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MVPs 2021

Back to Top Content 2021.

Icons for housing, people, health, international relations, arts and culture, web & digital, government, First Nations, education, environment, economics, and justice. Text: APO MVPs 2021: A selection of some of the most interesting & influential content of the year


The APO team have selected some of the most interesting, influential, and important resources of 2021, across the broad cross-section of issues covered on APO. 
Tell us what you think! Have your say on Twitter or LinkedIn using the hashtag #APO_MVPs. But please remember we are only human and we had almost 2,000 resources to choose from.

Strategy

Australia’s disability strategy 2021–2031

This strategy document is Australia’s national disability policy framework. It sets out a plan for continuing to improve the lives of people with disability in Australia over the next ten years.
Report

APS Inc: undermining public sector capability and performance

Evidence to this inquiry has reiterated the now well-established position that the APS is suffering from a lack of investment in its people, its policy development and its digital and ICT capabilities. This is resulting in direct and adverse impacts on the APS’s ability to...
Strategy

Proposed national early language and literacy strategy

Developed by the National Early Language and Literacy Coalition, this proposed strategy sets out the scale of the issue, describes what is happening on the ground in different communities, and puts forward a framework for action.
Strategy

Getting to fair: breaking down barriers to essential services

This strategy addresses consumer’s experience of vulnerability and aims to break down the barriers faced when accessing and engaging with essential services.
Guide

Framework guidelines on the right to a decent home in Aotearoa

This framework aims to introduce the international right to adequate housing and signal the different ways this human right can contribute to a fair and dynamic housing system in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Report

Science and health misinformation in the digital age

This report highlights three case studies of science communication and misinformation — climate change, vaccines and COVID-19. It concludes with recommendations for practitioners and government agencies to combat misinformation and its effects in science and health policy.
Discussion paper

State revival: the role of the states in Australia’s COVID-19 response and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to re-write politics and society. This paper suggests that current evidence points to a revival of the fortunes of the states and territories in the Australian federation that will continue long after the COVID-19 crisis abates.
Guide

Evaluation design

This resource gives a quick overview of some of the main evaluation designs used for outcomes evaluations or impact evaluations. These are evaluations that aim to answer questions about whether a program, service or treatment (often called the ‘intervention’) is working as intended, or if...
Report

Digital news report: Australia 2021

This report finds that the rapid increase in news consumption by Australians at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been maintained. The proportion of people paying for news has not increased, and interest in news has declined since 2020.
Report

Equality across the board: investing in workplaces that work for everyone

This report presents research into the collection and reporting of workplace data relevant to sexual harassment by ASX200 companies. The report provides insights into how companies currently collect and use data relating to sexual harassment, and based on those insights, makes recommendations about the role...
Report

Working in new ways to address family violence and sexual violence

In September 2018, the New Zealand government announced the formation of the Joint Venture for Family Violence and Sexual Violence. In this document, the Office of the Auditor-General takes an early look at this new way of working. Recommendations for how the joint venture can...
Report

Ināia tonu nei: a low emissions future for Aotearoa

This report outlines the Climate Change Commission's first advice to government on climate action in Aotearoa. The advice in this report details the paths Aotearoa can take to meet its climate targets.
Report

Rethinking permanent skilled migration after the pandemic

Before COVID-19, Australia was one of the world’s most open countries for migration. However, recent travel restrictions have brought migration to a standstill. This report shows how Australia’s permanent skilled migration program should change when borders are reopened.
Policy report

Australia as a space power: combining civil, defence and diplomatic efforts

This policy paper explores the important question of how Australia should approach the space domain in the years ahead, in pursuit of our national interest objectives.
Briefing paper

Managing the long term health consequences of COVID-19 in Australia

This paper argues that Australian governments should consider an effective and proportionate value-based response to COVID-19, and its longer-term health consequences, that considers patient health outcomes and costs.
Report

The 15 practices of rural community co-produced mental health initiatives: advice from people who are doing them

This paper highlights key advice about things to do and things to think about when establishing and operating rural community co-produced initiatives for local mental health and wellbeing services.
Discussion paper

Performing arts advocacy in Australia

This discussion paper outlines long-term trends in performing arts attendance and finances, as well as providing analysis of the impact of COVID-19. The paper also suggests how advocacy for the performing arts could be improved.
Working paper

30 years on: Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations remain unimplemented

This paper outlines concerns with the 2018 Deloitte Access Economics review of the implementation of the 339 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Report

Close the gap - leadership and legacy through crises: keeping our mob safe

The 2021 'Close the Gap' report showcases the leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations throughout critical health crises in 2020, and how strengths-based approaches are the most effective way to improve health outcomes for Australia’s First Peoples.
Report

Temperature check: greening Australia's warming cities

Australia has always been a country with extreme weather events. This report presents evidence that strong action to increase urban vegetation will become imperative in our three largest cities to reduce serious heatwave impacts by 2060–2080, even with strong climate action.