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23 Oct 2017

This research summary brings together the key findings from two research projects looking at the aspirations, intentions and choice of students considering vocational education and training. The research investigated student’s post school career and education aspirations, the drivers influencing...

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22 Oct 2017

This report presents the emissions and fuel consumption test results from 30 different passenger and light commercial vehicles (“light duty vehicles”), measured with a Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) on Australian Roads. Testing was conducted by ABMARC for the...

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19 Oct 2017

Welfare in Australia

The Australian Government and state and territory governments spent an estimated $157 billion on welfare in 2015–16 (cash payments, welfare services, and unemployment benefits), up from $117 billion in 2006–07. This is an average growth rate (in real...

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19 Oct 2017

The committee is investigating how the increased investment in defence will deliver benefits and opportunities for regional economies and communities. It is looking at what mechanisms are in place to ensure local business is aware of and ready to be considered for opportunities, businesses which...

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19 Oct 2017

The objective of this audit is to assess the effectiveness of controls being implemented and/or developed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure that National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) access decisions are consistent with legislative and other requirements. To form...

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19 Oct 2017

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•    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a complex and highly valued national reform. If implemented well, it will substantially improve the wellbeing of people with disability and Australians more generally.
•    The level of commitment to the success and...

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19 Oct 2017

This report provides a national perspective on the fiscal outlook, examining outcomes across all levels of Australian government on a consistent basis.  
The first part of the report highlights how the national fiscal outlook has changed since jurisdictions released their 2016–17 Budgets....

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19 Oct 2017

Applied Aged Care Solutions (AACS) was engaged by the Department of Health to review the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and provide recommendations on potential modifications that could be made to:

- Reduce subjectivity in the needs assessment...

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19 Oct 2017

This report tells a story that will surprise many. They show a grave situation for people with barriers to work, despite one of the strongest periods of growth in full-time employment in Australia for some time. In our sample month of May 2017, there were 711,900 people who were unemployed,...

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18 Oct 2017

This report looks at the state of Australia’s rail industry and how government procurement, including through the Australian Rail Track Corporation, and other policy levers can improve the value for money, competitiveness, stability of work and capability of the rail manufacturing industry with...

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18 Oct 2017

On 13 June 2017, the Senate referred the following matters to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report.

(a) the participation of Australians in online poker;

(b) the nature and extent of any personal or social harms and benefits...

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18 Oct 2017

The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of patients with an active, progressive disease that has little or no prospect of a cure. With the growth and ageing of Australia's population, and an increase of chronic and generally incurable illnesses, the types of patient groups...

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18 Oct 2017

This report is the first national report to present key data specific to brain and other central nervous system (CNS) cancer. While brain and other CNS cancer is rare, it has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and community. Non malignant brain and other CNS...

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18 Oct 2017

The State of the Industry 2017 for the first time highlights our industry’s strong economic credentials and cultural value to Australian consumers. These include:

  • We are the leading exporter of beef and goat meat, we are second only to New Zealand in exporting sheep meat & are
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18 Oct 2017

Demand for surgery is rising in response to a growing and ageing population. Health services need to run their operating theatres as efficiently as possible if they are to meet this rising demand, and reduce waiting lists, with their current resources. They also need to balance competing demands...

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18 Oct 2017

Early in the morning of 25 August 2017, members of a Rohingya armed group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, attacked approximately 30 security force outposts in northern Rakhine State. In its response, the Myanmar Army launched an attack on the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State as...

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18 Oct 2017

Manufacturing is undergoing a historic transformation across the industrialised world. Firms are creatively diversifying their focus across different stages of the manufacturing process, both before and after goods are produced. As production activities are gradually being...

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17 Oct 2017

5G is the next generation of mobile networks. More than an upgrade, 5G will complement the broader network ecosystem, working with the latest mobile networks, and broadband infrastructure to create more seamless connectivity.

Every previous generation of mobile telecommunications networks...

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16 Oct 2017

This year’s report combines insights from charities and community groups across Australia providing food relief as well as individual Australians who experience food insecurity. Two surveys were used to collect these insights. The first was the Foodbank Welfare Agency Survey...

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