November 2015

Statistics

26 Nov 2015

Presents information on the physical and monetary supply and use of water in the Australian economy in 2013-14, compiled in accordance with the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts.

Summary Water Account, Australia presents information on the physical and monetary supply and use of water...

Briefing paper

30 Sep 2015

One of the first things that any student of electricity economics learns is that electricity is not storable in meaningful quantities. This characteristic, in the context of peak electrical demands much higher than average demands, has meant that large amounts of capacity in generation, transmission...

Technical report

30 Nov 2015

The arts play a vital role in a culturally ambitious nation. Never before has there been such rapid change driven by creativity and innovation. Never before has there been more engagement, participation or curiosity about art and culture in our everyday lives.

The Technical...

Discussion paper

1 Dec 2015

Housing forms a large part of the Australian economy and is an integral part of people’s wellbeing. In addition to serving a basic human need for physical shelter, contributing to physical and psychological health and emotional security, it is a key determinant of people’s wealth...

Commentary

Article

1 Dec 2015

Despite the apparent optimism about the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and its benefits for Australia, some aspects of the agreements are very worrying.

These include that the PRC has very obviously targeted the import of Chinese labour into Australia as a key element of...

Research report

30 Nov 2015

Currently, there are as many mobile subscriptions as people in the world, and every second, 20 new mobile broadband subscriptions are activated. In addition to the increase in subscribers, data consumption also continues to rise.

Consequently, mobile data traffic in Q3 2015 was 65...

Journal article

1 Dec 2015

Objective:

To describe patterns of uptake of Indigenous-specific health assessments and associated follow-up items, and examine the barriers and enablers to delivery and billing of follow-up over the first 3 years of implementation of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (ICDP).

Design,...

Journal article

28 Oct 2014

Abstract. The quality of data derived from primary healthcare electronic systems has been subjected to little critical systematic analysis, especially in relation to the purported benefits and substantial investment in electronic information systems in primary care. Many indicators of quality of care are based...

Video

18 May 2015

This lecture was filmed on 18 May 2015 as part of the public lecture series of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at the Queensland University of Technology.

Topic: Rationing - The case of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the...

Research report

1 Dec 2015

Examines proposals to cut company tax rates by looking at the circumstances of some of the main company tax-payers, namely the top 15 listed companies in Australia.

Summary The purpose of the present paper is to critically evaluate the arguments for cutting the...

Discussion paper

9 Nov 2015

Victorians with an interest in the rental market are invited to respond to an issues paper examining how the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA) influences security of tenure for landlords and tenants.

Security of tenure refers to the degree of certainty someone has about...

Research report

30 Mar 2013

Known as the ‘Sentinel Sites Evaluation’ (SSE), this evaluation was completed over the period 2010 - 2013. The evaluation addresses the complex challenges of re-orienting services and systems to provide high quality chronic illness care. The SSE has identified some notable achievements, but there is...

Research report

25 Nov 2015

Executive Summary

Across most universities in Australia, students with a disability have been enrolling in greater numbers than ever before. However, the scholarship and research on equity in the Australian higher education sector has largely ignored the needs of these students.

The...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2015

Communications Alliance invites public comment on proposed revisions to Chapter 9 of the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code 2012. This chapter describes the Code Compliance Monitoring Framework of the TCP Code.

The proposed amendments seek to provide additional flexibility for smaller service providers in...

Research report

27 Nov 2015

Summary

The health of Australia's prisoners 2015 is the 4th report on the National Prison Health Indicators, which were developed to help monitor the health of prisoners, and to inform and evaluate the planning, delivery and quality of prison health services. It...

Book

30 Nov 2015

Overview

This monograph presents the results of archaeological research that takes a longitudinal approach to interpreting and understanding Aboriginal–European contact. It focuses on a small but unique area of tropical rainforest in far north Queensland’s Wet Tropics Bioregion, located within the traditional lands...

Research report

1 Dec 2015

Overview

Every year the taking of NAPLAN examinations and the dissemination of NAPLAN results generates considerable media coverage and community discussion about schools and school education outcomes.

This paper discusses the origins, objectives and main features of NAPLAN, and sets out its...

Research report

11 Nov 2015

Introduction

The Army Research and Development (R&D) Plan is the foundation for collection and development of decision support information that underpins Army’s modernisation. The R&D Plan has an enduring relevance to the Army’s modernisation processes. The plan streamlines the Army’s research activities while...

Research report

1 Dec 2015

The Study of gambling and health in Victoria presents findings from a 2014 exploration into participation in gambling in Victoria and the prevalence of problem and at-risk gambling.

This is the first major study to measure problem gambling in Victoria in six years. The...

Audio presentation

30 Oct 2015

In Australia, there are 3.7 million people who have never used the internet. On top of this, many Australians who do have internet access are not confident enough to do the basics. To become a truly leading, inclusive and global digital nation we need everyone...

Data portal

30 Nov 2015

Datahub is a free data management platform from the Open Knowledge Foundation, based on the CKAN data management system. CKAN is a tool for managing and publishing collections of data. It is used by national and local governments, research institutions, and other organisations which collect...

Website

29 Sep 2015

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 list the best global universities and are the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ...

Research report

14 Oct 2015

Outlines the work the National Children's Commissioner has undertaken throughout 2014-15 to promote discussion and awareness of matters relating to the human rights of children and young people in Australia.

Summary

I am pleased to present to you the Children’s Rights Report...

Research report

25 Nov 2015

Among the divides between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people in Australia, the health and life expectancy gap and the stark difference in the rates of imprisonment are among the most well-known.

It is estimated that, on average, an Indigenous male...

Research report

30 Jun 2015

The Longest Conflict draws on extensive interviews with senior military planners and security strategists in Australia, and from around the world. It finds that Australia is critically underprepared for a coming climate security crisis, bound to have disproportionate impacts in Australia, and in our...

Blog post

11 Nov 2015

Are we witnessing a major overhaul of scholarly communication rules and tools? In the last six months alone, this blog has featured posts on all phases of the research cycle. From Wikipedia (discovery) to replication (analysis), Chrome extensions for reference management (writing), the Open Library...

Data portal

30 Nov 2015

City of Melbourne’s open data platform features publicly available City of Melbourne datasets to explore, export, visualise or map.

Are you a Change Maker?

Are you interested in building evidence for a particular cause and influencing decision makers? You can use this...

Survey

30 Nov 2015

More than half of young people believe there are barriers which will prevent them reaching their goals when they leave school, according to this report.

Introduction

Demographic profile of respondents A total of 18,994 young people aged 15-19 years responded to...

Research report

15 Apr 2015

Budgeting smarter not harder proposes a balanced, sustainable, and effective fiscal consolidation package. The report highlights that the Government's approach to fiscal consolidation, throught the 2015 Intergenerational Report (IGR), is illusory. The 2015 IGR fails to provide a long-term sustainable approach to strengthening future...

Literature review

30 Aug 2015

This review examined the evidence for the effectiveness for public health interventions and identified principles and strategies which could be used in public health interventions for injured people. The review found evidence that self-efficacy and/or goal setting are potentially effective approaches that could be incorporated...

Discussion paper

12 Aug 2015

From vicious to virtuous cycles argues that farmers at the leading edge of sustainable, regenerative farm businesses are opening up exciting new opportunities for better economic and ecological performance in Australian agriculture. The report suggests that this requires breaking out of a vicious cycle...

Journal article

21 Oct 2015

Objectives: Indigenous Australians have a disproportionately high burden of chronic illness, and relatively poor access to healthcare. This paper examines how a national multicomponent programme aimed at improving prevention and management of chronic disease among Australian Indigenous people addressed various dimensions of access.

Design:...

Book

13 Nov 2015

Humanity as never before shares a common destiny, whether it be in terms of the resources of the planet, the global environment, economic integration, or the movement of peoples, ideas, cultures. For better or worse humankind is a Community of Shared Destiny.

The People’s...

Research report

11 Aug 2015

The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) is an annual grants program that provides matched funding to accredited Australian NGOs to support their work in developing countries. Funding supports projects across a range of sectors including education, health, water and sanitation, governance and economic development. Established...

Research report

24 Nov 2015

This Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) report paints a disturbing picture of vulnerable children, families and individuals who are being left without the safety net of somewhere warm and safe to sleep for the night, sometimes after having asked for help from a government agency....

Guide

31 Mar 2014

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) published the joint statement: Standards of professional excellence for teacher librarians , which outlines the professional knowledge, practice and commitment expected of teacher librarians working at a level of excellence....

Research report

24 Nov 2015

Introduction

This report presents the findings of a study to map the Library, Archives, Records, Information Management, and Knowledge Management professions in the UK. It was commissioned in 2014 by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and...

Research report

1 Nov 2015

The Moving On Study report presents the findings of research concerning the experiences of Australian gay men following diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer. The results of this study suggest a number of key considerations.

The experience of gay men diagnosed with, and treated...

Commentary

Article

14 Jul 2015

On Monday, the public hearings for Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence began.

The public hearings follow the completion of community consultations and the close of written submissions in late May. Nearly 1000 Victorians – advocates, experts and policy stakeholders – provided submissions to...

Journal article

8 Oct 2015

Purpose

To examine whether National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded articles that were archived in PubMed Central (PMC) after the release of the 2008 NIH Public Access Policy show greater scholarly impact than comparable articles not archived in PMC.

Methods...

Briefing paper

9 Nov 2015

New Zealand’s annual inflation rate, at 0.4 percent for the year ended in the September 2015 quarter, remains below the Reserve Bank’s medium term target band of 1 – 3 percent. During the year the price of cigarettes and tobacco rose by 12.6 percent, costs...

Research report

27 Nov 2015

This report makes evidence-based findings about how current levels of translation, commercialisation and collaboration in Australia could be improved and examines how international models could be applied in Australia.

19 Nov 2015

This issue of Policy Quarterly traverses a range of contemporary policy issues including the governance of Auckland, climate change, financial incentives to work, the investment approach to funding social assistance, regulatory design and stewardship, water management, special education, the implications of uncertainty for policy practice,...

Book

27 Nov 2015

The essays collected in this book are intended as an initial contribution by an emerging and open interdisciplinary research network consisting of students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and many other collaborators who share a deep interest in digital technologies and their role in improving life in Asia’s...

Evaluation

Report

27 May 2015

Place Based Income Management (PBIM) is a trial which was initiated as a part of the Better Futures, Local Solutions place-based initiatives, within the Building Australia’s Future Workforce (BAFW) package. This package is a group of initiatives which aim to assist vulnerable families and children,...

Discussion paper

25 Nov 2015

The 2015 Bougainville election was a milestone for women’s political representation. The largest-ever cohort of women candidates contested; one candidate, Josephine Getsi in Peit constituency, became the first women elected to the House of Representatives in an open seat. She joins the three women members...

Research report

1 Mar 2012

This report provides an overview of methods and approaches explored in the study, issues encountered and our findings and recommendations.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) evaluates the quality and impact of its research and data infrastructure investme nts. The Council’s Evaluation Committee...

Commentary

Article

24 Nov 2015

This article argues that the Chinese purchase of the century-long lease to the port of Darwin is part of a broader expansionist agenda of the Chinese state as it attempts to dominate the western Pacific under the “Chinese Dream” aspiration. It shows the importance of...

Website

16 Nov 2015

This snapshot takes a close look at subscription video on demand (SVOD) services in Australia, including the take-up, use and satisfaction with these services. It looks at time spent using these services and provides insights into why SVOD services are seen to be attractive, particularly...

Commentary

Article

23 Nov 2015

Digital inclusion ensures that no one is left behind as we move towards an increasingly digital future. For Social Inclusion Week 2015, we thought we'd outline why digital inclusion is vital for all Australians.

While many of us have smartphones and access to the...

Commentary

Article

26 Nov 2015

Senior federal government ministers say that welfare spending is growing too quickly. Peter Whiteford sifts the figures and comes to a different conclusion

Soon after he became social services minister in September, Christian Porter declared that he was on the “hunt for savings”...

Research report

19 Nov 2015

This publication is one of five that report on the work of the Funding, Accountability and Results (FAR) project, all published by the Lowitja Institute in 2015.

The research reported here, in summary form, is a study of reforms in primary health care for...

Research report

1 Apr 2015

Key Themes of This Report

10% of Americans own a smartphone but do not have broadband at home, and 15% own a smartphone but say that they have a limited number of options for going online other than their cell phone. Those with relatively...

Working paper

25 Nov 2015

New Zealand households are emitting 4.6 per cent less greenhouse gas than they used to. This is a fall of approximately one tonne of emissions for a two person household that spends $80,000 per year. That’s the equivalent of the emissions involved in driving from...

Research report

26 Nov 2015

This report looks at wherther it is possible to develop a rapid assessment tool to rate government departments on their use of evidence in policy decisions. The idea was to be able to compare and rank departments – to show which used evidence well and...

Literature review

Report

26 Nov 2015

This literature review collates and synthesises the published literature documenting the contributions Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) have made to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities.

It is hoped that this information will be used by the Aboriginal community controlled health sector,...

Video

26 Nov 2015

This lecture was filmed on 24 September 2015 as part of the public lecture series of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at the Queensland University of Technology.

Topic: F amily Violence as a Challenge for Public Health Law Practitioners, Researchers and...

Video

26 Nov 2015

Professor Peter Singer (Princeton) and Associate Professor Charles Camosy (Fordham University) debated the ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide at the International Conference on End of Life in Brisbane, 2014.

The conference was co-hosted by QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Dalhousie Health...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2015

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated that 304 million people in India are without access to electricity. Unsurprisingly, in a speech earlier this year, Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, stated that “universal and affordable energy access...

Research report

1 Nov 2015

Based on key findings from Environment Aotearoa 2015, this booklet includes a set of outcomes that detail the long-term environmental goals and intermediate targets that will encourage New Zealand's economic, social and cultural prosperity without compromising the environment for future generations.

Literature review

30 Jun 2015

This review examined the evidence for risks associated with assisted reproductive technology (ART). The published research does not currently allow for the estimation of the net effect of ART on pregnancy, maternal and neonatal outcomes. The best available evidence indicates that a pregnancy after ART...

Guide

28 May 2015

The ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation is a practical introduction to caring for and preserving audio collections. It is aimed at individuals and institutions that have recorded sound collections but lack the expertise in one or more areas to preserve them.

Our audio legacy...

Research report

19 Nov 2015

Summary

How much emergency department activity was there?

In 2014-15, there were about 7.4 million presentations to the 290 Australian public hospital emergency departments that reported to the National Non-Admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database; this corresponded to over 20,000 presentations...

Research report

25 Nov 2015

Overview

As the world begins negotiations at the Paris international climate negotiations next week, the majority of adult Australians (62%) say the Government should be prepared to make stronger commitments on emissions reductions in the interests of reaching a global agreement, according to...

Briefing paper

23 Nov 2015

This paper presents the state of knowledge on practices or processes used by child protection services and specialist domestic violence services or family law services to work better together and improve service responses for women and children living with and separating from family violence....

Research report

22 Nov 2015

Overview

This report looks at quantifying the rising youth unemployment problem, understanding its causes and proposing policy solutions.

Youth employment has progressively taken a hit after the Global Financial Crisis, practically doubling since mid-2008. At an average rate of 13.5% in the...

Research report

24 Nov 2015

Better targeting of superannuation contributions tax breaks could save the budget $3.9 billion a year, argues this report.

Summary

Tax breaks for superannuation contributions and earnings should be targeted more tightly at their policy purpose. The current system is expensive and unfair....

Strategy

10 Nov 2015

No country in the world has a national, evidence-based road map to prevent violence against women and their children in a coordinated way. Our Watch partnered with VicHealth and ANROWS to create Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against...

Research report

19 Nov 2015

Australia’s bushfire preparedness is under threat from climate change as bushfire seasons here and in the Northern Hemisphere increasingly overlap, putting new demands on critical shared firefighting aircraft.

This report had found that the length of the fire season increased by almost 19% globally...

Research report

25 Nov 2015

This report describes the effects of three chronic diseases - cardiovascular disease (CVD) (including coronary heart disease and stroke), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) - on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, and compares this population with the non-Indigenous population.

Higher...

Research report

24 Nov 2015

The prevalence and underlying causes of domestic violence are complex with the result that there is a great deal of confusion and misinformation reflected in the public debate. This paper provides information in a simplified format on issues surrounding domestic violence drawing from key research,...

Research report

15 Sep 2015

This report suggests that a new approach that seeks a deeper understanding of why errors occur would be more effective in encouraging safe practices in the future.

Executive Summary:

The failure to protect children from sexual abuse not only arouses shock and...

Research report

23 Nov 2015

Abstract

This report draws on insights from representatives of civil society, law enforcement and industry groups to offer fresh perspectives on the policing of extremist material online. Evidently, the Internet now serves not only as a breeding ground for extremism, but also offers...

Research report

23 Nov 2015

This study provides an assessment of Indonesia’s relations with the United States and China, with a particular focus on security-related ties.

Executive summary

A country on the rise, Indonesia upholds a flexible foreign policy that allows it to productively engage with both...

Research report

24 Nov 2015

Overview

This paper provides an overview of the best available contemporary evidence on the way news and information media portray violence against women.

In the paper studies are grouped into three broad areas of inquiry: 1) media representation (how content and discourse...

Commentary

Article

25 Nov 2015

The Commons apartment building in the inner Melbourne suburb of Brunswick has won swags of awards, including the Best of Best at the 2014 BPN Sustainability Awards. Among its many lauded attributes is its total lack of on-site car parking.

Residents get a yearly...

Video

28 Sep 2015

Overview

Use it, or lose it? That’s the question George Megalogenis thinks Australia needs to be asking itself.

In his 2012 book, The Australian Moment , Megalogenis presented a meticulous case for Australia’s social resilience and economic potential through times of global...

Research report

24 Nov 2015

By finding new ways of creating, delivering and capturing value, visionary entrepreneurs are important game-changers who defy old business models, rewrite the rules, and define new traditions in their industries. This is essential for Australia in the post mining boom economy where economic progress will...

Discussion paper

Literature review

25 Oct 2010

The social determinants of health overlap and impact women’s ability to access food. The roles women play in family life and society may exacerbate existing vulnerabilities to food insecurity, such as low financial resources which shapes their physical, mental and social wellbeing. The true impact...

Research report

19 Nov 2015

In the first years of life, not sleeping can be a very complicated, and even distressing part of life for a family. Sleeping and settling are learned skills for a baby, and they are skills that do not always come naturally. The disruption that sleep...

Commentary

Article

24 Nov 2015

This article examines the State Grid Corporation of China’s bid for the NSW electricity transmission network TransGrid. It looks at the nature of State Grid, its global acrivities and the problems it is facing. It also underlines that State Grid networks carry the communications of...

Research report

31 Oct 2013

This report offers recommendations to help ensure the physical and intellectual well-being of born-digital materials transferred from donors to archival repositories. The report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest...

Research report

23 Nov 2015

Examines the renting situation for low income households in Melbourne. The report looked at all private rental properties advertised on June 23rd to give a snapshot into the rental market for low income households.

Summary

TUV’s Melbourne Rental Affordability Bulletin illustrates the...

Research report

19 Nov 2015

The internet is an essential employment resource for many of today’s job seekers, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. A majority of U.S. adults (54%) have gone online to look for job information, 45% have applied for a job online, and job-seeking...

Research report

10 Nov 2015

Today, 68% of Americans own a smartphone of some kind and an increasing number of digital interactions occur within the context of mobile apps. Apps (short for “applications”) are programs that users can download to their smartphone or tablet computer. They can serve a nearly...

Audio podcast

24 Nov 2015

In this podcast Chris Rottler, Head of Digital Analytics of the US Peace Corps, explains how the Peace Corps uses data to understand their audience and develop content.

Conference proceedings

10 Nov 2015

This volume documents the capstone event to the seven-year Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The two-day symposium and unconference brought together more than 180 participants, including many past and current grant recipients. In the proceedings, more...

Bill

18 Nov 2015

This data sharing bill was approved by the NSW Parliament on 18 November 2015, and will enable data sharing across government agencies and support the functioning of the NSW Data Analytics Centre.

Long title: An Act with respect to the sharing of government sector...

Research report

23 Nov 2015

There has been considerable innovation in social policy in many developed countries since the mid-1990s, with a move towards more individualised packages of support for people who require assistance due to older age, disabilities, health issues and a range of other vulnerabilities. The aims of...

Website

1 Nov 2015

CC Toolkits is a project to help organize the creative work about Creative Commons (CC), for others to take or remix to help share the importance of Creative Commons with others. This site is a place to find useful information, and communicate experiences sharing CC....

Research report

16 Nov 2015

This report examines children’s media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as detailed information about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4.

The report also includes findings...

Research report

22 Nov 2015

Presents a summary of the existing laws in NSW, the proposed reforms, and some selected stakeholder views.

Introduction

Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for over 40,000 years. They have developed a rich cultural heritage which continues to have great importance to...

Journal article

4 Nov 2015

Abstract

Long-term food demand scenarios are an important tool for studying global food security and for analysing the environmental impacts of agriculture. We provide a simple and transparent method to create scenarios for future plant-based and animal-based calorie demand, using time-dependent regression models...

Commentary

Article

23 Nov 2015

Despite promising to keep Medicare Locals, the Abbott government abolished the fledgling organisations after it took office, writes economist John Thompson

Even when it had no clear policies or plans to replace them, the Abbott government seemed determined to undo many of the...

Commentary

Article

22 Nov 2015

Even before the Paris terrorist attacks, far-right groups in Europe were capitalising on anti-Muslim sentiment. In Australia there's been a surge in support for extremist organisations like the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia. Christine El-Khoury asks how far their hate will go.

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Commentary

Article

18 Nov 2015

Proceeding from the new access granted to People's Liberation Army (PLA) Naval vessels to the Malaysian port of Kota Kinabalu, the commentary asks why this should have occurred now given that Chinese ships have for years been anchored in Malaysian waters claiming them as part...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

Summary of findings

Adolescence is a time of incredibly physical, social and emotional growth, and peer relationships – especially romantic ones – are a major social focus for many youth. Understanding the role social and digital media play in these romantic relationships is...

Research report

15 Oct 2015

This report sheds light on the expertise required to support a robust and sustainable digital scholarship (DS) program.

It focuses first on defining and describing the key domain knowledge, skills, competencies, and mindsets at some of the world’s most prominent digital scholarship programs. It...

Commentary

Article

10 Nov 2015

Australia produces great research but it ranks last in the OECD tables for collaboration between researchers and business.

In a debate last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull noted that other countries with similar academic cultures are “well ahead” on industry engagement with university research....

Research report

19 Nov 2015

The Global Gender Gap Index was first introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006 as a framework for capturing the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress. This year is the 10th edition of the Index, allowing for time-series analysis on the changing...

Case study

13 Nov 2015

This volume offers a fascinating case study of the Sayyid community of Cikoang in South Sulawesi – in particular, an examination of the role of the descendants of Sayyid Jalaluddin al-‘Aidid, a Hadhrami merchant-teacher of great authority and charisma who is said to have initially...

Research report

17 Nov 2015

This report suggests predictions for the coming years with a focus on Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), digital crime and security, the future of the Internet, the future of transporatation, and cryptographic standards.

Book

13 Nov 2015

During the late eighteenth century, a musical–cultural phenomenon swept the globe. The English square piano—invented in the early 1760s by an entrepreneurial German guitar maker in London—not only became an indispensable part of social life, but also inspired the creation of an expressive and scintillating...

Briefing paper

11 Nov 2015

For decades, the armed forces have been the most powerful political institution in Myanmar. In 2008, this position was enshrined in a new constitution. Since 2011, the generals have been aiming for a controlled withdrawal from government, while retaining the Tatmadaw’s institutional independence and a...

Research report

16 Nov 2015

Immediately following the recent extremist attacks in Paris, this report provides an analysis of the kinds of people attracted to ISIS and other jihad movements from the West.

On Friday, November 13, 2015, France had its 9/11. At least 129 people were...

Journal article

13 Nov 2015

Abstract

"Public access to publicly funded research" has been one of the rallying calls of the global open access movement. Governments and public institutions around the world have mandated that publications supported by public funding sources should be publicly accessible. Publishers are experimenting with...

Journal article

18 Nov 2015

Freedoms of navigation and overflight (FON) are extremely important to Australia both economically and strategically. This is mainly because of Australia’s dependence on seaborne trade most of which passes through the archipelagos to our north and north-east. The archipelagic arc stretching from Indonesia, the Philippines...

Dataset

30 Sep 2015

This dataset contains the amount of money paid by UK higher education institutions to ten major publishers (Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Sage, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Nature Publishing Group, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Institute of Physics Publishing) for academic journals...

Data portal

20 Nov 2015

The purpose of the Western Australian Whole of Government Open Data Policy is to improve management and use of the public sector's data assets in order to deliver value and benefits for all Western Australians.

This includes greater release of appropriate and high-value data...

Research report

12 Nov 2015

This report attempts to explain why some countries produce arms on a limited scale, and what benefits they hope to accrue from that strategy.

Decisions to produce arms—even to engage in niche production—need to be continually evaluated and re-evaluated for their costs and benefits....

Discussion paper

30 Oct 2015

Indonesian extremists have a long history of online activism, but links to the Islamic State (still better known in Indonesia by its former acronym ISIS) have raised questions about whether social media usage is significantly changing patterns of radicalisation and recruitment. The answer seems to...

Research report

30 Oct 2014

Technological, economic and demographic changes have contributed to what we now accept as a 24/7 economy and the ‘standard model’ of working nine to five Monday to Friday, is generally no longer considered standard (Presser, 2003). For example, a shift from a manufacturing-based economy to...

Guide

19 Nov 2015

The people on a charity’s board make an enormous contribution to its work and to their community. Board members bring their experience, expertise and commitment to the boar table and, across Australia, are doing wonderful things for the community through these roles.

One of...

Research report

6 Nov 2015

The Independent Review of Whole-of-Government Internal Regulation (the review) was commissioned by the Secretaries Board in March 2015 in response to a perceived burgeoning of regulation within the Commonwealth public sector.

I was soon aware that many relevant government policies were already being reviewed,...

Research report

1 Aug 2015

In August 2014, the iSchool and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland launched the Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative as part of a three-year process that explores what a future MLS degree should be. That is, as we think about...

Discussion paper

Report

31 Oct 2015

Contemporary public managers find themselves under pressure on many fronts. Coming off a sustained period of growth in their funding and some complacency about their performance, they now face an environment of ferocious competitiveness abroad and austerity at home. Public managers across Australia and New...

Research report

30 Sep 2015

Overview

Reliable and valid forensic science analytic techniques are critical to a credible, fair, and evidence-based criminal justice system. There is widespread agreement that the scientific foundation of some currently available forensic science methods needs strengthening and that additional, more efficient techniques are...

Research report

18 Nov 2015

Summary

Work life balance is more of an aspiration than a reality for many Australians. Unpaid overtime is commonplace in many Australian workplaces with more than half of all workers stating they worked unpaid overtime in the week leading up to the survey....

Commentary

Article

13 Nov 2015

We are making progress in understanding some of the most elusive and debilitating conditions of modern times – the mental illnesses that account for almost a quarter of the health-related disability worldwide.

Turning technological breakthroughs such as brain imaging, genetic profiling and digital communication...

Research report

12 Nov 2015

Overview

This paper surveys the capability of the Royal Australian Navy and is an update of a previously published ADF capability review: Royal Australian Navy from 2008 and the Navy Capability Review 2010 .

Navy has made great strides in the past...

Research report

17 Nov 2015

Overview

This paper surveys the capabilities of the Australian Army and is an update of the ADF capability review: Australian Army from 2008 and the Army capability review 2010 .

The main focus of the Australian Army over the past 15 years...

Research report

13 Nov 2015

Overview

One of the most important recent developments in criminal justice has been that of ‘neighbourhood’ or ‘community’ justice. Community justice recognises the important role that local communities play in responding to crime and provides a way to engage the community in identifying...

Research report

13 Nov 2015

Overview

In recent years, governments at all levels have been faced with increasingly tight budgets and limited resources, placing greater pressure on service providers—including those involved in crime prevention and criminal justice—to demonstrate value for money. This has resulted in a growing interest...

Briefing paper

17 Nov 2015

This state of knowledge paper examines a broad range of national and international research to present the current knowledge about family violence against immigrant and refugee women.

While the paper identifies critical evidence on the topic, it acknowledges that much of the available literature...

Research report

18 Nov 2015

Examines new decision-making and business models in the not-for-profit housing sector in the face of new policy frameworks and market challenges.

Key points:

Not-for-profit (NFP) housing organisations are changing in corporate structure, business scope and geographic reach to sustain, and in some...

Research report

16 Nov 2015

Overview

This evaluation report provides insights into early implementation and initial outcomes of Work for the Dole 2014-15.

The Department of Employment commissioned an independent evaluation of the Work for the Dole 2014-15 Programme. The evaluation was conducted by The Social Research...

Interview

22 Sep 2015

What does ‘Aboriginal feminism’ look like, and how might the feminist movement better accommodate difference while still presenting a united front in the fight for broader equality? What are the most pressing issues facing Indigenous women today? Join host Maxine Beneba Clarke to discuss the...

Data portal

Website

18 Nov 2015

The GBPN’s goal is to contribute to the building sector achieving its full energy savings and CO2 mitigation potential of more than 2.1 Gt by 2030.

The GBPN was founded in 2010 with the mandate to advance knowledge and expertise globally on building energy...

Discussion paper

18 Nov 2015

Abstract

The transitional land law consultation process of 2009 implemented by the Timor-Leste government, with funding and technical support from USAID and the World Bank Justice for the Poor unit, is often hailed as one of the most consultative public policy processes in...

Commentary

Article

18 Nov 2015

A new biography reveals a complex and contentious figure, writes Michael Cannon, who worked for Murdoch in the mid 1940s

It is a curious experience to read the entrails of a man who gave you your first job as a journalist, exactly seventy...

Research report

11 Nov 2015

The Bureau of Communications Research latest Leading Indicators Report details how improved access to WiFi networks is enabling Australians to access information more conveniently. It also shows how fixed line broadband network access and application innovation, particularly streaming applications, are driving the demand for data....

Research report

30 Sep 2015

Over the last 10 years, around 15 per cent of the Australian aid budget was spent through two multilateral development banks (MDBs): the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank. Close to two-thirds of this was given as non-core funding (funding earmarked for a...

Research report

18 Nov 2015

It is widely acknowledged that there have been significant improvements in telecommunications customer service and consumer outcomes in recent years, reflecting outcomes from the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Reconnecting the Customer (RTC) public inquiry in 2010–11; the development, registration and implementation of a substantially...

Audio interview

18 Nov 2015

After every disaster or terrorist attack, it seems everyone as an opinion. And with many struggling to understand what happened in Paris, many people are taking to facebook to express their opinions and support. But just how productive is this? And how powerful is social...

Discussion paper

27 Aug 2015

During January and February of 2011 the political activity that took place in Egypt was celebrated and heralded as a positive move towards democracy and social justice. This optimism was heartfelt and as the Mubarak Regime collapsed we (Egyptian citizens) were convinced that Egypt was...

Research report

17 Nov 2015

Assesses student ICT knowledge, understanding and skills, as well as students’ ability to use ICT creatively, critically and responsibly.

Introduction This report is based on the fourth cycle of national assessments in information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, which was conducted in October...

Research report

10 Nov 2015

This report, a product of Indonesian and Australian collaborators, provides an evidence-based argument that the opportunities to capture a significant part of a multi-trillion dollar market are real and that capturing them through combining, creating and selling are, in the words of ANZ CEO Mike...

Research report

16 Nov 2015

Overview

DNA evidence has made a significant contribution to criminal investigations in Australia and around the world since it was widely adopted in the 1990s. The direct matching of DNA profiles, such as comparing one obtained from a crime scene with one obtained...

Briefing paper

10 Nov 2015

New research shows that the gap between where companies pay tax and where they really do their business is huge. In 2012, US multinationals alone shifted $500–700bn, mostly to countries where these profits are not taxed, or taxed at very low rates. G20 countries themselves...

Research report

12 Jan 2015

The Australia Benchmark Report provides rich data demonstrating why there is no better place than Australia to do business. The report examines five key reasons for investing in Australia – growth, innovation, talent, location and business – and compares Australia’s credentials with other countries.

Research report

17 Nov 2015

This is the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index, which provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 15 years with a special emphasis on 2014.

This report provides a detailed analysis of the changing...

Journal article

10 Nov 2015

When Welfare to Work activities for single parents were first introduced in the 2005 Commonwealth Budget, the primary claim was that these measures would increase individual wellbeing. A decade on, the veracity of this claim has yet to be comprehensively assessed. In this article, we...

Data portal

17 Nov 2015

Measures the impact of terrorism in 162 countries. To account for the lasting effects of terrorism, each country is given a score that represents a five year weighted average.

Book

22 Apr 2015

The massive increase in digital information in the last decade has created new requirements for institutional and technological structures and workforce skills. Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation focuses on education and training needs to meet the demands for access to and meaningful use of...

Research report

1 Nov 2015

This research discovers that G20 country governments’ support to fossil fuel production marries bad economics with potentially disastrous consequences for climate change. In effect, governments are propping up the production of oil, gas and coal, much of which cannot be used if the world is...

Dataset

1 Nov 2015

G20 countries are among the largest shareholders of most major multilateral development banks, including the various branches of the World Bank Group, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development...

Research report

16 Nov 2015

The findings included in this report illustrate how some behaviors have changed as new technologies emerge while other behaviors remain constant. We have heard from our study participants time and time again that there are more convenient and familiar ways of getting information today than...

Journal article

12 Nov 2015

Torres Strait Islander traditional adoption has been the subject of political and legal debate for decades. While the law has given consideration and limited recognition to Torres Strait Islander adoption, the case of Eatts v Gundy (‘ Eatts ’) in Queensland raises once more the...

Commentary

Article

29 Oct 2015

This month, nearly 1,000 doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne publicly protested the government’s policy of placing children in immigration detention. Doctors refused to discharge a woman and her child to the Department of Immigration, stating that this would be...

Discussion paper

24 Apr 2015

Introduction

This white paper describes uses for usage statistics, altmetrics, and other quantitative and qualitative impact metrics in the context of services for digital special collections (DSCs) and institutional repositories (IRs) stewarded by academic libraries.

First, we articulate a problem statement, which describes...

Research report

30 Apr 2015

Introduction

StartupAUS released the Crossroads report in April 2014. Crossroads is the most detailed review ever undertaken of the Australian startup ecosystem, and includes a comprehensive analysis of the environment that affects startups both in Australia and overseas. It provides a concrete and...

Research report

1 Nov 2015

Executive summary

This report reflects the work of the Freedom Online Coalition’s Working Group 3 “Privacy and Transparency Online”, carried out between August 2014 and May 2015. The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) is a partnership of 28 governments, working to advance Internet freedom...

Research report

16 Nov 2015

This report details a new peer grouping for Australian public and private hospitals.

Summary: This publication details a new peer grouping for Australian public and private hospitals. It has been developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in consultation with...

Journal article

6 Nov 2015

The aim of this study was to establish the role of academic libraries in the context of open access (OA) journal publishing, based on the perceived needs of the journals and/or their editors. As a study sample, 14 OA journals affiliated to the University of...

Commentary

Article

16 Nov 2015

The “13/11” massacre reveals the scale of the ISIS threat. That makes a coherent response vital

“The bomber will always get through.” In the deep valley of the 1930s, a phrase used by the British conservative politician Stanley Baldwin came to stand for...

Commentary

Article

16 Nov 2015

In the face of the attacks in Paris and Beirut, the philosophical heritage of stoicism carries a radical challenge

In the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, the messages in the French newspapers were mixed. Editorials in Le Figaro, Sud-ouest and Le Parisien...

Commentary

Article

15 Nov 2015

Myanmar’s election came down to a vote against authoritarianism. This week the National League for Democracy, president Thein Sein and the military will begin mapping the transition

The final tallies in Myanmar’s 8 November general election are still trickling in – ballots are...

Commentary

Article

13 Nov 2015

The government faces a paradox, writes Tim Colebatch. It needs to stop the tax debate from running out of control but that means making unpopular decisions.

Malcolm Turnbull’s honeymoon with the Australian electorate has felt like a liberation; but it can’t last forever. His...

Research report

30 Sep 2014

This ALIA report gives educators, employers and students greater clarity about the education and employment landscape in Australia in 2014. Key points:

In 2014, there were 26 institutions delivering 39 ALIA accredited courses around Australia. There were approximately 4,800 students studying for an LIS...

Research report

12 Nov 2015

Summary: Clear audit opinions were issued for the 87 public hospitals and their 19 controlled entities for the financial year ending 30 June 2015. These entities make up the Victorian public hospital sector.

The sector generated a net deficit from operations (which excludes...

Research report

13 Nov 2015

Examines and identifies future options for the intake of temporary and permanent entrants that improve the income, wealth and living standards of Australian citizens.

Background

The intake of temporary and permanent entrants is currently regulated through a mix of qualitative requirements (e.g....

Survey

12 Nov 2015

90 per cent of interns work for free or below the minimum wage, according to this report

Summary

In 2015, Interns Australia conducted a survey of 503 respondents on their experiences with internships. The online survey was conducted over a period...

Evaluation

13 Mar 2015

Whether it’s the Ebola outbreak in West Africa or cholera in Haiti, health emergencies present particular challenges for United Nations peace operations. UN peacekeepers can contribute to a host population’s health by facilitating access for humanitarian aid agencies or delivering health assistance directly. But they...

Research report

11 Nov 2015

Fewer Australian children walking or cycling to school today than ever before, according to this report.

ACTIVE TRANSPORT – WHAT? HOW? AND WHY?

When moving from place to place, people can get to where they are going using either passive transport (e.g....

Working paper

13 Nov 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the inter-connection of many devices and objects utilising internet protocols, and it is yet another phase in the convergence of communications and its role as a fundamental enabler within the wider economy.

While there are many different...

Guide

15 Mar 2014

There are fewer barriers than ever before for those who wish to build something on the web, whether an online journal, a website with tools for teaching, or a digitised collection of rare and unique materials. Today’s builders may be individuals, institutions or social enterprises,...

Briefing paper

21 Oct 2015

The Department of Education & Training (DET) is responsible for providing an effective, efficient and accessible birth-to-adulthood learning and development system that supports students and service providers across Victoria. Its 10-year goal is to become a world leader in learning and development.

DET is...

Video

9 Nov 2015

Is the solution to housing affordability in Sydney and other Australian cities more supply? Recent evidence from Sydney does not seem to support this suggestion. Professor Murphy will examine the relationship between housing supply and house prices and draw conclusions for housing policy-makers.

While...

Briefing paper

12 Nov 2015

Summary: The Australian government has recently approved Adani’s Carmichael coal project. If built, it would be the biggest coal mine in Australia. This briefing note puts the vast scale of Carmichael into context.

The mine pits themselves would be 40km long and 10km...

Journal article

7 Oct 2015

On 11 December 2005 at Sydney’s Cronulla Beach about 5000 Australians, mostly young men from Sutherland Shire, wrapped themselves in Australian flags and asserted that Cronulla Beach belonged to them through abusive language against Lebanese Australians. Subsequently, on 12 December 2005 a group of Australians...

Research report

9 Nov 2015

The tremors of the global financial crisis, and its enduring impact on youth unemployment rates in Australia, have been felt differently by the nation’s young men and young women.

Both groups have been under intense pressure in their job search: the unemployment rate for...

Journal article

16 Jun 2015

This paper examines how the Melbourne's Islamic Museum of Australia tells a story of an “Australian Islam” through its use of material and artistic objects; how it symbolizes and synthesizes the assumed binary of East and West, through spatial expressions that narrate a religious community's...

Journal article

5 Feb 2014

In 2010, the French parliament passed legislation banning the concealment of the face in public in response to a highly publicised debate over the place of the full-face Islamic veil in French society. This essay explores the thus far unexamined relationship between Jewish-French philosopher Emmanual...

Journal article

25 Sep 2013

This mixed method systematic review appraises the individual, familial and systemic effect of 9/11 and the war on terror for majority and minority children and youth in North America. The results highlight the broad social consequences of the socio-political transformations associated with the terror context,...

Journal article

17 Jul 2014

The civil war in Somalia forced many Somalis to migrate to other countries where they had to adapt to new cultures and learn new languages. At the same time, they retained the identity and culture that were important to them throughout the process of migration....

Research report

10 Nov 2015

Overview

This report presents information on ear and hearing health outreach services funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and delivered by the Northern Territory Department of Health between July 2012 and June 2015 to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and...

Research report

11 Nov 2015

Overview

This report examines the pilot year collection of radiotherapy waiting times for 2013-14.

In 2013-14, radiotherapy was delivered at 72 different locations across Australia:

53 of these reported data to this collection 37 out of 38 public radiotherapy providers contributed...

Research report

2 Sep 2015

On July 31st 2015 the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa and Te Rōpū Whakahau co-hosted Taking Libraries to 2025: The Future of Libraries Summit at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.

Aimed at driving greater collaboration in the sector this future...

Guide

5 Nov 2015

Introduction

The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, hereafter ‘Burma’, announced in July this year that it would hold elections for national, state, and regional parliaments on 8 November 2015. As this has the potential to be Burma’s first credible...

Research report

9 Nov 2015

Introduction

Although political families are sometimes viewed pejoratively as ‘dynasties’ perhaps, as political scientist Professor John Warhurst proposes, there is ‘a political gene that not only attracts members of the same family to politics but gives them the personal attributes to succeed’. In...

Research report

11 Nov 2015

This report provides an Australia-wide review of National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) programs which assist clients to access and maintain a social housing tenancy or support existing social housing tenants at risk of homelessness maintain their tenancies. The report examines the background of presenting...

Survey

9 Nov 2015

Introduction

In 2015, just under half (43%) the world’s population has an Internet connection: 3.2 billion people, compared to 2.9 billion in July 2014.

The Internet brings communications, shopping, entertainment, news, education, work and more to anyone, anytime, anywhere and on any...

Research report

10 Nov 2015

There has been little research conducted on the experiences of migrant sex workers both internationally and within Australia. This is despite widespread media and other reports highlighting the perception of migrant sex workers as particularly vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking. This report focuses on...

Statistics

10 Nov 2015

Examines the challenges young people are facing in getting a start in the workforce and how prepared they are for the rapidly changing world of work.

Summary FYA’s Annual Report Card on How are young people faring in the transition from school to...

Research report

5 Nov 2015

Overview

Queensland Women 2015 provides an evidence base to report and assess equality of outcomes between women and men in Queensland.

Through an analysis of state-based, gender disaggregated statistics across a range of nationally and internationally recognised indicators for women, Queensland...

Discussion paper

6 Nov 2015

This consultation contains proposals to reshape the higher education landscape to have students at its heart. Its core aims are to raise teaching standards, provide greater focus on graduate employability, widen participation in higher education, and open up the sector to new high-quality entrants....

Commentary

Article

11 Nov 2015

It is oppressive and impractical to compel everyone to make English their first language, argues George Vasilev against Helen Kroger's recent claim that Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs are descending into ethnic ghettoisation.

"Politicians who resort to this strategy are interested not in offering policies justifiable...

Policy

10 Nov 2015

A new Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice has been registered, submitted by Free TV, the industry group representing commercial free-to-air broadcasters.

Summary

A key difference in the new code is a move to less restrictive time zones, with the changes permitting...

Commentary

Article

9 Nov 2015

Elections took place in Myanmar over the weekend, marking the country’s first free nationwide poll in 25 years. Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, has described the elections as “a watershed moment in the democratic transition of Myanmar”, capturing the...

Audio program

19 Oct 2015

People have collected and kept animals for thousands of years. During the eighteenth and nineteenth century, what had been called menageries—often royal collections—gave way to zoos, where live specimens were collected for study.

Although some zoos—like the London Zoo—were established specifically for scientific research,...

Submission

7 Oct 2015

Overview

In August, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of person with disabilities released a Questionnaire focused on “the right of persons with disabilities to participation in decision-making” – that is, decision making at a legislative, policy or organisational level, through consultation, engagement...

Commentary

Article

6 Nov 2015

International students pay up to 400 per cent more than Australians when it comes to higher education. The reason, according to former neuroscientist Peter Osborne, has nothing to do with taxes and everything to do with enforcing national privilege.

A university education,...

Research report

10 Nov 2015

Overview

This report explores the key border security concepts and emergent policy challenges that will impact on Australia's border security policy.

Effective border security allows for the seamless legitimate movement of people and goods across Australia’s borders, which is critical to enhancing...

Submission

27 Jul 2015

Advocacy for Inclusion welcomed the review of ACT Guardianship arrangements for adult people with disabilities- as it has long been advocating for major changes to both the laws of guardianship and how it works in practice. (See our past policy work on Decision Making). The...

Commentary

Article

10 Nov 2015

The dismissal of Gough Whitlam's Labor government brought an end to the political deadlock of 1975, but not the controversy surrounding it. Political biographers Jenny Hocking and Margaret Simons talk through some of the issues that remain contentious, four decades on.

On...

Commentary

Article

11 Nov 2015

An account of the creation of an armed militia within the Chinese company Landbridge, underlining the close links between the People's Liberation Army and this company which has secured a 99-year lease over the Port of Darwin

Research report

11 Jun 2013

Advocacy for Inclusion was approached by Disability ACT in June 2012 to assist with preparations for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). After some consideration Advocacy for Inclusion decided to undertake a research project on the readiness of people with disabilities to exercise control and...

Submission

30 Apr 2015

Advocacy for Inclusion is a not-for-profit non-government community organisation in the Australian Capital Territory. We provide individual, self and systemic advocacy to people with disabilities to promote their human rights and inclusion in the community. We work alongside people with disabilities to help them address...

Policy

11 Nov 2015

This policy seeks to improve knowledge sharing across Australian emergency management organisations about the effective uses of social media for crisis communication. It suggests the establishment of a support framework that provides guidance and direction on methods to promote and maintain effective information flows, to...

Commentary

Article

11 Nov 2015

As the worst bushfires seen for generations in New South Wales raged across the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and the Central Coast two years ago, people urgently needed fast, reliable information – and many turned to their phones to get it.

The NSW Rural...

Briefing paper

5 Nov 2015

Increases in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) are being advocated to help fund services provided by the States such as health care; to replace other indirect taxes such as Stamp Duties or Payroll Taxes; or to pay for income or company tax cuts....

Discussion paper

30 Sep 2015

Abstract

Digital technologies are radically changing how enterprises run, arguably with greater and deeper impact than that of any previous IT evolution. Many industries – and their competitive dynamics – will be forever altered.

There are challenges, however. The surge of digital...

Working paper

30 Oct 2015

Pakistan is a country much in focus today. This is not just because of the myriad challenges it confronts. It is also because of its immense potential. A nuclear armed nation, with an overwhelming Muslim majority population, it is often in the news, but, alas,...

Working paper

30 Oct 2015

In this essay I will concentrate on economics, my discipline and the one that I have practised not only in Pakistan but in four dozen countries around the world. However, I have learned from this experience that economics should not be separated from other social...

Submission

5 Jul 2015

This Review is the first time for ECCV to review progress in the national harmonisation of energy regulation and we see value in learning about this transition and its effect on culturally diverse Victorians. This is also a policy evaluation and commentary. It does not...

Research report

1 Nov 2015

The first World Trends report in 2014 filled an important gap in contemporary media and communications research. While other studies and reports offered snapshots of specific dimensions or regions, UNESCO’s World Trends was the first to present a systematic trend analysis of the multiple aspects...

Journal article

5 Nov 2015

News reporting, in channels such as broadcast and print media, on obesity as an issue has increased dramatically in the last decade. A qualitative study, in which we used in-depth interviews and thematic analysis, was undertaken to explore 142 obese individuals’ perceptions of, and responses...

Research report

10 Nov 2015

Executive summary

The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol recommend that “for children

and young people under 18 years of age, not drinking alcohol is the safest option”. However, in Australia the majority of children have tried alcohol by...

Commentary

9 Nov 2015

At first, the TPP promises much. It claims to stand for the interests of workers, all businesses, consumers and the poor. It aims to further integrate 12 economies of the Pacific Rim through trade liberalisation, increasing sustainable growth, building opportunities for businesses and consumers, and...

Briefing paper

10 Nov 2015

Estimates show that 6.5 million Australians with family or friends overseas rely on money transfer services. From 2013 to 2015 the major Australian banks closed their remittance accounts with a devastating effect on Victorian communities with overseas families dependent on remittances. That decision continues to...

Journal article

1 Dec 2013

Centuries of anti-Arab stigma continue to haunt Franco-Maghrebians, the descendants of ex-colonial French North African migrants born and brought up in France. Franco-Maghrebians’ anti-colonial civic resistances (riots) against decades of segregation are dismissed as evidence of their alleged Islamicization and communitarianism. Focussing on Azouz Begag’s...

Journal article

26 Jul 2013

Canada is often characterized as a multicultural country with two official languages associated with two official population groups: the national majority of white, anglophone Canadians and the national minority of white, francophone Quebecers. Racialized minorities, including immigrants, are situated as the third node in the...

Policy

6 Nov 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) that will liberalise trade and investment between 12 Pacific-rim countries: New Zealand, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.

As the Depositary of the TPP...

Commentary

Article

30 Oct 2015

It’s seventy years since France introduced major social security laws. Daniel Nethery was there for the celebration

“Social security has irreversibly changed our country,” declared Marisol Touraine, minister for social security and women’s rights, as she opened the official celebration of the seventieth...

Commentary

Article

6 Nov 2015

Election victories in Britain and Canada show the Labor Party where more work is needed

Voters in Britain gave election watchers a shock in May. Not because David Cameron survived as prime minister – despite the post-election rewrites, a Labour victory hadn’t been...

Audio podcast

5 Nov 2015

With the recent political explosion in Australia – the dumping of yet another prime minister – came an avalanche of political interviews. But how much did we learn from these public interrogations? Have political interviews infused with intense media management run out of puff? With...

Blog post

9 Nov 2015

This study examines the 99-year lease to Darwin Port sold to Chinese firm Landbridge. It suggests that the examination of the security concerns of this deal by the Australian Government were excessively perfunctory, probably because the company was listed as a "private enterprise". This claim...

Website

20 Oct 2015

The Australian Curriculum sets the expectations for what all Australian students should be taught, regardless of where they live or their background. For F-10, it means that students now have access to the same content, and their achievements can be judged against consistent national standards....

Discussion paper

31 Oct 2015

Education makes a crucial contribution to the development and wellbeing of all children and young people and is an important gateway to future employment and life opportunities. For children and young people growing up in out-of-home care, education can provide a pathway out of disadvantage....

Research report

10 Mar 2015

The purpose of this research project was for the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) to establish a greater understanding of the use of archived websites by university academics, and to explore the future direction for web archiving in New Zealand. The Library has been...

Research report

27 May 2008

In April 2007, New Zealand introduced the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) program, which allows NZ employers to recruit overseas workers from the Pacific and South East Asia for seasonal work in horticulture and viticulture. Over the last year, New Zealand has opened its doors to...

Submission

30 Apr 2015

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the voice of Multicultural Victoria. It is a member driven organization with a statewide leadership role in lobbying all levels of government on behalf of multicultural communities in areas such as employment, education, health, disability, child protection,...

Research report

26 Oct 2015

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has today released its 2014–15 Annual Report. The report highlights the OAIC’s significant achievements in privacy and freedom of information (FOI) regulation.

‘In terms of our privacy functions, the OAIC’s focus this year was on working...

Statistics

29 Oct 2015

This publication brings together statistics for live births and fertility in Australia. Data refer to births registered during the calendar year shown, unless otherwise stated. State or territory relates to the state or territory of usual residence, unless otherwise stated.

This issue contains a...

Research report

6 Nov 2015

The development of this report was initiated by the Summer Foundation, in conjunction with the Abbotsford Housing Demonstration Project collaborating agencies – Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL), Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Residential Independence Pty Ltd (RIPL) and annecto, the people network. The report is intended...

Research report

1 Oct 2015

Behind the biggest success stories of digitally enabled businesses – from Amazon to Uber to GE’s Industrial Internet – there is another story: business process operations agilely engineered to scale and learn in an unprecedented way. Yet the story most often told is oriented toward...

Research report

5 Nov 2015

Foreword

Forty years ago, the Commonwealth Parliament enacted the first federal human rights and discrimination legislation. The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) was a landmark in Australian race relations. Enacted shortly after the formal abandonment of the White Australia policy, it was a legislative...

Working paper

30 Oct 2015

Islamisation of laws in Pakistan has been severally explained as a revival of Islam, as the implementation of the vision of Pakistan formulated as Objective Resolution in 1949 passed by the Constituent Assembly soon after its independence in 1949. It is justified as a requirement...

Working paper

30 Oct 2015

This paper has two overarching concerns, namely, examining the performance of the national and state governments in advancing social and economic development of socio-religious communities in India; and identifying the institutions and policies necessary for the government to ensure the constitutional right of all Indian...

Research report

5 Nov 2015

INTRODUCTION

This paper provides the distributional household impact of the existing Goods and Services Tax (GST) and a range of alternatives for expanding the rate and breadth of the GST.

The GST is expected to have collected around $59 billion in the 2015-16...

Research report

5 Oct 2015

This report is the result of exploratory research the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) commissioned the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University, to undertake. The study examines the nature of relations between parents and adolescents in newly-arrived migrant communities in...

Research report

5 Jun 2015

In a bid to draw attention to the often overlooked health-related issues affecting men from culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD), the ECCV Health Policy Sub-committee decided that its main focus would be on this in 2014. A roundtable discussion, ‘Men’s health matter because men...

Submission

5 Nov 2015

Recently the ECCV was requested to review the Essential Services Commission’s (ESC) draft report Supporting Customers, Avoiding Labels: Energy Hardship Inquiry Report, September 2015. While ECCV understands that the term ‘vulnerable’ can sometimes be abused, the significant changes proposed by the ESC’s draft report will...

Submission

5 Jun 2015

This submission is informed by several roundtables and community consultations on family violence and elder abuse ECCV has conducted since 2012. These consultations included representatives from ethno-specific family violence services, ethno-specific family and children services, ethno-specific aged care providers, ethno-specific senior groups and representatives from...

Transcript

28 Oct 2015

In a presentation delivered to the Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit on Wednesday 28 October 2015, Mitchell Professorial Fellow Peter Noonan proposes a new model for tertiary education funding in Australia.

In this presentation, Professor Noonan:

explained why Australia needs to consider...

Discussion paper

5 Apr 2015

This discussion paper highlights the need for a fair and equitable procedure for the recognition of overseas qualifications. It is based on the ECCV community consultation forum Qualified but not Recognised and highlights the participants’ contributions. An overview of the policy context is given, with...

Briefing paper

15 May 2015

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) is a peak advocacy organisation for Victorian ethnic and multicultural groups. ECCV has identified intergenerational issues as some of the settlement challenges and impacts of migration and displacement on families.

ECCV conducted two Roundtable Discussions on intergenerational relationships...

Briefing paper

22 Jun 2015

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the peak advocacy organisation for ethnic and multicultural groups in Victoria. Our policy briefs provide succinct information about key findings from our consultations which range from direct community submissions as well as our own roundtable discussions and...

Briefing paper

10 Aug 2015

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the peak advocacy organisation for ethnic and multicultural groups in Victoria. This social cohesion policy brief is the second of a two part discussion addressing community concern over future government ‘deradicalisation’ initiatives. After the implementation of the...

Briefing paper

2 Nov 2015

ECCV is the peak advocacy organisation for ethnic and multicultural groups in Victoria. An invitation-only roundtable was held with Australian Muslim mothers in the south eastern suburban area of Melbourne, to discuss their recent experiences. A group of 14 Afghan women, supported by a Foundation...

Journal article

30 Sep 2015

Advances in geographic information systems (GIS) and increased availability of routinely collected data have the potential to contribute to public health and health services research.

The aim of this feasibility study was to explore the use of GIS to measure access to general practices...

Research report

3 Nov 2015

Introduction

This report presents the findings of a longitudinal study of Australians from 2010 to 2014, comprised of five national surveys conducted annually in July and August of each year. The surveys formed part of a research program investigating the ways in which...

Research report

29 Oct 2015

In the past, housing policy-makers have argued that housing is a social, rather than an economic, investment. However, problems with the housing market may be constraining national growth and imposing costs on the public purse (e.g. homelessness impacts on health budgets).

Published research suggests...

Research report

2 Nov 2015

Overview

The NSW adult prison population grew by 14 per cent between October 2014 and September 2015, reaching a new record high in September this year of 11,801. This brings the total increase in the NSW adult prison population over the last two...

Research report

30 Oct 2015

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Research Fellow Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan examines how Arab Gulf States, led by Saudi Arabia, are responding to the Obama administration’s less interventionist approach to the Middle East by adopting a more assertive regional policy aimed at containing Iran diplomatically...

Research report

29 Oct 2015

G20 engagement group representatives from Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20), and Youth (Y20) have contributed to the 18th issue of the G20 Monitor. The representatives address how their groups have contributed to the G20 process in 2015, their...

Research report

29 Oct 2015

Summary

This third national report on the Indigenous primary health care national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) data collection presents information on indicators collected over 6 reporting periods between June 2012 and December 2014. Data for this collection are provided to the AIHW 6-monthly...

Research report

27 Oct 2015

Using available national data to understand the characteristics of children and young people who are both in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision, and their pathways through these systems, would assist support staff, case workers and policy makers to achieve optimal outcomes...

Research report

29 Oct 2015

Recent reports in both the general and scientific media show there is increasing concern within the biomedical research community about the lack of reproducibility of key research findings. If too many results are irreproducible, it could hinder scientific progress, delay translation into clinical applications and...

Research report

3 Nov 2015

Overview

This paper reviews the capability of the RAAF, and concludes that the service has been remarkably successful in winning government support for its acquisitions. More importantly, the money has turned into real capability. There are a couple of areas where more work...

Research report

3 Nov 2015

This paper briefly outlines the functions performed by the Auditor-General, the significance of the Auditor-General’s independence, and some possible issues for the new Auditor-General.

Executive summary

Following the appointment in June 2015 of Mr Grant Hehir to a ten-year term as the...

Research report

30 Oct 2015

A well implemented and fully utilised electronic health record system should strengthen a health system by improving quality and safety, ensuring continuity of care and improved health outcomes as well as reducing waste and inefficiency in the health system.

Australia chose to pursue a...

Video

8 Oct 2015

Overview

We’re quizzing Australia’s leading editors on the performance of journalism in Australia over the past year. What major issues did journalists confront in 2015, and what are the challenges in 2016 and beyond? Will we award them an A+, or suggest they...

Audio program

1 Nov 2015

Overview

In 2013, then opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull pledged to ditch Labor's fibre-to-the-premises national broadband network and replace it with a mix of technologies including upgraded copper wires and pay TV cables.

Now, despite a blowout in the cost of his...

Journal article

28 Oct 2015

This paper argues that Australia would be wise to look outward and consider the lessons and experiences from other countries to determine how to best expand Australia’s existing deradicalisation programs.

Abstract

In the coming years, Australia will face a cohort of violent...

Research report

12 Oct 2015

House price rises have underpinned the continuation of positive headline economic results over the past year or so, flowing onto other areas of the NSW economy, in particular residential construction.

Summary

The continued surge in house prices was the major story to...

Guide

1 Oct 2015

This resource is intended for dietitians and nutritionists who are new to the area of Indigenous health in Australia and would like to learn more about working with this diverse cultural group. The resource is not just for students or new graduates; it is applicable...

Research report

29 Oct 2015

Today, 68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011, and tablet computer ownership has edged up to 45% among adults, according to newly released survey data from the Pew Research Center. Smartphone ownership is nearing the saturation point with some groups:...

Website

1 Nov 2015

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is partnering with Pollenizer, an established Australian incubator, to deliver DataStart – an open data initiative to support data-driven innovation in Australia.

Data-driven innovation added approximately $67 billion to the Australian economy in 2013. It is...

Research report

3 Nov 2015

This paper argues that Internet governance bodies give little consideration to children’s rights, despite growing calls from international child rights organizations to address their rights in the digital age. Typically, when children are acknowledged it is in the context of child protection while their rights...

Research report

3 Nov 2015

This is a large-scale study that explores young people's use of the full range of media and technology. It offers a comprehensive picture of the use of media by kids, age 8 to 18 in the U.S., including the level of enjoyment, frequency of use,...

Research report

28 Oct 2015

Beyond the metropoles: the Asian presence in small city New Zealand examines the impacts and trends of Asian migration in six areas: Invercargill and Southland; Queenstown; Nelson; Napier-Hastings; Rotorua; Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty.

The report provides an overview of demographic change in...

Research report

15 Oct 2015

There is a growing interest in social investment in Australia, where investors see a positive social benefit as well as a financial return. Government and philanthropy alone do not have the resources to build the number of housing and support options needed to resolve the...

Research report

1 Nov 2015

More than $2 billion in surpluses from teaching are being used to fund research in Australian universities, according to this report.

Summary More than $2 billion in surpluses from teaching are being used to fund research in Australian universities. On a conservative estimate,...

Case study

2 Nov 2015

OVERVIEW

The energy and resources sector has a strong presence in the more remote regions of Australia and is now the largest private sector employer of Indigenous people. While there have been notable gains over the last decade, there is still more that...

Discussion paper

2 Sep 2011

Abstract

Over the last three decades, the financing and provision of care and support services for disabled adults has undergone profound and ongoing change in advanced welfare states. Despite national variations in contemporary care and support systems, common characteristics of the ‘mixed economy...

Research report

2 Nov 2015

Provides a new interpretation of Sydney and Melbourne’s housing affordability crisis. It is based on new household and dwelling projections for Sydney and Melbourne for the period 2012 to 2022.

Executive summary

Sydney and Melbourne face a serious housing crisis. The shortage...

Research report

1 Nov 2015

This report discusses how Australian organisations approach managed services and hybrid IT, including strategies, approaches, and barriers.

Methodology

What

The Australian Hybrid IT Adoption Index provides a snapshot of how Australian organisations approach managed IT services and hybrid IT, including...

Research report

30 Oct 2015

The latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in New South Wales are faring according to a range of measures of health status and outcomes, determinants of health and health system performance.

Summary

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Research report

2 Nov 2015

This report considers the circumstances in which a person can lawfully use force in self-defence, in particular how the law should treat mistaken beliefs in the need for self-defence arising from delusions caused by mental illness, heightened perceptions of danger produced by psychological factors, intoxication...

Research report

22 Oct 2015

The UTS Centre for Local Government in partnership with the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia have released a new report that investigates the activities and programs seven councils have put in place to provide support for newly-arrived...

Research report

28 Oct 2015

Freedom on the Net 2015 finds internet freedom around the world in decline for a fifth consecutive year as more governments censored information of public interest while also expanding surveillance and cracking down on privacy tools.

Content removals increased: Authorities in 42 of the...

Discussion paper

2 Nov 2015

One of China’s two millennial goals, which mark the hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Party, is to complete a transition to what it calls a ‘middle income’ country by 2020-21.

A key challenge will be to achieve a good, all round...