May 2008

Report

30 May 2008

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation commissioned Denis Muller & Associates in 2007 to assist it to devise and implement a new system of editorial quality assurance. The system consists of a number of separate projects, of which this is the second. This report:

• presents...

Report

30 May 2008

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation commissioned Denis Muller & Associates in 2007 to assist it to devise and implement a new system of editorial quality assurance. The system consists of a number of separate projects, of which this is the second. This report:

? presents...

Report

29 May 2008

Calculating the cost of Australian Defence Forces (ADF) operations in Afghanistan is not straight forward. Defence portfolio budget papers and Department of Defence Annual Reports provide data on actual, estimated and planned expenditures on defence activities, including current operations. Defence department practice for discrete activities...

Report

29 May 2008

Over the twentieth century, over half a million children were institutionalised across Australia, 100,000 of them in Victoria. This report, Beyond the Home Gates: Life After Growing Up in Catholic Institutions, was developed in the wake of the third of three Australian inquiries concerned with...

Report

29 May 2008

Prepared to support the 2008 National Families Week, this report looks at:

• Trends in couple partnering and childbearing

• Relationships between partners

• Opinions about developing and maintaining good relationships with a partner

• Help-seeking if...

Commentary

Article

29 May 2008

New Zealand's seasonal workers scheme has lessons for Australia, writes NIC MACLELLAN.

OVER the last year nearly 4000 workers from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region have travelled to New Zealand on temporary visas, employed as seasonal workers in vineyards and orchards....

Guide

28 May 2008

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released an information pack designed to assist library staff in promoting safe internet use in public libraries, particularly for children. The pack will be delivered to every public library in Australia.

The three parts to the pack...

Report

28 May 2008

For the first time, all governments in Australia have agreed to cooperate to develop a national broadband Framework to guide future programs and activities.

Australian, state and territory government ministers and the Australian Local Government Association met in Canberra for the 15th meeting of...

Report

26 May 2008

This report provides an overall examination of the budget and detailed analysis in selected areas. The briefs are organised according to the subject matter discussed and the perspective adopted in the analysis. The opening feature article in the economic issues section provides a macroeconomic analysis...

Discussion paper

28 May 2008

The federal government is developing a national framework for protecting children. This discussion paper canvasses ideas on what should be included.

The issues and proposals outlined in this paper are intended as a starting point for discussions over the next three months with key...

Report

28 May 2008

This paper examines the historical and contemporary aspects of sexual assault as they impact on Indigenous people. It suggests some improvements to existing service delivery to enable cultural appropriateness, and it gives some advice on the skills and knowledge needed in order to work effectively...

Article

28 May 2008

Ezra Klein discusses Amazon's Kindle, the latest in a long line of handheld, computer-like devices meant to spark the digital-book revolution.

Report

28 May 2008

This report provides an overall examination of the budget ? including initiatives in media and communications and in the arts ? and detailed analysis in selected areas. The briefs are organised according to the subject matter discussed and the perspective adopted in the analysis. The...

Report

27 May 2008

Indonesia has changed markedly in the recent past and has become a more democratic and pluralist country.

The report, authored by Professor Andrew MacIntyre and Dr Douglas E Ramage, urges Australia to understand the new stable landscape of Indonesia. It makes a number of...

Report

27 May 2008

This report focuses on risk-assessment practices in the private rental market, with particular consideration of their impact on low-income renters. It is based on the fieldwork undertaken in the second stage of the research process.

Report

27 May 2008

Drawing on research in Yamatji country, Western Australia, this paper examines the complex and often contested relationship between mobile Indigenous people living in regional and remote areas and the delivery of State housing, health and education services. The delivery of basic government services to remotely...

Report

27 May 2008

Its been a bad couple of decades for dreamers. So many collective dreams shattered into ugly shards. The devastation was democratic. Almost every political and social constituency suffered the agonies of disillusion. The mass dream of home ownership has been broken apart by...

Report

27 May 2008

What makes a city culturally dynamic? What makes a city the sort of place that people want to visit, move to and explore? What makes a city the sort of place that spits out or draws in artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers? What makes a...

Report

27 Feb 2008

This monograph offers a comparative analysis of epidemiological, behavioural and social research on crystal methamphetamine use among gay men living in Melbourne and gay men living in other urban centres in Australia, the US, and the UK.

It includes a survey of local expert...

Report

27 May 2008

The paper undertakes a comparative overview of the law as it pertains to Indigenous rights in freshwater in four countries: the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. It is organised around four themes of particular concern to contemporary Indigenous Australians: ownership of water, water...

Commentary

Article

27 May 2008

A new paper by STEPHEN DINHAM, LAWRENCE INGVARSON and ELIZABETH KLEINHENZ outlines an ambitious proposal to revitalise teaching.

THERE have been a variety of (seemingly) simplistic, populist approaches to the challenge of improving teacher quality. These include “merit” or “performance” pay; payment by...

Discussion paper

26 May 2008

Australia needs to encourage a new form of research that contributes directly to the formulation of policy in government, according to this report. Such research is initiated by the end user rather than the researcher. It is characterised by being strategically driven, problem oriented and...

Essay

27 May 2008

What makes a city culturally dynamic? What makes a city the sort of place that people want to visit, move to and explore? What makes a city the sort of place that spits out or draws in artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers? What makes a...

Report

26 May 2008

While the Australian Defence Force has had elements deployed in the Arabian Gulf nearly continuously since 1991 and the magnitude and scope of Australia's economic interests in the Gulf are increasing every year, Australia lacks a coherent foreign and security policy for the region....

Report

26 May 2008

As a contribution to the UN Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the OECD identified effective government approaches for using various tools (regulations, taxes, labeling, education) to promote the sustainability of consumption in economic, environmental and social terms.

In this study, sustainable refers...

Database

26 May 2008

This new database provides comprehensive and comparative information on a broad range of demographic and labour market characteristics of immigrants living in OECD countries. The DIOC includes information on demographic characteristics (age and gender), duration of stay, labour market outcomes (labour market status, occupations, sectors...

Report

26 May 2008

Australia’s best teachers should be paid almost $130,000 as a key step in recognising their value to society and strengthening the teaching profession, according to this report. The authors also recommend creating two new levels of teacher certification beyond initial registration, to allow the best...

Report

26 May 2008

'Public rights' in intellectual goods (the broad usage of 'the public domain'), are increasingly important as a driver of innovation in information economies. This submission examines ten areas where changes to strengthen or protect Australia's copyright public domain may be desirable to encourage innovation. They...

Report

26 May 2008

This article surveys the group of free access providers of legal information known as 'the Legal Information Institutes' ('LII's) or 'the Free Access to Law Movement'. It is not therefore about free access to law generally, but rather about a particular group of its providers...

Article

26 May 2008

This article surveys the group of free access providers of legal information known as 'the Legal Information Institutes' ('LII's) or 'the Free Access to Law Movement'. It is not therefore about free access to law generally, but rather about a particular group of its providers...

Discussion paper

26 May 2008

'Public rights' in intellectual goods (the broad usage of 'the public domain'), are increasingly important as a driver of innovation in information economies. This submission examines ten areas where changes to strengthen or protect Australia's copyright public domain may be desirable to encourage innovation. They...

Report

15 Mar 2008

This report reviews available literature and data relating to the participation and success of people from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds and Indigenous people in Australian higher education (the analysis does not include international students). It also contains a summary of the equity activities and...

Report

23 May 2008

A report which explores the use of social capital theory in understanding educational advantage/disadvantage from a public policy development perspective.

Discussion paper

23 May 2008

A new discussion paper summarising homelessness issues and data in the United States, Canada and Europe. The major findings of this paper are being presented at the National Homelessness Conference. The paper argues that whilst homelessness in Australia is substantial and needs attention, we are...

Report

23 May 2008

This submission was prepared in response to the Northern Territory Government's Review of Community Development Employment Program discussion paper.

The submission, focusing mainly on CAEPR research findings produced since 1990, provides evidence-based research findings that the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) scheme is an...

Report

23 May 2008

This seminar provides a perspective on the Intervention from one of the largest Indigenous townships in the NT through the eyes of two doctoral research scholars who were researching in the community as the Intervention broke. The paper analyses the initial reactions of both the...

Report

23 May 2008

Governance and institutions must function effectively if sustainable development and growth are to occur within the Pacific Islands region. In 2007, the FFA and the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), supported by funding from AusAID, contracted Quentin Hanich, Feleti Teo and Professor...

Report

23 May 2008

This green paper is the first step in developing a new national approach to homelessness. It seeks to promote public discussion of homelessness, highlight the challenges faced by people who are homeless, and suggest ways forward. There will be public consultations to provide feedback on...

Report

23 May 2008

New South Wales' economic future will be balanced by an ability to invest and reap rewards from a strong skills base and skilled workforce. Central to the creation of a strong skills base is our education system.

While New South Wales has a comprehensive...

Report

23 May 2008

Australia has reaped enormous benefits from its energy sector. Australia's vast natural endowments of energy resources have underpinned the availability of cheap electricity, natural gas and petrol, which has stimulated strong growth in the domestic economy. Further benefits have been achieved as a result of...

Report

22 May 2008

For many observers, Margaret Thatcher's industrial relations policy was the apotheosis of state anti-unionism. So why did the British labour movement, apparently so well-organised and robust, succumb so quickly and comprehensively to the efforts of Thatcher and her successors? And how might solving this puzzle...

Report

22 May 2008

The 2020 Summit was primarily a gathering of experts. What might it have looked like if participants had been randomly selected from the Australian population, to create a truly representative ‘mini-public’? A more diverse group, certainly, and very likely wilder ideas and greater community confidence...

Report

22 May 2008

This paper seeks to identify trends and drivers of change affecting school education in general and the independent school sector in particular and to analyse where existing arrangements have potential for new policy directions. It argues the full potential of the Queensland education system is...

Essay

22 May 2008

Do too many Australian films fall into a budgetary 'no-man's land' - not big enough to compete with the US studios, yet too big to stand a chance of commercial viability in a market flooded with independent films? This paper offers a ten-step plan for...

Article

21 May 2008

Social networking sites have become mainstream and concerns about the online safety of children have received increasing political and media coverage both within Australia and internationally. Three documents that have been recently released in the United Kingdom examine the use and misuse of social networking...

Report

21 May 2008

Under the scheme, artists will receive a percentage of the sale price each time their work is resold via an intermediary such as an auction house or commercial gallery. On 13 May 2008, the Australian government announced that it would contribute $1.5m over 3 years...

Report

21 May 2008

On 13 May 2008, the New Zealand government introduced a bill to grant artists a royalty each time their work is resold via an intermediary such as an auction house or commercial gallery. The Australian government has previously promised to introduce similar legislation.

Report

21 May 2008

Higher speed broadband services and increases in data caps mean that across Australia, more consumers are able to access high speed broadband and access bandwidth intensive services more frequently without penalty, according to The Spectrum/IIA latest quarterly tracking of broadband prices.

The report found...

Report

21 May 2008

Defining national security priorities in the current world climate of increasing globalisation is a complicated task. National security concepts that focus on military threats and responses are no longer enough to deal with the range of security risks Australia could be exposed to in this...

Report

21 May 2008

The election of the Rudd Labor Government has seen ‘social inclusion’ emerge on Australia’s Federal social policy agenda. Describing processes to create a society where all individuals are valued, where resources are distributed to meet the needs of all, and where all are able to...

Report

21 May 2008

This discussion paper examines the regional structure of the Australian Electoral Commission and argues that the existence of permanent District Returning Offices is wasteful and is holding back the adoption of world's best practice enrolment procedures.

Report

21 May 2008

This statement identifies ten overarching priorities for reform of skill-related policies, drawing on the experience of the Collaboration members, the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Education Union, Group Training Australia and the Dusseldorp Skills Forum.

Report

21 May 2008

This report provides findings from four case studies that explored the links between people’s climate risk management strategies and their perceptions of climate variability and climate change. The study took place across both irrigated and dryland communities in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Report

21 May 2008

The authoritative compendium of statistics on merchandise exports and imports, this publication analyses the growth, direction and commodity breakdown of Australia's trade over the last five years. It also includes individual reports showing the composition of trade with over eighty of Australia's trading partners. Also...

Report

21 May 2008

This report investigates the increasing complexity of financial decisions. It finds that many Australians believe that financial investments and superannuation are too confusing. The paper surveys Australian attitudes to personal finance and makes several recommendations for government, industry and individuals.

The report recommends...

Discussion paper

21 May 2008

This discussion paper looks at how individuals, businesses, communities and partnerships must be involved to lift Indigenous employment rates. It builds on the principle that improved universal employment services and training places are essential for sustained economic development.

The paper also looks at...

Transcript

21 May 2008

Addressing graduating students of the Australian School of Business, University of NSW, Ian Darling looks at the role that corporate Australia and individual donors from the business community play in keeping the doors open for many Arts companies in this country.

Article

21 May 2008

This report provides a concise overview of the trends in technology, applications and services over the next five to ten years and identifies the potential impact these trends may have on ACMA's functions and responsibilities. This report provides a concise overview of the trends in...

Report

21 May 2008

The Australian Broadband Guarantee provides all Australian residents with access to affordable metro-comparable broadband services. It offers financial assistance (in the form of incentive payments) to registered internet service providers to supply metro-comparable broadband services to residential and small business premises where such services would...

Other text

21 May 2008

The allocation of $1.5 million over three years for the establishment of a resale royalty scheme for Australian visual artists, was warmly welcomed by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). NAVA is the peak body representing the professional interests of the Australian visual...

Report

21 May 2008

The myriad links between cultural and biological diversity are increasingly viewed as key elements in achieving sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals.

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, combining natural and social sciences, culture, education and communication, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

Report

20 May 2008

Despite the increasing pervasiveness of technology, soon to be even further increased by recent Federal government initiatives in Australia, there is still some debate about the best way to use technology to transform educational achievement. This article presents research on the effectiveness of technology commonly...

Commentary

Article

20 May 2008

It's difficult to imagine what the $400 million detention centre will be used for, writes MICHELLE DIMASI.

WITHIN the next couple of weeks, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship will be handed the keys to Australia’s newest detention facility, the Christmas Island Immigration...

Commentary

Article

20 May 2008

Canada’s electoral funding reforms have lessons for Australia, writes MARIAN SAWER.

UNDER the Conservative government of Stephen Harper Canada is hardly a refuge of radicalism. It is a sign of how far Australia has slipped back over the past decade that the term...

Report

20 May 2008

The OECD meeting "The Future of the Internet Economy" will be held in Seoul in June. In preparation the OECD has released a report analyzing the rapid depletion of Internet Protocol version 4 - IPv4 addresses.

One of the major challenges for all stakeholders...

Report

19 May 2008

This report summaries existing literature on the impact of housing assistance on the employment and earning outcomes of labour market participants. This report summaries existing literature on the impact of Housing Assistance on the employment and earning outcomes of labour market participants. It pays particular...

Report

19 May 2008

Destination gaming is an emerging concept that does not have a specific recognised meaning. It involves a reconfiguration of supply to fewer, but larger gaming venues. This would mean removing gaming operations from existing venues in an area and establishing large destination gaming venues, either...

Report

19 May 2008

It reveals that when many new programs come on board, they do not represent additional money, rather re-labelling of old. This report concludes that targeted Federal Government funding designed to 'close the gap' in Indigenous education has effectively been 'frozen' for years. It reveals that...

Report

19 May 2008

This project is developing and testing an integrated, systems approach to assisting the fifteen Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG) member councils in assessing their vulnerability to climate change and the barriers and opportunities associated with adaptation at the Local Government scale. One of the exciting...

Report

19 May 2008

In recognition that climate change is posing ever-growing threats to global public health security, this report by Doctors for the Environment, Australia, commissioned by the Climate Institute, summarises recent research on health risks and effective responses with a focus on minimizing human health impacts of...

Report

19 May 2008

This report aims to examine the effects of divorce, separation or bereavement on the housing and related financial circumstances of people aged 50 or over in different housing tenures, and in particular those on income support payments.

Report

29 Apr 2008

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the health and welfare of Australia's Indigenous population, presenting the latest information on population demographics, housing circumstances, disability and carers, health status, and the provision, access and use of health and community services. The report provides a comprehensive...

Journal article

19 May 2008

From 1999 to 2003, the Tiwi Health Board, in partnership with University researchers, undertook the implementation of the Exploring Together Program as part of a preventive strategy in response to serious social problems affecting young Tiwi people, their parents and families. The implementation of the...

Report

1 Nov 2007

Researchers now expect to have online access to library ca?talogues. But many of the resources held in libraries are not catalogued at all, or are not covered by online catalogues. Such resources are increasingly likely to be overlooked by researchers, whatever their potential value for...

Report

16 May 2008

This discussion paper is part of a federal government review of employment services, including the Job Network and Disability Employment Network. The paper is based on consultations with employment service providers, employer groups, welfare organisations and state and federal MPs under the review of employment...

Discussion paper

16 May 2008

The term ‘primary health care’ is commonly used interchangeably with ‘primary care’. However, strictly speaking, primary health care is a strategy of public health, derived from the social model of health and sustained by the Declaration of Alma Alta, which was jointly sponsored by the...

Report

16 May 2008

As a part of the Social Inclusion Agenda, the federal government is developing a National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy.

The discussion paper outlines the background and purpose of the strategy and invites comment.

Image: net_efekt / Flickr

Report

16 May 2008

This report provides insights into community attitudes to immigration, multiculturalism and social cohesion, based on findings from specially-commissioned national and local surveys. Topics include: our sense of belonging, how happy we are, how satisfied we are financially, and how much we trust in politicians, public...

Report

16 May 2008

Growing social housing supply by leveraging private investment into community housing associations is an increasingly popular option for state governments looking to generate funding for housing. This policy paper looks at the 'growth provider' model as used in Australia and in the United Kingdom, and...

Report

16 May 2008

This policy paper explores the issues involved in corporatising public services and the possible consequences of using a corporatised model for the delivery of public housing. In Tasmania, the two corporate models that exist are government business enterprises and state-owned companies. Both models require the...

Commentary

Article

16 May 2008

Prevention and primary care measures needed more support in Labor's first budget, writes LESLEY RUSSELL.

THE Rudd government’s first budget indicates its commitment to a leadership role in the partnership with the states and territories to address the needed reforms in the provision...

Transcript

15 May 2008

Palestinian-American journalist Ali Abunimah discusses visibility in the media and the preconceptions and stereotyping that tag some people as less than desirable and see others ignored altogether.

Essay

15 May 2008

These are exciting and challenging times for culture in Scotland. Transition, transformation and renewal abound in our creative life. Evidence of the fecundity of that life remains as super-abundant as ever, in every sphere of creative activity.

In the context of the possible creative...

Report

30 Jul 2007

This report provides a historical overview of the academic literature surrounding media literacy in both traditional broadcast and digital media environments, and identifies educational and other organisations involved in promoting media literacy in Australia and overseas.

Report

15 May 2008

The current economic expansion has been broadly-based across the states, with unemployment around multi-decade lows in all states and territories. While growth rates in Western Australia and Queensland have been the highest in the country in recent years, the divergences between the states narrowed somewhat...

Report

15 May 2008

This paper provides information on Australia’s overseas trade and foreign investment performance in recent years and to highlight issues relevant to Australia’s export capacity, international competitiveness, trade policy and trade development programs and services which may be addressed in submissions to the Review.

Report

15 May 2008

This report outlines the major influences on development of the forestry and forest products industry in Australia from 1990 through to 2020.

Report

8 Aug 2007

This roundtable examined the policy implications of behavioural economics – a relatively new field that applies insights from psychology to economic issues and analysis. Participants discussed the contribution that behavioural economics can make to a broader understanding of people’s motivation and behaviour in markets and...

Report

14 May 2008

Portfolio budget statements for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Special Broadcasting Service and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Policy

14 May 2008

Portfolio budget statements for the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and organisations including the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of...

Commentary

Article

14 May 2008

MARGARET SIMONS detects some good news for community radio, but not a great deal else.

REGIONAL radio audiences watch out! Measures in the fine print of the budget papers will allow commercial radio stations to have another go at being allowed to reduce...

Report

14 May 2008

The budget papers, including portfolio statements and economic outlook reports, are available at the budget website.

Report

14 May 2008

Amongst the routine of a suburb, sometimes things occur that make one take a backward step, and see things differently. Sometimes it seems that the problems of the nation – even the world – are rooted at one's own back door. Margaret Simons reflects on...

Commentary

Article

14 May 2008

The Australian media largely ignored a major conference looking at its own future, writes MARGARET SIMONS.

YOU could be forgiven for not noticing, but at the beginning of this month Sydney hosted one of the most significant conferences on the impact of new...

Commentary

Article

14 May 2008

The window of opportunity is getting smaller, argues PETER NEWTON

MELBOURNE’s transition to an eco-city needs to occur within two generations - by around 2050. The reasons for this are pressing. The need for a secure water supply that is eco-efficient. The need...

Commentary

Article

14 May 2008

A map can be worth a thousand words. If you're looking for ways to create maps or to display geographic data, there are a number of software package that can help, from free ones to complex and powerful ones. This article, part of Idealware's "A...

Article

14 May 2008

Managing all the dates, documents, tasks and people associated with a project can be daunting, but online project management software can help. Idealware presents three case studies of nonprofits who have used packages like Basecamp, Central Desktop and Trac to help manage real projects.

Report

13 May 2008

Following on from its election commitment to ensure preschool access for four-year-old children, the Australian Government is proceeding with its plans to provide access to ‘universal’ preschool education. This commitment is supported by an overwhelming body of evidence attesting to the efficacy of early childhood...

Report

13 May 2008

Introduction

ACMA’s research highlights the changing trends in fixed-line, mobile and internet service take-up and use. To provide a deeper analysis of the reasons for these changing trends, ACMA has undertaken research that considers residential and business consumer attitudes to choice, preference and use...

Report

31 Mar 2008

The announcement of the Review of the Australian Innovation System in February 2008 presents those working in the Arts with a timely opportunity to seek an alignment between our Arts and Cultural policies and our Research and Innovation policies. But what might this involve and...

Report

8 May 2008

This research paper is in two parts. Part one is a narrative discussion of the election campaign and the election outcome. Part two comprises a comprehensive set of statistics, including vote summaries, electoral division details, two-party preferred figures and the party strengths in the new...

Report

12 May 2008

Australia needs highly skilled workers to sustain a healthy economy. Current employment-based training models have limitations in meeting the demands for highly skilled labour supply. The research explored current and emerging models of employment-based training to propose more effective models at higher VET qualifications that...

Report

12 May 2008

This report investigates the role that vocational education and training (VET) can play in the transition from welfare to work. Case studies showed that VET can, and often does, help people move into paid work. However, target groups have varied needs and the study concludes...

Report

12 May 2008

This report highlights key federal taxation areas requiring reform, with brief case studies illustrating the inequities, and presents a number of recommendations for a fairer system. The Brotherhood is urging the new federal government to examine options to create a fairer, simpler and a more...

Report

12 May 2008

What implications does the new Government's innovation agenda have for people working in practice, in research and education, or in the cultural institutions? On March 31 CHASS ran a one-day workshop in Sydney to discuss how the Arts sector can respond to the new Government's...

Journal article

12 May 2008

If the outcomes of the recent COAG meeting are implemented, Australia will have a new set of benchmarks for its health system within a few months. This is a non-trivial task. Choice of benchmarks will, explicitly or implicitly, reflect a framework about how the health...

Report

12 May 2008

Rapid global economic growth, centred in Asia but now spread across the world, is driving rapid greenhouse gas emissions growth, making earlier projections unrealistic. This paper develops new, illustrative projections for carbon dioxide (from fossil fuels and other sources) and for non-CO2 greenhouse gases....

Report

12 May 2008

The Australian aquaculture and fisheries industry is worth over $2 billion annually, and supports numerous communities across the country. This report presents the results of research, funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, that sought to investigate the extent of illegal...

Report

12 May 2008

This document presents some recent research related to health inequalities with a focus on the key influences on health, including access to work, education, housing and community infrastructure, how these influences impact on health and how access to these influences is inequitable. VicHealth has identified...

Report

12 May 2008

This document provides an overview of current evidence from health promotion approaches, with the specific aim of analysing their potential to reduce health inequalities.

Efforts to reduce health inequalities are most likely to be effective when a coordinated range of mutually reinforcing strategies are...

Report

12 May 2008

In 2005, the Criminology Research Council commissioned a study of practices, policies and procedures affecting juror satisfaction in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The study sought the views of the community, relevant stakeholders and jurors themselves on a variety of factors they may...

Report

12 May 2008

AIC research in 2003 examined the costs of crime to the Australian community. This current report provides an update to the previous work by estimating the costs of crime for 2005. While relying primarily on data from the United Kingdom and United States, some Australian...

Report

12 May 2008

Australia has relatively high levels of education, and our students perform well in international achievement tests, but there is an unacceptable gap between the performance of our best students and our weakest, many of whom are pooled in schools that are hard to staff. While...

Report

12 Apr 2008

Improving cognitive skills of young children has been suggested as a possible strategy for equalising opportunities across racial groups. Using data on 4-5 year olds in the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children, the authors focus on two cognitive tests: the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT)...

Report

12 May 2008

This report provides the key findings from seven years of research into the lives and happiness of the Australian population.

A partnership between Australian Unity and Deakin University has created the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index. This is the nation's most regular and comprehensive...

Report

12 May 2008

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index monitors the subjective wellbeing of the Australian population. The first survey was conducted in April 2001 and this report concerns a special Survey 18.1, undertaken in February 2008. The survey was commissioned to detect whether a series of interest rate...

Report

12 May 2008

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program aims to achieve a strategic and collaborative approach to investment in world-class research facilities, networks and infrastructure that are accessible to researchers and meet their long-term needs. The program is well on its way to meeting these...

Article

12 May 2008

Libraries - as institutions founded on meeting people's information needs - need to take the lead in the parallel information universe of Web 2.0 technologies. Some libraries are diving in already, but the library world as a whole must engage with these developments and determine...

Report

9 May 2008

In the 20-year period from 1979-80, commercial television revenues outpaced the general Australian economy. However, since 2000 television revenue growth has slowed.In the 20-year period from 1979-80, commercial television revenues outpaced the general Australian economy. However, since 2000 television revenue growth has slowed, according to...

Report

9 May 2008

The main conclusion to be drawn from this study is that the social benefits of migration far outweigh the costs, especially in the longer term. The evidence that is available overwhelmingly supports the view that migrants to Australia have made and continue to make substantial...

Report

9 May 2008

The Report of the Commonwealth / NSW Working Party on Migration to Sydney and Regional NSW was jointly endorsed by the NSW Premier and the Commonwealth Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in 2004. The report identified a number of strategies for a...

Report

9 May 2008

In the 20-year period from 1979-80, commercial television revenues outpaced the general Australian economy. However, since 2000 television revenue growth has slowed.In the 20-year period from 1979-80, commercial television revenues outpaced the general Australian economy. However, since 2000 television revenue growth has slowed, according to...

Report

9 May 2008

School-based bullying and harassment continue to concern parents, teachers and those working with children and young people. This paper discusses the research literature on the effects of bullying on the health and wellbeing of young people, effective prevention and intervention strategies, and offers suggestions for...

Report

9 May 2008

The Australia Council has developed the arts and disability action plan 2008-2010 to guide the organisation in its operations, programs and strategies in relation to access and equity for people with disabilities.As an Australian Government agency, the Australia Council has developed the arts and disability...

Article

9 May 2008

In a speech to the Radcomms '08 Conference, the ACMA Chairman looks at the seemingly 'small' things spectrum planners do and how these 'small' things may make a material contribution to enabling momentous change 10 or 20 years hence.

Report

9 May 2008

The telecommunications industry's performance in meeting a number of key consumer protection obligations for fixed-line services has been generally satisfactory over the past two years according to ACMA.The telecommunications industry's performance in meeting a number of key consumer protection obligations for fixed-line services has been...

Article

8 May 2008

What began in 1998 as the Colorado Digitization Project is now known as the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP). The CDP's Heritage West database represents not only the primary product of the organization, but also one of the oldest continuously operating collaborative repositories of cultural heritage...

Report

8 May 2008

The productivity of information workers is jeopardised by too much e?mail. This paper proposes the use of a scarce synthetic currency that senders can use to signal the importance of information and receivers can use to prioritize messages.

Report

8 May 2008

This is the 2008 edition of the Alliance's annual report into the state of press freedom in Australia, and reports some promising developments over the past twelve months.

Transcript

9 May 2008

Dana Gioia, Chairman of the US National Endowment for the Arts, in an interview with Jonathan Katz, CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, discusses the major challenges facing public funding for the arts at the beginning of the 21st century. He explains...

Journal article

8 May 2008

This article reports on a survey of P2P (peer-to-peer) users' attitudes toward copyright and P2P services. The survey results suggest that P2P users are aware that they are breaking the law and about half of the users even consider the use of illegal file sharing...

Article

9 May 2008

Information specialists call it the death of information literacy. Others distinguish between information and knowledge. This article discusses perceptions of truth and the 'wisdom of the crowds'.

Report

8 May 2008

KiwiSaver represents a fundamental change to New Zealand’s retirement system, which now combines one of the most generous pensions in the world with a heavily subsidised saving scheme. It represents a major shift in how people allocate money over their lives.

It is...

Report

8 May 2008

This is the first of a pair of policy monographs entitled The False Promise of GP Super Clinics, Part 1: Preventive Care, and Part 2: Coordinated Care. These monographs examine the evidence base and assumptions of four key health policy areas. Each of these areas...

Report

8 May 2008

This report represents the commission’s views on key issues to be addressed in the Australian Health Care Agreements and proposes robust and relevant performance indicators and benchmarks. The report highlights twelve health and health care challenges that must be addressed in the Agreements to enhance...

Report

8 May 2008

While Australia's consumer policy framework has considerable strengths, parts of it require an overhaul. The first step in this process should be the introduction of a single generic consumer law applying across Australia, based on the consumer provisions in the Trade Practices Act, modified to...

Report

7 May 2008

This is the report of an inquiry to examine the incidence of sexual abuse of children on the Lands, the nature and extent of that abuse, and to report as to measures which should be implemented to prevent sexual abuse of the children and to...

Report

7 May 2008

This report looks at the experiences of Tasmanian Centrelink customers who are in debt to Centrelink. It provides an overview of one state’s experience of a decade of changes in social security law, declining legal aid funding and mounting social and economic pressures – such...

Report

7 Mar 2008

This report presents the results of a study of options for the safest and most sustainable model of critical care services at the Mersey Community Hospital.

The report recommends:

• Development of a formal regional critical care network.

• That a high...

Report

7 May 2008

This outlines two key areas where the government plans to introduce new measures: the way it supports elite sport; and the way sport is used to boost participation and physical activity to help build a healthier nation. The report alos outlines projects the government will...

Report

7 May 2008

This policy commentary reprints the official output of the conference, the Bali Action Plan, together with two contrasting commentaries by Robyn Eckersley and Michael Heazle.

Report

7 May 2008

This technical discussion paper seeks comments on the final administrative and legislative design features of the federal government's National Rental Affordability Scheme. The questions posed in the discussion paper are:

• The aim of this Scheme is to stimulate institutional investment in affordable rental...

Report

7 May 2008

The Australian Government is undertaking a comprehensive review of homeland and border security arrangements in Australia. The review, being undertaken by the former Secretary of the Department of Defence, Ric Smith, will report midyear.

In response to 9/11, there’s been considerable planning and investment...

Report

7 Apr 2008

This report provides information gathered in the audit of the health workforce in rural and remote Australia. It investigates the number and distribution of the health workforce, specifically doctors, nurses and other health professionals, currently working in rural and regional Australia, describes the current workforce...

Report

7 May 2008

As the imposition of a carbon price is planned to encourage movement away from carbon-based energy, this mapping exercise illustrates the uneven pattern of carbon use by poor households across Melbourne and across Victoria. The pattern is largely related to transport and urban planning issues....

Report

7 May 2008

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) operates a fl eet comprised of surface combatants, submarines, amphibious assault vessels, patrol boats and support vessels as well as a range of helicopters. In size it is a little larger than the navies of countries like Singapore and Thailand,...

Report

2 May 2008

The Australian Army is small by regional standards and tiny given the size of our continent. This paper is the second in the series of capability snapshots produced by ASPI towards the Rudd Government's new Defence White Paper. With over 27,000 permanent and almost 16,000...

Report

6 May 2008

Clinton Fernandes of the Australian Defence Force Academy outlines the history of successive forums for investigation of crimes committed in East Timor by Indonesian military forces and militia forces under Indonesian control between 1975 and 1999 and reviews the work of courts and inquiries under...

Report

6 May 2008

The purpose of this Briefing Paper is to review international legal and administrative developments relating to older people, specifically the establishment of the first Commissioner for Older People in Wales.

The Welsh model: The question of establishing a statutory, independent Commissioner for Older...

Report

6 May 2008

Australia is rapidly entering a new phase in its response to climate change with the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and the introduction of an emissions trading scheme by 2010.

The Victorian Government is taking this opportunity to be part of the more proactive...

Report

6 May 2008

Carbon (dioxide) capture and storage (CCS) has been proposed as a potential solution to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases cause a warming of the Earth's atmosphere. The most abundant greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2). The current concentration of CO2 in the atmospheric...

Submission

6 May 2008

The New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties (CCL) is of the view that adults should be free to decide what they will or will not watch on free-to-air commercial television in evening time slots. CCL notes that 90% of Australians surveyed by the Australian...

Report

6 May 2008

After five years, much uncertainty remains in the Solomon Islands over the future of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands - RAMSI. As a security force it still enjoys broad support, but there are serious local objections to its role and its semi-permanent nature...

Report

6 May 2008

This study examines the role of tenancy support programs in assisting Indigenous households maintain their tenancies. It aims to improve our understanding of their operation and effectiveness in sustaining at-risk Indigenous tenancies. Knowledge of tenancy support programs, particularly those operating outside the public housing sector,...

Report

5 May 2008

The Communities for Children initiative sets out to “provide communities with the opportunity to identify and resolve their own issues”. As a result, many Communities for Children programs focus on engaging families in community activities. This paper examines the benefits of community participation for children,...

Report

5 May 2008

The shared physical care of children following separation has long been a complex issue, and is again in the spotlight following the passing of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006. Of course, in general, children benefit from having both parents involved in...

Report

5 May 2008

Of all the milestones in life, couple formation is among the most momentous. Its repercussions, whether positive or negative, can be enormous. It is typically the key pre-requisite for parenthood, and can also result in step-parenthood. The relationship may also break down - a situation...

Report

5 May 2008

In 2006, the State Services Authority released a report on 'The Future of the Public Sector' in 2025. The report identified seven future issues and challenges for the public sector. One of these was fostering agility to support a high performing public sector. The uncertainty...

Policy

5 May 2008

This Statement of Principles sets out the guiding principles that SNAICC expects all state, territory and federal governments to uphold in developing and implementing an effective and integrated child welfare and protection system in Australia. Like the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle, these principles would underpin...

Report

5 May 2008

Increasing obesity rates are a major public health concern in many countries, as the obese have significantly higher risks of developing serious illnesses such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, and various cancers. While it might be assumed that higher levels of obesity in...

Report

5 May 2008

Aboriginal People in the tropical savannah of the Northern Territory (NT) own 170,000 square kilometers of land including 85% of the coastline. Land and sea country have great cultural, economic and social significance to Aboriginal people, underpinning their culture and society. Aboriginal landowners continue to...

Report

5 May 2008

Australian journalist and researcher Nic Maclellan writes that following public protests in the Kingdom of Tonga in recent years, the re-election of key pro-democracy figures in elections last month ensures that “reform of existing political structures will remain high on the agenda”. Tonga, notes Maclellan,...

Report

5 May 2008

The Australian community expects high quality clinical care during pregnancy and childbirth leading to a safe birth for the mother and her baby. Maternal mortality is one important measure of this care. Using this measure, Australia continues to be one of the safest...

Policy report

15 Nov 2009

This paper outlines a comprehensive set of proposals to advance the climate change debate on the road to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 15th Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen in December 2009. It analyses the implications of the commitment to cut...

Report

2 May 2008

A report on latest analysis of Taking Part survey data on arts attendance in England, produced in partnership with the University of Oxford. The report analyses the levels of arts attendance among English adults and the socio-demographic inequalities in the take-up of attendance opportunities.

Discussion paper

2 May 2008

The Department is undertaking an investigation into access to electronic media for the hearing and vision impaired that was begun by the former Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts in late 2007.

The Access to Electronic Media for the Hearing and Vision...

Article

2 May 2008

A small but growing number of researchers (and not just the younger ones) have begun to carry out their work via the wide-open tools of Web 2.0. And although their efforts are still too scattered to be called a movement yet their experiences to date...

Report

1 May 2008

Control orders have been part of Australian anti-terrorism legislation since December 2005. A control order is issued by a court (at the request of the Australian Federal Police) to allow obligations, prohibitions and restrictions to be imposed on a person, for the purpose of protecting...

Article

1 May 2008

Time is running out for the government to reverse the profligacy of the last four budgets, argues Stephen Anthony.

Video

30 Apr 2008

Global Voices co-founder and Berkman Fellow Ethan Zuckerman delivers a magnificent, breathless history of digital community. Reaching back to the mid-60s and ARPANET, Ethan makes a propulsive case for the foundational role of communications between people -- email, chat, MUDs, MySpace, more -- in the...