October 2018

Research report

15 Oct 2018

This statistical snapshot outlines the decline in union membership in Australia over the past forty years using the latest data available and considers possible reasons for the decline.

Research report

15 Oct 2018

This statistical snapshot sheds light on the contribution of the small business sector to the Australian economy using key economic indicators such as employment and Industry Value Added (IVA).

Research report

10 Oct 2018

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender. It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victorian and Western Australian parliaments since the last update was published on 18 May 2018.

Research report

15 Oct 2018

This report reveals that an alarming 4 million Australians have experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months. Over the past year in country areas, 1.5 million Australians have experienced the uncertainty of not knowing where their next meal will come from. This means people...

Research report

A report prepared for The Policy Observatory, Auckland University of Technology
6 Sep 2018

This provides important data on the relationship between web platforms and New Zealand news organisations. It gives an overview of Google and Facebook’s position in the New Zealand media market, media companies’ website traffic patterns, and an assessment of media companies’ dependency on traffic from...

Chapter

26 Oct 2016

Abstract

The Australian Constitution that ‘created’ Australia as a nation in 1901, prevented the new Australian Commonwealth government from legislating on Indigenous Affairs, a power the Constitution reserved for the lower tier of State governments. In 1967, an Australian Constitutional Referendum was passed,...

Commentary

10 Oct 2018

What passes for leadership these days seems to be meeting the demands of an undisciplined Liberal Party and ignoring the national interest, and so the past is catching up with a climate-sceptical Australian government, writes Mike Steketee.

Research report

4 Oct 2018

Described as a “whole of practice transformation”, the Health Care Home model involves health professionals working together in new ways, and using tools such as an online patient portal and GP telephone triage, to tailor services to patients’ needs.

Report

15 Oct 2018

This report details New Zealand's strengths and weaknesses across a range of topics including people, skills, funding and knowledge production, in comparison with other similar small economies and Australia.

Report

1 Dec 2016

This report highlights some of the New Zealand science and innovation system’s impacts, strengths and weaknesses and how the system is changing over time.

Journal article

8 Oct 2018

Racism may affect health through differential access to, and quality of, healthcare. This study examined associations between experience of racism and unmet need and satisfaction with healthcare.

Report

Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia
15 Oct 2018

This report confirms that religious conversion therapy and related practices are pervasive in many faith communities in Australia and causing real harm to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Research report

15 Oct 2018

This report documents the findings from a recent study of the road safety experiences of people who are blind or have low vision. It outlines a range of recommendations to enhance road safety for blind or low vision pedestrians. It is likely that these same...

Journal article

15 Sep 2017

Digital technologies offer opportunities for engagement with cultural heritage resources through the development of online platforms and databases. However, questions have been raised about whether this type of engagement is structurally open or bounded by pre-existing institutional frameworks.

Report

A report prepared by The Workshop for The Policy Observatory, Auckland University of Technology
12 Sep 2018

The key purpose of this report is to help construct narratives that are more effective in promoting policy change. The report presents alternative frames and stories to tell, ones that will help the public and policy makers act on the expert solutions that are needed...

Journal article

24 Sep 2018

This article explores how cultural heritage institutions have ordered and regulated contact with their publics via a negotiation of different visual communication technologies.

Discussion paper

Public discussion document
10 Oct 2018

New Zealand Police invite the public to provide their views on the proposed agreement being established under section 78AA of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995 and Part 9A of the Privacy Act 1993.

Strategy

12 Oct 2018

This new, creative strategy takes a 10-year view on how the City of Melbourne can integrate creativity into everything we do – not as an add-on, but planned from the start of a project, development or activity.

Website

22 Aug 2018

Australia’s largest companies are making painfully slow progress towards climate risk disclosure, demonstrating a need for increased action from investors and regulators.

Since March, while companies’ reporting on climate risk governance has significantly improved, very little movement has occurred on some of the integral...

Report

12 Oct 2018

Market Forces, working with Vietnamese community organisations and other international NGOs, has found that equator principles (EP) signatory banks are violating those principles in their involvement in syndicates funding five Vietnamese coal-fired power stations. In doing so, they are failing the people that the principles...

Video

Early Intervention Research Directorate - Positive Future’s research collaboration
11 Apr 2018

Associate Professor Alwin Chong, Director of the Positive Futures Research Collaboration at the University of South Australia, spoke about their role in providing cultural leadership across EIRD, which was badged as the Aboriginal Research Engagement and Communication Strategy.

Video

Findings from the Early Intervention Research Directorate desktop evaluations
16 Apr 2018

Professor Leah Bromfield, Co-Director at the Australian Centre for Child Protection presented the findings from the EIRD Desktop Evaluations.

Fact sheet

1 Oct 2018

The latest version of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aims to achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050, and compels Member States to develop respective roadmaps, guidelines and measurable, targeted actions.

In order to garner the views...

Research report

30 Mar 2018

In September 2017, the Department of the Environment and Energy commissioned Blue Environment and sub-consultants to manage its waste data and reporting needs until 2019. An early project requirement was to research and propose improvements to the previous versions of the core waste reports, particularly...

Fact sheet

15 Sep 2018

In general, a household is said to be in energy poverty when its members cannot afford to keep adequately warm. The combination of low incomes, energy prices and inefficient housing leads to energy poverty.

The paper summarises an evaluation of relevant literature. Although the...

Research report

2 Oct 2018

An abundance of scientific studies points to evidence that indoor environmental quality (IEQ) has a direct effect on health, comfort, wellbeing and productivity. Considering that people spend a large amount of their time indoors, it is crucial that building legislation ensures sufficient levels of IEQ...

Report

30 Jun 2018

Swedish Waste Management 2018 is intended for actors in the waste management industry, decision makers, authorities, educational institutions, the media and all other stakeholders. Using text, diagrams and tables we describe the management of household waste in Sweden. Statistics are taken from the Avfall Sverige...

Report

15 Jun 2009

The world’s climate is changing. The scientific evidence is incontrovertible: most of this change is due to human activity, and the process is speeding up as more and more carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are pumped into the atmosphere. The next 10 years...

Guide

7 Dec 2015

As the 21st century unfolds, an increasing majority of the world’s population will live in cities. Human wellbeing in cities relies on a complex web of interconnected institutions, infrastructure and information. People are drawn to cities as centres of economic activity, opportunity and innovation. But...

Research report

18 Sep 2018

Greening our buildings is at the heart of our ght against climate change. Greener, more energy efficient buildings can also help to reduce the exposure to risk for property owners and the banks that nance them. Energy efficient mortgages can therefore be a powerful tool...

Research report

31 Oct 2016

This report explores the potential solutions for transitioning existing precincts to be lower carbon through collaboration on engineering solutions, financial models and governance approaches. The report focuses on Sydney’s Broadway Precinct, a precinct which includes two major educational campuses with strong sustainability drivers and a...

Conference paper

Summary prepared for IPSA conference July 2018
25 Jul 2018

The author conducted this research as part of a fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The resulting report, summarised in this paper, is expected to be published by USIP in summer 2018.

Research report

11 Oct 2018

Combating illegal wildelife trade and further pursuing conservation-development models could help generate considerable economic benefits for African countries, while ensuring the long-term preservation of Africa’s wealth of natural capital.

Article

5 Oct 2018

As dozens of cities try to slash carbon emissions by 2050, Copenhagen aims to do it in half the time - in just seven years.

Around the world, more than 70 major cities have pledged to end their reliance on fossil fuels and stop...

Working paper

31 Jan 2014

Australian State and Territory Governments regularly deploy wholly owned development corporations to advance urban planning objectives to do with competition in greenfield housing production, innovation in urban design and regeneration of obsolete industrial areas. This paper critically examines the rationale for these corporations, and compares...

Report

1 Sep 2018

Since 2010, New Buildings Institute has tracked the developing market for zero energy buildings. We are pleased to share this latest 2018 Getting to Zero Status Update and Zero Energy Buildings List, which summarizes the growth and trends from nearly 500 certified, verified and emerging...

Report

8 Oct 2018

This report provides a brief summary of the main findings of the special report, Global Warming of 1.5°C , its implications, and how Australia is tracking when it comes to tackling climate change.

Research report

A report on the potential of local government collaboration towards a renewable and more resilient energy system for Melbourne
21 Sep 2018

Urban stakeholders have a key role as end-users in the transition to a renewable and more resilient energy system. The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is an innovative procurement model through which urban stakeholders across sectors are procuring renewable electricity in collaboration. Expansion of group...

Fact sheet

2015/16 partner update
31 Dec 2016

WGV by LandCorp is a 2.1ha infill development in the Fremantle suburb of White Gum Valley. As an ‘Innovation through Demonstration’ project, WGV showcases precinct-scale design excellence on a number of levels by incorporating a range of diverse building types, climate sensitive considerations, creative urban...

Guide

Backgrounder, Community Brochure, FAQ
12 Oct 2018

The All of Us Research Program is a large "precision medicine' research program funded through the National Institutes of Health in the United States. The target is to have 1 million participants in the program, who are living in the United States.

The community...

Report

7 Jun 2007

It has only taken a few years for Hammarby Sjöstad to become one of the world’s highest profile examples of Sustainable City Development, mentioned in specialist publications worldwide. Hammarby Sjöstad is visited by over 10,000 decision makers and specialists in the field every year, making...

Commentary

12 Oct 2018

Many current suicide prevention interventions focus on raising awareness of suicide or on preventing it only at the point just prior to it occurring. But despite decades of government investment in suicide awareness programs, the rate of deaths by suicide in Australia is the second...

Research report

22 Feb 2018

Australians from culturally diverse backgrounds often feel frustrated about media coverage of news events and issues that portray them in a negative light. This study, analysing media coverage of issues related to multicultural Australia found, that more than a third of stories reflected a negative...

Guide

v 1.2
27 Sep 2017

For far too long, neighborhood development has been primarily about brick-and-mortar solutions to building and rehabilitating neighborhoods. The world of city building has drastically changed, and it requires a more diverse and more integrated range of solutions to empower social vibrancy and restore ecological health....

Report

12 Oct 2018

Digestive-tract cancers are estimated to account for about 2 in 10 of all cancers diagnosed and nearly 3 in 10 cancer deaths. A person’s chance of surviving depends on the type of digestive-tract cancer.

Research report

12 Oct 2018

This analysis investigated the burden of electricity and gas costs for a range of household types in Australia between 2008 and 2018, finding that some of the lowest income households in Australia spend more than 10% of their incomes on spiralling energy costs.

Report

12 Oct 2018

This summary report contains key insights about the carer population in New South Wales and highlights the successes and challenges carers are experiencing as they engage with the service system and with paid employment.

Discussion paper

9 Oct 2018

The UK is a wealthy nation, but that wealth is very unevenly distributed. This has negative implications for both economic prosperity and justice. These issues are set to become more important as technological change, stagnating wages and rising house prices increase the income and gains...

Report

10 Oct 2018

This report assesses how human rights can be applied in the governance of AI and offers initial recommendations for stakeholders, including technology companies, governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society groups, academia and the United Nations.

Submission

5 Jul 2018

The Australia Council's submission to the Closing the Gap Refresh advocates for increased investment in First Nations arts and cultural expression, cultural maintenance, and First Nations-led culturally based solutions across portfolios.

Report

11 Oct 2018

This assessment of generator rebidding in the national electricity market (NEM) found that rebidding is contributing to the delivery of efficient market outcomes, but can be a problem where there is a lack of competition between generators.

Report

Views from ASPI
10 Oct 2018

Australia’s 5G network is critical national infrastructure and this was one of the most important policy decisions the government had to make this year.

Research report

11 Oct 2018

By amplifying girls’ voices and giving them a platform to call out harassment, Plan International hopes this report will provide government and policy makers with a mandate to listen and take action, while enabling girls to have a say in the change they want to...

Research report

11 Oct 2018

This report highlights authorities and law enforcement’s tendency to trivialise or ignore reports of street harassment, a habit that condones such behaviour, forcing women to change their actions, rather than the men who perpetrate.

Journal article

21 Sep 2018

The European Parliament's record of taking a tough stance on human rights conditionality in past trade negotiations is mixed, argue the authors of this article.

Journal article

30 Sep 2018

Very few people in the Pacific region will be unmarked by climate change, particularly as half the population live within 1.5 kilometres of the ocean. Noticeable rises in sea-level, more frequent cyclones and floods, and changes to seasonal weather are attributable to climate change in...

Journal article

30 Sep 2018

Much of the health research on climate change in the Pacific is dominated by the vulnerability of ecosystems and only recently have mental health impacts of climate change been recognised by public health experts. Although the research is still limited, it is projected that disruption...

Video

Findings of the first two case file reviews
16 Apr 2018

The Early Intervention Research Directorate (EIRD) held a Research Forum on 10 April 2018, where the External Expert Consortium of researchers shared their overarching key findings from child abuse/neglect prevention and early intervention research to date.

These research findings impact how individuals, organisations and...

Report

11 Oct 2018

This resource provides an overview of data about the national response of the health and welfare system to the mental health care needs of Australians.

Research report

14 Oct 2018

This report examines the availability and discoverability of Australian film and television content on Netflix and Stan. It builds on findings from a 2017 pilot study, produced for the Department of Communications’ Australian Screen and Children’s Content Review.

Research report

11 Oct 2018

Over 24,000 young people responded to Mission Australia’s 2017 Youth Survey and over 1,200 (or 5.3%) of respondents were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. This report provides important insights into their aspirations, experiences and concerns.

Journal article

5 Oct 2018

In the last decade, a significant number of institutions have adopted open access (OA) policies. Many of those working with OA policies are tasked with measuring policy compliance. This article reports on a survey of Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) members designed to...

Article

9 Oct 2018

In this opinion piece to mark World Mental Health Day 2018, the authors say "In too many places mental health support services are non-existent and those with treatable conditions are criminalized. Bold action is long overdue".

Report

A report of a citizens’ jury designed to explore when it is reasonable for patients to expect patient data to be shared
13 Aug 2018

Introduction

On 17 January 2018, 18 people gathered at Friends’ Meeting House in Manchester and began a three-day “citizens’ jury”. The task for these citizens was to tackle a set of jury questions. The questions were designed to test a number of scenarios...

Report

14 Nov 2014

Details

Better use of data and technology has the power to improve health, transform the quality and reduce the cost of health and care services.

It can:

give patients and citizens more control over their health and wellbeing empower carers reduce...

Briefing paper

6 Feb 2016

This POSTnote explains the plans to introduce electronic health records for everyone. As well as background on what information such records will contain, the paper discusses the opportunities and challenges implementing them will involve.

Conference paper

3 Sep 2014

The combined challenges of climate change, finite resources, population growth and aging infrastructure demand a shift toward more resource-efficient, low-carbon sustainable cities. This may be achieved through new forms of eco-infrastructure delivered at the district scale. Despite considerable success in numerous demonstration projects globally, such...

Research report

10 Oct 2018

This report estimates the cost of serious and organised crime in Australia in 2016–17 to be between $23.8b and $47.4b. It updates the Australian Crime Commission’s estimates for 2013–14, given there have been some major developments in the available baseline data and some further attempts...

Discussion paper

9 Oct 2018

This discussion paper seeks to engage with those that use and administer Away from Base (AFB) support, with the aim of considering the two program model currently in place. It is designed to seek feedback on activities currently funded through AFB programs.

Research report

10 Oct 2018

This analysis reveals that the AFL and NRL 2018 grand finals were highly saturated with alcohol advertising, the vast majority of which took place during children’s TV viewing hours.

Report

9 Oct 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess whether effective arrangements have been established by Finance to achieve value for money outcomes for Commonwealth leased office property.

Video

15 May 2017

In September 2016, the Committee for Melbourne launched its Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce to help prepare Greater Melbourne for the accelerating speed of innovation and disruption that has catapulted us to the early stages of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

In May 2017, the Committee announced...

Discussion paper

24 Jan 2018

The Committee for Melbourne established the Melbourne 4.0 taskforce in 2016 to help prepare our city for the forces of innovation and disruption brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Taskforce identifies a high quality, mass transit link to Melbourne Airport as a key...

Submission

7 Mar 2018

It is our pleasure to contribute to Infrastructure Victoria's report on the infrastructure required to enable the implementation of automated and zero emission vehicles in Victoria.

The Committee welcomed the opportunity to co-host a member workshop with Infrastructure Victoria on 20 February 2018....

Research report

9 Oct 2018

As it is doing with Saudi Arabia, and in keeping with President Xi Jinping’s political dictum of demonstrating to the world that China’s great rejuvenation has begun and that it is prepared to take its rightful place at or near the very top of the...

Strategy

11 May 2017

Melbourne is one of the best places in the world to live, work and do business. Today, our appeal as a leading international city is being challenged – this time by the profound changes known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Revolution marks the next...

Research report

9 Oct 2018

This report summarises the evidence for the effectiveness of minimum alcohol pricing, explains how a minimum price works, and identifies its likely effect on different groups within the Western Australian community.

Evaluation

10 Oct 2018

Costing of The Greens policy released prior to Nov 2018 Victorian State Election outlining a commitment to phase out electronic gambling machines by 2028.

Article

4 Oct 2018
The current speed and complexity of urbanisation calls for radically new approaches to sustainability of cities Study suggests “urban tinkering” as a solution – a systems thinking approach inspired by evolutionary biology It can help engineers, architects, ecologists, health specialists and others to develop innovative...

Policy

10 Oct 2018

Policy released prior to Nov 2018 Victorian State Election outlining a commitment to phase out electronic gambling machines by 2028.

Also see related policy costing Victorian Parliament Budget Office

Report

A special report to Parliament under section 31 of the Ombudsman Act 1974
5 Oct 2018

The NSW Ombudsman has tabled this progress report on the response to the 2017 inquiry into the operation of the Joint Investigation Response Team (JIRT), a tri-agency program delivered by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), the NSW Police Force and NSW Health....

Report

9 Oct 2018

This report offers the most comprehensive look so far at the state of nonprofit news. It is intended to be a replicable baseline study that can provide the sector with consistent, regular data. The aim is to help nonprofit news leaders benchmark their performance, surface...

Research report

9 Oct 2018

This work discusses the policy implications of the survey results, particularly around tenure security, the growing number of older renters and the importance of the private rental sector (PRS) for households falling out of home ownership.

Report

18 Jul 2017

Executive Summary

NHS Digital already has an important role to play as the technology and data partner for the health and care system. From 2017, our role has increased signifcantly, as we have been tasked with delivering the commitments set out in the...

Commentary

2 Oct 2018

Despite political commentary, Australia’s population policy is about right when it comes to managing ageing, immigration, economic development and the cities and regions.

Report

9 Oct 2018

While equity in higher education has seen unprecedented advances over the last decade, there is now less certainty as to whether past trends are any guide to future directions.

Report

Anxious dictators, wavering democracies: global freedom under pressure
10 Jan 2016

The world was battered by crises that fueled xenophobic sentiment in democratic countries, undermined the economies of states dependent on the sale of natural resources, and led authoritarian regimes to crack down harder on dissent. These developments contributed to the 10th consecutive year of decline...

Report

Populists and autocrats: the dual threat to global democracy
16 Jan 2017

In 2016, populist and nationalist political forces made astonishing gains in democratic states, while authoritarian powers engaged in brazen acts of aggression, and grave atrocities went unanswered in war zones across two continents.

Other text

Operational Protocol V1
27 Apr 2018

The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data over many years from one million or more people living in the United States, with the ultimate goal of accelerating research and improving health.

Unlike research studies that are focused on...

Report

Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Working Group Report to the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH
17 Sep 2015

Final report and presentation also included.

Background

On January 20, 2015, President Obama launched a new U.S. initiative, the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), to accelerate our understanding of individual variability and its effect on disease onset, progression, prevention, and treatment. There are...

Other text

9 Oct 2018

Following more than 5,000 submissions, four national roundtables and consultation with the medical and aged care professions, the federal government has outlined the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Report

Cybersecurity across the Australian healthcare sector
22 Jul 2018

HISA’s Cybersecurity Community of Practice (CoP) was established to inform and engage stakeholders and healthcare providers across the Australian health ecosystem regarding cybersecurity.

There are those who ask “who would be interested in hacking patient data?” It is precisely this attitude together with the...

Report

Democracy in crisis
5 Jan 2018

Political rights and civil liberties around the world deteriorated to their lowest point in more than a decade in 2017, extending a period characterized by emboldened autocrats, beleaguered democracies, and the United States’ withdrawal from its leadership role in the global struggle for human freedom....

Strategy

8 Oct 2018

This document captures areas of shared interest in water quality and ecosystem health improvements and defines how the Crown and Māori will work together to make improvements to New Zealand’s freshwater.

Strategy

8 Oct 2018

This document sets out the government’s plan to restore and protect freshwater in New Zealand. It outlines the work programme that will set New Zealand on the path to turning around water quality trends and make long-term improvements in freshwater.

Report

Supporting young people with at-risk behaviour to live successfully in their communities
1 Oct 2018

This report, from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, looks to the future of how we care for young people with high risk and alleged offending behaviour, and the way we support them to live successfully in the community.

Report

2 Oct 2018

This survey report found that consumers want support in finding accurate, effective smartphone apps for health and wellness, and they should be subject to an authoritative regulatory system that rates them for efficacy.

Research report

9 Oct 2018

This report focuses on trends in deaths due to injury and poisoning that occurred over the period 1999–00 to 2014–15. Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were generally at least twice as high as rates for non-Indigenous Australians over the period from 2001–02 to 2014–15.

Commentary

8 Oct 2018

This party leader can’t own or disown his past, nor Labour’s.

Report

22 May 2017

The final report of the ACMA Review makes recommendations on the objectives, functions, performance, governance and resource base of the ACMA to ensure it remains fit-for-purpose for both the contemporary and future communications regulatory environment.

Policy report

7 Oct 2018

This paper adds to the debate about threats to free speech in Australian universities by suggesting how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy might be implemented by the federal government to promote intellectual tolerance and diversity of ideas, opinions, and debate on campus.

Report

9 Oct 2018

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has released the fifth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. In addition to reporting on national drug consumption, this report includes updated SCORE data which provides international consumption comparisons for a number of drugs monitored by the program....

Report

9 Oct 2018

This report, the first of its kind, analyses the volume, value and makeup of AgTech investment in Australia. It puts it in the context of the United States and provides insight into both how AgTech is developing as a new sub-industry and the broader venture...

Journal article

23 Aug 2018

From a critical First Nations standpoint, Irene Watson reflects upon the significance and legacy of the Commonwealth of Australia’s 1967 referendum.

Policy

4 May 2016

Introduction

On 16 June 2015, the Senate referred the matter of the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the arts to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 15 September 2015. In August 2015, the Senate...

Report

2 Dec 2015

On the 16 June 2015 the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:

the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts; and

the suitability and appropriateness of the establishment...

Discussion paper

5 Oct 2018

This discussion paper outlines the effects of climate change in the Northern Territory and the work currently being done to address it. The paper is seeking feedback on this, as well as for informing the development of a Northern Territory climate change strategy.

Strategy

Fifty per cent by 2030
27 Nov 2017

The Northern Territory government is committed to producing 50% renewable energy by 2030 for electricity supplied to Territory households and businesses, while at the same time ensuring secure and reliable electricity at least cost to consumers and taxpayers.

An independent expert panel, chaired by...

Research report

4 Oct 2018

Senators and members receive an annual allowance by way of basic salary—$207,100 from 1 July 2018. This research paper explains the legislative basis, fixing and linking mechanisms for the allowance.

Report

An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty
8 Oct 2018

The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities.

Data portal

Compare your country
20 Jun 2017

This page visualised the key data for 'Green Growth Indicators 2017' report, by allowing users to compare the air pollution, carbon production, land resources and green innovation in between OECD countries. Related Publication: Green Growth Indicators 2017

Book

20 Jun 2017

Policies that promote green growth need to be founded on a good understanding of the determinants of green growth and need to be supported with appropriate indicators to monitor progress. This book is an update of the 2014 edition.

Delivering the quality of growth...

Report

8 Oct 2018

The transition from the Collins-class submarines to the future submarine fleet will be more complex than any previous capability transition that Defence has undergone. The submarine enterprise will be in constant transition, rather than completing a short, bounded transition process.

Research report

8 Oct 2018

Gas exploration is being undertaken in the Wide Bay Burnett region. This report argues that development of gasfields would present a risk to the region’s diverse services, tourism, agricultural and manufacturing economies.

Research report

5 Oct 2018

The EDRS sample were predominantly young, well-educated males, consistent with the sample profile since monitoring began in 2003. Ecstasy and cannabis were the drugs of choice, whilst cannabis and alcohol were the drugs used most often in the preceding month in 2018.

Research report

5 Oct 2018

This research provides the most up-to-date findings from interviews conducted annually from 2000-2018 with a cross-sectional sentinel group of people who regularly inject drugs recruited from all capital cities of Australia.

Research report

Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IRDS)
17 Jan 2018

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is intended to serve as a monitoring system, identifying emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets.

Audio interview

8 Oct 2018

Federal and State governments spend a combined $9 billion a year on mental health — but is it all well spent?

Audio interview

8 Oct 2018

The federal government has announced the Productivity Commission will review mental health in Australia and advise the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.

Guide

8 Oct 2018

The Victorian government has developed these draft guidelines to help outline the assessment and development process for large-scale solar energy facilities in Victoria. The document includes an outline of requirements for planning and assessing new solar energy facility proposals for councils and developers.

Report

4 Oct 2018

This report considers the status of Australia’s core national mental health and suicide prevention reforms, and their impact on the wellbeing of consumers and carers.

Essay

12 Aug 2009

The Australian Human Rights Commission has, since mid 2007, been undertaking with its research partners the most comprehensive national analysis of freedom of religion and belief ever undertaken in Australia. This research has highlighted a number of important issues.

Report

A report commissioned by the Evidence Based Policy Research Project and facilitated by the newDemocracy Foundation
5 Oct 2018

This report addresses the problem that policymaking in Australia is falling short of best practice. Policies are often built 'on the run', as quick reactions to the political issue of the day, designed to capture the interest of the 24-hour news cycle or motivated by...

Report

A report commissioned by the Evidence Based Policy Research Project facilitated by the newDemocracy Foundation
5 Oct 2018

This report argues that Australia’s governments, both state and federal, are failing to undertake best practice policymaking. This failure is undermining the quality of public policy and is having a detrimental impact on faith in public institutions.

Journal article

5 Oct 2018

Bowel cancer is a significant health issue in New Zealand, with over 3,000 people diagnosed each year, but little was known about the process of diagnosis. We surveyed a small group, of mostly younger patients, to gain some insight into this process for the first...

Report

3 Oct 2018

Significant barriers remain in the role of middle managers in progressing gender equity in the public service, according to this report. Published in partnership with the Ministry for Women, the report was carried out as part of a wider project and in light of recent...

Report

5 Oct 2018

The data in this report shows that growth in the number of larger, emission-intensive vehicles is undermining the gains from zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs).

Journal article

13 Jul 2018

Recent scholarly attention shows that grassroots civil society low-carbon energy initiatives increasingly become part of the subnational climate change governance landscape. Despite their potency in view of consumer-owned distributed generation and enhanced citizen influence in the organization of the energy infrastructure, local low-carbon energy initiatives...

Guide

Version 1.0
3 Oct 2018

Planning schemes are the primary tool to enable state and local government land use planning policies to be implemented and effect positive change to the built environment. This guide will help practitioners implement these principles in the day to day formulation and drafting of planning...

Journal article

6 Jun 2018

Citizens and urban policy makers are experimenting with collaborative ways to tackle wicked urban issues, such as today’s sustainability challenges. In this article, we consider one particular way of collaboration in an experimental setting: Urban Living Labs (ULLs). ULLs are understood as spatially embedded sites...

Blog post

24 Sep 2018

Cities in the Urban Transitions Alliance are moving away from their industrial energy-intensive heritage and setting ambitious energy efficiency targets. A broad range of projects and programs have spearheaded sustainability efforts, reduced energy-related carbon emissions and led to utility cost savings for residents at the...

Report

3 Oct 2018

The former managing director of Goulburn Murray Water claimed - and the former chair approved - reimbursement to which he was not entitled for items including household furniture and alcohol, the Victorian Ombudsman has found.

Journal article

2 Oct 2018

If high-coverage vaccination and screening is maintained, at an elimination threshold of four new cases per 100,000 women annually, cervical cancer could be considered to be eliminated as a public health problem in Australia within the next twenty years.

Discussion paper

21 Sep 2018

This paper argues that the uneven take-up of new technology is resulting in increasing dispersion in productivity performance across firms in a variety of industries.

Briefing paper

2 Oct 2018

This policy brief includes how the Tribal Connect Act addresses the shortcomings of the E-Rate program for tribal libraries, success stories like MRG, and takeaways for decision makers.

Research report

4 Oct 2018

This study is one of the largest analyses to date on how fake news spread on Twitter both during and after the 2016 U.S election campaign.

Conference paper

5 Oct 2018

Australia’s cities face significant social, economic and environmental challenges, driven by population growth and rapid urbanisation. The pressure to increase housing availability will lead to greater levels of high-density and medium-density stock. However, there is enormous political and community pushback against this. One way to...

Strategy

4 Oct 2018

Developed in consultation with the Pacific Arts community, this strategy sets out Creative New Zealand's priorities for investment in the development of Pacific Arts over the next five years.

Report

2 Oct 2018

This report is the latest in the BreastScreen Australia monitoring report series , which is published annually to provide regular monitoring of BreastScreen Australia. The latest data available for women aged 50–74, the target age group since 1 July 2013, are presented.

Journal article

4 Oct 2018

This paper discusses the use of identifiers in research evaluation—for individuals, their contributions, and the organizations that sponsor them and fund their work.

Article

3 Oct 2018

The earth is on a trajectory to warm 3-4°C by 2100. This heat map details how that rise in temperatures will affect major metropolitan hubs.

Smart Cities Dive took a closer look at how this would affect six major metropolitan hubs, and what the...

Report

27 Sep 2018

This audit identified two instances where Members of Parliament did not materially comply with the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal’s Determination relating to additional entitlements.

Discussion paper

4 Oct 2018

This exploration of potentially preventable hospitalisations focuses on conditions that may be prevented or managed best by general practice to minimise likelihood of admission. The proposed specification was developed in conjunction with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, with a view to use as...

Discussion paper

21 Sep 2018

Roundtable participants considered the current aged care system, the policy context and demographics, and likely demands and drivers into the future.

Literature review

28 Sep 2018

This review found that gambling and gambling-like products are highly visible, accessible and promoted to young audiences across a range of digital media channels. However, there are gaps in our current understanding of how gaming–gambling crossover activities and promotions influence young people in Australia, and...

Journal article

1 Oct 2018

As the population ages, the demand on health care services will continue to rise. The ways in which health and social care services are funded and delivered to older individuals need to be addressed to meet future demands.

Guide

1 Mar 2018

The Performance Requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) can be met using either a Performance Solution or a Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) Solution or a combination of both solutions. The following demonstrates the performance based design process that should be used in conjunction with the Development...

Guide

Fifth edition
1 Jun 2018

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the former Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) developed this Handbook to assist users with the application and understanding of the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume One energy efficiency provisions.

The objective...

Guide

Second edition
1 Mar 2018

This Handbook is targeted at designers, energy analysts, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and other specialist designers who are familiar with energy analysis software used to model the annual energy consumption of a building. The purpose of the document is to enhance practitioner awareness of NCC...

Report

29 Aug 2018

The Ngaga-dji project voices the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Victoria’s youth justice system.

Journal article

3 Oct 2018

This article provides practical, relationship-driven options for increasing librarians’ engagement with graduate students.

Article

Back to basics
14 Jul 2017

Green infrastructure is any practice that uses or replicates natural systems to achieve the desired outcome. This includes green roofs, bioswales and rain gardens. Green roofs replicate meadows to retain water and restore habitats on the top of buildings. Green infrastructure does not exclusively mean...

Article

Making a difference with help from USGBC local communities
4 Apr 2017

USGBC local communities around the country are helping cities jumpstart their building performance benchmarking efforts. And the results are pretty exciting. After four years of benchmarking in New York City, buildings there are using almost 15 percent less energy according to MIT professor David Hsu,...

Website

Phase 2 campaign materials
3 Oct 2018

Campaign materials from Phase two of a joint Australian, state and government campaign "Violence against women. Let's stop it at the start"

Stop it at the Start aims to help break the cycle of violence by encouraging adults to reflect on their attitudes, and...

Presentation

22 Sep 2017

Noting the number of countries now involved in research assessment, Paul Gough observes that a growing issue for the arts is how to position themselves on the ‘front foot’ in critical issues such as value for money and relevance to public benefit.

Audio podcast

26 Sep 2018

What form should tertiary education take if it is to cultivate virtuous citizens?

Draft report

Background and evidence summary draft: 25 September 2018
25 Sep 2018

This plan is intended to provide a coordinated approach to reducing violence against women and their children, through collaboration with all Australian jurisdictions.

Policy report

Menu of State Policy Options
11 Apr 2018

Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health. Green infrastructure is an integrated set of strategies that help realize these outcomes in the built...

Journal article

13 Jul 2018

This article reflects the discussion of metadata challenges faced by the scholarly communications community at this year’s NASIG conference.

Blog post

26 Jul 2018

This FlagPost was originally published on 24 July 2018. It has since been amended to reference the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 relevant to the release of health information by private medical practitioners. As an adjunct task, it has also been updated to reflect...

Transcript

Solomon Lecture 2018
24 Sep 2018

"A decline in public trust and a rise in populism and alternative voices, is the biggest background trend facing governments. Global political events over the past few years have underlined serious and ongoing threats to the free flow of information and indeed to democracy itself."...

Report

2 Oct 2018

This paper explores some of the ways information and communications technology is being implemented in Australian prisons and internationally, and considers the challenges, risks and benefits of bridging the ‘digital divide’.

Guide

3 Oct 2018

This guidance note sets out how the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) will include the medium‐term financial impacts of election commitments in the next post‐election report.

Briefing paper

2 Oct 2018

This study of domestic violence perpetrated by juveniles has found that in the majority of cases the victim is a family member, typically the parent of the offender.

Report

20 Sep 2018

Therapeutic residential care is for young people who are unable to be placed in family-based care. This paper provides an update on developments in therapeutic residential care, discusses the implications of these developments, and touches on further issues and dilemmas that should form the focus...

Literature review

Research into the Family Support Program: family law services
29 Apr 2013

The objectives of this literature review (this Review) are to identify existing information regarding Family Support Program (FSP) family law services and related programs; and to identify material in respect of best practices in service delivery and performance measurement in these areas.

Research report

2 Oct 2018

Even though China did not have a diplomatic relationship with Saudi Arabia until 1990, ties between the two countries have expanded rapidly since then. Energy products have formed the basis of a bilateral relationship that has, by and large, been of mutual benefit to both...

Report

13 Sep 2018

How do households with low and uncertain incomes cope with risk and strive to make ends meet?

Policy

How LEED helps make sustainability afforadable
6 Sep 2018

Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Relief, or CDBG-DR, are allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to affected states and local governments to aid long-term recovery of community infrastructure following major disasters. This injection of funding is an opportunity for...

Report

27 Mar 2018

The Open Courts Act Review was asked to consider whether the Act is striking the right balance between the need for open and transparent justice, and the need to protect the legitimate interests of victims, witnesses and accused persons, and to preserve the proper administration...

Discussion paper

2 Oct 2018

This discussion paper asks 33 questions and makes 124 proposals for change to the family law system, which focus on support for children, improving public understanding of the processes, accessible and coordinated service delivery, and enhanced oversight of the family law system and its workforce.

Research report

30 Jan 2017

This report looks at the state of a much weaker news media in Canada, severely disrupted by the digital age.

Research report

25 Sep 2018

This study of 20 small and mid-sized Canadian communities, the number and depth of newspaper articles about civic affairs declined sharply between 2008 and 2017, leaving citizens less informed about their democratic institutions.

Guide

1 Jul 2018

‘Can I get there?’ ‘Can I play?’ ‘Can I stay?’

With the launch of Everyone Can Play, we want these three questions to be front and centre in the minds of everyone involved in creating and modernising playspaces across New South Wales. Whether you’re...

Article

2 Oct 2018

For greater housing diversity, new typologies can be designed to support emerging household needs over time. Additionally, architects can explore the notion of creating more diversity in available housing stock. Finally, housing provision can be expanded beyond procurement models, financial structures and living arrangements driven...

Research report

25 Sep 2018

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) was invited to develop a water sensitive city vision and transition strategy for Bendigo as part of its Integrated Research Project 1: Visions and Transition Strategies. The project aims to develop tools and processes for bringing...

Fact sheet

12 Sep 2018

Buffer zones are commonly applied to wastewater treatment plants to manage the area impacted by odour. They require a large area with land use controls to exclude odour sensitive land uses, such as residential. How that land is best used depends, in part, on community...

Research report

18 Aug 2018

This report examines the impacts of coal, oil and gas extraction on women in low income countries, and, for the first time, provides an estimate of the scale and carbon potential of fossil fuel projects currently being operated or planned by ASX listed companies.

Fact sheet

11 Sep 2018

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) has developed a Water Sensitive Cities Transition Planning Process to provide strategic guidance for cities and towns wanting to accelerate their transition towards their vision of a water sensitive future.

The Water Sensitive Cities Transition...

Report

2 Oct 2018

This paper argues that a maritime realignment of Australia–Indonesia defence relations could shape the broader Indo-Pacific security architecture and provide an additional strategic hedge for both countries.

Commentary

2 Oct 2018

VET needs a new set of priorities and operating principles that are fit for the future, argues Robin Shreeve.

Report

2 Oct 2018

This report maps the global, regional and national availability and use of safer nicotine products, the regulatory responses to these products, and the public health potential of tobacco harm reduction.

Research report

26 Sep 2018

Transport pollution is one of the major drivers of climate change in Australia’s towns and cities. A new Climate Council report has found:

Transport is Australia’s second largest source of greenhouse gas pollution (after electricity) Congestion is a $16 billion dollar handbrake on the...

Audio

2 Oct 2018

Interview with Julie Oberin, Chair Women's Services Network.

Federal Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer will join her state counterparts in Adelaide today for talks on the final phase of the 12-year National Plan to reduce violence against women and children.

The two-day summit...

Website

14 Sep 2018

The Environmental Insights Explorer analyzes Google Maps data to provide rich insights into the vital signs of our planet. These insights can be used to create carbon baselines and accelerate climate action plans.

Beta version available September 2018

Discussion paper

2 Oct 2018

This inquiry will have a particular focus on the purchase of foreign cash, and the transfer or remittance of money overseas. It will also consider other ways that consumers and small businesses perform foreign currency transactions, such as via credit, debit or pre-paid travel cards....

Survey

1 Oct 2018

Despite the unease many feel about the United States at the moment, the idea of a U.S-led world order is still attractive to most. When asked which would be better for the world, having China or the U.S as the top global power, people in...

Journal article

1 Oct 2018

Towards the end of its long term in office, the Labor-led Government of South Australia (2002–2018) embraced Mark Moore’s public value characterization of government’s role in society. This article reviews that unique effort to promote public value across the whole of government, in policy design...

Blog post

26 Sep 2018

Designers tune the thermal characteristics of buildings so that they moderate external environmental conditions and maintain internal conditions using the minimum resources of materials and fuel.

Passive design maximises the use of 'natural' sources of heating, cooling and ventilation to create comfortable conditions inside...

Guide

28 Sep 2018

This guide sets out our approach to the approval and oversight of a monitoring body’s compliance scheme and how we expect a scheme to operate on an ongoing basis.

Discussion paper

2 Oct 2018

In the right circumstances, superannuation funds could provide capital for growth to SME’s and business more generally, complementing more traditional capital sources such as banks, according to this discussion paper.

Research report

1 Apr 2017

This is the second and final report for the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living research project RP3038, Lower income barriers to low carbon living. The first report, Summary of focus group and survey findings, detailed the findings from our focus group discussions with...

Research report

NCOSS cost of living report
18 Sep 2018

For the past three years, NCOSS has travelled around NSW, speaking to members about the issues that are important to them and their communities. Cost of living has come up as one of the key challenges, particularly in the context of its impact on healthy...

Report

1 Oct 2018

Australia’s population is growing rapidly. The major cities of Sydney and Melbourne, in particular, are booming. Many people are asking whether the growth rates of the past decade are sustainable, or whether Australia has reached a tipping point where congestion and other downsides of growth...

Policy report

11 Apr 2018

Design Council's Healthy Placemaking report explores the attitudes and behaviours of built environment practitioners towards healthy placemaking. The report makes a valuable contribution to the evidence base, highlighting for the first time the barriers which inhibit UK built environment practitioners from creating places that reduce...

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Call for applications
11 Oct 2017

In October 2017 the Design Council and partners put a funded call out for Transform Ageing Applications which would be "radical, forward-thinking ideas for new product and service solutions that help meet this ambition and make a difference to society."

The Application call was...

Blog post

1 Jun 2018

While much media reporting portrays technology as a cause of social withdrawal, a research project by Dementia Australia, Lifeview Residential Care and Swinburne University’s Future Self and Design Living Lab is enhancing communication between people with dementia and their visitors using an iPad.

The...

Discussion paper

15 Jun 2018

Governments around the world know they must transform the services they provide if they are to be able to deliver for citizens. Aging populations are putting huge pressure on health and social services, education systems need to equip young people with the skills for a...

Report

28 Sep 2018

This report provides an independent assessment of the biological status of fish stocks and the economic status of fisheries managed, or jointly managed, by the Australian government (Commonwealth fisheries). It summarises the performance of these fisheries in 2017 and over time, against the requirements of...

Evaluation

What we’ve learnt about learning
10 Aug 2018

This paper is authored by Simon Barlow, of UnLtd – Transform Ageing partners.

This paper explores how combining developmental and theory-based evaluation approaches can provide space for learning and accountability in innovative programmes.

It draws on our experience in Transform Ageing and makes...

Discussion paper

7 Sep 2018

This discussion paper aims to promote conversation and comment on how we can improve Australia’s recycling, resource recovery and management of waste. Comments received will inform an update to the 2009 National waste policy.

Research report

10 Sep 2018

This report looks at the nature and extent of income and housing challenges faced by Tasmanian families who have had their children removed by Child Safety Services.

Report

27 Sep 2018

This report concludes that to unlock innovation in New Zealand in the future, it is important for policy-makers, universities and investors to consider focusing on strengthening the contribution of universities to innovation.

Report

1 Oct 2018

This report is the first in a series that highlights how the Murray–Darling Basin Plan has increased the flow of money and water to big agribusinesses and has increased the vulnerability of everyone else in the Basin– Aboriginal people, floodplain graziers, downstream communities and small...

Article

21 Aug 2018

When did culture become a number? When did the books, paintings, poems, plays, songs, films, games, art installations, clothes, and all the myriad objects that fill our lives and which we consider cultural, become a matter of statistical measurement?

Strategy

A framework and workforce plan for NSW Health services
27 Sep 2018

This document provides the overarching guidance for NSW Health strategic action over the next five years. Strategic actions aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people with lived experience of mental illness, the experience of care for their families, carers and supporters, and...

Audio interview

1 Oct 2018

How do we decide the value of art? And who is best equipped to do so?

Policy report

28 Sep 2018

There is a clear rationale for Australia to continue supporting Vanuatu’s transport sector in light of its strategic value and effectiveness. Australia’s support is highly valued, highly visible and provides an opportunity to engage in strategic discussions.

Discussion paper

19 Sep 2018

This consultation paper seeks sector feedback to a proposed an approach for higher education providers (HEPs) to record R&D income for the purposes of the Higher Education Research Data Collection returns.

Submission

20 Sep 2018

Under-investment, inconsistent government decision-making and strategic missteps by the national broadcaster have plagued Australia's efforts in international broadcasting for more than a decade. This is despite it being a potent tool for diplomacy in a region that is fast becoming a major focus for world...

Report

28 Sep 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet effectively manages the Regional Network.

Commentary

25 Sep 2018

There’s a straightforward way of making sure more doctors work where they’re needed.

Report

28 Sep 2018

Australia spent nearly $181 billion on health in 2016–17. This is more than $7,400 per person and 10% of overall economic activity. This represents higher growth in spending than in recent years.