This report identifies areas for improvement in Victoria Police’s internal investigations of serious complaints concerning allegations, such as corruption and assault made about its officers.
The consultation findings presented in this paper confirm that the inability to access mental health services in a timely and effective manner leads to increased disadvantage and disengagement for culturally diverse individuals who are already highly vulnerable in many cases.
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...
Internationally, there is increasing concern with developing improved ways of dealing with disasters (UNISDR, 2015). The development of policy and practices for the reduction of disaster risk is intimately related to knowledge about dynamic and spatially particular risks and relevant ways of managing these via...
Despite a legacy of seemingly enlightened non-sectarian provision of sites and space for religious worship, current planning systems appear to create conditions in which many religious development proposals are problematic, conflict-ridden and politicised. Indeed, the planning system is a primary site for community conflicts that...
Children’s Independent Mobility (CIM) is a measure of the level of a child’s freedom to explore and move about his or her local neighbourhood without direct adult supervision. Children have suffered a significant loss of independent mobility since the 1970s. The choice of independent mobility...
The 2017 wildfires in the Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand, highlight the risk posed by fire adding to the portfolio of natural hazard risks facing New Zealanders. Traditionally, New Zealand places stronger emphasis on seismic and hydro-meteorological perils as they are more prevalent in the...
Through Australia’s history, private developers have introduced restrictive covenants to property titles. Typical private covenants stipulate building materials, limit dwelling numbers, and prohibit particular land uses or the sale of alcohol. Covenants, like zoning, have tended to “put the single-family, owner-occupied home at the pinnacle...
Metro-bound commuters are people who live in regional areas and travel to major cities for work, connecting regional cities and towns with the major cities and their prospering economies. As governments invest in regional transport infrastructure, as well as become concerned about spatial inequity, how...
In the late 1990s a group of Victorian local government councils addressed a sustainability void in the building codes and planning regulations by developing capacity to implement Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) via the planning system. What began as a collection of largely independent initiatives progressed...
Taxi and hire car licence holders were given the “bureaucratic run-around” when seeking payments from the Fairness Fund set up by the state government to provide them prompt financial assistance, the Victorian Ombudsman has found.
The VCOSS state election platform 2018 presents a vision for Victoria that has the attainment of ‘a good life’ at its core. VCOSS believes a good life should be central to the policy platform of every political party contesting the 2018 Victorian election.
The ACCC has completed its eighth annual report under the Water Act 2007 (Cth). This report provides information on the state of the rural water sector in the Murray-Darling Basin for the 2016–17 financial year.
The Victorian disability plan recognises that much needs to be done. It also recognises that the best way to measure progress will be to look at the outcomes experienced by people with disability over time across areas such as health, education, employment, housing and safety....
This audit examined whether the the state-funded Community Health Program (CHP) effectively contributes to good healthcare outcomes for Victoria’s priority populations. The audit analysed DHHS’s management of the CHP, with a particular focus on its strategic direction, access and demand management, and performance monitoring.
The number of people on the Victorian Housing Register increased by around 1,500 people in the first three months of 2018 alone. Having declared the Public Housing Renewal Program to be a project of statewide significance, the state government intends to take control of the...
The Serious Offenders Bill 2018 was introduced to the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 8 May 2018. It seeks to establish a civil, protective scheme under which offenders who have served custodial sentences for certain serious sexual and/or violent offences, and who present an unacceptable risk...
The Victorian government plans on introducing legislation in 2018 to establish a Sentencing Guidelines Council. This report makes a number of recommendations in relation to key features of the council, as well as the sentencing guidelines it would create.
This report introduces the Victorian Ombudsman’s new guide for public sector complaints handlers to use when dealing with challenging behaviour.
Much-anticipated changes to Victoria’s political finance laws favour the big parties and fall short of full transparency.