September 2015

Research report

24 Sep 2015

Examines the role of the US Congress in policy toward the Asia-Pacific region.

Key findings

While partisan gridlock in Congress has hindered the execution of US foreign policy overall, it has disproportionately affected US policy towards the Asia Pacific because the region...

Book

29 Sep 2015

Overview

This edited collection understands exploration as a collective effort and experience involving a variety of people in diverse kinds of relationships. It engages with the recent resurgence of interest in the history of exploration by focusing on the various indigenous intermediaries –...

Research report

30 Sep 2015

Summary

During the past three decades, extensive literature has accumulated on the early years of life for children. Research findings unequivocally agree that these years are a critical period of intense learning for children which provides the foundation for later academic and social...

Journal article

23 Sep 2015

Abstract

The Australian Constitution lays down a process for creating new states out of the existing states that form the Australian Federation. This article explores that process, in historical and political perspective. It examines the drafting of the relevant provisions of the Constitution,...

Research report

9 Sep 2015

The media development community must rethink its approaches to public sector engagement in efforts to improve the environment for media systems in emerging and fragile democracies.

Overview

In the field of media development, the public sector is often viewed as a barrier...

Working paper

31 Aug 2015

Abstract: This article investigates the demographic correlates of early voting in person at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Victorian state elections. Between 2006 and 2014 the rate of early voting in person increased 300 percent at Victorian state elections. These elections followed the first...

Research report

24 Sep 2015

Examines spend management tools and alerts for post-paid mobile phone consumers, and their relationship with unexpectedly high bills.

Executive summary

This report details the results of research commissioned by the ACMA to examine spend management tools and alerts for post-paid mobile phone...

Transcript

22 Sep 2015

This speech was given by the Chairman of the Productivity Commission to the Australian Competition Policy Summit 2015'

Introduction

In 2013, the Australian Government announced that there would be the first comprehensive review of competition policy in Australia in a generation....

Research report

30 Sep 2015

Overview

The International Arts Activity – Australian Arts Sector report highlights the value of a strategic approach to international arts development and explores the existing activity and future priorities of the sector.

The report was part of a significant body of research...

Commentary

Article

30 Sep 2015

When America sneezes, Australian state governments catch a cold. And when the weather turns bad, guess who’s held responsible?

“Last time I checked, the Tasmanian government had very little influence over the unemployment rate in the United States. Yet it might want to...

Research report

1 Jan 2004

Executive summary

The Financial and Consumer Rights Council (FCRC) seeks to provide a voice for Victorian consumers of essential services, in particular customers affected by fuel poverty. Fuel poverty affects consumers who experience periods where they are unable to pay their utility bills...

Research report

1 Dec 2013

The commercial real estate and property sector is a vital part of the Australian economy. Compared to global peers, property companies in Australia and New Zealand are considered to be at the front of the pack in terms of acknowledging, measuring and managing Environment, Social...

Research report

15 Sep 2015

In June 2014, the Productivity Commission was asked to look at ways to improve how government agencies commission and purchase social services. The final report was released in mid-September 2015. It makes several recommendations about how to make social services more responsive, client-focused, accountable and...

Discussion paper

25 Sep 2015

On 25 September 2015, the National Opera Review Discussion Paper was released by the National Opera Review Panel. The Discussion Paper considers the financial viability, artistic vibrancy and audience access of Australia’s four major opera companies — Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, State Opera of South...

Research report

24 Sep 2015

This report includes estimates of how much was spent on health between 2003–04 and 2013–14. This information contributes to understanding the performance and efficiency of Australia’s health system and how changes arise over time.

Summary

Continued slow growth

Health expenditure...

Research report

31 Jul 2015

Provides insights into the factors affecting technology adoption for older and disadvantaged people, and provides training and interface guidelines and a potential model for other public housing communities to become more digitally aware.

Research Aims

The experience of social housing communities in...

Research report

30 Nov 2013

This report discusses the options available for training seniors to use computing technology by examining available computer literacy training being offered by ASCCA member clubs, and provides advice to computer trainers and students for efficient computer training.

Some challenges for seniors training...

Audio program

29 Sep 2015

An ocean sanctuary covering more than 6-hundred thousand square kilometres is to be created around the Kermadec islands north east of New Zealand. Conservation minister Nick Smith discusses the landmark decision to declare New Zealand's Kermadec region an ocean sanctuary.

Total running time: 05'...

Research report

11 Sep 2015

Latest data and events

Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler cut the official cash rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent on 10 September, returning the OCR to April 2014 levels. The Bank’s 90-day bank bill rate projections point towards a further...

Research report

2 Sep 2015

This report presents findings on the impact of maternity quality and safety programmes in New Zealand.

Overview

Local maternity quality and safety programmes have been operating in each district health board (DHB) since 2012 and have raised the profile of maternity quality...

Policy

26 Sep 2015

Overview

Over a lifetime, 44 percent of New Zealanders will try an illegal drug and 93 percent will drink alcohol. While not every instance of alcohol and other drug use is harmful, the effects of these substances can be significant. They contribute to...

Working paper

17 Jul 2012

One of the most persistent criticisms of postcolonialism is that it promotes an antipathy to imperialism that tends to focus on the experience of European colonial empires and neglects other, non-western instances of imperial hubris. The articulation of Islam and empire has not been subject...

Briefing paper

8 Sep 2015

This study utilized the first 11 waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia (HILDA) Survey to track individuals’ tenure transitions and housing affordability dynamics over the period 2001–11. The study used the widely recognized definition of ‘housing affordability stress’, where an individual’s...

Research report

10 Sep 2015

This NCSEHE Briefing Note provides an update on domestic undergraduate student enrolment and equity outcomes from 2007 to 2014, following Koshy and Seymour (2014) . It focuses on undergraduate outcomes for Table A providers, given policy changes in recent years to Australian undergraduate education that...

Research report

25 Sep 2015

Australia’s and New Zealand’s mutual recognition schemes are unique in the world by their extensive scope and coverage. They make it easier to do business across borders and give consumers a wider and more competitive range of goods and services.

This report was released...

Research report

26 Sep 2015

This is the fifth Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH; the Partnership) annual accountability report.

It presents the final update on financial commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-2015) and looks ahead to the implementation of its successor,...

Discussion paper

27 Sep 2015

The MBS Review Taskforce released two consultation papers on 27 September 2015, one for a broad audience and another more detailed version which is more directed at organisations and people with expert knowledge of the MBS.

These papers are intended to encourage discussion and...

Audio program

27 Sep 2015

Thousands of single parent families have been pushed into poverty after having their payments reduced under the welfare-to-work policies of successive governments. After 10 years the workforce participation rate for sole parents has barely improved and a former senior minister admits the policy is too...

Research report

28 Sep 2015

This study explores the intersection between grandparents’ childcare provision and their labour market and retirement decisions. In the context of an ageing population and the associated challenges this will pose, there is growing policy emphasis on keeping mature-age Australians engaged in the labour market. At...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

The term ‘outcomes measurement’ refers to the measurement of the difference that an initiative, program or organisation makes to the lives of people they engage with. Outcomes measurement provides evidence on whether initiatives, programs and organisations are making a difference to the lives of people...

Commentary

Article

28 Sep 2015

Everyone is talking about the what of tax reform. The government needs to start dealing with the how and when as well

MALCOLM Turnbull is saying all the right things about tax reform. He tells us it will be a top priority for...

Commentary

Article

24 Sep 2015

Thousands of would-be migrants are being told their visa applications have been deemed to have never been made

In one of her final acts as assistant immigration minister, Michaelia Cash struck her pen through the aspirations of thousands of migrants to settle in...

Commentary

Article

27 Sep 2015

A "redshirts" movement in Malaysia has emerged from the politically charged interaction between three key organising principles in Malaysian public life: race, religion and a sixty-year-old government in crisis.

They reflect a confluence of forces unleashed by the critically important election result in 2013,...

Commentary

Article

23 Sep 2015

Monday night’s ABC interviews showed how TV can be dangerous for politicians in unexpected ways

When Bill Shorten took the chair for a solo Q&A at Ballarat on Monday night, the cards were stacked against him. Tony Jones, at his most adversarial throughout,...

Research report

18 Jun 2015

Since the global financial crisis, tens of billions of dollars have been loaned to the Australian fossil fuel industry. Many of these projects have been responsible for horrific environmental damage, including the destruction of prime agricultural land and nature reserves, contamination of aquifers, declining air...

Journal article

9 Jul 2015

Fraudulent phoenix activity and sham contracting are well-recognised issues in the context of protecting employees’ remuneration entitlements, both during the life of a company and after it has collapsed through insolvency. To date, much of the emphasis in dealing with these problems has been on...

Journal article

2 Aug 2015

Indigenous offenders are heavily over-represented in the Australian and Canadian criminal justice systems. In the case of R v Gladue, the Supreme Court of Canada held that sentencing judges are to recognise the adverse systemic and background factors that many Aboriginal Canadians face and consider...

Journal article

27 Aug 2015

Historically, concerns with jury competence have been assuaged by the celebration of trial safeguards, expressions of confidence in jury abilities, and most recently through initiatives intended to improve the presentation of expert evidence. Whereas trial and appellate judges continue to express confidence in the effectiveness...

Research report

19 Aug 2015

Coal seam gas (CSG) is an unconventional gas source that often requires highly invasive extraction methods, including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking). While CSG has made up a small part of Australia’s gas supply mix since the late 90s, production has increased drastically in...

Journal article

27 Aug 2015

The enactment of occupiers’ liability legislation in four Australian jurisdictions between 1983 and 2002 has given rise to important problems about the relationship between the legislation and the common law of negligence. From 2002 onwards, the civil liability legislation has added another dimension of difficulty:...

Journal article

14 Sep 2015

Abstract

To explore increasing concerns about scientific misconduct and data irreproducibility in some areas of science, we interviewed a number of senior biomedical researchers. These interviews revealed a perceived decline in trust in the scientific enterprise, in large part because the quantity of...

Journal article

1 Apr 2015

Abstract

Background

Given the aging demographics of most developed countries, understanding the public health impact of mild/moderate road traffic crash injuries in older adults is important. We aimed to determine whether health outcomes (pain severity and quality of life measures) over 24...

Research report

2 May 2013

The “big four” Australian banks—ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac—have played an integral role, together lending almost $4 billion to coal and gas projects in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area since 2008.

Deals are becoming larger and more complex. While the...

Journal article

28 Jul 2015

One of the bases for the view that Commonwealth powers should be interpreted broadly is the idea that it is wrong to draw negative implications from positive grants of power. The paper argues that far from being wrong to draw negative implications from positive grants...

Journal article

27 Aug 2015

Sections 433 and 561 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) preserve the circulating assets of a company or their proceeds for the benefit of priority creditors including employee creditors. A number of recent decisions have contemplated or recognised a right of equitable subrogation available to...

Guide

21 Sep 2015

The Australian Government has developed various resources that inform about what radicalisation is, how people radicalise, radicalisation online, and what to do if you are concerned someone you know is radicalising.

This kit has been produced to raise awareness and help all Australians understand...

Research report

20 Aug 2015

Europeana Newspapers is a project funded by the European Commission's ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP).

The total project budget comprised €5.2 million, with a max. EC contribution of €4.1 million. The project consortium brought together...

Research report

2 Sep 2015

This report offers analysis of the emerging issue of open budget data, which has begun to gain traction amongst advocates and practitioners of financial transparency.

Issues and initiatives associated with the emerging issue of open budget data are charted in different forms of digital...

Briefing paper

24 Sep 2015

Supportive housing is a package of assistance for tenants to address health and other needs as well as sustaining affordable tenancies, mostly in social housing. Some supportive housing is provided in a congregate (single) site context, but some providers use housing scattered across multiple locations...

Infographic

23 Sep 2015

An infographic explaining the actions the Australian Government will take on domestic violence.

From the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet:

Every woman in Australia has the right to feel safe and live without fear.

Yet, one in six Australian...

Research report

21 Sep 2015

The Aboriginal community controlled health sector is a major provider of primary and preventative health care services to Aboriginal people outside Australia’s major cities and towns. It is important that it functions well. There are many aspects to good service delivery. This paper contributes to...

Blog post

15 Sep 2015

Imagine you had promised your friend or partner that you would go with them to watch a movie each week for a full year.

Imagine then, having made this commitment, that your friend or partner did not consult with you about which movies to...

Research report

24 Jul 2015

This document provides insights into current social procurement policy and practice within the public sector in Australia. It incorporates input drawn from interviews with representatives of three State Government departments, and also from resource materials previously produced by a range of interested parties.

...

Commentary

Article

24 Sep 2015

This article emphasises why establishing a culture of evidence informed practice is critical in reversing the national decline in educational outcomes. This creates important benefits for schools in areas with low socioeconomic status. It argues that supporting school leaders to engage with evidence is a...

Literature review

23 Sep 2015

Executive Summary

The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), UNSW Australia, conducted a literature review on current models of health service delivery for people with intellectual disability. The review was commissioned by the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Intellectual Disability Health...

Research report

24 Sep 2015

Government cybersecurity paradigms that focus heavily on securing critical infrastructure should shift and expand to consider a much wider array of connected users and devices, types of actors, and types of risk.

From compromises of some of the world’s largest corporations, to critical vulnerabilities...

Working paper

24 Sep 2015

Striking differences in economic outcomes exist within New Zealand for Māori relative to the non-Māori population. This paper analyses whether certain beliefs and values differ systematically between Māori and non-Māori, while recognising that there is not a uniform culture for either group. Many of the...

Research report

20 Sep 2015

Introduction

Reflecting the growing momentum for carbon pricing worldwide, the 2015 edition of the State and Trends of Carbon Pricing report targets a wider audience of public and private stakeholders who are engaged in carbon pricing design and implementation. This report also provides...

Research report

24 Sep 2015

Violence against women is widely recognised as a global issue. It is an often invisible, but common form of violence, and an insidious violation of human rights. It has serious impacts on the health and wellbeing of those affected and exacts significant economic costs on...

Research report

22 Sep 2015

Australia is one of the richest nations in the world, at arguably the richest point in our history. Yet our commitment to foreign aid is declining. The Coalition government plans to cut aid funding by $1.4 billion per year or 33 per cent by 2017-18....

Research report

1 Oct 2014

Introduction

At first sight child labour may not appear to be a material issue for Australian companies and investors: Australia has labour laws that prescribe the minimum school-leaving and employment age. Australia also has a rich tradition in worker representation and a trade...

Conference proceedings

7 Sep 2015

The 24th National Scholarly Communications Forum was held on 7 September 2015 at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. The forum discussed the future of scholarly communication and publishing in the digital era and its impact on scholarly and institutional behaviour. It examined the issues...

Research report

23 Sep 2015

The draft report was released on 23 September 2015. You are invited to examine the report and to make written submissions by Wednesday 28 October 2015 .

This draft report looks at the best way to deliver a Public Safety Mobile Broadband (PSMB) capability...

Book

17 Sep 2015

Overview

Timor-Leste has made impressive progress since its historic achievement of independence in 2002. From the instability that blighted its early years, the fledgling democratic country has achieved strong economic growth and a gradual reinstatement of essential social services. A decade on in...

Journal article

22 Sep 2015

Contributors to this JLSC special issue make it clear that the attitudes, behaviors, and practices around data sharing across the academy writ large are in an early stage of evolution.

From the editorial, by Gail P. Clement and Lisa R. Schiff

Contributors...

Research report

14 Sep 2015

Global Financial Development Report 2015/2016 is the third in a World Bank series. It provides a contribution to financial sector policy debates, building on novel data, surveys, research, and wide-ranging country experience, with emphasis on emerging markets and developing economies.

The report’s findings and...

Research report

22 Sep 2015

Executive summary

Women’s Legal Service Victoria has observed that there are legal and economic problems arising from family violence which result in serious financial hardship for women and, at present, there are no accessible legal remedies to these problems.

We have researched...

Research report

23 Sep 2015

A compilation of the latest available Victorian cancer statistics. Included in the report are detailed tables on cancer incidence, mortality and survival, and projections of incidence and mortality to 2029.

Summary

This is the fifth consecutive year that when have been able...

Research report

22 Sep 2015

This volume reports on the range of papers presented at the Annual Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Research Conference 2014 from 7-8 December 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Conference was organized and hosted by Hedayah (the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent...

Journal article

29 Aug 2015

Background

The aim of the study is to reduce the high prevalence of tooth decay in children in a remote, rural Indigenous community in Australia, by application of a single annual dental preventive intervention. The study seeks to (1) assess the effectiveness of...

Research report

23 Sep 2015

This report examines how technology has changed in the past, how it will continue to change in the future and what one can consequently say about the impacts of new technologies on Australia.

Commentary

Article

23 Sep 2015

Don’t be surprised if the Coalition embraces an updated Gonski plan for school funding

UNTIL last week, Gonski’s last hope – and an increasingly promising one – was a Labor victory in 2016. Now, that hope has dimmed, but another has appeared. It...

Research report

1 Mar 2015

The goal of Australia’s migration programme is to meet Australia’s economic and social needs through building the economy, shaping society, supporting the labour market and reuniting family. The Business Innovation and Investment Programme is designed to meet those needs by attracting high quality investors and...

Research report

21 Sep 2015

Every year, the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development ‘State of Broadband’ report takes the pulse of the global broadband industry and explores progress in broadband connectivity. This year’s report finds mixed messages about the growth of ICTs and the global state of broadband. Although...

Research report

30 Aug 2015

This study was commissioned in response to a recommendation of the Finch Group in its second report in 2013 that reliable indicators should be gathered on key features of the transition to open access (OA) in the UK. The findings presented here are thus a...

Research report

17 Sep 2015

This paper looks at how life satisfaction changes as we pass through various life transitions on the pathway from adolescence through young adulthood, middle age and into old age. It explores how leaving home, commencing a relationship, having children, separating, entering the “empty nest” phase,...

Research report

15 Sep 2015

Takes a deep look at the health of our oceans and the impact of human activity on marine life.

Forward

Our ocean – that seemingly infinitely bountiful, ever awe-inspiring blue that defines our planet from space – is in crisis. When I...

Research report

16 Sep 2015

Overview

This report presents baseline data for the outcome indicators listed under Part Seven of the National Tobacco Strategy (NTS) 2012-2018, and for an additional 6 indicators that were agreed to when the reporting framework was developed (see Chapter 1 of this report...

Briefing paper

10 Sep 2015

Focusses on the interconnected nature of various segments of the housing market and how the affordable rental housing “crisis” has stemmed from and been exacerbated by multi-faceted structural deficiencies in the private rental, home ownership and public segments of the housing market.

Introduction...

Research report

22 Sep 2015

The Climate Council has brought together climate scientists and defence experts to create a report on climate change, security and what this means for Australia’s Defence Force.

Preface

The science is in and defence forces are resolute. Climate change will increase sea-level...

Article

21 Sep 2015

With the exception of inner city areas, higher ‘tenure diverse’ areas have relatively high concentrations of low-income renters (both social and private renters) compared to the average, meaning they tend to be poorer.

Key Points

Social housing is becoming less concentrated in...

Research report

30 Apr 2014

Overview

To provide insight into the reality of forced marriage in Australia today, this case book is based on lived experiences of people involved in cases brought to our attention in the course of research and advocacy on forced and servile marriage. In...

Report

10 Sep 2015

Examines changes in community correction order use in Victorian adult courts between January 2012 and December 2014.

Book

31 Dec 2012

Preface

Community is a funny ol' word. In recent years our humble nine-letter friend has come to mean many things to many people. No longer merely the domain of charity groups and overtly friendly neighbors, community has gone on to be the talk...

Database

31 Dec 2014

The primary focus of this Encyclopedia is the women who occupied leadership positions during the twentieth century, at the beginning of which white Australian women were amongst the first women in the world to be enfranchised.

Introduction

This Encyclopedia had its origins...

Database

31 Dec 2012

The searchable online Australian Women's Register is a source of biographical data about Australian women and their organisations, with hyperlinks to the archival repositories and libraries where their records are held and to other sources of information.

Research report

26 Aug 2015

Summary of findings

Cellphones and smartphones have become a mainstay in the lives of many Americans, and this has introduced new challenges into how users and non-users alike approach basic social norms and etiquette. People are sorting through new rules of civility in...

Transcript

1 Sep 2015

B.J. Miller advocates for a shift in perspective to create a new patient- or human-centered model of care, to ease the suffering of those living with terminal illnesses.

Research report

31 Jul 2015

Abstract

This report describes a dynamic ‘Co-creative Media System’ that is emerging in the social space bounded by the following institutional pillars:

major cultural institutions (including screen culture agencies, libraries, museums, galleries and public service broadcasters) the Community Arts and Cultural Development...

Database

31 Dec 2011

History and information about Australian orphanages, children's homes and other institutions.

A resource for Forgotten Australians, former child migrants and anyone interested in the history of child welfare in Australia.

Audio podcast

22 Sep 2015

In this podcast Flip Prior, Twitter Australia’s Partnerships Manager – News & Government, discusses how government departments and politicians use Twitter to advance the conversation.

Flip is Twitter Australia’s partnership manager in news and government. She’s responsible for developing relationships with key news organisations...

Research report

14 Sep 2015

This briefing explores the evolving relationship between media and politics in the period following the Arab uprisings of 2011.

Overview: Over the past several years, the Arab world has been characterised by an increasingly polarised political discourse. ‘After the Arab uprisings: the prospects for...

Research report

18 Sep 2015

Introduction

Methamphetamine is a drug of national concern, with the Australian Crime Commission assessing it to be the illicit drug posing the greatest risk to the Australian community. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS)...

Research report

17 Sep 2015

Executive summary

This paper provides an overview of the issues and outcomes for the January 2015 election for the Queensland Legislative Assembly. Where appropriate, it draws on the Library’s earlier publication on the 2012 Queensland state election. The 2015 Queensland state election result...

Discussion paper

25 Sep 2015

One in five Australians, around 4 million people, are not online and not able to take advantage of the education, health and social benefits of being connected. Lack of digital connectivity has negative consequences for people’s social and economic participation, as well as their access...

Research report

16 Sep 2015

Overview

This paper is a review of how information and insight can be drawn from open social media sources. It focuses on the specific research techniques that have emerged, the capabilities they provide, the possible insights they offer, and the ethical and legal...

Article

21 Sep 2015

Procurement of organs has always been conducted according to the dead donor rule, that is, after death of the donor — but this practice is being challenged.

Introduction

Australia has an increasing shortfall in transplantable hearts. Over the past decade, the number...

Data portal

27 Jul 2015

The dataset represents a stocktake of all active liquor licences across Victoria and across all licence types, at the first of each month.

The data contains the following variables: Licence No, Licence Category, Trading As, Address, Suburb, Postcode, Postal Address, Postal Suburb, Postal Postcode,...

Research report

30 Aug 2015

Overview

Australian responses to international, complex emergencies and humanitarian crises, generated by natural disaster, conflicts or incidents, demand the coordinated responses of multiple civil-military-police actors and agencies.

A scoping study of Australian government agency training needs in the latter half of 2013...

Research report

21 Sep 2015

With all the good news from the renewable power sector, the overall transition away from fossil and nuclear fuels to renewables is far too slow to combat dangerous climate change, according to this report.

Introduction

The good news first: the Energy [R]evolution...

Video

14 Sep 2015

In this video recorded at Parliament House in Canberra on the 14th of September 2015 The Hon Julie Bishop MP discusses the importance of academic discourse in public policy formulation and Australia's engagement in the region.

Audio program

20 Sep 2015

Police in Darwin have jailed nearly 1,000 Aboriginal people under new public order laws that allow detention without an arrest warrant. Following a black death in custody, the coroner said the laws should be repealed because they perpetuate and entrench Indigenous disadvantage. But the NT...

Research report

1 Nov 2013

Abstract

Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse Research Brief 16 provides an analysis of Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs); a relatively new instrument joining the extensive range of regulations relating to alcohol supply and consumption. AMPs vary in design and implementation across Australia, and include strategies designed...

Research report

16 Jul 2015

The constitutional basis of the BBC is the Royal Charter, which is due to expire at the end of 2016. This consultation paper therefore seeks to engage the UK in a dialogue about the future of the BBC.

The BBC is one of the...

Commentary

Article

21 Sep 2015

Malcolm Turnbull’s return to the Liberal leadership means the next election will be more like other first-term polls, but Labor has been seduced by the possibility of victory

One of the predictable consequences of Malcolm Turnbull’s triumph over Tony Abbott has been a...

Commentary

21 Sep 2015

Malcolm Turnbull’s diverse career brings new qualities to the prime ministership, but he will need to be careful his larger-than-life persona doesn’t wear thin

So far, there have been no real surprises. The parlous Canning by-election in Western Australia was always going to...

Discussion paper

27 Aug 2015

Introduction

The aim of this paper is to spark public debate on the implications of convergence in the telecommunications, information technology, media and entertainment (TIME) sectors, and the New Zealand Government’s proposed response.

Convergence is a term used to describe the common...

Research report

18 Sep 2015

Highlights the achievements planned to occur during the 2015–16 year that will help to provide Australians with quality, nationally-consistent health and welfare information.

Summary

This Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Corporate Plan 2015–16 to 2018–19 highlights the achievements planned to occur...

Submission

1 Jun 2015

Overview

The Home Internet in Remote Indigenous Communities project was the first comprehensive study of internet adoption and use in Australia’s remote Aboriginal Communities. The research took place between 2010 and 2014, using a mixed methods approach, including a trial of home-based internet...

Research report

18 Sep 2015

This e-brief, which is part of a series relating to all NSW regions, sets out key labour force trends for the residents of the Hunter Valley region. Data has been sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey. The ABS divides...

Research report

18 Sep 2015

This e-brief, which is part of a series relating to all NSW regions, sets out key labour force trends for the residents of the Newcastle & Lake Macquarie region. Data has been sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey. The...

Research report

18 Sep 2015

This e-brief, which is part of a series relating to all NSW regions, sets out key labour force trends for the residents of the Illawarra region. Data has been sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey. The ABS divides NSW...

Research report

2 Jul 2015

Over the past years, we have become used to Europe's debt crisis. However, the fiscal problems of countries such as Greece are only the tip of the iceberg. Europe's crisis has much deeper roots. In this essay, Dr Oliver Hartwich presents a sketch of Europe's...

Research report

8 Sep 2015

This study utilized the first 11 waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia (HILDA) Survey to track individuals’ tenure transitions and housing affordability dynamics over the period 2001–11.

Research report

16 Sep 2015

Project overview

Disadvantage is an umbrella term embracing a range of concepts including poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and social capital. Spatial disadvantage is likewise an umbrella term incorporating three concepts: locational disadvantage, places with social problems, and concentrated disadvantage, the latter referring to...

Research report

18 Sep 2015

Australia’s public libraries provide quality information services that support lifelong learning to the Australian community, significantly impacting on the cultural and information industry.

The Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report is an annual NSLA project that identifies and measures the usage and activities of Australia's...

Research report

14 Sep 2015

The Royal Commission has examined the extent to which ‘justice for victims’ of institutional child abuse has been, or can be, achieved through previous and current redress processes and civil litigation systems.

This report contains recommendations in relation to the provision of effective redress...

Research report

17 Sep 2015

Summary

This second report on the health indicators in the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development finds areas of improvement as well as areas of concern in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and mothers.

Antenatal...

Guide

17 Sep 2015

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

Article

9 Sep 2015

Provides practical management strategies that general practitioners (GPs) can use when patients present with medically unexplained symptoms.

Background

Patients with medically unexplained symptoms commonly present to general practice and experience significant disability. Many have a history of trauma, which complicates the therapeutic...

Research report

17 Sep 2015

A whole-of-government approach focused on reducing offending is a key recommendation of this report tabled today by the Victorian Ombudsman.

From the media release

Between 2009 and 2012, the Victorian prison population rose by just under 11%. In the subsequent three years,...

Research report

14 Sep 2015

The Justice Sector Reform Performance Measures report covers the three separate categories above with 11 foci and compares results for the most recent quarter with the previous quarter and the same quarter a year previous. It also plots trend data in graph format.

Fact sheet

14 Sep 2015

Introduction

The Criminal Justice Sector Reform Council

The Criminal Justice Sector Reform Council (the Council) was formed in July 2013. The Council aims to promote and support a contemporary, effective and efficient criminal justice system.

The Criminal Justice Sector Reform...

Research report

14 Sep 2015

Overview

Social impact bond projects are the latest new ‘buy-now, pay later’, off-balance sheet schemes to increase private finance of public services and the welfare state, driven by austerity policies and neoliberal ideology.

They are a complex venture capitalist model applied to...

Research report

11 Sep 2015

These handbooks identify shifts in economic activity for each Australian state and territory.

Key points

Economic activity is shifting back to the eastern seaboard as the economy transitions towards non-mining sources of growth. Domestic demand will be strongest in New South Wales...

Research report

6 Sep 2015

Introduction

In place for over 50 years, NSW’s strata laws have been essential for the effective operation of more than 72,000 strata schemes throughout the State, and the wellbeing of approximately two million people.

Because of the importance of strata laws to...

Research report

16 Sep 2015

Overview

In 2006, the Victorian Government mandated the rollout of electricity smart maters to all households and small businesses across Victoria under the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program.

The audit examined whether the deficiencies identified in our 2009 audit have been addressed...

Research report

15 Sep 2015

Explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences.

Summary Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT)...

Research report

14 Sep 2015

Foreword

The number of prisoners in Australian prisons has been increasing over the past decade. In Western Australia the number of female offenders has increased by 40 percent over the past five years. One contributing factor to this increase may be the re...

Research report

16 Sep 2015

Overview

This audit assessed the effectiveness, efficiency and economy of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), the achievement of its intended outcomes and whether the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (the department) has applied the lessons learned from the RGF to...

Research report

2 Aug 2015

This paper examines the articulation of the security sector reform concept in the development, peace and security communities.

Overview

This background paper outlines issues that emerged from research commissioned by the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) in early 2013 to map international perspectives...

Research report

9 Sep 2015

Overview

Regional media is viewed as an essential democratic institution by regional Australians, with 95 per cent accessing some type of local content each week. Regional media is an important source of news, weather, and emergency information. It also contributes to a sense...

Research report

15 Sep 2015

Summary of Findings

American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are...

Audio presentation

15 Sep 2015

Digital Humanities: It’s the coming together of digital computing technology and human cultural artefacts. This academic discipline embraces a variety of topics, from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets. Willard McCarty from King’s College London explains two specific features of digital...

Audio presentation

15 Sep 2015

It’s called grey literature because it’s typically unregulated and beyond the scrutiny and control of the peer reviewed journals or public service processes. But is grey literature credible? Does it genuinely add to our store of knowledge? And how much of this digital scholarship will...

Commentary

Article

16 Sep 2015

Australian political observers will not need to be alerted to the fact that we have a new Prime Minister: Monday afternoon, former Liberal Party leader Malcolm Turnbull unexpectedly challenged Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the leadership, and later that night won a party room ballot...

Book

15 Sep 2015

In the ‘broad church’ of the Australian Liberal Party, rarely has their been a maverick so unrelenting in his commitment to personal principles as Senator Peter Baume. Over a parliamentary career spanning 17 years, three ministerial portfolios and five party leaders, Baume was often pitted...

Commentary

Article

10 Sep 2015

To understand where journalism is heading, think ecosystems. Once a concept that referred to complex communities of interdependent living organisms, the metaphor is gaining traction in sectors well beyond the natural world – particularly where the rise of digital networks has radically disrupted and reshaped...

Strategy

31 Aug 2015

Overview

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework (the Framework) provides high-level guidance and direction for the many individuals, communities, organisations and governments whose combined efforts are required to address disparities and improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Research report

9 Sep 2015

This report measures legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies. It provides quantitative measures of laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities in seven areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, going to court,...

Transcript

4 Mar 2014

Transcript

Tonight I rise to invite Prime Minister Tony Abbott to visit the beautiful state of Western Australia. I do this in good faith, because we are only a matter of weeks away from a historic by-election that will not just determine the...

Research report

15 Sep 2015

Executive Summary

This research for Anglicare Australia focusses on the changes in living standards for a broad range of family types in Australia between 2004 and 2014. The report also projects where these living standards will be by 2024 taking into account the...

Guide

15 Sep 2015

Housing-focused support refers to the range of activities and interventions undertaken by homelessness practitioners, that assist individuals and households experiencing or at risk of homelessness to gain and sustain housing. Housing-focused support is different from allied, mainstream or specialist health supports, which base eligibility on...

Commentary

Article

14 Sep 2015

The surprising news out of Australia this morning was that Tony Abbott, the serving prime minister, had been ousted.

He lost his role as leader of the ruling Liberal (in American terms, “conservative”) party and thus as head of the government. He has been...

Commentary

Article

15 Sep 2015

Malcolm Turnbull may well be the circuit breaker that Australia has been searching for. But he will need the big C conservatives in his party to swallow their pride.

Commentary

Article

15 Sep 2015

Leadership coups have become an increasingly common feature of Australian politics, but the electoral results aren’t always encouraging

Malcolm Turnbull’s defeat of Tony Abbott was the seventy-second leadership coup among major political parties at state or federal level since 1970 – a remarkable...

Commentary

Article

15 Sep 2015

The new prime minister brings with him a reputation for levelling with voters. But how frank will he be now he has the top job?

Malcolm Turnbull’s declared intention to commence a sincere dialogue with Australians – to replace Tony Abbott’s slogans with...

Journal article

15 Dec 2009

Chloe Patton explores the issue of the religiosity of young Muslim women in Western societies and their capacity to make free and autonomous choices. The article discusses Hijab and the Republic: Uncovering the French Headscarf by Australian feminist Bronwyn Winter. Placing Winter’s book in the...

Journal article

12 Mar 2010

This paper presents the effects of childhood sexual abuse of children (male and female) on their lives. The effects of childhood sexual abuse are many; however, this paper particularly looks at the relationship between two effects e.g., psychological and work. The psychological effect is considered...

Journal article

26 Nov 2009

The citizenship debate involves respect and responsibility, and these can be achieved through collective action. Though many members of disadvantaged groups sympathise with the goals of social movements fighting injustice against their in-group (own community) or out-group (wider society) often only a small percentage of...

Research report

9 Sep 2015

Misuse of personal information lies at the heart of identity crime and continues to affect all sectors of the Australian community.

Abstract

To understand the trends associated with identity crime and misuse in Australia, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) was, in...

Research report

11 Sep 2015

Overview

This quick guide provides statistics on the number of asylum seeker boats that have arrived in Australia since 1976 when the first wave of boats carrying people seeking asylum from the aftermath of the Vietnam War began to arrive. The guide also...

Article

10 Sep 2015

Introduction

This contribution will consider current moves in the European Union (EU) to legislate net neutrality regulation at the regional level. The existing regulatory landscape governing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the EU will be outlined, along with net neutrality initiatives at the...

Research report

10 Sep 2015

Overview

This new paper from the Centre for the Analyisis of Social Media at Demos and Ipsos MORI argues that whilst social media platforms offer powerful new ways of understanding society, they are often researched poorly, with little examination of the extent to...

Research report

24 Aug 2015

Overview

The North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) is a proposed gas pipeline between the Northern Territory and the eastern states. The project is strongly endorsed by gas companies, the Territory government and governments in other states, but analysis is lacking as to the...

Research report

10 Sep 2015

This paper outlines key developments since the WestConnex project was first announced by Infrastructure NSW in the 2012 State Infrastructure Strategy.

Introduction

The WestConnex project has generated controversy since first proposed in 2012. For its part, the NSW Government has advocated the...

Audio program

12 Sep 2015

Introduction

Well, Syria was in the news a lot this week, both with regard to the 4 million displaced Syrian refugees that have created a rolling migration crisis in Europe and the ongoing conflict in Syria, which is driving the vast majority of...

Research report

14 Sep 2015

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Overview

The easy ride is over. No longer is Australian prosperity able to slipstream on the growth of a fast charging China. Our living standards have stalled since 2011, and there is a...

Audio program

11 Sep 2015

Does it seem that every time the world watches refugees flee violence and persecution while politicians claim their country can't possibly take in asylum seekers, we lamentingly claim that the world will never again turn its back on these people.

And yet the next...

Submission

29 Jun 2015

Advocacy for Inclusion is a not-for-profit non-government community organisation in the Australian Capital Territory. This submission centres on our direct practice experience with people with disabilities, including individual advocacy support, self-advocacy support, and consultations undertaken during previous projects, as well as draws from peer reviewed...

Research report

12 Jan 2014

With the increase in e-Research, federal funding agency mandates and policies, and the SHared Research Ecosystem (SHARE) initiative, academic libraries have begun to envision new ways to better serve their campus communities' need for the management, curation, and preservation of research data.

Many believe...

Research report

30 Jun 2015

Background

The Industry Growth Centres Initiative outlined by the Australian government identifies the top five priority industries for the country. As part of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, this initiative aims to foster productivity and growth by focusing on the innate strengths of...

Guide

1 Feb 2015

Public policy observatories are an initiative that some public administrations in the US and Europe have implemented to manage knowledge. The use of observatories enables public administrators to have greater information to design, develop, implement, and evaluate their public policies.

This publication aims to...

Briefing paper

1 Jan 2010

This report considers a range of data and regulatory and policy interventions from international and domestic jurisdictions with the objective of improving the provision of utilities for private rental housing in Victoria.

Overview

There are a range of issues affecting the provision...

Commentary

Article

5 May 2011

The opportunity to discuss the working culture and research environment of the Fernand Braudel Centre presented itself through the visit of two senior scholars - Ramon Grosfuguel (University of California, Berkeley) and Thomas Reifer (University of California, San Diego) to the MnM‟s first international symposium...

Working paper

18 Mar 2013

Making parallel cases for Muslim and African American collective life, this paper suggests taking the otherwise meaningless commonality of racial identity to which blacks have been ‘condemned’ and using it as a platform to incessantly provoke, experiment, reach out, argue and figure out ways to...

Working paper

18 Jan 2012

This paper is concerned with the competing demands of multiculturalism and the interplay of race and democratic practice in an age that is often seen as being somehow post-political.

State multiculturalism as an example of a regulatory framework, works by enabling recognition...

Journal article

16 Sep 2015

In the course of the Timor Sea maritime boundary quarrel, the recent declarations made by the main Australian opposition party in support of East Timorese territorial claims have the serious potential of irreversibly upsetting the territorial status quo, with adverse consequences for both East Timor...

Research report

8 Sep 2015

This draft report reflects the findings and feedback from five major pieces of work commissioned by the EAG in 2015, all of which are published on the College website and include quantitative, qualitative and organisational research. The research found that:

49% of Fellows, trainees...

Briefing paper

23 Mar 2015

Provides background information about the benefits and risks of using cannabis for medicinal purposes, the experience of other countries that allow people to use it, and the interconnecting Commonwealth and Victorian laws that could be affected if Victoria introduces its own scheme.

Summary...

Research report

8 Sep 2015

Foreword

According to the Mineral Council of Australia, our country possesses 30 percent of known global reserves of uranium ore.

Australia can become the world leader in supplying fuel for low-carbon emission base load electrical power in rapidly expanding economies looking to...

Research report

24 Aug 2015

Examines the aims, capacity, leadership and activities of both the armed units of the Free Papua Organisation (Organisasi Papua Merdeka, OPM) and the various political groupings supporting independence in Papua and abroad.

Executive summary

Indonesia’s approach to the independence movement in Papua...

Commentary

Article

19 Oct 2011

The use of Urdu in film titles is something that has been lost in Indian cinema, along with the film genre called the ‘Muslim social’. The ‘Muslim social’ was a sub-genre of Bollywood drama about love, marriage, family, festivals, customs, rituals and so on, the...

Research report

17 Aug 2015

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia to design an evaluation framework and collect data for the accommodation support and funding models under...

Research report

21 Sep 2014

A growing body of scientific evidence suggests mindfulness is an essential life skill. Mindfulness practices help focus attention and have the potential to enhance both teacher and student well being. Techniques focus on the development of the whole person – awareness of the mind, body...

Commentary

Article

7 Aug 2015

A serious political crisis is playing out in Malaysia, with no certainty as to when, or whether, it will be resolved. At the heart of this crisis is Prime Minister Najib Razak, who recently shut down an investigation into his financial affairs by the Malaysian...

Research report

30 May 2015

Executive Summary

This report, prepared by a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota for Human Rights Watch (HRW), investigates the use of event-based media monitoring (EMM) to review its application, identify its strengths and weaknesses, and offer suggestions on how HRW...

Blog post

4 Aug 2015

An inevitable challenge of analyzing large-scale events of human rights violations (e.g. armed conflict, ethnic riots, violent policing) is the quality of data available. Government data as well as data provided by advocates for victims tend to be biased; governments are likely to undermine the...

Research report

10 Sep 2015

The object of the ACMA’s Five-year spectrum outlook (FYSO) is to outline the fundamental issues that affect spectrum requirements and management over the next five years. It outlines the ACMA’s proposed actions to address these issues, while also highlighting the spectrum issues that could arise...

Discussion paper

10 Sep 2015

The spectrum management implications of the growth in demand for mobile broadband capacity continue to be important issues for the ACMA. Mobile broadband spectrum management is one area where the ACMA has, for a number of years, provided very detailed public guidance on its associated...

Journal article

1 Feb 2015

For many people the status, role and position of women are important distinguishing features of Muslim societies, which set them apart from their Western counterparts and symptomatic of their oppression in Islam. Moreover, it is argued that gender relations in Islam have been primarily shaped...

Commentary

Article

10 Sep 2015

This article summarises a symposium held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra in late August 2015.

The Forums part in Australian Diplomacy examined the UN Security Council and how Australia can add more value to world peace and security The...

Journal article

31 Mar 2015

Spirituality’s influence on general well-being and its association with healthy ageing has been studied extensively. However, a different perspective has to be brought in when dealing with spirituality issues of ageing Muslims. Central to this perspective is the intertwining of religion and spirituality in Islam....

Submission

10 Sep 2015

It is the view of Children with Disability Australia (CDA) that the current education system in Australia is failing to adequately meet the needs of students with disability. It is recognised that some students with disability have positive education experiences with good academic and social...

Research report

21 May 2015

In the past few years, open access repositories and their associated services have become an important component of the global eresearch infrastructure. Increasingly, repositories are also being integrated with other systems, such as research administrative systems and with research data repositories, with the aim of...

Conference paper

7 Dec 2011

This paper is about a speech that David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party, gave at the 47th Munich Security Conference in Germany in February 2011.

The Munich Conference is an annual event at which political leaders...

Conference paper

18 Nov 2011

This paper argues that Westphalian sovereignty was crucial in placing Africa on the periphery of the world order and focuses on Africa's resistance to that marginalisation.

Dr Kwame Nimako teaches international relations at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam....

Research report

7 Sep 2015

Overview

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is increasing in incidence globally. This report presents the first national statistical snapshot on AKI and its impact in Australia. The key findings show that AKI accounts for a considerable number of hospitalisations and deaths and further, that...

Research report

7 Sep 2015

Aim: To identify the situational and offender characteristics associated with prison sentences for Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) breaches.

Method: Case narratives from police incident reports of ADVO breach incidents in NSW were analysed. Two samples were examined: (1) breach incidents where...

Research report

7 Sep 2015

Introduction

Judicial reform in Timor-Leste is at a crossroads, and the path taken will determine whether one of the world’s youngest countries can develop an independent, accountable and competent judiciary. The choices it now faces were highlighted by the government’s sudden expulsion of...

Research report

4 Sep 2015

This report examines the implications of sea-based nuclear weapons for strategic stability in the Indo-Pacific.

This paper is part of a wider research and outreach project on nuclear stability in a changing Indo-Pacific Asia, supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine...

Research report

9 Sep 2015

This paper presents a record of Australian climate change policies. Key international developments are also included to provide global context.

Introduction

Climate change is a long-term, global problem. Long-term problems generally require stable but flexible policy implementation over time. However, Australia’s commitment...

Research report

8 Sep 2015

Australia has achieved a high degree of equality between the treatment of same-sex and heterosexual relationships with marriage remaining the one significant area of difference.

Executive summary

Same-sex marriage has been on the political agenda in Australia for several years, as part...

Commentary

Article

30 Apr 2013

Australians and New Zealanders commemorated Anzac Day on 25 April 2013, paying tribute to diggers (soldiers) who lost their lives at the Turkish front 98 years ago. The tribute commenced with dawn services and marches across Australia and New Zealand. Those who lost their lives...

Research report

19 Aug 2015

Overview

Unconventional gas is a collective term for three natural gas sources found within different rock layers in the earth’s crust, known as coal seam, tight and shale gas. Between 2000 and 2012 there was some exploration for unconventional gas but no commercial...

Research report

30 Aug 2015

Overview

For more than a year Australia has debated deregulating university fees for domestic undergraduates. The issue is controversial, but for many years fees have been deregulated for international students and domestic postgraduate coursework students. This report looks at how much these students...

Evaluation

9 Sep 2015

Abstract

The Empowered Communities: Empowered Peoples Design Report proposes a new model of Indigenous empowerment and development in Australia. The authors of this Report have focused on economic development to achieve Indigenous empowerment, with an emphasis on Indigenous individuals and families increasing their...

Research report

9 Sep 2015

Summary: This report uses various data sources to show the incidence of night-time alcohol-related violence and other alcohol harm in the Sydney CBD in the ten years prior to the 2014 lockout intervention. Between 2004 and 2013 police crime statistics and triple zero (000)...

Research report

9 Sep 2015

Abstract

Populations change and grow through time. Keeping track of this change and associated improvements or worsening in outcomes is a key role for statistical agencies and researchers, and is necessary for an informed and evidence-based policy debate. This is no truer than...

Interview

21 Jul 2015

In the past decade, Australia’s stance towards asylum seekers has changed radically. No longer assumed to be refugees fleeing persecution, asylum seekers are now often described as 'illegal immigrants'.

In recent weeks, there have been allegations that both major parties have paid people smugglers...

Journal article

7 Sep 2015

The research compared regional differences in the prevalence of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) detected by echocardiographic screening in high-risk Indigenous Australian children, and examined the logistical and other practical challenges of RHD screening. Thirty-two remote communities in four regions of northern and central Australia were...

Audio program

9 Sep 2015

Parental choice, supported by government funding, has produced a very diverse school system. It’s no longer the norm to send all children to the local comprehensive public high school. School choice has sharpened the dividing line between students from different socio-economic backgrounds but it also...

Commentary

Article

9 Sep 2015

Liberal MP Craig Laundy’s call for the Abbott government to take more refugees from Syria has upset conservatives in his party

When Craig Laundy spoke at a reception to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act in June, he began by...

Commentary

Article

9 Sep 2015

Under pressure from popular opinion, politicians’ children and outspoken backbenchers, the government has announced an extra 12,000 places for refugees from Syria. This isn’t the first time Australia has responded in this way, and we can learn from experience

A HUGE roar of...

Blog post

2 Sep 2015

Recently, I presented a paper, ‘Religious Communities in Societies: Muslim Women’s Position’, at the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions in Erfurt, Germany, 23–29 August 2015. The congress was held at the University of Erfurt.

About 1400 people...

Book

30 Mar 2005

Muslims in Australia investigates the basis of Australian society's fear of Muslims by tracing their history since the Afghan settlement in 1860. The author investigates how events such as September 11 and Bali terrorist attacks reinforce suspicion and fear, giving an insight into what it...

Research report

17 Aug 2015

Individual packages give funding to a person with disability to live how they choose. The NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW to design an evaluation framework and collect data...

Journal article

15 Mar 2015

If unchecked, the Islamic State poses a security threat not only to Iraq and the Middle East countries but also to the West because of its ability to recruit hundreds of foreign jihadists who may pose threats on their return. Media narratives suggest that the...

Conference paper

18 Mar 2011

The war against Al Qaeda and its allies may well become the defining conflict of our age. Certainly it is cited as evidence of a transformation of war that is sweeping away older modes of warfare. This paper seeks to explain the reasons for the...

Conference paper

17 Jun 2015

Abstract

Research into climate change adaptation is challenged by funding organisations to demonstrate immediate research impact through near term reference in sector- specific communication and policy documents. Critically, research funded to inform decision makers and current policy about adapting to climate change must...

Research report

6 Sep 2015

Connectivity, entrepreneurialism and a rising population will shape three million new jobs by 2030, argues a new study by Bernard Salt which has uncovered the distinct skill sets which represent Australia’s future jobs in the digital age.

Developed by KPMG Demographics and commissioned by...

Research report

1 Jan 2001

This report examines the implications of full retail competition in a dereguated electricity market, suggesting that there will be redlining or market exclusion of vulnerable households.

Redlining has been well documented in the insurance and credit industries in the United States, and is now...

Research report

15 Mar 2015

STM publishing takes place within the broader system of scholarly communication, which includes both formal and informal elements. Scholarly communication plays different roles at different stages of the research cycle, and (like publishing) is undergoing technology-driven change. Categorising the modes of communication into one-to-one, one-to-many...

Working paper

15 Dec 2011

Abstract: Border anxieties pervade discussions of refugees, asylum seekers and the defence of white privilege. Many scholars have explored the significance of borderlands/borderscapes in shaping and defending the white western self. The defence of a ‘vulnerable’ white subject includes the demonisation of the asylum seeker...

Conference paper

18 Mar 2011

Taking bearings from critical currents of thought in south Asia and black Africa and beyond, this paper discusses some of the differences in how postcolonialism is read from place to place in the light of local politics and culture.

The paper makes a case...

Conference paper

3 Dec 2010

This paper was presented as part of Rethinking the Postcolonial in the Age of the War on Terror joint symposium, by the MnM Centre in conjunction with the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies, at the University of South Australia, on 16 and...

Research report

18 Jun 2015

Global forced displacement has seen accelerated growth in 2014, once again reaching unprecedented levels, according to this report.

Introduction

The year 2014 has seen continuing dramatic growth in mass displacement from wars and conflict, once again reaching levels unprecedented in recent history....

Research report

7 Sep 2015

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan) is a 12-year strategy that aims to make a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children. Under the Second Action Plan 2013–2016: Moving Ahead (the Second...

Technical report

15 Apr 2006

This agnote is a field guide for apiarists to identify the four important brood diseases: American foulbrood, European foulbrood, chalkbrood and sacbrood. Apiarists are encouraged to submit samples for laboratory confirmation of their field diagnoses and to seek advice from Department of Environment and Primary...

Commentary

23 Jul 2015

“Big data” is a growing area of interest for public policy makers: for example, it was highlighted in UK Chancellor George Osborne’s recent budget speech as a major means of improving efficiency in public service delivery. While big data can apply to government at every...

Literature review

30 Jun 2015

AIATSIS has compiled this bibliography on Indigenous governance as part of its Indigenous Governance Building: Mapping current and future research and practical resource needs project. It is to be read in conjunction with an AIATSIS bibliography on free, prior and informed consent, engagement and consultation,...

Submission

27 Aug 2015

Many students with disability experience disadvantage and discrimination in school. They face several significant challenges, including exclusion from school and inadequate support. These students are currently being denied their right to an inclusive, quality education.

The Senate Education and Employment References Committee is conducting...

Submission

26 Nov 2012

A submission in response to the Australian Government's Consultation Paper on the Establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Introduction

We are a team of academics and researchers, from the disciplines of historical studies, social work and...

Briefing paper

19 Nov 2012

On 12 November 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that she would be recommending to the Governor-General the establishment of a Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Australia.

The purpose of this document is to seek the input of interested...

Guide

18 Jun 2014

This toolkit will help administrators create a coherent institutional strategy for supporting digital humanities activities and the valuable outputs that they generate.

In addition this tooklit will help to:

Understand all of the stages in the digital lifecycle of a project, from project...

Research report

3 Apr 2012

Abstract

This document is intended to inspire transformative thinking using insight into startup culture and innovation methodologies. It’s a collection of talking points intended to stir the entrepreneurial spirit in library leaders at every level.

Article

3 Sep 2015

Following the 2002 Bali bombings, Indonesia confronted a seemingly unmanageable terrorist problem. Over the next decade, however, the country became widely viewed as a counter-terrorism success story as the threat from al-Qaeda-linked or -inspired jihadist groups declined dramatically. Unfortunately, the transnational pull of the conflicts...

Research report

5 Sep 2015

Executive summary

Father and child relationships have profound and wide-ranging impacts on children that last a lifetime. Many men will become fathers at some point in their lives, and almost all have some connection to children. Major changes in both the workplace and households...

Research report

3 Sep 2015

As 5.5 million baby-boomers approach retirement focus is shifting to how superannuation savings are transformed into retirement income. Recognising that many retirees do not have an adequate level of financial literacy to make optimal decisions about how to do this, the Financial System Inquiry recommended...

Audio program

26 Aug 2015

Libraries can fall victim to some unfortunate misconceptions: piles of intimidating books and librarians anxious to keep the place quiet. But many libraries are actually providing an important social hub for many of Australia's homeless and other disadvantaged people.

Libraries provide a lot of...

Commentary

Article

2 Sep 2015

Uber and other large technology firms have received their share of both good and bad press for 'disrupting' traditional business models. But what if the game is much larger and these companies are a threat to capitalism itself?

Public discussion about the dramatic rise...

Audio program

30 Aug 2015

Public discussion about the dramatic rise of UBER is often themed as a titanic struggle between old-fashioned expensive taxi companies and a new digital upstart. UBER usually comes out on top because it's new, cool and part of the ‘sharing economy’.

But legal academic...

Audio presentation

31 Aug 2015

The EU has committed itself to a 40% carbon reduction goal by 2030. In spite of the economic difficulties brought on by the GFC, Europe continues to set ambitious climate targets.

Former EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedergaard, speaks about the upcoming UN...

Article

1 Sep 2015

At the National People’s Congress in Beijing in March 2015, China’s Premier Li Keqiang announced a growth target of 7 percent, acknowledging that 'deep-seated problems in the country’s economy are becoming more obvious'.

Three months later and thousands of miles away in Washington, the...

Research report

4 Sep 2015

Australia is on the cusp of two of the greatest disruptive transformations in history: the ageing of the population and a technological revolution. How the nation manages with both of these prospects will determine its fortune.

These two phenomena will cause a ripple effect...

Report

4 Sep 2015

Terms of reference

On 24 June 2015, the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 was referred to the Committee by the Attorney-General.

The Attorney-General asked the Committee to also consider whether proposed section 35A of the Bill (the conviction-based cessation)...

Commentary

Article

2 Sep 2015

The good news in this week’s growth figures is hidden by the downturn in mining

On the conventional measure, Australia’s economic growth in the year to June was just 2 per cent; in the June quarter, it was a very modest 0.2 per...

Research report

26 Aug 2015

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Background This report details the findings from a research project funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) that explores new data tracking student cohorts through the higher education system – from commencement to completion. In a time...

Research report

15 Aug 2015

Key points

The total value of Australian service exports was $57 billion in 2013-14 and about 17 per cent of total exports. The six services sectors covered in this study — tourism, education, financial services, professional services, information technology and health services — accounted...

Journal article

19 Aug 2015

Nearly four years ago, Prime Minister John Key announced a major reform of the welfare system. He defined the problem with the existing system in the following terms:

The stand-out feature of New Zealand’s benefit system is how passive it is. For the most...

Research report

28 Aug 2015

Summary

The 2014 National Social Housing Survey (NSHS) is the most recent in a series of surveys of social housing tenants and their experiences. The 2014 NSHS sampled tenants in public housing (PH), in state owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH), and in...

Statistics

7 Aug 2015

Includes the latest data on New Zealand’s economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data (such as the Reserve Bank’s official cash rate). The unemployment rate, economic growth and central bank interest rates for several of our...

Research report

2 Sep 2015

This inquiry examined the responsibilities of the Commonwealth Government in connection with the management and operation of the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru and recommends changes.

Referral

On 26 March 2015, the Senate resolved to establish the Select Committee on the Recent...

Research report

28 Jun 2015

The private security industry has become an established component in the conflict and disaster zones where the Australian Government operates and looks set to be an enduring feature of the security landscape.

Overview

In the conflict and disaster zones where Australia’s military,...

Statistics

10 Aug 2015

This paper outlines key demographic and economic facts and figures for Western Sydney. Australia’s third largest economy, Western Sydney is home to 47% of Sydney’s total population and produces 31% of Sydney’s Gross Regional Product.

Overview

Western Sydney is Australia’s third largest...

Research report

2 Sep 2015

Current eye care services and programs are not effectively addressing a number of eye problems for Indigenous Australians, all of which are treatable or preventable with the right care.

Overview

In 2012 the University of Melbourne's Indigenous Eye Health Unit launched The...

Research report

20 Aug 2015

Overview

This report sets out ASIC’s findings from a review of home loans with an interest-only period during the initial part of the loan (interest-only home loans). The review looked at the practices of 11 lenders who offer interest-only home loans....

Research report

30 Sep 2014

This report is the sixth in the series. It consists of an extensive set of historical and updated data which collectively describes the broader food and beverage, grocery manufacturing and fresh produce sectors, as well as the important contribution they make to the Australian economy....

Research report

2 Sep 2015

This paper argues that all regions benefit from the NBN but the economic effects are greater in the major cities because of their larger economic activity.

Executive summary

This paper is a partial summary of a study undertaken in the Centre for...

Research report

12 Aug 2015

Introduction

In recent years the farming community has been concerned about the increasing use by animal welfare activists of covert surveillance of farm properties. Several incidents have allegedly involved unauthorised entry and installation of hidden cameras; in one case, Animal Liberation used a...

Commentary

Article

30 Aug 2015

It's going to take the reinvention of 10,000 farms to improve water quality and repair the Great Barrier Reef, and there's new evidence that sediment from farms producing Australia's favourite fruit—bananas—is a growing part of the problem. The bold plan to fix the reef will...

Research report

17 Aug 2015

Small businesses and the economy generally, can realise significant benefits by embracing mobile and internet technologies to transform their operations. Powered by PwC’s Geospatial Economic Model (GEM), the report shows that small businesses can unlock an additional $49.2 billion of private sector output over the...

Research report

1 Aug 2009

The research was undertaken in 2008 and provides a unique insight into the lives, views and aspirations of people living in the suburbs of Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park. These two areas, located in the rapidly growing outer northern suburbs of Melbourne, represent the types of...

Research report

1 Jan 2011

This project is about the effect of population growth on communities and the social factors which influence how suburbs grow from small townships to larger suburbs. The project has its origins in the issues identified by Crossroads Youth and Family Services, a program of The...

Research report

1 Sep 2015

Examines the economic impacts of Australia's ageing population and decreasing housing affordability.

Executive Summary

Australia’s three-pillar approach to retirement income is internationally well regarded. However, many Australians currently approaching retirement face potential poverty, especially if they do not own their own homes....

Journal article

28 Aug 2015

Abstract

Earth observations (EO) represent a growing and valuable resource for many scientific, research and practical applications carried out by users around the world. Access to EO data for some applications or activities, like climate change research or emergency response activities, becomes indispensable...

Research report

5 Nov 2014

Project overview

Cognitive impairment impedes communication, attention, memory, thinking and problem solving. Dementia and delirium are the two most common conditions associated with cognitive impairment. People with dementia are also at a greater risk of developing delirium.

For some people with dementia...

Commentary

Article

31 Aug 2015

Charter schools would Balkanise an already dysfunctional system

A report released today by the Centre for Independent Studies says Australia should establish charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately operated schools that operate within the terms of a contract or “charter”...

Research report

11 Aug 2015

Preface

The period 2006 to 2014 has seen an approach to the national support of eResearch infrastructure by the Australian Government which is unprecedented. Not only has investment been at a significantly greater scale than previously, but the intent and approach has been...

Journal article

1 Sep 2015

Mentoring is often conceptualised as a one-to-one interaction between peers, or as an academic to student interaction, with the aim of developing self-esteem, connectedness, identity, and academic attitudes within one party. While various researchers have provided support for effectiveness of mentoring in fostering the aforementioned...

Research report

31 Aug 2015

Executive summary

The Ministry monitors school attendance annually by means of a voluntary survey. The survey gives us some useful reference points – such as areas where there are higher rates of truancy – but it does not enable a complete analysis. Because...

Research report

27 Aug 2015

Overview

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle ("the Principle") was developed in recognition of the devastating effects of forced separation of Indigenous children from families, communities and culture. The Principle exists in legislation and policy in all Australian jurisdictions, and...

Research report

15 Jun 2015

The scholarly record is increasingly digital and networked, while at the same time expanding in both the volume and diversity of the material it contains. The long-term future of the scholarly record cannot be effectively secured with traditional stewardship models developed for print materials. This...