October 2016

Research report

24 Oct 2016

Still relatively young, biotech presents a unique opportunity for governments who invest early and aggressively in this industry to transform their economies. As a future-facing industry, biotech will create high paying jobs in the knowledge and advanced manufacturing sectors. For a country like Australia, with...

Research report

31 Oct 2016

The relationship between Australia and Israel is warm and close, despite occasional problems.

Australia has always been seen as friendly by Israel, although it’s rarely been a major focus of policy efforts in Jerusalem.

While there’s a mutual recognition of shared values and...

Briefing paper

26 Oct 2016

This In Brief highlights local ni-Vanuatu support structures initiated through workers’ participation in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE). It draws on recent interviews with workers, families, recruiters, leaders, chiefs and a support group in Vanuatu. In May...

Book

5 Oct 2016

In 2017 it will be Australia’s turn to chair the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KP), an international organisation set up to regulate the trade in diamonds. Diamonds are a symbol of love, purchased to celebrate marriage, and it is therefore deeply ironic that the diamond...

Discussion paper

20 Oct 2016

Gas industry funding and direct involvement in research committees of GISERA, the research body that conducts research on social and environmental impacts of CSG, is potentially compromising the scientific independence of CSIRO.

The five main Queensland gas companies provide the lion’s share of funding...

Briefing paper

18 Oct 2016

In NSW, groundwater users must pay to take groundwater which is traded in a market. However, in Queensland there is generally no cost for the take of groundwater beyond , a nominal fee to obtain a licence.

The provision of access to a public...

Commentary

Article

26 Oct 2016

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is expected to visit Australia next month. The visit follows Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s meeting with Widodo in Laos on the back of the 2016 Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. The one day visit in Laos was...

Research report

1 Nov 2016

This roadmap highlights, in an accessible way, some existing and emerging digital technologies and their potential to create deeper and authentic learning opportunities in school and post-school education. Like all useful roadmaps, this report does two things. Firstly, it charts some broad directions in the...

Audio interview

1 Nov 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed 'deep concern' at the government's proposal to ban refugees who arrive by boat from ever entering Australia.

The UN body has reminded the Turnbull government that Australia has a responsibility to offer protection to all...

Research report

30 Oct 2016

There has been no decrease in the prevalence or health burden of intimate partner violence since both were last measured in Australia. Intimate partner violence and its health impacts are preventable.

The health burden of intimate partner violence can be reduced by:

supporting...

Research report

30 Oct 2016

Exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) has serious health outcomes for Australian women and their children, and its prevention is a recognised national priority.

Burden of disease studies measure the combined impact of living with illness and injury (non-fatal burden) and dying prematurely (fatal...

Research report

15 Sep 2016

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) is inquiring into how institutions have engaged with and responded to allegations and instances of institutional child sexual abuse. Key to this inquiry is the need to generate an understanding of the...

Research report

31 Oct 2016

AUSTRAC identified higher than anticipated risks of fraud, cybercrime and terrorism financing in the superannuation sector, and has assessed the overall risk of ML/TF activity as medium. This report aims to develop awareness in the sector of these risks and help harden APRA-regulated superannuation funds...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

The legislative framework to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was passed by the Australian Parliament in March 2013. The NDIS is expected to become fully operational in 2018-19 and to provide care and support to 410,000 people with a significant and permanent disability....

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

In South Africa, access to information remains unequal and often hampered by language barriers, poor infrastructure and endemic poverty, particularly among members of rural and peri-urban communities. The government recognises the potential of media and information and communication technology (ICT) to promote socio-economic development and...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

This paper explores commercial performance of movie blockbusters at the Australian box office since the 1980s (the Multiplex Era) and draws comparisons with the performance of big movies before that time. It finds that the scale of the theatrical release of films rose through the...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

This paper seeks to contribute additional ideas that may foster the more equal participation of all Australians in the growing digital economy, which is the harbinger of far-reaching changes to how citizens will engage with government, business, and each other. In Australia today, with the...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

Due to distance and low density, rural areas are often disadvantaged in getting access to telecommunication infrastructures. Hence rural digital divide policies tend to focus on providing access. While narrowing the access gap has been largely effective in developed countries, it is what happens after...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

This paper addresses the construction of archival collections through the use of public support and volunteer labour. It examines the requirement of a new archive to engage with consumers and participants to achieve its desired outcomes. The Western Australian New Music Archive (WANMA) is a...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

Poor customer service (CS) and complaints handling (CH) performance of the Australian Internet Service Provider (ISP) industry has been the subject of intense scrutiny over the past few years. Internet industry stakeholders such as the ombudsman, consumer association, regulator and government authorities have considered tighter...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

Parents and children both construct narratives around what young people do online and why, and how they respond to these circumstances. As one mother says: You can't hide them from things like Facebook, and it makes them streetwise. They have friends that are not allowed...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

There is increasing concern that pressures on the global food system present a major threat to human and environmental health, but that awareness of ecological challenges is not being translated into social and political action of the degree and type needed to address them. This...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

This paper seeks to establish a set of concepts to help frame an empirical analysis of the relationship between internet communication technologies and political discourses. It discusses theoretical and methodological issues relating to established frameworks for investigating the role that these technologies play in politics....

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

This paper provides an empirical account of public participation within an Australian local government context. It seeks to determine the ways civic discourse is articulated and how (if at all) this facilitates civic connection with local government. Through in-depth interviews and focus groups with local...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

This paper analyses sales of products within three Australian media markets - cinema box office, DVD retail and book retail - from 2002 to 2011. Several conclusions are drawn. First, significant long tail characteristics emerged in the books and particularly DVD markets, but not cinema,...

Conference paper

1 Dec 2013

Successive bushfire inquiries in Australia have called for authorities to more effectively harness and disseminate bushfire information. Recommendations from these inquiries suggest a new approach to bushfires involving greater co-ordination, in which home dwellers, emergency fire services and government work more closely together and acknowledge...

Survey

25 Oct 2016

This is the second Snapshot Survey of the community sector in New Zealand conducted by ComVoices in an effort to better understand the sector’s service delivery, resourcing and capacity issues. Over 280 organisations responded to the survey, which was carried out in July 2016....

Journal article

22 Apr 2015

Overview

Over the past two decades there have been major increases in dairy production in New Zealand. This increase in intensity has required increased use of external inputs, in particular fertilizer, feed, and water. Intensified dairy farming thus incurs considerable environmental externalities: impacts...

Research report

27 Oct 2016

Summary

This report presents data from the second year of the pilot data collection on radiotherapy treatment which covers courses that started in 2014–15 and the waiting times for those treatments. Sixty-six out of 74 (89%) radiotherapy treatment sites in Australia provided data,...

Guide

28 Oct 2016

This quick guide provides a summary of recent funding commitments by state and territory governments to address domestic and family violence. It provides context for these commitments by giving an overview of the national framework for reform to which all jurisdictions have subscribed.

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Discussion paper

23 Sep 2014

Library users conduct an increasing number of information searches online without the help of a librarian. The library’s discovery and access systems play an important role in helping users sift through and access the large amount of electronically published content.

When these systems have...

Research report

27 Oct 2016

Introduction

Following the 1914 election, the Federal Parliament comprised members of the governing Australian Labor Party (ALP), the Commonwealth Liberal Party (CLP) in Opposition, and one Independent Member of Parliament (MP). Although both major parties generally supported Australia’s participation in the First World...

Research report

27 Oct 2016

Contents: This report presents 24 months of reception, discharge and custody population data and comparisons between the current and previous quarter for age, gender, indigenous status, most serious offence and the average length of stay.

Separate figures are presented for juveniles and adults....

Commentary

Article

27 Oct 2016

Scott Morrison is a “once bitten, never shy” sort of guy. Having had a bad experience in the high profile debate over whether to change the GST, which ultimately came to nothing, the Treasurer this week launched into the hot topic of housing affordability....

Article

18 Oct 2016

Abstract

This In Brief updates In Brief 2015/24 that first reported on the emergence of a new regulatory framework around research and development in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It outlines developments in this area over the past 18 months, including the most recent...

Research report

31 Oct 2016

Evidence shows that two years of preschool has more impact than one, especially for the children most likely to be developmentally vulnerable. It is time for Australia to pursue a national commitment to ensuring all 3 year olds have access to high-quality early education by...

Commentary

Article

31 Oct 2016

The ongoing uncertainty over the future of the Hazelwood power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley has raised the prospect that the ageing generator will be shut down in the near future.

The power station has a nameplate capacity of 1.6 gigawatts, which represents 22%...

Research report

26 Oct 2016

Overview

Longer stays in an emergency department (ED) are associated with poorer patient outcomes. Long waits to see emergency staff can discourage people who need care from waiting and may lead to reduced morale among ED staff.

In 2015, the Department of...

Submission

31 Oct 2016

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria Inc. (ECCV) is the voice of multicultural Victoria and the peak policy advocacy body for eight regional ethnic community councils and up to 220 members including ethnic and multicultural organisations across Victoria since 1974. For over 40 years, we...

Presentation

25 Oct 2016

Dr Peter Goss considers school age population growth and its impact on schools planning.

Research report

28 Oct 2016

Executive summary

Each week in Australia at least one woman is killed by her current or former intimate partner (Cussen and Bryant 2015). Between 2002/3 and 2011/12 in Australia 488 women were killed by an intimate partner nationally (Cussen and Bryant 2015). When...

Presentation

27 Oct 2016

People are spending more on services rather than goods, and so more people are working in services, generating high-value jobs in the centres of our big cities.

Policy, especially in housing, is struggling to keep up, as Grattan CEO, John Daley, shows in this...

Literature review

30 Jun 2016

This Sax Institute Evidence Check review examines models of managing nicotine dependence in health facilities under a smoke-free healthcare policy directive.

The research evidence suggests that smoking cessation can be increased via a number of interventions including: smoking status assessment; provision of advice/counselling; nicotine...

Journal article

30 Sep 2016

Health promotion in workplace settings has been prioritised to reduce chronic disease risk factors, both in Australia and internationally. This paper, published in Public Health Research & Practice, describes the design of a health risk assessment tool, the Brief Health Check (BHC).

The BHC...

Research report

31 Oct 2016

Positions Vacant? When the Jobs Aren’t There is the title of the 2016 report, and it is informed by Anglicare Australia's first Jobs Availability Snapshot.

The findings from the Snapshot show that only 13% of all advertised jobs in May 2016 were at...

Audio program

31 Oct 2016

Medicos, experts and former gambling addicts say they have grave concerns about the closure of the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service in South Australia. The free service, successfully run from the Flinders Medical Centre for two decades, will shut at the end of the year, with...

Research report

26 Oct 2016

Overview

Victoria's total estimated investment in new and existing capital projects in the 2016–17 Budget Papers is $57.7 billion. In June 2016 the total estimated investment of high value high risk (HVHR) projects was around $40 billion.

This is the third in...

Other text

26 Oct 2016

Introduction

It’s always good to be at the Lowy Institute and I appreciate being invited back today. I last spoke here on the issue of terrorism a little over a year ago in July. And while important parts of the terrorism landscape remain...

Transcript

26 Oct 2016

The massive transition going on in our energy systems occupies a lot of minds in the electricity sector. But consumers – both business and households - also have a deep interest in maintaining reliable, affordable energy services. Every business depends on access to energy, as...

Discussion paper

31 Oct 2016

The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative established in 2011 that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Membership requires governments to work with civil society to ‘co-create’ a National...

Book

20 Oct 2016

Overview

This volume provides evidence from many of Australia’s leading scholars from a range of social science disciplines to support policies that address challenges presented by Australia’s ageing population. It builds on presentations made to the 2014 Symposium of the Academy of the...

Research report

27 Oct 2016

The Inquiry has recommended that a licensing scheme be set up to regulate labour hire operators. The report also called on the Victorian Government to advocate for a national licensing scheme for labour hire operators, through the Council of Australian Governments.

The Victorian Government...

Strategy

8 Jul 2016

In supporting the work of the Australian Parliament, the Australian Parliamentary Service strives to uphold the principles of Australian democracy and the aspirations of a nation. These aspirations for our nation include reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. The Parliamentary...

Research report

28 Oct 2016

Research shows that children and young people who have been abused or neglected are at greater risk of engaging in criminal activity and entering the youth justice system. A better understanding of the characteristics and pathways of children and young people who are both in...

Submission

20 Nov 2015

In order to be competitive domestically and internationally, Australia needs to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge required for employment in their various fields. The quality of our higher education providers has a direct impact on the quality of our students. While there are...

Research report

28 Sep 2016

The Turnbull Government is encouraging feedback from Australia’s research and development (R&D) community, businesses and industry groups and other stakeholders on the R&D Tax Incentive Review findings released today.

The review was undertaken by Chair of Innovation Australia Bill Ferris, Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan...

Research report

12 Oct 2016

Overview This report presents detailed financial performance estimates for grain producing farms for 2013-14 to 2015-16, with an emphasis on 2014-15 results. Grain producing farms are defined as those Australian broadacre farm businesses that grew at least 40 hectares of grain, oilseed or pulse...

Research report

26 Oct 2016

It has been more than ten years since Australia adopted IFRS. It is time to ask some big questions: Has IFRS improved the quality of financial reporting in Australia? Has it improved comparability of Australian entities’ financial reporting with their global peers?

As part...

Commentary

28 Oct 2016

When the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the September Labour Force Survey data, shadow minister for employment and workplace relations Brendan O'Connor said the labour market participation rate was in “free fall” and that “people have stopped looking for work”. Is that right?...

Commentary

Article

24 Oct 2016

The reporting in our press regarding the ‘Gleeson Affair’ has been woeful. Most people simply do not understand what the argument is about let alone comprehend the ramifications of this policy decision for our democracy. I am unsure if this is due to our journalists...

Commentary

Article

28 Oct 2016

It is becoming increasingly difficult to take this government seriously.

Minister for Employment and Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, cancelled a planned meeting with the states, the one chance she had this year to talk domestic violence leave with all the industrial relations ministers,...

Research report

2 May 2016

Organisational capital refers broadly to internal practices, processes and systems that enable firms to generate value. This paper presents an updated experimental estimate of organisational capital in the Australian market sector, derived using the standard expenditure approach for measuring intangible capital. We find that business...

Transcript

24 Oct 2016

There are three important economic goals that Australians aspire to. To have a job to support and care for your family, to be independent in your retirement and to own your own home.

As a Government we share and want to facilitate Australians being...

Commentary

Article

24 Oct 2016

Treasurer Scott Morrison has outlined his vision for increasing home ownership at a speech to the Urban Development Institute of Australia. The Treasurer acknowledged it’s hard for first home buyers to get into the Australian housing market and suggested a number of barriers to increasing...

Commentary

Article

4 Oct 2016

Victoria's 30-year Infrastructure Strategy is not, and was never intended to be, an integrated land use and transport strategy. Instead it lists a pipeline of projects to meet Victoria’s short-, medium- and long-term infrastructure needs and priorities. It also calls for a congestion tax to...

Research report

21 Jan 2015

Key points

42% of employing businesses were innovative and these businesses accounted for 70% of the economy’s employment, capital expenditure and business income. Australian SMEs rank high on innovation compared to OECD counterparts Australian businesses rank low on new-to-market innovation compared to other countries...

Research report

1 Aug 2011

Key points

Metrics and baseline indicators which track progress against the Government’s innovation priorities and targets – these metrics are presented under four themes: skills and research capacity, business innovation, links and collaboration and public sector and social innovation

Features and trends...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Defines what citizen journalism is and the potential impacts on sector

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Many countries are in the process of converting their terrestrial television services from analog to digital transmission. Several different approaches have been adopted for the switchover with different apparent results. Spectrum is a scarce resource and delays in the switch off can have major effects...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

That there is around $3 billion1 in cost savings the government could make on digital TV between now and a realistic closedown date for analogue broadcasting. The savings could be channeled into assisting the funding of a high speed broadband solution for Australia. This is...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Most people readily accept there is a need to keep pace with change. Driven by digitalisation, convergence and the rapid increases in take-up and use of the Internet in Australia and internationally, changes in communications, ICT and the media pose challenges for the consumers, governments...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Shaping policy in uncertain markets with minimal predictable factors'

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

This paper presents insights to emerge from recent Smart Internet Technology CRC research on user-led innovation. That research attempted to construct a synthesis of current user-led thinking and was informed by interviews with thought leaders and insights from the secondary literature. After a detailed exposition...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Bullying is a common form of youth violence which historically affected young people whilst they were at school, travelling to and from school or in other public places. However, the actual physical presence between a bully and victim is no longer necessary for bullying to...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

The Federal Government has recently relaxed regulations governing the more mature media/information distribution platforms, however rapid advances in distribution technologies may require regulation by the Government. This regulation of media distribution may move into areas previously unknown to traditional media law such as taxation, money...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Online social software's present many challenges to policy makers and regulators. As convergent media they cross previously well defined territories and policy silos. This paper considers seven different ways of approaching online social software's such as Massively Multiplayer Online Games and Social Networking Sites (like...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

This paper focuses on possible new arrangements for the funding of future universal service obligations (USOs) in telecommunications.

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Wireless Broadband technologies can play an important part in the deployment of broadband infrastructure albeit for different contexts in both developed and developing countries. Wireless technologies have a particular niche in the different ways of developing countries that do not have a mature copper network...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

The apparent disconnect between communications and culture in remote Indigenous communities in Australia raises many questions about the nature of the relationship between the preferred and proffered technology of public policy and the needs and aspirations of the user group. It is important to explore...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Telecommunications equipment manufacturers and importers now provide information about accessibility features on telephone equipment for people with disabilities. This is a requirement based on an Industry Code that was developed over a two-year period by a Communications Alliance Working Committee. This paper will outline the...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has continued to evolve to a point where its use and application is both impressive and ubiquitous. ICT is able to solve a wide range of social human challenges and issues. The technology is able to link people from all...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

This paper examines the relationships between research on journalism and cultural diversity and the political and ideological contexts for those policies. By employing historical research methodologies, the paper offers both a chronology of research about reporting of Multiculturalism and cultural diversity in the Australian media,...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

In the digital age, in a time where increasing amounts of video are being published and distributed online, we need more quantitative information on user needs and user consumption of online video to determine a sensible broadcast and communications policy. This talk outlines what types...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

This paper discusses the views of Australian households without a broadband connection. It is based on preliminary analysis of survey data collected during August-September 2008 from a representative sample of Australian households. While a lot of work is done on the early stages of adoption...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

The change in policy focus from basic (i.e. dial up) Internet infrastructure to broadband network provision may lead one to assume that all is done as far as basic Internet provision is concerned especially for people in urban areas. However the assumption that with the...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

This paper raises the issue of formally addressing sustainability during the development of ICT solutions. Several environmental themes in ICT sustainability are presented including electronic waste, carbon emission, and energy consumption trends. The existing frameworks and standards that are in use for alternative industries are...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Information and communications technologies (ICT) have been increasingly integrated into the delivery of many public and commercial services including banking, health, education and social security assistance. They have also become an important medium for social interaction and can help reduce the sense of isolation of...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Social media involves the communication of content (whether professional or user generated) amongst users of a service. The term covers a range of online experiences. The most prominent examples of social media are the social networking sites (MySpace, Facebook), but virtual worlds (World of Warcraft,...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

This paper discusses the views of Australian households with a current broadband connection. It is based on survey data collected during August 2008 from a national sample of households. The paper presents an initial analysis exploring a range of household perceptions and intentions related to...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

This paper is part of an exploration of the role of overarching policy, standards and frameworks and models for enabling the management of knowledge in organisations. It reports an empirical study of how large Australian government agencies are using policy and standards in their pursuit...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

The shift from 20th century mass communications media towards convergent media and Web 2.0 has raised the possibility of a renaissance of the public sphere, based around citizen journalism and participatory media culture. This paper will evaluate such claims both conceptually and empirically. At a...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

The proposed $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) commitment to build higher capacity fibre networks throughout much of Australia will need many new applications and services that attract strong customer take-up to eventually justify the long term major NBN investment. This paper canvasses possible future...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

Spectrum licences in Australia are initially allocated via market based mechanisms (generally auctions)1 which strongly influence the application of this key national resource to its highest value use or uses. Spectrum licences have normally been awarded for 15-year periods,2 which have been considered sufficient to...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

This paper reports findings from a study of user behaviours and intentions towards online news and information in Australia, undertaken by the Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Faculty and the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre. It has used a literature review, online survey, focus...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

The influence of traditional mass media institutions is being challenged by an unprecedented level of audience participation and co-creation in online media production, which has blurred the lines between consumer and producer, audience and public. There are signs suggesting that this convergence has permeated into...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

A decade after the Australian Government decided to embark on the conversion of analog free-to-air television to digital transmission much remains to be done to achieve that goal. After the latest changes to the implementation program, analog switchoff is planned to occur progressively starting with...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

We have, in this brief history, a story of the varying articulation of the three business models which have, in varying degrees at different times and places, sustained public mass media: direct payment for content, payment for advertising and state subsidy.

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

In the Web 2.0 communication and cultural environment, the way in which value is created is shifting from a hierarchical model, in which products are created, managed and distributed from the top down (with customers on the bottom), to a horizontal or peer-to-peer model, in...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

The term ‘digital economy’ covers the global network of economic and social activities that are enabled by digital information and communication technologies such as the internet, mobile and sensor networks.

• the application of information and communication technologies (otherwise called ICT) to social and...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

This paper presents an analysis of trends in concentration of electronic media industries in Australia over the past two decades. The industries examined include Broadcast television and Radio, Pay Television, Film and Video Production, ISPS and Search Engines. The related research is a component of...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

Many of the key principles of the common law and of intellectual property law were developed before widespread use of the internet. Many State and Territory statutes were drafted without clear territorial nexus provisions, on the reasonable view (before the internet) that it would be...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

Telecommunications deregulation in 1997 meant the removal of all significant barriers to entry. Government of various hues have trumpeted the continued entry of new providers as evidence of success in achieving the policy objective. At the same time the ongoing dominant position of Telstra has...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

Think of convergence like this: A few years ago we watched TV in the lounge; maybe listened to radio in a bedroom, your newspaper arrived on the front steps, you talked to friends on the phone, and had a stack of video tapes on the...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

New platforms offering new experiences and platforms for online interaction with consumers/ audiences.

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

I have worked for almost 25 years in the field of copyright and I have seen many changes in the area over the years. But the widespread use of the Internet for the exchange of creative content online is proving one of the greatest challenges,...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

IPAF are a not for profit organisation funded by a broad alliance of businesses and organisations involved in the film and TV industry in Australia. Our purpose is to raise awareness of the cultural, creative and economic value of the Australian industry and the people...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

In the last 15 years the Australian economy has been transformed by the internet. The vast majority of homes now have broadband. There are more mobile phones in Australia than there are Australians. A rapidly increasing number of mobile devices support data services. Email is...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

Since the 1980s the promotion of competition and the attendant concept of efficiency have been central tenets of public policy. These concepts have been applied increasingly with little understanding of their significance and meaning. This paper addresses the implications for competition policy of the transformation...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

The trans-Pacific communication and press networks established during the war had permanently fractured the imperial communication and press systems of the pre-war years. Imperial perspectives on communication policy remained influential after the war83 and the British Commonwealth continued to play a major role on the...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

Microeconomic reform is often dated to the 1980s and occasionally to the mid 1970s picking up important reforms from the Whitlam era. A key phase in this reform period was the corporatisation of Government Business Enterprises (GBEs) which commenced from about 1985. These reforms had...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

There are several trends globally that are guiding society to re-examine the way in which we address our energy, communication, and transportation needs. These factors include the increased costs associated with fossil fuels in energy production and transportation, together with recent international trauma from nuclear...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

Central to discussions about NBN-enabled applications and services is the concept of online collaboration. This paper positions the software tool Adobe Connect, one of a suite of web services provided by the Adobe technology company, within the NBN-enabled services paradigm, and reports on the way...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This paper examines the role of information and communication technology (ICT) policies in shaping the participatory nature of local e-government. It suggests that civic involvement through e-government practices requires a combination of direct and indirect ICT policies (Cohen, van Geenhuizen and Nijkamp, 2005). Direct policies...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This paper outlines initial findings from the most recent survey of the Australian component of the World Internet Project (WIP). WIP is a collaborative survey-based project looking at the social, political and economic impact of the Internet and other new technologies. The paper argues that...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This presentation explores the role of online media in the journey that an audience member takes when they attend an arts event. It identifies the key opportunities for arts organisations to maximise value from online media.

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This paper approached the audience through the lens of feature film audience testing. My main focus is test or preview screenings, whereby a selected audience views a film prior to its release, at various stages of completion. These are sometimes known as production screenings because...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

The Arthritis Map is a useful tool for people living with musculoskeletal conditions, health professionals, researchers, service providers and policy makers. It presents data in an efficient and easy-to-use format to improve prevention, self-management and service navigation. By providing indicators for service delivery needs across...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

The paper examines the translation of journalism as it has been known into new media forms, principally its contribution to content-making for online services. It rests on the significance of content: what media are available to carry certain content; what content is being provided by...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Exploring the use of old and new media by the Turkish community in Melbourne, Australia. Australia is a nation of immigrants, and the Turkish migrants who began arriving in Australia in the late 1960s, were the first major wave of Muslim immigrants. The next major...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Globalization is transforming the political landscape and public discourse in both international legal terms and in terms of transnational media. Satellite, digital and cable delivery have challenged national boundaries. This paper deals with one aspect of the European transnational public sphere: the Arabic language media....

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

This study explored psychological aspects of the Internet practice of blogging, including blogging practices, blogging motives and engagement in identity exploration in emerging adulthood. Emerging adulthood is a theory of human development that proposes a new life stage between adolescence and adulthood stemming from recent...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

Research indicators point to a 3D Web encompassing online virtual worlds in which users form communities, do business and create and sell virtual products. The current number of participants in such environments is estimated in the tens of millions. This new web environment brings with...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

This paper suggests that the forgotten domain of the complex and vigorous debates about the future of higher speed broadband in Australia is the experience and expectations of users and consumers with broadband. Research to date about such user experiences, especially in Australia, has essentially...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

This paper discusses the initial development of a survey instrument designed to investigate the range of factors affecting broadband adoption in Australia. The development of these constructs builds on existing technology adoption models, innovation diffusion theory and psychology studies related to consumer choice and qualitative...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

The urban renewal strategies being rolled out in all Australian capitals result in an increasing number of residents living and sharing space in city areas. This densification process calls for a closer inspection of the communication policies and initiatives and their adequacy to support the...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

We are living in a converged world. We can at last put behind us the debate over whether convergence is about one device, multiple devices or multiple distribution channels. And thankfully television is not dead. However, while convergence offers flexibility and convenience, we may have...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Media convergence and newsroom integration have become industry buzzwords as the ideas spread through newsrooms around the world. In November 2007 Fairfax Media in Australia introduced the newsroom of the future model, as its flagship newspapers moved into a purpose-built newsroom in Sydney. News Ltd,...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

This paper considers the effects of the most recent changes to the broadcasting regulatory regime in Australia, and compares the outcomes for commercial television broadcasters with those for commercial radio broadcasters. It begins by reviewing the path to the current regime and highlighting the differences...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

An increasing number of researchers are investigating the growth of independent, alternative, community, and radical media globally _ at a time when both the academy and practitioners are concerned about the changing nature of news, independent media outlets seems to be offering a return to...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

This paper examines the political and economic circumstances surrounding the introduction of international telegraphy to Australia in 1872 and outlines the model of service provision _ essentially a single private provider operating as a state-subsidised monopoly, that subsisted with respect to the link to Australia...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Is school a waste of time? Is learning a waste of time? While for some the answer will be the same to both questions, most will agree that they are different questions and that difference is the heart of the issue that this paper seeks...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Elected on the platform that it will advance Australia towards a digital economy, the new Federal Labor Government has committed to providing high-speed internet coverage to 98% of Australian households.1 As the official policy description explains, a Fibre To The Node (FTTN) network will enhance...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

The past four years have seen renewed interest in the role that structural remedies could play in shaping telecommunications markets. In the United Kingdom the threatened structural separation of British Telecom (BT) formed the starting point for a lengthy review by the regulator Ofcom which...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Over the past 2 years, Australian politicians and shock jocks have been regularly outraged by the availability of online or interactive content that has been deemed harmful or inappropriate for Australian youth. The live streaming of late night antics on the Big Brother website, the...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

This paper considers indefeasible rights of use (IRUs) against a backdrop of the heightened submarine cable construction and upgrade activity currently being undertaken in the transPacific region. In the first part, this paper looks at the ever-increasing consumer demand for capacity and the response by...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

In this paper, we discuss the European model for the interaction between agencies and telecommunications operators and analyse the application of this model for stored communications in the Australian regulatory context. We draw out the complexities in, and problems with, the Australian regime to show...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

This paper draws on a six month study that aimed to broadly clarify strategies for the Indonesian Government to address the issue of convergence. This paper reports on one aspect of this study that maps stakeholder policymaker opinions about a future converged regulator in Indonesia....

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

Evidence of rising rates of overweight and obesity in Australia has generated considerable discussion about potential policy responses and solutions. In relation to childhood obesity, one suggestion that has been put forward is to ban or restrict junk food advertising to children. Debate about the...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

This paper takes stock of current changes affecting journalism, and as a case study brings up to date the record of progress made with an online publishing enterprise, EUAustralia Online, first reported on in 2007. It perceives the development of news publishing on line as...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

The move to develop new visualisation tools for online activities is a response to the complex systems of our expanding, informationalised world and the realisation that graphical representation improves our ability to navigate and make sense of it. But when such tools are combined with...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

Achieving efficient spectrum management in the pursuit of the public interest is a key aspect of legal reforms introduced in spectrum liberalising countries. However, spectrum law is unclear about the precise nature of the efficiencies to achieve and choices between different efficiency objectives are often...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

This paper focuses on the privacy and security concerns of young people in Australia regarding the use of financial aggregation (FA) programs as a way of making decisions about their money. The use of FA programs to provide a comprehensive online picture of a person's...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

The real role of the internet in the meteoric rise of the Arctic Monkeys, Sandi Thom and Lily Allen to international prominence has been the subject of considerable debate in the music and media industries. Whether or not such success stories represent a change in...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

This paper looks at how the net neutrality debate relates to the music recording industry and considers how new media audiences consume music as social experience and with generative impulse. As the Internet appears to force the music recording industry to re-evaluate its function and...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

Online social networking sites such as Facebook have grown exponentially in recent times, yet little research has examined how the mainstream news media use the information available on these sites. This study explores how the Australian media used the social networking site Facebook in reporting...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

The launch of the Apple iPad in January 2010 was one of the most anticipated and publicised launched of a new technological device in recent history. Positioning itself as between a smart phone and a PC, but with the attributes of both, Apple have sought...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

Mobile premium services are the best known and most widely used form of mobile payment to date. They are essentially a method of electronic payment, a platform on which consumers can purchase content such as ringtones, games or news updates (generally via sending an SMS...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

The rise of 24 hour news channels, blogs, wikis, social media and twitter mean that today the news cycle is measured in seconds rather than days or even hours, and that it literally runs 24 hours a day seven days a week. Many benefits flow...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

Strategic communication deals with how an organisation functions as a social actor to advance its mission (Hallahan et al. 2007). Issues management is about how organisations (governments) identify, analyse and deal with issues that are important to them, not just in a party political sense....

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

The Guardian reportage of the United Kingdom Member of Parliament (MP) expenses scandal of 2009 used crowdsourcing and computational journalism techniques. Computational journalism can be broadly defined as the application of computer science techniques to the activities of journalism. Its foundation lies in computer assisted...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

It is well known that Australia has one of the highest concentrations of media ownership in the world. One is entitled to ask why this matters. The answers are several; some universal and others particular to the Australian setting. It is generally thought that liberal,...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

Over the past five years there has been an explosion of research into the risks that (particularly) children run when they interact online. EU Kids Online I ran from 2006_09 and assessed over 400 studies drawn from 21 EU countries before moving into a new...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

In recent years, the connection between economic growth and the take-up and use of broadband has been used to justify significant government intervention and public expenditure in broadband networks. In the United States, stimulus funding has been committed for broadband planning and deployment initiatives. In...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This paper explores the evolution and landscape of the App, what governs and regulates the App and the App market now, what might be missing and explore some possible future outcomes and thoughts for the current convergence review. It considers the question, Is the App...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is probably the most important Australian public infrastructure project we will see in our lifetime. It offers huge potential social & economic benefits, and a future-proof technology: optical fibre to the premises (FTTP), with a working lifetime of 30 to...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

Historically, television and media content have generally been tied to specific distribution platforms or outlets. However, multiple new players and new forces are at work now driving significant changes. Four business models have been constructed in this paper, about current initiatives for Internet based television...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

The Australian National Broadband Network (NBN) is the largest infrastructure project ever proposed in Australia (NBN, 2010). Its Fibre to the Home open access network will see a new generation of telecommunications services providing the basis for technologies and services to be combined. Homes connected...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

The participation of the community broadcasting sector in the development of digital radio provides a potentially valuable opportunity for non-market, end user-driven experimentation in the development of these new services in Australia. However this development path is constrained by various factors, some of which are...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

Media use is part of everyday life. Audience theory tells us media is social. It is understood through interpretation and interaction. Audiences draw on their own personal experiences, histories and identities in generating meaning out of television content. This presentation looks at general audience reaction...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

The United Kingdom phone hacking controversy centred upon the now defunct British tabloid News of the World became the catalyst for renewed discussion in Australia about whether we need a new private right of action for invasion of privacy protection. The Minister for Privacy and...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This paper assesses some of the characteristics of the relationship between social innovation and the evolving digital economy. It is based on a study of several not-for-profit organisations, who, as part of their operation, have implemented Web 2.0 solutions utilising resources made available under the...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

This paper considers the forms and extents of the impacts that mobile phones are reported as having on young people's lives, and the ways in which young people as media users are contributing these impacts. It examines how these representations of mobile use influence policy...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

In many respects, mobile phones have fitted into the folds of everyday life with minimal fuss. Building on the developments and experiences of telegraphy and landline telephony, people's use of the device to communicate with others at a distance has mostly been a natural and...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

The increasing prevalence of new media technologies and the rise of citizen journalism has coincided with a crisis in industrial journalism, as the figure of the 'journalist as hero' is fading, new media forms have facilitated the production of news content 'from below' by citizens...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

This paper examines use of the internet by candidates in the 2007 Australian national election, as informed by the content analysis of 217 candidates' web presence and matched survey data. Using electorate statistics and comparisons with the 2004 election, the paper shows: an incremental but...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

It is increasingly apparent that the old models of consumer consultation in the Australian communications industry are struggling in today's fast-paced, converging wireless and IP networking world. In the past, consumer representation tended to focus on what was considered to be bad about telecommunications services,...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Market events force journalists, policymakers and valuation analysts to make judgments on the basis of ambiguous and incomplete information. This paper explores why Chris Anderson, Scott Anthony and other strategists applaud Radiohead's In Rainbows (2007) and Nine Inch Nails' The Slip (2008) as two market...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

While Pierre-Auguste Renoir's masterpiece 'Luncheon of the Boating Party' is frequently admired as a paradigm of the Impressionist period, it also highlights how technology can change society. In the upper left hand corner of the painting, obscured by the awning, is a subtle rendering of...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

SBS has been the subject of some heated debates about funding models, commercial activity, perceived 'populism' and the continued relevance of publicly funded media. These debates and challenges are not unique to SBS or to Australia. Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) in many contexts is facing...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

This paper draws upon Malcom Gladwell's notion of The Tipping Point in the context of the development of new broadband services. The new Rudd Labor government has committed $4.7 billion of Australian government capital to assist in the construction of a new national fibre broadband...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Governments across the south east Asian region are investing large sums in new telecommunications networks to ensure their markets' continued economic success. These 'next generation networks' will be Internet Protocol (IP) based and will provide high speed (and in some cases ultra-high speed i.e. 100...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

In 2007/8 the authors became involved in the review of the mobile phone evidence used to convict Mr Phuong Ngo in 2000 for organising the murder of John Newman, a member of the NSW Parliament, in 1994. The case was dubbed 'the first political assassination3...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

The unauthorised sharing of copyright-protected works over peer-to-peer ('P2P') networks is widely regarded by the music and movie industries ('rights holders') as the single biggest threat to their respective business models. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry ('IFPI'), at least 80 per...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Next generation networks ('NGN') are just around the corner. NGNs will be capable of carrying all forms of communications _ voice, data and all types of content _ at very high speeds, at very high volumes and in diverse technical ways. Whilst the current regulatory...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

In the digital age, what is 'television', what is 'radio'? Is there any continuing utility in describing the 'print media' as the 'print media', when its activities are increasingly online, the 'print' element is becoming increasingly peripheral1 and the more significant issues generally relate to...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

Family homes are equipped with multiple television sets, personal computers, digital music players, mobile telephones, fax machines, DVD players and electronic game consoles, the home is now a communication hub, enabling family members to perform numerous activities in a variety of times and spaces. As...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

On 14 May 2009, the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts handed down a Report after completing an Inquiry into 'The Reporting of Sports News and the Emergence of Digital Media'. Called by the Federal Minister for Communications, Broadband and the Digital...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

In its April 2008 Review of Australia's Consumer Policy Framework, the Productivity Commission identified problems with the coverage of the various schemes for handling consumer complaints about communications services. It raised a number of longer-term possibilities, including 'a single consumer entry point for communications services...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

The ways of knowing modern audiences, broadcast ratings, is now big billion dollar business, with Google in alliance with Nielsen, one of the world's leading media researchers, to literally auction audiences off to the highest bidder. Ironically, 'the black box' of survey and sampling methodology...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

Digital custodianship is an area of much discussion and debate within the Australian public and private sector communities and will continue to be as the importance and relevance of digital information grows. Custodianship can be defined as the 'act of ensuring appropriate care and maintenance...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

Media research has long given special attention to the notion of a 'gatekeeper'. With established mass media the gatekeeper came in many guises, as a managing editor, copy editor or in some cases a lawyer, each of whom could influence (or decide) what got published...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

The current 'future of journalism' debates focus on the crossover (or lack thereof) of mainstream journalism practices and citizen journalism, the 'democratisation' of journalism, and the 'crisis in innovation' around the 'death of newspapers'. This paper analyses a cohort of 20 investigative journalists to understand...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

Social media platforms such as Twitter pose new challenges for decision-makers in an international crisis. We examine Twitter's role during Iran's 2009 election crisis using a comparative analysis of Twitter investors, US State Department diplomats, citizen activists and Iranian protestors and paramilitary forces. We code...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

The telecommunications industry's reputation for poor customer service has been much commented on but little analysed. This study seeks to assist in the three-party engagement between providers, consumers and regulators to improve industry performance. Building on a workshop conducted in 2006 by the Consumer Council...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

The Net Neutrality debate in the United States has ramifications for all countries interested in how the Internet is structured as an 'open space'. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) developed in 2005 general principles governing access to the Internet, given the potential of ISP...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

GetUp! began in 2005. It is an Australian grass-roots community advocacy organisation that aims to build an accountable and progressive Australian Parliament, and for this reason it does not support any particular political party ('About GetUp!, FAQ (GetUp!)', n.d.). GetUp.org.au claims it is 'an independent...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

Perhaps more than any other technology company, Apple has managed to master technology diffusion, with the release of the iPad offering a good illustration of the success of the company's strategies. Within 60 days of the product's release, Apple had sold over 2 million devices...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

The first sections of this paper will review how those issues have been addressed as the technology has changed and, with it, how the universal service has been defined, delivered and paid for in differing regulatory contexts.1 The Government's policy for the provision of a...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

What do we know about the way families interact and socialise with each other in the 'postmodern' information age? Despite all the valuable research in the field, it has been argued that we still know very little about the context of ICTs use, at home,...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

This presentation covers research into listener attitudes toward advertising, sponsorship and commercial influence, in news and current affairs programs, on commercial radio. Commercial radio continues to be a significant part of our contemporary media environment, and is also a 'traditional' broadcast media that is subject...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

The first copyright act, the Statute of Anne, was passed three hundred years ago, in 1710. Copyright law is regarded as an essential element in promoting investment of time, energy and capital in creative endeavours, in that it 'creates incentives for people to invest their...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

Notions about innovation have been essentially been ignored during the debates about Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) project. This paper draws upon the work of two established theorists on innovation, Joseph A Schumpeter and Clayton Christensen (each from a different era and holding a differing...

Conference paper

15 Dec 2010

Australia is currently embarking on a unique infrastructure project that may change the nature of the Last Mile access to Australian telecommunications forever. The National Broadband Network is designed to bring 'Internet' access to 98% of the Australian population by a mixture of fibre wireless...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of quotas for Australian programs on television. The 1961 quotas gave practical effect to a legislated general obligation of stations to employ 'Australians, as far as is possible, in the production and presentation of programs' (Broadcasting...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

In 2011, three digital media giants, Amazon, Google and Apple, launched music locker services. The timing of the launches was curious, given that the decision of a United States district court case on music locker service Mp3tunes.com was still pending1 and the same court had...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This paper discusses the potentially looming 'digital participation gap' in Australia, if concerted efforts are not commenced soon to make certain that poor, remote and vulnerable communities in Australia are not actively included in the fast internet roll-out.

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

The 'baby boomers' are those who were born in the two decades since the end of the Second World War and in their diverse ways have grappled with the evolution of computers, the Internet and mobile phone. The market demand of those born from the...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

Among the many dimensions of digital media literacy, this study aims to look at the aspect of 'device literacy'. Digital media literacy can be defined as the ability to access, understand and create content using digital media. It is a multi-dimensional concept consisting of various...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

Media use is often implicated in debates about how young people should use their time for optimal benefit. In the child development literature and in more popular discourses, media use, and particularly television viewing, has long been associated with a number of serious social problems,...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This paper draws on the work of the 'EU Kids Online' network funded by the EC (DG Information Society) Safer Internet plus Programme (project code SIP-KEP-321803); see www.eukidsonline.net , and addresses Australian children's online activities in terms of risk, harm and opportunity. In particular, it...

Conference paper

14 Nov 2011

This paper will give an overview of how refugees' technology use has previously been studied. It will further demonstrate how the recent Mind the Gap project funded by ACCAN is a pioneering piece of research that provides insight into a marginalised group of technology consumers...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

After ten years on the statute books, Part XIC of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (the "TPA") is being called upon more _ and is under greater pressure _ than ever. Part XIC gives telecommunications carriers and carriage service providers a right of access...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

Today, Australia is five years from digital switchover, and the United States is fewer than five months away. In Australia, decisions regarding the magnitude and disposition of the so-called 'digital dividend' have yet to be finalized but are under intense discussion and debate. It is...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

The much touted transformations of television not only towards more television but more ways of accessing television presents particular challenges for 'business as usual' in audience measurement, particularly with respect to the trade-offs involved in establishing and maintaining broadcast ratings conventions. The gradual erosion of...

Research report

2 Sep 2016

The aim of this own initiative investigation conducted by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) was to address the systemic issues emerging from complaints received from young persons in detention. During the course of the investigation several other issues were identified which were inherently...

Research report

26 Oct 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO play an important role in monitoring, analysing and communicating observed changes in Australia’s climate.

This fourth, biennial State of the Climate report draws on the latest monitoring, science and projection information to describe variability and changes in Australia’s...

Research report

27 Oct 2016

The Australia We Want is the first ever benchmark of how Australia and each State and Territory is performing against values and goals prioritised by leaders from across the charities sector. These values include: just, fair, safe, inclusive, equality of opportunity, united, authentic, creative,...

Research report

19 Jun 2013

The findings demonstrate CAARS has been a useful tool for practitioners from a range of professions and sectors. For many practitioners and organisations it has provided opportunities for new ways of building relationships with families and has helped develop a more holistic understanding of the...

Strategy

20 Oct 2016

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has at its heart a theme of continuously improving how government and citizens relate. The OGP recognises that the quality and effectiveness of government is increased by open government and by public participation in government. It encourages government and citizens...

Discussion paper

15 May 2005

Executive summary

This report describes the commercial activities and examines the impediments and incentives facing humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) researchers and educators at the tertiary level in Australia. It is a snapshot of who is commercialising research and how they approach...

Research report

16 Oct 2016

The transition to renewables cuts across the entire urban energy landscape, from buildings, to transport, to industry and power. It means integrating energy supply and demand between different sectors, through smart technologies, rigorous planning and holistic decision-making. This report analyses the role cities can play...

Statistics

21 Oct 2016

Prison Performance Tables provide a quarterly grading of the performance of all prisons within the Corrections network in New Zealand. A number of factors are used in this analysis, and results are weighted to account for the particular composition of prisoners and facilities at each...

Guide

29 Aug 2016

This document was developed with the support of the Australian Government by the Hedayah Institute, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism based in Abu Dhabi.

While there are other counter narrative 'how to' guides available, this is the first of its...

Statistics

21 Oct 2016

Prison Performance Tables provide a quarterly grading of the performance of all prisons within the Corrections network in New Zealand. A number of factors are used in this analysis, and results are weighted to account for the particular composition of prisoners and facilities at each...

Essay

26 Oct 2016

Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly affected by that project.

Since the introduction of the EPBC...

Research report

4 Dec 2015

The State of Australian University Research 2015–16: Volume 2 Institutional Insights looks at selected topics to provide further understanding of the state of Australian university research.

With three rounds of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) now complete, the ERA dataset covers all Australian...

Research report

3 Apr 2016

UrbanLab @Sydney was awarded $30,876 by the Henry Halloran Trust in 2014, with the aim of establishing the beginnings of an open access data system that would enable analysis and visualization of headline indicators for the Australian housing market and policy space. The Blue Sky...

Working paper

15 Aug 2014

OECD data shows that Australian researchers are less engaged in collaboration with industry than their counterparts in other countries. This is of particular concern for Australia given the large proportion of our researchers in the public sector. Calls to address this problem have increasingly been...

Research report

10 Oct 2016

Australian policy settings began to acknowledge the lessons of our history through greater recognition of the importance of children’s connection to community and culture in the 1980s. At this time, the efforts of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and advocates led to the establishment of the Aboriginal...

Research report

25 Oct 2016

The Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Council of Trade Unions have come together to show we can steer our economy to create a fair society in which all living things can thrive.

By committing to the Paris Agreement, the world recognised the need...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The provision of reticulated sanitation infrastructure has not kept pace with the rapid urbanization, which can be witnessed in Indonesia. In addition, lack of proper sanitation infrastructure treaty led to pollution of groundwater. The most common system used for human ex-creta...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context

Public facilities such as homes for aged individuals and schools are considered at an increased risk for the spread of infections. To our knowledge, there has been no research on the relationship between the microbiome and human activity at such places....

Research report

26 Oct 2016

The transition confronting workers, businesses and communities that have historically relied on Victoria’s automotive industry is highly significant. The decision by Australia’s three remaining carmakers—Ford Australia, General Motors Holden (GMH) and Toyota Australia—to wind down local car manufacturing operations will have a major impact on...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – Temperature is known to have impact on human health. In estimating such health effects outdoor temperature data are usually used as proxy for temperature exposure due to scarcity of indoor temperature data though humans spend most of their time indoor. Thus...

Research report

26 Oct 2016

Survivors of these human rights abuses have suffered harm and trauma. The right to an effective remedy is long established in international law and in Australia. While some survivors can make claims to State or Territory schemes, many are excluded. The State and Territory schemes...

Audio interview

25 Oct 2016

The Turnbull Government is renewing its bid to stop what the Prime Minister calls 'vexatious' litigation by conservation groups against major resource projects in this country, including the massive $16 billion Adani coal mine proposed for Carmichael in northern Queensland.

Last year, the then...

Research report

6 Oct 2016

The Valuing Children Initiative Benchmark Survey: 2016 (the Survey) has found that 80% of Australians are concerned about the health and happiness of future generations of Australian children.

The Survey also found that less than half of those surveyed believe that all children in...

Audio program

24 Oct 2016

New South Wales has once again taken pole position as the nation's top economic performer. In fact, the state is enjoying its biggest economic lead in fifteen years. But will today's gain be tomorrow's pain?

The latest Commsec State of the States report has...

Blog post

25 Oct 2016

The Press Regulation Panel has this week recognised Impress as a post-Leveson Inquiry independent regulator of the UK press under the Royal Charter. This article explains the regulatory environment and the important implications stemming from the decision.

Founded in late 2013, Impress has modelled...

Research report

28 Feb 2013

Manufacturing is an important industry for North West Tasmania, but it is an industry that has, over the last decades, been undergoing significant change. Manufacturing Industry Innovation: Future Directions for North West Tasmania is written as a brief survey report to draw together ‘what we...

Annual Report

13 Oct 2016

This annual report provides a snapshot of the 2015–16 year for the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

Some of the ACMA's highlights for the year include:

Registration of a new Commercial Television Code of Practice...

Research report

15 Sep 2012

A national scoping study investigating the nature and roles of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Australia was conducted in 2007. Reports highlighting key findings and a series of datasets designed to provide benchmarking data were made available in 2008 (see: ">http://www.dassh.edu.au/ba_scoping_project>). In 2011, DASSH...

Audio presentation

Slide film

24 Sep 2015

On 24 September 2015 Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner FAHA and Dr Kylie Brass presented a paper at the Australasian Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) annual conference in Adelaide on the work of the Mapping HASS report one year on. Audio and powerpoint...

Blog post

15 Feb 2016

Introduction

In this blog, we analyse ‘pathways to impact’ in grant applications that led to the top scoring impact case studies in the l atest UK assessment of research excellence and impact (REF2014). It is easy to find the top scoring case studies,...

Briefing paper

20 Oct 2016

This paper seeks to provide some initial guidance as to what countering violent extremism (CVE) is and what it means for the media development sector, its donors and other organizations that work with media developers.

Media consultant, former journalist and academic, Michelle Betz, argues...

Research report

24 Oct 2016

The Australian health system records sufficient high quality data in digital form to support consistent and targeted, real-time, personalised healthcare for each Australian. While, at a whole of-population level, Australians enjoy high quality healthcare, our study shows that the acute level of data fragmentation creates...

Report

Survey

17 Oct 2016

Over the last 50 years, a gap has been growing in the UK between political institutions and the people they represent. Voter turnout continues to decline; mass membership of political parties, once the most important bridge between the people and the political elite, continues to...

Discussion paper

25 Sep 2016

Introduction

Across the Pacific, youth unemployment is regarded by governments, donors and citizens as one of the region’s key concerns, not only because of its effect on economic advancement, but also because of a perceived association between joblessness and insecurity, including the prospect...

Journal article

30 Sep 2016

Abstract

There have been no trials in healthcare settings of genetic susceptibility feedback in relation to alcohol consumption. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and acceptability of conducting a full-scale randomised trial estimating the effect of personalised genetic susceptibility...

Research report

27 May 2016

Introduction

This report examines the governmental organizational structures used in three Australian-led interventions in the late 1990s and early 2000s in the Southwest Pacific regions: Bougainville, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands. Whole-of-government efforts requiring coordination across many parts of the Australian Government...

Guide

24 Oct 2016

Introduction

The aged care system caters for Australians aged 65 and over (and Indigenous Australians aged 50 and over) who can no longer live without support in their own home. Care is provided in people’s homes, in the community and in residential aged...

Working paper

30 Sep 2016

The fifth Chief of Air Force Occasional Paper examines the key issues associated with contemporary armed unmanned aircraft. Such aircraft are programmed for acquisition in the 2016 Defence White Paper. The paper was written both to inform the debate on the utility of such capabilities...

Journal article

5 Oct 2016

Abstract

Background: In Australia, there is growing use of technology supported knowledge translation (KT) strategies such as social media and mobile apps in health promotion and in Indigenous health. However, little is known about how individuals use technologies and the evidence base...

Commentary

Article

24 Oct 2016

Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has quit, declaring his relationship with Attorney-General, George Brandis, is “irretrievably broken” and taking a major swipe at his government critics.

Gleeson’s resignation follows their bitter row over Brandis’s order that all requests for the Solicitor-General’s advice must come through his...

Conference paper

15 Oct 2007

There is no doubt we journalists are a thin-skinned lot. The latest example is my friend George Negus in last week's Sydney Morning Herald TV Guide. SBS is under attack for increasing advertisements, lowering ratings and bad management but George complains about other journalists who...

Research report

24 Oct 2016

The research report builds on the literature review contained in the ANROWS Landscapes paper “Building effective policies and services to promote women’s economic security following domestic violence: State of knowledge paper” (Cortis and Bullen, 2015). That paper discussed how economic abuse is a frequent, yet...

Working paper

25 Oct 2016

Newly available archival documents give insight into the Hawke Government (1983-1991) political and consultative processes, which resulted in the Australia’s Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 (Cth). The recently unpacked private papers from 1984 of Dr Craig Emerson (a Ministerial economic advisor at the...

Literature review

30 Jan 2016

This Evidence Check review examines the association between alcohol availability, alcohol consumption and harms by reviewing evidence from 191 studies over the last decade, and focusing on the density of alcohol outlets and permissible trading hours. Findings include high-quality, locally relevant evidence that alcohol outlet...

Research report

24 Oct 2016

Overview

How are Australia’s states and territories performing?

Each quarter CommSec attempts to find out by analysing eight key indicators: economic growth; retail spending; equipment investment; unemployment; construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements.

Just as the Reserve...

Research report

20 Oct 2016

Overview

This Analysis assesses the benefits and challenges of contemporary economic immigration in Australia. It argues that Australian governments have managed significant recent changes to immigration policy successfully. The authors recommend various reforms to maintain public confidence in expansive economic immigration arrangements that...

Research report

23 Oct 2016

Over the past fifteen years, Australian governments have spent $28 billion more on transport infrastructure than they told taxpayers they would. The cost overruns amounted to nearly a quarter of total project budgets. Western Australia’s Forrest Highway between Perth and Bunbury cost nearly five times,...

Research report

20 Oct 2016

This report describes a collaborative two-year action research project, Questions of Engagement , which aimed to identify influences on engagement and disengagement with learning of students in Years 5 to 8. This collaboration between Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network, Victoria University...

Research report

19 Oct 2016

Introduction

Ask any American foreign policy official to list the strongest US alliances, and the one with Australia will be without hesitation at or near the very top. That’s for good reason: Washington is newly focused on Australia’s neighbourhood, with an explicit “rebalance”...

Research report

20 Oct 2016

Aim: To estimate the proportion of ADVOs breached and identify factors associated with a breach of a final order.

Method: Details of all ADVOs granted between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 (inclusive) were extracted from the NSW COPS database and...

Evaluation

18 Oct 2016

Aim: To determine whether greater efficiency can be achieved through application of the Rolling List Court (RLC) model to NSW District Criminal Court matters.

Method: A non-blinded randomised trial was initiated in which eligible District Criminal Court matters were randomly assigned, after...

Research report

19 Oct 2016

Audit approach

The objectives of the audit were to:

assess the effectiveness of the ongoing administration of the Australian Government’s campaign advertising framework; and assess the effectiveness of the selected entities’ administration in developing advertising campaigns and implementing key processes against the...

Research report

19 Oct 2016

Audit objective and criteria

The audit objective was to assess the departments of Health and Human Services’ administration, including oversight and monitoring arrangements, for the Indemnity Insurance Fund.

To form a conclusion against the objective, the ANAO adopted the following high level...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - This paper will examine the predicted energy consumption (MJ/m2) of a resi-dential house made of rammed earth in sub-tropical, tropical and temperate climates of Australia using design data of the building fabric and glazing. Methodology - To improve energy performance of...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Many developed countries experience late afternoon or evening electricity peaks. In summer peak demand regions, these peaks are most likely the results of residential air conditioning demand. Methodology / Approach - This research is to investigate the air conditioning peak demand...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

In Australia, residential buildings accounted for about 20-30% of the total electricity consumption and 30-50% of the total peak demand. The residential sector is considered as one of the fastest growing GHG emission sources and considered as the ‘lowest hanging fruit’ for carbon mitigation. It...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

In recent years, most studies of green roof system are focused on short period measurement or modelling without considering long-term performance, however, the latter is concerned by many architects and engineers. And this paper is aimed to evaluate green roof's long-term thermal per-formance in Shanghai...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – Studies of building design and economic feasibility for energy-efficient refurbishments often utilise average temperatures for the heated space in a dwelling. As even small deviations have a significant impact on the resulting energy demand, an occupant-centred simulation is necessary for more...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

The objective of this study is to analyze the characteristic of indoor particles and the connection between indoor particles and outdoor particles. A long-term sampling and measurements of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) has been carried out around an resident area in Harbin (a typical urban...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - During the process of ventilation, outdoor fine particulate matter enters indoor space through gaps in the external window of building and pollutes the indoor environment. Penetration factor (P), deposition loss rate (k), and air exchange rate (a) are important parameters to...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The winter in the severe cold area of China is long and cold, with a long heating period. In recent years, the indoor air temperature during heating in residential buildings kept increas-ing. In order to study the thermal comfort and adaptation...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – To quantify the relationship between indoor temperature and blood pressure in Japanese nursing home residents. Methodology / Approach – A field study of 27 nursing homes in Japan was conducted. We meas-ured the indoor temperature of nursing homes and collected data...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Byron Shire, NSW, Australia, aims to transition to zero emissions within ten years in five sectors - energy, buildings, transport, land use and waste. This study investigates the potential of Geodesign to effectively map the shire during this transition. A contextual study of the shire's...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose: This paper set out to uncover the advice available to help people take effective action within our home to improve mental health. The literature and professions are virtually silent on the issue. The professional advice is often the opposite suggesting we should get out...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The purposes of this study are to clarify the trend of unit energy consumption (UEC) and its related CO2 emissions in urban residential buildings, and to develop models to predict the UEC in the future. Methodology / Approach - Statistical method...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Residential energy consumption except heating (RECEH) plays an important role in China. The purposes of this study were to analyze RECEH in Beijing and find out the influence factors of RECEH. Methodology / Approach - A survey of 2024 households in...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

It is important to translate healthy housing research into real-time action steps that people can take to improve their indoor environment. The Healthy Homes Partnership does this by uniting the efforts of Cooperative Extension professionals at eight universities in the United States. Cooperative Extension is...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – In order to achieve low energy housing, it is important to quantitatively and comprehensively determine the effectiveness of energy saving technologies and to evaluate the energy conservation performance of an entire house. Low Energy Housing with Validated Effectiveness (LEHVE) is one...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The study investigates relationships of winter indoor relative humidity and R-value of building envelope of the Auckland houses.

Methodology / Approach – Field study of indoor micro climatic conditions. Air temperatures and relative humidity adjacent to floors and ceilings of...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The purpose of this study was to develop a prevention strategy against fungal attack in any residential building, which had been previously proposed and applied to conserve cultural assets using a fungal index. The strategy consisted of four stages: current status...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Introduction: There have been several studies on the effect of housing environment on children’s health. In particular, health concerns stemming from children’s lack of physical activity and lower body temperature are becoming an issue in Japan. Because children have a larger body surface area-to-weight ratio...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Rural heating design temperature is closely related to building thermal perfor-mance design, indoor plain layout and energy consumption. Methodology / Approach - Focus on residential behavior pattern, this paper studied the rural heat-ing design temperature based on the site research. Results...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Problem: Roofs receive the most intense solar heat load among all building envelope surfaces in Equatorial-region. Solar heat gain through roof contributes to a significant portion of building heat load. In tropics where building cooling is needed all-year-round, passive methods to reduce heat gain through...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Context - Energy efficient housing is influenced by a number of attributes that describe the key players involved in its production. Stakeholders’ levels of interest, motivation, awareness and power to impose their decision can have an impact on housing energy performance. Understand-ing these stakeholder attributes...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Context - Minimum thermal performance standards for residential building envelopes have been increasing in many countries for several decades, addressing concerns about occupant comfort, operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Simulation tools play a role in assessing the space heating/cooling load of new buildings and...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The characterisation of the residential building stock existing in Australia in terms of attributes relevant to energy performance is increasingly an important task for planning and policy purposes. There is a lack of information and documentation on the energy performance characteristics...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Expansion and modification processes are ordinary matters that applied to many houses in Bangkok, Thailand. Evidences are depicted in various scales of construction, from floor extension to the modification of house structure, in order to accommodate with the new function. Although, there are studies that...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - It is important to estimate the number of people remaining in a room to allow for modification of the room environment and effective energy use. Methodology / Approach - A prototype of an automatic estimation system consisting of a general-purpose microcomputer...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Building physics is a well-established field of knowledge. Still, that is yet to be consistently translated into practice through state-of-the-art performance, exploring the potential of adaptive comfort and passive thermal behaviour to excel in terms of energy sufficiency in a dialogue with the local climate....

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Improve indoor air quality. Methodology / Approach - Investigate the objectives of the study through subjective questionnaire survey and field test of the selected parameters. Results – According to the practical problems of the office building, the reasonable solution is put...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – To analyse the association between night-time temperature in the bedroom and morning blood pressure (BP). Methodology / Approach - Data were obtained from field surveys conducted from November 2014 to March 2015 on indoor temperature, home BP, sleep, and personal attributes....

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Due to the low-regulated but high energy consumption residential stock and the energy standards required in China, awareness has been raised that refurbishment of the existing residential buildings is the solution to upgrade energy-efficiency. Cities in Northern China, such as Beijing, Harbin, Shenyang and Dalian,...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Methamphetamine contamination has the potential to be present in residential and commercial buildings as a result of illicit manufacture and drug use, in particular smoking. The illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the smoking of methamphetamine results in the generation and deposition of drug aerosols/residues on...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Problem - There is little evidence that over the past 20 years real estate agents in Australia are taking initiative in promoting sustainability features in the property purchase selection phase. Methodology/Approach - Residential real estate agents are selected as they are the conduit of information...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose - It is rather easy to control thermal air conditions in narrow-air tight living spaces. However, it is not so easy to keep good air quality in the spaces. Indoor air condition is especially important to keep the health condition of the people. We...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Heat intolerance is a major medical problem affecting people with multiple sclerosis (MS). When their core body temperatures increase people with MS experience significantly increased symptoms which greatly reduces their capacity to participate in social, household and work activities, as well as increasing their need...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Indoor airborne bioaerosol, which has an outdoor origin, plays an important role in determining the exposure of humans to bioaerosol, since people spend most of their time indoors. However, there are few studies focusing on the indoor bioaerosols that are generated...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Cool coating is a passive technique for reducing the solar heat gain and cooling energy consumption of buildings. However the radiation properties (i.e., solar reflectance and thermal emittance) of cool coating would be changed, usually adversely, during its ageing process, and...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Sustainability has become an important issue in building construction sector. The tools of sustainable building assessment have been developed to evaluate the environmental impacts of buildings around the world. Chinese green building assessment tool (GB) was established later than other tools...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – Energy efficiency measures/ private home-owners/ decision process

Methodology / Approach –Explorative research/ qualitative interviews/ content analysis

Results – Decisions towards energetic renovation measures can be characterized as a strategic consumer decision rather than the often assumed purely investment decision....

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – Political topics like energy efficiency and climate protection are en vogue. There are manifold funding programmes, but since these are bound to the goals of the respective programmes, the implemented projects do not adequately consider integrative aspects. It is necessary to...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Indoor air pollution in China has become increasingly serious, which has aroused wide concern among the public. The purpose of this paper is to study the effect of S.trifasciatavar.laurentii (variegated snake plant) on indoor environment. Methodology / Approach - An investigation...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - As the emerging digital technology, Building Information Modelling has been applied in the multidisciplinary design work for sustainable houses. This study aims to input the real-world design context into the BIM pedagogy and to demonstrate the capacity of BIM in enhancing...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Epidemiological studies have consistently shown that fine and course airborne particles (PM2.5 and PM10), as well as ultrafine (UF) particles measured in terms of particle number (PN) concentrations, are toxic to human health. A number of studies on particle concentrations in...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - In the context of residential retrofit programs as an opportunity for climate change mitigation and health, the mechanisms that lead to unexpected outcomes in indoor temperature and energy consumption are not well understood. Paradoxical and surprising findings have been attributed to...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – We clarify how regional differences in residential environment impact healthy life expectancy. Methodology / Approach – We defined healthy life expectancy and considered how to measure and calculate it. We prepared the data for calculating healthy life expectancy from various Bureau...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – To clarify the association between the indoor environment of residential build-ings and cerebrovascular disease, an epidemiological survey of elderly persons living in three areas of Japan that have different rates of death due to cerebrovascular disease was conducted. Methodology / Approach...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The aim of this study was to determine whether the quality of the indoor ther-mal environment during winter could increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease. Methodology / Approach - An epidemiological survey of approximately 200 elderly persons living in a cold...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

The share of prefabricated modular residential buildings in the Australian construction market is growing mainly because they are quicker to erect on-site than traditional construction, and often cheaper; but how about their carbon footprint and more particularly their thermal performance? To bring some light on...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - New detached houses have been getting larger in New Zealand for several decades. Large houses require more materials to build, and have greater ongoing energy costs than smaller houses built to the same standard. The purpose of this work was to...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context. The purpose of this paper is to present data and discussion on a critical review of a sample of multi-storey and mixed use residential buildings in the subtropical city of Brisbane in order to understand how contemporary buildings are achieving local authority...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context – The purpose of our work is to investigate: a) the sensor responses of the two different low-cost PM sensors to concrete dust and indoor environment and activities; b) the evalua-tion of the measuring performance of two low-cost PM sensors and their...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The aim of this study is to clarify an estimation method of humidification for infection control in residences. In Japan indoor humidity is very low in winter especially in recent insulated houses without unvented stoves. Dwellers know that it is necessary...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Indoor air pollution caused by the cigarette smoke consisted of wide range pollutants is a big problem for threatening human health. Air cleaners are expected as one of effective countermeasures against this environmental problem. However, few air cleaners correspond to various sorts of indoor pollutants....

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Particulate matter (PM) is one of the main indoor air pollutions, and it can cause a wide range of diseases that lead to a significant reduction of human life. This study aimed at investigating of characteristics of particle concentrations for PM2.5...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The outdoor climate in Harbin is more severely colder than German. Therefore, it is important to study indoor thermal environment and human thermal comfort in Harbin passive buildings by applying Germany technology. However, few studies were reported on this topic. Methodology...

Blog post

11 Oct 2016

There is a widely recognised disorder at the heart of democratic governance, one that poses a serious threat to the well-being of both current and future generations. Many commentators call this disorder short-termism, policy short-sightedness or political myopia. Others talk of a presentist bias, a...

Research report

4 Oct 2013

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was established as the national independent regulator of charities on 3 December 2012. The establishment of the ACNC formed part of a broader program of reforms taking place at the Commonwealth level to support the not-for-profit (NFP) sector....

Research report

30 May 2013

To date, local governments in Australia have not played a major part in addressing homelessness. However, the recent decisions of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) have committed all tiers of government, including local councils, to reducing homelessness. It is important, therefore, to understand what...

Audio interview

21 Oct 2016

One of Australia's biggest power distribution networks, Ausgrid, has been sold after a contentious process that revived debates about foreign ownership. Australian companies IFM Investors and AustralianSuper are the new owners of 50% of the power network.

Chief executive of IFM Investors, Brett Himbury,...

Working paper

21 Oct 2016

Surveys have errors. Tax data errors are rare, but they still matter.

This paper analyses measurement error in the classification of employment. We show that the true employment rate and time-invariant error rates can be identified, given access to two measures of employment with...

Research report

30 Mar 2011

2011 was a significant year for the Institute, as it marked our first major public-engagement initiative: the StrategyNZ workshop. This report was prepared for the one hundred New Zealanders who attended, and contains a range of thoughts and tools to explore a national strategy for...

Research report

30 Mar 2011

New Zealanders have always understood the need for long-term thinking. This report describes eighteen future-thinking initiatives since 1936, many of which were undertaken by groups in civil society. Given such a background, this report puts forward a number of lessons.

Guide

14 Oct 2016

In 1996 DFAT and Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) initiated an accreditation scheme for NGOs participating in the official Australian aid program. Accreditation enables NGOs to participate in the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Accreditation acts as a front-end risk management and due diligence process....

Research report

19 Oct 2016

The New Economic Paradigm that Japan and Australia have created is the transposition onto nation-level relations of the interplay of numerous factors and drivers that are found at the microeconomic and inter-firm level, combined with industry-level factors and ultimately with geopolitical, strategic and institutional alignments...

Research report

30 Mar 2015

This report forms part of the Institute’s flagship project, Project 2058.

New Zealand has one of the largest exclusive economic zones in the world. This report discusses the role of oceans in New Zealand’s culture, economy and natural environment as well as the need...

Audio interview

20 Oct 2016

Banks are being accused of gouging customers by delaying the transfer of superannuation accounts into lower cost default superannuation funds. Retail funds have been given four years to switch accounts nominated as 'default' into cheaper My Super products with the deadline set to hit mid...

Research report

28 Feb 2012

The ways in which countries invest in public-good science matters. This report assesses the effectiveness of the existing government-funded science system and identifies thirty policy knots. It then suggests how the system might be improved to achieve better long-term outcomes for the public good.

Research report

28 Jul 2016

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released a package of fifteen key recommended reforms to remove roadblocks to faster and more efficient gas trading and access to pipeline transportation along the east coast of Australia.

The report comes at a critical time for...

Research report

21 Jun 2010

Building on Report 7, this report explores whether the existing system of separate parliamentary representation for Māori is optimal (e.g. the Maori roll), and if not, what mechanisms could be implemented to improve the quality of representation in the future. It then proposes an alternative...

Research report

16 Aug 2016

Australia can move to electric vehicles, powered by renewable electricity, in a decade. It is feasible and affordable, providing environmental, health and economic benefits.

Research report

31 Oct 2010

New Zealand has a unique responsibility to preserve and protect Māori culture and to make space for Maori to progress their culture in their own way. This report seeks to improve our understanding of the shared goals of Māori and the opportunities and challenges for...

Research report

19 Oct 2015

Australia should grasp a prosperous future, by becoming a renewable energy superpower. We have the competitive advantages of: strong sunlight and strong winds, space, a skilled workforce, capable research organisations and a close proximity to the large and growing Asian markets.

Research report

21 Oct 2016

Over the last thirty years, policy direction, and consequently program development, has been influenced by a small number of underlying principles. These include that many older Australians: prefer to live in the community rather than in residential care; prefer to ‘age in place’ rather than...

Research report

21 Oct 2016

The National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse (NACDC) Data Dictionary provides an overview of the sources, content, common data concepts and data elements that underpin the NACDC’s analyses and outputs to facilitate consistency and transparency in aged care data.

Working paper

21 Oct 2016

The length of time care recipients spend accessing aged care is an important measure of demand for services and levels of service utilisation. Improving understanding of length of stay (LOS), particularly when compared across residential aged care and community-based care, can provide insight into service...

Working paper

21 Oct 2016

One-third of older Australians are from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds (ABS 2012). Knowing how this population group accesses aged care is a key issue in ensuring equitable and need-appropriate service delivery.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has been funded...

Strategy

19 Oct 2016

The traditional linear ‘make, use, dispose’ economy drives economic growth but also creates waste in vast quantities. Western Australia’s (WA) waste production was estimated at over 2.4 tonnes per person in 2014-15. WA is not only a very high producer of waste on a per...

Research report

8 Aug 2016

This anaesthesia report is part of the first segment of analysis under the capacity and distribution work. This report involves updating the supply and demand projections previously completed by the former Health Workforce Australia (HWA) and published in Health Workforce 2025 - Medical Specialists Volume...

Research report

9 Mar 2016

This psychiatry report is the first to be produced under the capacity and distribution work. It involves updating the supply and demand projections previously completed by the former Health Workforce Australia (HWA) and published in Health Workforce 2025-Medical Specialists Volume 3 (HW 2025 Vol 3).

Discussion paper

17 Oct 2016

The ACCC has released an issues paper to assist interested parties in making submissions to the ACCC’s new car retailing industry market study. The paper contains:

the scope of the market study issues on which the ACCC is seeking information how to make submissions...

Research report

20 Oct 2016

This is the final report to the Attorney-General on the issue of families with complex needs and the family law and child protection systems.

It concentrates on opportunities to enhance collaboration and information sharing within the family law system as well as other support...

Report

13 Oct 2016

Plan International and Our Watch commissioned this survey to obtain a deeper understanding of young women’s gendered experiences, their most pressing desires for change, and their insights into how to address gender inequality in Australia.

The survey found that while most young women and...

Interview

10 Oct 2016

ANROWS spoke with Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge about the "Safe at Home" project, which produced a meta-evaluation of the programs set up by state and territory governments around Australia to mitigate homelessness and safety issues arising from domestic violence. Our discussion focused on the report...

Commentary

Article

21 Oct 2016

A stray social media post that cracked open a child abuse scandal brewing in England and Australia for half a century. A Facebook group in the middle of a deadly flood, helping families and the media identify lost loved ones. Asylum seekers washed up on...

Commentary

21 Oct 2016

Our recently published research suggests a link between the number of poker machines in an area and levels of domestic violence.

We compared publicly available data on poker machine numbers with police-recorded domestic violence incidents in Victoria between 2005 and 2014. Specifically, we compared...

Commentary

Article

20 Oct 2016

Daniel Andrews is taking us for a ride. Not one of those nice rides to the country with plenty of sunshine and a picnic at the end. But one where he locks the doors, doesn’t tell you where you’re going and drives into the night...

Research report

19 Oct 2016

In this report the Commissioner examines the issue of agricultural greenhouse gases – methane and nitrous oxide – which together form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. This high proportion of emissions coming from agriculture is a major challenge for New Zealand. The...

Audio program

21 Oct 2016

A parliamentary inquiry into elder abuse is being established in South Australia, something the Council on the Ageing says is long overdue. A specialist lawyer in elder law says while the inquiry may address community attitudes and policy, the criminal justice system also needs to...

Research report

21 Oct 2016

The public is constantly told income inequality is rising and the government should do something. This report seeks to explain why inequality matters, even though it has barely changed. It shows how income inequality did rise in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but has...

Submission

9 Sep 2016

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) argues that the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) sector comprises a large part of Australia’s research and innovation system, a system that is transforming due to digital capabilities and the resulting transformation...

Research report

18 Oct 2016

At least 74 opinions, memoranda, and letters issued by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) between 2002 and 2009 on core post-9/11 national security topics, including intelligence activities and the detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects, remain entirely classified, according to this new...

Research report

19 Oct 2016

No young person must be allowed to leave school to nothing - no job, no further training, no hope. The Salvation Army is issuing this challenge to the New Zealand community in a report titled ‘What Next?’, focused on the employment needs of 15 to...

Research report

30 Jun 2016

The importance of digital access for homeless young Australians is well recognised: for staying healthy and safe, to move beyond homelessness and to socially connect and participate. A mobile phone and access to the internet provides a way to access emergency services, service information and...

Research report

12 Oct 2016

Much has been said about the impacts of climate change on Australia’s neighbours in the Pacific, and how increases in temperature, extreme weather events and changes to crops and livestock vailability will inevitably impact the lives of all Australians. But what of the inequality of...

Strategy

21 May 2013

Local government is recognised as the tier of government closest to the people of Australia (Megarrity 2011). It provides a range of services that underpin the management of our cities, contributes to the wellbeing of our communities through the provision of infrastructure and services and...

Strategy

29 May 2013

This toolkit is one of the outputs from a study undertaken by the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Adelaide, for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, into the role of frontline services in addressing homelessness....

Research report

15 Jun 2002

The Commonwealth government has progressively implemented a major shift in social policies towards the unemployed, utilising a re-configured ideology of community. Changes have included a streamlining of service delivery (via Centrelink), quasi-marketisation of community organisations, and re-defining of the roles, entitlements and obligations of recipients...

Journal article

30 Sep 2011

Over the last two decades welfare policies have undergone major reforms in Anglo-Western nations such as the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Central to these reforms have been the revision of welfare recipient entitlements and responsibilities and the emergence of a responsibility and obligations agenda. The...

Journal article

15 Sep 2010

Little consideration has been given to the influence of housing tenure on young people's developmental pathways. This paper draws on empirical findings from research conducted in the northern suburbs of Adelaide in 2009 to highlight how secure and quality housing tenure, when combined with familial...

Journal article

15 Mar 2012

As young people continue to confront transition issues such as school-to-work pathways, they are concomitantly developing their own social and cultural priorities and responding to them in new and innovative ways. This process warrants a greater focus on young people's identity work as they navigate...

Research report

20 Oct 2016

This research paper offers a jurisdictional comparison of legislation affecting Uber and other TNCs, within Australia and at an international level.

Journal article

1 Oct 2010

The community-services sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia, as a consequence of governments moving away from direct involvement in service-provision and increasingly contracting with non-government welfare organisations (NGOs) to deliver human services. The perceived increase in NGOs’ reliance on government funding has...

Briefing paper

17 Oct 2016

This NCSEHE Briefing Note provides an update on domestic undergraduate student enrolment and equity outcomes from 2008 to 2015, following Koshy and Seymour (2015). In keeping with the earlier editions of this series, the briefing note focuses on undergraduate outcomes for Table A providers. It...

Guide

19 Oct 2016

The Southgate Digital Equity Tool has been developed to assist policy makers and practitioners in making informed decisions about the way they engage consumers in services and programs in the digital era. Initially developed for use by health organisations, the tool can be adapted for...

Working paper

30 Sep 2016

Self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) – small retirement savings funds with four or fewer members – now manage almost one third of retirement savings in Australia, and serve over one million members. The number of SMSFs has increased to more than half a million in two...

Working paper

30 Sep 2016

The number of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) has grown at more than 5% p.a. over the past five years. The net growth rate consists of 7% new SMSFs and 2% closures. More than 570,000 SMSFs now serve over one million members but little is known...

Audio interview

19 Oct 2016

The issue of an Australian bill of rights has been placed back on the political agenda by a visiting UN expert.

Michel Forst is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders. After two weeks in Australia, he delivered his preliminary report and recommendations...