October 2015

Commentary

Article

15 Oct 2015

The announcement of a partnership between HESTA and SVA with the launch of a $30m Social Impact Investment Trust represents a coming of age for impact investing in Australia. The Trust is the largest Australian impact investing commitment made by a superannuation fund. This article...

Journal article

Preprint

29 Oct 2015

Digital collecting of public policy resources such as reports, discussion papers, evaluations and datasets (also known as grey literature) is still very low in Australia and as a result users find it difficult and time consuming to access the research resources they need.

The...

Research report

15 Jan 2009

The aim of this project was to examine the costs and benefits of three alternative models for scholarly publishing - subscription publishing, open access publishing and self-archiving.

The project involved two major phases:

• Phase I: Identification of costs and benefits...

Journal article

31 Jul 2015

The first edition of the Journal of Applied Youth Studies was launched at the inaugural symposium of the Centre for Applied Youth Research held in Hobart on Friday 31 July 2015.

There is no abstract available for this specific article.

Journal article

20 May 2015

This important collection of stories explores facets of young Muslim lives in America. In doing so, it reveals various dynamics of the American Dream from the perspective of immigrant populations. Many new immigrants initially struggle with hardships, including language and cultural differences, until finally achieving...

Journal article

14 Nov 2014

This article traces the emergence of home security systems within the context of housing desegregation and suburbanization in post-war America. It aims to analyse the physical materiality of home security systems within the context of racialized material inequality, drawing on advertisements and newspaper articles at...

Dataset

30 Oct 2015

This survey aimed to gather data that would help understand how information and research produced by organsations on public interest issues is discovered, selected, catalogued and collected by libraries and other collecting organisations and services.

The survey asks about the kinds of resources that...

Website

30 Jun 2015

Following the earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 the Nepalese Government has made datasets openly available through a Disaster Data Portal, with many organisations and individuals also producing visual data platforms. This open data allows people to make their own analysis.

Research report

7 Oct 2015

One of the reasons young people remain living in residential aged care facilities is that there are limited suitable housing options for them. While the recent introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) means that people can get funding for support and equipment, without...

Briefing paper

27 Oct 2015

In June 2014 Premier Mike Baird and then Planning Minister Prue Goward announced plans to establish a Greater Sydney Commission, described as a single agency to “streamline the way the NSW Government’s infrastructure and urban planning priorities are delivered”.

The proposal fits into a...

Journal article

1 Oct 2015

Abstract

Through an NEH-funded initiative, Cornell University Library is creating a technical, curatorial, and managerial framework for preserving access to complex born-digital new media objects. The Library's Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art provides the testbed for this project. This collection of...

Discussion paper

19 Feb 2015

Research and scholarship lead to the generation of new knowledge. The dissemination of this knowledge has a fundamental impact on the ways in which society develops and progresses, and at the same time it feeds back to improve subsequent research and scholarship. Here, as in...

Statistics

27 Oct 2015

Introduction: The Characteristics of Employment Survey presents information on all employed persons according to their status of employment. The framework below classifies jobholders to a status of employment on the basis of their main job that is, the job in which they usually worked...

Article

28 Oct 2015

Sandy Gifford and Peter Mares from the Swinburne Institute of Social Research write on the difficulties faced by international students who are able to receive a high school education but are challenged with the tertiary education system.

Research report

29 Oct 2015

Provides a series of detailed surveys on social cohesion, immigration and population issues.

This report presents the findings of the eighth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey, conducted in June-July 2015. The report builds on the knowledge gained through the seven earlier Scanlon...

Research report

14 Oct 2015

The New Zealand Government, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police and Ministry for Women, has developed a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the period 2015 to 2019. The plan outlines how...

Journal article

29 Oct 2015

In many developed countries, the provision of disability services has undergone significant transformations, from institutional to community based care, and from organisational to personalised funding. Yet delivering disability support remains an ongoing challenge for governments.

Specifically, the relative success of different types of disability...

Interview

27 Oct 2015

Labour corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says New Zealand has a moral duty toward its citizens being held in Australian detention centres. Speaking to Paul Henry, Mr Davis said until things improve, the New Zealand Government should refuse to back Australia's bid to get on the...

Video

28 Oct 2015

Much knowledge has always been locked away, throughout history. It’s inaccessible — or expensive to access — for all but a privileged few. Two Internet-era social movements have sought to change that: Wikipedia, which invites any and all to participate in constructing a comprehensive encyclopedia;...

Research report

28 Oct 2015

This document provides evidence-based population health advice on healthy eating and being physically active.

The document is written for health practitioners and others who provide advice on nutrition and physical activity for New Zealand adults. The document:

brings together the eating and physical...

Transcript

22 Sep 2015

These speeches argue that talking about health reform solely in the context of debt and deficits is producing diminishing returns.

Overview

It’s time to reposition health research. In the wake of the Medicare co-payment debate it is clear that talking about health...

Website

15 Oct 2015

The Internet of Things paints a vision of a carefree, seamlessly connected world–where interconnected devices collect and share our most practical data to improve the functionality of products, the efficiency of homes and workplaces, the infrastructures of cities, and, fundamentally, the overall integration of our...

Research report

22 Oct 2015

This document is a technical companion for the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023. It provides information about the Implementation Plan goals, including how they were selected and technical details, such as data sources and baseline measures....

Research report

19 Oct 2015

This is a publicly available version of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's classified annual report, providing insight into ASIO’s outcomes and activities.

Foreword

This Report to Parliament is my first as the Director-General of Security. Since my appointment I have been impressed...

Research report

27 Oct 2015

Twenty-one strategies to prevent youth violence are reviewed, including programmes relating to parenting, early childhood development, and social skills development.

Executive Summary

Violence is defined as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person...

Book

22 Oct 2015

Bruce Hamon’s They Came to Murramarang , first published in 1994, provides a unique combination of local history and personal recollections from a writer who witnessed the transformation of the Murramarang region from the timber era to modern times. This new edition retains the original...

Research report

31 Jan 2015

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation decided to exit the field of global library leadership, but wanted to leave the sector strong. It hired Arabella to research library leadership training programs around the world to provide the training providers, participants, supporters, and other stakeholders with...

Audio program

26 Oct 2015

Overview

In this week's Pidgin Politics, Tim, Gaby and Wes discuss Joe Hockey's valedictory speech to the Parliament, reforms to the superannuation industry as recommended by the Murray Inquiry and the Canadian election with senior Canadian lawyer Noble Chummar.

Joe Hockey pulled...

Research report

27 Oct 2015

Overview

Deloitte surveyed more than 1,200 government officials from over 70 countries, including 200 from Australia, to gain insight to the policies and practices affecting their “digital maturity”.

The survey revealed that governments across the world are at different stages in the...

Research report

22 Oct 2015

Provides details about how many people are in government funded training, what they are training in, where they are accessing training and whether training provision is responding to employer’s skill needs.

Introduction

Vocational education and training plays a significant role in helping...

Research report

5 Oct 2015

Brings together a number of the core issues related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, and includes NSW trade statistics with TPP member nations.

Introduction

After 19 rounds of negotiations that began in Melbourne in 2010, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement –...

Research report

28 Oct 2015

Abstract

In late 2014, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo unveiled his ‘global maritime axis’ concept, designed to reinvigorate the country’s identity as a maritime nation, better defend its seas and boost the maritime sector. His ambitious plan, also known as the ‘Jokowi doctrine’, is...

Video

24 Oct 2015

Creative Commons founder and 2016 presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig speaks at the Creative Commons 2015 Global Summit held in Seoul.

Journal article

19 Oct 2015

Abstract

Social media and strategic communication sit at the heart of the war of ideas between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the West. The West is critically vulnerable to ISIL’s use of social media, shrewdly exploited in the...

Research report

28 Oct 2015

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Annual report 2014–15 offers an in-depth look at the various changes in the ways the ACMA has been working with industry and consumers to deliver strong outcomes and best practice in telecommunication services and relevant consumer protections, spectrum management...

Commentary

13 Jun 2012

Pinkwashing is "the attempt by a state or people to highlight its treatment of gays to show how progressive it is, in turn covering up human rights violations from which it wishes to detract attention‟ (Ryan 2012). It has repeatedly been used by western powers,...

Research report

21 Oct 2015

Environment Aotearoa 2015 provides an overall picture of New Zealand's environment across the air, atmosphere and climate, fresh water, land, and marine domains and shows interactions between each domain. It presents the human and natural pressures that cause changes to the state of these domains...

Commentary

Article

14 Oct 2015

Professor Riaz Hassan writes how the relative deprivation of Indian Muslims will create social and political conditions that may undermine India's political stability.

n the next three and half decades, the demography of world religions will change considerably with significant global consequences...

Research report

7 Oct 2015

This audit examined the approaches departments and agencies use to determine which services will be, or have already been, delivered online via digital devices and examined the ongoing monitoring of the effectiveness of digital service delivery.

We found successes in digital service delivery. However,...

Blog post

14 Sep 2015

With funders requiring open access and researchers increasingly aware of it, now is the time for universities to make significant headway in providing a coherent plan for encouraging wider open access adoption. Neil Jacobs from Jisc provides an overview of what actions have been taken...

Data portal

26 Oct 2015

This data allows the user to browse Melbourne Water land and view the estimated availability of Melbourne Water land for a community project.

Commentary

Article

26 Oct 2015

The spotlight has been turned on the technology industry as stories of toxic work environments emerge and user frustration with online abuse builds. The Minefield considers whether this is an inevitable part of digital disruption—and whether we should opt out altogether.

These...

Research report

23 Oct 2015

Introduction

Over the last decade or so, travellers moving towards an open future for scholarly communications have picked up their pace, spurred on by shifts in public perceptions of openness and by evolving scholarly views and practices.

National and international initiatives from...

Presentation

15 Oct 2015

Explores different approaches to disseminating, retrieving and archiving data.

Research report

26 Oct 2015

Provides a depth of information and analysis that builds a deeper understanding of regional countries’ whole of nation approach to cyber policy, crime, and security issues, and identifies potential opportunities for engagement.

Summary The second edition of the International Cyber Policy Centre’s annual...

Research report

22 Oct 2015

The health and independence report reviews the state of public health in New Zealand.

This year’s report focuses on a number of high profile areas for the health and disability system including pregnancy and early childhood, mental health and wellbeing, and vulnerable groups....

Audio program

18 Oct 2015

Search engines aren’t all that big on serendipity, the algorithms that drive them are programmed to match like for like.

Fostering a chance discovery is the last thing they’re designed to do. But does that literal and linear approach stifle creativity?

And —as...

Research report

30 Sep 2015

At a time of unpredictable challenges for health, whether from a changing climate, emerging infectious diseases, or the next microbe that develops drug resistance, one trend is certain: the ageing of populations is rapidly accelerating worldwide. For the first time in history, most people can...

Audio program

19 Oct 2015

Weekend talks between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his New Zealand counterpart John Key have failed to quell Kiwi anger over the deportation of New Zealand criminals.

More than 1,000 New Zealand citizens face being kicked out of Australia—some of whom have lived here...

Transcript

27 Oct 2015

Retiring Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, delivered this keynote address at the Australian Financial Review’s Higher Education Summit, and welcomed Dr Alan Finkel as Australia's eighth Chief Scientist.

Research report

18 Oct 2015

This report examines the potential economic harm that major expansion and construction of new coal mines can cause, including:

Lower coal prices associated increased supply and associated reductions in royalty and corporate tax payments Decline in the terms of trade Job losses in existing...

Discussion paper

21 Oct 2015

How does online social networking and ‘screen-based media’ influence young people’s wellbeing, and how should policymakers respond?

Research from the University of Essex found a range of negative relationships between adolescent wellbeing and technology. The analysis, using data from Understanding Society (USoc), found associations...

Research report

26 Oct 2015

Executive summary An enduring view of Australia is of a fair and egalitarian place in which opportunities exist for all to get ahead and succeed in building secure futures. Education is viewed as one of the main vehicles through which this happens. But to...

Research report

26 Oct 2015

Provides an overview of breast cancer, risk factors for young women, breast cancer detection and diagnosis methods, and key summary measures including incidence, hospitalisations, survival and mortality.

Summary Breast cancer in young women is the first national report to present key data specific...

Website

26 Oct 2015

The purpose of the Broadband For Seniors (BFS) wiki is to share knowledge and resources for volunteer tutors who work in BFS kiosks around Australia.

The main aim of the BFS project is to build community participation and greater social inclusion among senior Australians....

Research report

26 Oct 2015

Home ownership is valued not just for the housing it provides but also as a means to accumulate wealth over the life-cycle. However, there is evidence that younger generations are making later transitions into home ownership and increased numbers not entering at all—this is not...

Commentary

Article

25 Oct 2015

An increasing number of women in Australia and overseas are taking up the opportunity of freezing their eggs to be used later, as a kind of motherhood insurance.

But some doctors are warning that these women, mainly in their thirties, are being misled, and...

Commentary

Article

22 Oct 2015

George Brandis’s latest anti-terror laws will be presented to parliament next month. How well do they balance civil liberties and security?

Attorney-general George Brandis’s announcement last week that a fifth set of counter-terrorism laws will be introduced into parliament next month came as...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

Summary

Millions of poor people face hunger and poverty this year and next because of droughts and erratic rains as global temperatures reach new records, and because of the onset of a powerful El Niño – the climate phenomenon that develops in the...

Research report

31 May 2014

This report responds to the request by the Danish eInfrastructure Cooperation (DeIC), in partnership with Denmark’s Electronic Research Library (DEFF), for a document to provide an overview of best practices for research data management.

Research report

22 Oct 2015

The Department of Communications and the Arts promotes an innovative and competitive communications sector so Australians can realise the full potential of digital technologies and communications services. They are the Government’s pre-eminent advisor on communications, in particular digital technologies and communications services. This report outlines...

Research report

21 Oct 2015

New research by the Web Foundation shows that the dramatic spread of mobile phones is not enough to get women online, or to achieve empowerment of women through technology. The study, based on a survey of thousands of poor urban men and women across nine...

Journal article

30 Sep 2015

Abstract

Data and information generated through the provision and administration of health and social care provide potentially valuable untapped resources that can contribute to the development of effective and efficient services. We describe the Scottish system, which seeks to unleash, at scale, the...

Evaluation

24 Oct 2015

The evaluation of the Tiwi College and Sports and Education Development Australia [SEDA] program aimed to determine how the program was progressing in 2015. If progressing well, to next task was to outline what worked for Tiwi students, and indicate whether that could be applied...

Report

22 Oct 2015

The Committee has been asked to review the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional Australia. The evidence presented to the Committee was compelling that telecommunications has and will continue to shape the lives and improve the economic opportunities of people in regional Australia.

In...

Journal article

16 Oct 2015

Campaigns against the halal certification of food in Muslim‐minority societies reveal the shift in the representation of Muslims from a visible, alien presence to a hidden, covert threat. This paper uses one such campaign in Australia as a point of entry for analysing the ramifications...

Research report

23 Sep 2015

This paper examines the ongoing strategic competition and rivalry between India and China, suggesting it can be seen as a ‘New Great Game’, with parallels to the original ‘Great Game’ played out between Britain and Russia for control of South and Central Asia in the...

Research report

15 Oct 2015

Background

In 2011, RIN worked with a number of partners, including IOP Publishing, to produce a study on how physical scientists find, use and disseminate information. This study used a qualitative approach – interviews and focus groups – to understand groups of researchers working...

Briefing paper

23 Aug 2015

This paper addresses the question of whether Australia and the near region are ready for the next attack of influenza. It notes that new pathogens are constantly emerging and also rapidly changing, developing better-tuned defences that resist human efforts to contain and control them. The...

Guide

24 Sep 2015

As program managers, we all know the importance of program evaluation to the successful governance and performance of our programs, not just so we can understand whether our program has achieved its objectives, but so we also know what’s working, and what isn’t.

But...

Briefing paper

16 Oct 2015

Stable and affordable housing, with access to jobs and services, is fundamental to support employment and wellbeing by enabling social and economic participation in society. However, as pointed out by the Affordable Housing Taskforce , “by a range of indicators, there is a housing affordability...

Research report

31 Mar 2015

Introduction

Recent studies (Ware 2008; Sense About Science 2009; House of Commons Science and Technology Committee 2011; Mulligan 2012) have all confirmed that members of the research community attach fundamental importance to the principle of peer review for research publications, at least in...

Video

20 Oct 2015

The Lecture

The debate on how we might decarbonise Australian electricity continues to be charged and confusing. On policy, whilst we currently have Direct Action and a Renewable Energy Target (RET), others advocate a carbon price or other approaches. On technology, some support...

Research report

21 Oct 2015

Shows an increase in the prevalence of probable mental illness among young females.

Introduction Adolescence can be an exciting time of life, but it is also the peak age of onset for many mental health disorders.This adds further complexity to an already challenging...

Research report

30 Sep 2015

INTRODUCTION

The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) has been commissioned by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) to write two papers as part of the Association’s series on Pathways to Reform. The series will contribute to public debate during...

Website

22 Oct 2015

ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. The first continental phenology project in the Southern Hemisphere, ClimateWatch enables...

Journal article

30 Sep 2015

This issue of Public Health Research & Practice delves into the world of ‘big data’, with a broad look at the burgeoning availability and analysis of routinely collected data, and how best to use it to inform and improve public health policy and practice, and...

Discussion paper

21 Oct 2015

Dividend imputation was introduced in Australia in 1987. Despite many theoretical and empirical studies, there is little consensus on its effects on the cost of equity capital, share prices, or investment – due primarily to different views on the consequences of international integration on equity...

Discussion paper

21 Oct 2015

Australia has a predominantly services driven economy which is increasingly digital, online and driven by user generated data. Within our digital economy, financial services – principally banking, insurance and capital markets – has overtaken all other sectors to become the largest sector of the economy....

Journal article

30 Sep 2015

In the era of ‘big data’, research using routinely collected data offers greater potential than ever before to drive health system effectiveness and efficiency, and population health improvement. In Australia, the policy environment, and emerging frameworks and processes for data governance and access, increasingly support...

Discussion paper

21 Oct 2015

Financial systems, their institutions, markets and regulatory bodies, are constantly evolving in response to the changing dynamics of technology, politics, demographics and cultural norms. These pressures are evident in Australia today where Australia’s ageing population provides a challenge to both public resources and the financial...

Research report

29 Jun 2015

This paper examines the impact of government assistance through R&D grants on innovation output for firms in New Zealand. Using a large database that links administrative and tax data with survey data, we are able to control for large number of firm characteristics and thus...

Research report

22 Jan 2015

Between 1984 and 2003, New Zealand undertook comprehensive market-oriented economic reforms. In this paper, we use Census data to examine how the internal mobility of Māori compares to that of Europeans in New Zealand in the period after these reforms.

It is often suggested...

Research report

21 Oct 2015

The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in New Zealand house prices. A major contributor to this increase has been an insufficient supply of land and development capacity for housing, both within and outside cities, to meet increasing demand. The Government asked the Productivity...

Commentary

Article

20 Oct 2015

Unreported data confirms that state governments are passing up the opportunity to invest in the future. There’s never been a better time to change direction

Never have our governments been able to borrow money more cheaply. If we fear that our economy might...

Research report

22 Oct 2015

This report provides substantial additional analysis of the data produced through the Australian Personal Safety Survey (PSS). The PSS is currently a largely untapped resource - even the publicly available PSS data has yet to be fully explored and applied to the most obviously relevant...

Research report

21 Oct 2015

Summary

This report covers the academic performance of children in care, by linking the data from the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set (CP NMDS) and the National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Privacy was protected during the linkage process through the use of...

Journal article

10 Sep 2015

This article examines Iraqi political developments in the last few years. It argues that unless a constitutional mechanism for proper dispersal of political powers across Iraq's regions and branches of its government is developed quickly, it may become too late for defeating Islamic State in...

Guide

21 Oct 2014

Preamble

Sound, reproducible scholarship rests upon a foundation of robust, accessible data. For this to be so in practice as well as theory, data must be accorded due importance in the practice of scholarship and in the enduring scholarly record. In other words,...

Journal article

13 Sep 2013

PREFACE

The growth in the capacity of the research community to collect and distribute data presents huge opportunities. It is already transforming old methods of scientific research and permitting the creation of new ones. However, the exploitation of these opportunities depends upon more...

Discussion paper

16 Oct 2015

This Positioning Paper outlines the research questions and methodology for an AHURI research study which utilises HILDA panel data and instrumental variable econometric techniques to interrogate the relationship between housing prices, household debt and labour supply in Australia. It provides preliminary evidence of important differences...

Research report

17 Mar 2014

Contrary to the conventional wisdom about media consumption dividing along generational or political lines, a new survey finds that the nature of the news itself—the topic and speed of the story—largely determines where people go to learn about events and the path they take to...

Briefing paper

21 Oct 2015

This project involved secondary analysis of ABS and AIHW data, interviews with housing and community care service provider stakeholders in two sites (South Australia and Tasmania) and interviews with people with dementia and their carers about their housing.

Housing security is an important goal...

Journal article

1 Sep 2015

The purpose of this study was to examine the possible effects of the simultaneous inclusion of self and other ratings of principal instructional leadership on teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs. Special attention was given to the case where principal and teacher ratings were incongruent and exhibited a...

Journal article

1 Sep 2015

There is considerable debate both in Australia and internationally about the best way for schools to deliver the thinking skills required for university study and professional work life – skills that are often referred to as “critical thinking".

Journal article

26 Aug 2015

Undiscerning obedience to authority or compliance motivated by social approval differs substantially from volitional moral reasoning based on internalized values. The aim of this study was to ascertain why students would choose to act responsibly in the absence of external constraints. This article reports data...

Journal article

25 Sep 2015

This literature review of secondary school teachers’ perceptions of student misbehaviour from 1983 to 2013 comprised studies from various countries including Australia, China, Greece, Jordan, Malta, the United Kingdom and the United States. Identified materials enabled international comparisons and the analysis of changes over time....

Discussion paper

15 Oct 2015

In recent years, Pakistan has seen a major shift in its foreign and defence policy orientation taking political pundits by surprise. This shift is an outcome of the domestic changes occurring in Pakistan as well as a rapidly changing global world order. At the core...

Discussion paper

13 Oct 2015

As a middle income, developing country, and despite being overwhelmed by internal conflicts, political instability and a lack of governance, Pakistan has remained an active international actor in global politics. For its critics however, it is this prominent international role – especially during the long...

Discussion paper

1 Oct 2015

From its inception on 26 January 1950, the Republic of India has possessed the strategic vision of playing a major role in Asian and world affairs. During the Cold War period, it was a leading member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), but an extremely low...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

Overview

This volume asks whether the Asia Pacific region can preserve order and stability while managing a strategic transformation.

The assessments assembled in this volume broadly confirm the judgement that the Asia Pacific continued over the past year to deplete its most...

Research report

16 Oct 2015

Introduction

The concept of competitive advantage has always been an indispensable aspect of relations among states in the modern international system. It has provided a frame of reference for the pursuit of national priorities in trade, investment, diplomacy, military capabilities, technology and societal...

Research report

19 Oct 2015

Overview

Aim : To compare crime trends in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, England and Wales, and Scandinavia.

Method : Trend data were extracted from publications and online data repositories. Population counts were used to...

Research report

19 Oct 2015

Overview

Aim: To provide an overview of adult and juvenile re-offending over the last 10 years in New South Wales (NSW).

Method: Descriptive analysis of data from the NSW Re-offending Database (ROD).

Results and conclusion : Most offenders...

Discussion paper

29 Sep 2015

This paper describes key features of hospital redesign processes in Australia by analysing Victorian, NSW and other models. It discusses frameworks and drivers of large scale change in health systems including challenges and barriers to success. The use of systems thinking and institutional entrepreneurship to...

Research report

15 Oct 2015

Summary

How much elective surgery was provided?

In 2014-15, Australia's public hospitals admitted almost 698,000 patients from elective surgery waiting lists (as either elective or emergency admissions).

Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the number of admissions from public hospital elective surgery...

Research report

15 Oct 2015

Introduction

Currently there is much debate about housing affordability. Two of our recent publications have examined the need for more affordable rental housing. This e-brief looks at another related issue: security of tenure for the growing number of people who are long-term renters...

Research report

16 Oct 2015

Prevalence of type 1 diabetes among children aged 0–14 in Australia 2013 presents the first national picture of children aged 0–14 living with type 1 diabetes in Australia. The report, based on data from the National (insulin-treated) Diabetes Register, highlights that in 2013, 6,091 children...

Research report

12 Oct 2015

This report sets out the overall findings of the evaluation of the 2012 family violence amendments. The evaluation examined the effects of amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) that were intended to improve the family law system’s responses to matters involving family violence...

Discussion paper

15 Oct 2015

In Canberra, one of the greatest drivers of inequality is housing affordability. Issues include the lack of community housing options and the rental stress experienced by low-income earners in private rentals.

The purpose of this Green Paper is not to present a definitive list...

Commentary

Article

13 May 2015

Citizen scientists’ important contributions to biodiversity conservation are constrained by their focus on data collection and public outreach in wealthy, accessible places. Sustainable conservation actions require initiatives such as those supported by the Participatory Monitoring and Management Partnership ( www.pmmpartnership.com ), in which data collected...

Working paper

2 Oct 2015

The Marsden Fund is the premiere funding mechanism for blue skies research in New Zealand. In 2014, $56 million was awarded to 101 research projects chosen from among 1222 applications from researchers at universities, Crown Research Institutes and independent research organizations. This funding mechanism is...

Working paper

19 Jan 2015

This paper proposes a framework for how houses could be developed, with a focus on how regulatory policies and practices affect decision making. The authors surveyed property developers in Auckland on how planning rules and regulations affect the cost of 'affordable' housing.

Almost 90%...

Research report

15 Oct 2015

Previous research has found that pregnant women and women in the early years of parenthood now often turn to digital media sources of information and support. One recent form of digital media to which they have access is the mobile software applications (‘apps’) available for...

Website

19 Oct 2015

The Participatory Monitoring and Management Partnership (PMMP) is an international collaborative network for local leaders and communities working with participatory monitoring and management of natural resources. The Partnership seeks to transform the way the world monitors and manages natural resources by improving the quality and...

Website

14 Oct 2015

Digital Ready is a free online training course for the Arts, Recreation and Education Services sectors. It equips small business owners, organisations and clubs with the skills to take advantage of digital technology in growing their business, organisation or club.

Journal article

28 Sep 2015

This exploratory study investigated how staff at four private boys’ boarding schools in Perth, Western Australia, constructed meaning and understanding around the experience of studying away from home and family for Aboriginal students from regional and remote communities. Interviews were conducted with 16 participants recruited...

Fact sheet

16 Oct 2015

This plan outlines the proposed construction work for the NBN network up to September 2018.

Book review

19 Oct 2015

How can cultural responsiveness towards Indigenous students be truly embedded in teaching pedagogy and national standards? In this book, Perso and Hayward (2015) seek to provide teachers with practical tools for working effectively with Indigenous students in school settings. This book is written with the...

Statistics

15 Oct 2015

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

Whats new in the labour force?

CHANGE TO THE RELEASE TIMING OF LABOUR FORCE PRODUCTS...

Website

16 Oct 2015

WildLab is the Wildlife Biology Lab at Western Sydney University. We are based at Hawkesbury (Richmond) and we research and consult on Australian Native & Pest Animal ecology & management.

WildLab is headed by Dr Ricky Spencer, who is a Senior Lecturer of Zoology,...

Research report

15 Oct 2015

About this report

This is the Secretary’s report to the Prime Minister for the financial year ended 30 June 2015.

The report relates to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (PM&C) performance for 2014–15 against the measures outlined in the...

Discussion paper

29 Sep 2015

As an emerging maritime power, Indonesia will encounter a variety of considerations in deciding how it will project its power in the region. In the lead up to his election, Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised to strengthen Indonesia’s maritime security, develop regional diplomatic ties and...

Discussion paper

22 Sep 2015

Urban India faces considerable water security challenges that have the potential to worsen in the coming decades as the level of urbanisation continues to increase. A lack of investment in building and maintaining basic water and sanitation infrastructure is the main factor that has contributed...

Research report

17 Sep 2015

Plant growth, vigour and yield are dependent upon the availability of a number of essential element nutrients. Detailed lists of these elements vary slightly but most sources identify three essential, non-mineral elements: carbon, oxygen and hydrogen; six major or macronutrients: nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, sulphur, calcium...

Research report

15 Sep 2015

Tehran has reportedly sent around one thousand élite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) troops to back up its proxy Hezbollah forces that are fighting Islamic State terrorists in Syria. These troops will work with the Hezbollah fighters to take the town of Zabadani from IS,...

Journal article

16 Oct 2015

In the latter months of 2014, following events in faraway Iraq and Syria, Australia responded forcefully at home. The manufactured fear of a terrorist attack resulted in police raids, increased counter‐terrorism legislation and scare campaigns to alert the public to 'threat'. Although Islamophobia rose in...

Commentary

Article

9 Oct 2015

The Parramatta shootings have put Muslim parents into the spotlight. Muslim families have now become the "frontline of defence" and debates continue on the community's leadership and capacity to guide their youth. There is however a risk in all of this.

When it comes...

Research report

14 Oct 2015

Children’s Contact Services (CCSs) are designed to provide a safe, supervised environment for children to spend time with the parent they do not live with, or to facilitate the transfer of children from one parent to another, in circumstances where parents are not able to...

Journal article

20 Jun 2015

In recent years there has been surge of critical interest in the study of committees in Westminster-derived parliaments. However, one type of committee has escaped review: Australia's dedicated electoral matters committees (EMC). This article investigates the policy impact of one of Australia's EMCs, the Victorian...

Discussion paper

15 Oct 2015

Introduction

In 2013, 2,522 people died by suicide in Australia. Twenty-two of these were children aged 5- 14 years, 148 were adolescents aged 15-19 years, and a further 200 were young people aged 20-24 years. Although the suicide rate for children and adolescents...

Research report

22 Sep 2015

As the sixth edition in the UNESCO Internet Freedom series, this study encompasses both quantitative and qualitative assessments of more than 50 declarations, guidelines, and frameworks. The issues contained in these documents are assessed in the context of UNESCO’s interested areas such as access, freedom...

Research report

30 Sep 2015

Despite growing up amid abundant free online entertainment and news, today’s young adults still use significant amounts of paid content. Selling news to young people remains difficult, but the data from a new study finds reasons for optimism and suggests new ways to think about...

Research report

16 Mar 2015

For years, researchers and social critics have worried that the newest generation of American adults is less interested in news than those who grew up in the pre-digital age.

Social media and mobile play a large role in Millennial news consumption. 94% of those...

Commentary

Article

19 Oct 2015

Last month the Australian Government announced that it will open the door to 12,000 refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria, focusing its resettlement efforts on women and children. 7000 people will be settled in New South Wales alone, with a great number of these likely to...

Journal article

19 Oct 2015

Peer mentoring is often considered the single most effective strategy for increasing student retention and student satisfaction. As a consequence, mentoring programs have been implemented at most universities and are an essential feature of best practice transition programs. Yet, the literature is inconsistent regarding what...

Research report

14 Oct 2015

A review of research, key government reports and local approaches to support primary to secondary school transitions. Includes an audit and action guide.

Executive summary

This Report was commissioned by the School Focused Youth Services program covering the Cities of Stonnington, Port...

Research report

13 Oct 2015

This report argues that Australia’s National Drug Strategy 2010–2015 is not able to minimise the harm to the country caused by ice, and discusses an alternative strategic framework to respond to the challenge.

Overview

In this report, law enforcement isn't focused on...

Research report

22 Sep 2015

Overview

Australia, long condemned to the ´tyranny of distance´, now faces the ´peril of proximity´. This is because of increasing uncertainty about the stability of Asian security. As a democratic free-trading middle power, Australia’s main concern is the preservation of the globalised international...

Commentary

Article

12 Oct 2015

The Parramatta shooting and its aftermath demonstrate common difficulties democracies face in counterterrorism.

On Friday 2 October, 15-year old boy Farhad Jabar fatally shot NSW Police employee Curtis Cheng at Parramatta police headquarters, before being killed during an exchange of fire with officers. While...

Guide

12 Oct 2015

This guide contains statistics on the number of asylum seekers at Offshore Processing Centres, the number who are children, the number who are found to refugees, and more.

Introduction

On 8 February 2008, some seven months after Kevin Rudd was sworn in...

Research report

12 Oct 2015

Investigates the challenges facing kids who miss school due to significant injury or illness, and aims to improve outcomes for an estimated 60,000 seriously ill Australian students.

Executive summary

This series of three reports is intended as a starting point in a...

Research report

14 Oct 2015

Contains some sobering stories of poverty and inequality in prosperous Australia, finding overwhelmingly that people do not experience poverty because they choose to but as a result of a range of structural causes which push them to the margins.

Research report

8 Oct 2015

Overview

Examines the relationship between the Queensland Government and the fossil fuel industry. The report reveals a pattern of secrecy, a lack of accountability and transparency and a fast moving revolving door between the highest level of the bureaucracy and government, where political...

Audio interview

8 Oct 2015

People who identify as Muslim make up just over 2% of the Australian population. Yet if you watch, listen or read the Australian news you would be led to believe it is much more. In light of the police raids that took place in Western...

Research report

13 Oct 2015

Overview

The project involved analysing the potential options for developing a model of an effective property investment vehicle for affordable housing. This involved consideration of strategic positioning, whether the fund is listed or unlisted, whether the fund portfolio involves a mix of assets,...

Research report

6 Oct 2015

Executive Summary

This briefing paper compares what the Australian government is doing on climate change with the countries most relevant and important to Australia: allies and trading partners.

The paper looks at China, the UK, South Korea, and the US. Examining what...

Commentary

Article

8 Oct 2015

India, poised to have the most Muslims by 2050, grapples to control resentment and lack of opportunities.

If current demographic trends continue, the ranks of religious believers in the world could rise through 2050, reports a Pew Research Report. Islam would show...

Interview

22 Sep 2015

As the FBI launches its investigation into the Malaysian 1MDB investment fund, Dr Amrita Malhi, a Malaysia expert from the University of South Australia, discusses why the fund was created, where it went wrong, and what the latest investigation might reveal.

Duration: 5min 41sec...

Journal article

8 Oct 2013

If ever an election victory could be interpreted as a humiliation by the winning side, then the Malaysian federal election, held in May this year, was profoundly humiliating for the National Front (Barisan Nasional, or BN).

BN won government for the thirteenth time, and...

Research report

9 Oct 2014

International responses to conflict and complex humanitarian emergencies are diverse and multifaceted. Different actors – among them non-government organisations (NGOs), the United Nations (UN) protection mandated organisations, UN peacekeeping forces, both military and police – all have a role to play to mitigate the impact...

Research report

9 Oct 2014

Historically, international humanitarian law (IHL) through the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 has required the protection of civilian populations in armed conflict. The Geneva Conventions provide guidance with regard to the obligations of states and parties to a conflict to...

Research report

9 Mar 2014

In the twenty years since the end of the Cold War, Australian not-for-profits (NFPs) have found a range of ways to support societies manage transitions from warfighting postures to modes of peaceful coexistence, and from military governments to civilian-led democracies. In managing the transitions, these...

Research report

15 Jul 2015

A unique collaboration and innovative analysis assessing the State of Australia’s birds, this Headline report introduces Australia’s ground breaking longitudinal study to track trends in terrestrial bird population over 15 years – the Terrestrial Bird Index.

A first for the southern hemisphere, the Terrestrial...

Website

12 Oct 2015

Australians are invited to count birds in their backyard from 19 – 25 October 2015 and to submit their findings via an app to contribute to the overall picture of bird life in Australia.

Other text

7 Sep 2015

The second Indian Ocean dialogue was held in Perth, Australia on 5-7 September 2015.

The dialogue plays an important role in bringing together representatives of strategic and foreign policy communities and civil society to discuss maritime-related issues as part of the emergence of a...

Statistics

9 Oct 2015

Summary: Contains time series data for secured and unsecured housing finance commitments for owner occupation, commitments for construction or purchase of dwellings for rent or resale, and loan outstandings to individuals/households for housing. For secured housing finance for owner occupation, this publication presents the...

Research report

25 Sep 2015

The Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) is the first large scale prospective longitudinal study on out-of-home care (OOHC) in Australia. It will follow 4,126 children aged 0-17 years old entering OOHC in New South Wales, to examine the developmental wellbeing of children and young...

Research report

12 Oct 2015

Overview

In 2013 the then Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, asked Mr Andrew Forrest to lead a review of Indigenous training and employment programs (The Forrest Review). The review made a number of recommendations aimed at ending the disparity in employment...

Blog post

7 Oct 2015

Emergency care has an image problem: in the context of low and middle income countries (LMICs), it is often characterised as being too expensive, too complex and too much of a luxury to gain much traction.

Research report

9 Oct 2015

The youth justice system manages children and young people who have committed, or allegedly committed, an offence. In Australia, youth justice is the responsibility of the states and territories, and each has its own legislation, policies and practices. However, the general processes by which young...

Discussion paper

4 Oct 2013

The physical destruction accompanying disasters typically creates an urgency to rebuild and help survivors get back on track. There are inspiring examples of how architects and other built environment professionals have contributed to rebuilding. In many cases their efforts have facilitated the re-establishment of eroded...

Commentary

Article

8 Oct 2015

As Australia marks Mental Health Week we should stop to remember that it is not only wealthy Australians who are worthy of effective treatment and a lifestyle that is conducive to being mentally healthy. There are too many people whose circumstances foster mental illness, who...

Research report

2 Sep 2015

Provides evidence and potential policy options to inform federal, state and territory government efforts to increase youth volunteering.

Summary The National Youth Affairs Research Scheme commissioned the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and researchers Associate Professor Lucas Walsh and Rosalyn...

Research report

12 Jul 2015

This report looks at topic of libraries as publishers, with investigations mainly in the U.S. research institution context.

Specifically, we reviewed existing literature and conducted a survey of members of the Library Publishing Coalition, seeking to learn the kinds of activities they are undertaking...

Research report

8 Oct 2015

Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005. Pew Research reports have documented in great detail how the rise of social media has affected such things as work,...

Book review

Journal article

2 Apr 2015

Review of Asia Britain: A Photographic History by Susheila Nasta and Florian Stadtler which chronicals the histories of South Asians and their descendants in Britain through extensive public archival and private photographic material.

Transcript

23 Apr 2015

“I am an anthropologist. Anthropologists, as a group, study the diversity of human cultures to understand our commonalities and differences, and to use the knowledge of what is common to us all to help us bridge our differences. My research aims to help reduce violence...

Research report

1 May 2015

This report presents findings of a study of the policy context around higher education institution (HEI) mobility in eight APEC economies – China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore and Viet Nam. The report provides insights into different policy contexts gathered from desktop research...

Video

7 Oct 2015

When the documentary series The Killing Season aired on ABC TV this year Prime Minister Tony Abbott lifted his arms to the press gallery and declared “Thank you to the ABC”.

This was the ABC’s 4th landmark TV series on political leadership but will...

Research report

9 Oct 2015

Based on interviews with participants in the AISI, this report reveals how the AISI is valued and the important role it plays in how internet service providers manage malware.

Executive summary

The Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) is a program operated by...

Discussion paper

9 Feb 2015

Security sector reform (SSR) in conflict-affected states is a key area of focus for the Australian CivilMilitary Centre (ACMC). The ACMC commissioned research from January to April 2013 to map international perspectives and trends in SSR. The goal was to inform future work in the...

Discussion paper

9 Jan 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.

Although behind the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa, Australia is...

Policy

9 Jan 2015

The Australian Government’s Guiding Principles for Civil-Military-Police Interaction in International Disaster and Conflict Management (the Guiding Principles) has been developed by the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) in collaboration with the departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), Defence (ADF), Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)...

Guide

9 May 2015

Abstract

In response to overseas natural or manmade disasters and complex emergencies, defence forces, police, government agencies and the aid community often find themselves operating in the same physical space as one another. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding and confusion over stakeholder roles, responsibilities,...

Commentary

Article

10 Oct 2015

A European court ruling presages a transatlantic battle over data protection and privacy.

Even before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down the “safe-harbour” privacy pact between the European Union and America on October 6th, data-protection lawyers were in high demand.

American...

Policy

29 Jul 2015

The landfill industry, through the Australian Landfill Owners Association and the Australian Local Government Association, has developed this voluntary protocol to ensure that the early collected carbon charges are returned for consumer benefit. Individual landfill owners will have the option to accept to be bound...

Policy

7 Oct 2015

Australia is at an economic and productivity crossroads. In an era of sweeping change, other nations are seizing the future with investments in higher education, research, innovation and skills.

Australia now faces a stark choice: we either make our own investment—or we fall behind...

Working paper

7 Oct 2015

This paper sheds light on how Australia's tax and transfer system functions to distribute income across the population and over lifetimes. It:

provides a descriptive analysis of the flow of major taxes (personal income tax and GST) and transfers between families under existing policy...

Book

30 Sep 2015

The collection of essays brings together leading social scientists from the Asia-Pacific region. We argue for the benefit of dialogue between the diverse theories and methods of social sciences in the region, the role of the social sciences in addressing real-world problems, the need to...

Research report

7 Oct 2015

The Annual Report 2014–15 provides a summary of the performance of Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) in 2014–15 in fulfilling our purpose to provide assurance to Parliament on the accountability and performance of Victoria’s public sector.

This year, our annual report is divided into two...

Annual Report

30 Sep 2015

This annual report documents the performance of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) in the financial year ending on 30 June 2015.

It addresses the Requirements for Annual Reports for Departments, Executive Agencies and Other Non‑corporate Commonwealth Entities approved by the Joint Committee of...

Research report

30 Sep 2015

Audit objectives and scope

The objective of the audit was to assess the appropriateness of the use and reporting of confidentiality provisions in a sample of Australian Government contracts. The criteria were:

entities published contract listings on their websites and Ministers’ letters...

Dataset

6 Oct 2015

This release presents results from the Internet Activity Survey (IAS) conducted in respect of the three months ended 30 June 2015.

The ABS counts the number of subscribers that have an internet connection with an ISP on the last day of the reference period....

Report

24 Sep 2015

Executive summary

In Australia, and internationally, the family is recognised as the best environment for raising children wherever possible. Governments provide a range of universal and specialist services to support families. However, where a parent has a disability, particularly cognitive disability or mental...

Journal article

8 Oct 2014

ABSTRACT: This paper analyzes the relationship between Muslims and the west defined at a particular moment in post 9/11 America and the war on terror context through a conversation in the novel The Submission (2011) by Amy Waldman. It critiques the construction of knowledge...

Discussion paper

30 Sep 2014

The objective of this paper is to review the scholarly literature to ascertain how leadership can play its part in strengthening support for inclusion in military organisations.

The review reaches four related conclusions. Firstly, support for inclusion is simply one of a number of...

Research report

1 Sep 2015

Has the launch of new streaming services in Australia had an impact on the ways Australians access digital content or is a punitive regulatory approach necessary to reduce piracy?

In November 2014, CHOICE conducted its first survey examining consumer behaviour online and the main...

Discussion paper

30 Aug 2015

This paper addresses the question of whether the US rebalance to the Indo-Pacific is good for Australia. It overviews the considerations that drove the policy and identifies the broad strategies being pursued by the US. The paper details the steps being taken to realise the...

Research report

7 Oct 2015

This report details the progress the world has made towards global development goals and examines the impact of demographic change on achieving these goals.

Executive summary

With 2015 marking the transition from the Millennium to the Sustainable Development Goals, the international community...

Survey

1 Oct 2015

In July 2015 The Australia Institute conducted a national opinion poll of 1408 people through Research Now. Respondents were selected to produce a representative sample based on gender, age and state.The survey asked about the government’s higher education policy and about opinions on Australia’s universities....

Research report

1 Mar 2015

This report summarises the findings of a study which examined the work experiences of Queensland public servants living with a diagnosed anxiety disorder.

Key findings are:

1) Workplace accommodations tailored to individuals with anxiety disorders allow them to reach and retain their positions;...

Journal article

8 Aug 2013

Abstract : In this paper, I wish to explore the apparent unrepresentability of some forms of extreme experience. Following a line of thought expressed by Steiner (that some experiences must remain unspoken because they are too traumatic for words) and Caruth (that some experiences...

Book

5 Oct 2015

In Britain's highly politicised social climate in the aftermath of the 7/7 London bombings, Young British Muslims: Identity, Culture, Politics and the Media provides an in-depth understanding of British Muslim identity through the following social constructs: migration history, family settlement, socio-economic status, religion and culture,...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

This paper explains the importance of Crown lands to Aboriginal communities in NSW and how certain elements of the review may affect land of significance to Aboriginal people, indicating risks as well as opportunities.

Abstract

The Crown Land Estate in New South...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

Overview

Security issues in the South China Sea are often studied, whereas analysis of scientific cooperation in those waters is rare, thinly spread and short. This paper looks at shared priorities, China's leading role in launching scientific programs, implications for the environment, and...

Fact sheet

7 Oct 2015

Overview

This product (a combination of a web report and fact sheets) focuses on the major causes of premature deaths—both overall, and among certain age groups. It explores current patterns and trends over time for premature deaths. The fact sheets, in particular, explore...

Article

6 Oct 2015

Describes the approach underpinning a national project to estimate the numbers and proportions of cancers occurring in Australia in 2010 that are attributable to modifiable causal factors.

Abstract

Objective: To describe the approach underpinning a national project to estimate the numbers...

Report

6 Oct 2015

This report completes the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of law reform options that would allow people in Victoria to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances.

Introduction

This report completes the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of law reform options...

Research report

25 Aug 2015

Growing Up in Australia : The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is Australia's first nationally representative longitudinal study of child development. The purpose of the study is to provide data that enable a comprehensive understanding of development and life-course trajectories within Australia's current...

Research report

30 Sep 2015

Employer toolkits are designed to help employers remove barriers for particular jobseekers, including young people, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups and mature-age workers. This study of 20 toolkits examined the propositions used to engage employers and the tools provided, in order to assess the...

Research report

7 Oct 2015

Australia is heading down the wrong path and a new approach to urban transport is needed that prioritises people rather than one particular mode of transport, according to this report.

Research report

6 Oct 2015

Foreword

The menace presented by Islamic State’s (IS) self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’ is uniquely challenging on a number of levels. Tactically, its military operations demand lateral thinking, since the group exists as a nebulous, swarming network constantly seeking to expand its reach. Strategically, too, it...

Research report

7 Oct 2015

The Australian Water Association and Deloitte are pleased to present the State of the Water Sector Report 2015 . The Report is the only one of its kind, reporting on the trends and insights of water sector professionals about their own industry.

The survey...

Research report

7 Oct 2015

Executive Summary

Do we think and talk about water only when we are in drought? Do we complain about the price of water, but are happy to pay $3 a bottle for it at the shop? Do urban residents think differently about water...

Research report

7 Oct 2015

This report summarises audits of 45 public sector entities' information technology controls in Victoria.

Overview

This report summarises the results of our audits of 45 public sector entities' IT controls performed in support of VAGO's 2014–15 financial audits. This report is in...

Commentary

Article

1 Oct 2015

Despite the criticisms, pure political independence for think tanks is neither achievable nor desirable. Instead they should be judged on the integrity of their work, writes Melissa Conley Tyler.

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Think tanks are not always very popular in Australia. Readers of The...

Audio program

5 Oct 2015

A diverse, independent media is seen as central to a functioning democracy yet tight government regulation in Australia has failed to ensure a plurality of voices.

Since the mid 1980s, while media ownership has steadily been deregulated, it has also become more concentrated....

Commentary

Article

6 Oct 2015

A diverse, independent media is seen as central to a functioning democracy, yet Australia now has one of the most concentrated media environments in the Western world. Keri Phillips asks how we got here in the first place and whether it even matters now that...

Research report

24 Sep 2015

Not much is known about the ways in which assessment data have actually been used in education policy to date. Understanding the role of assessments in informing system-level decision-making is a first step towards helping stakeholders improve the design and usefulness of assessments. Moreover, this...

Research report

1 Jan 2015

Overview

This report presents findings of a study of the international mobility of postgraduate research students enrolled at Australian universities. It is based on focus groups with sixty postgraduate research students at seven Australian universities and one focus group with staff from three...

Research report

1 Jun 2015

Overview

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) undertook this study for the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS). It explores the practice and application of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in STEM, with a particular focus on natural and physical sciences, information technology,...

Research report

25 Aug 2015

Abstract

This paper examines Australia’s national security interests in the South China Sea. It notes that a number of states lay claim to various islands in the region, and that territorial disputes over those claims have occasionally erupted into armed conflict in the...

Research report

1 Apr 2013

This report presents a feasibility study into an East Asia Summit (EAS) Regional Facility for Education Quality Assessment (RFEQA). The project was developed partly in response to major findings of the 2008 study Harnessing Educational Cooperation in the EAS for Regional Competitiveness and Community Building...

Commentary

7 Oct 2015

An outsider view offers important proposals to help Australia navigate stormy economic weather

Few of the International Monetary Fund’s annual reports on Australia have created any ripples in the national debate. This time is different. In two reports released last week, IMF staff...

Commentary

Article

6 Oct 2015

Australia gained some last-minute concessions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. But this is still the wrong way to manage our international trade and investment

The announcement of an agreed text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or TPP, brings to an end years of...

Commentary

Article

6 Oct 2015

The party sometimes forgets that Liberal leaders have been most electorally successful when they’ve governed from the centre

Malcolm Turnbull’s accession to the prime ministership presents us with a paradox. His leadership is a return to Liberal Party orthodoxy, yet the forces most...

Discussion paper

7 Oct 2015

Background

Australia provides statutory protection for intellectual property through patents, trade marks, geographical indications, registered designs, plant breeders’ rights, copyright, moral rights, performers’ rights and circuit layout rights. Current laws are consistent with treaties under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, the...

Research report

6 Oct 2015

The research tested Mental Health Australia’s ‘Ten Tips’, asking Australians whether they were things they did ‘regularly’, ‘sometimes’, ‘hardly ever’ or ‘never’.

The scale was deliberately non-specific because the nature of the activities tested is varied – a person might not ‘seek out advice...

Report

6 Oct 2015

The ASG Parents Report Card investigates the state of education in Australia from parents’ perspectives.

The ASG Parents Report Card measured parents’ perceptions of the state of education in the two countries using three indexes: the Aspirations Index; the Educational Resources Index, and the...

Bill

26 Mar 2015

Summary

Implements recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s (PJCIS) Report of the Inquiry into Potential Reforms of Australia’s National Security Legislation by amending the: Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: require telecommunications service providers to retain and to...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

The BreastScreen Australia monitoring report 2012–2013 presents the latest national statistics in the monitoring of BreastScreen Australia, which aims to reduce illness and death resulting from breast cancer through organised screening to detect cases of unsuspected breast cancer in women, thus enabling early intervention. Around...

Research report

6 Oct 2015

Introduction

Significant controversy surrounds the impact of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in a number of areas. This report focuses on two of these areas by examining the ChAFTA’s provisions on labour mobility.

The first area of controversy is whether the...

Website

6 Oct 2015

The Citizens, Not Suspects campaign aims to fight the proposals of mandatory data retention legislation in Australia.

On 13th October 2015, the mandatory data retention legislation comes into force in Australia, but the implementation process is in disarray. As the next election approaches we...

Research report

2 Oct 2015

There have been several corresponding trends in the availability, use and treatment of methylamphetamines since 2003–04. Following a decline between 2006–07 and 2009–10, there have been increases across many factors relating to methylamphetamines to 2013–14. Arrests, seizures and detections have all increased. Users are now...

Guide

21 Sep 2015

e-Mental health interventions aim to improve users’ mental health through a structured, online program of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or another evidence-based psychological treatment. There are a range of e-mental health interventions that are designed to be used in the management of mild to moderate...

Research report

31 Jul 2015

More and more countries are making collected efforts to provide ORCID identifiers for their researchers and encouraging implementation of ORCID iDs into the national and local research information infrastructure.

In June 2015, Knowledge Exchange brought together representatives from its five member countries for a...

Journal article

8 Oct 2013

The articles in this special themed section were submitted by presenters at the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association’s 2012 Annual Conference on the theme ‘Racialising Desire’. This introduction briefly outlines the subject of ‘racialised desires’ while canvasing the articles collected within.

In...

Journal article

23 Sep 2015

Abstract: Since 1957, Malaysian public life has been organized around a historic conflation of three important political themes: “race, religion and royalty”, or “3R”, all of which are purportedly championed and defended by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). This article explores how this...

Research report

5 Oct 2015

Examines trends in codeine-related mortality rates in Australia, and the clinical and toxicological characteristics of codeine-related deaths.

Abstract Objectives: To examine trends in codeine-related mortality rates in Australia, and the clinical and toxicological characteristics of codeine-related deaths.

Design and setting: Analysis...

Book

30 Jul 2013

Many scholars have been arguing that dominant knowledge and discourses on the African city are largely inappropriate. These discourses mirror simplistic modernist assumptions about what constitutes a viable, legible, efficient and competitive city. From such a vantage point the African city can only be seen...

Briefing paper

5 Oct 2015

Provides statistics showing the number of older prisoners in NSW and Australia, along with historical trends that have seen a rise in the overall number and proportion of older prisoners, including older female and Indigenous prisoners.

Introduction Australians are expected to continue living...

Guide

2 Oct 2015

Provides information about Indigenous Australian federal and state parliamentarians, from the election of the first Indigenous Australian to federal Parliament.

Summary

This Quick Guide provides information about Indigenous Australian federal and state parliamentarians, from the election of the first Indigenous Australian to...

Research report

5 Oct 2015

Explores opioid use by aged care facility residents before and after initiation of transdermal opioid patches.

Abstract

Objective: To explore opioid use by aged care facility residents before and after initiation of transdermal opioid patches.

Design: A cross-sectional cohort...

Literature review

1 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Mental health is an increasingly important topic in the workplace. It is estimated that, at any point in time, one in six working age people will be suffering from mental illness, which is associated with very high personal and economic costs....

Research report

12 Dec 2012

The Australian Workplace Barometer project aims to provide science driven evidence of Australian work conditions and their relationships to workplace health and productivity, through a national monitoring and surveillance system.

This report was commissioned by Safe Work Australia to provide a summary of the...

Audio program

2 Oct 2015

It's no secret that house prices in Australia are growing at an explosive rate, but what are the social costs of high house prices?

Housing is now seen as a key wealth generator and a driver of the economy. Has it always been seen...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

Russia’s recession deepened in the first half of 2015 with a severe impact on households. The economy continues to adjust to the 2014 terms-of-trade shock amid a tense geopolitical context marked by ongoing international sanctions. Oil and gas prices remained low through the first half...

Transcript

1 Oct 2015

Keynote address at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit Senator by the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training

E&OE…

SIMON BIRMINGHAM:

The wonderfully witty and wily Mark Twain...

Commentary

Article

24 Apr 2013

A central tenet of the social contract is the individual's obligation to eschew force (with the exception of an inalienable right to self-defence) in return for collective security, with the state holding a monopoly on the use of force. After centuries of repression and violent...

Research report

25 Aug 2015

In the financial services sector, the failure of a single institution can have a compounding effect on the sector, and on national and global economies. In particular, there is systemic risk from inter-institution lending, and this effect is more complex in Australia due to the...

Research report

28 Sep 2015

The study utilised micro-level longitudinal data from Journeys Home (JH) and housing market data from the 2011 Census to econometrically model the probability of being homeless as well as the probability of entry and exit from homelessness.

Research report

3 Sep 2015

In August 2014, the Ministry of Health held a workshop to discuss strategies for achieving increased coverage of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation in the future.

This document outlines a plan for progressing and revitalising the HPV immunisation programme for 12-year-old girls. The plan uses...

Commentary

Article

1 Oct 2015

With a third of New Zealand’s two-year United Nations Security Council stint already complete, it’s timely to determine whether a distinct and consistent New Zealand view has been emerging on the Council.

Undertaking this assessment means getting through a veritable pile of statements which...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

Outlines the changing attitudes and confidence levels of Australian Homeowners and Non-Property Owners about their mortgage and the overall property market.

Summary In this edition the key findings are:

1. National homebuyer confidence reaches new post-GFC high: The HCI increased slightly...

Book

29 Sep 2015

This book is about 24 developing countries that have embarked on the journey towards universal health coverage (UHC) following a bottom-up approach, with a special focus on the poor and vulnerable, through a systematic data collection that provides practical insights to policymakers and practitioners....

Discussion paper

30 Jul 2015

Executive summary

This report by Marrickville Council and the Centre for Local Government, University of Technology Sydney (UTS:CLG) contributes to understanding of the role of creativity as a prerequisite to innovation in local government, particularly during a time of change and reform to...

Thesis

24 Jul 2015

This research explored the skills, knowledge and qualities, and professional education needs, of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) in Australia. These cultural heritage institutions have always had a role in allowing us to experience, explore and interpret our world by enabling...

Journal article

19 Aug 2015

This article compares the proximate but not parallel trajectories of Canterbury Regional Council’s (ECan) and the Christchurch City Council’s changing authority to manage the urban and natural environment from 2010 to 2015. We ask why the trajectories are so far from parallel, and speculate as...

Journal article

30 Aug 2013

Cities throughout the world regardless of location have become fast-lane conduits of money being put into buildings and other infrastructure. Levels of such investments may be inadequate and vastly inappropriate in some cities. They overreach available consumption and markets in others, but generally make cities...

Research report

19 Oct 2007

Introduction

The 1967 referendum gave the Australian Parliament the Constitutional power to make laws for all Australian people, and to take account of Aboriginal people in determining the population of Australia. From 1967, Indigenous people were counted in the Australian census and included...