Just one week before the Victorian Election, the final Swinburne Leadership Dialogue for 2014 examines the leadership of our middle tier of Government – and the primary vehicle for the delivery of many essential services to Australian communities. Swinburne’s Andrew Dodd will put a panel of politicians and experts through their paces to push past the political spin and get to the the real issues in the state of our federation.Read more
The speaker's are in and the talks are sorted, and it's looking like another fantastic conference. Check out the details of all the talks below or download a one-page NDF2014 programme (PDF, 123kb) with session times and locations.
It’s a stellar line-up with talks covering a wide range of issues – art, transmedia, building communities, open content and open platforms, digital humanities, collection practice and more. Check out the line-up then register!Read more
The demand on water resources across the energy, agricultural and urban water sectors is ever increasing, and is a constant challenge in managing sustainable water supply.
Australian Water Association are hosting the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Practice to advocate for a more coherent approach to workable solutions for the myriad of challenges faced by industries.Read more
The Australian population is ageing and the housing needs and preferences of the older generations are changing. Australia has an overall housing supply shortage and there is an expectation that older residents downsizing will help to partially resolve this issue. However, obstacles such as the impact of realising owner occupied property-based capital gains on the Aged Pension are limiting the number of dwellings being sold.Read more
The SSC, ANZSOG and The Treasury are pleased to present Flexible budgeting with Dr Michael Di Francesco, in Wellington on Wednesday 26 November. Dr Michael Di Francesco is Senior Lecturer in Public Sector Management at ANZSOG and Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, who has taught previously at Victoria University of Wellington.
Public sector budgeting and financial management is often seen as 'rule' driven, caught between contending imperatives for consistency and responsiveness.Read more
In the context of the Harper Competition Policy Review, this paper explores through an economist’s eyes the processes of competition and the impact of government competitive tendering of welfare services on the Community Welfare Sector. The paper suggests that unintended consequences need exploration and management. Relying on the good motives of government and the Sector may not be adequate. Community Welfare organisations are not simply another form of business, nor are they a low cost extension of government.Read more
Access to and affordability of digital technology for vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians is an ongoing concern. This talk reports on new research on the access and use of mobile and internet services by people experiencing homelessness and engages with key issues of digital exclusion in the context of a society-wide shift in connectivity and the reform of a wide range of public and commercial services around these changes.Read more