June 2016

Journal article

31 Oct 2015

The most curious and telling episode in more than four decades of Indonesia’s nuclear power planning was the nuclear establishment’s promotion of the tiny European country of Slovakia as an “inspiration” and national industrial partner for a proposed Bangka Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Between 2009...

Commentary

Article

30 Jun 2016

Europe offers lessons for Australian parties uneasy at the prospect of having to talk to each other

In the same week as Malcolm Turnbull called the 2016 Australian election, another conservative leader on the other side of the world did what his Australian...

Commentary

30 Jun 2016

Different times call for a different kind of campaign strategy, argues Marija Taflaga.

Discussion paper

1 Nov 2008

This paper investigates the role that arts and humanities research plays in the innovation system.

Key findings:

Arts and humanities research broadens our knowledge and provides new ideas that can be applied directly in innovation. For that research to be valuable,...

Research report

28 Jun 2016

This is one of three summary reports from the Survey of Adult Skills. This report covers key findings on how New Zealand adults’ skills compare internationally and on the skill levels of different groups of New Zealanders.

Key findings

» New Zealand adults’...

Policy

28 Jun 2016

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014, requires us (along with other State services and organisations providing government–funded services to children and families) to have a Child Protection Policy (CPP).

The Act requires our policy to:

Contain, at a minimum, how we identify and report...

Guide

14 Jun 2016

Introduction

The first edition of the Guide to Effective Practice in Youth Mentoring Aotearoa New Zealand (Guide), published in 2008, was a benchmark document commissioned by the Ministry of Youth Development.

It drew together essential knowledge for the emerging youth mentoring sector,...

Article

12 Dec 2012

Introduction

Desmond Ball’s labours through four decades to elucidate the character of United States defence and intelligence facilities in Australia, to document the evidence, test the balance of benefits and dangers to both national security and human security, and then tell the story...

Chapter

30 Jun 2012

Overview

Against a background of recurring crises in Australia’s most sensitive security relationship, one new approach to the security aspects of relations between Australia and Indonesia could be based on the possibilities of new communities of shared interests emerging to deal with the...

Audio interview

28 Jun 2016

The West Australian Premier has been forced to quash suggestions the government is planning to allow the TAB to install electronic gaming machines. The idea had been floated by the state's Racing Minister as part of negotiations over the sale of the government-owned betting agency....

Research report

28 Jun 2016

This report assesses the health effects of mandatory folic acid and iodine fortification, introduced to help reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects and address the re emergence of iodine deficiency in the population.

Summary

At the request of the then Australia...

Research report

27 Jun 2016

Overview

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Nonresident Fellow Dr Malcolm Cook argues that the incoming Duterte administration in the Philippines promises to be very different from the Aquino administration. In particular, security policy under Duterte will be more inward-looking and focused on the...

Research report

27 Jun 2016

Overview

Manis is the Bahasa word for ‘sweet’. It also could symbolise a grouping of maritime partners on the southern edge of South-east Asia: Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Singapore.

MANIS regional maritime cooperation forum, could address a vast range of...

Working paper

22 Jun 2016

Abstract

CAEPR Working Paper 108/2016 described the number and pattern of social security penalties being applied to jobseekers participating in the Remote Jobs and Communities Program. The paper argued that more onerous requirements of jobseekers in the remote areas covered by that scheme...

Statistics

29 Jun 2016

Overview

The Australia Institute commissioned polling on a number of issues relating to refugee issues. In brief:

- 61% said that Australia should accept New Zealand’s offer to take 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru. This included 58% of Coalition voters...

Discussion paper

29 Jun 2016

What are politicians saying at this Federal election in relation to seniors from multicultural backgrounds?

As part of The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria’s (ECCV) policy advocacy on behalf of seniors from non-English speaking backgrounds, ECCV wrote letters to the Greens, Australian Labor Party,...

Commentary

Article

29 Jun 2016

When Kevin Rudd and his people burst forth with their “Kevin ’07” election slogan nine years ago, social media was seen primarily as a dramatic symbol of generational change: Rudd was the future; John Howard was the past.

In this election, social media has...

Blog post

10 Jun 2016

Following a special workshop convened by the London School of Economics and Political Science's Media Policy Project on ‘Automation, Prediction and Digital Inequalities’, Tal Zarsky, Professor of Law at the University of Haifa, discusses some of the regulatory and policy implications that arise from companies’...

Commentary

28 Jun 2016

To understand what’s at stake, we need to recall how successive governments have treated the scheme

THE election campaign battle over Medicare should come as no surprise. It echoes disputes during previous campaigns and have their origins in ideological divides that date back...

Commentary

Article

28 Jun 2016

Known unknowns – including the Nick Xenophon team’s election-day performance – make a precise prediction difficult. But the evidence points mainly one way

AS THIS extended election campaign nears its (possibly merciful) end, there is a commentariat consensus that Labor, while making some...

Commentary

Article

25 Jun 2016

This article suggests that the Brexit vote was not - as suggested by journalists and campaigners on both sides - a kind of anti-establishment insurgency. Justin Lewis, Professor of Communication at Cardiff University claims that 52% of voters made a choice in line with reported...

Audio interview

Audio program

27 Jun 2016

Billions of dollars worth of spending has been promised during this election campaign on transport infrastructure around the country. Now a Grattan Institute analysis of the promises has found many of the projects have no business case whatsoever. The research also highlights that viable projects...

Journal article

27 Jun 2016

This audit presents evidence of high rates of suicide and self-harm in Indigenous people of the Kimberley region, and highlights the need for multidisciplinary, culturally appropriate, innovative and youth-focused approaches to suicide prevention activities.

Journal article

27 Jun 2016

Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the extent of objective ‘non-beneficial treatments (NBTs)’ (too much) anytime in the last 6 months of life in routine hospital care.

Data sources: English language publications in Medline, EMBASE, PubMed, Cochrane library, and the grey literature...

Audio interview

Audio program

28 Jun 2016

In the face of Europe's upheaval following the shock Brexit vote, and the uncertainty that now surrounds immigration and trade matters, Malcolm Turnbull says Australia could team up with New Zealand to negotiate new arrangements.

The Brexit raises challenges for Australia's free trade negotiations...

Discussion paper

Policy

23 Jun 2016

Every election campaign seems full of promises to spend more money, raise more taxes and make government bigger. Voters expect politicians to offer solutions to all manner of problems, most of them far outside federal jurisdiction and many of which are not problems government can...

Research report

31 Jan 2015

Voiceless's latest in-depth report, The Life of the Dairy Cow, offers valuable insights into the emotional stress and physical strain experienced by the modern Australian dairy cow. Through rigorous analysis of current scientific knowledge as well as the examination of the relevant legal framework, this...

Research report

1 Jun 2016

This report illuminates the important contributions to Victorian cultural life made by council collection activities, and identifies opportunities for enhancing this work. It includes findings about council collections and displays, and draws attention to how councils assist community collecting groups such as Historical Societies. The...

Discussion paper

Policy

Report

20 Jun 2016

This document sets out AVCAL’s views on how government and industry can work together to ensure that Australia retains and nurtures its promising entrepreneurs and businesses. In a globalised economy where capital and labour is increasingly mobile, and the rate of technological change rapid, it...

Briefing paper

15 Dec 2015

The evaluation found:

There is no single best approach to preparing and supporting teachers; the choice of pre-service and/or in-service approaches depends on context-specific needs, and readiness to sustain the approach. DFAT’s experience provides valuable lessons compared to what the literature suggests is ‘good...

Research report

24 May 2016

Diversity needs to remain in focus for corporate organisations, with the latest statistics of women on boards and at executive level still showing vast imbalance.

In the new ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations on Diversity report , which analyses the disclosures on...

Research report

30 Nov 2015

The draft report on Australia’s climate policy options is the second part of the Authority’s Special Review, as requested by the Minister for the Environment. The Authority will look at the full range of policies, including the various types of emissions trading schemes.

The...

Website

28 Jun 2016

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

In accordance with the Act, the Government,...

Article

28 Jun 2016

Measuring the things that matter most is only part of the story; real change comes through building a culture that understands how to use this data to manage to outcomes.

Five key reasons for managing to outcomes are: to sustain or grow funding, to...

Commentary

Article

28 Jun 2016

Barrels of ink are required for the reporting of high crimes and misdemeanours. A decent murder, drugs trafficking, corporate skulduggery or kidnapping trial is a favourite part of the media diet and also feeds the insatiable appetite of the public’s curiosity, or as we sometimes...

Discussion paper

Policy

18 May 2016

Property touches the lives of all Australians. As the nation's biggest industry, property creates prosperity, jobs and strong communities.

Property is both a major part of the household balance sheet and the Australian economy - and one of the few industries enjoying sustained growth....

Research report

12 Dec 2013

Following the election in September 2013 the Government issued an interim Statement of Expectations (SOE) to NBN Co Limited (NBN Co) that outlined the Government’s commitment to completing the construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The Strategic Review was undertaken by NBN Co...

Infographic

Report

28 Jul 2015

DA16 is our 6th industry report about the state of interactive media in Australia with a focus on demographics, play habits, behaviours and attitudes. DA16 also explores the notion that games are more than just fun and shows how Australians use games at school, at...

Commentary

Article

28 Jun 2016

Last month, the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission recommended that the state government develop a business venture to store a large fraction of the world’s high- and intermediate-level nuclear power station wastes in South Australia. It proposes to do this by first building...

Commentary

Article

28 Jun 2016

If you need some cheering up, or some reassurance that it's not all a waste of time, or indeed even the tiniest scrap of evidence that the entire democratic world isn't sliding helplessly into a morass of property-developer-electing, compulsively-Brexiting kneejerk nationalism, try thinking about July...

Guide

24 Jun 2016

A new resource from the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG) provides local government in Tasmania with a practical approach to developing strategic workforce plans.

Workforce planning in the local government sector is essential to meet the needs of communities and...

Commentary

Article

27 Jun 2016

Europe, outsiders, parties, experts, London, the United Kingdom itself – all were rejected in Britain’s referendum

here are days that concentrate decades. 23–24 June 2016, when Britain voted to leave the European Union, was one. The decision to end forty-three years of economic...

Audio podcast

23 Jun 2016

Overview

For this episode of Sub Rosa podcast, Kate Grealy spoke with Shakira Hussein, a researcher at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute and author of the recently released book From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11 .

We discussed her...

Commentary

Article

24 Jun 2016

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has opened a fundamental crack in the western world. Australia’s relationship with the United Kingdom is grounded in the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Given Australia’s strong and enduring ties with the UK and the EU, the...

Research report

24 Jun 2016

Key findings:

2015 saw the first collective net loss in the Top 40’s history (US$27B) Market capitalisation is down 37% negating all gains from the commodity super-cycle High debt sees some miners fighting for survival through asset fire sales Focus on costs continues, but...

Briefing paper

24 Jun 2016

Offshore processing (referred to by the Australian Government as “regional processing”) is the term used to describe the arrangements by which Australia sends people seeking asylum who arrive by boat to either Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where their refugee...

Literature review

31 Mar 2015

The review describes examples from different countries of practices in educational policy and teacher development focused on enhancing teacher quality. It identifies policies that support teacher development as well as the characteristics of effective pre-service teacher education programs and of high-quality professional learning programs for...

Commentary

Article

31 Dec 2015

Australia has an addiction to going to war with its US alliance partner, ‘our great and powerful friend’, whatever the strategic and human consequences. Australia’s armed forces have been at war in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria—and now unannounced at sea in the Yemeni civil...

Article

Discussion paper

22 Jun 2016

A public health approach aims to prevent or reduce a particular illness or social problem in a population by identifying risk indicators. It is an approach that aims to prevent problems occurring in the first place, quickly respond to problems if they do occur, and...

Chapter

13 Jul 2015

This article presents an argument about the relationship between global problems, complexity, problem-solving, and East Asian civil society. In section 1, we begin by asking two fundamental questions: what is specifically “global” about a global problem, and what underlies an issue of global concern that...

Commentary

30 Apr 2015

Almost everything about the Abbott government’s project to spend up to $40 billion on twelve new submarines is breathtakingly wrongheaded, hazardous strategically and profligate financially. The process of deciding which country and company will be lead builder is a zigzag without logic born of prime-ministerial...

Commentary

24 Jun 2016

State governments traditionally regulate gambling in Australia. They tend to work closely with “industry” to promote gambling’s benefits, as they see them.

These benefits include revenue for cash-strapped state treasuries (about $5.75 billion a year, $3.5 billion of it from pokies), glitzy tourist attractions...

Research report

15 Jun 2016

This report, published by the Parenting Research Centre, responds to the gaps between the expert knowledge and common assumptions among the Australian public about what effective parenting involves. The study describes what the common assumptions are about parenting as a first step to seeking to...

Research report

23 Jun 2016

The January 2016 Waroona Fire caused significant damage, particularly to the town of Yarloop, and resulted in the tragic loss of life. The Government of Western Australia committed to managing bushfire-related risk and continuously improving the state’s capabilities to prevent, mitigate and respond to major...

Commentary

Article

23 Jun 2016

The message is already clear: huge sections of the population in both the UK and the US have unambiguously stated their preference for nativism and global retreat. For the first time in our history, Australia can no longer take for granted the certainty of a...

Research report

24 May 2016

The trafficking of wildlife is increasingly recognised as both a specialised area of organized crime and a significant threat to many plant and animal species. In response to this growing awareness, UNODC has been mandated to build a Global Programme on Wildlife and Forest Crime,...

Commentary

Article

24 Jun 2016

In my last column I looked at how little the coal and gas industries contribute to the Queensland state budget. Now let’s see what they take out of it.

Between 2008-09 and 2012-13 the coal industry was like Augustus Gloop winning a golden ticket...

Working paper

23 Jun 2016

This paper uses the GTAP Static model to predict the potential impact of economic growth in China on bilateral trade between China and Australia in 2025, under three different scenarios representing the business-as-usual, the successful reform and the stagnation cases respectively. The results show that...

Video

22 Jun 2016

In the run-up to the 2016 federal election, the Pre-Election Legal Affairs Debate featured the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, and the Shadow-Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP.

The debate explored the policies of the Coalition and the Australian Labor Party...

Commentary

24 Jun 2016

Most Australians who take an interest in politics, at least those of a certain age, remember that John Hewson's policy in 1993 to introduce a 15 per cent GST lost him the unloseable election to Paul Keating. Except that is not quite right. There was...

Research report

23 Jun 2016

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

Video

21 Jun 2016

Overview

Department of Health Secretary, Martin Bowles, addressed the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) as part of the 'Secretary Series' on Tuesday 21 June.

Martin took the opportunity to speak about the good work underway at Health, as well as reflect...

Research report

1 Jun 2016

The Australian Government has released the first National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy to guide the response to the threat of antibiotic misuse and resistance.

The strategy was developed in partnership with industry and government, and will guide action by governments, health professionals, veterinarians, farmers and...

Research report

8 Jun 2016

There appears to be a reasonably common understanding about plagiarism and collusion in assessment items written in prose text. However, there are many disciplines of study that use assessment items not based in prose. In computing there are computer programs, databases, spreadsheets, and more; in...

Evaluation

Report

Strategy

15 Dec 2015

Investing in teachers analysed Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) experience and identified lessons for improving teacher development policies and programs. The evaluation provides a typology of intervention options, in-depth case studies and contrasting cases to highlight achievements and challenges in different development...

Journal article

27 May 2016

The release of the Defence White Paper 2016 marked a tectonic shift in attitudes to international engagement, elevating it to an ‘integrated core function’ of Australian Defence Force business. This article proposes a human resources framework for the Australian Army to allow it to generate...

Commentary

Article

23 Jun 2016

Parakeelia. Sounds like an exotic and colourful member of the parrot species, but it's a bird of prey.

Its activities have not yet achieved the attention they deserve because, when one says "politicians' entitlements" and "political funding disclosure" in the same sentence, the national...

Report

Survey

16 Jun 2016

A majority of Australians think the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union, according to new Lowy Institute polling. In a decisive result, 51% of Australian adults say the United Kingdom ‘should remain a member of the European Union’, while only 19% say it...

Commentary

Article

23 Jun 2016

Over the last 25 years, home ownership rates have fallen sharply for young Australians. Between 1982 and 2011, the home ownership rate for young adults aged 25 to 34 years dropped from 56% to 34%. Growing concerns about their home ownership prospects have prompted those...

Journal article

19 Jun 2016

The Medicare-rebated Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (Medicare Benefits Schedule [MBS] item number 715) has been progressively implemented across Australia since 1999.

Semi-structured interviews and self-complete mail surveys with 31 general practice staff and practitioners were combined with an audit...

Blog post

17 Jun 2016

Ever heard the one about the political process that was corrupted by donations from corporations? Oh, sorry. Of course you have. Fair enough too, as it’s a simple premise. We all donate to things that we have a personal stake or interest in. People donate...

Book

15 Jun 2016

On 11 September 1973, the Chilean Chief of the Armed Forces Augusto Pinochet overthrew the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende and installed a military dictatorship. Yet this is a book not of parties or ideologies but public history. It focuses on the memorials and...

Audio interview

Audio program

23 Jun 2016

With the election just over a week away, the Greens will today issue their demands in the event of a hung parliament.

Addressing the National Press Club, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale will announce that as part of any power sharing arrangement, the Greens...

Research report

23 Jun 2016

New research shows a rising number of the Australian adult population are not enrolled, not casting a vote or voting informally.

Combined with the sinking major party vote, nearly 40% of Australian adults did not vote for either party able to form government in...

Journal article

20 May 2016

The best use of diagnostic imaging is a challenge for many health professionals and the health system. Potential hazards of inappropriate imaging include exposure to ionising radiation, false positive and negative results, unexpected incidental findings, overdiagnosis and cost.

While normal imaging results can reassure...

Research report

20 Jun 2016

Disability Support Services fund supports for approximately 32,000 people with disabilities, as well as equipment for approximately 80,000 people.

This publication presents aggregated demographic information about the people with disabilities who have been allocated Ministry of Health funded disability supports (excluding equipment). The report...

Research report

21 Jun 2016

From a public health perspective, the purpose of a good drugs strategy should be to improve and protect the public’s health and wellbeing by preventing and reducing the harm linked to substance use, whilst also balancing any potential medicinal benefits. RSPH is calling for the...

Article

5 Jun 2016

The life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the population remains two decades wide. Despite the ABS reporting that the life expectancy gap has been reduced to 10.6 years, it is in fact still more than 20 years less...

Discussion paper

Report

21 Jun 2016

In this paper I rectify and extend the market governance model of Holmstrom and Tirole (1993) to develop and test a number of hypotheses concerning board structure and incentives. The forced departure of "non-independent" directors from the boards of companies due to regulatory-induced pressure enables...

Data portal

28 Apr 2016

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. The NATSISS is a six-yearly multidimensional social survey which provides...

Guide

Report

11 Mar 2014

Following a comprehensive review in 2012-13, the 21 members of the ASX Corporate Governance Council (“Council”) agreed that it was an appropriate time to issue a third edition of the Principles and Recommendations. The changes in the third edition reflect global developments in corporate governance...

Commentary

6 Jun 2016

The latest ABS report on Indigenous people in the workforce confirms an ongoing trend of low participation. Our research shows that non-standard recruitment agencies, more education and ongoing mentoring and support are key to improving these disappointing statistics.

While there was a narrowing of...

Fact sheet

31 Aug 2015

This fact sheet describes selected characteristics of Māori tertiary education students. It includes:

Māori student participation in tertiary education enrolment trends by gender and study loads employment outcomes of young Māori graduates student allowances recipients and loan borrowers, fields of study, qualification completions, and...

Commentary

Article

21 Jun 2016

The UNSC voting is scheduled for Tuesday 28 June, and three of the five seats are being contested:

Bolivia and Ethiopia are each running uncontested Kazakhstan and Thailand are competing for one Asia–Pacific seat Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden are competing for two seats...

Discussion paper

3 Jun 2016

Supported by one of the most professional and dedicated foreign policy bureaucracies in the world, one can rely on any Australian government that wins office to perform their duty to represent our country in a diligent and tireless manner. The difference lies in whether a...

Discussion paper

3 Jun 2016

Mainstream thinking accepts that the main tenets of Australian foreign policy are the US alliance, engagement with the Indo-Pacific and our global interests. We differ over emphasis and approach, but we are fortunate to have broad agreement on the component parts. This is one reason...

Discussion paper

3 Jun 2016

Election campaigns are mostly argued on the basis of local issues that have direct impacts on our community; so much so that the phrase “all politics is local” is considered self-evident. However, some things are missed in our three-year electoral cycle. The biggest gap in...

Research report

6 Jun 2016

Australian participation in the operation of Pine Gap is effectively complete, with access to all areas of the base except the US National Cryptographic Room. The senior Australian Defence officials who negotiated the original implementing agreement with the CIA sought and obtained access to all...

Research report

22 Feb 2016

Antennas are the most readily available and visible evidence of the existence, character, and size of signals intelligence facilities that operate or monitor space systems. Coupled with data on the timing of developments in US geosynchronous satellite programs, the timing of antenna installation now permits,...

Research report

24 Nov 2015

The management of operations at the Pine Gap facility has become increasingly complex as the functions of the station have expanded, the number of agencies involved has grown, and the demands of a wider range of ‘users’ or ‘customers’ for the provision of ‘actionable intelligence’...

Research report

15 Oct 2015

Pine Gap’s initial and still principal importance to the United States lies in its role as a ground control and processing station for geosynchronous signals intelligence satellites. Nine geosynchronous SIGINT (signals intelligence) satellites have been operated by Pine Gap over the past 45 years. That...

Research report

18 Aug 2015

The higher management of Pine Gap is and has always been an entirely American affair. To understand Pine Gap today, it is necessary to understand the organisations of the US intelligence community and military concerned with the acquisition of technical intelligence, and their politics over...

Research report

14 Aug 2015

The Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, located just outside the town of Alice Springs in Central Australia and managed by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), is one of the largest US technical intelligence collection facilities in the world. Pine Gap today hosts three distinct...

Research report

14 Aug 2015

The Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, located just outside the town of Alice Springs in Central Australia and managed by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), is one of the largest U.S. technical intelligence collection facilities in the world. The corporate presence at Pine Gap...

Journal article

22 Jun 2016

Importance Rapid-fire weapons are often used by perpetrators in mass shooting incidents. In 1996 Australia introduced major gun law reforms that included a ban on semiautomatic rifles and pump-action shotguns and rifles and also initiated a program for buyback of firearms.

Objective...

Research report

28 May 2015

The recent expansion of FORNSAT/COMSAT (foreign satellite/communications satellite) interception by the UKUSA or Five Eyes (FVEY) partners has involved the installation over the past eight years of multiple advanced quasi-parabolic multi-beam antennas, known as Torus, each of which can intercept up to 35 satellite communications...

Research report

20 Jun 2016

Wars and persecution have driven more people from their homes than at any time since UNHCR records began, according to this new report.

The report, entitled Global Trends, noted that on average 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015, four times...

Audio interview

Audio program

21 Jun 2016

This interview discusses recent survey results regarding Australians' attitudes towards the ANZUS Alliance and our relations with China.

Support for the ANZUS alliance has fallen to its lowest point in almost a decade. New research shows that Australians are increasingly looking to China to...

Report

Survey

21 Jun 2016

2016 marks the twelfth year of the annual Lowy Institute Poll. In a year of elections − the Australian election, the US presidential election and the selection of a new UN Secretary-General − the 2016 Poll has findings on how Australians feel about each of...

Research report

16 Jun 2016

The ACCR's new report, ‘Corporate political expenditure in Australia,’ looks at what shareholders and the public know about corporate political expenditure in Australia. We find that the answer is very little. Shareholders would be shocked to find that if they knew that some resource companies...

Discussion paper

16 Jun 2016

This paper was released to assist participants in preparing a submission to the public inquiry into Human Services. It outlines a range of issues about which the Commission seeks information.

Background to the inquiry

The Competition Policy Review recommended that governments should,...

Research report

1 Jun 2016

A series of regular reports that track services provided in NSW public hospitals and the timeliness with which they are delivered.

Introduction Every day around 25,000 people receive care in the NSW public hospital system. Hospital Quarterly is a series of regular reports...

Research report

21 Jun 2016

Overview

This paper provides an assessment and overview of the ADF’s command, control, computing, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (known commonly as ‘C4ISR’) capabilities in the context of the ADF’s goal of pursuing a network-centric warfare capability. The paper is the final part...

Commentary

Article

21 Jun 2016

The privatisation of Australia’s Medicare organisation has become a hot issue in this election with the Labor party accusing the Liberals of wanting to privatise Medicare.

The federal government earlier this year earmarked $5 million to fund consultants to review the digital payment services...

Commentary

Article

22 Jun 2016

In this election, for the first time in a long time, South Australia is a live state - where the results will likely have a significant impact on the national picture (especially in the Senate) and where the result in a number of seats is...

Briefing paper

Report

22 Jun 2016

Ahead of federal elections, The Climate Institute does an assessment of the major parties' policies. In mid 2016, we find that all party policies need work to become credible, scalable and durable.

Policies are 'credible if they explicitly link to shared, meaningful, climate outcomes...

Research report

20 Jun 2016

Introduction

Internationally, there is growing recognition that measuring societal progress should involve measuring wellbeing: identifying whether people are able to lead meaningful, happy and fulfilled lives is just as, if not more, important than understanding economic growth. Despite this recognition, there remains limited...

Policy

15 May 2016

A Shorten Labor Government will work with our universities, industry and science agencies to get the incentives right to meet the needs of the future economy.

From skill shortages in key occupations to productivity-driving opportunities in new industries, universities will be encouraged within the...

Journal article

2 Feb 2013

A scoping review was undertaken to examine current Australian federal, state and territory government health policy documents to ascertain their relevance to midlife and older adult sexual health. It was found that the sexual health of midlife and older adults was not specifically referred to...

Audio interview

Audio program

22 Jun 2016

Higher education is on the election radar, but the future of the university and vocational education sectors is far from clear. The Coalition is promising an 'efficient pricing review' by an expert advisory panel, while Labor has pledged to establish a Higher Education Productivity and...

Discussion paper

15 Jun 2016

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released a discussion paper on proposed changes to its general insurance statistical publications.

APRA proposes to publish more general insurance statistics, including data recently determined non-confidential. In doing so, APRA intends to improve the relevance of APRA’s...

Website

15 Feb 2016

On 30 September 2015 Andrew Barr MLA, Chief Minister, and Shane Rattenbury MLA, the Minister Assisting on Transport Reform, announced reforms to the taxi and on-demand transport industry. The announcement follows a review that investigated how emerging technologies and new business models can contribute to...

Research report

18 May 2016

In GAO's survey of 24 federal agencies, the 18 agencies having high-impact systems identified cyber attacks from “nations” as the most serious and most frequently-occurring threat to the security of their systems. These agencies also noted that attacks delivered through e-mail were the most serious...

Website

22 Jun 2016

The Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Bill 2016 , passed by the NSW Parliament on 22 June 2016, covers flexible transport services that can take customers on the route they choose, at the time that suits them. This website provides information on...

Discussion paper

20 Jun 2016

With experience as a prison doctor and psychiatrist, Theodore Dalrymple decries the impact of the welfare state and a culture of dependence in society.

A phrase such as ‘a broken society’ should not be made to bear more meaning than it has. Societies do...

Guide

15 Jun 2016

The Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide was created by Media Access Australia to provide guidance on how best to address accessibility-related issues for people with cognitive disability in a digital media context.

Such disabilities include acquired brain injury (ABI), autism, dementia, developmental disability, Down...

Research report

22 Jun 2016

There is growing recognition of the importance of addressing the mental health needs of young people in the university sector. 1.3 million Australians were enrolled in tertiary education in 2014 and this number is increasing each year. The majority of these students are young people...

Policy

6 Nov 2015

More than any other social policy issue in Australia, the issue of ageing for CALD Australians is one that is not only an imperative but also one in which the data demonstrates the importance of this segment across the breadth of ageing Australia.

Older...

Journal article

3 Jun 2016

Included in this edition is the outcome document of the FECCA-National Ageing Research Institute National Roundtable, which provides results of the discussion that will inform the development of the research strategy and a plan of action.

Journal

11 Dec 2015

FECCA is pleased to announce the release of a special edition of Australian Mosaic. Issue 42, is a snapshot of the FECCA 2015 National Biennial Conference: Building a better future for all Australians , held in partnership with Ethnic Communities Council of NSW (ECC NSW)....

Transcript

15 Jun 2016

Dr Scott Hollier, the Director of Digital Accessibility for Media Access Australia, launched The Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide at the 2016 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities conference in Melbourne.

The new guide has been designed to deliver practical,...

Audio presentation

26 Apr 2016

In this presentation to the recent Graph Connect Europe 2016 conference in London, Mar Cabra, the Madrid-based team member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists who heads its data journalism operation, discusses the methods used to unravel the Panama Papers amongst other major "leak"...

Research report

20 Jun 2016

Summary

Based on surveys of Chinese, UK, American and domestic tourists, results show that tourism areas adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef risk losing over 1 million visitors per year, worth over $1 billion in tourism expenditure. This expenditure supports around 10,000 tourism...

Working paper

24 May 2013

The growing size and significance of investments by Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), especially those of rapidly growing Asian economies, are having a profound impact on the dynamics of markets across the world. Better understanding global state investment capital is an increasingly...

Research report

21 Jun 2016

This research investigated the experiences of women with lived experiences of being diagnosed or labelled with Borderline Personality Disorder in the ACT and the experiences of service providers who helped and supported them. The findings of this report highlight several areas of future work that...

Discussion paper

15 Jun 2016

FECCA have released its consultation report, ‘Digital Access and Equity for Multicultural Communities’.

The Australian Government is investing in the digital transformation agenda to drive innovation and make it easier for individuals and businesses to access government services.

The move to digital government...

Guide

9 Jun 2016

The FECCA New and Emerging Community Organisation Tool-Kit provides information on how to set up, manage, gain funding for and sustain a not-for-profit community organisation in Australia.

The toolkit has a number of sections which contain information on the regulatory requirements, hints and tips,...

Research report

15 Jun 2016

Eight years after the Great Recession sent the U.S. newspaper industry into a tailspin, the pressures facing America’s newsrooms have intensified to nothing less than a reorganization of the industry itself, one that impacts the experiences of even those news consumers unaware of the tectonic...

Conference paper

28 Apr 2014

Abstract: This paper presents preliminary findings from an exploratory multi-method study into pre-service teachers’ perspectives regarding legal and ethical issues relevant to the use of ICT in schools. It identifies requirements for legal literacy that not only support legally compliant behaviour, but which can also...

Conference paper

28 Apr 2014

Abstract:

The extent of transformation of education by integration of ICT appears not to match that in other sectors. More effective preparation of teachers is widely assumed to be part of any solution, leading to interest in what knowledge, skills and dispositions are required...

Briefing paper

20 Jun 2016

The Australian Computer Society, – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – has released its Federal Election Manifesto, identifying five key policy areas that must be addressed if Australia is to secure its economic future in the information age.

1. Digital skills...

Report

Statistics

13 Apr 2016

General Information Entry into these schools in Year 7 is determined by the students’ results in the Selective High School Placement Test 1 in English (including reading and writing), mathematics and general ability, together with their primary school's assessment of their performance in English...

Website

16 Jun 2016

'Know your bones' helps adults assess their likelihood of fractures , including those diagnosed with osteopenia and osteoporosis.

New figures reveal a bone break every 3.4 minutes due to poor bone health

An Australian - first bone health self - assessment tool...

Research report

10 Jun 2016

Reviews the causes, diagnosis and management of hearing loss as it applies to elderly patients. The review describes a useful approach that clinicians can apply to daily practice.

Background Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in elderly patients, and is often...

Research report

17 Jun 2016

This report assesses the impact of NCVER's research against two themes: the role of apprenticeships in a modern economy and the nature of vocations and competencies required by industry. Using the framework developed by NCVER, this case study evaluation reveals the extent to which NCVER's...

Policy

20 Jun 2016

Key Commitments

Australia’s cities are home to the majority of our population and responsible for more than 80 per cent of national economic output. Liveable, accessible cities with clean environments are now essential economic assets.

In the knowledge economy, people are our...

Research report

16 Jun 2016

This Guideline, the Family Violence Assessment and Intervention Guideline: Child Abuse & Intimate Partner Violence (2016) replaces the Ministry of Health’s 2002 Family Violence Intervention Guidelines: Child and Partner Abuse. The revision has been informed by contemporary international and national research and health guidelines for...

Briefing paper

4 May 2016

Much of this year’s Budget was already ‘old news’ by the time the Treasurer stood to address Parliament at 7:30 last night. His speech confirmed many measures which had been selectively leaked to journalists: the small business measures, the Google tax Mk II, the increase...

Report

Strategy

24 Mar 2016

Financial technology, or FinTech, is transforming our financial system and potentially our entire economy and it’s not just about digitising transactions. Just as the internet has empowered people around the globe through access to information, financial technology is reducing information asymmetry in the marketplace and...

Report

14 Jun 2016

Australia’s record long stretch of uninterrupted economic growth has not been by chance but by design. To continue experiencing economic growth, and opportunities for all Australians, requires the nation to become more innovative, more competitive, and to better equip and engage its workers. This growth...

Briefing paper

15 Jun 2016

Investment confidence in Australia’s renewable energy sector has significantly improved following the legislation of the revised Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) in mid- 2015, a new Prime Minister that is more supportive of renewable energy and a strong outcome at the Paris climate change conference....

Research report

16 Jun 2016

This audit considers the activities of the Capital Metro Agency in initiating the Capital Metro Light Rail Project, following the ACT Government’s 2012 policy decision, including project management, governance and administrative arrangements associated with the Capital Metro Light Rail Project and activities to design the...

Report

Strategy

15 Jun 2016

The Four Year Plan is intended to be read in conjunction with our refreshed Strategic Intentions.

The refreshed Strategic Intentions were endorsed by the Prime Minister and our Portfolio Ministers, and published in October 2015. Refer to Annex four for a copy which sets...

Research report

15 Jun 2016

Under a cloud of rising debt, soaring house prices and the struggle to find secure, full-time employment, today’s young Australians are facing a very real possibility that their generation will be the first to be worse off than their parents.

While today’s young people...

Audio interview

Audio program

17 Jun 2016

The Coalition youth unemployment policy detailed in the budget includes a training program, a 12-week internship and a subsidy for employers. It was criticised by some who said it would exploit young workers by allowing employers to pay them below the minimum wage. Shadow Minister...

Discussion paper

15 Jun 2016

On 23 February 2016, the Attorney-General of Australia, Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, asked the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to consider existing Commonwealth laws and frameworks that seek to safeguard and protect older persons from misuse or abuse by formal and informal carers,...

Commentary

Article

17 Jun 2016

Housing affordability and tax reform have shaped up to be two of the defining issues this election. The Property Council of Australia – which describes itself as “the Voice of Leadership” – has helped frame the debate on behalf of its 2200 company members....

Research report

5 Sep 2015

Presents new estimates of intergenerational earnings elasticity for Australia.

Introduction Economic inequality has been the subject of debate for centuries , with research and analyses spanning from the code of Hammurabi, to the contributions of Plato and Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, J.J. Rou...

Transcript

15 Jun 2016

Elder abuse is a growing problem. The population is ageing in Australia so much so that it’s predicted that by 2040 those aged 65 years and over will be 21% of the population and those over 85 will be up to 5% of the population...

Discussion paper

16 Jun 2016

The littoral of the Indian Ocean, the world’s third-largest, consists of forty-seven countries. The ocean, which covers around twenty per cent of the globe’s surface, also contains several geo-strategically important island groups. It is accessed by nine routes (passages), including five key sea lines of...

Research report

15 Jun 2016

The physical implications of a move towards greater renewable electricity – new generating capacity, significant investment, reduced greenhouse gas emissions – have been explored for a range of scenarios in many countries. However, employment associated with the electricity sector, and the impact of an accelerated...

Commentary

17 Jun 2016

The Northern Territory is but a petite player in federal politics. It has only two lower house MPs and two senators, the fewest of any of Australia’s jurisdictions.

But NT politics is never dull, with two headline-grabbing resignations during the federal campaign so far:...

Research report

26 May 2016

This report uses case studies from two of the largest Asian-Australian communities, Chinese and Indian, to deepen understanding of the role of Australia’s Asian business diasporas in maximising commercial links with Asia.

Research report

16 May 2012

The last two decades in Australia has seen a dramatic decline in permanent work, and corresponding growth of insecure forms of employment, such as casual, contract work and labour hire. The full extent and impact of this shift on workers, their families and the Australian...

Research report

31 Jan 2016

Advance Care Planning (ACP) has been shown to increase compliance with individuals’ end of life wishes and to reduce stress and anxiety in individuals and carers. However the adoption of ACP is yet to become widespread in the Australia. For ACP to meet the needs...

Guide

15 Mar 2013

This resource is a guide to RDA (Resource Description and Access), replacing AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules), as the standard for descriptive cataloguing and creating metadata access points.

Discussion paper

16 Jun 2016

ACECQA has published the second in its series of occasional papers, analysing one of the most challenging quality areas - Children’s Health and Safety. Quality Area 2 addresses one of the primary objectives of the National Quality Framework – to ensure the health, safety and...

Research report

8 Jun 2016

This audit follows up on recommendations made from the 2014 audit, Residential Care Services for Children .

We found that the Department of Health & Human Services has initiated adequate action to address all of the recommendations and underlying issues from the 2014 audit....

Research report

8 Jun 2016

Effectively promoting and enforcing compliance with marine safety laws is vital to assuring marine safety. As Victoria's transport safety regulator, Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) must ensure that waterway managers meet their legislative obligations in helping to maintain public confidence in the marine safety system....

Commentary

Article

8 Jun 2016

According to Foodbank’s 2016 Hunger Report, one in six Australians have experienced food insecurity at least once in the last twelve months and one in every 24 Australians experiences food insecurity on a regular basis. The number of people seeking food relief, of whom approximately...

Report

Strategy

16 Jun 2016

The impetus for the Valuing Children Initiative (VCI) is the desire to ensure that all children in Australia experience the caring, safe and supportive childhood they deserve and have the right to expect. The ambition of the VCI is to inspire Australians to value all...

Video

13 May 2016

In The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government , Niki Savva argues that while the partnership between the former Prime Minister and his chief of staff was effective in opposition, it was catastrophic in government.

Join Sally...

Commentary

Article

16 Jun 2016

The tendency to focus on the short term, and the inability to govern for future generations, has been identified as characterising much of modern day politics.

Focus on the short term has been identified as damaging to economic reform and efforts to address issues...

Discussion paper

9 Jun 2016

Public opinion polls indicate that voters regularly rank economic issues at the top of their list of concerns and priorities when electing their governments. In response, it is not surprising that political candidates emphasize their economic credentials in appealing for voter support. The current federal...

Fact sheet

Report

2 Jun 2016

This NZ Parliamentary Library research paper outlines the current major economic indicators for June 2016.

Report

Strategy

14 Jun 2016

The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) is an annual grants program that supports Australian NGO community development programs which directly and tangibly alleviate poverty in developing countries. The program operates in over 50 countries worldwide and supports development in a range of sectors. The ANCP...

Research report

16 Jan 2013

In late 2011, we identified unpaid work in Australia as a growing issue that needed our attention. We decided that further research was needed in this area so we could understand it better.

We asked Adelaide University Law School Professor Andrew Stewart and Rosemary...

Commentary

Article

16 Jun 2016

A complacent government could easily adopt a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the effects of technology on our economy, but a report from the Productivity Commission advocates what governments need to do to confront digital disruption - get out of its way, writes Jim...

Transcript

13 Jun 2016

From ad blockers, to Facebook and consumers who refuse to pay. It's the challenge facing digital news and no one's sure what the solution is.

Report

1 Dec 2015

On 1 December 2015, the South Australian Government released a Low Carbon Investment Plan for South Australia, a landmark document which sets out how the state will achieve $10 billion in low carbon generation by 2025. The Plan is built around four key strategies for...

Audio interview

16 Jun 2016

South Australia is pinning a great deal of its plan for economic transformation on the clean energy revolution.

The state is already Australia's largest generator of wind power, and solar panels sit on more than one in four household roofs. The State Government wants...

Audio program

13 Jun 2016

Many people dream of writing a best-selling book, but not many of them actually have a runaway success in them.

In the past, budding author’s spent months, sometimes years, slaving over a typewriter or PC trying to produce something worthy of a Ludlum, King...

Discussion paper

13 May 2016

While many elements of von Clausewitz’s seminal work On War are entrenched within most Anglo-Saxon military doctrines, practices and methodologies for strategic planning, none have taken such a grip upon military institutions as his ‘centres of gravity’ precept. American military academia in particular has invested...

Research report

26 May 2016

The NSW Intergenerational Report 2016 was released by Treasurer, Gladys Berejiklian, on 26 May 2016. The five-yearly report, which looks out forty years into the future, projects the state of our economy, demographic trends, what services we will need and much more.

Research report

16 Jun 2015

On 16 June 2015 the Australian Government released the Future directions for streamlined visa processing report and announced the introduction of a simplified international student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia’s education services sector.

The release of the report follows a period of extensive...

Audio interview

Audio program

16 Jun 2016

Labor has pledged $100 million as a lifeline for the Whyalla steelworkers. Professor Jim Minifie, Productivity Growth Program Director at the Melbourne-based Grattan Institute, describes it as poorly thought out corporate welfare that won't benefit workers in the long term, but will reward poor management...

Research report

2 Jun 2016

Last year Sense about Science asked Sir Stephen Sedley, a former judge in the Court of Appeal and a new trustee of Sense about Science, to undertake an inquiry into the scale and significance of non-publication of government-commissioned research.

Sir Stephen found out that:...

Research report

9 Jun 2016

Foreword

At a time when China is making clear its strategic regional ambitions and when a tumultuous US presidential campaign is raising concerns about the United States policy, there is a great interest throughout the Asia-Pacific in the role of the United States...

Guide

15 Jun 2016

Know someone with Dementia? This site is for you.

Summary A guide to help children and adults deal with family members suffering from dementia.

Research report

9 Jun 2016

Overview

Early in his administration, President Barack Obama announced the ‘Asia rebalance’, a US reorientation that became official policy in January 2012. This so-called ‘pivot’ explicitly recognises the need for America to re-embrace partner nations in Asia, leveraging their significant and growing capabilities...

Audio interview

9 Jun 2016

Why, in this marathon election campaign, are we not hearing more about an issue that takes thousands of lives and costs the economy billions of dollars each year?

The issue is mental health, and the question is being asked by many Australians, including Professor...

Discussion paper

13 Jun 2016

Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent.

Summary

Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their...

Research report

4 Mar 2016

The 2016 Standard for Sex and Gender Variables has yet to incorporate some key recommendations made to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) by the National LGBTI Health Alliance (the Alliance) and participating community organisations. After three years of direct engagement with the ABS, our...

Research report

30 Apr 2015

Making Sense of Crime brings together experts in the causes of crime and measures to reduce it, who share insights from reliable research evidence. This evidence reveals how misleading the political debate on crime is. The guide reviews how the media influences what politicians...

Research report

13 Jun 2016

Estimates the number of jobs that would be created in by the renewable energy policies of each party as at 10 June 2016.

Summary The Australia Institute has modelled the number jobs in the clean energy sector which would be created to meet...

Research report

9 Jun 2016

Outlines the different approaches used to assess whether children are at risk of maltreatment and explores some of the issues and criticisms surrounding the use of standardised risk assessment instruments in child protection.

Summary The purpose of this Resource Sheet is to outline...

Research report

15 Jun 2016

Summary

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services across Australia provide a broad range of treatment services and support to people using drugs, and to their families and friends. This report presents the information for 2014-15 about publicly funded AOD treatment service agencies,...

Discussion paper

Report

6 Jun 2016

Coal, for decades one of the “certainties” of Australian politics, is in terminal decline. This economic, environmental and geopolitical fact is now beyond dispute.

Whoever wins the coming Federal Election will have no choice but to deal with the beginning of the end of...

Research report

14 Jun 2016

Overview

A federal election is an opportunity to take stock of how Australia is doing, where it’s going, and what governments can do about it. This report surveys policy recommendations from seven years of Grattan Institute reports and outlines what the Commonwealth Government...

Audio interview

Audio program

15 Jun 2016

A group of elite Australian universities is pressing for an incoming Federal Government to reconsider the uncapped system of student places. The system, which has dramatically increased student numbers in Australia, has failed, according to the universities, to make it any easier for disadvantaged students...

Evaluation

Report

14 Jun 2016

New research by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) shows that prison is no more effective in deterring domestic violence (DV) offenders than a suspended sentence.

BOCSAR compared 1,612 matched pairs of DV offenders, one of whom received a prison sentence of...

Policy

10 Jun 2016

The original Labor National Broadband Network would have delivered optic fibre to 93 per cent of homes and businesses, providing speeds of up to one gigabit per second on a network easily scalable to much higher speeds in the future.

In 2013, Malcolm Turnbull...

Policy

10 Jun 2016

Australia’s World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s most treasured natural asset.

The Reef is the largest living structure on the planet and is one of its most complex natural ecosystems. It is rightly valued by the Australian and international community as a...

Research report

9 May 2016

For the past decade in Australia there has been a growing awareness of a housing crisis and the absence of a national strategy to address it.

Housing issues have entered popular consciousness through comprehensive media coverage of an affordability crisis and the emergence of...

Commentary

Article

15 Jun 2016

We have to move the housing conversation beyond a game of political football about negative-gearing winners and losers. Australia needs a bipartisan, long-term, housing policy. Why? Because we have a slow-burn, deepening crisis that is affecting Australians who are already highly vulnerable and disadvantaged. They...

Discussion paper

3 May 2016

Higher education is more important to the future of Australia’s industry, businesses and families than ever before. It is key to enhancing equality and delivering social and economic mobility for generations of Australians. It transforms lives and provides people with the skills and opportunities to...

Commentary

Article

15 Jun 2016

Whichever party wins the 2 July election, changes to the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) scheme are on their way.

Both parties support lowering the threshold for starting repayment, although by different amounts. Both would abolish HELP debt reductions for some teaching and nursing...

Research report

15 Jun 2016

The disruptive potential of digital technologies has become a hot topic in recent years. There are calls for governments to add or remove regulations, invest in digital start ups, and protect the jobs of workers threatened by new ways of doing business. This research paper...

Book

30 Apr 2016

Martin Moore, Senior Research Fellow at King's College London, examines the new and growing phenomenon of global tech giants, their increasing civic power, and what this means for democracies. The study aims to open debate about the role of the tech giants – notably Google,...

Commentary

Article

15 Jun 2016

Whatever Coalition supporters think, Labor Leader Bill Shorten has impressed as Opposition leader during this election campaign. In contrast to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has struggled on the campaign trail, Shorten has been somewhat of a revelation.

Shorten said what Indigenous leaders and...

Research report

15 Dec 2010

This is the largest annual gathering of communications knowledge in Australia. It gives a springboard to serious thinking and data about the state of media, telecommunications and the Internet. One strength of the Forum is the depth of analysis, criticism and research offered by professional...

Research report

15 Dec 2009

This is the largest annual gathering of communications knowledge in Australia. It gives a springboard to serious thinking and data about the state of media, telecommunications and the Internet. One strength of the Forum is the depth of analysis, criticism and research offered by professional...

Research report

15 Nov 2008

This is the largest annual gathering of communications knowledge in Australia. It gives a springboard to serious thinking and data about the state of media, telecommunications and the Internet. One strength of the Forum is the depth of analysis, criticism and research offered by professional...

Blog post

14 Jun 2016

How should systems that were originally set up to deal with complaints from members of the public about traditional media respond to the rise in bloggers and citizen journalists? Adeline Hulin, Project Consultant for UNESCO, reflects on the situation across Europe, and argues that existing...

Commentary

Article

31 Mar 2016

Martin Moore, Senior Research Fellow at King's College London, asks readers to imagine if on June 23 this year British citizens looking at google.co.uk found the words '#VoteIn' towards the bottom of the search page.

Moore claims that most of us still think of...

Research report

11 May 2016

Summary:

A very large majority, 92% ( unchanged from 2015 ) of Australians aged 14 and over rate Nurses as the most ethical and honest profession – the 22nd year in a row since Nurses were first included on the survey.

Of...

Research report

10 Jun 2016

Compares medications taken by prisoners with people in the general community.

Summary It is known that prisoners generally have poor health and complex health needs that are reflected in the number and types of medications they take. Less is known about how this...

Journal article

1 Apr 2016

Over the past decade much discussion has, by necessity due to the positioning of creative writing practice within academia, focused on strategising the creative arts product – e.g. the poem or short story – into the paradigm of research value as non-traditional research output. Meanwhile,...

Research report

13 Jun 2016

This report provides up-to date and comprehensive data on the quality of preventive care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 137 primary health centres across Australia.

Incorporating perspectives from a wide range of stakeholders on priority evidence-practice gaps and barriers, enablers and...

Book

2 Jun 2016

Although most native title holders have had specific rights to protect places of significance recognised by Australian law, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are finding it harder than ever to prevent the destruction of such sites in the face of development. Few state...

Research report

31 Jan 2015

Recent natural disasters in Australia have prompted some calls for the establishment of national natural disaster insurance program to address apparent problems of availability and affordability in the existing private insurance market. We first examine the incidence and impact of natural Disasters during a recent...

Discussion paper

31 Jul 2015

New Zealand is a seismically active country. Our communities are exposed to the perils that come with this, namely earthquakes, volcanic and hydrothermal activity and tsunami. We also regularly suffer from landslips, storms and floods as a result of our weather and geography. When these...

Audio interview

9 Jun 2016

Insurance cover has proved to be a headache for a number of Australians hit by the recent East Coast storms. Many homeowners were surprised to discover they're not covered for damage caused by the sea or flooding.

Confusion over insurance cover is a familiar...

Research report

10 Jun 2016

This report has been prepared by the Australian Child Rights Taskforce (the Taskforce), Australia’s peak child rights network, made up of more than 100 organisations advocating for the protection, promotion and fulfilment of the rights of children in Australia. The Taskforce is co-convened by UNICEF...

Literature review

Report

1 Sep 2012

This review of the literature was conducted to provide an overview of changing communications in health promotion to inform the Falls Prevention Project of Country Health SA’s Local Health Network. The context is that falls health literacy information is being increasingly made available via digital...

Commentary

Article

8 Jun 2016

A company Liberal MPs direct taxpayer funds towards to monitor voter behaviour has become a major source of income for the party, raising questions about whether taxpayers are indirectly donating to the Liberals.

Commentary

Article

9 Jun 2016

We need better leadership on foreign aid than what we've been experiencing, because profiting from neglecting our international commitments is lazy politics, writes Heath Pickering.

Research report

8 Jun 2016

The purpose of this report is to draw attention to the types of low-level abuses of power that occur from time to time in local government, and are the subject of numerous complaints and protected disclosures investigated by the Victorian Ombudsman's office. The case studies...

Research report

7 Jun 2016

This report analyses NAPLAN results, rates of suspension and exclusion, rates of disability and attendance figures to see how well children in out of home care are doing.

Among its key messages, it calls for attention be paid to the circumstances of SA Government...

Case study

Systematic review

10 Jun 2016

This New Zealand study explores the education and employment experiences of young people born in 1991. The main purpose of the study is to explore the kinds of employment and labour market measures that can be derived from data in Statistics New Zealand Integrated Data...

Data portal

Website

3 Jun 2016

Secure and affordable housing is fundamental to the wellbeing of all Australians. It provides a platform for many of life's benefits, including stable employment, connection to the community and a sense of home. Unfortunately, many Australians are not able to access affordable, suitable housing with...

Report

Strategy

19 Aug 2015

To grow renewable energy in Victoria, the Labor Government is developing a Renewable Energy Action Plan. This Action Plan will set out a range of measures to help drive the utilisation of sustainable energy sources in Victoria. This will include establishing a renewable energy generation...

Research report

8 Jun 2016

This report has been prepared for submission to Parliament under the provisions of section 24 of the Auditor General Act 2006. It provides opinions on the reasonableness and appropriateness of three decisions by two ministers not to provide information to Parliament.

· One decision...

Research report

10 Jun 2016

This report compares provision, participation, and student performance in courses delivered by e-learning methods with courses that do not use e-learning. This is analysed at a system, sub-sector, and field of study level, as well as by ethnicity, age, full-time, part-time, and extramural status....

Survey

15 Jan 2016

Provides data on sexual, drug use and testing practices related to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among gay men.

Executive Summary The Melbourne Gay Community Periodic Survey is a cross-sectional survey of gay and homosexually active men recruited...

Report

Strategy

9 Jun 2016

In 2015, the Victorian Government commissioned an independent review of the Climate Change Act 2010 as a first step in its commitment to position Victoria as a leader in climate change action.

The independent review committee's final report was tabled in Parliament by the...

Research report

8 Jun 2016

Asset confiscation is a tool that Victoria’s law enforcement and public prosecution agencies use in response to criminal activity. There are three key agencies that work together to achieve the objectives of the Asset Confiscation Scheme—Victoria Police, the Office of Public Prosecutions and the Department...

Journal article

9 Jun 2016

Abstract

Diversion from the criminal justice system pursuant to s 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) is increasingly being deployed as a key response to the issues facing people diagnosed with cognitive impairment and/or mental illness in the criminal...

Audio podcast

9 Jun 2016

Overview

This podcast episode features an interview with Jaz Dawson, a director of the Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation .

It discusses an aspect of refugee policy that doesn’t get much media attention: the experiences of asylum seekers trying to escape persecution...

Policy

25 May 2016

Labor will give the independent Parliamentary Budget Office ('PBO') an enhanced role in Australia’s macroeconomic reporting to promote stronger fiscal discipline and enhance transparency around Commonwealth Budgets.

Under Labor, an enhanced Parliamentary Budget Office will:

prepare the macroeconomic forecasts that underpin all key...

Policy

23 May 2016

From the Leader of the Opposition’s Budget Reply speech in May 2015, Labor has been announcing a comprehensive suite of measures to spur innovation, and deliver the jobs of the future.

Under this new suite of measures, an elected Shorten Labor Government will:...

Policy

25 May 2016

Australia needs to improve its trade performance. As the Australian economy transitions out of the mining boom we need to find alternative sources of growth and jobs. Lifting – and diversifying – our export performance will be an important part of this strategy. That is...

Annual Report

27 May 2016

This annual report provides a summary of the NSW Department of Education's services, achievements and operational activities for 2015.

It covers our services in the areas of public schools, early childhood education and care and Aboriginal affairs. It also includes the operations of vocational...

Policy

20 May 2016

We are delivering over 15,000 additional new, real jobs for South Australia including:

our decision to build 12 submarines will create 1,100 direct submarine building jobs in Adelaide and a further 1,700 jobs in various parts of the supply chain around the country, including...

Report

Strategy

3 Jun 2016

This Action Plan was developed as a way of addressing the need to provide sustainable, high-quality pharmacist services in a complex and evolving environment.

This Action Plan was developed as a way of addressing the need to provide sustainable, high-quality pharmacist services in a...

Working paper

10 Jun 2016

Despite some success in recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the Australian Public Service (APS), the long-term trend is one of declining representation. A fundamental issue is that rates of separation among Indigenous public servants remain consistently greater than those of their non-Indigenous...

Strategy

9 Apr 2016

This Cyber Security Strategy sets out the Australian Government’s philosophy and program for meeting the dual challenges of the digital age—advancing and protecting interests online.

Research report

26 May 2016

For too long, people with disability in Victoria have endured violence in all its forms. The voices of people with disability, their families and carers have been sidelined or ignored, and widespread abuse and neglect continues. Similar to the issue of violence against women, violence...

Journal article

9 May 2016

All Commonwealth, state and territory judges in Australia are subject to mandatory retirement ages. While the 1977 referendum, which introduced judicial retirement ages for the Australian federal judiciary, commanded broad public support, this article argues that the aims of judicial retirement ages are no longer...

Research report

1 Mar 2016

As journalists around the world have become more vulnerable, their need for security tools has grown exponentially. There is no question that the digital world has made journalism a riskier profession. But it can also make it safer. Digital technology can offer tools to minimize...

Research report

2 Jun 2016

China’s policy of cyber-sovereignty has meant tighter controls for users of its social media platforms. Beyond its determination to reduce the influence of Western societies by blocking access to foreign websites, such as Facebook, Google and Twitter among others, it has degraded the ability of...

Research report

On 7 May 2015 the Legislative Council agreed to the following motion:

That pursuant to Sessional Order 6 this House requires the Legal and Social Issues Committee to inquire into, consider and report, no later than 31 May 2016, on the need for laws...

Journal article

9 Jun 2016

The study examines whether the diminishing supply of affordable housing options for lower income central city workers is having an impact on central city businesses and on the overall productivity of those economies.

Research report

31 May 2016

The importance of appropriate plant nutrient management in agricultural soil cannot be overstated. If agricultural and pastoral activity is to be maximised in a sustainable fashion, it is imperative that plants are supplied by proper nutrition. The available quantity of many of these essential plant...

Research report

23 May 2016

Australia’s approach to providing care for older adults living at home has recently undergone radical change, under the banner of Consumer Directed Care. Aged care clients now have individual choice and control of their government-subsidised Home Care Packages. An action research study was undertaken to...

Journal article

27 May 2016

Since the events of 9/11, the official line of most Western governments has been that the fight against Islamist terrorism is not a fight against Islam itself. Strategically, there are a number of reasons for this — successful intelligence cooperation with Muslim majority governments, civilians...

Journal article

11 Apr 2016

The Defence Industry Policy Statement (DIPS) 2016 announced on 25 February 2016 contains a number of policy positions with the potential to positively impact on Australia’s defence industry. These improvements include the recognition of Industry as a Fundamental Input to Capability, an increased emphasis on...

Book

6 Jun 2016

This is a reprint of the first detailed study of how Pacific Islanders responded politically and economically to their rulers across the German empire of the Pacific. Under one cover, it captures the variety of interactions between the various German colonial administrations, with their separate...

Discussion paper

5 Jun 2016

The Attorney-General Simon Corbell MLA has released a Discussion Paper to provide the community and stakeholders with an opportunity to consider and provide input on the potential introduction of consorting laws for the ACT to target serious and organised criminal activity.

On 5 June...

Book

6 Jun 2016

Indigenous Fijians were singularly fortunate in having a colonial administration that halted the alienation of communally owned land to foreign settlers and that, almost for a century, administered their affairs in their own language and through culturally congenial authority structures and institutions. From the outset,...

Research report

4 Dec 2015

As detailed in the Army Modernisation Plan, Army modernisation is the transformation of the current Army into future Army such that Army remains a capable, credible and relevant force. Modernisation is achieved through a continuum of processes, decisions and actions. Modernisation includes the development and...

Research report

6 Jun 2016

This project has analysed and mapped approximately 200,000 electricity disconnections for non-payment raised by AGL in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and South East Queensland between July 2012 and July 2015.

Briefing paper

7 Jun 2016

This In Brief reports on research undertaken in Bougainville in October 2015 (Eves and Crawford 2014).1 Unlike previous studies, this research specifically explored the relationship between women’s economic empowerment and violence against women through in-depth qualitative interviews. Interviewees included business women in the urban context...

Statistics

8 Jun 2016

In the 24 months to March 2016, two of the 17 major offences showed a significant upward trend across NSW, seven were trending downward and the remaining eight offences were stable. The offences trending upward were steal from retail store (up 7.9%) and indecent assault,...

Commentary

Article

9 Jun 2016

Over the past 20 years, lobbying activities in Australia have expanded dramatically. Following the United States' lead, where a radical shift in ideology in the 1970s led to a re-evaluation of the way corporations view their role in society, the notion of corporate “civic duty”...

Research report

7 Jun 2016

This report presents a compendium of local and overseas practice and experience in minimising the risk and severity of head-on crashes. It is intended to assist road safety practitioners identify effective actions that can be taken to reduce the incidence and severity of such crashes,...

Policy

25 May 2016

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver child care support that is fairer and will make early education and care more affordable for families.

Our package will give parents the early education and care relief they need now – from 1 January 2017.

Under...

Video

25 May 2016

This webinar examined the current “wheels in motion” of Commonwealth reform processes, and highlighted the implications for other service sectors.

Conference proceedings

27 Feb 2016

The annual 2015 ACUADS conference was hosted by the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia and Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA). Keynotes were given by Brian Parkes (CEO, Jam Factory) and Nick Mitzevich (Art Gallery of South...

Guide

24 May 2016

These guidelines have been developed to build the capacity of workers in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug (AOD) sectors in Victoria to support shared clients who experience both sexual assault trauma and substance use issues.

The guidelines have been prepared by...

Strategy

11 Dec 2012

Australia's Winning Edge is our game plan for moving from world class to world best.

Developed in partnership with Australia's high performance network, Australia's Winning Edge provides the high performance sports sector with clear performance targets and a framework for collaboration from 2012-2022....

Audio interview

7 Jun 2016

Two months out from the Rio Olympics, the Australian Sports Commission's polarising 'Winning Edge' policy is being closely watched by critics and supporters like. Sports Commission Chairman, John Wylie, concedes the policy, which has slashed scholarships and changed funding allocations, could have been better sold....

Research report

6 Jun 2016

This project aimed to establish the extent and nature of reporting of violence against women by the Australian media to inform future strategies for change.

Using both quantitative (content analysis) and qualitative (critical discourse analysis) methods, the study provided a glimpse into the complexity...

Audio interview

Audio program

8 Jun 2016

For the first time in Australia, a government is levying its residents to fund services for survivors of domestic violence.

The people of the ACT will pay $30 dollars each to fund a $21 million reform package called the 'Safer Families' program.

It...

Commentary

Article

7 Jun 2016

"Dog days." "The Greek road." Massively higher debt and declining real incomes. Call it what you will, but make no mistake: short of a miracle, this is where Australia is headed, irrespective of who wins the July 2 election.

When Donald Horne called Australia...

Report

8 Jun 2016

Summary

Around 333,800 people used disability support services

In 2014–15, around 333,800 people used disability support services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA)—a 6% increase since 2010–11 and a 4% increase since 2013–14.

Nearly 1 in 2 service users...

Commentary

Article

7 Jun 2016

The differences between Australia and the United States might appear too great right now, but it's not difficult to see how we could be tumbled out of our comfort zone. We could yet be trumped, writes Jonathan Green.

Research report

7 Jun 2016

Overview

The tax burden imposed by the Commonwealth Government alone, and by all Australian governments, is above its historical levels and forecast to go well above these averages. Similar results are obtained if the budget deficit is included to measure the long-run tax...

Research report

8 Jun 2016

An independent road safety assessment of the existing conditions on Rosanna Road between Banksia Street in Heidelberg and Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna.

Executive Summary

Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd has been engaged by VicRoads Metropolitan North West Region to undertake a...

Research report

7 Jun 2016

Overview

The defence of Australia's interests is a core business of federal governments. Regardless of who wins the election on July 2, the incoming government will have to grapple with a wide range of security issues. This report provides a range of perspectives...

Research report

2 Jun 2016

Overview

The Australian Army possesses all of the ingredients for a world class, education, training and doctrine system. It recruits some of the finest young men and women the nation has to offer. It is the beneficiary of very good training infrastructure and...

Research report

8 Jun 2016

Foreword

The education outcomes of Indigenous Australians have been a focus of policy attention for many years, but there has been no sustained improvement in Indigenous primary school students’ literacy and numeracy achievement. This suggests that current policies are not working, and that...

Policy

8 Jun 2016

Prime Ministerial Foreword

I am pleased to introduce the Defence White Paper 2016, which sets out the Government’s expectations for Defence over the coming decades.

The 2016 White Paper reflects the Government’s commitment to a more regular cycle of defence policy updates....

Report

Survey

26 May 2016

As part of an ongoing examination of social media platforms and news, the Pew Research Centre has found that a majority of adults in the United States – 62% or around two thirds – access their news on social media, with 18% doing so often....

Evaluation

Report

31 Mar 2016

The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the use of illicit drugs among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. It provides general information on the context of illicit drug use in Australia and the factors of particular relevance to...

Research report

29 Feb 2016

The consumer IoT issues identified in this research report are derived from three broad consumer-focused use-cases: ‘smart’ homes and appliances (Connected Homes), wearables (activity trackers, smartwatches, implantable devices etc.) and health care (Connected Humans), and smart cities and smart cars (Connected Habitats).

From these...

Commentary

Article

7 Jun 2016

A new collection of cartoons reveals a struggle to find the comic essence of Malcolm Turnbull

Our current prime minister (I write on 2 June, in the third millennium of the election campaign) is the subject of two unauthorised biographies, one of them...

Working paper

2 May 2016

In July 2013, a new Australian Government-funded labour market program was implemented across remote Australia: the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP). The program (now renamed and restructured as the Community Development Programme - CDP) had a case load of around 36 000 people, of...

Research report

6 Jun 2016

This report draws together the evidence from multiple reports on the resettlement policy as well as the intimate stories of women living in fear on Nauru, where neither the local police nor some of the commercial agencies charged with protecting them have shown much desire...

Policy

31 Jan 2015

The ARC Open Access Policy took effect from 1 January 2013.

The Australian Government makes a major investment in research to support its essential role in improving the wellbeing of our society. To maximise the benefits from research, publications resulting from research activities must...

Research report

1 Jun 2016

CPD latest report, Uneven playing field: the state of Australia’s schools is co-authored by CPD Fellow Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd, who between them have 80 years of experience as NSW principals and education policy experts.

Examining key data from the My School website,...

Journal article

1 Apr 2002

Much of the existing literature on the digital divide - the differences between the "haves" and "have nots" regarding access to the Internet - limits its scope to a binary classification of technology use by only considering whether someone does or does not use the...

Research report

16 Feb 2015

In order to provide more detailed guidance to organisations regarding the risk management of bullying, this project took a fresh approach to understanding the organisational risk factors. First, we examined objective measures of job and organisational factors that may predict the likelihood of bullying at...

Research report

25 May 2016

The number of students with disability in higher education is increasing. National data reveal differences in the retention and success of these students across Australian higher education institutions but the reasons for this are not clear. The overarching aim of this study was to explore...

Chapter

31 Jan 2015

Purpose Research into the explanations of digital inclusion has moved from investigations of skills and usage to tangible outcomes, what we label here as the third-level digital divide. There is a lack of theoretical development about which types of people are most likely to benefit....

Research report

7 Jun 2016

Social enterprises are organisations that:

Are led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit; Trade to fulfil their mission; Derive a substantial portion of their income from trade; and Reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus in...

Journal article

30 Jun 2009

This article argues that the one laptop per child vision is being overwhelmed by the reality of business, politics, logistics, and competing interests worldwide.

Journal

31 Jan 2015

Sponsored by the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Section (CITAMS) of the American Sociological Association, Volume 10 of the Communication and Information Technologies Annual, Digital Distinctions & Inequalities , brings together nine studies of this increasingly important form of inequality. Drawn from four continents, the...

Research report

15 Feb 2009

This report on Second Life is structured in five parts. Part 1 gives a short outline of what Second Life is. Part 2 details current and potential use of Second Life in pedagogy. Part 3 addresses Second Life in relation to research and creative practice....

Research report

2 Jun 2016

A discussion that focused on topics that ranged from the role of government and the private sector in combating terrorism and transnational organised crime to infrastructure development and professional services.

Executive summary

The second Australia–Africa Dialogue was held at the Royal Zambezi...

Research report

15 Jun 2016

Digital News Report: Australia 2016 , the second annual survey of news consumption in Australia, builds on last year's debut to provide a clearer picture than ever before of how news is currently being consumed both within Australia and globally, with a particular focus...

Book

1 Jan 2005

During the mid 90's, around the time the Internet became popular, it became apparent that there was still one critical issue holding back limitless opportunities. Computer professionals had to find a way to close the gap between those who do not have computer or Internet...

Research report

31 Mar 2016

A combined Policy and Action Research workshop was held in Yogyakarta Indonesia between 13 to 19 January 2016. The workshop brought together key stakeholders from the education and health sectors to articulate a shared vision for inclusion of children with disability at school and to...

Literature review

30 Dec 2015

This Evidence Check review examines the evidence regarding the benefits, uptake and operationalisation of mHealth technologies (including short messaging services (SMS), mobile apps and wearable devices) for chronic disease management and prevention.

The review found mHealth interventions can promote significant improvements in glycaemic control...

Journal article

31 Mar 2010

There is broad consensus among educators, communication scholars, sociologists, and economists that the development and diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) are having a profound effect on modern life. This is due to the affordances of new digital media, which bridge the interactive features...

Literature review

30 Aug 2015

This Evidence Check review examines the evidence on the types of commissioning that support best value investment for primary care, with a particular focus on the primary-acute interface and chronic disease management.

The review found limited evidence for the impact of various models of...

Audio interview

Audio program

2 Jun 2016

The rise of protest politics in nations like the United States, Austria, Britain and France has seen a resurgence of populist movements and extremist political candidates on the right and the left.

But in Australia, this era of political instability seems to have produced...

Policy

20 May 2016

Sustainable plantations, farm forestry and recycled fibre coupled with innovation and processing are the solution to meeting our wood product needs. The Greens want to see a thriving wood products industry in Australia that does not source timber from destructive native forest logging practices. With...

Research report

30 May 2016

Private rental brokerage programs (PRBPs) are a key pillar of support for disadvantaged people accessing and sustaining private rental. This is in addition to more formal private rental assistance programs delivered by state and territory governments; and Commonwealth financial assistance in the form of Commonwealth...

Policy

20 May 2016

The mining and burning of coal is driving dangerous global warming which threatens to kill our magnificent Great Barrier Reef and endangers the 69,000 Australian jobs it supports.

Australian coal exports are directly harming our precious Reef, and robbing our children of their future....

Policy

6 May 2016

The purpose of this paper is to outline the proposed arrangements for the AUSTRAC Industry Contribution for the 2016–17 financial year. As part of the May 2014 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced that the AUSTRAC Supervisory Levy would be replaced with the AUSTRAC Industry...

Policy

20 May 2016

Only three things are now certain in life; death, taxes and coal mine closures. There is far more coal for sale than there are willing buyers at a time when Australia’s major global customers are rolling out clean energy and using less energy to achieve...

Policy

25 May 2016

Banking is not what it used to be. In the digital and deregulated age, it has become bigger, faster and omnipresent. Money can be moved almost anywhere and at any time of any day. Compulsory superannuation has given everyone a stake in the market. Financial...

Research report

21 Oct 2015

Current emergency management reform is focused on working as one and achieving greater interoperability in the emergency management sector. The fire services must seize opportunities to work more closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), and...

Policy

20 May 2016

The Greens are the only party that understands that the economy must work for the benefit of society and not the other way around. We have a progressive plan where tax reform starts at the top by removing unfair tax breaks and wasteful subsidies for...

Commentary

Article

2 Jun 2016

The next decision that Daniel Andrews makes on firefighters could well determine his legacy and the length of his government.

Will he back the Fair Work Commission's non-binding recommendations that give much of what the militant united firefighters union want and is desperately opposed...

Policy

20 May 2016

When our community values diversity and celebrates difference, all of us benefit. The Greens always have, and always will, stand with our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.

The Australian Greens are a strong voice in our parliament for LGBTIQ rights. We have...

Policy

Website

25 May 2016

For us, policies are all about principles that guide our actions. These principles are set out to inform Australians of our legislative views.

Items shown under 'Examples of what needs to be done' are indicative only and parliamentary members and candidates are encouraged to...

Policy

20 May 2016

The Greens plan would phase out the CGT discount by 10% each year from 1 July 2016 until there was no longer any discount from 1 July 2020.

The Parliamentary Budget Office costings show this measure, combined with our proposal to phase out negative...

Conference proceedings

28 Apr 2014

Many of the papers and posters at this symposium provide examples of using digital technologies and evaluate the use or pedagogical considerations and appropriateness of incorporating these into ITE. There is some promise that incorporating specific software and web 2.O tools enhances students’ motivation, engagement...

Policy

27 May 2016

Indigenous economic development is at the heart of the national agenda.

The Coalition is committed to working with Indigenous people. Our policies will have a greater emphasis on place-based approaches and ensure engagement with Indigenous communities and leaders is central to everything we do....

Policy

27 May 2016

The Coalition’s plan for a strong new economy will provide jobs and growth and secure the future for Australian families through smart investment in infrastructure.

The Coalition is spending a record $50 billion on road and rail projects across Australia: reducing congestion, improving the...

Policy

27 May 2016

The number of people seeking asylum worldwide is at crisis levels as war and persecution force more people to leave their homes than ever before. The current approach by the Australian government, including turning boats back to Indonesia and detaining people in cruel camps on...

Policy

27 May 2016

The Coalition is investing in jobs and growth through our comprehensive plan for an advanced defence industry.

We are increasing defence funding over the next ten years and will deliver on our 2013 election commitment to return defence spending to two per cent of...

Policy

27 May 2016

Vulnerable workers need to be protected. Existing laws need to be strengthened. The recent exploitation of vulnerable workers by 7-Eleven, for example, demonstrates that more needs to be done to protect vulnerable workers.

The 7-Eleven scandal revealed not only a systemic underpayment of workers,...

Research report

1 Jun 2016

Executive Summary

The Seroconversion Study has existed in several forms since 1992. This most recent version completed data collection in 2015. Seroconversion studies have played an important role in the Australian HIV response and are a useful research tool in understanding the current...

Policy

27 May 2016

Trade and investment create job opportunities for Australians. More than 450,000 jobs have been created since the Coalition came to government.

We delivered break-through free trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea and upgraded our free trade agreement with Singapore. These free trade...

Audio program

3 Jun 2016

Australia could be heading towards a dramatic and destabilising end to the real estate boom, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD also points to uncertainties about economic policy in the leadup to the July 2 election.

Policy

27 May 2016

2016 election Liberal Party policy on supporting investment in Queensland's water infrastructure. Water infrastructure is essential to population growth, sustainable communities, jobs, productivity, and stronger economic outcomes.

Every community and industry requires water security to grow and prosper. Many regional and remote communities depend...

Policy

27 May 2016

2016 election Liberal Party policy on supporting healthier lifestyles through sport.

Healthier lifestyles contribute to better and longer lives for Australians. Unfortunately, almost two-thirds of Australians are overweight, including one in four children. Three-quarters of Australian kids spend their spare time watching television, yet...

Commentary

2 Jun 2016

Traditional rivals Monash and Melbourne Universities are collaborating to create a new company that will market and sell medicines developed by the institutions to pharmaceutical companies, reinvesting any profit into research.

Both universities are putting A$22.5 million towards the venture and the Victorian State...

Policy

27 May 2016

2016 election Liberal Party policy on the importance of science and research in ensuring Australia’s competitiveness and improved standard of living. Science and research are fundamental to Australia’s competitiveness and improved standard of living.

The Coalition has a strong record supporting science and research,...

Policy

27 May 2016

2016 election Liberal Party policy on the importance of innovation in relation to jobs and growth. Innovation is an important part of the Coalition’s economic plan for jobs and growth. Businesses that invest in innovation are more competitive and more likely to grow and employ...

Research report

1 May 2016

Australia is moving backwards on work and family issues. Supports for workers with caring responsibilties are being stymied by government focused on balanced budgets rather than balanced lives. This is at a time of increased global attention on gender, inequality and care. At the G20...

Policy

20 May 2016

Labor will kick-start construction on the AdeLINK tram network, transforming Adelaide by creating the infrastructure needed for a growing and vibrant city.

A Shorten Labor Government will commit $500 million in upfront grant funding to kick-start this project. Based on a total estimated cost...

Research report

21 Jul 2014

The Department of State has a longstanding history of commitment to sharing information publicly, and recognizes the value of making government information readily available and useful to citizens by employing new tools and technologies. Whether it is the use of social media to discuss foreign...

Evaluation

Website

2 Jun 2016

New research released by SGS Economics & Planning has revealed the spatial distribution of economic growth for all 150 federal electorates. The analysis shows that areas with strong concentrations of knowledge intensive industries are performing well, namely electorates in the eastern suburbs and north shore...

Research report

2 Jun 2016

The problems in Australia’s manufacturing sector are well-known, and many Australians have concluded that the decline in manufacturing is inevitable and universal: that high-wage countries like Australia must accept the loss of manufacturing as an economic reality. But international statistics disprove this pessimism. Worldwide, manufacturing...

Audio interview

Audio program

2 Jun 2016

The recent revelations of illegal donations to the New South Wales Liberal Party has once again shone a light on Australia's political financing laws.

Critics say these laws have led to a 'cowboy culture' of vote buying by the major parties.

A report...

Video

27 May 2016

Aboriginal people living in Victoria have an exciting opportunity to shape the relationship between the Aboriginal community and Victorian Government by joining the conversation on self–determination, treaty and representative structures.

Research report

26 May 2016

The financial position of the technical and further education (TAFE) sector has improved at 31 December 2015 compared to prior years. This has been driven by reduced spending in the sector and $159.3 million in additional grant funding provided by the state government to TAFE...

Research report

26 May 2016

The university sector, comprised of the eight Victorian universities, generated a net surplus of $509.1 million for the year to 31 December 2015. This continues a strong financial result for the sector, which has generated similar surpluses in each of the past five years....

Video

27 May 2016

Aboriginal people living in Victoria have an exciting opportunity to shape the relationship between the Aboriginal community and Victorian Government by joining the conversation on self–determination, treaty and representative structures.

Video

27 May 2016

Aboriginal people living in Victoria have an exciting opportunity to shape the relationship between the Aboriginal community and Victorian Government by joining the conversation on self–determination, treaty and representative structures.

Transcript

1 Jun 2016

On 31 May, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, spoke at the Lowy Institute on how Australia can be a better international citizen.

Research report

4 May 2016

The National Report on Schooling in Australia 2013 is the twenty-fifth annual report on Australia’s school education sector. It has been produced by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) on behalf of the Education Council.

The report highlights progress in 2013 towards...

Book

31 May 2016

This is a collection of essays in honour of eminent Professor Robert O’Neill. Each chapter was written by prominent academics and practitioners who have had a professional connection with Professor O’Neill during his long and distinguished career. The overarching themes running throughout the book are...

Chapter

31 May 2016

The schooling experiences of refugee background students prior to being resettled in Australia significantly shape their transitions into Australian schools. This chapter presents a case study of six young people from Sudanese refugee backgrounds. With a focus on discipline and student-teacher relationships, I argue that...

Journal article

27 May 2016

Over the past decade, interest in human enhancement has waxed and waned. The initial surge of interest and funding, driven by the US Army’s desire for a ‘Future Force Warrior’ has partly given way to the challenges of meeting operational demands abroad. However the ethical...

Journal article

16 May 2016

Custody abductions and filicides-suicides are not every day occurrences and typically become ‘media events’. Through an analysis of newspaper representations of two custody abductions and one filicide-suicide, this article examines the role played by fathers’ rights discourse in the construction of the separated father in...

Research report

1 Jun 2016

Over the next two decades the number of people in Australia aged over 75 will double. The generation of baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) is often described in aggregate as the wealthiest and potentially healthiest generation in Australia’s history. Many have suggested...

Research report

30 May 2016

A major new report shows the growing multi-billion dollar costs of arthritis to the economy, individuals and to the healthcare system and how relatively small investments could yield savings of more than $170 million a year.

Key findings of the report include: • There...

Research report

17 Sep 2014

This audit examined the effectiveness of the management of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve by trustees appointed for this purpose and the oversight provided by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI). It assessed whether the trustees have applied sound management principles in their decision-making...

Report

Strategy

30 May 2016

The Regional Network Development Plan will be the first ever long-term and state-wide strategy for public transport in regional Victoria. What we’ve learnt through this process is that many regions are facing similar challenges when it comes to public transport services and investment.

A...

Research report

1 Jun 2007

This case study was undertaken to contribute to the work of the Social Exclusion Knowledge Network (SEKN) of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). The CSDH was established in 2005 by the World Health Organisation to investigate ways in which international, national, regional...

Policy

20 May 2016

The Australian Greens believe that:

All citizens have the right and the responsibility to participate in and to equally access the processes of government. An egalitarian democracy requires that all people are treated equally. The Constitution must recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Policy

20 May 2016

The Australian Greens believe that:

Care for children is the responsibility of society as a whole. The quality of care received by babies and children produces flow-on effects for the whole of their lives and the community. The needs of Australian families are diverse...

Research report

26 May 2016

This report presents the latest available data on the eye health workforce in Australia. It also provides a baseline for reporting against workforce capacity indicators.

Policy

20 May 2016

The Australian Greens believe that:

Australia must have a fair and equitable industrial relations system for all workers All people must have the right to pursue their wellbeing in conditions of freedom and dignity, economic security and equal opportunity Australia’s workforce must possess a...

Research report

31 May 2016

Overview

A serious approach to military modernisation requires countries to equip, train, and organise cyberforces for what has become an essential component of national defence and deterrence. A force without adequate cyber capabilities is more dangerous to itself than to its opponents. As...

Policy

20 May 2016

The Australian Greens believe that:

Education is principally a public good. Differences in educational outcomes should not be the result of difference in wealth, income, power, possessions or location. Universal access to high quality education is fundamental to Australia’s economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, well-being...

Policy

20 May 2016

The Australian Greens believe that:

Access to quality health care is a basic human right. Individual and population health outcomes are strongly influenced by the social, economic and environmental conditions in which people live and work. Human health has a direct relationship with the...

Research report

31 May 2016

Overview

The Victoria Police Mental Health Review is an independent review into the mental health and wellbeing of Victoria Police employees.

The 90-page review highlights a need for change in the culture of Victoria Police to eradicate the stigma attached to mental...

Research report

30 May 2016

Overview

This study examined the intersections between alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and sexual victimisation and trauma, how both support sectors currently work together, and how they can respond more effectively to the needs of those affected.

The study found that:...

Research report

30 May 2016

Overview

This research project provided a national mapping and meta-evaluation of the key features of “safe at home” programs. “Safe at home” programs enhance safety and prevent homelessness for women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence.

The first...

Journal article

11 Dec 2013

Despite significant investment in school one-to-one device programs, little is known about which aspects of program implementation work and why. Through a comparison of two implementation models, adopter-diffusion and saturation, and using existing data from the One Laptop per Child Australia laptop program, we explored...

Working paper

31 May 2016

Overview

Outside the sub-continent, the bloodshed in South Asia 45 years ago has been too easily forgotten. In 2016, as the number of people displaced by the ongoing tragedy in Syria and Iraq passed the ten million mark after several years of civil...

Research report

30 Nov 2013

Technological change permeates most areas of society and many different aspects of our lives. The increasing utilisation of information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as the Internet, across all sectors of society has led many to conceive of Britain and other advanced industrial economies as...

Research report

31 May 2016

Summary

Critics put forward two key arguments against widespread adoption of renewable energy: price and intermittency. Solar and wind costs have fallen so rapidly over the past decade that they are now competitive with fossil fuels, so the price argument is losing traction....

Audio podcast

10 May 2016

In this episode of InTransition, David Pembroke interviews the Director of Talkforce Media and Communications Strategists, Dr David Marshall, who in 2015 completed his Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies on Prime Minister John Howard’s media and communications operation.

This interview includes discussion on...

Research report

30 May 2016

There goes the neighbourhood , is the largest review of the financial implications of climate risk to housing in Australia.

Natural hazards that are introduced or exacerbated by climate change include coastal shifts (erosion, storm surge, inundation etc.), riverine flooding, and bushfires. These...

Blog post

26 May 2016

In this article, Natali Helberger and Damian Trilling, both from the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Information Law, argue that whilst Facebook’s use of human editors may bring comfort to some, there are wider issues concerning editorial responsibility that need to be addressed.

Helberger...

Research report

27 May 2016

In a special report tabled in Parliament today, the Acting NSW Ombudsman has recommended measures to ensure that Government’s efforts to foster economic development for Aboriginal people in NSW are successful.

Increasing the economic prosperity of Aboriginal people is critical to improving social outcomes...

Research report

1 Jun 2016

In a survey fielded in April 2016, more than 2,100 Australian adults were asked about their perceptions on a range of aspects of the quality of life of children and teenagers today compared to when the adults themselves were growing up.

Research report

1 Jun 2016

In a survey fielded in April 2016, more than 2,100 Australian adults were asked about their perceptions on how politicians in federal parliament today are faring on issues relating to the health and wellbeing of children and teenagers. Adults rated their level of agreement from...

Research report

1 Jun 2016

In a survey fielded in April 2016, more than 2,100 Australian adults were asked to indicate their support for five proposed interventions relating to the health and wellbeing of Australian children and teenagers. Proposed interventions focussed on topical areas of child health and wellbeing including...

Audio program

1 Jun 2016

An industrial fight between retail workers and their union is escalating. The Fair Work Commission has ruled that a workplace agreement, struck between a union and Coles, means some workers are worse-off than if they were under the award wage. Now, a worker from Woolworths...

Commentary

Article

1 Jun 2016

It's hard to escape talk of innovation, agility and the start-up economy these days. But beyond the buzzwords, what's life like for those actually trying to start small technology companies? Courtney Carthy reports from a Melbourne co-working space.

Commentary

Article

31 May 2016

We are now watching the politics we deserve, with all its empty chicanery and arrogant, dismissive guile. A little effort, a little commitment, and we might force it to be something better, writes Jonathan Green.

Working paper

31 May 2016

A major thrust of policy and practice within human services in recent years has been the implementation of evidence-based practices. However, despite the wide-spread use of such evidence-based programs and strategies, we are not always getting the kind of results we would expect when we...

Commentary

Article

2 Jun 2016

In November 2015, soon after he became Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull committed the Australian government to participating in the Open Government Partnership, something that had been promised by the Rudd/Gillard Labor Government but not acted upon by the Abbott Coalition Government.

The Open Government...

Journal article

1 Jun 2016

Cultivation of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes needs considered management before it is rolled out as a therapeutic good.

Since the publication in the Journal last year of a perspective on cannabis that stated: “Australia is behind the times on the medicinal use...

Audio interview

Audio program

30 May 2016

Medical experts are warning that Australia's understanding of medicinal cannabis is lacking. In an article presented in the Medical Journal of Australia, researchers say there are a number of missing links that will prove problematic if the drug is rolled out as a therapeutic good....