August 2016

Submission

17 Nov 2014

CIFR is in a position to draw on its capabilities and network to provide independent and objective research and public policy contributions. In this short submission Dr Rob Nicholls addresses certain aspects of the Interim Report with observations and views supported by output from CIFR-funded...

Submission

15 Dec 2014

The Government has invited submissions on its Consultation Paper about how it might best achieve improved outcomes from its public investment in research activities.

The Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR) is funded by the Commonwealth Treasury and the NSW Government and it...

Submission

Video

Interview

30 May 2014

CIFR has undertaken some text analysis to gain a better understanding of the submissions received by the FSI. A total of 298 FSI submissions have been received, from 233 unique contributors.Professional industry associations (25%) represent the major single source of submissions. The number of submissions...

Submission

Video

Interview

26 Aug 2014

CIFR is in a position to draw on its capabilities and network to provide independent and objective research and views. In this submission we address aspects of the Interim Report with observations and views supported by output from CIFR-funded research. The content of this submission...

Submission

Video

30 Mar 2015

CIFR has invested in three high quality FSI Workshops addressing each stage of the Financial System Inquiry. This submission summarises the key issues discussed at our third FSI Workshop, held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on 11 March 2015, and provides feedback on many...

Submission

5 Apr 2016

We believe that stating the objective for superannuation in isolation is a second-best solution. Income in retirement is supported by the pillars of social security payments (including the age pension), superannuation drawdowns, and assets outside of superannuation (including, most notably, housing). Further, these pillars interact...

Submission

30 Jun 2016

The volume of Australia’s Income Tax Assessment Act (1936) has grown exponentially since its enactment, due to ad hoc annual amendments over many decades. However, the substantive nature of the Act has changed little over the years. The breadth and extent of the changes that...

Research report

29 Aug 2016

Under various arrangements since the 1920s, there has been a free flow of people between Australia and New Zealand. Historically, migration flows across the Tasman have been large in both directions, but since the 1960s more New Zealanders than Australians have chosen to cross the...

Commentary

Article

30 Aug 2016

AFTER the 2010 election, with its drawn-out count and those interminable crossbench negotiations, opposition leader Tony Abbott pointed out that for the first time in living memory the victor, Labor, hadn’t enjoyed an immediate opinion poll boost.

But then came 7 September 2013, the...

Journal article

11 Aug 2016

Whistleblowing is considered to be an integral component of corporate governance through exposing and remedying corruption, fraud and other types of wrongdoing in both the public and private sector. While whistleblowers face a very real threat of retaliation, the current regime which purports to prohibit...

Submission

8 Jul 2016

CIFR congratulates the Federal Government on initiating the Productivity Commission inquiry into the availability and use of public and private sector data by individuals and organisations in Australia. CIFR’s submission is authored by Dr Kingsley Jones, a CIFR Research Fellow, and an expert in this...

Interview

14 Aug 2016

Australia’s ‘two strikes’ rule empowers shareholders to vote on a board spill if the compensation report of a public company receives 25% or more dissenting votes for two consecutive years. ‘Say on pay’ legislation has been introduced in several countries but Australia’s version is unique...

Fact sheet

22 Jun 2016

A treatment order is a legal document that allows a hospital or mental health clinic to give you treatment for a mental illness. While you are on an order, you lose some of your rights and freedoms. You may have to stay in hospital. You...

Video

4 Aug 2016

Professor Yermack said that the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is presently studying whether to convert the exchange to blockchain technology. The aim is to reach a decision in 2017, with the hope of implementation by 2018. If the ASX adopts a blockchain mechanism for...

Research report

30 Aug 2016

This report considers the findings from an evidence-based policy inquiry into individualised forms of housing assistance which assessed whether their implementation could lead to improved services and better outcomes for low-income and vulnerable households. It sets out future policy options arising from the research and...

Research report

31 Aug 2016

Policy-makers have long understood the relationship between housing and the economy through the multiplier effects of housing investment on national income and employment. There has, in contrast, been little regard to the longer term productivity and growth impacts of housing. Housing advocates and policy-makers usually...

Audio podcast

12 Aug 2016

The Guardian journalists discuss their handling of more than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru. Journalists spent several months combing through the Nauru files which set out the assaults, sexual violence, self-harm attempts...

Research report

31 Aug 2016

Commonwealth, State and Territory governments are responsible for the management of Australian fisheries within their respective jurisdictions. Regulations are used to implement controls, such as limits on catch or effort levels, and regulate fishing methods in order to manage Australia's fisheries in a way that...

Audio podcast

31 Aug 2016

In a rare good news story for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility, undertook an accessibility review of the 9 August 2016 Census, and found that the online survey form was largely accessible to people with...

Essay

30 Aug 2016

In this paper Johanna Dunaway, Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard's Shorenstain Centre on Media, Politics and Public Policy, explains mobile’s limitations as a means of news consumption and its implications for an informed citizenry.

Dunaway argues that Americans are increasingly abandoning cable in favor...

Discussion paper

25 Jul 2016

Oral health is necessary for good quality of life and encompasses more than just having healthy teeth. Without good oral health, everyday functions such as eating, speaking and socialising can be difficult. Sex and gender differences interact to influence oral health risk factors, indicators, conditions...

Commentary

Article

31 Aug 2016

Homework is not useless but its quality is far more important than quantity and schools should think very carefully about why they are setting it, says Brendan Bentley, an education expert at the University of South Australia.

In fact, too much homework can be...

Journal article

12 Feb 2016

Debates concerning the nature, purpose and importance of Australian values have resurfaced in Australia following the election of the Liberal-led Coalition Government in September 2013. Two dominant discourses on Australian values have emerged within recent government rhetoric and public policy, both of which have included...

Video

29 Aug 2016

UniSA's inaugural Enterprising Partnerships talk by leading scientist Professor Fiona Arney, Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection.

Having evaluated more than 50 system and practice innovations for vulnerable children over the past 20 years, Professor Fiona Arney delves into the key message...

Research report

29 Aug 2016

Key Findings

The Initiative Fund Grants funded by Wyatt from 2009 to 2013 had a positive impact on the lives of recipient households, either reducing the risk of homelessness and/or assisting homeless persons into stable and appropriate accommodation. Recipients of Initiative Fund Grant...

Journal article

11 Dec 2015

Advertising is becoming more accountable. Creative decisions, though, remain very difficult to justify. Armstrong’s (2010) evidence-based persuasion principles are a landmark effort to bring together evidence to support creative decisions. In this invited commentary, we ask: “What does this test of the Persuasion Principles Index...

Conference paper

17 Feb 2016

Abstract:

Purpose - This paper attempts to draw a conceptual outline of how the market share – distribution relationship may be characterised in the wine category. The aim of this paper is to explain the potential contribution of future research in this...

Journal article

31 Aug 2016

While a number of investigations of online language learning behaviours are available, there are currently few ‘micro’ analytic studies that explore the role of different types of small talk to complete institutional tasks online. This study focuses in particular on an institutionally-initiated, out-of-class telecollaborative Skype...

Journal article

24 Apr 2015

Due to changing climate and water legislation in South Australia, Australia's oldest water trust, the Renmark Irrigation Trust (RIT), and the community it serves have faced unprecedented changes in water allocations. Using participatory research methods, this article examines irrigators' perceptions of risk, uncertainty and trust...

Report

29 Aug 2016

Education is at the core of a thriving economy and while Australia has historically had a comparative advantage in its highly-educated workforce, this is being eroded. At the same time, the challenges posed by emerging technologies that threaten to make current skills obsolete pose a...

Research report

24 Aug 2016

The report Financial Resilience in Australia 2015 highlights the concept of resilience as a process that ‘enables individuals to bounce back after adverse events and experiences, adapt to changing circumstances, and deal with environmental stress.’ The report defines financial resilience as:

‘the ability...

Research report

30 Aug 2016

Aim: To determine whether recidivism was associated with parole release authority; and to determine whether re-offending was also related to being under supervision or not.

Method: Time to first proven re-offence was examined for 1,644 matched offenders who served between 18 and...

Briefing paper

30 Aug 2016

The ICPS Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare.

This issue explores children and young...

Research report

29 Aug 2016

Introduction

The Australian Government intends to acquire land-based strike capabilities in the 2020s. While these sorts of capabilities are not new to many of the armies of the world, they signify a distinct shift in the character of the Australian Army, which has...

Guide

29 Aug 2016

Key points

This paper provides a brief overview of the party and gender composition of the 45th Parliament of Australia. A double dissolution election was held on 2 July 2016 whereby all seats in the House of Representatives andSenate were up for election...

Research report

30 Aug 2016

Aims and objectives

This report was written as an evaluation of the Take Home Naloxone (THN) program at Access Health in St Kilda, Victoria. Access Health is a primary health service, managed by The Salvation Army Crisis Services located in the adjoining building...

Research report

30 Aug 2016

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Operation Spicer investigation has exposed prohibited donations, fund channelling and non-disclosures in the NSW Liberal Party’s 2011 state election campaign.

The Commission’s report, Investigation into NSW Liberal Party electoral funding for the 2011 state election campaign and...

Statistics

30 Aug 2016

This paper reports on trends in NSW State finances between 2002-03 and 2016-17 (inclusive). For most of the key indicators, the paper also shows trends by Parliament for the current (56th) Parliament and previous three Parliaments. Topics covered include:

Budget result and net lending...

Journal article

30 Aug 2016

Consumers increasingly seek out and pay more for foods with particular characteristics or qualities. Consumers, for example, often choose foods that are free-range or that are produced sustainably or come from a particular region. Many consumers also seek out ‘healthy’ foods. Indeed, the demand for...

Blog post

26 Aug 2016

This blog post argues that previous reforms of the income support system, coupled with a stable unemployment rate, have been successful in reducing dependence on welfare for the working age population.

Thesis

30 Aug 2015

Community action in natural resource governance can provide a pathway for improved decision-making, increased on-ground activity and acceptance of government and industry legitimacy in managing natural resources.

Increasing the role of community in the protection, restoration and management of natural resources is a stated...

Audio podcast

26 Aug 2016

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced Australia will develop a new foreign policy White Paper, its first since 2003. What has changed for Australian foreign affairs over the last thirteen years, and what foreign policy decisions should the new White Paper prioritise over the...

Research report

25 Aug 2016

Introduction

The rise of Asia’s two giants, China and India, is forcing Australia to re-examine its understanding of the regional order that has existed since the 1940s. There has been much debate about the choices that Australia faces with a rising China, but...

Thesis

24 Aug 2015

Abstract

The ability of decision makers to respond to climate change impacts such as sea-level rise and increased flood frequency is challenged by uncertainty about scale, timing, dynamic changes that could lead to regime shifts, and by societal changes. Climate change adaptation decision...

Thesis

22 Apr 2015

England and New Zealand introduced pay-for-performance schemes in their primary health care systems, with incentives for general practitioners to achieve improved population-based health outcomes, between 2001 and 2007. These schemes were part of health reforms to change the relationship between the state and the medical...

Research report

15 Sep 2009

In the years since NADRAC was established, ADR has expanded into a large, highly diverse and innovative field. Consumers, lawyers and other stakeholders have a greatly improved, though still imperfect, appreciation of the benefits of ADR. Many stakeholders expressed a welcome understanding of the value...

Working paper

30 May 2014

China has approached the internationalisation of the Renminbi (RMB) by taking cautious but deliberate steps towards a more liberalised economy. The intent to internationalise the currency is clearly expressed in China’s five year plan and further endorsed by the 18th Plenum in 2013. However the...

Submission

20 May 2014

This submission responds to six matters raised in the Draft Report: definition of access to justice; complex legal need; increased use of ADR; ADR and legal education; integrated legal service delivery model; and legal assistance landscape. My working life focusses on Access to Justice particularly...

Research report

30 Apr 2016

With one foot in childhood, and one foot in adulthood, the middle years are sometimes described as an “in between” stage of development. This “in between” status has, too often, led to invisibility as far as service providers and policy makers are concerned. Typically, the...

Research report

26 Aug 2016

Overview

This project aims to provide an evidence base for attitudinal change, to develop new strategies for racial harmony, and to improve the way services are provided to Aboriginal people.

The project team collected data from nearly 200 in-depth interviews with 44...

Submission

18 Nov 2013

The submission was initially compiled by NADRAC prior to NADRAC's abolition by the Australian Government on 8 November 2013. It has been completed by NADRAC's former members and is presented to the Productivity Commission as a work by the former advisory council NADRAC. In the...

Other text

10 Aug 2016

In early 2013 the Community Legal Education Program (CLE) at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) planned a project to develop an interactive mobile phone application, offering targeted, relevant and free legal information to young people on legal issues that affected them.

It came at a...

Guide

15 Jul 2012

This guide contains basic information about some of the alternative dispute resolution options available, giving practical tips on using alternative dispute resolution and helping people to identify the advantages of the different processes available. For some people, reading this guide may be the first step...

Survey

31 May 2016

There is an urgent need for the not-for-profit (NFP) sector to improve productivity and efficiency. With changes to government funding, new challenges attracting philanthropic funding and shrinking supporter engagement, this is the time for the sector to do things better, and do things differently. Digital...

Research report

15 Mar 2009

The National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) was established in 1995 as an independent body to provide the Attorney-General with policy advice on the development of ways of resolving or managing disputes without a judicial decision.

On 13 June 2008 the Attorney-General wrote...

Book

18 Aug 2016

Overview

Imaging Identity presents potent reflections on the human condition through the prism of portraiture. Taking digital imaging technologies and the dynamic and precarious dimensions of contemporary identity as critical reference points, these essays consider why portraits continue to have such galvanising...

Article

29 Jun 2016

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness.

Website

26 Aug 2016

Overview

An interactive map overlays ABS labour force regional data with NSW electoral boundaries to provide visual insight into what may be happening in electorates. Typically, the regions for which ABS labour force statistics are published do not correlate to electoral boundaries....

Article

29 Aug 2016

The Digital Inclusion Outcomes Framework is a single, flexible template for benchmarking and tracking digital inclusion in the UK, and evaluating digital inclusion activities locally. It aims to evidence the wider economic, health and social benefits of digital inclusion.

It was developed by the...

Website

29 Aug 2016

Tech Savvy Seniors gives older people, particularly those in regional and remote areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to use technology for socialising, accessing important services or conducting personal business.

Research report

15 Aug 2003

The document collates statistics on ADR that are routinely collected and contained in publicly available web-based or printed documents, especially published annual reports. Organisations may collect statistics that are not published and some may have conducted one off research studies or surveys. Such statistics are...

Research report

30 Jul 2014

Executive summary

Parent engagement in a child’s learning has demonstrated positive effects on the child’s educational, social and long-term employment outcomes. With vulnerable populations testing as much as two and a half years behind students from high socio-economic status backgrounds, there is currently...

Book

26 Aug 2016

Overview

This volume commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC). The Centre is Australia’s largest body of scholars dedicated to the analysis of the use of armed force in its political context and one of the earliest generation...

Conference paper

1 Jan 2013

This paper presents the use of system dynamics to analyze factors impacting on teachers adoption and integration of technology in learning and teaching. Educational change is a complex and dynamic process, particularly in the area of technology integration. Existing models of teacher integration have not...

Book

29 Aug 2016

This book arose from an inaugural conference on Migration Law and Policy at the ANU College of Law. The conference brought together academics and practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines and practice. The book is based on a selection of the papers and presentations...

Working paper

12 Jan 2016

The catalyst for the preparation of this working paper was the epochal merger in 2007 of the New York Stock Exchange with Paris-based Euronext, itself a consolidation of several European exchanges. Exchange mergers were not a new phenomenon; domestic and regional exchanges had been consolidating...

Audio interview

Audio program

26 Aug 2016

Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, is in Australia to deliver a series of presentations and public lectures. Wozniak says government support for innovation starts with education and believes Australia has the technical expertise to compete on the world's innovation stage.

Discussion paper

22 Aug 2016

The Attorney General has asked the NSW Law Reform Commission to review and report on the desirability of making changes to the Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW). As currently drafted, the Act allows a formal decision-maker to be appointed to make personal, financial and medical decisions...

Research report

5 Aug 2016

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is required, within thirty days after the end of the caretaker period for a general election, to prepare a post-election report of election commitments. For each designated parliamentary party, the post-election report presents budget impacts of election commitments that would have...

Research report

25 Aug 2016

Executive summary

• The periodic redrawing of electoral boundaries is required by law to maintain electoral divisions of roughly equal enrolment size within a state or territory. Redrawing of boundaries is known as a redistribution.

• There are three provisions which may trigger...

Conference paper

13 Apr 2010

Communicating research through writing is of crucial importance in contemporary research education, although the complex nature of the activity and the fact of multiple audiences are not typically elaborated in discourse about generic skills training. The primary audience for doctoral students and their supervisors is...

Journal article

24 Feb 2016

Supervisor induction and continued professional development programmes constitute good practice and are enshrined in institutional policies and national codes of practice. However, there is little evidence about whether they have an impact on either supervisors’ learning or day-to-day practice. Set in a discussion of previous...

Journal article

27 May 2016

Supervision is generally recognised as playing a crucial role in the quality of a research student’s doctoral experience and their academic outcomes and, in common with most areas of higher education, there is an oft-stated desire to pursue excellence in this important area. Excellence in...

Journal article

27 May 2010

Governments across Australia are struggling to address escalating child protection notifications, a marked increase in the number of children in State care, a decrease in the number of foster carers and chronic workforce shortages in child welfare services. This paper explores the reform process that...

Journal article

11 May 2009

Excluding very severe child abuse cases, biological parents are usually encouraged to maintain contact with their children in care. Parent-child contact is often considered important because it can maintain the child's psychological identity and well-being. It can also maintain parent-child attachment and in some cases...

Report

26 Aug 2016

The Philippines had a major, if unenforceable, win against China in the 12 July South China Sea Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. But the implications go beyond the bilateral dispute between China and the Philippines and it carries...

Commentary

Article

26 Aug 2016

There has been much hand-wringing at the thought of Donald Trump becoming US president. If, by some miracle, Trump succeeds in November, he will have his hand on the nuclear trigger.

But this concern, while great political fodder, is dangerously simplistic. It presupposes there...

Research report

22 Aug 2016

This report examines the current funding and financing arrangements for regional and remote roads in Australia and considers the implications of road funding reforms.

The project was undertaken in three stages:

Stage 1 developed a snap shot of current and historic road related...

Audio interview

Audio program

25 Aug 2016

Over the past four years, it's estimated that the Commonwealth has lost more than $2 billion due to the blow out in growth of the private vocational education sector. Set up under the previous Labor Government, the VET FEE-HELP scheme has been described as a...

Discussion paper

23 Aug 2016

The purpose of this document is to specify the standards for the operation of the electronic tag based NLIS (Sheep & Goats) system in Victoria. These standards apply to all sheep and goats born on or after the commencement date (1 January 2017) that move...

Audio interview

Audio program

24 Aug 2016

When Queensland's Chief Justice, Tim Carmody, resigned last year he brought to an end months of spectacularly vicious infighting within Queensland's legal and political circles.

His appointment sparked allegations from high profile legal figures about political influence on the court, it dominated the news...

Audio interview

Audio program

21 Aug 2016

Economist Dr Chris Wilkins leads Massey University's illegal drug research team. He recently wrote a New Zealand Medical Journal editorial promoting the idea of using registered clubs to regulate recreational cannabis use. In this interview with Wallace Chapman on Radio New Zealand's Sunday Morning he...

Research report

15 Nov 2005

The issue of custodial remand in Australia remains acute. More than a fifth of Australian prisoners are unsentenced ('remandees') at any one time. Depending on the jurisdiction, remandee numbers have increased by between 50% and 270% since 1995. However, Australian States and Territories remand people...

Report

Strategy

5 May 2016

This Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared by the Ministry of Education (the Ministry). This RIS provides an analysis of options for establishing an enduring strategic direction for early childhood services and schools.

It forms part of a group of four RISs that...

Research report

15 Jun 1999

At any time, around 15 per cent of Australia’s 20,000 prisoners are on remand, that is, they are in custody but have not been sentenced. They are held in custody to ensure they will appear in court to answer charges, or to protect the community,...

Commentary

Article

25 Aug 2016

Truth be told, most Australians live in good housing. This is good news for all of us because our housing is a major determinant of our health and wellbeing. But our very recent research findings, published this month in the Journal of Prevention and Intervention...

Evaluation

Report

18 May 2013

The Holding Children Together Service, funded by the Communities for Children initiative and the Alice Springs Transformation Plan, has been developed as an innovative service designed to fill an identified gap in therapeutic service provision for young children in Alice Springs who have experienced trauma,...

Evaluation

Report

20 Jun 2012

With funding from the Transforming Alice Springs initiative, the Department for Children and Families (DCF) have established family group conferencing (FGC) for families of Aboriginal children where abuse and neglect has been substantiated to reduce the need for child protection matters to be determined through...

Literature review

3 Apr 2012

This paper aims to provide background information about the best ways of increasing the number of high quality foster and kinship carers in the Northern Territory by answering the following two questions:

- What characteristics of potential carers, children, environments and systems influence decisions...

Discussion paper

27 Apr 2016

Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector delivers workplace specific skills and knowledge across a wide range of careers and industries, and is crucial to Australia’s social and economic prosperity. VET contributes to developing our national workforce, provides pathways to employment and addresses barriers to...

Audio interview

Audio program

25 Aug 2016

The Federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, has told the private education sector at a conference today he wants to smash the business models of anyone ripping off taxpayers or targeting vulnerable people. The private sector and TAFEs have welcomed the pledge of action but they...

Evaluation

Report

23 Aug 2016

The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) was formed in 2001 to "stimulate collaboration between selected liberal arts colleges and to act as a catalyst for the effective integration of emerging and newer digital technologies into teaching, learning, scholarship, and information management." In...

Journal article

15 Jul 2011

In issues of key scholarly social work journals over the past few years ( British Journal of Social Work , Practice and Australian Social Work ), articles have addressed the importance of work-based resilience for social work professionals. To date, however, the process of developing...

Journal article

17 Sep 2010

Across the analysis of interview fragments from two young men with hearing disabilities who attended secondary schools in Australia, this paper will demonstrate that masculinity in the schoolyard frequently emerges within and as a collective form of violence and malevolence against the disabled body. Yet...

Research report

24 Aug 2016

In setting out the first findings of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII), this report provides our most comprehensive picture yet of Australians’ online participation. The ADII has been created to measure the level of digital inclusion across the Australian population, and to monitor this...

Research report

23 Aug 2016

The Paris Agreement contains a long-term temperature goal (LTTG) of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit this to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. The 1.5°C limit in the Paris Agreement goes significantly further than the...

Audio interview

Audio program

24 Aug 2016

Since the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit, the world has been aiming to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

But amid fears by vulnerable countries that two degrees was not 'safe', the Paris Climate Agreement last year tightened this global goal...

Report

24 Aug 2016

The objective of reaching such a large number of respondents was to further understand sub-groups of the population that are not represented in sufficient number in general surveys. Australia@2015 (abbreviated as Au@2015 in this report) was available in English and 19 languages, with 1,521 (14%)...

Research report

23 Aug 2016

Avid Life Media Inc. (ALM) is a company that operates a number of adult dating websites. The largest website operated by ALM is Ashley Madison, which is targeted at people seeking a discreet affair. ALM is headquartered in Canada, but its websites have a global...

Journal article

22 Aug 2016

The right to petition Parliament for redress of grievances spans many centuries. For much of this time, petitions served a key role in bringing the concerns of the people directly before Parliament for consideration and debate. In the Australian Parliament, petitioning has long been in...

Research report

23 Aug 2016

There is much goodwill in Australia to improve Indigenous outcomes. However, too many programs are implemented because of their perceived benefit, rather than a rigorous assessment of what works.

This research report maps the number of government and non-government Indigenous programs and potential level...

Article

1 Aug 2016

Three RJI Research Scholars spent the past year studying the effectiveness and sustainability of long-form digital journalism. This is the first in a five-part series based on fifty-three interviews with millennials to gauge this audience’s reception to long-form journalism delivered on mobile platforms.

Research report

24 Aug 2016

Screen Australia has released the most significant study of diversity on Australian screens since television began in 1956, entitled Seeing Ourselves: Reflections on Diversity in TV Drama . The study analysed all 199 dramas (fiction excluding animation) that aired between 2011 and 2015 inclusive, finding...

Commentary

24 Aug 2016

By 2034/35, almost 20% of Australians (6.2 million) are projected to be aged 65 or over. One sector already feeling the impact of the ageing population is construction. In Queensland, the number of construction workers aged 55 and over increased from 8% of full-time workers...

Commentary

Article

22 Aug 2016

Poking at layabout academics for ‘wasting’ tax dollars on seemingly frivolous projects reminds me of nothing more than the schoolyard bully who secretly knows he peaked in year 9. Today, the Tele flattered me by holding up one of my own projects for ridicule, ironically...

Audio podcast

20 Jan 2016

In this podcast, Walter Merricks, Chairman of Impress - which bills itself as “ the first truly independent press regulator in the UK ” - outlines the aim of his organisation to become a trusted and recognised brand in ethical journalism, following the Leveson Inquiry...

Research report

22 Aug 2016

This framework is one of three developed by the Policy Project in collaboration with the New Zealand policy community. The delivery of high quality responsive policy advice requires an ongoing supply of policy professionals with a common set of transferable core knowledge, policy skills and...

Audio program

24 Aug 2016

Summary Gender neutral parenting and play is a big subject in Sweden. The country has recently adopted the gender neutral pronoun ‘hen’ – teachers are encouraged to say ‘good morning buddies’ instead of ‘good morning girls and boys’, and toy catalogues regularly show images...

Blog post

13 Jul 2015

The newly launched Digital Inclusion Outcomes Framework is intended as a single, flexible template for tracking digital inclusion in the UK, and evaluating activities locally. Anyone who chooses to use the framework will be able to demonstrate how their digital inclusion activities contribute to local...

Blog post

3 May 2016

The internet has many advantages for remote Indigenous people, such as faster communication and greater access to services. However, internet access also has brought particular challenges, writes Telstra’s General Manager, Indigenous Directorate, Lauren Ganley.

Audio interview

14 Aug 2016

Temporary migration is redefining Australian society. Peter Mares says there are around one million 'unsettled settlers' - including thousands of New Zealanders - on various kinds of temporary visas in Australia, and many are being unfairly treated. Peter Mares is a writer, researcher and a...

Research report

18 Aug 2016

Aim: To investigate whether completing the Custody-based Intensive Treatment (CUBIT) program for moderate to high risk/needs sex offenders reduces re-offending.

Method: The study sample includes 386 male offenders identified by custodial staff as suitable for participation in CUBIT who were released from...

Research report

18 Aug 2016

Overview

New online big data research by the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos think tank has found significant spikes in the use of anti-Islamic language on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of news events, particularly terrorist attacks.

Many...

Essay

25 Jul 2016

Whitlam’s policy program was compelling because he had a clear and principled conception of social democracy that was relevant for the times. It was a conception of social democracy that straddled two eras: (1) the development of the post-war welfare state that married the tasks...

Audio podcast

18 Aug 2016

This interview discusses the portrayal of women in Indonesian media and advertising, and how social stereotypes of gender roles affect the way women see themselves and interact with society.

Overview

For this episode of Sub Rosa, Kate interviewed Firly Annisa, an activist...

Report

23 Aug 2016

People who breach family violence intervention orders are more likely to reoffend than the general criminal population, finds this study.

The study reveals that:

the two most common types of reoffending were further breach of an intervention order (24% of offenders reoffended with...

Research report

23 Aug 2016

Providing retirement income for the healthiest, wealthiest and largest demographic to ever reach retirement in Australia is a topic of increasing interest and debate.

How should an ‘adequate’ retirement income be defined across a vast group with diverse circumstances and requirements? What is the...

Journal article

31 May 2016

Abstract

The quality of public decision making depends significantly on the quality of analysis and advice provided through public organizations. Champions of “evidence-informed” policy making claim that rigorous evaluation practices can significantly improve attainment of cost-effective outcomes. After decades of experience, performance information...

Research report

11 May 2016

Executive summary

Women’s Legal Service NSW (‘WLS NSW’) is a community legal centre providing free legal services across NSW to women who are disadvantaged by their cultural, social and economic circumstances.

The majority of the women that WLS NSW works with have...

Statistics

16 Aug 2016

Summary: The reports provide details on trends in membership and benefits paid. The reports detail the number of insured people with hospital treatment and general treatment since 1971 on a State and Territory basis, and show utilisation of health services and benefits paid for...

Essay

23 May 2016

Dr Edward Nik-Khah's Smoke and Thalidomide is an examination of the power of economists - and their constructed institutions - in the mobilisation of the US pharmaceutical industry in the 1970s, and their continued influence in how the industry controls our knowledge about drugs today....

Statistics

19 Aug 2016

Summary: Australian Gambling Statistics (AGS) is a comprehensive set of statistics related to gambling in Australia, covering the entire range of legalised Australian gambling products. The publication has been produced since 1984, and is compiled annually by the Queensland Government Statistician's Office in co-operation...

Essay

1 Dec 2013

Climate Change in a New Democratic Age: Why we need more, not less, democratic participation was authored by Dr Randal G. Stewart. This paper examines the role of three key groups in the climate change debate - scientists, economists, and the bureaucracy - as...

Research report

22 Aug 2016

Describes the purposes, practices and capabilities of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and sets out the ways that Australians can assess its performance.

Guide to this plan

This corporate plan is the primary strategic planning document for the Australian Institute...

Journal article

23 Aug 2016

This project enabled novel organisational insight into the comparative utility of a portfolio of consumer health information content, by measuring patterns of attrition (abandonment) in content use. The project used as a case study the event activity log of a fully automated digital information kiosk,...

Research report

24 Mar 2016

Survivors of domestic and family violence—the majority of whom are women—experience a range of negative economic outcomes as a consequence of the violence they have survived. This is particularly prevalent for women where economic abuse was also part of the pattern of violence. Lack of...

Commentary

Article

23 Aug 2016

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) rejected claims in the media yesterday questioning the merits of funding of research projects and challenging the integrity of the Australian Research Council (ARC).

“Academics in Australian universities conduct research that is...

Discussion paper

23 Aug 2016

Work-based learning and the inclusion of the world of work into tertiary students' learning lie at the heart of the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system. Despite the strong emphasis of work-based learning in post-secondary education, both VET providers and universities faces challenges when...

Fact sheet

31 Mar 2016

A collation of the latest results in five of the most closely followed international university rankings.

This resource presents the latest results for New Zealand universities in five of the most closely followed rankings systems: QS World University Rankings, QS World University Subject Rankings,...

Working paper

31 Aug 2014

This paper discusses key regulatory issues and developments emerging from the GFC in relation to three distinct areas - financial market regulation; taxation; and banking and finance. The paper analyses the adequacy and efficacy of Australia's legal infrastructure in these three areas from a comparative...

Research report

31 Aug 2013

There is increasing emphasis on retirement planning in New Zealand, in response to concerns about the affordability and adequacy of NZ Superannuation. To assist in this process, the first New Zealand Retirement Expenditure Guidelines report was produced in 2012 to provide information to assist with...

Working paper

31 Aug 2014

Banks use a mix of wholesale and deposit funds to finance lending. If a country is a net importer of wholesale funds, then a financial crisis in a foreign country can 'infect' the banking system by raising the cost of wholesale funds. Indeed, countries such...

Working paper

31 Jul 2015

Rapid developments in cloud computing and data science have significantly reduced the cost and expanded the scope of possible analytics in the practise of financial regulation. However, the existing Organizational Architecture of regulatory interaction is still rooted in old models of data that sit in...

Research report

9 Jan 2010

This report focuses on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by Community Legal Centres (CLCs) to improve access to justice for disadvantaged members of the community whom they service. The aim of the research was to investigate CLCs’ use of ADR and ADR services;...

Working paper

30 Jun 2016

Using a unique but confidential database, this study examines the capital management practices of Australian banks under the Basel regulatory framework. We find evidence of a significantly negative relationship between the internally targeted capital buffers of banks and the state of the business cycle. This...

Working paper

31 Jan 2015

Financial regulators perform inter alia a quality control function, as they search for recession-generating flaws in the financial system. Some groupings of regulations operate more or less independently to other groupings, as is the case when different agents – not necessarily different institutions – examining...

Working paper

31 Oct 2014

The literature on investment horizon is reviewed in order to enhance the understanding of potential influences on long-term investing by institutional investors. Investment horizon reflects an inter-connected web of influences related to an investor’s circumstances, the design of the investing environment, and the choices that...

Research report

31 Aug 2012

There is increasing emphasis on retirement planning in New Zealand, in response to concerns about the affordability and adequacy of NZ Superannuation. To assist in this process, this the first New Zealand Retirement Expenditure Guidelines report was produced in 2012 to provide information to assist...

Research report

15 Feb 2011

In this report, the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) canvasses particular issues that support the integrity of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, and that are identified in the Terms of Reference. These are: conduct obligations, rules about confidentiality and inadmissibility of communications within...

Working paper

31 Mar 2014

This report is the result of a study undertaken in late 2013 on Malawi’s legal and regulatory framework for mobile money. The study was commissioned by the MM4P and conducted in consultation with the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM). The study had three outputs which...

Working paper

22 Mar 2014

After declining worldwide since the late 1980s, defined benefits plans will not recover their previous dominance in Australia because they can only be offered by large and stable organisations. Since 1992 Australia has had compulsory superannuation that is mostly privately managed. In addition, several policy...

Working paper

31 May 2014

This paper analyses a survey of RMB invoicing awareness, use and expectations conducted on Australian and Chinese corporates. It considers the benefits of invoicing trade in RMB as well as a range of factors that would appear to be discouraging RMB use between Australia and...

Working paper

31 Jan 2016

This paper analyses the systemic risk in relation to bank lending for Asian economies. The methodology complements existing market-based systemic risk measures by providing measures based on accounting information that regulators typically collect. Loan loss provisions of banks are decomposed into (i) a prediction component...

Working paper

31 May 2014

This paper examines the corporate governance implications of securities loans, in particular the impact of securities loans on shareholders’ voting rights and the control of listed Australian companies. The paper considers whether the current regulatory framework for securities loans in Australia adequately addresses the concerns...

Working paper

31 May 2014

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have been portrayed in some quarters as potential bad guys in global financial markets due to their supposed political as opposed to commercial intentions and influence. However, two key international developments during and since the 2008/2009 Global Financial Crisis have prompted...

Working paper

31 Mar 2014

This paper examines how swiftly core characteristics of the global economy are changing and the implications for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Australia, especially FDI from China. The paper focuses on how state investment capital is an increasingly important strategic priority for governments, regulators, finance...

Working paper

14 May 2015

We provide empirical evidence on the degree of systemic risk in Australia before, during and after the Global Financial Crisis. We calculate a daily index of systemic risk from 2004 to 2013 in order to understand how real economy firms influence the outcomes for the...

Working paper

30 Jun 2014

We propose a new top-down approach to measure systemic risk in the financial system. Our framework uses a combination of macroeconomic, financial and rating factors in representative regions of the world. We formulate a mixed-frequency state-space model to estimate macroeconomic factors. To derive financial risk...

Working paper

30 Jun 2014

An effective portfolio disclosure regime must balance both its costs and benefits across the entire financial services industry. This study examines a number of disclosure regimes with respect to accuracy and susceptibility to copycat behaviour in an environment absent of mandatory disclosure. We find that...

Working paper

1 Oct 2015

This research project compares the application of the competition laws of China and Australia to bank mergers, against financial regulatory frameworks and the dual objectives of competition and economic stability. As the title indicates, it seeks to identify lessons for Australian banks and Chinese regulators....

Research report

22 Aug 2016

Reveals that the average Australian family is spending up to $22,000 every year to get around.

Overview The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) commissioned SGS Economics and Planning (SGS) to design and develop the Transport Affordability Index to provide a snapshot of the costs...

Research report

28 May 2008

This report is the final product of the first stage of the commission’s civil justice inquiry.

The terms of reference required the commission to undertake a number of tasks including identification of the goals of the civil justice system and the principles that should...

Working paper

31 Oct 2015

This paper extends Ellul and Yerramilli’s (2013) risk governance index for U.S. banks to international banks across 33 countries, using that index to examine relations between national codes of governance, individual bank risk governance and both risk and performance outcome measures in periods before, during...

Research report

18 Aug 2016

Summary

There is much research to suggest a considerable overlap between people experiencing precarious housing, and those experiencing drug and alcohol misuse: many present both to alcohol and other drug treatment services (AODTS) with a variety of drug use issues, and to specialist...

Research report

19 Aug 2016

The 21st edition of the G20 Monitor highlights considerations for the G20 ahead of the 4–5 September 2016 G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China. It also canvasses three topics that are possibly of interest to the 2017 German G20 Presidency: cyber rule-setting, global migration governance,...

Research report

30 Nov 2015

The Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) was established in 2005 to provide annual ‘snapshots’ of emerging drug use, ongoing drug trends, drug markets and drug related harm in New Zealand. The findings from the IDMS are intended to inform strategic and policy responses to drug...

Research report

20 Jun 2016

Abstract

In this Discussion Paper, I consider first the academic debate on the establishment of democracy and the role of political competition and cooperation as a background to the current Timorese government formula. This is followed by a brief historical tour of the...

Research report

10 Aug 2016

This edited collection of papers examines the emerging concept of the Indo-Pacific, maritime tensions including in the East and South China Seas, transnational security issues, the role of Japan as a regional security partner, and prospects for partnerships involving other countries. These are drawn from...

Audio interview

Audio program

15 Aug 2016

A young indigenous thinker from Alice Springs says too often women are part of the huge problem that is Aboriginal violence, because in many cases men are seen as incapable of doing wrong.

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price says instead of looking to constitutional recognition or...

Research report

21 Aug 2016

This report argues that Australia is well placed to resist the economic and political pressures which can make us more unequal over time. If we do this, our economy will continue to grow strongly and middle Australia will see the benefits of that growth in...

Working paper

31 Oct 2014

Vermorken et al. (2012) introduce a new measure of diversication, the Diversication Delta based on the empirical entropy. The entropy as a measure of uncertainty has successfully been used in several frameworks and takes into account the uncertainty related to the entire statistical distribution and...

Research report

22 Aug 2016

Overview

On 22 August 2016, AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin released this report, following an independent review of the organisation by former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick.

The report followed extensive consultation with more than 1,000 AFP members over the past six months....

Working paper

29 Feb 2016

We examine potential sources of measurement error when evaluating the after-tax performance of fund managers based on periodic snapshots of their holdings alone, compared to when daily transactions data are also available. To do this, we compare portfolio return estimates based on imputed trades from...

Article

7 Oct 2015

As black screens and keyboard buttons overtake our lives, the newspaper industry is scrambling to maintain relevance. The increased mobility and access to global news and events has changed the face of consumerism, with audiences taking charge and creating content. Despite the current anxiety surrounding...

Working paper

31 Jan 2015

We investigate the effects of credit ratings-contingent financial regulation on foreign bank lending behavior. We examine the sensitivity of international bank flows to debtor countries’ sovereign credit rating changes before and after the implementation of the Basel 2 risk-based capital regulatory rules. We study the...

Research report

18 Aug 2016

As has been the case since January, there is widespread skepticism that either Clinton or Trump would make a good president. This paper explores the voters perceptions as of August 2016.

Overview Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump disagree on a range...

Journal article

25 May 2015

Abstract

Objective: A considerable health disparity exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, including a higher incidence and severity of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. The burden of these diseases appears to be greatest in communities located in the remote regions of Australia. Unique...

Research report

18 Aug 2016

The latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Ranking – which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide – show that although Melbourne has retained its crown as the world's most liveable city, liveability has deteriorated in 29 of the 140...

Research report

16 Aug 2016

The South Australian wholesale electricity market had a volume-weighted average price of $433/MWh for the first two weeks of July. By way of comparison, the volume-weighted average wholesale price in South Australia for the last eight calendar years has been $64/MWh. Extraordinarily high prices (greater...

Research report

15 Aug 2016

This report has been prepared for GetUp! We have been asked to analyse and comment on the retail electricity markets serving household electricity consumers in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

The business of providing electricity to households by electricity retailers encompasses the acquisition of...

Journal article

19 Aug 2016

The Childhood Obesity Plan is unlikely to solve New Zealand's obesity crisis. It is based on a dated paradigm of energy density and does not address what we believe to be the greatest cause of the epidemic: excess sugar intake. The Government’s plan lacks meaningful...

Research report

19 Aug 2016

The Hon Bob Debus AM explores how lessons from the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and beyond have been neglected or ignored. How our fixation on 'tough on crime' rhetoric contributes to skyrocketing incarceration rates, seeing funding diverted from rehabilitation and diversionary...

Report

Strategy

4 Dec 2015

Through the National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP), the COAG Energy Council will prioritise improving consumer information and decision making tools, the removal of market barriers to new technologies and services, and supporting wider innovation and competition within industry and energy market. This will support more...

Commentary

19 Aug 2016

Energy upgrades in Australia’s buildings could deliver a quarter of Australia’s 2030 emissions reduction target. Improving energy performance through improved building design, heating and cooling systems, lighting and other equipment and appliances could also deliver more than half of our National Energy Productivity Target....

Briefing paper

Report

18 Aug 2016

In July this year, South Australia experienced a series of high wholesale electricity price spikes in one week, which some politicians and media commentators simplistically linked to the state’s high proportion of renewable energy, particularly wind (For example, Australian Financial Review 2016; The Advertiser 2016a;...

Audio interview

Audio program

19 Aug 2016

The Victorian Government says it's very close to legalising the ride-sharing service Uber, and unveiling changes to the taxi industry. After Tasmania last night legalised the service, the company is very close to getting the green light to operate legally in every state.

Data portal

Website

17 Aug 2016

The Heart Maps can act as a valuable tool for health professionals, health services, local governments, researchers and policy makers. The Heart Maps can be used to establish health related strategies, to plan for health services and to develop/implement targeted prevention initiatives. Specifically, the Heart...

Research report

17 Aug 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are under-serviced by digital technologies, with indigenous Australians being 69% less likely than non-indigenous people to have any Internet connection and are about half as likely to have broadband access. This 'digital divide' contributes to and reinforces educational, income,...

Research report

11 Aug 2016

This report explores how legal services can better protect the human rights and dignity of people with mental illness and cognitive disabilities who have been detained for compulsory treatment.

Other text

26 May 2016

All education programs are well-intentioned and many of them are highly effective. However, there are usually more ways than one to achieve good educational outcomes for students. When faced with this scenario, how do educators and education policymakers decide which alternative is likely to provide...

Journal article

27 Jul 2016

This article concerns the interpretation of the defence of fair dealing ‘for the purpose of parody or satire’, a defence that was added to the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) in 2006. The Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) provides no definition of ‘parody or satire’; no...

Policy

Report

10 Aug 2016

The Policy Paper recommends that Australia end its harmful policies of offshore processing, boat turnbacks and the mandatory detention of people seeking asylum. The Policy Paper sets out practical and sound measures to be considered by the Australian government in order to adopt a just...

Research report

18 Aug 2016

New Zealand’s interest-free student loan scheme has not achieved its policy objectives and fails to help students from poorer backgrounds access tertiary education, according to this report from The New Zealand Initiative. Eliminating interest-charges on all student loans was a superb decision in political expediency;...

Commentary

Article

18 Aug 2016

Wealth in Australia is becoming heavily concentrated among a tiny, super-wealthy elite. Manifestations of this inequality include signs of obscene wealth and extreme poverty.

Governments are struggling to tackle this problem. But could philanthropy be part of the solution?

The altruistic behaviour of...

Commentary

Article

17 Aug 2016

An opinion poll published last week reveals a political division cutting across traditional party loyalties and pointing to a possible populist rejection of economic openness.

Audio interview

Audio program

18 Aug 2016

Victoria's Commissioner for Children and Young People is preparing to review a contentious new child protection law. Most Victorian parents who've had their children removed now have a strict time limit of 12 months to prove they're capable of resuming the care of their children....

Audio interview

Audio program

18 Aug 2016

The former Australian of the year, Rosie Batty, has raised concerns that internal divisions within the Victorian Government are hampering its response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The minister handpicked to respond to the most urgent recommendations from the commission has stood aside...

Discussion paper

16 Feb 2016

Australia operates a dedicated Humanitarian Programme that offers resettlement for refugees and others overseas who are in humanitarian need, and protection for people who arrive lawfully in Australia and engage Australia’s protection obligations.

Each year, the Australian Government seeks the views of the Australian...

Evaluation

Report

14 Dec 2012

The purpose of the scoping study is to inform the research training activities of Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). While previous studies have focussed on the outcomes supported by the CRC research training activities, the focus of this report is on the inputs and processes invested...

Briefing paper

18 Aug 2016

Professor Lisa Heap's study titled, Women’s Rights at Work (WRAW), on the experiences of women at work in Victoria, has created a dialogue with Victorian working women regarding their experiences at work, and in seeking work. Commencing in 2016, this dialogue with Victorian working women...

Audio interview

Audio program

16 Aug 2016

The Victorian government says it's on track to treat child sufferers of epilepsy with medicinal cannabis by next year. Several other states are conducting similar trials, but only the Victorians are cultivating their own product.

Research report

12 Aug 2016

Overview

India no longer sees Australia as merely a strategic stooge of the US. And Australia is starting to accord India the importance India always saw as its right. Those are big changes in attitude and policy—and in the two countries’ understanding of...

Commentary

Article

16 Aug 2016

The ‘Nauru files,’ which detail reports of abuse in Australia’s asylum-seeker detention centre on Nauru, have received global attention since their release. They should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess the longstanding policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers before more serious...

Research report

12 Aug 2016

This study found that where low aromatic fuel has been introduced, sniffing rates have been reduced on average by 88% across selected communities since 2005-07.

Abstract

This report presents the findings from a study of petrol sniffing prevalence in a sample of...

Commentary

Article

16 Aug 2016

Solar households in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales will this year cease to be paid for power they export into the electricity grid. In South Australia, some households will lose 16 cents per kilowatt-hour (c/kWh) from September 31. Some Victorian households will lose...

Research report

10 Aug 2016

Aim: To investigate whether referral to the Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (IDATP) reduces re‑offending and/or returns to custody.

Method: The study sample included 1,285 offenders who were released from NSW custody on or after 1 January 2013, all of whom...

Research report

17 Aug 2016

Overview

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), like no other terrorist organization before, has used Twitter and other social media channels to broadcast its message, inspire followers, and recruit new fighters. Though much less heralded, ISIS opponents have also taken to...

Research report

3 Mar 2016

Executive Summary

The report examines the prevalence and effectiveness of anti-bullying policies being used in a convenience sample of Australian government schools in six state or territory educational jurisdictions. It has drawn upon the perceptions and experiences of a range of stakeholders, that...

Video

Interview

4 Aug 2016

The rise of citizen journalism offers alternative views to officially recorded history in every tweet, blog and photo. Why is it so important for libraries to preserve Facebook, Twitter and other online conversations? How would our world today be understood 100 years from now if...

Journal article

11 Aug 2016

Abstract

Research into emergent forms of scholarship focuses on academics’ use of technology for learning, teaching, and research. Very little attention has been paid in the literature to scholars’ uses of social media to disclose challenging personal and professional issues. This article addresses...

Audio presentation

11 Aug 2016

Keynote address at the 2016 Lowy Institute Media Awards dinner delivered by Michelle Guthrie, managing director of the ABC, on the ABC's need to be truly global in its thinking and its actions.

Extract

My first few months at the ABC have...

Research report

16 Aug 2016

The Department of Social Services has commissioned research aimed at improving the knowledge base about giving and volunteering patterns and trends to support evidence-based policy development.

DSS, on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, recently commissioned a research report to better understand...

Research report

17 Aug 2016

Description

This paper looks at firms’ motivation for training apprentices in both Australia and Germany. The study explores how these countries compare when dealing with their respective institutional arrangements for apprenticeship training. It then analyses Australian employer's commitment to training based on changes...

Book

21 Dec 2006

There is a growing body of work examining the ‘consequences’, or more accurately the inter-relationships between information and communications technologies (ICTs) and society at the microsocial (individual, household) level. The vast majority of this work has so far been focused on the US and the...

Discussion paper

23 May 2016

In late 2010, after over a century of almost uninterrupted growth, demand for electricity in Australia began to fall. Two previous papers, published in 2013 and 2015, examined possible reasons why demand was falling in the National Electricity Market (NEM), which accounts for nearly 90%...

Research report

17 Aug 2016

Overview

Measuring the impacts of the Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport & Resources’ (the department) research, development and extension (RD&E) investments is an inherently complex task. However, there is evidence that the state’s investment in RD&E contributes to productivity growth in Victoria’s...

Audio interview

Audio program

16 Aug 2016

Investigations are continuing into what went wrong at the Australian Bureau of Statistics over the botched online census. But there's fresh scrutiny of the computer giant IBM, which has been blamed for failing to take adequate pre-emptive steps to deal with the denial of service...

Research report

3 May 2016

Executive Summary In 2015, the Attorney-General asked the Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, to undertake the Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with disability .

The Terms of...

Journal article

1 Jan 2008

This study investigates students’ use of one-to-one laptops for various activities and the impact of one-to-one computing on student learning and school culture. Based on data collected from surveys and interviews of teachers, students, and parents in a Midwestern middle school over one academic year,...

Article

16 Aug 2016

In the introductory abstract to ‘Vision Infinity for Food Security,’ (Sharma and Wightman 2015), co-author Dr Shashi Sharma draws our attention to the 1798 prediction by Thomas Malthus that human kind’s ability to feed itself was limited by population size. Malthus foresaw a time when...

Working paper

16 Aug 2016

The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) presents an opportunity to compare the theory of linked emissions trading with practice. From 2009 until late 2012 New Zealand was linked to the Kyoto market and there was no indication that this link would be broken....

Working paper

17 Jun 2016

An amendment to legislation in 2009 enabled New Zealand firms with fewer than twenty employees to hire new workers on trial periods. The scheme was subsequently extended to employers of all sizes. The policy was intended to encourage firms to take on more employees, and...

Working paper

12 Jul 2016

We examine the relationship between the presence of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and local growth, using a sample of 57 New Zealand Territorial Local Authorities (TLAs) between 1986 and 2013. Our models include a large set of controls, including past growth. An innovation of our...

Journal article

24 May 2016

Teachers’ beliefs about students’ engagement in and knowledge of digital technologies will affect technologically integrated learning designs. Over the past few decades, teachers have tended to feel that students were confident and engaged users of digital technologies, but there is a growing body of research...

Audio interview

Audio program

17 Aug 2016

Farmers are becoming increasingly frustrated at delays in the rollout of taxpayer funded assistance. It's been several months since the Federal Government announced concessional loans for farmers struggling with retrospective price cuts, but only a small number of applications have been processed.

Research report

17 Aug 2016

The use of information and communication technology (ICT) in public education is steadily increasing, with greater focus in the national curriculum and the introduction of online testing of students. This audit assessed if the Department of Education (DoE) knows what ICT public schools need to...

Survey

17 Aug 2016

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) undertakes an annual national survey on the education experiences of students with disability. The 2016 Survey results have been released. The survey of 1396 students and families covered a range of issues to provide a snapshot of...

Research report

12 Aug 2016

As a signatory to the United Nations 1951 International Convention on Refugees, Australia continues to accept significant numbers of Humanitarian refugees on an annual basis. Recent global developments in terms of conflict in many countries have exacerbated the issue of ‘forced migration’, with estimates indicating...

Research report

16 Aug 2016

Provides the latest detailed information on the impacts (in terms of quality of life and disability) of chronic back problems in Australia.

Summary Chronic back problems are common conditions in Australia (16% of the total population) and cause of disability (28% of the...

Website

4 Aug 2016

This research snapshot aims to explore the levels of online engagement of older Australians (those aged 65 and over). It examines various measures of digital engagement, including internet access, frequency and location of internet use, as well as the devices used to access the internet...

Research report

30 May 2016

Despite families being much smaller, parents being older, mothers being better educated and having much higher employment rates, child poverty has risen significantly since the 1960s. In 1961, 95 percent of children were born to married couples; by 2015 the proportion had fallen to 53...

Report

1 Aug 2016

The Ministry of Health, in partnership with sector experts, developed the Well Child / Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement Framework, drawing on New Zealand and international research.

The Framework has three aims: focusing on family/whānau experience; population health and best value for the health system;...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2006

Ratings tools have emerged to help classify the 'greenness' of a building. These ratings tools assess the energy use or environmental impact of the building and the rating is then used to communicate the building's predicted environmental performance to target owners and tenants. This paper...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2006

Little research has been done into robustness of ‘green’ commercial building performance and the consequent risk to both environment and investor of a building/occupant mismatch. This project describes a due diligence analysis on a ‘green’-rated office building. The building was assumed to be a system...

Report

Statistics

15 Aug 2016

This research suggests it is time for Australians to re-examine Indonesia and to think more deeply about the opportunities for shared cultural awareness, education programs and student exchanges like the New Colombo Plan, business partnerships, and two-way travel that goes beyond Bali and traditional Australian...

Research report

7 Aug 2016

Studies are inconclusive about the benefits of the Paleo diet in patients with type 2 diabetes

Summary Type 2 diabetes is characterised by fasting hyperglycaemia as a result of insulin resistance and defects in insulin secretion. Obesity is the major risk factor for...

Working paper

30 May 2016

The literature on investment horizon is reviewed in order to enhance the understanding of potential influences on long-term investing by institutional investors. Investment horizon reflects an inter-connected web of influences related to an investor’s circumstances, the design of the investing environment, and the choices that...

Working paper

30 Jun 2015

The agency problems that pervade delegated investment management are exacerbated when investing for the long term, where the payoff is distant and often highly uncertain. These conditions compound the difficulty of aligning and monitoring the agents (managers) responsible for making investment decisions, particularly across multi-layered...

Working paper

30 Nov 2013

In this paper we examine the role of Basel Pillar 3 risk reporting in improving market transparency. Pillar 3 reporting requirements vary widely across countries; most banks in Europe release Pillar 3 risk reports annually after their annual reports are published and information contained in...

Working paper

31 Jul 2015

This paper presents an examination of economic and financial linkages for a selection of economies in the Asia-Pacific region for the period 2001 to 2012. The countries examined are the ASEAN5 group of nations - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand; the three large...

Working paper

30 Jun 2015

While deeper financial integration is often considered conducive to the efficient allocation of resources and risk sharing, an increasingly important policy concern is whether it brings greater vulnerability to shocks. To address the latter concern, this paper uses a different approach to measuring financial integration,...

Working paper

31 Jan 2015

We examine the impact of the introduction in 1994 (and subsequent amendments) of the statutory-backed continuous disclosure policy (SBCDP) in Australia. Our analysis measures impact by focusing on the investment disclosure propensity, and investment announcement abnormal returns of more innovative investments, defined as disclosures of...

Working paper

29 Feb 2016

SRISK methodology recently proposed in the literature is refined and extended. The refinement is to define systemic risk using a formalised stress testing framework including a stress function. Baseline risk and the stress risk are in terms of the ordinary and stressed expectation. Stressed expectation...

Research report

15 Aug 2016

The Australia–China Joint Economic Report is the first major independent joint study of the bilateral relationship and has the blessing of both national governments. The Report is an academic policy study by leading researchers in both Australia and China. It draws policy conclusions to guide...

Working paper

31 Dec 2014

We interview Australian fund executives about how their organisations responded to MySuper, a regulatory framework for default retirement savings funds that providers were required to have in place by the beginning of 2014. In addition to providing an account of the influences on product design...

Working paper

30 Apr 2014

This report examines the Australian superannuation default fund landscape following the introduction of MySuper. The two main products are outlined – single strategy ‘balanced’ and lifecycle – including their underlying asset allocation and glide path strategies. While lifecycle approaches address sequencing risk, they also reduce...

Working paper

30 Sep 2014

Australia’s MySuper default superannuation funds are compared against New Zealand’s range of KiwSaver funds. Some key points of contrast include: the relative maturity and larger balances of the Australian system; the majorityof MySuper providers are not for profit, whereas KiwiSaver is dominated by for profit...

Working paper

28 Feb 2015

A performance evaluation approach is developed to support long-term investment programs, where asset selection is based on the internal rate of return estimated with reference to long-term cash flows. Returns are attributed into three components reflecting expected return, changes in discount rates, and changes in...

Working paper

30 Apr 2014

The ASX recently amended its listing rules to allow small-cap companies to issue up to 25% of their share capital at a discount of up to 25%- Rule 7.1A (up from a 15% issue at a 15% discount). The changes have the potential to distort...

Working paper

31 Mar 2016

We survey the long-term derivative instruments (warrants) offered by Australian institutions to elderly Australian investors. Our focus is on products other than plain-vanilla life annuities. There are currently four active products. They incorporate a strike price which is either constant or eligible for periodic upward...

Working paper

31 Jan 2016

Financial inclusion is an important international policy goal. Remittances promote financial inclusion by contributing almost half a trillion dollars to the economies of developing countries each year and by giving people a strong reason to engage with formal financial services. In the Pacific, remittances represent...

Working paper

31 Mar 2014

This paper develops a framework to measure the exposure to systematic risk for pools of asset securitizations and measures empirically whether current ratings- based rules for regulatory capital of securitizations under Basel II and Basel III re ect this exposure. The analysis is based on...

Research report

3 Mar 2016

This unique and powerful report gives voice to the more than half a million older Australian women living in long-term income poverty. These women have given so much to the Australian economy during their younger lives as workers and carers but find themselves struggling to...

Commentary

Article

11 Aug 2016

The implications for women of the world’s rapidly ageing population are profound. The gender inequalities they have experienced throughout their lives cumulate and become more visible as they grow older.

Australia lags behind most other developed countries when it comes to the economic and...

Research report

14 Oct 2014

Ageing in a multicultural Australia has been identified by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (The Foundation) as a key priority area going forward. The Ageing Well in Three Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities research project was an exploratory two-stage project which sought to discover...

Research report

12 Aug 2016

This study examined the affordable housing industry’s current profile and capacity. The industry comprises non-government (for-profit and not-for-profit) affordable housing providers; and the institutional entities and individuals that enable, support and regulate the work of affordable housing providers. Providers range from commercial style operators to...

Research report

20 May 2016

To protect the Great Barrier Reef the Queensland Government has set ambitious targets of reducing nitrogen by up to 80% sediment by up to 50% by 2025 in key catchments such as the Wet Tropics and Burdekin. The Queensland Government has committed to invest an...

Research report

31 Jul 2016

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is arguably Australia’s most iconic natural asset. But virtually all of the relevant science indicates that the GBR is in decline. While there has been a significant increase in resources dedicated to the protection of the GBR in recent years,...

Commentary

Article

12 Aug 2016

In 2015, the Australian and Queensland governments agreed on targets to greatly reduce the sediment and nutrient pollutants flowing onto the Great Barrier Reef.

What we do on land has a real impact out on the reef: sediments can smother the corals, while high...

Audio interview

Audio program

12 Aug 2016

On Wednesday, The Guardian released a slew of disturbing new examples of sexual abuse, self harm and appalling living conditions at Australia's immigration detention facility on Nauru. It's the largest ever cache of leaked documents from the island facility, with more than 2,000 incident reports...

Commentary

Article

10 Aug 2016

The Reserve Bank of Australia, like central bankers around the world, is sailing in uncharted waters. In its recent Monetary Policy Report the RBA acknowledged inflation will not likely recover to its target range (between 2 and 3 per cent) until 2019, despite record-low interest...

Audio interview

Audio program

12 Aug 2016

Over 400,000 households have completed the online Census since the website was restored yesterday afternoon. The chief statistician of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, David Kalisch, says new security measures have been put in place in the wake of Tuesday's 'denial of service' attack and...

Report

14 Jul 2016

This resource provides an update of key advocacy and policy issues of interest to the research library community in Canada and in the US from April 1 through July 14, 2016.

Topics covered include copyright and IP, open and public access policies, net neutrality...

Research report

11 Aug 2016

Although fraud has been practiced throughout history, the advent of the internet has created new and effective avenues for targeting potential victims. Victims of online fraud experience substantial financial and other harms, resulting in annual losses in Australia of more than $2b, significant organisational disruption...

Research report

17 Nov 2009

The financial sector is at the core of the economic system, providing a range of services to households, businesses and governments. Economic research demonstrates a well-established causal link from financial sector development to economic growth. Having an open, efficient, well regulated and competitive financial sector...

Research report

28 Jun 2016

In November 2009 the Australian Financial Centre Forum released the Government-commissioned Report, Australia as a Financial Centre. The Report noted that Australia has arguably the most efficient and competitive full service financial sector in the Asia-Pacific region. It is strong, well-regulated and highly regarded around...

Journal article

15 Sep 2015

The aim of this study was to explore perceived family involvement and its relationship with satisfaction and facility impressions.

A questionnaire was posted to residents' next of kin from four South Australian residential aged care facilities.

One hundred and fifty next of kin...

Journal article

15 Jan 2015

Drawing on theories from environmental psychology, social psychology, and entrepreneurship, this study examines a nonrecursive (simultaneous equation) model of entrepreneurs’ place identity, entrepreneurial self-efficacy, and performance across male and female tourism entrepreneurs. Data were collected from 150 male and 148 female tourism business owners in...

Research report

11 Aug 2016

The AIC has operated the National Deaths in Custody Program since 1991, following a recommendation by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. This study updates and extends an earlier AIC study, which examined the important issue of self-inflicted deaths in prison custody using...

Evaluation

12 Feb 2015

The delivery of construction projects is undergoing a major shift internationally with increasing utilisation of advanced information technologies. Increasingly in practice, immersive technology is being utilised to blur the lines between the physical world and the virtual world to design, visualise, simulate, deliver and manage...

Research report

21 Jun 2013

This report on the development of the framework is a milestone report for the research project entitled ‘A Supply Chain Management Self-Assessment Framework for Waste Minimisation for the Residential Sector’. The project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency Waste Fund and is managed by...

Research report

30 May 2014

The Lessons Learned are in both industry practice of industrialised building as well as academic research. We visited Harbin Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University and we shared each of our research programs and discussed potential future projects. An important difference between China and Australia...

Research report

10 Aug 2016

Australia’s financial intelligence agency, AUSTRAC, and its Indonesian counterpart financial intelligence unit, Pusat Pelaporan dan Analisis Transaksi Keuangan (PPATK), co-led the research and development of the regional risk assessment, with contributions from the FIUs of Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The assessment will support...

Audio interview

11 Aug 2016

The Turnbull Government is facing mounting calls for a Royal Commission into immigration detention on Nauru.

It follows the mass leak of more than 2,000 incident reports detailing assaults, sexual abuse and self harm attempts—more than half of which involve children.

The Immigration...

Audio program

11 Aug 2016

A cross-party group of MPs are hosting a harm minimisation summit, saying progress in the area has stalled since the pioneering medically supervised injecting room was controversially opened in Kings Cross fifteen years ago. The centre remains controversial and the Assistant Health Minister, Pru Goward,...

Journal article

30 May 2014

Australian municipal governments have lagged behind many of their international counterparts in local public broadband provision. However, by 2014 there are signs that the gap is closing, with significant new investment in public wi-fi by city governments across Australia. This article contextualises the current interest...

Journal article

30 Mar 2013

Drawing on a 4-year research project, ‘Exploring the experience of security in the Vietnamese-Australian community: practical implications for policing,’ this article examines the perspectives of the Melbourne Vietnamese Australian community outreach and legal professionals on policing the drug trade. Engaging with current debates on the...

Journal article

2 Jul 2010

This paper explores practical solutions to sensitive community policing issues, drawing on an Australian case study of relations between police and Australian-Vietnamese communities. The paper summarizes initial research on the attitudes of Australian-Vietnamese community members and police to one another and to security and crime....

Journal article

30 Mar 2011

Geographic closeness of gambling venues is not the only aspect of accessibility likely to affect gambling frequency. Perceived accessibility of gambling venues may include other features such as convenience (e.g., opening hours) or “atmosphere”. The aim of the current study was to develop a multidimensional...

Journal article

15 Feb 2011

Accessibility to gambling has been linked to gambling behaviour but remains poorly understood. This study used data from semi-structured focus groups and interviews with 38 participants (Median age 42 years) to explore wider aspects of accessibility. People preferred venues which were open long hours and...

Journal article

15 Jun 2009

This article draws on a three-year collaborative research project investigating how community consultation is practised by Victorian councils, especially in relation to multiple publics and groups that councils can find ‘hard to reach’. Based on an analysis of consultation documents, this article looks at councils’...

Research report

20 Jul 2016

These are the official New Zealand Government guidelines to provide clarity on how government agencies can make their software open source.

Government agencies invest significantly in software development and often own the copyright in the software that they develop or that is developed for...

Journal article

15 Jun 2016

Despite its known impacts on organizational effectiveness, few studies have investigated organizational citizenship behavior’s (OCB) impact on the individual employee. This study explored the affective and dispositional consequences of OCB for hotel employees and their relationships with turnover intention. A cross-cultural comparison of U.S. and...

Journal article

15 Aug 2013

Most research examining organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) has focused on employees’ efforts that benefit the organization or the individuals’ co-workers. A third dimension that is critical for the hospitality industry is behavior above and beyond the specific job description that is directed at customers. While...

Journal article

15 Jun 2013

This exploratory study draws upon the perspectives of employees and managers from 50 small Australian firms to build a more complete and nuanced view of the interaction of human resources and capabilities with firm performance. Specifically, it uses a mixed methods multilevel design that elicits...

Journal article

15 Dec 2011

In recent years, organizational socialization research has focused increasingly on the tactics that newcomers use to guide their own adjustment. Various subsets of adjustment tactics have been studied, with minimal rationale as to why newcomers would use different behaviors. We present a typology for newcomer...

Conference paper

5 Aug 2016

Paper presented at Australia New Zealand School of Government seminar, Wellington, 5 August, 2016. This paper considers five tensions existing in the New Zealand public service. First tension: state-versus-public tension – collective will versus collective interest; Second tension: between public and private . Up till...

Research report

30 Jan 2009

The establishment of the MHS by the ADF in 2002 was far-sighted. The Strategy compares favourably with mental health strategies in other Australian workplaces. It also compares well with what exists in military forces in other countries. Some of these military forces have mental health...

Audio program

11 Aug 2016

The Prime Minister held a media conference late this morning where he announced a review into the suicide and self-harm prevention services available to defence personnel, veterans and their families. He promised that one of the sites for a suicide prevention trial will be in...

Report

Strategy

11 Aug 2015

Australia’s vast oceans are a vital part of the heritage, heart and economic future of our country. The value of this marine estate, from a source of recreation, to energy and food production, to safety and security for all Australians is matched only by the...

Commentary

Article

10 Aug 2016

Different funeral options are increasingly sought after, driven by values such as cost effectiveness and sustainability. Empowered consumer choices entail conversations such as those encouraged by 8 August Dying to Know Day . An alternative such as DIY implies being able and willing to put...

Audio interview

Audio program

10 Aug 2016

It's well known that Australia is one of the most urbanised countries, with many state governments fast-tracking development and population growth, promising to change the face of our major cities in coming decades.

So against this backdrop, how 'walkable' will our cities be?...

Working paper

28 Feb 2015

Summary This research paper describes the merit of developing a text analytics engine to index public submissions to the recent Financial System Inquiry (FSI). Public inquiries such as the FSI typically involve processing a substantial number of documents, with content that represents a diverse...

Working paper

24 Aug 2015

Abstract: We investigate the short-term relation between individual investor trading and stock returns on the Australian Securities Exchange. Stocks heavily bought by individual investors underperform stocks heavily sold over the subsequent three days, with respective returns on to a long-short portfolio of -93, -67 and...

Working paper

30 Mar 2014

The Global Financial Crisis exposed nancial institutions to severe unexpected losses in relation to mortgage securitizations and derivatives. This paper nds that risk models such as ratings are exposed to a large degree of systematic risk and parameter uncertainty. An out-of-sample forecasting exercise of the...

Working paper

30 Apr 2014

This paper studies the recent (2007-2009) Global Financial Crisis and its transmission through bank lending to emerging Asian economies. It highlights two channels of shock transmission identified in the literature: bank ownership and liquidity. We find that the bank ownership does not play a substantial...

Working paper

30 Mar 2014

Under Australia’s foreign investment review framework all foreign governments and their related entities should notify the federal government and gain approval before making a direct investment in Australia regardless of the value of that investment. Yet can Australia’s current policy settings be maintained in their...

Audio interview

Audio program

10 Aug 2016

Last night, the national census ended in disaster, after the Australian Bureau of Statistics website crashed, leaving millions of frustrated people unable to lodge their census forms.

The bureau's chief statistician, David Kalisch, says the site was taken down after four separate cyber attacks...

Working paper

5 Aug 2016

Abstract

Analysis of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Social Survey data on Indigenous labour force status highlights the impact that the recent economic slowdown on Indigenous employment trends. At an aggregate level, the trends in Indigenous employment mirror those of the Australian...

Commentary

Article

10 Aug 2016

Many Australians were unable to complete the Census on August 9 due to the Census website failing.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) chief statistician has blamed a deliberate ‘denial of service attack’ for the failure.

Like many government information systems, the Census...

Website

10 Aug 2016

Non-domestic assaults, particularly alcohol related incidents, have long been the source of community discussion and media attention. This has increased since the 'lockout an last drinks' laws were introduced to the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross in February 2014.

The Sydney Local Government Area...

Briefing paper

1 Aug 2016

Overview

Against the global backdrop of political uncertainty stemming from upcoming US election and the Brexit outcome, countries continue to lift the pace of decarbonisation in energy systems and develop long-term plans for a net zero emissions global economy.

This update focuses...

Research report

12 Jul 2016

This 15th Responsible Investment Benchmark Report again demonstrates clearly that a responsible approach to investing – one that systematically considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) and/or ethical factors – is the expected minimum standard of good investment practice in Australia.

This report highlights that...

Research report

13 Jun 2016

Introduction

The first anniversary of an outbreak of communal violence in Tolikara, Papua is approaching, with a fragile reconciliation in place and many issues left unresolved. The “Tolikara Incident” on 17 July 2015 has been variously portrayed as an issue of religious intolerance...

Commentary

Article

8 Aug 2016

Penalty rates for working on weekends were an important 'sleeper' issue in the recent federal election. On the surface, both Labor and the Coalition agreed the future of penalty rates would be determined by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). But that superficial consensus couldn’t hide...

Journal article

10 Aug 2016

Abstract

The current conflicts in Syria and Iraq have for the first time in many years brought to public consciousness the issue of war criminals in Australia. Australia has historically dealt with this issue in a reactive fashion and with varying success, through...

Working paper

30 Jun 2014

This article assesses the performance of the G20 since the Global Financial Crisis by analysing the regulatory measures it has called for and their current stage of implementation. It then proceeds to consider the changes in the global financial system in the past 40 years...

Research report

10 Aug 2016

Draws on data from almost 2,700 Aboriginal patients who were admitted to a NSW public hospital in 2014.

Summary

This edition of Patient Perspectives describes the experiences of 2,682 Aboriginal people who were admitted to a NSW public hospital during 2014....

Research report

7 Jul 2016

This inaugural Australian Youth Development Index (YDI) analyses the state of youth development across the country and changes since 2006. This is part of the Commonwealth Youth Programme initiative to increase focus on youth development through presenting and collecting relevant data. It complements the international...

Working paper

30 Mar 2014

It is often suggested that incentive schemes under moral hazard can be gamed by an agent with superior knowledge of the environment, and that deliberate lack of transparency about the incentive scheme can reduce gaming. We formally investigate these arguments in a two-task moral hazard...

Commentary

10 Aug 2016

More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru – totalling more than 8,000 pages – are published by the Guardian today. The Nauru files set out as never before the assaults, sexual abuse,...

Working paper

3 Mar 2016

We use portfolio holdings data to examine the performance of 143 global equity funds over the period 2002 to 2012. We find that the average global equity manager outperforms their benchmark by 1.2% to 1.4% per annum before fees. Attribution analysis reveals that the prime...

Working paper

30 Apr 2014

The most recent global financial crisis, characterized as a liquidity crunch, began in the U.S. in late 2007 and quickly spread to other countries. The rapid propagation of the liquidity shock and the severe effects of the crisis on stock market performance have raised several...

Working paper

10 Aug 2014

We explore the conditions under which a financial asset emerges as a global store of value and can co-exist with a pre-existing (incumbent) store of value. In our model the acceptability of an asset as a global store is driven by the issuing region’s financial...

Working paper

30 Nov 2013

To measure the systemic risk in financial markets, and rank systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs), we propose a methodology based on the Google PageRank algorithm. We understand the economic system as interconnected risk shocks of firms in both the financial sector and the real economy....

Working paper

30 Mar 2014

Five years after the banking crisis of 2008, we review progress in the area of governance reform. At the height of the crisis, broad support emerged for new governance regulations in banking that would focus more on risk management and hence the rights of depositors,...

Working paper

7 Jul 2016

The net effects of algorithmic and high-frequency traders mask considerable heterogeneity in how they impact institutional transaction costs. Using regulatory data, we analyze the heterogeneity across individual trading accounts. We develop a method to identify subsets of traders causally related to higher institutional transaction costs...

Working paper

30 Sep 2015

Savings decisions are essential in reallocating income across periods but understanding this concept may be mired by low levels of financial literacy. We survey individuals to identify the role of financial literacy in savings rates. We note differences in financial literacy and savings rates between...

Working paper

30 Mar 2016

We model the tax drag from active funds management by simulating portfolios based on reported monthly holdings of 207 active Australian equity funds between July 2000 and December 2010, and then compare both pre-tax- and after-tax fund returns versus those for passive indices modeled under...

Research report

21 Mar 2016

This unique CEDA report is a product of a decision by CEDA’s Board last year that persistent Federal Budget deficits, with no genuine end in sight, were a significant and urgent issue that must be addressed to ensure Australia maintains its economic stability and strength....

Annual Report

4 Aug 2016

The United Kingdom's communications regulator, Ofcom's thirteenth annual Communications Market report explores the impact that the internet and other forms of communication have on people’s day-to-day lives.

Working paper

30 Mar 2016

The failure of the Federal government’s Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015 to pass through the Senate in November 2015 means that the political spotlight has for the time being shifted away from the issue of independence on superannuation fund boards. This creates a...

Working paper

31 Jul 2015

We develop the financial CGE model by building on a multi-sectoral dynamic model of the real side of the Australian economy. In particular, we introduce explicit treatment of: (i) financial intermediaries and the agents with which they transact; (ii) financial instruments describing assets and liabilities;...

Working paper

24 May 2015

Recent OECD data offer limited support for the proposition that our company tax rate could be cut substantially with little or no loss of tax revenue. Treasury‐type analysis suggests otherwise: our headline rate could be cut to 20 per cent if abolishing dividend imputation were...

Research report

25 Jun 2014

This is the final report of a project that examines the impact of the South Australian Government’s announced program of public housing stock transfers to the community sector on local governments.

The community housing sector in Australia is defined as not-for-profit housing and is...

Blog post

27 Jul 2016

This article asks what the economic argument is for and against privacy, or managing data flows. It argues that privacy has a role to play in whether data will be used in a way which changes the allocation of economic surplus, or whether data will...

Working paper

10 Aug 2016

An important component of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's framework of capital measurement and capital standards is the public disclosure of regulatory information (referred to as “Pillar 3” within the framework). The standard sets minimum requirements for the public disclosure of information on banks’...

Research report

8 Oct 2014

The Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) has been engaged by the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) to provide Independent Commentary on the reform proposals put forward by the Expert Panel on Planning Reform.

The Expert Panel on Planning Reform’s...

Working paper

30 Mar 2016

We propose a framework that asset owners can use for making and implementing any decision to manage investments in-house. It involves addressing four elements: capabilities, costs, alignment and governance; with key aspects identified for consideration within each element. The framework draws on guidance from the...

Working paper

21 Mar 2016

In this paper we investigate if directors of Australian companies earn persistent profits on their reported trades, if these abnormal profits are significant enough to be mimicked by outsiders, and if these insider trades have an effect on returns of other investors. We find that...

Working paper

30 Apr 2016

As China’s financial system has become more complex and integrated, calls have intensified for structural reform. In particular, many commentators have called for China to move towards the twin peaks model of financial regulation along the lines of the experience in Australia. This paper explores...

Working paper

10 Aug 2016

This report discusses how high frequency trading (HFT) has changed the dynamics of the market and whether traditional academic measures of market “quality” are relevant in the new world of electronic trading. Using existing measures of market quality, which were designed over 20 years ago,...

Research report

15 Dec 2014

This report provides a first analysis of these issues and will be complemented by the discussion of qualitative and quantitative primary data in subsequent reports.

This report finds that:

• The Eyre Peninsula is the country of a number of Indigenous nations and...

Working paper

31 Jul 2015

Institutional investment in Australia is both highly innovative and complex. The regulatory focus – and associated literature – on institutional investment has been on the sell-side. Considerably less attention has been paid to the buy-side, that is to the institutional investors themselves. This research report...

Research report

3 Sep 2014

This document sets out to highlight some of the innovative practices being developed across Australia in response to homelessness. The paper draws upon some of the new ways of thinking encountered by researchers at the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning in their work...

Journal article

16 Sep 2015

Housing, employment and economic conditions in many nations have changed greatly over the past decades. This paper explores the ways in which changing housing markets, economic conditions and government policies have affected vulnerable individuals and households, using Australia as a case study. The paper finds...

Journal article

20 Aug 2015

This paper contributes insights into the role of tenure in modifying the relationship between housing affordability and health, using a cross-national comparison of similar post-industrial nations—Australia and the United Kingdom—with different tenure structures. The paper utilises longitudinal data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics...

Journal article

5 Feb 2016

This paper argues that few accounts of place leadership have found an appropriate balance between structural and individual processes, resulting, on the one hand, in an over-emphasis on the actions of a limited number of charismatic leaders and, on the other hand, in structural analyses...

Research report

9 Aug 2016

Key findings:

1. Rural and regional communities are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.

Climate change is worsening extreme weather events such as bushfires and drought and rural and regional communities will continue to be disproportionately affected. Many agricultural businesses surveyed...

Research report

15 Jul 2016

There is a need and desire to improve chronic disease prevention efforts across Australia. Increasingly, scientists are urging the use of systems thinking and its methods to significantly shift the way we think about, and intervene in, chronic diseases.

This research aimed to examine...

Research report

6 Jul 2016

The recent coroner’s inquest into the death of Chloe Valentine outlined a number of recommendations for improvement of South Australia’s child protection system to prevent any future deaths resulting from child abuse or neglect. One such recommendation related to income management as a child protection...

Research report

6 Jul 2016

In 2015, the Australian Centre for Child Protection was funded by the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission to conduct a review of the implementation of recommendations made by previous independent child protection inquiries that have been conducted in South Australia. To date, four independent child...

Discussion paper

Strategy

12 Feb 2016

The Victorian Government is developing a Victorian Gender Equality Strategy.

Advancing gender equality increases women’s safety, security and wellbeing by encouraging a society based on respect and equality.

Gender equality also has tangible benefits for Victoria’s social and economic prosperity, as more women...

Video

31 May 2016

Why Am I?: The Science of Us (also known as Predict My Future: The Science of Us ) is a 2016 New Zealand documentary series about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study , a long-running cohort study following 1037 people born in Dunedin...

Video

7 Jun 2016

Why Am I?: The Science of Us (also known as Predict My Future: The Science of Us ) is a 2016 New Zealand documentary series about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study , a long-running cohort study following 1037 people born in Dunedin...

Working paper

30 Jun 2015

We examine the implications of the imputation system for stock prices and returns, cost of capital, project evaluation, capital structure, payout policy and investor portfolios. We also discuss potential impacts if the imputation system was dismantled or adjusted, perhaps in conjunction with a reduction in...

Video

14 Jun 2016

Why Am I?: The Science of Us (also known as Predict My Future: The Science of Us ) is a 2016 New Zealand documentary series about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study , a long-running cohort study following 1037 people born in Dunedin...

Working paper

31 Jul 2014

We conduct an experiment to investigate how regulatory requirements in the accounting for impairment, namely, reversibility of impairment losses and disclosure of impairment assumptions, influence managers’ bias in the processing of impairment information. Our results show that regulatory requirements influence managers’ information evaluation bias but...

Video

21 Jun 2016

Why Am I?: The Science of Us (also known as Predict My Future: The Science of Us ) is a 2016 New Zealand documentary series about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study , a long-running cohort study following 1037 people born in Dunedin...

Working paper

30 Apr 2016

This paper investigates the impact of mandatory risk disclosure on the design of foreign bank debt. The Basel II and III Accords require the public disclosure of bank regulatory information under the Pillar 3 or market discipline framework. The new information details bank risk exposures...

Working paper

15 Oct 2013

The retirement risk zone represents a fragile period in the financial life cycle of people in defined-contributions superannuation. It primarily affects people of middle means. Sequencing risk has been described as an independent risk but it has largely been a consequence of the dominant asset...

Working paper

13 Dec 2012

Luxury bequests impart systematic e ects of age to an investor's optimal allocation: the expected percentage allocation to equities rises throughout retirement. When bequests are luxuries the marginal utility of bequests declines more slowly than the marginal utility of consumption. This is essentially lower risk...

Working paper

30 Mar 2014

The market volume of credit derivatives increased rapidly from $180 billion in 1996 to over $57 trillion in 2008 (BBA, 2006; BIS, 2010). This growth rate highlights the importance of these new instruments in nancial markets. Consequences of the global nancial crisis (GFC), e.g., the...

Research report

7 Aug 2016

Overview

Many recent science and information technology graduates are failing to find full-time work at a time when science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is a priority for government and industry.

Mapping Australian higher education 2016 shows that in 2015,...

Working paper

31 Dec 2014

There are two distinct regimes for bank provisioning in Australia: a forward-looking model for regulatory purposes and an incurred loss model for financial reporting. This study examines the former using a unique but confidential database. We find evidence that: (i) regulatory provisions reflect the default...

Research report

5 Aug 2016

Government policy to address illegal drug use and possession is an ongoing topic of debate both in Australia and internationally. One part of the debate surrounding illegal drug use and possession involves the question of whether or not recreational drug use should be decriminalised, as...

Working paper

30 Sep 2014

The increasingly intertwined banking and insurance sectors have lead to calls for stronger regulatory oversight of the insurance industry as potentially systemically risky. Ultimately systemic risk impacts the real economy, and this paper measures the risk via interconnectedness of the banking, insurance and real economy...

Working paper

8 Oct 2014

Recent years have seen a trend in many jurisdictions towards the adoption of short-form disclosure documents for retail financial products. This has been noted by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in a recent consultation report on retail structured products, which stated as follows:...

Research report

5 Aug 2016

Overview

This summary report presents key findings from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s report: Australian Burden of Disease Study: Impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011 . It provides estimates of the burden due to different diseases and...

Discussion paper

Strategy

8 Jul 2016

The Government is committed to the efficient and effective regulation of the energy sector. As part of this commitment, the Government is conducting a review of the General Exemption Order (GEO) in the interests of energy consumers.

The GEO provides for exemptions from the...

Audio podcast

4 Aug 2016

For this episode of the podcast Sub Rosa, Andrew interviewed former GCHQ employee David Wells about counter-terrorism.

GCHQ is the UK government’s signals intelligence agency, similar to the United States National Security Agency (NSA) or the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). The interview discusses the...

Research report

29 Jul 2016

Introduction

On the morning of 5 July 2016, one day before the end of Ramadan, a suicide bomber named Nur Rohman blew himself up at the Solo police compound in Central Java. No one else was killed. Nur Rohman’s journey from anti-vice activist...

Research report

8 Aug 2016

Electronic petitions (e-petitions) have been introduced in Australian legislatures and internationally to improve public engagement with the political process and to make democracy more accessible, participatory and responsive. In Victoria, both houses of Parliament accept only paper petitions in accordance with relevant standing orders, however,...

Research report

5 Aug 2016

Royal Commissioner Margaret Nyland and her team looked at the laws, policies, practices and structures currently in place for children at risk of harm, abuse or neglect including those who are under the guardianship of the minister.

Individuals and organisations were invited to make...

Working paper

31 Jul 2015

This working paper is the second published output of an eighteen-month (December 2014 – June 2016) research project conducted by staff at the Melbourne Law School that examines enforcement and penalties regimes under legislation administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

The...

Audio interview

Audio program

4 Aug 2016

Just months after chief executive, Larry Marshall, shocked the global scientific community by changing the CSIRO's focus from climate change research to climate change mitigation, Federal Science Minister, Greg Hunt, has ordered the national science body to re-instate climate science as a core priority. He...

Strategy

2 Jun 2009

This Information Economy Agenda 2009-2014 sets out a framework for delivering our digital future.

Today the global financial crisis, climate change and a world competing for talent and capital mean that we face a radically changing future. South Australia will not succeed if it...

Research report

15 Jun 2016

This study focused on social media use by accounting firms in Australia. We investigated the social media philosophies, operationalisation and strategic intentions of public practice accounting firms in Australia. A case study approach was undertaken. The research context for this study included two “Big Four”...

Journal article

15 Jul 2016

There has, in recent times, been an increasing interest in understanding corporate social (and environmental) responsibility (CSR) and, in particular, CSR reporting in developing countries. However, many of these studies fail to investigate fully the contextual factors that influence CSR and reporting in those countries,...

Report

Strategy

31 Jan 2016

Over the past year, RedFire Consulting Group has evaluated the South Australian early stage innovation ecosystem and government-funded programs.

RedFire has now developed an implementation plan to improve South Australia’s innovation ecosystem. The plan contains recommendations around three separate categories:

Government administration and...

Journal article

15 May 2016

The quantitative analysis involving a longitudinal study is used where content analysis is undertaken to analyse the extent of CSR disclosures in annual reports. Regression analysis using panel data is used to analyse the potential association between CSR disclosure and five important board diversity measures,...

Commentary

Article

2 Aug 2016

We want to put forward a new idea, framed in response to a recently published essay titled Balancing Act, by George Megalogenis, the Australian author and economics graduate. Our idea is that renewable energy provides the perfect act of renewal for the democratic state at...

Working paper

10 Jun 2016

Abstract

Beginning with [Johansen (1960)], computable general equilibrium (CGE) models have been widely applied to study the impact of a variety of economic policy issues. These include changes in macroeconomic or regional economic policies such as tariff reductions, changes in labour force demographics...

Research report

4 Aug 2016

The Ministry of Education is increasing the tools available to schools, to help them increase their understanding of absence and its impact on achievement. As a part of this, we are making changes to our yearly report on student attendance.

Every day a student...

Working paper

30 Jun 2014

The use of new payment methods by the previously unbanked or underbanked holds out much hope for improved financial inclusion and consequently improved standards of living. It is important that new payment methods that enhance financial inclusion not be weighed down by overly burdensome regulation...

Working paper

30 Mar 2016

An overlooked aspect of the debate surrounding Australia’s dividend imputation system is the international experience with dividend imputation. Between 1999 and 2008, nine countries removed their dividend imputation systems. A number of questions arise. What was the motivation for removing imputation? How were dividends taxed...

Commentary

Article

5 Aug 2016

Rural and regional NSW provides the state with much of its food, water and tourism opportunities, as well as crucial hidden services such as regulating the climate. Properly funding projects that preserve regional environments benefits all citizens, but can also help develop regional economies....

Research report

31 Jul 2016

The 2015 New Zealand Local Government Survey found residents and businesses had a low awareness of the full services councils provide and the value they bring. There was low opinion of councils in the areas that matter most to people: Governance, leadership and strategy, Financial...

Report

Strategy

14 Oct 2014

The Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda was announced on 14 October 2014. It focuses on providing the right economic incentives to enable businesses, big and small, to grow. It contains immediate reforms which will boost competitiveness and a range of proposals for public consultation....

Research report

22 Jul 2016

This report measures and monitors the wellbeing of New Zealand families and provides a snapshot of family wellbeing based on survey data spanning 2008 to 2014. Being part of a family, in whatever fashion we define it, is a universal experience that forms the most...

Research report

5 May 2016

The Internet has transformed our lives, from the way we work to the way we access entertainment. In many countries, it has become almost ubiquitous and soon a majority of the world’s population will be connected.

Along with Australia’s free trade agreements, the Internet...

Research report

11 Mar 2016

Australia’s digital economy is expected to grow significantly over the coming years. This growth will be fuelled by new waves of technological developments. Existing technologies such as cloud services, social media and mobile devices will see growing uses in new industries, sectors and occupations. But...

Research report

29 Feb 2016

This is the third report prepared for the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities by Deloitte Access Economics.

The Roundtable’s first report, released in 2013, looked at the financial costs of extreme weather events in Australia and the dramatic growth in...

Research report

11 Jul 2016

The review identified options for addressing critical statistical data needs for a social investment approach, taking account of the impact and outcomes of crime. The Ministry of Justice wishes to ensure that the right information is available in a timely and efficient way – to...

Research report

25 May 2016

The Commission's report covers a wide range of schemes such as licensing, audits, inspections, and various restrictions. The Commission was not asked to focus on specific industries, but to provide general guidance for application to any industry. The terms of reference were preventative. They were...

Briefing paper

4 Aug 2016

New research released by the Australia Institute today shows that government moves to cut unemployment benefits will put recipients at 32% below the poverty line.

The research also highlights staggering inequality in Australia where the ten richest Australian families have the same wealth as...

Discussion paper

29 Jul 2016

In September 2015, Malcolm Turnbull was elected leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, thereby becoming Australia’s twenty-ninth Prime Minister. In his first press conference as Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull pledged that ‘this will be a thoroughly Liberal Government. It will be a thoroughly Liberal Government...

Journal article

3 Jul 2016

This study investigated the nature and extent of unhealthy food, beverage, alcohol and gambling sponsors of children's sport development programs.

Websites of junior development sport programs (n=56) associated with sporting organisations that received funding from the Australian Sporting Commission were analysed. Sponsors were considered...

Discussion paper

Guide

15 Jul 2016