’ learning and mental health, according to this article.

Abstract Objective: To generate a contemporary understanding of “teaching by humiliation”...

Research report

17 Aug 2015

The research sought to measure whether lower income households are able to access housing which is ‘affordable’ based on weekly rent of no more than 30 per cent of gross household income and ‘available’ referring to the extent to which affordable dwellings are in fact...

Research report

17 Aug 2015

New research has revealed ice-related ambulance attendances in Victoria continue to rise.

Summary

According to Turning Point’s latest Alcohol and Drug-Related Ambulance Attendances Report (0) , regional Victoria continues to increase at a rate higher that metropolitan Melbourne.

In regional Victoria,...

Evaluation

17 Jul 2015

Parentline is a confidential telephone service providing professional counselling, education and support to parents and others who care for children and young people. The service operates from 8am to 10pm seven days a week and is available to residents of Queensland and the Northern Territory....

Research report

19 May 2015

This report is written for:

institutional leaders responsible for quality in online, open and flexible higher education faculty wanting to have an overview of the field newcomers that want to develop quality schemes policy makers in governments, agencies and organisations major educational stakeholders in...

Research report

1 Apr 2015

This study by researchers from the Wellbeing Research Group, Centre for Research in Education, at the University of South Australia evaluated how successfully the Safe Schools Hub (SSH) resource provides digital resource coverage for the National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF) by exploring: who uses the...

Research report

11 Aug 2015

The Government has released use cases collected as part of a study into the new and innovate ways Australian organisations are using open government data.

The study targets companies and non-profit organisations that use open government data to generate new business, develop new products...

Commentary

Article

13 Aug 2015

His leadership again under threat, the prime minister is locked in a potentially terminal embrace with his party’s right

There aren’t many votes – either way – in same-sex marriage. A negligible number of people would change their after-preferences support for a major...

Research report

20 May 2015

Sensis surveyed 800 Australian consumers and 1,100 Australian businesses to continue this landmark study on how social media channels are being used. For the purposes of this report, the term “social media” refers to: • Social networking websites including Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter. •...

Technical report

15 Feb 2011

The Victorian Pulse Disease Guide provides information on disease management and the disease resistant ratings for pulse crops.

Technical report

15 Apr 1998

Accurate assessment of growth stage is important because the cereal plant's response to herbicide, growth regulator or fertiliser application depends on its stage of development.

Technical report

15 Mar 2008

In order to identify different cereal species, close observation of the seedlings at the junction of the leaf-sheath and leaf-blade is required. This Ag Note helps to distinguish the different cereal species.

Technical report

15 Jan 1998

Accurate, early estimations of grain yield and crop loss are important skills in grain production and extensive personal experience is essential for estimating yields at early stages of growth.

Technical report

15 Jul 2000

Loss of wheat production due to frost damage is not common in Victoria. However, while the total loss is rarely great, individual growers can suffer heavy losses in some years. The factors exposing crops to loss are discussed along with tips to minimise the potential...

Technical report

15 Jun 1995

Armyworms are caterpillar pests of grass pastures and cereal crops. They are the only caterpillars that growers are likely to encounter in cereal crops, although occasionally native budworm will also attack grain when underlying weed hosts dry out.

Technical report

15 Jan 2007

The redlegged earth mite (RLEM) - (Halotydeus destructor) is a major pest of pastures, crops and vegetables in regions of Australia with cool wet winters and hot dry summers. The RLEM was accidentally introduced into Australia from the Cape region of South Africa in the...

Technical report

15 Jun 1995

The native budworm (Helicoverpa punctigera or, as it was known, Heliothis punctigera) is native to Australia and is distributed, particularly during spring, throughout much of the central and southern regions of the country. It is the major pest of all grain legumes, although pea weevil...

Technical report

15 Aug 1996

The diamondback moth is the most destructive insect pest of brassica crops throughout the world. Reliance on chemicals as a control measure for the diamondback moth has resulted in the development of resistance to many insecticides. Resistance to synthetic pyrethroid insecticides has been detected in...

Technical report

15 Jul 1996

Wheat is the most important cereal grain in world commerce. The framework for all winter crop production in Victoria, Australia, is based on the principles and practice of successful wheat farming. This Agriculture Note gives an overview of those principles.

Technical report

15 Jun 2000

Canola is a profitable cropping option for many cropping regions of Victoria and it also brings diversity in terms of cropping rotations. Background information is provided for potential growers, agri-industry and students.

Technical report

15 Apr 2007

Scald is a common foliar disease in Victorian barley crops as the majority of current varieties are susceptible. Scald severity varies greatly from crop to crop depending on variety resistance, paddock history and local climate. Scald is more likely to be a problem when a...

Technical report

15 Feb 2005

Variety selection and robust disease management plans are critical to minimising the impact of diseases in cereal crops. The Victorian Cereal Disease Guide provides the latest information on disease management and the disease resistant ratings for cereal crops.

Technical report

15 Feb 2008

There have been two introductions of wheat stripe rust into Australia. These introductions may have entered Australia on clothing. The first introduction occurred in Victoria in 1979, and stripe rust rapidly spread across eastern Australia. This original rust mutated, and a number of pathotypes (also...

Technical report

15 May 2008

Many important diseases of pulses can be seed-borne. Pulse growers can minimize losses from these diseases by using high quality seed. Seed testing is required to establish whether seed is infected. Seed health tests are currently available to detect the most important seed-borne pathogens of...

Technical report

15 Jun 2005

Stem rust is an occasional, but devastating disease of wheat. Epidemics occur when there is a carry over of stem rust from the previous season, susceptible varieties of wheat are grown, and warm humid conditions in the spring encourage disease development.

Technical report

15 Jul 2007

Blue oat mites (BOM) (Penthaleus spp.) are species of earth mites which are major agricultural pests of southern Australia and other parts of the world, attacking various pasture, vegetable and crop plants. BOM were introduced from Europe and first recorded in New South Wales in...

Technical report

15 Jul 2010

Beet western yellows virus (BWYV) has an extremely wide host range and is distributed worldwide. Hosts include temperate pulses (chickpea, faba bean, lentil, field pea and vetch), pasture legumes (clover, medics and lucerne), canola and many perennial weeds. BWYV is transmitted persistently by a large...

Technical report

15 Dec 2007

Septoria tritici blotch (STB) is an important stubble borne foliar disease of wheat in Victoria, Australia. This disease has increased in importance in the high rainfall cropping regions during the last five years, even though it has been well controlled in Victoria for the last...

Research report

12 Aug 2015

New research funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and undertaken by the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre, titled 'Conversations about alcohol and pregnancy', has found that women receive and actively interpret contradictory information about the risks of drinking...

Technical report

15 Nov 2010

In this agricultural note, a simple method to estimate the yield of a range of field crops for use by farmers and agribusiness is outlined.

Evaluation

16 Jul 2015

Executive summary: The aim of this audit was to examine selected areas of government activity to see if sufficient information was available to identify and assess changes in productivity. The following six activities in five agencies were examined: primary and secondary school education (the...

Research report

15 Jul 2015

The Planning, Implementation and Effectiveness in Indigenous Health Reform (PIE) project, funded by the Lowitja Institute and the Australian Research Council, carried out by the University of Melbourne, arose from concerns by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that despite the importance of participation and...

Research report

13 Aug 2015

This paper outlines the history of penalty rates in Australia and gives a snapshot of the contemporary debate on the topic. Then, focusing on the retail and hospitality sectors, it looks at proposals aimed at reducing or removing penalty rates all together. As an important...

Research report

11 Aug 2015

This report discusses how the digital age impacts on 'millennial teens' aged 16-19 on a daily basis.

Millennial teens are the first generation to have no memory of life before the Internet and cell phones. Technology use defines this age group, as does the...

Research report

6 Aug 2015

FECCA’s 2014-15 Access and Equity Report provides a summary of the perspectives and broader feedback received through consultations with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and service providers around Australia, regarding the design and delivery of Australian Government services. The report aims to discuss diverse community...

Commentary

Article

13 Aug 2015

Referendums have become synonymous with failure in Australia, even when initial polling shows great support for a proposed change. Regardless of whether the stigma is warranted, this history is having a negative impact on the push to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution.

The...

Discussion paper

31 Jul 2015

Background : In March 2015 a Working Group was established by Andrew Neophytou (CEO, Inner Eastern Local Learning & Employment Network) on behalf of the Inner Metro Youth and Community Partnership (IMCYP).

This Working Group was formed to discuss and consider actions around...

Research report

6 Aug 2015

Overview: This paper argues that enhancing parliament’s role in national security will reinforce executive accountability, improve the quality of public debate over national security and serve to strengthen the foundations of Australia’s parliamentary democracy.

There are several measures that would materially improve parliament’s...

Research report

6 Aug 2015

This paper considers the role of the criminal law in respect to revenge pornography and the adequacy of existing civil law remedies for serious invasions of privacy by means of revenge pornography.

Introduction

Privacy issues are currently on the agenda of public...

Discussion paper

12 Aug 2015

The formal curricular and pedagogical elements of schooling in Solomon Islands have as yet largely failed to fulfil their potential as a ‘stepping-stone to national consciousness’.

Abstract

The paper is structured as follows. In the first section, we provide an analysis of...

Research report

6 Aug 2015

This paper examines population trends, the impact of racial differences on political stability and economic trends in order to ascertain the kinds of challenges that Indonesia will need to address in the near future if it is to meet its developmental goals.

Summary...

Audio interview

12 Aug 2015

What makes a good national flag?

That's the question the Flag Consideration Panel in New Zealand is currently trying to answer, as the country edges closer to settling on a new national emblem.

A panel of culture, history, art and design experts are...

Journal article

11 Aug 2015

Exposure to alcohol advertising is associated with initiation of drinking in children who have not previously been drinkers, and greater consumption in pre-existing drinkers, according to this study.

Introduction Exposure to alcohol advertising is associated with initiation of drinking in children who have...

Website

1 Sep 2015

During this 2015 and early 2016, New Zealanders will consider options for the national flag. A panel of 12 New Zealanders from all walks of life, age and experience has been appointed to help facilitate this national conversation about the flag. The Panel first selected...

Research report

12 Aug 2015

Overview: The term chronic disease applies to a group of diseases that tend to be long lasting and have persistent effects.

Chronic diseases have a range of potential impacts on a person's individual circumstances, including quality of life and broader social and economic...

Research report

12 Aug 2015

Provides an analysis from the AIC’s Database of Victimisation Experiences (DoVE) of cases of common assault that are not related to domestic disputes or involving sexual assault.

Summary

In 2012, there were 116,105 recorded victims of physical assault in New South Wales,...

Strategy

10 Aug 2015

DFAT has developed a five-year Indigenous Peoples Strategy to align its work on issues affecting indigenous peoples across the foreign policy, aid, trade and corporate objectives for the department.

Overview

The Australian Government is committed to providing opportunities to assist indigenous peoples...

Research report

4 Aug 2015

The authoritative compendium of statistics on merchandise exports and imports, this publication analyses the growth, direction and commodity breakdown of Australia's trade over the past three years. It also includes individual reports showing the composition of trade with Australia's top 25 trading partners and selected...

Submission

4 Aug 2015

Summary

A secure retirement rests on three foundations: adequate income, affordable housing, and decent affordable health and aged care. Income alone is not enough. There is a serious imbalance in the Federal Government’s support for retirement, with an estimated $30 billion ‘spent’ each year...

Research report

30 Jul 2015

This review examined the appropriate scope for the ICAC’s jurisdiction and whether any limits or enhancements should be placed on its powers.

Terms of reference

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) was established by the NSW Government in 1989. The ICAC's principal...

Research report

12 Aug 2015

This Investigative Panel focused on the challenges facing the rooming/boarding house policy community in Victoria and New South Wales. The Panel argued that in the context of growth in the sector and a more diverse clientele, regulatory frameworks needed to be updated to encompass those...

Research report

10 Aug 2015

This paper describes a prototype Graphically Linked Information Discovery Environment created using semantic web techniques to better manage statistical information.

Executive summary

The ABS is exploring semantic web techniques as one possible solution to overcome some of the challenges in the information...

Research report

1 Aug 2015

Proposes a new approach capable of explaining concomitant changes in income inequality and income mobility.

Introduction

Income mobility and income inequality are two topics that have been the subject of extensive research. Although both topics are clearly related, building a bridge between...

Research report

7 Aug 2015

This guide provides key internet links to information about skilled migration, family migration, temporary work visas, student visas, working holiday visas, population and multiculturalism.

Research report

11 Aug 2015

Most people sentenced in the County Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria plead guilty, and their guilty plea results in a reduced sentence, according to this report.

Interview

30 Jun 2015

Overview: Thalidomide was an over-the-counter ‘wonder drug’, marketed to pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s to treat morning sickness and anxiety. Lyn Rowe was born in Melbourne in 1962 with no arms and no legs after her mother took the drug during her...

Research report

7 Jul 2015

In celebration of NAIDOC week, the Kirby Institute has a created a booklet which showcases our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.

Aboriginal people are one of the priority populations for research conducted at the Kirby Institute. The Kirby Institute manages a range of...

Commentary

Article

11 Aug 2015

The polarisation of positivist-constructivist ontologies on the nature of physical reality is matched by similarly divergent views on human nature. Some people react instinctively to others from an adversarial, sceptical, judgemental and expedient perspective (and are happy to be called realists). Others respond in good...

Bill

5 Jun 2015

This bill covers the introduction of a single, broad power for collecting personal identifiers, and the collection of biometric information from minors, 'incapable' persons and asylum seekers.

Commentary

Article

11 Aug 2015

Some encouraging developments got lost in the coverage of Labor’s national conference

There’s more to Labor’s new policy on refugees and asylum seekers than we learnt from most media reports Labor’s national conference. With the focus on factional battles and the most contentious...

Commentary

Article

5 Aug 2015

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens seems to think we should expect lower long-term growth. But what do the figures say?

No recession since 1974–75 has done less damage to the Australian economy in the short term. Yet, amazingly, the recession of 2008–09 has...

Research report

7 Aug 2015

Australia’s International Business Survey 2015 (AIBS 2015) is the second in a series of studies of Australia's international business activity. Commissioned by the Export Council of Australia (ECA) with the support of Austrade and EFIC (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation), AIBS 2015 was conducted by...

Research report

6 Aug 2015

Presents a review of government initiatives that help families balance their work and family responsibilities, highlighting innovative ideas and including a discussion of international trends and themes.

Summary

This AIFS Research Report presents a review of government initiatives that help families balance...

Research report

6 Aug 2015

The NSW Government is considering how to establish a community benefits fund from the potential development of a coal seam gas (CSG) industry in the state. The Australia Institute made a submission.

Key points:

Gas company contributions to a Community Benefits Fund...

Research report

6 Aug 2015

Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online, Ofcom research has revealed, with record ownership and use transforming the way we communicate.

Two thirds of people now own a smartphone, using it for nearly two hours every day to browse...

Survey

10 Aug 2015

This fourth edition of Deloitte’s media consumer survey provides a current snapshot of how Australians are consuming different media and entertainment, using technology and devices, interacting with social networks and responding to advertising. Deloitte’s survey reveals attitudes and behaviours, reporting on how they have changed...

Research report

10 Aug 2015

Since 2007, The Climate Institute has produced Climate of the Nation research capturing the nation's pulse on attitudes to climate change. This year's results show an increasing awareness and concern about the impacts of climate change and the country’s future energy mix amid the intensifying...

Audio presentation

6 Aug 2015

Big Ideas examines the role of our watchdog agencies. Generally, they only draw public attention when they show someone up: corrupt behaviour by a government official, a waste of public money or maladministration. Less dramatic but just as important is another side of the agencies’...

Video

23 Jul 2015

The short film Lessons for Life , shows real-life stories from people who have experienced suicidal thoughts as a powerful way to increase empathy and understanding. The Lessons for Life video shares incredible stories of resilience; stories that underpin SANE’s research into attempted suicide....

Discussion paper

16 Apr 2015

A policy that depends on the continuous consumption of non-renewable resources and an ever-increasing workforce is flawed; it is unsustainable. An different economic model is needed, one that can be maintained if Australia is to stop its spiral towards the overcrowding of its living spaces,...

Research report

6 Aug 2015

Summary of Findings

This report explores the new contours of friendship in the digital age. It covers the results of a national survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless...

Statistics

6 Aug 2015

Summary results of the monthly Labour Force Survey containing 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...

Journal article

30 Jun 2015

Abstract

Social media continues to change how advocacy organizations mobilize, educate, and connect with their constituents. One of the most unique yet understudied tools available on social media platforms is the hashtag. Little research exists on how social work and advocacy organizations use...

Research report

7 Aug 2015

FOREWORD

This report provides compelling reading for everyone interested in the health and wellbeing of Australian children and adolescents. Based on a survey conducted in the homes of over 6,300 families with children and/or adolescents aged 4 to 17 years, the report presents...

Commentary

Article

7 Aug 2015

As a new key plank in its economic statecraft, China has determined that it will shift much of its labour-intensive industry offshore to relieve saturated domestic markets, allow the manufacturers to avail themselves of cheaper labour in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa, bring the...

Strategy

1 Aug 2015

The United Nations is in the process of defining a post-2015 development agenda. This agenda will be launched at a UN Summit in New York, in September 2015.

Preamble

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It...

Discussion paper

30 Jun 2015

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) is the peak, national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We work to promote fairness and responsiveness to our constituency in the delivery and design of government policies and programs.

At the...

Discussion paper

23 Jul 2015

BACKGROUND

Citizen science brings scientists and the wider community together to work on important scientific projects. It has played a central and celebrated role in the advancement of global knowledge.

From amateur astronomers tracking the transit of Venus in 1874 to the...

Submission

31 Jul 2015

Overview

The Australian Academy of Science welcomes the opportunity to comment on the suite of strategies and measures outlined in the Australian Government’s Vision for a Science Nation consultation paper.

Overall, these proposals respond well to the majority of recommendations set out...

Book

6 Aug 2015

This book aims to reflect on the experiential side of writing political lives in the Pacific region. The collection touches on aspects of the life writing art that are particularly pertinent to political figures: public perception and ideology; identifying important political successes and policy initiatives;...

Research report

24 Jun 2015

Acknowledging that the NDIS alone will not be able to solve the issues faced by young people in nursing homes, this review makes 12 recommendations including establishing a joint taskforce to ensure the recommendations are put in place.

LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations...

Research report

4 Aug 2015

This report presents the outcomes of a major consultation with Aboriginal children and young people across Western Australia conducted by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA.

In 2014, the Commissioner consulted with 1,271 Aboriginal children and young from all major regions of...

Research report

5 Aug 2015

Auditor-General’s comments

In February 2015 I released my first audit following up on audit recommendations from 2012–13. The inaugural report was the basis for further follow-up audits to verify the information agencies provided.

This report, focusing on the Department of Education and...

Research report

30 Jul 2015

This research offers one of the first detailed insights into the valuable contribution made by local government within the multi-layered crime prevention strategies and initiatives which keep Australian communities safe.

Foreword

In Australia, crime prevention is primarily the responsibility of state and...

Research report

31 Jul 2015

This report presents the results of a longitudinal census of fraud incidents experienced by Commonwealth entities and the ways in which fraud risk has been managed and controlled.

Abstract

The Commonwealth Government’s Fraud reporting requirements include the annual provision of information to...

Research report

4 Aug 2015

Summary

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have higher rates of cardiac conditions, and lower access to health services aimed at preventing and treating these conditions, than non-Indigenous Australians. The Better Cardiac Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People—a project supported by...

Research report

18 Mar 2015

Increased resettlement of migrants and refugees in regional Australia has been an on-going focus of the policies of successive governments. One recent regional resettlement experience, initiated at the local level, has yielded significant outcomes for a small regional community and the refugees involved.

This...

Research report

30 Jul 2015

This paper highlights the protectionist shift in Indonesia, and argue that this will harm Indonesia’s economic prospects.

Key findings

Despite increasing economic challenges, Indonesia is likely to continue raising non-tariff barriers to trade. These protectionist measures are likely to prove counterproductive, raising...

Research report

5 Aug 2015

This paper outlines the dilemmas faced by Asian countries caught in strategic competition between great powers.

Abstract

This paper by Singapore’s Ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan was the inaugural Shedden Lecture in Strategy and Defence. It artfully describes the tension regional countries face and...

Research report

30 Jul 2015

Introduction

In this paper, election analyst Antony Green provides detailed two-party and two-candidate preferred results by polling place for the 2015 New South Wales election. The publication is the latest in a series first published by the NSW Parliamentary Research Service after the...

Submission

19 Jun 2015

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence is an extraordinary opportunity to interrogate and strengthen the family system in this state. Unprecedented increase in family violence incidents has placed demands on the system - the specialist family violence services police, legal support, child protection and...

Research report

5 Aug 2015

Overview

This paper reports on trends in NSW State finances between 2002-03 and 2015-16 (inclusive). For most of the key indicators, the paper also shows trends by Parliament for the current (56th) Parliament and previous three (55th, 54th and 53rd) Parliaments. This paper...

Research report

3 Aug 2015

Provides an extensive survey of current Commonwealth laws that limit traditional rights, freedoms and privileges, considers how such laws may be justified, and seeks feedback from the public.

Overview

This is the 2nd consultation document for this Inquiry. The ALRC was asked...

Commentary

Article

4 Aug 2015

Background Briefing exposes the predatory practices of an open access publisher that claims to be one of Sydney's leading scientific associations.

The Australian Society for Commerce Industry and Engineering (SCIE) is one of several hundred organisations identified by Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian in...

Book

31 Jul 2015

This book discusses five major public health domains to which Tony McMichael, a major public health figure, made major contributions: occupational health and safety; environmental and social epidemiology; nutrition and food systems; climate change and health; and ecosystem change and infectious disease.

Overview...

Research report

6 Jun 2015

The review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET), which was announced in February 2014 and continued beyond the end of the year, essentially froze new investment in large-scale renewable energy in Australia last year. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, new investment in large-scale projects...

Research report

21 Jul 2015

Aim and objectives

This review aims to examine available evidence on cultural competence in health care settings to identify key approaches and strategies that can contribute to improving the development and implementation of Indigenous health services and programs. The objectives are to:...

Commentary

Article

31 Jul 2015

Governments have ignored a new report exposing appalling rates of young Indigenous people in detention, but a new response is attracting growing support.

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Bourke, the town that inspired several of Henry Lawson’s Darling River stories, has always been on the frontier....

Audio interview

5 Aug 2015

Mental illness carries enormous emotional and social costs for individuals and communities. But what about its broader impact on the economy?

According to the OECD, as many as one in two people will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. It can...

Book

3 Aug 2015

Digital health technologies have received a high level of attention of late in the medical and public health literature and popular media. Much of this discussion takes an uncritical techno-utopian stance, representing these technologies as offering great potential for reducing healthcare costs and facilitating ‘patient...

Research report

15 Apr 2015

The Commonwealth Government tasked the National Mental Health Commission with conducting a national review of mental health programmes and services. The focus of the review was on assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill-health and their families...

Research report

15 Apr 2015

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are transforming our economies and societies. Since 2001, The Global Information and Technology Report series and the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) have been taking the pulse of the ICT revolution worldwide.

The NRI identifies the capacity of countries to...

Evaluation

19 May 2014

Overview: Brisbane City Police have an increasing role in responding to vulnerable persons, often at risk in the CBD and police are often the first people to encounter vulnerable people in public space or in circumstances of need. QPS capacity to respond independently to...

Commentary

Article

2 Aug 2015

Negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement have run aground on Washington’s attempt to restrict rather than free up medicines

Winston Churchill’s famous description of Russia as a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” could equally well be applied to the Australian...

Research report

6 Aug 2015

This is the second publication from the Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series and includes preliminary findings from the Supporting Development and Growth in the Community Sector in Western Australia research program. This report is the first output of the Social Enterprise Financial Resilience project, which...

Strategy

19 May 2014

This strategy outlines how Brisbane City Division aims to coordinate, develop and foster local activities and initiatives that align services with the Queensland Police Service's (QPS) Vulnerable Persons Policy.

Overview

The Brisbane City Division is committed to pursuing the continuous improvement of...

Submission

30 Jun 2015

This case study aims to make a contribution to the discussion on rural and regional settlement by providing community perspectives on how access to government services and community attitudes impact new and emerging communities’ economic participation, social integration, sense of belonging and settlement outcomes. The...

Research report

16 Jun 2015

Australia’s financial connectedness with the Asia-Pacific region lags behind its deepening economic, diplomatic and cultural ties with the region, according to this report by the Australian Centre for Financial Studies. The report finds that while the Asia-Pacific region represents roughly two-thirds of Australia’s global trading...

Research report

3 Aug 2015

The committee recommends the Commonwealth Government create an Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Industrial Sound responsible for providing research and advice to the Minister for the Environment on the impact on human health of audible noise (including low frequency) and infrasound from wind turbines....

Research report

4 Aug 2015

The Productivity Commission invites examination of the draft report, and written submissions by Friday 18 September 2015.

The draft report is a broad-ranging assessment of Australia's workplace relations framework, considering current laws, institutions and practices. It uses an economy-wide approach, looking at possible reforms...

Video

3 Aug 2015

Australian Productivity Commission Chairman Peter Harris presents a talk about the draft recommendations from the Workplace Relations Framework public inquiry.

Statistics

13 Apr 2015

Kids Helpline has been operating for 24 years and is Australia’s only 24/7 counselling and support service for children and young people. This report (first resource link) provides an annual statistical overview of the Kids Helpline service. It includes 2014, and where relevant, short-term trend...

Article

4 Aug 2015

‘Negative gearing’ has been a topic of frequent debate. This flagpost summarises some of the estimates of the impact of negative gearing on the Commonwealth Budget.

Negative gearing is a strategy of borrowing to invest in an asset which generates income, but not enough...

Commentary

Article

2 Aug 2015

They create copycat 'science journals', exploit academic authors and publish junk 'peer reviewed' science. Hagar Cohen investigates one of the biggest of the alleged 'predatory' publishers, and the dubious tactics used in this growing sector.

Predatory publishers are exploiting academics by getting them to...

Research report

25 Jun 2015

AUSTRALIAN MUSLIMS: A BRIEF OVERVIEW: Contact between Muslim Indonesian fishermen from Southern Sulawesi and Indigenous people in northern Australia from around the 1750s is the earliest evidence of a Muslim connection in Australia. However, it was not until the 1860s with the arrival of...

Research report

15 Apr 2015

As part of the Urbanizing Faith project, the University of South Australia’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding hosted a public forum in conjunction with the City of Charles Sturt. The forum was held in the City of Charles Sturt’s Cheltenham Community Centre on...

Research report

3 Aug 2015

Determines the incidence of abbreviation use in electronic hospital discharge letters (eDLs) and general practitioner understanding of abbreviations used in eDLs.

Abstract Objectives: To determine the incidence of abbreviation use in electronic hospital discharge letters (eDLs) and general practitioner understanding of abbreviations used...

Briefing paper

29 Jun 2015

The ACMA’s overriding purpose is to make communications and media work in the public interest, and its international engagement is central to achieving this. The role of international engagement in both protecting and promoting Australia’s communications and media interests is reflected in the legislation the...

Commentary

Article

20 Jul 2015

The impact of mobile devices is not just restricted to the way customers interact with brands. In the last few years, the shift towards BYOD (bring your own device) policies, the dawn of wearable devices and the explosion of apps and tools designed to put...

Research report

30 Apr 2015

Executive Summary: Journey to Social Inclusion was a three year pilot that provided intensive support designed to break the cycle of long-term homelessness. This report presents the social and economic outcomes of the J2SI pilot. It covers the three years the trial ran, and...

Briefing paper

3 Aug 2015

Current terrorism threats identified by the Australian and other Western governments include those associated with their nationals fighting with overseas terrorist and insurgent groups (‘foreign fighters’) and different forms of ‘home-grown’ terrorism. While the foreign fighter phenomenon is not new, a range of factors, including...

Research report

24 Jun 2015

Victoria is earning a reputation for producing surprising election results. According to political commentators and the opinion polls, the 1999 election was expected to return the Coalition Government and the 2010 election was expected to return the Labor Government, yet neither did.

Even though...

Research report

1 Apr 2015

“Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media,” is a first-of-its kind collection of essays that offers reflections from diverse perspectives on youth experiences with digital media and with focus on the Global South. It creatively combines adult voices with written and visual...

Research report

1 Jul 2011

This report on the information policy indicators reflects the key requirements for assessing national information policies, the telecommunication networks, the public- private partnerships and legislation and regulatory mechanisms that support information creation and dissemination, and the means by which they can be verified in building...

Data portal

1 Feb 2014

A broad base of quantitative information on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise.