Latest Research

This paper sets out a culturally-based practice framework for understanding and responding to child sexual abuse. The framework is designed to create and restore safety and healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

Research report
22 Oct 2018

While the NDIS promises to improve the lives of more than 400,000 Australians with a disability, the scheme has been marred by a range of implementation challenges. In particular, there has been much concern over 'thin' markets. This report draws together the international literature on effective quasi-market interventions for managing market failures and gaps.

Research report
22 Oct 2018

The current system of aged care is viewed by some as not working efficiently or to the benefit of the consumer. Residents, their family members and carers have expressed concerns at the complexity of the current residential aged care system. Members of the medical profession are of the view that the funding of aged care services is in need of updating to reflect current best practice.

Research report
22 Oct 2018

The Light Rail Stage 2 project passes through and adjacent to a number of key cultural and heritage sites and, like all projects and proposals in these areas, must be consistent with the legal requirements imposed by the National Capital Plan. The committee is concerned that elements of the route alignment proposed by the ACT government are not consistent with the plan.

Research report
22 Oct 2018

There is growing interest in quantifying the economic contribution of cultural and creative industries both in Australia and internationally. Measurement of this activity can inform policy makers about how such industries contribute to economic outcomes relative to other industries.

Working paper
19 Oct 2018

This brief describes the current state of Australian agriculture, with the aim of providing key information and statistics in one place. It covers six key aspects of Australian agriculture: its role in the broader economy, trends in production, industry structure, exports, productivity and risk management.

Briefing paper
19 Oct 2018

This paper recommends that victims of crime be given the right to instruct the DPP to seek leave to appeal sentences that they find unjustly lenient. The primary goal of this reform is to address community concern that the judiciary is out-of-touch with community standards, regarding both how harm to victims and society is construed, and how severity of punishment is to be measured.

Research report
19 Oct 2018

This options paper sets out different ways for the Australian Energy Market Operator to procure ‘standby’ electricity reserves under the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) when a supply shortfall is forecast.

Discussion paper
18 Oct 2018