May 2016

Briefing paper

30 May 2016

Prior research has identified that a number of factors are associated with an increased risk of recidivism amongst perpetrators of domestic violence and that the risk assessment tools currently available have limited statistical capacity to accurately predict recidivism. In Victoria, police complete a risk assessment...

Research report

28 Feb 2012

Although many countries are aggressively implementing the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, there is a lack of empirical evidence on its effects. This paper presents the impact of the first large-scale randomized evaluation of the OLPC program, using data collected after 15 months of...

Research report

15 Mar 2016

Realising the benefits of Australia’s world-class research system requires translation of its outputs into economic and societal benefits. The effective translation of research will be at the core of Australia’s future competitiveness and prosperity.

In mid-2014 a group of ATSE Fellows, concerned by the...

Working paper

1 Feb 2001

We contend that as Internet penetration increases, students of inequality of access to the new information technologies should shift their attention from the “digital divide” --- inequality between “haves” and “have-nots” differentiated by dichotomous measures of access to or use of the new technologies ---...

Book

1 Jan 2015

The rapid development of the information society has accentuated the importance of digital divides, which refer to economic and social inequalities among populations due to differences in access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICT). This book discusses the current state...

Journal article

31 Oct 2007

The purpose of this study was to document typical use and configuration of 1:1 computing in two schools focusing on the added value and unique challenges these uses present. A qualitative case study design was used in two middle schools (sixth, seventh and eighth grade)...

Research report

15 Jul 2015

The National Survey of Research Commercialisation (NSRC) is a national survey on the research engagement and commercialisation activities of publicly funded research organisations in Australia. It is the primary source of information on the publicly funded research sector’s efforts to collaborate with industry to transfer...

Chapter

4 Jan 2015

The example of Australian broadband policy touches on a central concern of digital divide debates, namely the relationship between socio-economic factors and internet adoption, which scholars and experts have long argued determine the digital divide, leading them to conclude that infrastructure provision will not, on...

Journal article

30 Jun 2012

There is no clear theoretical prediction regarding whether home computers are an important input in the educational production function. To investigate the hypothesis, we conduct a field experiment involving the random provision of free computers to low-income community college students for home use. Although estimates...

Other text

31 May 2014

Since the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) in 1991 there has been a significant rise in the prison population of Indigenous peoples in Australia. There has been an even sharper rise in the number of Indigenous peoples in custody....

Journal article

26 Jan 2012

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program has sought to transform education by developing and distributing to low-income children around the world an inexpensive computer with an in- novative interface and applications. This article investigates the implementation of OLPC in Birmingham, Alabama, where some 15,000...

Fact sheet

31 May 2016

This five-page fact sheet is a reference guide which complements The Small Business Sector Report 2014 . It brings together previously released data from a range of Statistics New Zealand business surveys and summarises the results relating to small enterprises.

Journal article

31 Aug 2007

Whereas recent studies show that the size of the Digital Divide has been shrinking for many groups, this article explores whether social-economic factors explain the racial, geographic, and gender divides. Rural, minority, and female respondents were less likely to have home computers or to be...

Journal article

7 Aug 2007

Little academic and policy attention has addressed the `digital divide' among children and young people. This article analyses findings from a national survey of UK 9—19-year-olds that reveal inequalities by age, gender and socioeconomic status in relation to their quality of access to and use...

Research report

26 May 2016

Examines how well the department targets early childhood education funding towards achieving the NSW Government’s universal access objective and performance benchmarks.

Executive Summary The NSW Government wants all children to have access to quality early childhood education in their year before school....

Commentary

Article

30 May 2016

The national election pendulum might swing Labor’s way, but it’s in the states that the seats will be won

AT THE last federal election, three years ago, the national two-party-preferred swing to the Coalition was 3.6 per cent. The two states that shifted...

Commentary

Article

28 May 2016

With the major parties level-pegging, a defeat for the Coalition isn’t out of the question. So what would a Labor government look like?

THE conventional wisdom is that there won’t be a Shorten Labor government. The opinion polls say it, the commentators say...

Article

17 Mar 2016

Cities are becoming self-aware. Despite re-emerging as a political force within the volatile context of a global market economy, cities are currently struggling to position themselves within a tangled network of private companies, national interest and a mobile population of highly-educated knowledge workers.

As...

Research report

30 May 2016

Fuelled by the resources boom, the Australian economy has enjoyed an unprecedented 25 years of economic growth, more than doubling in real terms over that period. But, now, the Australian economy is slowing. Productivity is sluggish, employment growth is weakening, and consumer confidence is faltering....

Journal article

23 Apr 2015

The participation of amateurs in the production of news has been widely noted as a growing phenomenon. Recent research demonstrates that amateur photographs are understood as raw, additional or potential elements of news content making and are subject to a translation process. In this paper,...

Research report

27 May 2016

In the lead up to the 2 July 2016 election, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is calling on all major political parties to address alcohol’s hidden harm.

The impact of alcohol on the community can be devastating and far reaching. Alcohol...

Commentary

Article

25 May 2016

In response to a Government request, the Productivity Commission is currently undertaking an inquiry into ‘new models of tertiary education’. At a time when the technological and social climate is changing so rapidly that our current model is struggling to keep up, this inquiry presents...

Evaluation

18 Apr 2016

"The Māori Education Strategy: Ka Hikitia - Accelerating Success 2013-2017" is an updated strategy building on the changes of The Māori Education Strategy: Ka Hikitia - Managing For Success 2008-2012' ( which set the direction for improving how the education system performs for Māori students)....

Working paper

30 May 2016

Summary haiku

Ruminating on Methane. Land use will change and Someone’s gotta pay.

Abstract

I use simulations from the Land Use in Rural New Zealand model to consider mitigation for different classes of sheep-beef farms under climate policy. Farmers in...

Research report

15 Apr 2005

After examining current practice in Australia and overseas, and analysing 22 submissions from organisations, the WG has concluded that current metrics for commercialisation of publicly funded research need to be extended to reflect a broader understanding of the commercial and economic benefits of research commercialisation....

Research report

13 Jun 2013

This report presents the assumptions and results of modelling undertaken by Marsden Jacob Associates (MJA) on the impact a community renewable energy fund would have to renewable energy development and associated community benefits.

The key findings of the modelling are as follows:

CRE...

Audio interview

Audio program

26 May 2016

Political philosophy has traditionally been concerned with the question of democratic legitimacy – the process by which the people confer the right to govern onto political representatives.

But with the rise of protest politics on the left and right alike, the people often seem...

Audio interview

Audio program

27 May 2016

The world's largest insurer, French company AXA, is planning to divest tobacco stocks worth more than $2.5 billion. This will make it the first of the major insurance companies to divest its portfolio of tobacco stocks.

The company says its selling out of tobacco...

Briefing paper

17 May 2016

This paper defines the types of supported playgroups and varying models of implementation in operation in Australia, and assesses the evaluation evidence for their benefits to parents and children.

Supported playgroups are playgroups run by a paid facilitator that aim to support families with...

Commentary

Article

26 May 2016

In days of old, when Clive Palmer exuded that bottomless confidence, he was wont to boast that his Palmer United Party had delivered Tony Abbott the prime ministership. By this he meant that PUP preferences had made the difference in enough electorates to tip the...

Research report

26 May 2016

A poorly targeted and disproportionate public transport fare enforcement system unfairly punishes many travellers in an attempt to snare a small number of recidivist evaders, according to an investigation by the Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass.

Tabling an Investigation into public transport fare...

Commentary

Article

27 May 2016

The Australian government’s intervention in the dairy crisis, by offering concessional loans to struggling farmers, has prompted suggestions that other types of regulation – such as a dairy floor price - might be needed.

The dairy industry was deregulated more than a decade ago;...

Guide

27 May 2016

This guide oulines legal provisions requiring specified people to report suspected abuse and neglect to government child protection services in Australia.

Mandatory reporting is a term used to describe the legislative requirement imposed on selected classes of people to report suspected cases of child...

Fact sheet

18 May 2016

This special Australian Institute of Families (AIFS) Facts Sheet explores the different phases of family, from the families we live with as children to the families we form as we grow older.

Each of us sees family from a different perspective as we grow...

Report

23 May 2016

The purpose of this review is to support the Royal Commission’s work in developing recommendations for both preventing institutional child sexual abuse and improving institutional responses to this type of abuse.

The purpose of this review is to support the Royal Commission’s work in...

Commentary

Article

26 May 2016

On the face of it, poor voter engagement after weeks of campaigning is the natural corollary of the sheer length of this process. At eight weeks, it is arduous for all concerned. But its length also makes for a pretty abstract contest. Decision day is...

Briefing paper

16 May 2016

This report from the Queensland Government discusses how an action plan to respond to vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families will be developed.

Key priorities in Supporting Families Changing Futures include responding differently to the over-representation of vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres...

Research report

17 May 2016

Currently there is no publicly available source of consolidated information on attacks on health care in emergencies. This report is a first attempt to consolidate and analyse the data that is available from open sources. While the data are not comprehensive, the findings shed light...

Discussion paper

31 Mar 2016

This discussion paper addresses what effective engagement means and how it works in policy development and implementation.

This is the second discussion paper for the Lowitja Institute on government engagement with First Peoples in Australia provides a review and policy analysis of national, State...

Research report

23 May 2016

This report has been prepared by Carolyn Adams (Macquarie University) and Krista Lee-Jones for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It aims to identify aspects of information sharing frameworks that:

facilitate appropriate and timely information sharing between institutions and...

Research report

5 May 2016

In June 2014, the Australian National Audit Office tabled in Parliament ANAO Audit Report No.50 2013–14, Cyber Attacks: Securing Agencies’ ICT Systems . The report examined implementation of the mandatory strategies in the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM).

The Joint Committee of Public...

Commentary

Article

24 May 2016

The Australian Federal election is likely to be dominated, understandably, by economic and social issues. But Australia’s security and foreign policy environment is marked by rapid change and complex uncertainty.

From terrorism to resource insecurity, from the assertive rise of China to the impact...

Research report

25 May 2016

Red tape can be broadly defined as the excessive, unnecessary or confusing burden imposed on organisations and individuals as a result of regulation. Successive Victorian governments since 2006 and repeated industry surveys have identified reducing red tape as critical to unlocking significant economic growth. Effective...

Working paper

20 May 2016

This paper reviews literature related to the intersectionality of gender and educational attainment, with a special focus on the circumstances surrounding the Australian Indigenous population. Using two sources of data, the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA),...

Discussion paper

26 May 2016

The proposed reporting framework is intended to enable the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Services to enhance its performance monitoring work on government service provision (the Report on Government Services) with complementary reporting on what works to improve outcomes for these services....

Research report

31 Mar 2016

This research explores what would make it easier for business individuals and small businesses to deal with government agencies and use online channels instead of traditional channels in their interactions with government.

The research explores what channels business individuals and small businesses have used...

Policy

26 May 2016

There isn’t another country in the world where the supermarket industry is so concentrated.

This level of market concentration is ultimately bad for competition and for consumers.

Australia needs:

A mandatory industry code of conduct that covers the entire supply chain, from...

Policy

26 May 2016

When it comes to climate change, the very least we can do is to give the planet the benefit of the doubt.

That said, I don't support the carbon tax introduced by the Federal Government, nor do I support the Opposition's 'direct action' plan....

Policy

26 May 2016

Essentially, dumping puts Australia companies at a significant disadvantage because they cant compete against these cheap below-cost imports.

Examples of goods which have recently been found to have been dumped in Australia include glass, toilet paper, steel, oranges and preserved mushrooms.

With over...

Research report

25 May 2016

The 2016-17 Budget comes at a challenging time for public policy. Economic growth remains sluggish as the economy transitions away from the mining boom. Governments face fiscal pressures both from this economic adjustment and from the ageing population. At the same time, core Government services...

Policy

26 May 2016

Current Australian labelling laws don't even allow consumers the opportunity to know the origins of the food they are purchasing and consuming. In fact, in many cases, these laws are less than useless -- they are downright misleading.

I have campaigned relentlessly on this...

Policy

26 May 2016

There's one first Australians shouldn't be proud of -- we're number 1 in the world with per capita gambling losses and problem gambling.

Poker machines cause too much damage already. Online gambling -- including sports betting -- can dramatically increase the damage to the...

Policy

26 May 2016

The poker machines industry is an industry based on exploitation and greed. No matter how powerful and cashed up the pokies lobby is, the fact is most Australians want to see sensible practical reforms to curb the damage caused by pokies.

Policy

26 May 2016

Foreign investment clearly can play an important role in developing Australia's economy. But the issue is that the current foreign investment rules are too lax and too vague to protect the national interest.

Australia needs to be aware of how much of our agricultural...

Policy

26 May 2016

Let's not beat around the bush on this one. When it comes to water, South Australia is incredibly vulnerable.

I make no apology for holding up the Rudd Government's $42billion stimulus package for 24 hours in order to negotiate a better outcome on water...

Policy

Technical report

23 May 2016

The Standards of Service Provision for Lung Cancer Patients in New Zealand have been developed to ensure that people with lung cancer receive the best possible care, regardless of where they live.

The standards include requirements for investigation, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care. They...

Audio interview

Audio program

22 May 2016

The Australian government has just signed a $50 billion contract with the French company DCNS to build 12 new submarines.

Although designs for military submarines go back to the eighteenth century, it wasn’t until the turn of the twentieth that the modern submarine began...

Audio interview

Audio program

26 May 2016

There's concern that community based mental health nurses could disappear under a new national model to improve mental health services in regional communities.

From July 1, mental health programs will be commissioned by the nation's 31 Primary Health Networks in an effort to move...

Report

12 May 2016

As a signatory to the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Australia has committed to reaching net zero emissions by around 2050. Australia’s built environment contributes almost a quarter of Australia’s emissions, offering a significant opportunity for emissions reduction.

The Low Carbon, High Performance report provides...

Discussion paper

15 Mar 2013

AIRAH undertook this project on behalf of the whole of industry to provide a forum or mechanism whereby the transition to low -­‐ emission HVAC&R practices and technologies could be discussed openly and transparently. The topic is broad and the views are varied and often...

Blog post

11 Feb 2016

The more culturally diverse our neighbourhoods are, the happier we are about it – up to a certain point, says Professor Colleen Ward, Director of Victoria University of Wellington’s Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research. The Royal Society of New Zealand Fellow explains the tipping point...

Research report

24 May 2016

Terms of Reference: Received from the Legislative Assembly on 23 December 2014:

That, under s 33 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 , an inquiry into the CFA training college at Fiskville be referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee for consideration, inquiry...

Fact sheet

24 May 2016

In Canberra today, leaders in suicide and mental health, led by consultancy ConNetica and the Brain and Mind Centre University of Sydney, released details on suicide across 28 Federal electorates. Supporting the release were four parents with lived experience of suicide and the National Congress...

Research report

25 May 2016

Overview

This audit examined the effectiveness and efficiency of the long-term water quality monitoring of Victoria’s waterways and bays. It examined the actions taken by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to address the issues it identified in its 2015...

Research report

25 May 2016

The Salvation Army’s Economic and Social Impact Survey 2016 surveyed more than 1600 clients across Australia.

It found that a massive 68% of clients living in private rental properties or paying off a mortgage experience extreme housing stress - using nearly two thirds of...

Research report

19 May 2016

This report gives interested readers greater access to the complex workings of the Defence budget and promotes informed debate on Defence budget issues.

Introduction

And so it begins. Not with a bang but with a whimper. Despite the fanfare accompanying the release...

Commentary

Article

25 May 2016

Good political slogans have a slathering of ideology, a dash of linguistics and lashings of repetition. With this in mind, let’s take a trip through the goodies and baddies of slogans.

Commentary

Article

25 May 2016

Malcolm Turnbull has a far better story than Bill Shorten for this election, but until he loosens up, ditches the tie every now and then and breaks the bonds of his campaign cage he is vulnerable to defeat, writes Terry Barnes.

Research report

25 May 2016

Overview

Today, jihadism is at once more globalised and closer to home than ever before. In seeking to explore how Islamic State has been able to attract tens of thousands of fighters from as many as 86 states across the world, the media...

Commentary

Article

25 May 2016

Helen Clark is embroiled in controversy over her bid for the United Nations' top job after an international publication claimed her candidacy had sparked an "internal uproar".

In a lengthy article highly critical of Clark, Foreign Policy's Colum Lynch said Clark had left a...

Audio interview

25 May 2016

Overview

Melbourne teenager Jake Bilardi left his suburban home in August 2014 to join Islamic State. He died last year during a suicide attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi. He was 18.

Jake was one of the youngest people ever recruited...

Journal article

5 May 2016

Back in the 1980s, clinical scope of practice for general practitioners (GPs) working in local and rural hospitals was based on the deemed skill set of the individual applicant rather than the selection of ‘tickets’ they held. This meant that inpatient, outpatient, emergency and procedural...

Research report

24 May 2016

A global clean energy transformation is underway—and it has significant implications for fossil fuel companies and their investors.

This new Ceres report, Assets or Liabilities? Fossil Fuel Investments of Leading U.S. Insurers , focuses on the risks to insurance companies—the second-largest type of institutional...

Commentary

Article

23 May 2016

On April 25, publishers, platforms, and industry groups including ESPN, Google, and The Guardian met in New York to discuss how to deal with the continued threat of adblocking.

The meeting was organized by Johnny Ryan, the head of ecosystem at PageFair, a company...

Research report

19 May 2016

The sharing economy and on-demand services are weaving their way into the lives of (some) Americans, raising difficult issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide.

The Pew Research Centre surveyed 4.787 American adults – its first-ever comprehensive study...

Audio interview

Audio program

23 May 2016

Australia is one of America’s closest allies, we’ve fought in every significant conflict together since World War 1 and we’re party to several defence treaties. It's fair to say military co-operation is close. But, because of this, does the US believe that Australia will therefore...

Working paper

24 May 2016

What are the factors that enable some Aboriginal organisations to drive positive change in their communities? This paper draws on interviews with leaders of successful Aboriginal organisations to understand the factors behind the successes that they are achieving in their communities. It explores how they...

Journal article

23 May 2016

This review examines the evidence of the effect of government-funded outcome-based contracts in public human services. Outcome-based contracts in public human services are defined as those where some proportion of payment is triggered by some measure of change in the lives of clients. There is...

Strategy

19 May 2016

The United States' Government has launched the Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan, which will provide guidance on strategies for US Federal agencies to use when developing or expanding their individual Big Data research and development plans.

The strategy builds on the...

Evaluation

24 May 2016

The 2016-17 Budget presents a sad story about the level of commitment of the Turnbull Government to Indigenous Affairs. Even as the 2016 Prime Minister's Report on Closing the Gap shows progress towards this goal has stalled, addressing Indigenous disadvantage is not listed as a...

Journal article

24 Apr 2016

Abstract

Objective Futile treatment, which by definition cannot benefit a patient, is undesirable. This research investigated why doctors believe that treatment that they consider to be futile is sometimes provided at the end of a patient's life.

Design Semistructured in-depth interviews....

Journal article

2 May 2016

Abstract

Objective: To investigate how doctors define and use the terms “futility” and “futile treatment” in end-of-life care.

Design, setting, participants: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 96 doctors from a range of specialties which treat adults at the end...

Journal article

13 May 2016

This article explores the influence of cultural and religious beliefs and laws on how individuals make decisions about asset distribution through wills, drawing on a case study of Islamic will makers. Findings highlight diversity in beliefs and practices within Australian Islamic communities. When drafting a...

Journal article

27 Apr 2016

Within Australia, there have been many attempts to pass voluntary euthanasia (VE) or physician-assisted suicide (PAS) legislation. From 16 June 1993 until the date of writing, 51 Bills have been introduced into Australian parliaments dealing with legalising VE or PAS. Despite these numerous attempts, the...

Journal article

8 May 2016

Despite the potential harm to patients (and others) and the financial cost of providing futile treatment at the end of life, this practice occurs. This article reports on empirical research undertaken in Queensland that explores doctors’ perceptions about the law that governs futile treatment at...

Briefing paper

23 May 2016

​Cannabis comes in over 2,000 varieties. Depending on their characteristics, these may be used for medical purposes (medical cannabis), as a recreational drug (marijuana), or as a source of fibre and food products (industrial hemp). A key differentiating factor is the presence, or otherwise, of...

Research report

5 May 2016

Explores the links between public health and general practice, to consider their implications for general practice registrar training.

Background Public health is the organised efforts of society to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life in the population. While the focus of general...

Research report

19 May 2016

Presents the latest available national data on new cases of insulin-treated diabetes from the 2014 National (insulin-treated) Diabetes Register.

Summary Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia 2014 presents the latest available national data on new cases of insulin-treated diabetes from the 2014 National...

Research report

9 May 2016

Selandra Rise is a new housing development located in Melbourne’s south-east growth corridor, where residents have bought land and built new houses over a period of several years. This research project aimed to discover how design and planning of a new residential community could improve...

Research report

19 May 2016

Community playgroups have significant social and economic benefits not just for children but also for their parents, particularly mothers, finds this report.

Relationships Matter: The Social and Economic Benefits of Community Playgroups , funded by Playgroup Australia and undertaken by RMIT University’s Centre...

Research report

3 May 2016

Introduction

‘ Public infrastructure’ is a term commonly used to describe the basic physical structures needed for the operation of a society or commercial enterprise. The traditional method of funding public infrastructure has been through public budgets. This imposes three powerful brakes...

Audio interview

Audio program

19 May 2016

Democracy has always had a rather fraught relationship with the market. As Aristotle first recognised, some wealth sharing can help rectify inherited inequality and so enhance political life; but it also has the potential to promote greed, doing great violence to the civic fabric....

Commentary

Article

19 May 2016

Greens leader Richard Di Natale failed to declare his family farm in Victoria's Otway Ranges for fifteen months, breaching parliamentary rules and potentially placing him in ‘serious contempt’ of the Senate. Senator Di Natale also paid three au pairs to help with his family as...

Commentary

Article

20 May 2016

It's hard to name an Aussie industry that isn't dominated by a handful of companies, and we all suffer for it. A new analysis proves what we've always known: Australia is prime breeding ground for monopolists, moguls and cartels.

According to the analysis by...

Transcript

6 May 2016

The Budget forecasts indicate that the Australian economy continues to transition from mining investment-led growth to broader-based growth. But real GDP growth is forecast to be below potential over the next two years at 2½ per cent in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and then strengthen to...

Conference paper

Transcript

2 May 2016

ANROWS CEO, Heather Nancarrow, delivered this address in the opening session of ANROWS' inaugural national research conference on Tuesday 23 February 2016.

Ms Nancarrow's address considers current literature on the concept of knowledge translation and exchange; KTE strategies in the violence against women field;...

Research report

19 May 2016

It is now close to the halfway point in China’s 2016 G20 Presidency, and this issue of the G20 Monitor discusses several additional considerations for China as it pursues a vision of an innovative, invigorated, interconnected, and inclusive world economy.

In light of the...

Briefing paper

20 May 2016

Tenants, government and Indigenous/intermediary organisations assume a diversity of responsibilities and are often seeking different tenancy outcomes. Despite differences however, there is evidence of a recognition space occurring.

Culturally-based values and practices significantly affect the ability of Indigenous tenants to comply with social housing...

Website

20 May 2016

UniPollWatch is a world first. It is the biggest university student journalism project ever undertaken in Australia. The journalism schools at 28 universities have united to cover the 2016 federal election. We are reporting on every House of Representatives electorate, as well as most of...

Policy

19 May 2016

For Australia, unmitigated climate change will come at a huge economic cost, not least of which will include severe and damaging impacts to the nation’s infrastructure and the death of ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef.

That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will:...

Commentary

Article

20 May 2016

The Australian Labor Party announced yesterday that it will lift the Medicare rebate freeze if elected to office in the July federal election. We know health issues feature strongly in election debates, but what does this proposal actually mean for most of us?

Policy

19 May 2016

We need to have an energy system that is secure, reliable and sustainable while also being efficient and affordable. Boosting our energy productivity helps lift our overall competitiveness. It will reduce costs for business, improve profitability of enterprise and free up capital for investment and...

Policy

19 May 2016

In 2015 we saw too many instances of workers’ rights trampled, not just by fly-by-night operations, but by household names.

Employers who deliberately underpay their workers not only deny working and middle class Australians a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, they...

Guide

21 Apr 2016

The Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 (the Charter) outlines arrangements under which the Secretaries to the Treasury and the Department of Finance (the Secretaries) may be requested to cost election commitments during the caretaker period prior to a general election. The Charter also allows...

Policy

19 May 2016

ALP 2016 election campaign policy on protecting penalty rates for Australian workers.

Labor understands that penalty rates are not a luxury; they are what pays the bills and puts food on the table for the 4.5 million Australians that rely on them.

Penalty...

Commentary

Article

17 May 2016

Demands by the government that Labor fully account for how it will fund its policy promises are set to intensify with the release on Friday of the true state of the federal budget.

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook (PEFO) will be released by...

Policy

19 May 2016

Today, the Internet of Things and cheaper telemetry means we now have unprecedented volumes of data. This data can be aggregated and pooled, helping to maximise benefits for consumers.

Technology consultancy, Gartner estimates that there will be 4.9 billion connected devices in use by...

Research report

20 May 2016

The Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 (the Charter) provides for the Secretary to the Treasury and the Secretary of the Department of Finance (the Secretaries) to release publicly a Pre‑election Economic and Fiscal Outlook report (PEFO) within 10 days of the issue of the...

Policy

19 May 2016

Working and middle class families are increasingly being priced out of the housing market. Ownership rates for young people aged 25-34 have spiralled downwards in recent years from 60% to 48%. Young people are being forced to take on levels of debt unimaginable just a...

Policy

19 May 2016

The forced displacement of people around the globe is currently at unprecedented levels. By the close of 2015 an estimated 60 million individuals were forcibly displaced globally by persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations. This is equivalent to one person in every 122 on...

Policy

19 May 2016

Labor will deliver more than $70 million over three years in targeted funding to ensure those suffering from family violence can access critical services when they need them.

Labor will commit almost $50 million to frontline legal services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Commentary

Article

15 May 2016

It’s one of our four pillars – Participatory Democracy – and in my opinion the most important. I’m a great fan of the Animal Farm quote (slightly modified) that “all pillars are equal, but the Participatory Democracy pillar is more equal than the other three.”...

Commentary

Article

20 May 2016

When voters walk into polling booths in roughly one million years time, by which I mean on July 2, they will be thinking about their houses, and not just because they may well resent being asked to leave them in order to head down to...

Working paper

19 May 2016

The 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes caused major upheaval to the people of the region. The second major quake killed 185 people, forced many from their homes, and closed Christchurch’s central business district. This paper examines the consequential effect on jobs and accumulated earnings for workers in...

Research report

9 May 2016

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was established by the South Australian Government on 19 March 2015 to undertake an independent and comprehensive investigation into the potential for increasing South Australia’s participation in the nuclear fuel cycle. It was required to, and did, report to...

Commentary

Article

18 May 2016

Peter Dutton's statement on asylum seekers was, in its way, a work of art. Critics may yet come to consider this latest gust of enthusiasm the minister's best work yet, writes Neil McMahon.

Research report

13 May 2016

The personal network of Abu Gar, one man involved in last January's terrorist attack in Jakarta, shows how the communal conflicts in Ambon and Poso continue to haunt Indonesia.

This latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), traces the violent...

Report

9 May 2016

New Zealand’s unemployment rate rose 0.3 percentage points to 5.7 percent in the March quarter, with the labour force growing to a greater extent than employment. The labour force expanded by 1.5 percent over the quarter while employment rose by 1.2 percent (with part-time and...

Research report

17 May 2016

The term water-energy nexus describes the interdependence, and often competing demands, of two of the world’s most valuable resources: water and energy. Following agriculture, the energy industry is the second-largest user of freshwater. Water is essential to harness, extract and produce energy. In turn, energy...

Policy

18 May 2016

Labor will ensure that access to health care is determined by your Medicare card, and not your credit card, and will reverse the Turnbull Government’s GP Tax by stealth.

That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will restore indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule from...

Briefing paper

15 May 2016

One of the poorly understood impacts of a company tax cut is that there is little benefit to domestic investors because the way that company tax payments are credited against the tax payable by Australian owners of companies. The system of crediting company tax paid...

Policy

18 May 2016

Experts predict that in the years to come, 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations will require skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

But we know that unless students are interested and engaged in STEM at an early age, they are...

Policy

18 May 2016

Labor has a plan to back TAFE into the future by developing a comprehensive National Priority Plan that defines the unique role of TAFE as our public provider and delivers on this by working with the states and territories to provide ongoing guaranteed TAFE funding....

Journal

19 May 2016

In recent years there has been a significant volume of research into the nature, development and functioning of the brain; this has helped created new knowledge about the extent of neuroplasticity, and the role that emotions play in neurodevelopment. This research has significant implications for...

Book

18 May 2016

Paul Dibb AM has had an extraordinary career. He enjoys an international scholarly reputation of the highest order, while at the same time he has done much distinguished public service. He was a pioneer in moving back and forth between posts in government departments, notably...

Policy

19 May 2016

A Shorten Labor Government will invest an additional $100 million to support Indigenous students to succeed at school, and boost the number of Indigenous teachers.

This is part of Labor’s plan to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

Currently, the...

Policy

19 May 2016

A Shorten Labor Government will ensure patients who are suffering from a terminal illness or other serious medical conditions will be allowed access to safe, reliable and legal medicinal cannabis if prescribed by their doctor. There are thousands of Australians who are suffering from unbearable...

Policy

19 May 2016

Tobacco consumption continues to have serious health and economic impacts for individuals, their families and society. Each year in Australia tobacco still kills more than 15,000 people and has more than $31.5 billion in health and economic costs. Results from the 2013 National Drug Strategy...

Policy

19 May 2016

A Shorten Labor Government will introduce a loan cap of $8,000 a year in the VET FEE-HELP program as part of an integrity package to stop the massive waste of taxpayers’ money, to prevent price gouging of students and improve training outcomes.

Under the...

Research report

7 Apr 2016

There are many reasons to be concerned about the growing and, now, long-term problem of jobs in Western Sydney. First there is the simple problem of insufficient jobs for its resident workers. Then there is the problem of jobs location. Overlaying both these concerns is...

Policy

19 May 2016

Labor will develop a far reaching blueprint required to tackle the serious skills deficits holding back the sector and preventing us from extracting the great economic advantage that comes from embracing innovation.

Reflecting the huge local and international demand for skills and talent, we...

Policy

19 May 2016

Construction of the project is expected to support over 700 jobs in the region and make a significant boost to the local economy.

For too long, football fans have been watching their rugby league and other sport at sub-standard facilities, compared to football stadiums...

Research report

19 May 2016

Concerned about the rising levels of drug resistance whereby microbes evolve to become immune to a known drugs, the UK Prime Minister asked economist Jim O’Neill to analyse this global problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and propose concrete actions to tackle it internationally. In July...

Policy

19 May 2016

By 2025, the Asia Pacific region will produce over half of global output. Australia is fortunate to be at the world’s economic epicentre.

We must compete with our innovation, our skills and ability to deliver high value outcomes.

Creative cities policy which boosts...

Policy

19 May 2016

We need a plan to address the challenges posed by a changing climate and create new opportunities for our businesses and industry – and secure the jobs of the future.

To achieve this, a Shorten Labor Government will establish a Strategic Industries Taskforce to...

Other text

19 May 2016

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) is the peak national body representing the interests of doctors working in rural and remote communities and their patients.

People living in rural and remote areas have significantly higher rates of disease and injury, worse health outcomes...

Policy

7 Dec 2015

The Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) contains a number of significant reforms which will assist businesses by encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Kelly O'Dwyer MP said.

The Government will:

introduce a safe...

Policy

7 Dec 2015

An ongoing commitment to national research infrastructure, a focus on taking Australia’s world class research from lab to everyday life and additional support to encourage Australian students to embrace the digital age earlier in life are cornerstones of the Turnbull Government’s innovation agenda.

Minister...

Policy

8 Dec 2015

The Coalition Government will help support women pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries, research sector, start-ups and entrepreneurial firms by investing $13 million over five years.

Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the investment will support...

Research report

19 May 2016

The Government has released the Final Report of the independent Review of Small Amount Credit Contracts (SACCs) for consultation. The Final Report made twenty-four recommendations relating to the SACC and consumer leasing laws.

The Government is also consulting on whether the recommendations relating to...

Report

Strategy

8 Apr 2016

The Public Gallery Association of Victoria (PGAV) is the peak body for the public gallery sector in Victoria. We represent 50 galleries across metropolitan and regional Victoria. As the peak body, we deliver programs to support the development of the sector, we advocate on behalf...

Research report

11 May 2016

Australian diets are not in line with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines, which recommend minimum serves for vegetables, fruit, dairy products, lean meats and alternatives, and grain-based foods.

Key findings The 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADG or the Guidelines) include the Guideline that...

Research report

11 May 2016

Overview

Over the past decade Mexican drug cartels’ power and the violent struggles between them have increased exponentially. Previously Mexico, and in particular the border regions with the US, were the key battle grounds for control of distribution routes. However, today Mexican drug...

Survey

18 May 2016

The majority of those who drink to get drunk expect to feel happy (56 per cent), and relaxed (54 per cent), with 31 per cent of drinkers expecting to feel a sense of social belonging.

Summary There’s a big difference between how Australians...

Research report

4 May 2016

Introduction

The Committee inquired into the administration, transparency and effectiveness of the Register of Environmental Organisations under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 .

In seeking to improve the natural environment, many not-for-profit environmental organisations work hand-in-hand with communities across Australia. Much...

Book

10 May 2016

Overview

Learning from agri-environment schemes in Australia is a book about the birds and the beef — more specifically it is about the billions of dollars that governments pay farmers around the world each year to protect and restore biodiversity. After more...

Book

27 Apr 2016

Overview

Colonial exploration continues, all too often, to be rendered as heroic narratives of solitary, intrepid explorers and adventurers. This edited collection contributes to scholarship that is challenging that persistent mythology. With a focus on Indigenous brokers, such as guides, assistants and mediators,...

Audio interview

Audio program

18 May 2016

An election is the ultimate test of any politician, but especially the party leaders. They put themselves on the line having shaped entire careers—and lives—towards the moment when voters make that harsh judgement: are you good enough to lead your nation?

Two of Australia's...

Research report

9 May 2016

This paper reports on a study conducted in 2014 and 2015 that explored the accessibility of eLearning for students with disabilities studying fully online in Australia.

Executive Summary

The study looked at students studying through Open Universities Australia (OUA). OUA brings together...

Research report

4 May 2016

This audit assessed the effectiveness of selected departments’ implementation of the Deregulation Agenda: Cutting Red Tape initiatives.

Conclusion

The incoming Government’s Deregulation Agenda included an annual net reduction target of at least $1 billion in red tape, and on taking office in...

Discussion paper

18 May 2016

Infrastructure Victoria is undertaking the first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy for Victoria.

The community and stakeholders are active participants in the development of this strategy through consultation and engagement.

We have now moved into the options phase of strategy development, with the release...

Annual Report

15 Mar 2016

This is the first annual report from the current Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Roger Gyles, who has been tasked with assessing the appropriateness and effectiveness of Australia's national security legislation.

Introduction

This is my first annual report to the Prime Minister...

Commentary

Article

18 May 2016

Many parents worry about when is the right time for their child to start school. While some use their child’s individual characteristics to judge school readiness, others have philosophical beliefs that lead them to delay their child’s school entry. Parents choose to delay their child’s...

Commentary

Article

18 May 2016

Having made themselves so unpopular, Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten will have only themselves to blame if the Greens emerge from this election more powerful than ever, writes Terry Barnes.

Commentary

Article

18 May 2016

So, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison are introducing a "Google tax" to ensure multinational companies "pay their fair share of tax in Australia". Really? You could be forgiven for being sceptical.

Does the Coalition really want to crack down on their generous mates at...

Research report

16 May 2016

This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community.

Snapshot of 2015

Overall contact levels and financial losses

In 2015, the ACCC continued to observe a high level of scams activity in Australia,...

Commentary

Article

18 May 2016

Barristers and solicitors have taken the unprecedented step of rallying to demand an increase in legal aid funding. Will it come to wigs on the picket lines?

It was at the polite end of the protest spectrum. As the hundreds of people rallying...

Research report

12 May 2016

The UK Government’s White Paper will determine the BBC's Royal Charter for the next decade. The Charter is the constitutional basis for the broadcaster - which is due to expire at the end of this year.

The proposals in the Royal Charter Review flow...

Blog post

6 May 2016

Proposed joint EU-US rules for the telecommunications industry pose a threat to net neutrality and to citizens' rights in general. Drafts leaked earlier this week of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Parnership (TTIP ) telecoms chapter, indicate that powers of regulators such as Ofcom could...

Research report

4 Feb 2016

The CSIRO’s ‘Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce’ report is an important foundation for policy makers grappling with the future of work in Australia. The findings of the report underpin the work already being undertaken by the Department of Employment to address the impact of rapid technological...

Research report

15 Mar 2016

Over the past three decades, the capabilities and adoption of mobile technologies have grown substantively. They have gone from being a novelty to become ubiquitous; an essential tool for modern life. Today, faster connections and ubiquity mean that mobile devices are used for everything –...

Research report

17 May 2016

This report examines successful examples of off-peak freight movement around the world and identifies obstacles which are limiting the uptake of off-peak delivery in Australia.

The project examined international and local experiences in re-timing deliveries, the obstacles to changing freight movement to off-peak hours,...

Research report

18 May 2016

This study investigates emerging roles in social media work across a range of professions and organisations, and the transforming media and communications environment associated with digital technologies, big data and social media platforms. We use the umbrella term ‘social media industries’ to point to the...

Commentary

Article

5 May 2016

Most Australian women (87%) have experienced some form of street harassment, whether it’s whistles, stares, unwanted comments or being followed by strangers in the street – often before the age of 18.

Several countries, including Belgium and Portugal, have introduced legislation to...

Research report

16 May 2016

Executive summary

There is an enduring, two - way strategic underpinning to Australia’s interactions with Singapore , going beyond the recently agreed Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Canberra is enhancing its economic access to Southeast Asia in return for granting Singapore greater access to military...

Article

17 May 2016

Recent analyses of five Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) across regional and remote Australia demonstrate the social and cultural co-benefits of Indigenous land management initiatives.

Summary In remote West Arnhem Land, on 1.4 million hectares of Indigenous-owned land adjoining Kakadu National Park, there is...

Journal article

6 May 2016

Social pressures weaken and/or conceal biological drives in the evening, leading individuals to delay their bedtime and shorten their sleep.

Abstract The influence of the circadian clock on sleep scheduling has been studied extensively in the laboratory; however, the effects of society on...

Audio program

16 May 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed Australia’s current economic transition, calling it an ‘exciting time’ for the country and an opportunity for innovators.

But as the mining investment boom ends, are the foundations in place for a stronger, more diversified Australian economy?

Which...

Article

16 May 2016

Antidepressants are not as effective as we once believed.

Summary

Australia has one of the highest rates of antidepressant use in the world; it has more than doubled since 2000, despite evidence showing that the effectiveness of these medications is lower than...

Literature review

20 Apr 2016

This literature review investigates service delivery processes and strategies that are associated with better engagement of and outcomes for families and children who are experiencing adversity (often referred to as “vulnerable”). It was undertaken to inform the development of an Australian sustained nurse home visiting...

Literature review

20 Apr 2016

This review aims to identify evidence-based strategies to address common parenting issues faced by parents of young children. Due to time constraints, it was not feasible to attempt to identify all the issues that might concern parents. Instead, it was agreed that the literature review...

Article

30 Mar 2016

According to Census Bureau surveys, nearly one in five Americans reported having a disability in 2010. Many are motor or cognitive disabilities, including dementia and depression. But more than eight million Americans are visually impaired, and more than 7.5 million have hearing issues. For people...

Infographic

28 Apr 2016

This research snapshot provides an update to the Regional Australia in the digital economy snapshot, released by the ACMA in August 2014.

Being online is integral to the everyday lives of many Australians. While those of us living in major capital cities have greater...

Research report

27 Apr 2016

Key Findings

Press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power. Only 13 percent of the world’s population enjoys a Free press—that...

Research report

6 May 2016

The fifth World Internet Project New Zealand (WIPNZ) survey continues our biennial analysis of New Zealanders’ usage of, and attitudes towards, the internet. It follows on from the surveys undertaken in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. In this report, we present top-level analysis of data...

Blog post

11 Apr 2016

The regulation of the press in an era of media convergence is a thorny issue, which regulators around the world have tried to either grapple with or sweep under the carpet. The time has long passed when newspapers were just ‘news’ printed on ‘paper’. They...

Research report

25 Apr 2016

News organizations want to hire new kinds of journalists who combine coding, visual production and audience acquisition skills with traditional reporting competence and even a little entrepreneurial savvy. This report describes the “superpowers” news leaders say they need now, and why.

Discussion paper

2 May 2016

Overview

The ARC has commenced consultation with the higher education and research sector, industry and other end-users of research to develop quantitative and qualitative measures of engagement and impact.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of stakeholders on...

Research report

13 May 2016

The Federal Government’s Better Cities Program (BCP) of the early 1990s is credited with providing the financial stimulus that facilitated the nation’s long term economic growth. This $814m package was invested in 26 strategic projects around the country. In each case, this Federal investment was...

Discussion paper

9 Dec 2010

The Australian Government is committed to improving the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our cities. This long-term policy endeavour is vast, complex and should not be underestimated. Urban policy is grounded in a geographic consideration of place and the people that interact with that place....

Research report

30 Apr 2016

This report card presents an overview of inequalities in child well-being in 41 countries of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It focuses on ‘bottom-end inequality’ – the gap between children at the bottom and those in the...

Research report

30 Jun 2013

This policy profile on education in Australia is part of the new Education Policy Outlook series, which will present comparative analysis of education policies and reforms across OECD countries. Building on the substantial comparative and sectorial policy knowledge base available within the OECD, the series...

Research report

15 Jan 2015

Designed for policy makers, analysts and practitioners who seek information and analysis of education policy, the Education Policy Outlook 2015: Making Reforms Happen addresses the need for improvement in education in a comparative manner, taking into account the importance of national context. Through a review...

Journal article

10 May 2016

Following the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015, governments around the world now face the task of developing strategies to meet their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) – UN terminology for emissions...

Journal article

10 May 2016

The Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015 was an important political step forward for the planet. It is a statement of commitment by 185 nations to limit global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Most nations also signed up to ‘the intent to pursue...

Journal article

4 Apr 2011

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess the applicability of relational contract theory in situations where government departments contract with non-government welfare organisations to deliver human service programmes. Its limits are highlighted by an assessment of programmes for domestically violent men that...

Journal article

10 May 2016

‘Think globally, act locally’ has long been a rallying cry for progressives and green activists. In this article, I stress the

importance of thinking globally before acting locally in the wake of the 2015 Paris conference on climate change.

Journal article

10 May 2016

News and information assist citizens and communities to participate in democratic processes, develop a sense of connectedness and attachment to New Zealand, solve problems, coordinate activities and establish systems of public accountability. In the digital age, news quality and access, and citizen engagement in democratic...

Journal article

10 May 2016

The emergence of converged digital media platforms has seen a proliferation of new services, but also a disruption to value chains and business models, especially in a small, highly deregulated media market like New Zealand’s. Although consumer choice has expanded in some respects (e.g. subscriber...

Research report

Australian young women and girls report online abuse and harassment are endemic
13 May 2016

Reveals Australian teenage girls’ perceptions about uninvited sexually explicit images, pressure to take and send sexy photographs and cyber bullying.

Journal article

10 May 2016

Cïvitäs plays out in the real world in terms of how we work together as a family, a tribe, a community, a country and as stewards of the planet. Success or failure can be judged by how well we are managing, or not managing, a...

Journal article

10 May 2016

In the last few years, predictive risk modelling has been suggested for use in the child welfare environment as an efficient means of targeting preventive resources and improving practitioner decision-making. First raised in the green paper on vulnerable children, then translated into the white paper...

Report

12 May 2016

Reveals one third (30 percent) of young Australian women aged 15-19 report avoiding public places after dark, with approximately 23 percent believing it’s not safe to travel alone on public transport.

Journal article

10 May 2016

Social services are those dedicated to enhancing people’s economic and social well-being by helping them lead more stable, healthy, self-sufficient and fulfilling lives. New Zealand’s social services – specifically, those provided, funded or otherwise supported by government – were the subject of a recent New...

Journal article

10 May 2016

One of the major current policy initiatives of the New Zealand government is the introduction of the quasi-market approach for the delivery of social housing under the Social Housing Reform Programme. The Social Housing Reform Programme seeks to increase the participation of third-party not-for-profit community...

Journal article

10 May 2016

There has been rapid growth in the availability and use of small-scale drones in recent years, driven by the private benefits available to the drone operator. For a recreational operator the motivation may be enjoyment, but for the commercial operator there is the ability to...

Journal article

10 May 2016

Why political philosophy? Why do I read it, teach it and encourage others to engage in it? Simply, because I am driven to it by my practice as a public servant. I have spent a great deal of my working life in meetings where we...

Commentary

Article

13 May 2016

In a unanimous judgement, the High Court on Friday crushed Family First senator Bob Day’s High Court challenge to the recent Senate voting reforms.

The court regarded none of Day’s arguments as having any merit. It dismissed them as “untenable” or failing at their...

Commentary

Article

13 May 2016

The head office of the 7-Eleven franchise is dismantling an independent claims panel headed by Professor Allan Fels, established in the immediate wake of the underpayments scandal. In its place, 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd (7-Eleven) intends to process any outstanding wage claims in-house.

In...

Commentary

Article

13 May 2016

What a messy week on the campaign trail. And it can't be put down - even in part - to teething problems for the rookie leaders.

Both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten had sensible strategies and focussed topics, but they were repeatedly blown off...

Journal article

11 Aug 2015

Through the institutional lens of EMA development, it was found that coercive and cognitive institutions have helped build the potential for EMA development. Coercive institutions encouraging corporate EMA development are manifested through increasing regulatory pressure for environmental management and reporting and increasing pressure for compliance...

Journal article

25 Oct 2014

Growing interest in sustainability and corporate supply chains accompanies increased globalisation across developed and developing countries, a stronger focus on the logistics of procurement behind international trade, and information flows between parties about corporate economic, social and environmental performance. Accounting provides information to oil the...

Journal article

1 Dec 2015

Recent times have seen the business world challenged to improve efficiency by reducing its material and energy usage. Material flow cost accounting has been suggested as a management tool that can assist and a new international environmental management accounting standard, ISO 14051, has emerged for...

Journal article

10 Mar 2014

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss what a fully sustainable supply chain might look like and the consequences that can be drawn from this view. Also, it develops a practical approach towards sustainability supply chain performance measurement and management. The paper...

Journal article

31 Jan 2014

Purpose

– The purpose of this paper is to provide a thought-provoking, attention-directing diegesis about the quality of the experience for those working as academic accounting scholars.

Design/methodology/approach

– Using storytelling by the authors as narrators and a literature review,...

Journal article

1 Dec 2014

This paper investigates the influence of key stakeholder groups on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) disclosures by Chinese mining and mineral companies. Salience of stakeholder groups founded in stakeholder theory forms the basis for this investigation because of the rising influence of a range of different...

Journal article

6 Sep 2013

Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to consider the impact of social accounting at the micro level and examines the use of social reporting for constructive purposes through internal communication devices. It explores the discourse adopted by a large organisation in social...

Working paper

12 May 2016

Summary haiku:

Productivity has risen. Thank entry and reallocation.

Abstract:

The construction industry contributes a large and growing share of the New Zealand economy, with total employment rising to almost 10% and value added (GDP contribution) rising to about 9%...

Journal article

26 Feb 2014

Policy analysts have devoted considerable time to examining the problem of the policy implementation gap, with one important strand in the literature following Michael Lipsky’s work on street-level bureaucracy and discretion. In this paper, we aim to contribute to the literature concerning shifts in government/third...

Journal article

1 Oct 2014

This paper provides an overview of the most significant public policy initiatives that apply to known sexual offenders who live in the community.

Journal article

4 Apr 2014

Sex offender registration and community notification schemes form an increasingly important part of public policy relevant to the management of known sex offenders in the community. Critics of these policies not only point to the lack of empirical evidence that is currently available to support...

Commentary

Article

12 May 2016

There are seven reasons why the Coalition might think things are going well. And the same goes for Labor

WHO will win the election on 2 July? With the first polls registering 50–50, the contest is competitive. The Coalition and Labor both have...

Journal article

15 Jul 2013

Collegial support is important in maintaining job satisfaction and contributing to worker retention in the human services. However, little is known about to whom human service workers look for support, including advice and guidance, and how they utilise and value the support available in a...

Commentary

12 May 2016

Falling home ownership rates are bad for households and bad for the economy. Governments are starting to respond, but much more can be done

“A home of one’s own” – often described as the Great Australian Dream – is not a uniquely Australian...

Research report

6 May 2016

Australian university disability practitioners have long advocated statements that describe the inherent requirements of academic programs. Students are protected by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), which makes it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of disability across a range of criteria that include denying...

Commentary

Article

11 May 2016

The National Party has distanced itself from the Coalition's key economic campaign message because it is frightening many of its voters who are clinging to jobs in the so-called "old economy."

Multiple sources said the junior Coalition partner had decided to shun the official...

Research report

8 May 2016

As part of its pre-election commitments the Tasmanian Liberal Government committed to fund an independent feasibility study into a purpose-built hospice for Northern Tasmania, located in Launceston. Grosvenor Management Consulting was engaged by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to undertake this feasibility...

Research report

19 Feb 2016

Executive summary

The Student Experience Survey (SES) was originally developed as the University Experience Survey (UES) in 2011, to provide a national architecture for collecting feedback on key facets of the higher education student experience and, in doing so, obtain important data on...

Guide

9 May 2016

There are new guidelines for medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.

Introduction These guidelines have been developed by the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) under section 39 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each...

Research report

10 Dec 2015

Following the November 2014 election, the newly elected Victorian government undertook a departmental restructure, which saw nine departments merged into seven, a reallocation of functions between departments and a number of changes to ministerial portfolios.

On 27 May 2015, the Legislative Council passed a...

Research report

5 May 2016

Machinery of government (“MoG”) changes are the formal transfer of functions from one department to another. These changes may occur at any time, but are most common following an election, particularly where there has been a change of government. MoG arrangements are used to align...

Research report

6 May 2016

Since ACMA's inception a decade ago, the telecommunications industry has experienced major changes, driven by:

rapid technological change; growing ubiquity and speed of fixed and mobile broadband networks; availability and uptake of increasingly sophisticated consumer devices; miniaturisation; and virtualisation of physical infrastructure.

Commissioned on...

Commentary

Article

6 May 2016

A departmental review of the ACMA has recommended against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's preferred UK-style super communications regulator, proposing a new commission agency and calling on the government to overhaul outdated communications regulation.

Article continued via link.

Commentary

Article

9 May 2016

The ABC’s new managing director, Michelle Guthrie, has been in the job for just over a week. The Conversation asked a group of media experts to consider how Guthrie might re-shape the ABC's future: from enhancing news and current affairs coverage, to investing in local...

Policy

9 May 2016

In this very uncertain world, Australia needs a strong economic plan for jobs and families. Australia is transitioning from the mining construction boom to a new and more diverse economy – fuelled by innovation, the opening of new markets and more investment in Australian enterprise....

Policy

9 May 2016

The Coalition will reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), to restore the rule of law in the construction industry.

The construction industry employs more than 1 million Australians, in around 340,000 (predominantly small) businesses.

Unfortunately, bullying, intimidation and lawlessness are rife....

Policy

9 May 2016

In this very uncertain world, Australia needs a strong economic plan for jobs and families.

Our Plan will provide growth, jobs and a secure future for Australian families through:

An innovation and science programme bringing more great Australian ideas to market, providing tax...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Government has no higher responsibility than keeping Australia safe and secure. The Coalition has a responsible, long-term plan for Australia’s national security. The Coalition is committed to building a more potent, agile and engaged Australian Defence Force (ADF), ready to respond whenever our interests...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Turnbull Government is investing a record $50 billion in Australia’s land infrastructure – to improve road and rail links, reduce travel times and support economic growth.

The Roads to Recovery funding for local roads has been increased by 83%, to $3.2 billion over...

Policy

9 May 2016

Australia’s export trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea – three of our four largest export markets – will set Australia up for the long term.

These agreements will grow our economy, create jobs and benefit consumers.

Independent economic modelling has found...

Commentary

Article

13 Apr 2016

This article considers what Facebook’s plans for Messenger say about chatbots, artificial intelligence-powered news, and the role of journalists in a world where language is the new digital interface, allowing new ways for users to interact with the news.

Policy

9 May 2016

Women and children in Australia must be safe in their homes, safe on our streets and safe online. Domestic and family violence is never acceptable.

The Coalition Government is taking action on domestic violence, with a $100 million Women’s Safety Package. Immediate and practical...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Coalition is investing $1.1 billion to incentivise innovation and entrepreneurship and help bring more great Australian ideas to market, by:

Providing tax incentives to encourage investment in innovative start-ups so they can survive and thrive; Attracting more venture capital investment into high potential...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Coalition is committed to helping Australian families to get ahead.

Middle income Australians are bearing a growing tax burden.

Without action, the average full time wage earner would face the second highest marginal tax rate this year and nearly half of all...

Policy

9 May 2016

We have restored the integrity of Australia’s borders and have stopped the deaths at sea.

The Coalition removed all children who arrived by boat from detention in Australia. In contrast, Labor detained more than 8,500 children over six years.

Stopping the boats has...

Policy

9 May 2016

To protect Australians from the threat of terrorism, the Government has boosted funding for our law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies by $1.3 billion since August 2014.

This investment is improving our intelligence capability and strengthening our border security against terrorism, crime and other...

Policy

9 May 2016

Small and medium businesses are driving jobs growth in Australia and must continue to do so.

That is why last year, we announced:

A 1.5 percentage point tax cut for incorporated small businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million per year;...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Turnbull Government is committed to providing Australians with world class health care.

The Government has provided an additional $2.9 billion in public hospital funding over the next three years (an increase of up to 6.5% a year) through an agreement with the states...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Turnbull Government is committed to protecting Australia’s magnificent natural environment.

PROTECTING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

Our Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan is the most comprehensive plan ever developed to protect the Great Barrier Reef for future generations.

The Coalition has...

Policy

9 May 2016

The construction industry employs more than 1 million Australians, in around 340,000 (predominantly small) businesses.

Unfortunately, bullying, intimidation and lawlessness are rife. As at March 2016, there were over 100 officials of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) before the courts for...

Policy

9 May 2016

Small business is the engine room of the Australian economy, employing 4.7 million Australians. Small and medium businesses are driving jobs growth in Australia and must continue to do so. That is why last year, we announced:

A 1.5 percentage point tax cut for...

Policy

9 May 2016

Australia's export trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea – three of our four largest export markets – will set Australia up for the long term. These agreements will grow our economy, create jobs and benefit consumers.

Independent economic modelling has found that...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Coalition has stopped the boats.

We have restored the integrity of Australia’s borders and have stopped the deaths at sea.

The Coalition removed all children who arrived by boat from detention in Australia. In contrast, Labor detained more than 8,500 children over...

Policy

9 May 2016

Middle income Australians are bearing a growing tax burden.

Without action, the average full time wage earner would face the second highest marginal tax rate this year and nearly half of all taxpayers would be in the top two brackets in ten years’ time....

Policy

9 May 2016

The Turnbull Government is investing record levels in our schools with total Commonwealth funds reaching $73.6 billion over the next four years. This is an increase of 26%. School funding will continue to increase each and every year going forward.

As part of this,...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Coalition is committed to building a more potent, agile and engaged Australian Defence Force (ADF), ready to respond whenever our interests are threatened or our help is needed.

To do this, we will increase Defence funding by $29.9 billion over the next ten...

Journal article

11 May 2016

On 7 February 2016, public housing tenants from the remote Aboriginal community of Santa Teresa in the Northern Territory commenced unprecedented legal action against the CEO of the Northern Territory Department of Housing in an attempt to address the poor state of housing in their...

Policy

9 May 2016

This investment is improving our intelligence capability and strengthening our border security against terrorism, crime and other threats, originating both here and overseas.

To keep Australians safe, the Government has also established:

The National Disruption Group – bringing together Federal agencies and state...

Policy

11 May 2016

Abortion laws are inconsistent across the states and territories meaning Australian women do not have equitable access to lawful abortion. Due to the work of Australian Sex Party MLC, Fiona Patten, Victoria has recently joined Tasmania in legislating a 150m safe access zone around abortion...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Coalition Government is investing a record $50 billion in Australia’s land infrastructure – to improve road and rail links, build dams and pipelines and support economic growth.

The Roads to Recovery funding for local roads has been increased by 83%, to $3.2 billion...

Policy

11 May 2016

Responsibility for animal welfare is shared across the three tiers of government with each state and territory having its own animal welfare and animal cruelty legislation. Depending on the state or territory, members of the RSPCA and other charitable organisations are deputised to enforce animal...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Government has provided an additional $2.9 billion in public hospital funding over the next three years (an increase of up to 6.5% a year) through an agreement with the states and territories that places greater focus on patient outcomes, particularly when it comes to...

Policy

11 May 2016

The British Monarch has no legal, constitutional or cultural relevance in modern Australia. She is not subject to Australian laws, nor is she accountable to the Australian people.

The Australian Sex Party supports the abolition of the British Monarch as Australia’s constitutional Head of...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Government is providing an additional $1.2 billion between 2018 and 2020 for schools, contingent upon reform efforts by the States and the non-government schools sector to improve education outcomes.

The Coalition Government is focused not just on more money but on making sure...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Coalition Government is taking action on domestic violence, with a $100 million Women’s Safety Package. Immediate and practical action is focussed on three key areas:

Keeping women safe at home

Innovative technology is being trialled and used to keep women safe, including...

Policy

11 May 2016

The Australian Sex Party would see personal drug use decriminalised. Most people who use illicit drugs are not physically or psychologically harmed by their use. The current ‘war on drugs’ (i.e., prohibition) does not reduce drug use or drug-related harm (physical, psychological or social). Decriminalisation,...

Policy

11 May 2016

Voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide for patients with a terminal illness and suffering severe pain to be decriminalised.

In addition to the patient’s primary medical practitioner a second and independent practitioner would be required to confirm his / her agreement with the diagnosis and...

Policy

11 May 2016

Australia has an obligation to assist other nations which are yet to experience our levels of prosperity. The OECD target for foreign aid, known as Official Development Assistance, is 0.7% of Gross National Income. We need to meet this level of aid in order to...

Policy

9 May 2016

Our Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan is the most comprehensive plan ever developed to protect the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. The Coalition has put in place an historic ban on capital dredge disposal in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – ending...

Commentary

Article

6 May 2016

The Turnbull government says it won’t allow refugees to be resettled in New Zealand because it’s the “back door” to Australia. Its argument rests on a series of misconceptions

Malcolm Turnbull sounded decidedly uncomfortable when Fran Kelly switched the topic to offshore detention...

Policy

11 May 2016

Australia needs to end its reliance on fossil fuels. The Australian Sex Party accepts that this can’t happen immediately, and that interim energy supplies are needed. If unconventional gas continues to be used, it should be seen as a short-term solution only, using industry best-practice,...

Commentary

Article

10 May 2016

As the election campaign gets under way, a visiting political scientist reflects on four sometimes-surprising months in the national capital

One of my first and strongest impressions of the differences between Canadian and Australian politics came, of all places, in the parliamentary gift...

Policy

11 May 2016

The government should not subsidise the activities of organisations that actively exclude members of society on the basis of otherwise protected attributes. End government funding for religious schools that discriminate against potential and current students on the basis of religious affiliation.

The Australian government...

Policy

11 May 2016

Australia’s system for responding to asylum seekers is cruel, dangerous and inefficient. It costs the country over $4 billion per year and takes an untold toll on the psychological and physical health of a group of people most in need of safety and support....

Policy

11 May 2016

On an international level, Australia performs well regards to its treatment of its LGBTIQ citizens. This standard of treatment does not, however, extend to LGBTIQ asylum seekers in Australia’s care. They routinely face humiliating and unnecessary scrutiny, are outed in front of fellow asylum seekers...

Policy

11 May 2016

Under the Marriage Act 1961 , a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant must:

complete Certificate IV in Celebrancy be assessed as a fit and proper person, and pay an application fee and ongoing annual fees ministers of religion authorised to solemnise marriages are not subject to...

Policy

11 May 2016

Most Australians support marriage equality and the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexuality. However, the Marriage Amendment Act 2004 discriminates on the basis of sex, sexuality and gender by not allowing same...

Policy

11 May 2016

The National School Chaplaincy Programme provides funding to government schools to appoint religious chaplains. This funding cannot be accessed to appoint non-religious student support staff. This is discriminatory against students of other faiths or beliefs, and runs counter to the founding principles of the Australian...

Research report

27 Apr 2016

Australian higher education equity policy focusses mostly on access and participation with the implicit assumption that disadvantage will be ameliorated through educational achievement. Less is known as to whether patterns of disadvantage continue post-completion. In a context in which graduate employability is becoming an important...

Journal article

9 Oct 2009

Abstract

In 1975, the FCC established the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule prohibiting common ownership of a daily newspaper and a full-power broadcast station that serve the same city. Unpopular among owners of media conglomerates since its inception, the rule has remained at the heart of...

Research report

10 May 2016

Analyses the impact of nearly 200 diseases and injuries in terms of living with illness (non-fatal burden) and premature death (fatal burden).

Summary Burden of disease analysis is a way to compare the impact of different diseases, conditions or injuries on a population....

Transcript

3 May 2016

This article presents a discussion with counter-terrorism expert Sidney Jones, relating to some of the potential security challenges confronting Indonesia.

Relative to its size, Indonesia has a jihadist movement that is very small and, for the most part, quite unsuccessful. Renowned counter-terrorism expert and...

Research report

3 May 2016

This Select Committee was established to inquire into whether a national integrity commission should be established to address institutional, organisational, political and electoral, and individual corruption and misconduct.

This interim report comprises three chapters. The second chapter provides an introduction to perceptions of corruption...

Literature review

31 Mar 2016

This Evidence Check examines the effect of comprehensive care in acute settings on patient outcomes.

The evidence shows that initiating a comprehensive care program has the potential to lead to increased patient satisfaction, increased involvement of patients in shared decision making and reduced length...

Journal article

15 Apr 2016

In 2013, the Northern Territory was the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce a smoke-free policy for all correctional facilities. This paper reports on a process evaluation to identify what worked well, key challenges and unintended consequences.

The researchers interviewed 87 people, comprising remand, medium-security...

Website

9 May 2016

Vote Compass is an educational tool developed by a non-profit group of political scientists and hosted by the ABC.

Based on your responses to a brief questionnaire, Vote Compass generates an analysis of how your views compare to the positions of the...

Research report

26 Mar 2016

Explores family attitudes and behaviors in Australia around reading books for fun.

Key findings In late 2015, Scholastic, in conjunction with YouGov, conducted a survey to explore family attitudes and behaviors in Australia around reading books for fun. The key findings of this...

Annual Report

Report

8 May 2016

Key Findings

1. Mothers do best in our cities. The top 10 best places to be a mother across the country are almost exclusively urban areas. Mothers in urban cities have better outcomes across all indicators. Access to maternal child health and...

Research report

6 May 2016

Executive Summary

The overall quality of the Australian research sector is high by OECD standards but Australia’s performance is poor when it comes to translating publicly funded research into collaboration with business. We rank last out of 26 OECD countries on the proportion...

Discussion paper

29 Oct 2014

Introduction

As a key, business-focused element of the Economic Action Strategy, the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda brings together and builds on the Government’s other economic reform efforts to make the most of Australia’s strengths and business opportunities.

Through the Competitiveness Agenda,...

Discussion paper

9 May 2016

This issues paper investigates a new way to ensure equal access to justice for all Tasmanians. It discusses the feasibility of instituting a communication assistant/intermediary scheme in Tasmania for people with complex communication needs involved in the criminal justice system to enhance their ability to...

Policy

9 May 2016

The Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda will help create a strong new economy with more jobs, by investing in the talents and ideas of the Australian people.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has estimated an innovation focussed Australian economy has the potential to add $37...

Journal article

28 Apr 2016

This article discusses The 2016 Defence White Paper, and the associated 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement, that demonstrate the need for innovation.

The 2016 Defence White Paper, and the associated 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement, give much prominence to the need for innovation. This...

Bill

Briefing paper

4 May 2016

This Bill seeks to ensure that Australian entities will be able to comply with new international margin requirements for non-centrally cleared over-the-counter (OTC) derivative transactions, which are due to come into force from September 2016.

The purpose of the Financial System Legislation Amendment (Resilience...

Transcript

3 May 2016

Budget speech 2016-17, delivered by Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison.

Australians know that our future depends on how well we continue to grow and shape our economy as we transition from the unprecedented mining investment boom to a stronger, more diverse, new economy. They know...

Commentary

Article

6 May 2016

Insights from the recent two year Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund pilot provide lessons about supporting Indigenous social enterprises to grow.

The Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund (ISEF) was established to support the development of Indigenous social enterprises to scale and become sustainable. A $1 million,...

Journal article

28 Apr 2016

The author discusses anxieties about the stability and fragility of South Pacific states, yet by specifying that all three of the key Strategic Defence Objectives mentioned in The 2016 Defence White Paper are “equally-weighted”, it elevates other regions to the same level of strategic import....

Strategy

18 Apr 2016

The New Zealand Health Strategy: Future direction outlines the high level direction for New Zealand’s health system over the 10 years from 2016 to 2026.

The New Zealand Health Strategy: Future direction outlines the high level direction for New Zealand’s health system over the...

Evaluation

29 Apr 2016

This report shows areas where the health sector is performing well for Pacific peoples and where further improvement is needed.

ʼAla Mo’ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2014–18 ( ̛Ala Mo’ui ) is a four-year plan that provides an outcomes framework to deliver...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Opening chapter of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Australia has never had a large public social service system like those of the Nordic countries,...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 1 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

In Australia in recent decades, market ideas and practices have come to dominate public policy. One...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 2 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

This chapter, by Susan Goodwin and Ruth Phillips, considers a range of changes in the not-for-profit...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 3 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Australian governments have shifted the focus of public policy onto the private sector in recent decades....

Annual Report

3 May 2016

This is the sixth report in the New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators series, with a focus on women giving birth and babies born in the 2014 calendar year.

The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators present comparative maternity interventions and outcomes data for pregnant women...

Fact sheet

31 Mar 2016

This series of factsheets and associated data tables provide information on the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification at a tertiary education provider in the New Zealand tertiary education system.

This series of factsheets and associated data tables provide information on the...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 5 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

In all the discussion about the impact of privatisation and marketisation of public service delivery, one...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 4 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Social benefit bonds (SBBs), also referred to as social impact bonds (SIBs), are a very recent...

Journal article

15 Apr 2016

The Autumn edition of new paradigm : the Australian Journal on Psychosocial Rehabilitation explores the key themes of the VICSERV Towards Recovery Conference: Hope, Innovation, Co-Design . This article explores these themes in relation to the establishment of recovery colleges in Australia.

The Mind...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 6 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Marketisation has profoundly affected the supply side of the human services system, both at the level...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 7 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

This chapter, by Lucy Groenhart and Nicole Gurran , explores the evolution of Australia’s housing assistance...

Article

Discussion paper

21 Apr 2016

This article discusses the similarities between Australian and New Zealand Indigenous people's troublesome health issues.

Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand, despite the distance separating them and varying histories, have one disturbing issue in common: poor health. A landmark comprehensive report published today...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 8 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Since the 1980s, changes in government policy have encouraged corporate investment into the hospitals, medical centres,...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 9 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Over the 1990s and 2000s, private actors have played an increasing role in the selection and...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 10 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

From about the mid-1980s both state and federal governments in Australia effected a series of market-oriented...

Chapter

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 11 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Privatisation is not the only force re-sculpting the rights, power and dignity of recipients of welfare...

Audio interview

Audio program

6 May 2016

In his official Budget reply address last night, Bill Shorten laid out Labor's plan to get the country moving in the wake of the mining boom. It's an agenda with an emphasis on education and clean energy.

The Opposition leader rejected the Government's Budget...

Policy

5 May 2016

The Youth Employment Package aims to give young job seekers under 25 years of age the employability skills and real work experience they need to get a job.

The package will boost young people’s job prospects by helping them be better prepared for the...

Briefing paper

3 May 2016

The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, is a strong advocate of both cutting income taxes and reducing the budget deficit. These two goals appear contradictory, since reducing government revenue would lead to a larger budget deficit. The Treasurer gets around this by making exaggerated claims about...

Journal article

31 Aug 2012

Schools and their development as sustainable assessment cultures requires insight into the interests and role of different stakeholders: school policy makers, teachers and their teaching teams, principals, parents, pupils and the local community. Researchers are not immediately included in this list, but as external advisers...

Journal article

19 Apr 2012

Translation theory has faced criticism from professional translators for adopting an ivory tower stance to the ‘real world’ challenges of translation. This article argues that a case can be made for considering the challenges of translation as it takes place in the school classroom. In...

Journal article

15 Sep 2008

Nick Peim has recently revisited the work of Walter Benjamin; specifically his famous essay on art and mechanical reproduction. In this reply, I too draw upon the inspiration of Benjamin to extend the argument to the question of experience and what might count as knowledge,...

Briefing paper

5 May 2016

This paper sets out the recent history of firearms offences, including the origins of the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW) in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre. It then outlines the distinction between non-strictly indictable and strictly indictable firearms offences, and considers the significance of...

Journal article

23 Apr 2008

The argument made in this essay is that it is necessary to theorize a form of assessment—the academic viva in higher education. It is threatened with extinction because of its high cost compared with written exams, multiple choice and other forms of assessment. However, little...

Policy

5 May 2016

Many households and businesses already attach battery storage to their clean energy systems. Now is the time to grow the industry, encourage the take-up of storage and help make Australia a renewable energy leader. With public interest high, now is the time for a targeted,...

Journal article

30 Jan 2012

The GTCE’s Code , we argue, may be seen as an attempt by a government agency to resolve the political and ideological tensions that emerge in a society that grapples with the paradox of revering individual autonomy whilst simultaneously being dependent upon state-delivered services like...

Journal article

11 Sep 2013

Studies have found that moral disengagement plays a significant role in the continuation of bullying situations (Bonanno, 2005); however, the moral stance of cyber-bystanders — those who witness online bullying — is not yet clear. While research into traditional face-to-face bullying reported that peers would...

Journal article

30 Sep 2014

This paper presents a theorised classroom-based account discussing the author’s interdisciplinary approach to engaging first-year teacher-education students in self-critical inquiry using creative writing techniques as an entry point into Arts-based three-dimensional storytelling. Via an interpretation of Lacan’s “speaking subject”—combined with theories of the postmodern “self”—the...

Journal article

9 Jun 2015

Green Infrastructure is the network of green spaces and water systems that delivers multiple environmental, social and economic values and services to urban communities. This living network strengthens the resilience of urban environments to respond to the major current and future challenges of climate change,...

Journal article

27 Nov 2014

School websites are providing education settings with the opportunity to transform and enhance the schooling experience. However, the perceived importance of school websites and the resources invested in developing and maintaining them varies considerably across settings. There is a need to better understand what constitutes...

Journal article

31 Dec 2008

A summer school in Science and Technology was held in January 2008 for nineteen Indigenous students commencing year 11 who were identified as having high academic potential in science and mathematics. Known as the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) the...

Literature review

28 Feb 2016

This Evidence Check review examined organisations that have a key role in healthcare performance measurement and reporting across developed economies. A total of 34 organisations from 12 countries were included in the analysis, with the aim of identifying trends in terms of mandates, functions, structure...

Website

4 May 2016

The Australian government budget sets out the economic and fiscal outlook for Australia, and includes expenditure and revenue estimates for the current financial year, the budget year, and three forward financial years. It shows the government's social and political priorities, and how the government intends...

Research report

4 May 2016

As Australia continues its transition to broader-based growth, the 2016-17 Budget Remains focused on jobs and growth. This Budget also reinforces the ongoing commitment to control spending to put the Budget on a sustainable foundation for the future. Excluding tax integrity measures, the Government is...

Research report

4 May 2016

Budget Paper No.2, Budget Measures 2016-17 ensures that the Budget Papers provide comprehensive information on all Government decisions that involve changes to its revenue, expense and investing activities since the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2015-16.

Budget Paper No. 2 comprises three parts:...

Research report

4 May 2016

The 2016-17 Budget is a national economic plan for growth and jobs. Australia’s future depends on how well we grow and shape our economy as we move from the unprecedented boom in mining investment to a stronger, broader based economy.

The Commonwealth is committed...

Research report

4 May 2016

This Budget sets out the Government’s economic plan to ensure Australia continues to successfully transition from the mining investment boom to a stronger, more diversified, new economy in three key ways.

First, by sticking to the Government’s plan for jobs and growth through:...

Commentary

Article

3 May 2016

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released a Specialist Disability Accommodation Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments. This is the NDIA’s strategy to increase the long-term supply of housing for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. It aims to foster the development of...

Research report

4 May 2016

The Government’s National Economic Plan for Jobs and Growth will facilitate the economy’s transition to broader-based growth over the next decade and beyond. The Government is ensuring that we have the right economic plan to respond to risks and harness exciting opportunities.

Research report

29 Apr 2016

Foreword

Biometric technologies make use of an individual’s unique biological characteristics to identify them in their dealings with government and business. Common biometrics include fingerprints, iris recognition, voice pattern recognition and facial recognition, among others.

There has been a considerable increase in...

Research report

4 May 2016

Australia’s population is changing, our way of doing business is changing, and the opportunities and challenges we face are changing. As we go through this economic transition, it is vital that our tax and superannuation systems are modernised to ensure that they are doing their...

Research report

4 May 2016

Like any Australian family or business, the Government is focused on keeping expenses down to balance the Budget and pay down debt. A stronger Budget supports jobs and growth and instils confidence as the economy transitions. Strengthening the nation’s finances is key to the Government’s...

Research report

4 May 2016

In 2016-17, Australian Government agencies will have responsibility for administering approximately $450.6 billion in expenses. Budget Paper No. 4 sets out the funding for agencies, their funding sources and the purposes of that funding under Outcome statements for each agency in the general government sector.1...

Research report

4 May 2016

Summary

This seventh national report presents information from 278 organisations across Australia, funded by the Australian Government to provide one or more of the following health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: primary health care, maternal and child health care, social...

Discussion paper

1 Apr 2016

Following national consultation on the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Pricing and Payments framework, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released the SDA Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments. The paper is designed to provide advice to the market and to give stakeholders the...

Research report

4 May 2016

Summary

According to the Commonwealth Bank, since the beginning of 2016 NSW has been Australia’s top performing economy, slightly ahead of Victoria and maintaining a healthy lead over other States and Territories. The April 2016 State of the States report found that NSW...

Research report

4 May 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is fond of declaring “there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian”. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has followed suit with his own superlative, challenging that the 2016-17 budget cannot be “just another budget, because these are extraordinary...

Audio interview

Audio program

4 May 2016

What are key takeaways from the Turnbull Government's 2016 federal budget?

As expected, it's all about the Prime Minister's main message: jobs and growth. Small business has cleaned up, while wealthy Australians have lost lucrative superannuation tax breaks.

To break it down, Fran...

Commentary

Article

1 May 2016

The recently released Productivity Commission report on the Australian intellectual property system is thorough and measured. Its recommendations are far from radical but if implemented would improve the environment for the creation and use of knowledge-based products in Australia. Currently, too many parts of the...

Article

4 May 2016

Introduction

The treasurer said before budget day that it would not be a typical budget and he was right, because – unlike any budget before – the big economic news of the day came from Martin Place with the Reserve Bank cutting the...

Commentary

Article

3 May 2016

Cuts to Australia’s foreign aid budget introduced by Joe Hockey last year are being maintained in the 2016 Budget, resulting in a further $224 million fall to $3.877 billion in 2016-17.

The latest reduction follows the biggest cut on record, with Hockey slashing $1...

Journal article

26 Apr 2016

Introduction

Australia’s strategic environment is most influenced by three factors: the status of the US-China relationship, America’s willingness to defend the rules-based global order in Asia, and the stability of the Asian region. This commentary examines the 2016 Defence White Paper’s analysis of...

Commentary

Article

4 May 2016

This article is a compilation of health-related organisations' responses to the 2016-17 federal budget, with a specific focus upon health policy and funding.

Journal article

4 May 2016

What are the common barriers, enablers and strategies to improving health outcomes in Indigenous chronic illness care and child health? Stakeholders interpreted aggregated quality improvement data on Indigenous chronic illness care and child health, enabling the research team to identify important ‘drivers’ and strategies for...

Working paper

2 May 2016

Abstract

This paper explores some of the factors that appear to be supporting the growth and success of the Central Land Council's multimillion-dollar Aboriginal community development program that operates across Central Australia. The program has driven a major change in the way that...

Guide

4 May 2016

Evolution of the media and how news is consumed in Australia has prompted reforms to media ownership laws. Current laws focus on traditional sources of news and fail to accommodate for the instantaneous and unregulated nature of the Internet. Reform has been encouraged to allow...

Journal article

24 Feb 2016

Describes the use of futures themes, concepts and techniques in undergraduate middle school teacher education courses.

Research report

4 May 2016

This research recommends that housing assistance be provided under a tenure-neutral model. Currently households with similar needs receive fundamentally different levels and types of housing assistance depending on their housing tenure (i.e. owner, private renter, in social housing etc.) rather than needs.

The research...

Statistics

11 Apr 2016

The Monthly Economic Review is an overview of the New Zealand economy. It includes the latest data on New Zealand’s economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data (such as the Reserve Bank’s official cash rate). The...

Journal article

20 May 2015

In this article we engage with and against Foucault's provocation to think about diagrams of subjectivation. With Foucault we take up his meditation on spirituality and propose a Buddhist alternative to Greco-Roman technologies of self. Against Foucault's notion of an ‘arts of existence’ we suggest...

Book

3 Aug 2015

The Australian Council for International Development is the peak body of Australian international development NGOs. This book explores ACFID’s history since its founding in 1965, drawing on current and contemporary literature as well as extensive archival material. The trends and challenges in international development are...

Research report

2 May 2016

Analyses eight key indicators: economic growth; retail spending; equipment investment; unemployment; construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements.

Executive Summary How are Australia’s states and territories performing? Each quarter CommSec attempts to find out by analysing eight key indicators: economic...

Research report

9 Dec 2015

In this report, Prosper Australia has provided a Speculative Vacancy measure to illustrate the actual utilisation of Australia’s housing stock over an 8 year period. Speculative Vacancies (SVs) are assessed as properties with abnormally low water usage of less than 50 litres per day (LpD)...

Research report

2 May 2016

Describes the effectiveness of correctional education in improving post-release outcomes

Abstract Using a longitudinal dataset of prisoners in Western Australia, this paper describes the effectiveness of correctional education in improving post-release outcomes. The report shows that the more classes completed by prisoners the...

Discussion paper

2 May 2016

Estimates the extent of corporate wrong-doing in Australia.

Summary A new report analysing findings from across several corporate regulatory bodies and related agencies finds widespread wrong-doing in the Australian private sector.

Meanwhile the six major regulatory bodies and other agencies have seen...

Commentary

2 May 2016

Men can expect to die approximately five years sooner than women, and men are more likely to die as a result of unintentional injury and suicide relative to women.

These differences are not well explained by physiological differences between men and women. One possible...

Research report

15 Mar 2016

This report for the Tasmania Department of Health and Human Services is volume 7 of 'Child Abuse And Neglect: A Socio-legal Study of Mandatory Reporting in Australia'.

This study aims to explore trends in the reporting of child abuse and neglect by different reporter...

Research report

18 Apr 2016

Analyses the links between mental health and two alternative workplace productivity measures– absenteeism and presenteeism.

Abstract Much of the economic cost of mental illness stems from workers’ reduced productivity. We analyze the links between mental health and two alternative workplace productivity measures –...

Guide

2 May 2016

Provides strategies and information on working effectively with media to prevent violence against women and their children.

Summary This guide is a supporting resource for "Working with news and social media to prevent violence against women and their children: A Strategic Framework for...

Research report

30 Apr 2016

Australia has a mature range of health, welfare and education programs, collectively referred to as a social purpose market. These services are provided in an increasingly complex, mixed market where governments (the Commonwealth, states and territories, and local government) contribute significant expenditure, with supplementary expenditure...

Research report

2 May 2016

More than 4,000 children and young people take part in consultations to tell the NSW Government what is or is not working for them.

Introduction

Every process has a beginning and this report sets out, in detail, the beginning of the development...

Commentary

Article

28 Apr 2016

By taking the initiative on the dreaded three-letter word, Labor has scored an important win

Federal Labor has released its climate change policy for the election, or at least an outline, and in one crucial respect the opposition can declare mission accomplished....

Commentary

Article

2 May 2016

Are Facebook, Google and Apple as different from the old news media as they claim to be?

Downsizers must be a problem for the embattled newspaper industry. Late last year my husband and I sold our family house and bought a small apartment...

Briefing paper

1 May 2016

This briefing paper presents the current state of open research data across academic disciplines. It describes disciplinary characteristics inhibiting a larger take - up of open research data mandates . Additionally, it presents the current strategies and policies established by funders, institutions, journals and data...