Latest Research

Analysis shows that workers in the gig economy tend to have lower wages than employees. They also often miss out on a number of other benefits. Further, their classification as independent contractors has implications on their tax status and superannuation. This research note examines how these issues are being addressed in a variety of jurisdictions.

Research report
19 Jun 2018

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) selected foreign investment in residential real estate for audit because of the extent of parliamentary and public interest in the issue, including concerns that foreign investors were not complying with foreign investment obligations and purchasing properties they were not entitled to own.

Report
19 Jun 2018

Traditionally, parents have moved to low density, middle and outer suburbs of Australian cities to raise their children. However census data shows that between 2001 and 2011, the number of families raising children in inner-city, higher density, suburbs has increased.

Conference paper
18 Jun 2018

Urban trees provide substantial ecosystem services, and trees on private land are a sizeable segment of overall urban tree cover. Trees provide shade, cooling and habitat, and contribute to aesthetic values, sense of place, and urban dwellers’ mental and physical wellbeing. With increasing size and density of cities, tree cover decreases, as buildings replace private open spaces.

Conference paper
18 Jun 2018

Building on Australia’s strengths in robot talent and technologies in niche application areas, this roadmap acts as a guide to how Australia can support a vibrant robotics industry that supports automation across all sectors of the Australian economy.

Strategy
18 Jun 2018

A preoccupation with the aesthetic ideal of beauty has marked an anthropocentric notion of civilisation and a human centred approach to the way we design our urban environments. By untaming aesthetics this study explores a broader definition of aesthetics beyond the human to connect species via their sensory perceptions.

Conference paper
18 Jun 2018

This report’s recommendations provide the Australian government with an opportunity to strengthen its work with respect to Antarctica and build on already impressive foundations.

Report
18 Jun 2018