October 2014

Report

30 Oct 2014

This paper argues that extending formal police cautioning to include first-time, less serious adult-onset offenders is a cost-effective strategy that would enable scarce criminal justice resources to be redirected to provide evidence-based interventions for more serious and prolific offenders who present an ongoing risk of...

Report

29 Oct 2014

This report offers a roadmap for enhancing Australia’s disaster resilience, building on the 2011 National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. It includes a snapshot of relevant issues and current resilience efforts in Australia, outlining key challenges and opportunities.

Overview

Natural disasters cause widespread...

Report

20 Oct 2014

The New South Wales economy has overtaken Western Australia where the fading mining boom has seen it lose ground in terms of population growth, retail trade and investment.

Summary

The New South Wales economy has been in the headlines this quarter following...

Report

31 Oct 2014

This report examines the benefits and challenges of measuring audiences for news media and media developers.

Overview

Audience measurements, with their resulting influence on content and commercialization, are essential components of financially viable media and media markets. They help create marketplaces where...

Discussion paper

29 Oct 2014

Foreword: In July 2014 I announced that I was investigating rehabilitation and transitional services for prisoners in Victoria. I said at the time that this was prompted by the growth in prisoner numbers and concerns with rates of re-offending and the cost to the...

Report

31 Oct 2014

This paper explores how the concept of ‘political settlement’ in statebuilding arose, identifies its essential elements, the level of consensus around them, and tests out some of its normative content.

Abstract

Over the past five years, several major international development policy statements...

Book

31 Oct 2014

If the National Disability Insurance Scheme is to be an effective policy for Indigenous Australians, it needs to take into account their particular needs and aspirations.

Overview

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the major policy innovations of the...

Interview

30 Oct 2014

Wayne Swan was treasurer of Australia during an extraordinary period of our politics.

He was at the financial helm when the world recession hit, and steered our economy through a time of unprecedented international economic challenges. Meanwhile, on the home front, the ALP was...

Report

28 Oct 2014

The Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia report charts Australia’s current capabilities in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) and identifies gaps and opportunities for the future by developing a comprehensive understanding of student enrolment trends, and teaching and research activity...

Video

30 Oct 2014

“Group homes are great for parents but they don’t have to live in one" – one of the insights shared by Dr George Taleporus (YDAS) at the Summer Foundation forum moderated by Stella Young. Other panel members included Glenn Keys (NDIA Board), Astrid Reynolds (Summer...

Report

1 Sep 2014

Young Australians are more likely to be underemployed - to have some work but want more hours - than at any time in the last 36 years. Analysis of ABS data indicates that more than 580,000 young people are either underemployed or unemployed. Young people...

Report

30 Oct 2014

This report documents the university's environmental and sustainability outcomes against the Global Reporting Initiative – the world benchmark for sustainability reporting. The report aims to:

identify sustainability issues impacting the environment and society as a result of Swinburne’s activities describe our sustainability journey –...

Report

23 Oct 2014

This compilation provides an overview of the issues and challenges identified by academics as needing to be addressed when thinking about the recommendations of the Forrest Review and the impact they could have on people's lives if implemented.​

Abstract

This CAEPR Topical Issue...

Report

27 Oct 2014

Imposing the GST on different types of imports has been a contentious topic for some time. Different parts of Australian society stand to benefit or lose significantly depending on how, or whether, the system is changed. This paper outlines the regulatory framework, including the relationship...

Guide

28 Oct 2014

This quick guide looks at the level of Australia’s foreign debt, the interest liability on foreign debt and how these have changed over time. It also looks at foreign debt as a component of net foreign investment, the other component being equity investment. Finally, given...

Report

8 Oct 2014

This paper summarises the contentious issue of anti-gang legislation and whether it contravenes the implied freedom of political communication under the Commonwealth Constitution.

Introduction

On 8 October 2014 the High Court handed down its decision in Tajjour v NSW [2014] HCA 35...

Journal article

14 Oct 2014

This article shows that the Bougainville conflict's origins involved far more complexity than natural resource revenue distribution grievances, and that the conflict itself then generated new sources of division and conflict, the same being true of both the peace process and the process to implement...

Discussion paper

23 Oct 2014

This Discussion Paper is the second consultation document in the ALRC's review of the Native Title Act .

This Inquiry into the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) focuses on the legal requirements for recognising native title rights and interests and proving connection; the nature...

Report

29 Oct 2014

This UNICEF report shows that 2.6 million children have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008, bringing the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty to an estimated 76.5 million.

Of the 41 countries...

Dataset

28 Oct 2014

Provides an overview of selected social and economic characteristics of people using subsidised mental health-related services and subsidised prescription medication including the type of services or medication these people are accessing.

Report

29 Oct 2014

Provides a series of detailed surveys on social cohesion, immigration and population issues.

Executive summary

Key findings

Australia remains a highly cohesive society. The seven Scanlon Foundation surveys conducted since 2007 have found a consistent pattern of:

Positive identification with...

Report

28 Oct 2014

This research paper compares the quality of linking two Vocational Education and Training in Schools datasets containing different levels of geography with 2011 Census of Population and Housing data.

Executive summary

As more governments and research sectors look towards using data integration...

Transcript

22 Oct 2014

Australia does need new anti-terror laws, but many of the measures being proposed by the Abbott government go far beyond what is required, according to this speech presented at the Lionel Murphy Memorial Lecture 2014.

Introduction

My topic today is one of...

Discussion paper

27 Oct 2014

This paper recommends incorporating a focus on resilience in anti-racism strategies and suggest a framework for doing so which builds on the factors understood to promote resilience in those vulnerable to racism.

Executive summary

A significant number of Australians experience racism and...

Video

28 Oct 2014

Rare earths are a group of 17 elements with unique chemical, magnetic and luminescent properties crucial for the functioning of much of today’s high technology equipment, including MRIs, lap-top computers, hybrid vehicles and LEDs. They also have important applications in the defence industry. China is...

Audio

26 Oct 2014

With HIV infections in Australia at a 20-year high, there’s a push to subsidise a daily pill that can stop transmission, but health professionals and the gay community are split over the drug, which some say will encourage risky sexual behaviour and could place a...

Briefing paper

29 Oct 2014

Media release:

First steps taken towards flag referendum

Cabinet has agreed on the details of the flag referendum process and every political party represented in Parliament has been invited to take part, say Prime Minister John Key and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English....

Report

23 Oct 2014

Adolescence and early adulthood is the peak age of onset for many mental disorders, yet this age group is less likely than others to seek professional help. Young people instead prefer to turn to informal sources of support such as family and friends.

As...

Discussion paper

29 Oct 2014

This discussion paper has been released to seek consultation on options to support the translation of research into commercial outcomes.

As part of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, the Australian Government will develop and implement a strategy to improve Australia’s economic performance through...

Report

11 Oct 2014

This report aims to provide a summary of the current environment in which alcohol is made available and sold in Victoria and to quantify the extent of alcohol harms and trends in harms over time.

Report

24 Oct 2014

The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators are the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Health and maternity stakeholders representing consumer, midwifery, obstetric, general practice, paediatric, and anaesthetic perspectives. In 2011 an expert working group established a set of 12 maternity clinical indicators that could...

Report

12 Oct 2014

Overview The Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit 2014 (ITES 2014) was held on 5 and 6 June 2014 at the Auckland Museum and was hosted by Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. There were around 220 attendees and the...

Journal article

14 Oct 2014

Papua New Guinea no longer necessarily needs to identify itself as falling within an uncontested Australian and New Zealand sphere of influence.

Abstract

Although Papua New Guinea is a ‘small state’ it increasingly defies traditional predictions about its international relations and attempts...

Journal article

14 Oct 2014

The military mood is buoyant in Papua New Guinea, but its security problems are fundamentally developmental and political and will not be solved quickly.

Commentary

Article

27 Oct 2014

Can the G20 hope to make measurable progress in the fight against corruption?

With the heads of government and the central bankers from the world’s twenty biggest economies about to gather in Brisbane for the G20, the emerging signs of a faltering global...

Report

23 Oct 2014

Contains statistics on live births and fertility for Australia, states and territories, and sub-state regions, based on calendar year of registration data.

About this issue

This publication brings together statistics for live births and fertility in Australia. Data refer to births registered...

Commentary

Article

20 Oct 2014

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he wants to develop “integrated care organisations” in the English NHS, with NHS hospital trusts taking a lead role in forming them. This has been challenged, quite naturally, because trusts are focused on hospitals, whereas integrated care demands a...

Report

26 Oct 2014

This report is a compilation of the latest available Victorian cancer statistics.

Key messages

Incidence Cancer is a leading cause of disease burden in Victoria with an average of 81 new diagnoses every day. In 2013, 29,738 Victorians were diagnosed with...

Report

27 Oct 2014

Provides information on antenatal care, live births, low birthweight babies, hospitalisations (all and selected causes), disability, mortality, child protection, juvenile justice, alcohol and other drug use and aged care for 29 remote Indigenous communities.

Summary The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery...

Commentary

Article

22 Oct 2014

Three controversial judgements have highlighted the challenges facing the International Criminal Court as it prepares to move to its permanent home

EACH YEAR in springtime, crocuses, daffodils and quintessentially Dutch tulips light up the parks that dot The Hague. For a few weeks,...

Report

24 Oct 2014

Introduction

Of all the responsibilities of the Australian Parliament, none is more important than ensuring the security of our nation and its people.

Today we confront emerging and serious threats to our national security.

The Australian Parliament’s responsibility is clear....

Interview

20 Oct 2014

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Research Fellow Nicholas Farrelly discusses the state of democracy and politics in Malaysia with People's Justice Party Vice-President and Secretary General Mr Rafizi Ramli.

Report

14 Oct 2014

Being a/part is a national research collaboration that looks at the contribution a sense of belonging might make to the outcomes for young people using Anglicare services.

Being a/part surveyed young people aged between 17 and 21 accessing Anglicare services, many of...

Guide

1 Nov 2013

Australian governments through the Standing Committee on Chemicals have developed an industry tool that will provide guidance to small and large enterprises in Australia to start and grow chemicals and plastics businesses.

The Chemicals Business Checklist is the result of collaboration between industry and...

Report

13 Oct 2014

Executive summary: Arthritis Australia commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW Australia to carry out research on the lived experience of people with arthritis related conditions. This report outlines the methods, findings and implications of the research.

Arthritis is the second...

Report

23 Oct 2014

This guide provides a an overview of newly introduced offences for unauthorised disclosure of information about ‘special intelligence operations’, how they operate and the extent to which they apply to public interest disclosures.

Introduction

The offences for unauthorised disclosure of information about...

Report

14 Oct 2014

Foreword

This report raises matters of significant public interest in relation to how some of the most vulnerable people in our society are treated. The issues in this report came to light as a result of the work of Community Visitors – a...

Report

24 Oct 2014

Outlines the current policy framework in New South Wales influencing investment and the uptake of renewable energy.

Summary

This briefing paper assesses the current state of renewable energy in New South Wales, with a particular focus on electricity generation capacity. Where possible,...

Report

24 Oct 2014

This report characterizes the size and scope of the New Zealand presence in the published record, highlights some of its salient characteristics, and describes its diffusion around the world.

Introduction

Despite its small size and relatively brief national history, New Zealand boasts...

Fact sheet

22 Oct 2014

Of New Zealand's 16 regions, only Auckland and Canterbury's population growth rate was above the national average, according to this report.

Key facts

In the June 2014 year the estimates indicate:

15 of New Zealand's 16 regions experienced population growth. Auckland...

Report

24 Oct 2014

Summary: This report is the first in a series by the National Centre for Monitoring Vascular Diseases at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It describes deaths in the Australian population that result from 3 chronic diseases, acting alone or together: cardiovascular disease...

Report

23 Oct 2014

An overview of the public health system performance and the current state of health in New Zealand.

Purpose of this report

The Health and Independence Report gives an overview of the public health system performance and the current state of health in...

Report

23 Oct 2014

This report presents the current state of the Australian Cancer Database (ACD) and identifies and presents approaches for the continued development and enhancement of the database.

Summary

High quality data are essential national assets for the effective monitoring of cancer incidence, prevalence,...

Report

23 Oct 2014

Provides a guide to the policies that G20 members will have to tackle to achieve the G20’s 2 per cent growth target, drawing on the recommendations of the IMF, OECD and a number of international think tanks.

Key findings

A key initiative...

Report

19 Aug 2014

This paper examines the role, effectiveness and processes associated with the G20, specifically looking at the issues of international governance, financial regulation and taxation regulation.

Executive summary

With the GFC behind us and the G20’s financial system reform agenda ending soon, the...

Report

18 Jun 2014

This report examines the economic impact of climate change for Australia, explores the responses of other nations and considers what policies will be most effective for Australia to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

Executive summary

The politics of...

Report

24 Oct 2014

Examines China's policy options in Afghanistan once the NATO-led mission there comes to an end in December 2014.

Key findings

Beijing is unlikely to make any meaningful security commitment to Afghanistan. Instead China will continue to enhance its diplomatic and economic engagement...

Report

1 Oct 2014

Identifying a range of socio-economic impacts at the state, institutional, household and individual level, this publication presents an overview of the South Australian Government's response to the Federal Government's budget cuts. It describes the State Government's budget within the context of the Commonwealth's cuts by...

Report

12 Oct 2009

Released under the Official Information Act in October 2014, this once secret 2009 report provides information about the culture and historical legacy of the New Zealand Intelligence Community, and makes recommendations for its future.

Discussion paper

14 Oct 2014

Under the current NSW Child Protection legislative reforms, there is increased emphasis on permanency arrangements including adoption and long-term guardianship orders.

This paper provides an overview of the development of post-adoption support services in the US and UK; outlines research on the benefits of...

Report

21 Oct 2014

This report argues that Australia is involved in the early stages of a conflict that may last for the rest of the century. It considers possible solutions, approaches that could be used, and what Australia should do.

Overview

Australia is involved in...

Report

20 Oct 2014

This is the publicly available version of the classified Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Annual Report, which provides insight into ASIO’s outcomes and activities.

Overview

The ASIO Report to Parliament 2013-2014 is a publicly available version of the classified ASIO Annual Report, and...

Report

22 Oct 2014

Almost 7.2 million emergency department presentations were reported by public hospital emergency departments in Australia during 2013-14.

Summary

How many emergency department presentations were there?

Almost 7.2 million emergency department presentations were reported by public hospital emergency departments in 2013-14,...

Report

21 Oct 2014

Using the latest available data and research, this paper provides estimates of the likely economic and social benefits of increasing Indigenous employment to the same level as in the non-Indigenous population.

Introduction

Relatively low rates of employment are one of the reasons...

Report

5 Oct 2014

Outlines the ways in which the clearing of native vegetation has been regulated in NSW from 1788 to the present.

Summary

This paper outlines the ways in which the clearing of native vegetation has been regulated in NSW, from 1788 to the...

Report

13 Oct 2014

Provides a summary of the High Court decision on builders' liability and the stakeholder reaction to it. It also explores the possible relationship between the decision and the amendments to the Home Building Act 1989 which are about to come into force.

Introduction...

Report

13 Oct 2014

These three reports provide the background to the creation of the National Teaching Workforce Dataset, and provide insights and analysis from the data collected.

Overview

The inaugural National Teacher Workforce Dataset (NTWD) was compiled by Ernst & Young using data supplied by...

Report

16 Oct 2014

Using both quantitative and qualitative analyses of judges’ sentencing remarks, this paper examines community correction orders imposed by Victorian higher courts in the 18 months to June 2013.

Report

14 Oct 2014

One of the untold stories in the proliferation of independent media across Africa is the role of donor aid in this process.

Overview

This year, 2014, marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the symbolic end of the...

Report

20 Oct 2014

Introduction: Native vegetation and regulations relating to its management have a minimal economic effect on agriculture in New South Wales (NSW). The state produces between $10 and $16 billion in agricultural output per year, dependent largely on rainfall and commodity prices. When rainfall is...

Working paper

15 Sep 2014

This report focusses on the effects on migrant labour market outcomes of Australia’s recent shift from a points-based “supply driven” model that favoured independent General Skilled Migrants, to a “hybrid model” that balances supply driven migration against Employer Sponsored “demand driven” migration.

Abstract...

Report

15 Aug 2014

This study of almost nine thousand recent migrants examines their labour market integration.

Executive summary

Between October and December 2013, almost nine thousand recent migrants participated in the first Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants (CSAM) since 2011. This cohort – known as...

Report

17 Sep 2014

About the report: This report brings together the high level learning from the Consumer Engagement in Energy Networks: Innovations & Challenges forum on 3 June 2014. The forum aimed to assist energy network businesses in Australia, to develop their consumer engagement strategies as part...

Report

18 Aug 2014

Executive summary

The Creative Ministries Network (CMN) provides support to people affected by workplace injury and work-related death. Over the last fifteen years CMN has undertaken a number of projects examining the relationship between work and suicide. These earlier studies highlighted...

Transcript

22 Oct 2014

This paper uses data from the My School website to explore some indicators of change in the equity of schools since the evidence on which the Gonski panel based its findings about school funding and inequality was obtained. At the time of writing there is...

Report

20 Oct 2014

Obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and some cancers.

Introduction

It is estimated that 1.1 million adults are obese in New Zealand (that is, they have a BMI or Body Mass Index of 30 or more). Obesity...

Audio

20 Oct 2014

Australian popular music is taking the world by storm. At the recent BIGSOUND music conference, some in the industry suggested local music is in a new golden era. Paul Barclay discusses the state of the billion dollar Australian music industry with a panel of industry...

Commentary

Article

22 Oct 2014

Brazilians will return to the polls on the 26 October to elect their new president. The runoff election pitches the current incumbent, Ms Dilma Rousseff from the center‐left Workers’ Party (PT), against the two‐time governor of the State of Minas Gerais and Senator, Mr. Aecio...

Commentary

Article

22 Oct 2014

Gough Whitlam’s visit to China in 1971 was a turning point in relations between the two countries. But luck played a part in this audacious mission

The 1971 visit to China was not an exercise in political opportunism; it was a bold expression...

Report

15 Oct 2014

Over 1000 water industry professionals have identified improving operational efficiency as the top issue for the sector, reflecting growing concern about the need to control costs for the benefit of consumers and demonstrate value for money within the sector. The Australian Water Association and Deloitte...

Report

19 Oct 2014

This report argues that huge changes in Australia’s gas market will push up the average household bill in Melbourne by more than $300 a year, and in Sydney and Adelaide by more than $100 a year.

Overview

For some time the price...

Report

17 Oct 2014

This report is intended to provide the Queensland public with a view of the coal industry in its wider economic context.

Summary

Queensland’s economy is based on service industries. Service industries employ nearly three quarters of the Queensland workforce and make up...

Report

17 Oct 2014

It is imperative that Australia remains at the cutting edge of agricultural research, this report argues, so as to maintain regional leverage and to safeguard domestic food security.

Summary

The global agricultural research and development market provides opportunities for Australia to assist...

Report

10 Oct 2014

This paper seeks to identify the nature of the stigma attached to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions in the Australian Army, and the negative implications of such a stigma on the individual, the workplace and the Army as a whole....

Report

10 Oct 2014

INTRODUCTION

Australia’s public collecting institutions enrich public life by displaying, interpreting, making accessible and preserving the world’s shared cultural, scientific and historic heritage.

Acquisitions to collections and loans to institutions play a vital role in increasing our society’s understanding of culture. They...

Audio presentation

15 Oct 2014

In 1998, a Maori tribe’s claim for land, resources and compensation, in New Zealand’s south island, was finally recognised. It was a dispute that began in 1849 and lasted for seven generations but now the Ngai Tahu are richer than they’ve ever been.

From...

Report

20 Oct 2014

In 2013-14, Australia's public hospitals admitted almost 700,000 patients from elective surgery waiting lists, this report finds.

Summary

How much elective surgery was there in 2013–14?

In 2013-14, Australia's public hospitals admitted almost 700,000 patients from elective surgery waiting lists...

Commentary

Article

17 Oct 2014

Democracy allows the community to choose its leaders and entrusts them with a sacred responsibility to protect our fundamental human values. Irrespective of their political orientation the community hopes and expects that its leaders will possess and demonstrate wisdom and will have a sense of...

Report

16 Oct 2014

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Aaron L. Connelly previews the likely direction of Indonesian foreign policy under President-elect Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, highlighting major issues and profiling key advisers.

Key findings:

Jokowi will leave foreign policy-making to key advisers, creating greater opportunities for...

Journal article

15 Oct 2014

The extinct 'sthenurine' family of giant Kangaroos, up to three times larger than living Kangaroos, were able to walk on two feet, according to new research.

Working paper

17 Oct 2014

This paper outlines the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's (AIHW) assessment framework for determining the suitability of specific data sources for population health monitoring.

AIHW's Assessment Framework

When identifying potential data sources for population health monitoring, it is important to ensure...

Report

16 Oct 2014

This report reviews the activities the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security undertook during the past year to monitor Australia's six intelligence agencies.

Highlights

The ongoing challenge for the office is to adapt to changes in the operations and powers of the intelligence...

Working paper

17 Oct 2014

This working paper uses the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's recently developed assessment framework to assess the suitability of the Australian Rheumatology Association Database as a potential new data source for population health monitoring of inflammatory arthritis.

Summary

A wide range...

Report

15 Oct 2014

Minister for Communications Media Release: The Government has today asked for industry and public submissions on a draft carrier licence condition for networks that supply superfast carriage services to residential customers.

Following the announcement by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on...

Report

15 Oct 2014

This audit finds that there is currently no overarching strategy or leadership in Victoria for mental health and the justice system that focuses on improving outcomes for people with a mental illness.

Report

15 Oct 2014

Overview: Since the early 2000s and the rapid rise of the Internet and broadband as platforms for the digital economy and online society, successive Australian Governments have grappled with the issue of how to achieve investment in next generation broadband networks capable of supporting...

Interview

9 Oct 2014

To mark Anti-Poverty Week 2014, the Don Dunstan Foundation spoke to three people working against poverty in the Playford area to gain a better understanding of the issues people in Adelaide's north face with regard to the Commonwealth budget and the looming closure of Holden....

Report

15 Oct 2014

This guide offers advice to public sector senior leaders on the successful implementation of policies so that unintended consequences, which deny the community the full benefits of a new policy or waste public resources, can be avoided.

Foreword

All Governments expect their...

Report

10 Oct 2014

This paper examines the productivity of firms in manufacturing and business services, particularly the contribution of entry and exit to aggregate productivity growth.

Reports

17 Oct 2014

Overview: This is a bibliographic database of research conducted and documented on animal health in Papua New Guinea. It provides a summary of the breadth of animal health research that has been conducted in Papua New Guinea and offers some insights into the distribution...

Video

15 Oct 2014

Overview: How can Australia maintain and strengthen a resilient tax system that can navigate a course through the choppy seas of politics, taxpayer acceptance and economic good sense? And what would a resilient tax system look like?

In this special lunchbox debate –...

Report

2 Oct 2014

Examines how community-based order conditions were used in the Magistrates’ Court between July 2007 and June 2009 and how offender and offence characteristics differ for offenders who did and did not receive supervision.

Executive summary

This report examines the relationship between conditions...

Report

15 Oct 2014

This audit assessed information and communications technology (ICT) Controls in the Victorian public sector.

Overview

The Auditor-General is the external auditor of Victoria's public sector entities, and has a legislated obligation to provide independent assurance to the Parliament about the financial status...

Report

17 Oct 2014

This report recommends the Federal government make substantial changes to one of its proposed sets of national security legislation, the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014.

Working paper

16 Oct 2014

This working paper uses linked data from Western Australia and New South Wales to assess the likelihood that a patient who is hospitalised with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) will have ESKD recorded on their death record, in order to establish whether mortality records in Australia...

Report

15 Oct 2014

Jobs Online measures changes in job vacancies advertised by businesses on the two main internet job boards – SEEK and Trade Me Jobs. The trend series is used as the lead indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.

Highlights

Online job...

Report

13 Oct 2014

This report provides an outline of the latest employment demand and supply information available on the Canterbury rebuild and wider recovery, in order to inform decision-making and provide an update of the progress on the rebuild.

Executive summary

This report provides an...

Report

15 Oct 2014

This report provides a detailed overview of Renewal SA’s Works Program implemented as part of Playford Alive, a large scale urban renewal project representing a partnership between Renewal SA, the City of Playford, the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI), Housing SA and the...

Report

14 Oct 2014

Provides information, opinions and recommendations relevant to assessing the potential impacts of climate change on public health in Australia, as well as guidelines for decision-making in responding to these impacts.

It aims to:

draw attention to the potential impacts of climate change on...

Commentary

2 Oct 2014

This article tries to test the assumption that asylum seeker policy is guided by public opinion. It analyses events in November and December 1977 during the final stages of the federal election campaign.

Commentary

Article

19 Sep 2014

The essay revists the 1994 eruption of the Rabaul volcano, which led to the destruction of the town of Rabaul and of numerous villages on the Gazelle Peninsula, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. The 1994 catastrophe was significant on account of its sheer size....

Commentary

7 Oct 2014

How do Australian institutions and political leaders draw on history to tell us who we are? How do they make sense of Australia’s past as a country of immigration and a nation that has accommodated hundreds of thousands of refugees?

In federal parliament, Teresa...

Report

29 Aug 2014

Natural gas in Victoria is the main source of energy for residential heating, cooking, and hot water. Our use of gas has been built on a history of plentiful supply and relatively low and stable prices. However, the construction of export facilities in Queensland will...

Report

15 Oct 2014

This report presents information on trends and issues in housing policy, housing affordability and housing assistance provided to populations with special needs.

Summary

Secure and affordable housing is fundamental to the wellbeing of Australians. It provides a platform for a range of...

Report

15 Oct 2014

Education and training is a continuum, from early childhood, through schooling, to tertiary study and training. Yet our public policy and funding settings continue to reflect a piecemeal approach. This analysis and background paper shows that Australian governments are prioritising their investment in some aspects...

Report

14 Oct 2014

Provides an overview of research on the prevalence of domestic, family and sexual violence, at risk groups and the costs of violence against women to communities and to the economy.

Introduction

In 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the first systematic...

Report

14 Oct 2014

Explores the methods and motivations of those actively involved in committing burglaries.

Foreword

Research investigating the methods and motivations of burglars has typically focused on incarcerated offenders. The Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program provided an opportunity...

Report

14 Oct 2014

This audit assessed how Information and Communications Technology systems and processes are used to deliver an emergency service response.

Overview

Victorians rely on emergency services organisations during emergencies and crisis incidents, and expect a prompt and efficient response to any emergency....

Dataset

13 Oct 2014

Contains time series data on the value of monthly commitments for secured housing finance, other personal finance, commercial and lease finance.

Report

10 Oct 2014

Natural support networks, such as through friends, family and neighbours, are an important part of treatment for mental health issues.

Overview

Building a Good Life: the role of natural supports in recovery from mental illness provides an overview of findings from...

Commentary

Article

15 Oct 2014

Is Australia enhancing its economic and geo-political interests by negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs) or is it simply mindlessly engaging in world trade policy? While many commentators believe the latter to be true, Australia’s approach is more thoughtful and calculating than it is given credit...

Report

14 Oct 2014

This audit found shortcomings in the Victorian Department of Health's heatwave framework that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency if Victoria is to be adequately prepared for a prolonged heatwave.

Report

22 Sep 2014

Overview : This assessment is an update and a further development of the assessment first published by WHO for the year 2000, now with a wider range of health impacts, and projections for future years. It takes into account a subset of the possible...

Fact sheet

January 2017 update
31 Jan 2017

On 26 September 2014, Australia and Cambodia signed an agreement providing for the relocation of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia. The agreement is set out in two instruments:

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Government of Australia...

Working paper

30 Sep 2014

Abstract: This paper uses survival analysis to model exits over time from two alternative notions of homelessness. We are unique in being able to account for time-invariant, unobserved heterogeneity. We find that duration dependence has an inverted U-shape with exit rates initially increasing (indicating...

Report

13 Oct 2014

This report finds that progress has been made on increasing preparedness for bushfires in East Gippsland.

Overview

The 2013-14 fire season in Victoria was one of significance, challenging both emergency management organisations and communities. Among 78 significant fires were the Goongerah-Deddick Trail...

Report

14 Oct 2014

This study investigated the role that parental fear plays in shaping children’s independence and physical activity, to find solutions to help parents give their children greater freedom.

Overview

To investigate the role that parental fear plays in shaping children’s independence and physical...

Report

18 Sep 2014

This study finds that Australian 15-year-olds are more likely to persevere with challenging problems than some of their peers in high-performing countries.

Abstract

In every Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey, students from every participating country are assessed in the core...

Video

14 Oct 2014

The reform of Australia’s federation is under review, with a White Paper process currently underway. In this video recorded at ANU on Thursday 2 October 2014 a group of experts consider what reform issues should be foremost.

Article

15 Oct 2014

The Productivity Commission has recommended extending assistance to families with nannies. International experience shows that there are good and bad ways to help families with this kind of care

AUSTRALIA is not the only country grappling with the “nanny issue”, which has been...

Report

14 Oct 2014

Nationally, there were 24,069 clients who had been diverted into alcohol and other drug treatment, comprising 24% of all clients, according to this report.

Introduction

Throughout Australia, there are programs that divert people who have been apprehended or sentenced for a minor...

Report

14 Oct 2014

Foreword: A multifaceted strategy is required to effectively combat organised crime. A key element of preventing and responding to organised criminal activity is to target how individuals become involved in illicit activities and to develop effective methods of preventing their recruitment.

Using prior...

Commentary

Article

7 Oct 2014

Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years . Drought is the costliest climate extreme in New Zealand; the 2012-2013 event depressed the country’s GDP by 0.7-0.9%.

The drought of 1988-1989 affected 5,500 farms, pushing some...

Audio

12 Oct 2014

In the last decade, thousands of foreign workers have been recruited to the dairy industry's hardest and dirtiest jobs.

Many South Island farms are now reliant on these migrants for milk production.

Unions say worker exploitation is rife, driving down farm wages and...

Report

3 Oct 2014

This paper outlines the processes for managing the privacy risks raised by integrating two particular census datasets.

Overview

Integrating New Zealand Census Mortality Study and New Zealand Longitudinal Census: Privacy impact assessment provides a systematic evaluation of the privacy risks associated...

Working paper

13 Oct 2014

The Canterbury earthquake sequence of 2010 and 2011 presented the Government with unprecedented challenges, not least of which was to ensure consistency and connectedness across each of its agencies who had a role in the response.

This paper examines particular instances where government agencies...

Report

10 Oct 2014

There is little as controversial in education as determining what it is that young people should be able to know, understand and be able to do following their time at school. As Chapter Three explains, Australia has wrestled for over 30 years with the issue...

Report

12 Oct 2014

Overview

For people new to higher education and higher education policy, the field can seem bewildering. Basic facts are surprisingly difficult to find and interpret. Funding entitlements reflect the sector’s history more than consistent policy principles. Proposed radical changes to higher education policy...

Report

12 Oct 2014

This report argues that poverty is growing in Australia, with an estimated 2.5 million people or 13.9% of all people living below the internationally accepted poverty line.

Summary of key findings

Poverty line (50% of median income) - for a single adult...

Audio

13 Oct 2014

There has been a mixed reaction to a review that has found the national school curriculum is 'overcrowded', and neglects the importance of western civilisation.

The review, which was commissioned by the Abbott Government, was conducted by conservative education commentator Kevin Donnelly and public...

Report

13 Oct 2014

Are Australia's ministerial arrangements for managing domestic security optimal? This paper examines this question as a debate.

Overview

The recent increase in Australia’s terrorism alert, reported prime ministerial concern over national security arrangements, major increases in counterterrorism funding and operational success against...

Report

3 Oct 2014

This paper explores the connection between the competitive advantage of a region and actual growth experienced.

Summary

The connection between the competitive advantage of a region and actual growth experience is complex. Some regions with a high degree of competitive advantage remain...

Video

13 Oct 2014

Overview: How have artists responded to the HIV virus creatively in their work, and what effect have their projects had on communities and attitudes as a whole? This panel of experts from around the globe examines the challenges of folding HIV narratives into creative...

Journal article

5 Aug 2014

Wikipedia is often held up as an example of the potential of the internet to foster open, free and non-commercial collaboration. However such discourses often conflate these values without recognising how they play out in reality in a peer-production community. As Wikipedia is evolving,...

Report

11 Oct 2014

METHODOLOGY & FUNDING

Conducted nationally in Australia by Newspoll Limited Respondents: 1,201 (2008), 1,100 (2010), 1,219 (2012), 1,204 (2014); Australian citizens and permanent residents aged 18 years and over.

Respondents were selected via a stratified random sample process which included:...

Commentary

Article

13 Oct 2014

It’s time to fundamentally rethink Australia’s approach to asylum seekers, free of narrow assumptions about what’s politically feasible

CURRENT policies to prevent and deter asylum seekers from reaching Australia by boat are justified by the assertion that these policies save lives. Yet forced...

Report

9 Oct 2014

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, G20 Studies Centre Director Mike Callaghan examines what outcomes from the Brisbane G20 Summit in November would help reinvigorate the forum and render this year's Summit a success.

Key findings

While Australia has sought to strengthen the...

Report

10 Oct 2014

This report assesses the cost structures of businesses operating in the Australian dairy product manufacturing industry, including costs relative to international competitors.

Key points:

Australian dairy product manufacturers face some cost pressures (such as energy and labour) relative to their competitors, but...

Report

10 Oct 2014

Assesses the cost structures of businesses operating in the Australian retail trade industry, including costs relative to international competitors.

Key points

The Australian retail sector comprises more than 133 000 businesses contributing around 5 per cent of GDP and 9 per cent...

Report

9 Oct 2014

Executive summary

ASIC has a focus on life insurance advice because it is of critical importance to the long-term financial wellbeing of Australian consumers. Life insurance is a key product through which consumers manage risk for themselves and their families.

Quality financial...

Guide

9 Oct 2014

This Quick Guide provides an overview of higher education student loans that are provided through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).

It includes:

an introduction that provides background to the program types of loans HECS-HELP FEE-HELP OS-HELP SA-HELP VET FEE-HELP student contribution rates...

Report

10 Oct 2014

Overview: This study considers issues pertinent to ensuring the Australian education and training system can respond to emerging skills demand in the following industries: food and agriculture; biotechnology and pharmaceuticals; advanced manufacturing; mining equipment, technology and services; and oil and gas. The report finds...

Report

10 Oct 2014

This paper reports on trends in NSW State finances between 2002-03 and 2014-15 (the latest two years are based on estimates only). For most of the key indicators, the paper also shows trends by Parliament for the current (55th) Parliament and the previous two (54th...

Report

8 Oct 2014

This paper includes details of changes to the CPI basket of representative goods and services, the new CPI expenditure weights and an analysis of the main changes in weights.

Summary

We added 15 items to the CPI basket and removed 12. The...

Report

9 Oct 2014

This report argues that if Iran's nuclear programme was peaceful, it would have invested solely in nuclear power infrastructure, rather than creating large stockpiles of enriched uranium.

Summary

Iran was shown to have stockpiled research-grade uranium under the previous leadership of President...

Collection

10 Oct 2014

The National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse is an independent and centralised repository of national aged care data. The Data Clearinghouse was developed to provide aged care data to a range of stakeholders including policy makers, researchers, service providers and consumers.

The Data Clearinghouse aims...

Report

29 Sep 2014

Examines the performance of general practices in Whānau Ora collectives – using results from the software package HealthStat, which collects an anonymous summary of patient health information from general practices in Whānau Ora collectives.

Background

Whānau Ora is an inclusive interagency approach...

Report

10 Oct 2014

Background: Kinship care refers to the care provided by relatives or members of the child’s social network when a child is unable to live at home with their parents, and is the preferred placement option within the Child Protection System.

Kinship care is...

Report

4 Oct 2014

This report compares Place Based Income Management trial locations with other locations that have similar characteristics, but where the policy has not been implemented.

Overview

Place Based Income Management (PBIM) is a trial within the Building Australia’s Future Workforce (BAFW) package. This...

Report

4 Oct 2014

This report finds that some people who volunteer for income management have improved their ability to manage their money and are now less likely to run out of money for food, rent or mortgage payments.

Overview

Place Based Income Management (PBIM) is...

Commentary

Article

8 Oct 2014

The mess of federal budget negotiations has taken over the limited space for social policy debates. However, we are due to get final reports on a range of inquiries. These include the McClure report on social security, which will take into account Andrew Forrest’s Creating...

Report

10 Oct 2014

A compilation of concise briefings on a small sample of issues that may be of interest to members of parliament over the next 3 years. The topics range from the Bill of Rights to income tax to cycling.

Includes

Population: age and...

Strategy

10 Oct 2014

This report provides a broad assessment of the current status of the Australian Antarctic Programme and the challenges to maintaining and expanding Australia’s well-regarded status in Antarctic science, operations and diplomacy.

Development of the report involved extensive stakeholder and community engagement. It makes 35...

Report

10 Oct 2014

An overview of the New Zealand economy, including the latest data on economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data.

Latest data and events

The economy grew by 0.7 percent in the June 2014...

Fact sheet

3 Oct 2014

New Zealand's median weekly income from wages and salaries increased 2.3 percent in the June 2014 quarter.

Key facts

Between the June 2013 and June 2014 quarters:

Median weekly income from all sources (for all people) increased by $25. Median weekly...

Report

7 Oct 2014

This report argues that Australian commercial fisheries can gain a global competitive edge by embracing the benefits of marine reserves.

Introduction

The world’s oceans are at risk of collapse, with significant implications for fishing industries, food security and marine biodiversity. Historically, overfishing...

Report

7 Oct 2014

This report argues that atmospheric carbon estimates should include wildfires as a significant source of atmospheric greenhouse gas, and effort to reduce atmospheric carbon must include measures to curb wildfires.

Dataset

7 Oct 2014

Australians downloaded nearly one million terabytes of data via broadband in the three months to June this year, according to this release.

Journal article

15 Sep 2014

Analyses the public health proposals for reforming Australia’s alcohol labelling laws, the industry’s arguments in opposition to these proposals, and the Australian federal, state and territory governments’ resistance to multiple attempts and expert recommendations to bring these public health proposals into law from 1996 to...

Journal article

15 Sep 2014

Examines Australia's privacy laws in relation to unmanned aerial vehicles, to identify deficiencies that may need to be addressed.

Introduction

Suppose a homeowner habitually enjoys sunbathing in his or her backyard, protected by a high fence from prying eyes, including those of...

Report

7 Oct 2014

This paper examines selected risk factors and health status indicators that show a statistically significant difference between children living in the most and least deprived socioeconomic areas of New Zealand.

Report

1 Sep 2014

Executive summary

On 28 June 2014 the Office of the Prime Minister announced the ‘White Paper on the Reform of the Federation’. The White Paper was initially devised in the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet following the swearing in of the Abbott...

Audio

1 Oct 2014

This dialogue examines the growth of inequality in Australia.

Summary

This Dialogue, recorded at Swinburne on 18 September 2014, focused on one of the ‘elephants in the room’ – the growth of inequality in Australia. Australia was, and remains, less unequal than...

Report

25 Sep 2014

Abstract: This paper investigates sentiment in the online conversation about the Ukrainian Euromaidan protests across a range of English- and Russian-language social and traditional media sources. Results from this exploratory research show more support for the Euromaidan protests in Russian-language sources, including among sources...

Report

8 Oct 2014

Overview: This Special Report presents both governments with options for PNG–Australian police engagement over the next decade. The authors set out the case for establishing an enduring strategic partnership that can deliver the sustainable progress that the fluctuating collaborations of the past decade have...

Report

7 Jun 2014

This paper explores how Latin American migrants see the values attached to their identities and cultures and the convergence or divergence with others' cultural values in the Australian context.

Abstract

What Latin American migrants regard as common sense and cultural logic are...

Report

8 Oct 2014

Presents the findings of a review of the Indigenous Status Standard, which provides the basis for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to collect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics.

Overview

The ABS Indigenous Status Standard which includes the Standard Indigenous Question...

Report

10 Sep 2014

This research into Australians' use of mobile applications explores user sentiment towards paying for features and services and data privacy in the app ecosystem.

Introduction

Observation of overseas attention to issues of in-app information privacy and purchase issues suggested the potential for...

Article

1 Oct 2014

This story, of Movember’s evolution from a fundraising organisation to one that is changing the trajectory of men’s health, speaks to what can be achieved if you strategically harness the collective wisdom of diverse stakeholders, develop a shared perspective and galvanise those disparate players to...

Report

7 Oct 2014

Provides a summary of the development process and the technical specification for the 11 agreed performance indicators that are part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Performance Indicator Set.

Summary

Cancer contributes significantly to the burden of illness in the Australian...

Submission

1 Oct 2014

Summary

This paper, Building Australia’s Innovation System , was the Business Council of Australia’s submission to the Senate Economics Reference Committee Inquiry into the Australian Innovation System, lodged in September 2014.

To grow and prosper in an increasingly competitive global environment, we...

Journal article

11 Aug 2014

In 2013, the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc) (‘ALSWA’) received funding from the Federal Government to support the activities of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (‘RCIIRCSA’). Since its inception, ALSWA has been a strong advocate for recognition of,...

Guide

7 Oct 2014

'Tune in to Little Ones' (TILO) was developed by the Northern Territory Government, Department of Children and Families as part of an initiative to focus on the longer term safety and wellbeing of infants less than two years old. The kit comprises a resource manual,...

Report

4 Oct 2014

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands is an Aboriginal Local Government Area located in north-west South Australia. In 2012, the local Women's Council requested the introduction of income management into the APY Lands. The report found there are indications that income management may have made...

Policy

12 Sep 2014

This paper outlines key issues to consider for reforming Australia's Federation.

Objectives

The Commonwealth Government has committed to produce, working with the States and Territories, a White Paper on the Reform of the Federation. The White Paper will seek to clarify roles...

Report

19 Aug 2014

Examines the knowledge and attitudes of paediatricians about refugee and asylum seeker issues (both onshore and offshore).

Abstract

Objective: Australia’s response to refugees and people seeking asylum is a matter of national debate. We sought to determine the knowledge and attitudes of...

Report

12 Sep 2014

This report explores some of the ways in which complex legacies related to Bougainville’s civil war, and mining, are intersecting with equally complex debates over the country’s economic and political future.

Journal article

29 Sep 2014

Introduction

Australian citizens continue to join jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, and this trend has been identified as a national security priority. In mid-September 2014, the Australian federal government raised the National Terrorism Public Alert from “medium” to “high,” citing the foreign...

Commentary

Article

5 Oct 2014

Whatever the outcome of the current battle, Hong Kong’s protesters have the advantage in the longer-term war for rights and freedoms

Once upon a time, pompous British bureaucrats working on Hong Kong policy before the handback of the city to China in 1997...

Audio

28 Sep 2014

Thousands of disabled Australians earn just a few dollars an hour working at disability enterprises. A recent Federal Court decision will lead to higher wages, but some employers fear this will send them broke. Is this a cunning ploy to get out of paying more...

Audio presentation

30 Sep 2014

Australian screen industry undersells its achievements as a tourism, trade and diplomacy tool globally, and also has big business at home. CEO of Screen Australia, Graeme Mason, says that the successes of the Australian screen industry raises the profile of Australia on the world stage...

Commentary

Article

6 Oct 2014

Labelling kids: the good, the bad and the ADHD

By Vicky Plows , Victoria University

“ADHD”, “disruptive”, “behavioural difficulties”: labels like these are applied daily to our children. But there is a growing concern amongst educators, parents and pupils that the use...

Commentary

Article

6 Oct 2014

A Labor think tank has given a timely warning about the seductive appeal of triumphs past

Last month in London, Michael Cooney, executive director of the Labor Party’s main think tank, the Chifley Research Centre, called for an end to what he termed...

Book

25 Sep 2014

Overview: This book examines the (in)visibility of romantic love in the legal discourse surrounding modern Australian marriage. It looks at how romantic love has become a core part of modernity, and a dominant part of the Western marriage discourse, and considers how the ideologies...

Working paper

23 Sep 2014

In this paper, business leaders discuss the leadership styles they have used to ensure their companies are manufacturing success stories, and then these experiences are analysed to outline the leadership needs for innovation in Australia.

Introduction

With dire predictions about the future...

Report

30 Aug 2014

This publication assesses the political impact of the new Victorian electoral boundaries, proclaimed on 17 October 2013. The new boundaries will be used for the first time at the 2014 state election.

Report

3 Oct 2014

This paper examines how recorded crime trends in New South Wales may be affected by the percentage of crimes ‘rejected’ by police as not genuine.

Introduction

Crime trends in NSW are based on crimes recorded by police and accepted by them as...

Report

3 Oct 2014

This Quick Guide provides key internet links to information about: general tertiary education resources, higher education, vocational education and training (VET), international students, adult and community education, and international organisations.

Transcript

2 Oct 2014

This speech discusses the critical role risk management plays in decision-making for the Australian Government public sector.

Introduction

It is a fairly natural desire on the part of any member of any organisation to want that organisation to be successful in pursuing...

Journal article

16 Sep 2014

This article explores how internet surveillance in the name of counterterrorism challenges privacy.

Introduction

International terrorism poses serious threats to the societies it affects. The counter-terrorism measures adopted since 2001 have sought to limit the advance of terrorism but, in the process,...

Report

16 Sep 2014

Introduction : This article presents statistical information about the High Court’s decision making for 2013 at both an institutional and individual level, with an emphasis on constitutional cases as a subset of the total. The results have been compiled using the same methodology employed...

Report

1 Oct 2014

This publication provides a detailed snapshot of the latest trends in Australia’s international investment position, which highlights the importance of foreign investment to local economic growth and job creation.

Introduction

Welcome to the new statistical publication International Investment Australia 2013 . This...

Video

2 Oct 2014

Alastair Walton, Chairman of BKK Partners and a former Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs Australia, discusses Australia’s financial sector in the context of global developments impacting the industry.

Report

17 Sep 2014

As people with disability continue to experience exclusion from social, economic and cultural life in Victoria, this report recommends ways forward.

Chair's foreword

Circumstances for people with disability in Victoria have markedly improved with shifts away from past approaches that were characterised...

Report

3 Oct 2014

Provides information and updates about international (focusing on the OECD) and Australian regulatory developments and decisions.

Summary

In this issue:

European Commission funding for transport infrastructure International regulatory round-up Australian regulatory round-up.

Video

1 Oct 2014

The conference brought together experts to assess the impact of Yudhoyono's presidency on Indonesia's development.

This video presents the conferences welcoming remarks and a political update. Nine more presentations can be viewed by clicking "Playlist" in the top-left corner of the video.

...

Article

1 Oct 2014

Presents up-to-date information on coeliac disease, with recommendations on whom to test and how to test them, and how to manage patients once they are diagnosed.

Summary

Background Coeliac disease (CD) is an autoimmune condition affecting at least 1% of the population,...

Journal article

1 Oct 2014

Provides an approach for primary care physicians to enable effective communication with parents who have different levels of concerns about vaccinations and awareness of currently available resources that may be used to support discussions.

Summary

Background Vaccine hesitancy is becoming increasingly recognised...

Report

15 Aug 2014

The Australian Army's primary operational environment is becoming increasingly littoral (bordering water) and urbanised.

Overview

As we leave Afghanistan, the urban littoral will rise in importance simply because Australia’s primary operational environment (POE) is overwhelmingly littoral and increasingly urbanised. But we no...

Report

1 Apr 2014

According to this UK survey, the majority of senior civil servants actively engage positively with academic outputs. However, it is also clear that a significant minority does not engage at all with academics and that many do so in fairly limited ways.

Overview...

Report

2 Oct 2014

Examines the housing outcomes of over 94,000 clients in four groups known to be vulnerable to homelessness: those experiencing domestic and family violence, young people presenting alone, people with problematic drug and alcohol use, and those with a current mental health issue.

Summary...

Report

1 Oct 2014

Presents the latest national statistics on BreastScreen, which aims to reduce illness and death resulting from breast cancer through organised screening to detect cases of unsuspected breast cancer in women, thus enabling early intervention.

Summary

BreastScreen Australia aims to reduce illness and...

Report

30 Sep 2014

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Nicholas Humphries examines how Australian Customs can increase Australia’s trade competitiveness at a time when goods and services are increasingly produced across borders in so- called ‘global value chains’ (GVC). This Analysis was written as a part of the Australian...

Report

30 Sep 2014

Reveals the effects of the pressures being placed on the planet and explores the implications for society.

Introduction

Sustainable development has figured prominently on the international agenda for more than a quarter of a century. People talk earnestly of the environmental, social...

Journal article

30 Sep 2014

Introduces a study aimed to shed light on the settlement pathways and outcomes of newly arrived humanitarian migrants, focusing particularly on the factors that promote or hinder a successful transition.

Introduction

Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of...

Journal article

30 Sep 2014

This article outlines a prospective longitudinal study on the wellbeing of children placed in out-of-home care in New South Wales and the factors that influence their wellbeing.

Report

30 Sep 2014

Executive summary

In December 2013, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) engaged Ernst & Young (EY) to research the regulatory and reporting burden on charities. While our research focused primarily on Commonwealth burden, it also considered state and territory burden.

In...

Audio

30 Sep 2014

The Federal Government's draft Harper Competition Review calls for a root and branch rethink of the way we regulate commerce, including old established industries that are being revolutionised by on-line and smart-phone technology.

Around the world companies like Uber and Airbnb are revolutionising major...

Report

29 Sep 2014

Solar power enhances energy diversity and hedges against price volatility of fossil fuels, thus stabilising costs of electricity generation in the long term, argues this report.

Overview

Solar energy is widely available throughout the world and can contribute to reduced dependence on...

Commentary

Article

29 Sep 2014

The ripples of an unlikely row over a parliamentary appointment reach from London to Canberra

“ANYONE seeking colour in this bleached political environment might find it in an unlikely source: the appointment of a new chief executive (or clerk) to the United Kingdom’s...

Commentary

Article

24 Sep 2014

The Federal Government's competition review is disastrously wrong about education

THE SUPPORT for more competition in schooling expressed this week by the Harper review of competition policy is so facile, and cast at such a high level of abstraction and in tones of...

Commentary

Article

26 Sep 2014

What do the draft recommendations of the competition policy review mean for health policy and services?

THE DRAFT report of the federal government’s competition policy review, released this week for public consultation, is a massive opus, intimidating to all but insiders and the...

Journal article

16 Sep 2014

This article assesses the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians' Report and proposals from the perspective of constitutional theory.

Introduction

In January 2012, the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians (‘Expert Panel’) delivered its report to the then...

Report

19 Aug 2014

Efforts to enforce compulsory schooling by linking welfare assistance to school attendance are rarely successful in themselves, according to this report.

Abstract

Efforts to enforce compulsory schooling by linking welfare assistance to school attendance are rarely successful in themselves. One reason is...

Article

30 Sep 2014

In the flurry of post-election book launches, there’s been much analysis of what’s gone wrong with Australian politics. The newDemocracy Foundation argues that it’s not better politicians we need, but a better democracy. Melanie Christiansen investigates their proposal for citizen’s juries.

Campaigning...

Audio

28 Sep 2014

There's a growing public disenchantment with democracy and the modern political process. So, here's a solution: citizens’ juries—ordinary people who are given the information and training to make decisions on civic issues.

It’s all part of an approach known as deliberative democracy, aiming to...

Website

1 Oct 2014

Advocating a better way to do democracy, the newDemocracy Foundation is an independent, non-partisan research organisation aiming to identify improvements to our democratic process.

Dataset

25 Sep 2014

Contains information about the level (stock) of financial assets and liabilities of each sector of the economy, as well as information about financial transactions (i.e. flows of funds) between the sectors.

Report

30 Sep 2014

Explores the factors influencing tenant choices to remain in or depart from public housing.

Video

24 Sep 2014

The Government’s decision to commission a new Defence White Paper – the third in just in just five years - suggests that Australian defence policy is in trouble.

That comes as no surprise, because Defence policy is never easy. But the new White Paper...

Report

Recommendations to the Lord Mayor of Sydney & Premier of New South Wales
9 Apr 2014

The Sydney Citizens’ Jury unanimously agrees that the safety and vibrancy of Sydney’s nightlife would be further enhanced by the adoption of the recommendations detailed in this report. The recommendations cover the following areas of diversity, transport, police and safety, education and media, lockouts and...

Report

1 Sep 2014

Concerns about the price of assistive technology products (AT, also known as aids and equipment) arise regularly in public policy discourse and the media. These papers present the available evidence and essential contextual information regarding AT pricing in Australia.