June 2018

Strategy

26 Jun 2018

The report ‘Future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce’ was tabled in Parliament on 20 June 2017, making 19 recommendations. The Australian government has provided this response to the recommendations made in the report in this document.

Working paper

20 Jun 2018

This research found that Australia’s emissions are rising and projected to continue increasing without credible and comprehensive climate and energy policy. The authors also argue that Australia’s emissions reduction target is woefully inadequate to protect Australians from intensifying climate change.

Journal article

18 May 2018

The sustainability challenge requires experimentation with innovations, followed by an upscaling process towards a broader regime change in the long term. In Europe we observe various regional hotspots for sustainability experimentation which suggests that there are favorable spatial contexts. Little is known about why different...

Report

28 Jun 2018

This report provides new details about the Myanmar military’s command structure and troop deployments, as well as the security forces’ arrests, enforced disappearances and torture of Rohingya men and boys in the weeks directly before the current crisis unfolded.

Journal article

1 Feb 2017

In the light of ongoing global urbanization and the high pace of resource consumption, there is an urgent need to foster compact cities. Currently, however, we lack integrative guidelines on how to manage trade-offs between urban densification and the provision of green space. Against this...

Journal article

25 Mar 2018

Transforming urban infrastructures is an essential part of creating more sustainable urban regions. But rethinking these complex systems requires a better understanding of their spatial dimensions and their relation with urban morphology and spatial structure. This paper addresses that gap by examining different conceptualizations of...

Report

11 Jun 2018

In November 2017 researchers from the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University surveyed Australian local government authorities (LGAs) to gather data on public Wi-Fi (PWF) provision. The survey is part of an Australian Research Council funded project Public Wi-Fi as Urban Infrastructure: the Australia Case...

Report

18 Jun 2018

This report on the demand outlook for thermal coal in our region has forecast strong appetite for thermal (energy) coal across existing and emerging Asian markets between now and 2030.

Journal article

1 Mar 2018

Modularity is a strategy recognized by the academia and the industry, and modular architecture is argued to play an important role in the development of sustainable products. The objective of this article is to explore the intersection between modularity and sustainable design from the perspective...

Report

28 Jun 2018

National planning is vitally important for Australia's naval shipbuilding industry to sustain and consolidate its sovereign capability. The release of the naval shipbuilding plan attempted to formalise a long-term plan for the industry. However, further work is required to provide a more comprehensive and holistic...

Journal article

1 Mar 2018

Cities are suggested as being the key level for shifts towards more sustainable modes of production and consumption. The building sector with its significant carbon footprint plays an important role in urban climate change adaptation strategies. Using the case study of Brisbane (Australia), the paper...

Journal article

22 Sep 2017

Urban living labs have emerged as transition arenas for undertaking process-oriented and reflexive experiments in the multi-stakeholder governance of sustainability. This paper evaluates Livewell Yarra, an urban living lab in Melbourne, Australia, that brought together academic researchers and community actors to engage in experiments for...

Commentary

26 Jun 2018

Did the Ramsay Centre throw away its best chance by pushing ANU too far?

Commentary

28 Jun 2018

The royal commission has shown how institutions can rebuild their relationships with the children in their care.

Report

1 Oct 2017

Electric vehicles offer great potential to dramatically reduce local air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and resulting climate change impacts, and oil use from the transport sector. With electric vehicle costs steadily falling, the transition continues to become more feasible. This potential is enabled and made...

Evaluation

31 May 2018

This paper explores some of the challenges, tensions and opportunities in workplace-based programs for the primary prevention of violence against women, based on findings from program evaluation.

Report

14 Jun 2018

In this report, the Council analysed trends for offences of possession or use of small quantities of illicit drugs sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2017. The Council sought to identify shifts in the drug types minor drug offenders...

Report

29 Jun 2018

This report contains eight recommendations outlining initiatives to increase the supply of capital, and raise SME’s awareness of alternative sources of finance outside traditional banking.

Journal article

19 Dec 2016

Introduction :

Faculty contribution to the institutional repository is a major limiting factor in the successful provision of open access to scholarship, and thus to the advancement of research productivity and progress. Many have alluded to outreach messages through studies examining faculty concerns...

Report

15 Jun 2018

This report sets out findings from the Children and Young People in Separated Families: Family Law System Experiences and Needs project, a qualitative study commissioned and funded by the federal Attorney-General’s Department (AGD). This study aimed to investigate the experiences and needs of young people...

Report

Incidence and context of direct cross‑examination involving self-represented litigants
28 Jun 2018

This report explores quantitative and qualitative data relevant to direct cross‑examination involving self-represented litigants in family law matters.

Journal article

25 Apr 2018

Clientelism is a central feature of politics in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Most voters vote in search of personalized or localized benefit, and most politicians focus on delivering benefits to their supporters at the expense of national governance. In this article, I explain...

Report

Report on the Inquiry into Opportunities and Methods for Stimulating the Tourism Industry in Northern Australia
28 Jun 2018

This inquiry examined the current state of northern Australia’s tourism industry, opportunities for growth, challenges and economic impediments that tourism operators face in northern Australia.

Commentary

25 Jun 2018

Covering roofs and walls of buildings with vegetation is a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And these green roofs and walls make cities look nicer. Toronto’s central business district adopted a policy of establishing green roofs on around half of all city buildings...

Report

NZIER final report to Ministry for the Environment
19 Jun 2018

NZIER has estimated the impacts of the economy adjusting to 2050 greenhouse gas targets. The results show that meeting ambitious emissions targets comes with significant economic costs, and demonstrate the trade-offs required to transition to a lower-emissions economy.

Report

25 Jun 2018

This report on the key recommendations made in the Australian Infrastructure Plan, finds that while there has been clear improvement across the Australian infrastructure sector in the past two years, there is still much to do.

Commentary

19 Jun 2018

Despite significant changes in Australia’s physical and social fabric in the seventy years since the RVIA Small Homes Service’s conception, Robin Boyd’s resolve to do “better with less” remains as relevant today. Rory Hyde evaluates the service’s legacy and its potential application to today’s increasingly...

Discussion paper

27 Jun 2018

This discussion paper summarises MBIE’s findings from the review of the Credit Contacts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 (CCCFA).

Policy report

28 Jun 2018

This policy statement on land transport reflects a new approach to transport through four clear priorities: a safer transport network free of death and injury, accessible and affordable transport, reduced emissions, and value for money.

Report

28 Jun 2018

This report summarises research conducted by ReachOut Australia and Mission Australia on young people living in regional and remote Australia. The aim of the report is to gain a better understanding of young people’s lives, including the benefits and challenges of living in regional and...

Report

28 Jun 2018

This report found that rural and regional Australia is currently challenged by two key issues: the perception of regions as ‘second rate,’ and the ongoing trend of people moving to the state capitals.

Report

26 Jun 2018

This follow-up audit examines whether departments have effectively implemented the recommendations made in Managing water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchments.

Report

28 Jun 2018

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the EPA’s regulatory response to water pollution in drinking water catchments and illegal solid waste disposal.

Report

22 Jun 2018

This report highlights that councils often have fraud control procedures and systems in place, but are not ensuring people understand them and how they work. There is also significant variation between councils in the quality of their fraud controls.

Report

27 Jun 2018

This report looks at the science of mitochondrial donation and evaluates whether the Australian government should consider making mitochondrial donation available within Australia, and if so, under what kind of regulatory regime.

Report

27 Jun 2018

Digital transformation represents one of the best opportunities to deliver more to those who pay for government, those who work for government, and those who government works for.

Report

28 Jun 2018

This report argues that democratic governments must become more proactive in countering the CCP’s extension of social credit. This includes planning ahead and moving beyond reactive reciprocal responses.

Report

28 Jun 2018

In the future, the quest to achieve an advantage in emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, will only intensify. This report argues that the U.S and Australia must look to enhance their own competitiveness in these strategic technologies.

Report

26 Jun 2018

This research report uses interviews with over 100 domestic and ridehailing platform workers in major U.S. cities to reveal how technology is reshaping the future of labor.

Report

28 Jun 2018

This web report provides up-to-date information relating to government funded provision of social housing, rent assistance, purchase assistance and support services to help households maintain their tenancies.

Report

27 Jun 2018

Australia’s hospitals 2016–17 at a glance provides summary information on Australia’s public and private hospitals.

Report

27 Jun 2018

This report presents an overview of public hospitals in 2016–17, covering the number and types of hospitals and availability of beds. It also describes public hospitals in terms of recurrent expenditure, the number of full-time equivalent staff employed and the types of specialised services provided....

Report

28 Jun 2018

This is the report of a day-long roundtable exploring better ways of preventing the debilitating mental consequences of traumatic stress and improving mental health outcomes for front-line first responder personnel.

Journal article

15 Sep 2017

This paper investigates the effect of increasing the number of wind turbine generators on wholesale spot prices in the Australian National Electricity Market's (NEM), given the existing transmission grid, from 2014 to 2025. We use a sensitivity analysis to evaluate the effect of five different...

Working paper

1 Jan 2017

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are solutions to societal challenges that are inspired and supported by nature. The European Commission requested the EKLIPSE project to help building up an evidence and knowledge base on the benefits and challenges of applying NBS. In response to the request, the...

Article

A practical guide for providers looking to be more effective and efficient in supporting customers
27 Jun 2018

This article unpacks what is meant by customer-centricity, and provides a guide and practical tips for disability service providers looking to take a customer-centric approach to transforming their operating model.

Commentary

27 Jun 2018

As any mother or father will tell you, being a parent is hard. Being successful at it is highly dependent on the personal and material resources of parents, and the emotional, mental and physical needs of children.

Report

27 Jun 2018

This guide provides case studies of international jurisdictions that have historic treaties or modern treaty-making processes, self-governance arrangements, and other mechanisms aimed at realising self-determination for Indigenous peoples.

Chapter

22 Jun 2018

This chapter explores ways in which libraries are responding to the transition from a collections-based model to a more diffuse services-based model. This is in parallel with the evolving influence of the network on student, teacher and researcher practices, and with the shift from print...

Survey

21 Jun 2018

This report provides an overview of how US public libraries communicate to their users and the broader community. Results confirm that libraries do a lot with limited resources, there’s a focus on social media, and that efforts successfully increase community awareness about the library.

Report

27 Jun 2018

This audit found that the majority of DVA rehabilitation and compensation services are being delivered to veterans and their dependents within DVA’s time-based performance targets. However, a minority of claims take an excessively long period to process due to inefficient handling. These delays can have...

Presentation

7 May 2018

This presentation of evidence and insights regarding the impact of single-sex schooling on student achievement was presented at the Fearless Girls Strong Women conference, Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia Educators Conference 2018.

Report

27 Jun 2018

The objective of this audit was to assess the department’s design, implementation and monitoring of select 2014–15 and 2015–16 Budget measures aimed at achieving $1.2 billion in savings and other benefits.

Report

26 Jun 2018

This report discusses solid waste, rather than liquid or gaseous waste. Given the limitations of the committee, and the recent decisions by China relating to the importation of recycled material, the inquiry and the report also generally focus on the flow of materials, rather than...

Report

26 Jun 2018

This report argues that Australia’s VET system has been fragmented and undermined by years of spending cutbacks and failed experimentation with private delivery models. Australia's recovery in manufacturing could be cut short by inadequate availability of skilled labour.

Report

26 Jun 2018

This report argues that the India-United States bilateral relationship appears to have come full circle, due to changing geopolitical environments and increasingly shared perceptions of mutual need.

Report

14 Jun 2018

New Zealanders increasingly expect to be able to access information and services digitally. As part of our 'Information' theme, we carried out a performance audit that looked at how three public entities made information and services available through their websites and/or mobile applications.

Report

11 Jun 2018

This government-commissioned report shows that the New Zealand government enjoys a net benefit of more than $2.6 billion a year from international tourism, confirming that international visitors are more than paying their way.

Discussion paper

25 Jun 2018

This discussion document contains proposals to change the fees for patent and trade mark services provided by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ).

Report

26 Jun 2018

This is the report of the Review of Schedule 5 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the Act), conducted by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (the Department). Schedule 5 of the Act establishes the Online Content Co-regulatory Scheme (the Scheme), which...

Discussion paper

26 Jun 2018

This discussion paper is the starting point of two reviews inviting stakeholders and interested parties to provide their views about the Online Safety Act and the Online Content Scheme in Schedules 5 and 7 to the BSA, which regulates the internet industry and content services...

Report

26 Jun 2018

The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Health's design, implementation and administration of primary healthcare under the Indigenous Australians' Health Program (IAHP).

Working paper

1 Apr 2018

Against the backdrop of corporate tax policy changes in India, the paper attempts to measure the incidence of corporate income tax in India under a general equilibrium setting. Using seemingly unrelated regression coefficients and dynamic panel estimates, we tried to analyze both the relative burden...

Fact sheet

21 Jun 2018

Drought conditions have been officially declared in over 16% of New South Wales and nearly 58% of Queensland, with climate change contributing to extreme weather events, including record temperatures and low rainfall, hitting the Australian agriculture sector hard.

Working paper

26 Jun 2018

I define a new tax instrument, the ‘deductibility rate’, which specifies the proportion of eligible expenses a taxpayer may deduct when preparing her taxes. If the utilities of gross income and deductions are separable, then the deduction elasticity reflects the revenue leakage caused by greater...

Working paper

25 Jun 2018

This paper provides theoretical and empirical evidence on the implications of the timing of reminders by studying the effect of varying the timing of reminder letters to taxpayers on their payment behavior. The collection of unpaid tax debts constitutes a considerable challenge for tax authorities....

Briefing paper

An analysis of non-Australian government funded parliamentary travel between 2010 and 2018
26 Jun 2018

This report uses the information that Members and Senators disclose on the Federal Registers of Interests to analyse the top funders of our federal parliamentarians’ overseas travel.

Journal article

15 Jun 2018

This study reports the findings of a systematic review of the published literature evaluating the impact of substance use programs on Australian Indigenous youth.

Report

22 Jun 2018

The intent of this report is to establish a baseline range of operational indicators, provide a valuable source of industry intelligence, and to demonstrate the value Volunteering Support Services deliver to the community, Commonwealth and other investors.

Audio

20 Jun 2018

Should we trust AI to decide who is a criminal and what defines a crime?

Report

25 Jun 2018

The aim of this project is to derive a set of reliable itineraries of Chinese tourists in Western Australia by taking advantage of information available on the Internet, in order to provide consumer and market insights and the potential for tourism industry management.

Report

22 Jun 2018

BETA partnered with the Australian Tax Office to design and test behaviourally informed methods of communications aimed at improving compliance among businesses in the Deferred GST Scheme.

Report

22 Jun 2018

BETA partnered with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to develop and tests ways to encourage greater survey completion rates. DSS conducts a survey seeking client feedback on the outcomes they have experienced as a result of services delivered by grant funded organisations.

Commentary

25 Jun 2018

As treaty negotiations begin in Victoria, each party will have to accept the other’s legitimacy; that their own power is not absolute and unconditional.

Commentary

25 Jun 2018

In his first full national interview since taking his seat in the Senate, the low-key independent talks about Asia, the Uluru Statement and the unemployed — and why he still opposes the government’s company tax cuts.

Report

25 Jun 2018

People in positions of authority at Puffing Billy and other Victorian railway groups protected the reputation of their organisations at the expense of children who were sexually abused, the Victorian Ombudsman has found.

Report

14 Jun 2018

This paper draws conclusions from the available evidence, much of it international. This report is not an attack on single mothers. Strong parental attachment generally mitigates the many disadvantages their children face.

Journal article

11 Jun 2018

The objective of this research was to investigate the association between domains of nutrition risk with hospitalisations and mortality for New Zealand Māori and non‐Māori in advanced age.

Report

25 Jun 2018

This report outlines the results of a BETA and Department of Health trial that tested the impact of personalised letters from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer to high-prescribing GPs, prompting them to consider reducing antibiotic prescribing where appropriate and safe.

Report

25 Jun 2018

The first step to Australia regaining momentum for broad-based economic reform is better understanding what the community really cares about. CEDA commissioned this research to understand Australian public perceptions of and attitudes to growth and economic development, and what they think the important issues are...

Report

25 Jun 2018

This advisory report examined the Bill to strengthen the transparency of foreign influence in Australia’s political and government decision making.

Report

25 Jun 2018

Australia is in the midst of a major reform to the way the income support system is delivered. This research explores the lived experiences of accessing and interacting with Centrelink, how this affects people's lives and what improvements they would like to see.

Briefing paper

22 Jun 2018

This paper provides context for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers’ interactions with banking and financial services, especially in remote areas across Australia. It also provides background information and detail on Australian government policies and programs relating to Indigenous Australians.

Guide

31 May 2018

This guide provides a brief overview of youth unemployment, an introduction to the key concepts and terminology used, and lists relevant data sources.

Report

22 Jun 2018

This inquiry examined how resources devoted to service delivery in Queensland’s remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can be best used to meet the needs of those communities.

Conference paper

1 Jan 2005

Governments, planners and analysts across Australia agree that mode shift from the automobile to walking, cycling and public transport is desirable for environmental, social and health reasons, but in all our major cities trends are heading in the opposite direction. Various remedies have been proposed,...

Journal article

5 Apr 2018

Drawing on case studies of exceptions to age discrimination law in Australia and the UK, this article considers the normative position on age equality law that emerges from these legal boundaries.

Website

1 Jan 2010

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) is an industry-led collaborative research centre in the field of integrated sustainable energy systems, and is jointly funded by the Irish government and industry members. It is one of the largest funded technology centres in Ireland, with a portfolio...

Report

11 Jun 2018

Includes the latest data on New Zealand’s economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data (such as the Reserve Bank’s official cash rate).

Report

14 Jun 2018

Currently, little information exists at the national level about the health of young people under youth justice supervision in Australia. This feasibility report outlines how this critical data gap might be addressed into the future through the use of currently available data and data linkage....

Report

22 Jun 2018

This paper examines Chinese state policy on big data industries and analyses the laws and regulations on data collection that companies in China are required to comply with.

Report

20 Jun 2018

This audit examined whether transparency in government information and communications technology (ICT) investments has improved since the development of the Victorian government ICT dashboard.

Briefing paper

21 Jun 2018

In a time of endless globalised information flows, Australia must defend its democratic political discussion.

Journal article

1 Jun 2018

It is increasingly recognised that the risks associated with climate change must be addressed through both mitigation and adaptation. Buildings are vulnerable to climate change risk and are also the source of a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. The...

Briefing paper

22 Jun 2018

This discussion paper is to inform a new City of Melbourne Transport Strategy to 2050. A draft strategy will be released for consultation in 2018.

Website

C40's Climate Action Planning Resource Centre brings together a wide range of resources and tools to support city climate planners in the process of delivering action consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. New resources and tools will be added as they become available....

Website

At Future Earth, we believe that research, innovation, and collaboration can transform the world toward sustainability. We harness the experience and reach of thousands of scientists and innovators from across the globe. Together, this global community facilitates research, mobilises networks, sparks innovation, and turns knowledge...

Website

The world needs a focus on water in order to deal with global change in a sustainable manner.

The Sustainable Water Future Programme (Water Future) of Future Earth is a global platform facilitating international scientific collaboration to drive solutions to the world’s water problems....

Journal article

19 Jun 2018

Whilst there is an extensive body of research on the social and environmental concerns associated with private car usage and the role of the built environment and urban form in sustainable travel, there is limited focus on children’s active contribution to these trends, both as...

Policy report

20 Jun 2018

The polling undertaken for this publication highlights Australian Millennials’ views of socialism and how these shape their attitudes towards the economy, capitalism and the role of government in society.

Report

21 Jun 2018

This report recommends that Austrade actively monitor and promote non-extractive trade and investment opportunities in Africa to Australian businesses and that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade review Australia's diplomatic representation in Africa, with a view to applying new methods of operation.

Report

22 Jun 2018

Public health advocates are calling on the National Rugby League (NRL) to acknowledge and address a dangerous spike in domestic violence against women and children linked to the annual State of Origin series.

Commentary

21 Jun 2018

New research showed a professional cadre of public servants who prefer to consult with each other over the general public.

Report

22 Jun 2018

This report identifies areas for improvement in Victoria Police’s internal investigations of serious complaints concerning allegations, such as corruption and assault made about its officers.

Policy report

21 Jun 2018

This research paper argues that Japan’s political and military normalisation under the stewardship of Prime Minister Abe is well and truly underway. The country has taken a proactive approach to the Indian Ocean region, as is evident from its various regional endeavours.

Journal article

29 May 2018

This article examines what it might mean to treat digitized and born digital collections as data, rather than simple surrogates of physical objects or static representations of digital experience.

Report

1 Jan 2018

The provision of publicly accessible parks and green spaces is a policy issue at multiple levels of central and local government, devolved national administrations and local authorities. Parks and green spaces are typically free at the point of access and this access is usually unregulated;...

Report

22 Jun 2018

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services across Australia provide a broad range of treatment services and support to people using drugs, and to their families and friends. This report presents information for 2016–17 about publicly funded AOD treatment service agencies, the people they treat,...

Discussion paper

17 May 2018

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council has been asked to review the penalties imposed on sentence for criminal offences arising from the death of a child (child homicide). This paper briefly describes the context of the review, and provides information about child homicide and relevant offences...

Briefing paper

21 Jun 2018

This paper provides information on the interactions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with financial institutions, including banks, insurers and superannuation funds.

Report

21 Jun 2018

This report forecasts growth of the consumer market and uptake for electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia, and also includes modelling on the need for future charging infrastructure.

Strategy

17 Jan 1975

This White Paper issued by the Australian government flows from the most intensive and extensive review ever conducted of science and technology in this country.

Report

15 Sep 1974

This report on the science and technology problems of Australia is expected to be the last, or almost, of the series of country examinations of science policy of the OECD Member states. It has differed in detail from earlier cases, owing to the short time...

Report

Report of the Task Force on the Commercialisation of Research
1 Nov 1991

The purpose of this report is to examine why Australia has a poor record of exploiting the commercial benefits of research and to suggest ways of gaining more economic benefit from Australian research.

Report

20 Jun 2018

The STA-SAFE Consortium was able to successfully deliver a pill testing pilot at the GTM Festival on 29th April 2018. The service was very well received by festival goers and the pilot provided a very important range of information to be provided to key stakeholders...

Discussion paper

19 Jun 2018

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released this discussion document seeking feedback on what requirements there should be on New Zealand companies and limited partnerships to hold and disclose information about their beneficial owners.

Briefing paper

21 Jun 2018

This analysis of stage three of the government’s income tax plan shows high-income earners will get 95% of the benefit, while three-quarters of taxpayers get no benefit at all.

Journal article

21 Jun 2018

This article reports upon in-depth interviews conducted with five senior criminal justice policy-makers, each of whom was broadly sympathetic to reforming criminal justice policy to achieve the goal of lower incarceration levels.

Policy report

Community perspectives on asylum seeker and refugee mental health
21 Jun 2018

The consultation findings presented in this paper confirm that the inability to access mental health services in a timely and effective manner leads to increased disadvantage and disengagement for culturally diverse individuals who are already highly vulnerable in many cases.

Report

19 Jun 2018

This paper seeks to provide a short and simple description of how carbon, water, nutrients, organic matter and microbes interact to underpin the health of soils.

Audio interview

21 Jun 2018

Tough border policies are now becoming the norm around the world — with leaders often admiring Australia's 'turn back the boats' immigration policy.

Strategy

18 Jun 2018

This report looks at how Australian companies, investors and policymakers can manage climate risks and support a transition to a zero carbon economy. The report shows more Australian companies are considering what climate change and the Paris Agreement mean for their strategies and investments.

Journal article

29 May 2018

The rapid growth of renewable energy (RE) is disrupting and transforming the global energy system, especially the electricity industry. As a result, supporters of the politically powerful incumbent industries and others are critiquing the feasibility of large-scale electricity generating systems based predominantly on RE. Part...

Report

An expert-led review of the extent of the art of design theory and practice in health and social care
15 Jan 2015

This report describes an investigation funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to establish greater understanding of the extent of design theory and practice within the context of health. Led by researchers from Lab4Living, based within the Art & Design Research Centre at...

Journal article

1 Nov 2012

There are few women in top positions in either the public or the private sector in Britain. Despite vocal commitments to transparent selection on merit, despite the outlawing of unfair discrimination, despite the assertion by most major institutions of commitment to equality and diversity, there...

Journal article

16 Apr 2018

For those who had hoped women's representation would increase following the electoral system change, results have been disappointing. Women's representation since the advent of LPV has followed the inconsistent pattern of previous elections, with small gains offset by significant setbacks.

Journal article

14 Jun 2018

This research was conducted to ensure that the contribution of patients and consumers in health research is better understood, respected and fully utilised.

Report

20 Jun 2018

This report examines the manner in which Duterte has gone about securing his internal objectives and assesses the effectiveness of those various approaches. It also looks at how he has sought to promote the Philippines as a ‘strategic partner nation of the international community’ to...

Guide

20 Jun 2018

Members of Parliament regularly receive requests directly or through their electorate offices about funding opportunities for community groups. This Issues Backgrounder is designed to assist in responding to these requests.

Strategy

20 Jun 2016

This resource presents Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy, which aligns with other equality strategies and is intended to serve as a gateway to pursuing equality in all its forms.

Discussion paper

19 Jun 2018

In this second stage of consultation with civil society, the commission invites comments on the proposals set out in the Interim Report, as well as a further set of questions regarding how OPCAT should be implemented in Australia.

Report

20 Jun 2018

After the remarkable developments of the past two years and following a year of heated domestic debate on issues such as foreign influence, energy and immigration, the 2018 Lowy Institute Poll has observed both continuities and discontinuities in Australian public opinion.

Report

20 Jun 2018

Australia's health 2018 is the AIHW’s 16th biennial report on the health of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summarises the performance of the health system against...

Commentary

19 Jun 2018

For industries to adopt innovations and for research to have an impact, there must be significant shifts in people’s behaviours, their perceptions, and the ways communities engage with research. These activities are the research focus of the humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS) disciplines.

Report

19 Jun 2018

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) selected foreign investment in residential real estate for audit because of the extent of parliamentary and public interest in the issue, including concerns that foreign investors were not complying with foreign investment obligations and purchasing properties they were not...

Guide

7 Mar 2018

Members of the Victorian Parliament have established an All-Party Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn more about this technology and the impacts it will have on Victorians in the future. This primer provides a basic explanation of some of the key issues surrounding AI....

Report

19 Jun 2018

Analysis shows that workers in the gig economy tend to have lower wages than employees. They also often miss out on a number of other benefits. Further, their classification as independent contractors has implications on their tax status and superannuation. This research note examines how...

Strategy

13 Jun 2018

This strategy document sets the direction for the next five years, focusing on prevention responses that address the root causes of homelessness, and early intervention responses that will reduce the longer term impact of homelessness.

Report

18 Jun 2018

This year's report reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 74,000 online news consumers in 37 countries including the US and UK. The report focuses on the issues of trust and misinformation, new online business models, the impact...

Working paper

11 Jun 2018

This review of available research on the consequences of student loan debt suggests that student loan debt, particularly in the United States, tends to have a negative impact on people’s lives after university. Specifically, it appears to have a negative impact on career choices, home...

Strategy

14 Jun 2018

This whole-of-government strategy sets out Australia's policy on the death penalty, outlines our overarching approach to pursuing global abolition of the death penalty, and provides guidance to Australian overseas missions on developing and implementing advocacy strategies to pursue abolition.

Report

8 Jun 2018

This report analyses the results of our audits of financial statements of the ten NSW universities and their controlled entities for the year ended 31 December 2017.

Report

18 Jun 2018

There have been many reports about Australia's policies of offshore processing and detention. This report focuses on what happens to tens of thousands of people seeking asylum who are living in our community, and the policies that drive these highly vulnerable people to the margins...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

As our cities continue to growth in an era of urbanization there is a need to harness the power of big data to support data driven planning. Yet we need to ensure this data in credible and reliable, particularly when obtained from smart phone apps...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Sound is a dynamic part of the urban landscape and is increasingly understood to be a central aspect that helps to shape people’s experiences of the public realm. Australian urban planners, however, have little engagement with the theories on urban sounds, and as a result,...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Transit oriented planning for Activity Centres and Corridors in Australian cities envisions main thoroughfares which not only allow for vehicular movement but support a diverse range of human activities, not dissimilar from a traditional high street atmosphere. Typically the arrangement of these environments is dominated...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

As the world’s population is becoming more urbanised, there is growing recognition of greenspaces as a promising planning tool in tackling problems associated with urbanisation. An increasing body of research highlights the physiological, environmental and social benefits of urban greenspaces for urbanites. So far, however,...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Encouraging greater levels of physical activity is a key policy focus in many urban areas, given the link between this and improved physical and mental health outcomes. The majority of previous studies on walkability however, have focussed on walking for transport; and generally consisted of...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

That urban growth in Australia is uneven in favor of cities than towns is no news. But that the policy for migration to growth centers in regional areas has also not helped should be of interest to policy-makers and planners. This paper aims at articulating...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

The planning literature, against the backdrop of rapid urbanisation, technological advancement (automated vehicle), and climate change, tells very little about what constitutes a sustainable urban growth management policy. This research aims to address this gap through a two-round of Delphi survey involving 29 experts from...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Engaging the private sector in the social housing provision is a contested public policy discussion in Australia and internationally. A valuable reference case for Australia is the social housing policy in Chile, which has drifted from a traditional procurement approach, meaning that the public sector...

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18 Jun 2018

With around 85% of Australia’s population living in coastal areas, rising sea levels and increasing storm surges will continue to have significant impacts on many of the continent’s coastal communities and landscapes. This presents great challenges to urban planners, urban designers and landscape architects responsible...

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18 Jun 2018

Urban development and renewal is changing the shape and composition of Australian cities, putting increasing pressure on biodiversity, water resources, and human health and well-being. As our cities intensify and expand, there will be further losses to the number and diversity of species and habitats;...

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18 Jun 2018

An Australian myth is that Aboriginals reside only in the far reaches of Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. Such is far from the truth. 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics census data evidences an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of approximately 649,171, or 2.8%...

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18 Jun 2018

Shortage of natural landscape in contemporary cities causes urban environments to lose vibrancy and attractiveness for human inhabitants. Urban development is driven by excessing need for density to accommodate urban dwellers in less energy and infrastructure demanding urban settings. However, urban development – in its...

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18 Jun 2018

Estimating the distribution of domestic water consumption among households is important for establishing baselines against which policy success can be measured. Estimates of this kind are typically produced using household surveys. This study aimed to investigate how simple heuristic estimates of water consumption and surveys...

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18 Jun 2018

Two disruptive developments are happening in the private transport propulsion and power generation area. Electric vehicles (EVs) are poised to replace an increasing share of traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles. Meanwhile, photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are also entering into the power generation scene as...

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18 Jun 2018

In the late 1990s a group of Victorian local government councils addressed a sustainability void in the building codes and planning regulations by developing capacity to implement Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) via the planning system. What began as a collection of largely independent initiatives progressed...

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18 Jun 2018

Greening the West (GTW) is a regional initiative aimed at increasing urban greening, particularly the number of trees, in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Western Melbourne typically has comparatively low socioeconomic and health metrics, coupled with a significant deficit in trees and quality green space. Therefore the...

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18 Jun 2018

Housing is fundamentally important to family wellbeing. Secure, affordable housing assists family members to care for one another through life events and transitions, promotes healthy child development and enables engagement in social and economic spheres beyond and within the home. Yet, while an emerging body...

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18 Jun 2018

During a period where global fossil fuel corporations and national governments such as Australia and the US continue to avoid or delay tackling global warming, cities and local governments have been increasingly showing leadership in both mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change (Gleeson et...

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18 Jun 2018

Public security and anti-terror urban design is increasing in Australian cities as governments respond to continued extremist attacks worldwide. However, controlling safety measures are driven by security agencies and police, rather than urban design professionals. Oftentimes, such outcomes prove detrimental to urban amenity, sacrificing quality...

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18 Jun 2018

Australia’s cities face significant social, economic and environmental challenges, driven by population growth and rapid urbanisation. The pressure to increase the availability of housing, including a move to a more compact urban form, will lead to greater levels of high-density and medium-density stock. This research...

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18 Jun 2018

It has been universally acknowledged that car dependency is rapidly increasing amongst families with children, particularly in developed countries. This paper, as part of an ongoing research project, aims to frame sustainable mobility through the lens of children’s daily life. The key aim of this...

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18 Jun 2018

As climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of natural disasters resilience is becoming more and more important. While the need for an intergovernmental approach to adapt to climate change impacts and achieve disaster resilience is widely acknowledged, higher levels of government often delegate...

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18 Jun 2018

Land is a finite resource with highly variable quality. Its rate of creation is negligible on the human scale. Land is also not a commodity as are other tradeable goods. The supply of high quality land, amenity-rich land with high-quality supplies of natural resources, such...

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18 Jun 2018

Metro-bound commuters are people who live in regional areas and travel to major cities for work, connecting regional cities and towns with the major cities and their prospering economies. As governments invest in regional transport infrastructure, as well as become concerned about spatial inequity, how...

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18 Jun 2018

Through Australia’s history, private developers have introduced restrictive covenants to property titles. Typical private covenants stipulate building materials, limit dwelling numbers, and prohibit particular land uses or the sale of alcohol. Covenants, like zoning, have tended to “put the single-family, owner-occupied home at the pinnacle...

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18 Jun 2018

As cities continue to expand outwards and the pressure for urban infill intensifies, there has been increased community concern around the protection and enhancement of urban natures. In land-use planning processes, the inability of nonhuman nature to communicate or deliberate in matters affecting them, tends...

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18 Jun 2018

There is growing global concern about the local neighbourhood and housing market impacts of online “home-sharing” platforms such as Airbnb. However, the research base to inform policy and planning responses remains limited. This paper examines how different forms of “holiday home-sharing” – whereby property owners...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper explores the historical and contemporary socio-spatial patterns of political representation across the various local government areas within the Perth metropolitan region. In particular, analysis is focused on the gendered composition of (i) candidates who stand for local government elections; (ii) those elected as...

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18 Jun 2018

Australian capital cities are among the most expensive in the world, and the persistent shortage of affordable housing is a significant driver of housing overcrowding, particularly in the private rental sector. Health and wellbeing issues arise from closer contact between household members including increased spread...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper examines interface conditions between public and private spaces in residential back-laneways of Melbourne’s inner-suburbs that were characterized from extensive field observations and documentation. Specifically, it looks at the extent to which different interfaces enable or constrain everyday practices. The objective is first to...

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18 Jun 2018

This study applies discrete choice models for analysing travel and location choice behaviour of different populations in a suburban rail corridor. The models developed in the study provide flexible structures in estimating the interactive relationships of variables across individuals and alternatives in housing preferences. Statistically...

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18 Jun 2018

Sydney faces a shortage of burial space, with predictions indicating that cemetery capacity may be exhausted by 2050. Solutions are imperative as our population grows and ages. In a rapidly expanding city such as Sydney, there is no easy solution to this issue. Possible responses...

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18 Jun 2018

In academic research, neighbour relationships are generally viewed as either absent – having been gradually eroded by processes of mobility and privatisation – or as positive in the way they engender greater levels of community resilience, neighbourhood attachment and reduced fear of crime. Yet, less...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper investigates the professional experiences of eleven young Melbourne planners, interviewed in late 2016. They were encouraged to speak as they wished about themselves, their careers to date and planning more generally. Initial interpretation is based on themes they raised. Subsequent use of neoliberalism...

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18 Jun 2018

The long-run worsening of Australia’s housing affordability problems are especially concentrated in our cities. Underlying any policy solutions proposed by governments, is a pressing need to understand who has unaffordable housing, and how they are affected. We have previously proposed that the most widely used...

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18 Jun 2018

Digital mapping tools, and the “map mashups” they enable, may facilitate new and richer discourses about salient planning issues, particularly among stakeholders without specific expertise in geospatial technologies (Batty et al., 2010). In October 2016, the authors hosted a day-long workshop for transport and land...

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18 Jun 2018

A preoccupation with the aesthetic ideal of beauty has marked an anthropocentric notion of civilisation and a human centred approach to the way we design our urban environments. By untaming aesthetics this study explores a broader definition of aesthetics beyond the human to connect species...

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18 Jun 2018

There is a need to re-examine car parking policies in Australian cities as the allocation of excessive or inappropriate forms of parking comes with significant opportunity costs. This includes inhibiting priority of active and sustainable transport modes and implementation of equitable spatial, housing and community...

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18 Jun 2018

In Australia, state and federal based infrastructure agencies require business cases to be developed to demonstrate that public investment decisions about major transport infrastructure projects are an economically efficient use of society’s resources (Infrastructure Australia, no date, Infrastructure Victoria, no date; Infrastructure NSW, 2012). However,...

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18 Jun 2018

Urban trees provide substantial ecosystem services, and trees on private land are a sizeable segment of overall urban tree cover. Trees provide shade, cooling and habitat, and contribute to aesthetic values, sense of place, and urban dwellers’ mental and physical wellbeing. With increasing size and...

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18 Jun 2018

The 2017 wildfires in the Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand, highlight the risk posed by fire adding to the portfolio of natural hazard risks facing New Zealanders. Traditionally, New Zealand places stronger emphasis on seismic and hydro-meteorological perils as they are more prevalent in the...

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18 Jun 2018

In the global push to lowering our carbon emissions by transitioning to renewable energy production and improving energy efficiency epitomised in the Paris Agreement in 2015, the importance of housing tenure to the adoption of low carbon living, particularly for those on lower incomes, is...

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18 Jun 2018

Susan Fainstein has called on planners to resume advocating for disadvantaged communities in their urban plans and policies to create the ‘just city.’ Such an approach would assess land-use policy against the principles of equity, diversity and democracy. However, planning systems strongly influenced by the...

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18 Jun 2018

Smart cities are no longer limited to a handful of metropolitan branded cities; as a large number of mid-sized cities have now joined the trend to become smart. Australia has also introduced its Smart Cities Plan in 2016; emphasizing the opportunities and challenges Australian cities...

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18 Jun 2018

Light rail as a means for inner-city transit is undergoing a renaissance across Australia. Introducing a new mode of public transport, light rail projects can become catalytic agents for urban renewal. Unable or reluctant to deliver light rail infrastructure, Australian governments have turned to the...

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18 Jun 2018

Compact city policies have become planning orthodoxy over the past three decades. But compact city development takes many forms, and the compact city concept often obscures a diverse range of social, economic and environmental outcomes of urban densification. In Australia the compact city agenda has...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper examines citizen resistance against two proposed inner city toll ways, and the reimagining of transport futures and prospects they inspired. The proposed East West Link was fiercely contested attracting considerable consternation from across multiple urban publics, extending beyond residents living within the corridor...

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18 Jun 2018

South Australia was planned as a free settlement and came into being in 1836. Founded on the traditional country of the Kaurna people, the City of Adelaide was to be the State’s central place and progressive waves of settlement have shaped the City to become...

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18 Jun 2018

In countries throughout the developed world, large cities are growing while hinterland communities are shrinking. The unique challenges posed by population decline require unique solutions: as shrinking cities researchers have found, superimposing growth-oriented strategies onto shrinking communities is not effective in addressing the impacts of...

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18 Jun 2018

Ongoing economic restructuring has produced many declining rust belt cities and regions. While governments and communities have acted to ease the impacts, most actions have not been effective. Politically the reaction to ongoing high levels of unemployment are now registering across the Western world and...

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18 Jun 2018

Densification of cities and suburbs is a contentious issue for many communities in lower-density settings. Local opposition to densification is often premised on concerns about the inadequacy of existing infrastructure to support growing populations and is strongest and most successful in wealthier neighbourhoods. While the...

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18 Jun 2018

Airbnb is a short-term accommodation in the sharing economy platform that has become increasingly prevalent since its inception in 2008. Despite the growth of Airbnb, limited research has been focussed on understanding how this facet of the sharing economy interacts with the existing urban spatial...

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18 Jun 2018

New residential land in the outer suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne is predominantly being developed in the form of Masterplanned Estates. These areas are becoming culturally diverse with a significant proportion of recently arrived migrants settling there. This paper investigates the aspirations of the residents of...

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18 Jun 2018

There are many advocates and critics of urban agriculture’s role in a sustainable food system but little quantitative data, potentially due the difficulties in collecting it. Urban food production is an example of a distributed system intrinsically linked to urban farmers and urban lifestyles and...

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The cases of Honeysuckle, Newcastle; Palmer Street, Townsville and Penrith
18 Jun 2018

The dormant cityscape continues to haunt many of our burgeoning, high growth cities. Former port lands, ‘brownfield’ sites and degraded suburban areas persist in these states for what appears to be decades without any apparent revival. Despite the usual forms of planning, zoning and controls...

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18 Jun 2018

Recent research shows that city size can be used as a predictor for many of its socio-economic attributes. Recent work has also found that as Australian cities have grown, so has their income inequality. Census data for the Significant Urban Regions (SUAs) of Australia demonstrated...

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18 Jun 2018

There is a large body of work on rental stress in Australian cities that is largely premised on the nexus between housing costs and income (Hulse et al 2015; Liu et al 2016; National Shelter and SGS, 2017). These studies map the (real and hypothetical)...

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18 Jun 2018

Pasifika migrant perspectives of well-being are linked to their spatial behaviour and material cultural adaptations within urban areas. In order to understand the significance of material cultural adaptations we must also consider the underpinnings of the materials and templates used within context. The characteristics of...

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18 Jun 2018

Despite a legacy of seemingly enlightened non-sectarian provision of sites and space for religious worship, current planning systems appear to create conditions in which many religious development proposals are problematic, conflict-ridden and politicised. Indeed, the planning system is a primary site for community conflicts that...

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18 Jun 2018

Internationally, there is increasing concern with developing improved ways of dealing with disasters (UNISDR, 2015). The development of policy and practices for the reduction of disaster risk is intimately related to knowledge about dynamic and spatially particular risks and relevant ways of managing these via...

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18 Jun 2018

In the light of growing trends in global carbon emissions, and the resultant impacts of climate change, it has become imperative for cities to reframe their development patterns and policies to facilitate a transition towards carbon neutrality. The 30-Year Plan of Greater Adelaide attempts to...

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18 Jun 2018

Aboriginal stone arrangements in Australia are rarely found intact. These installations are even more difficult to appreciate their existence, to understand their cultural roles and narratives for Aboriginal communities, and conclusively understand what they mean to current generations. Many reside in the individual and or...

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18 Jun 2018

Over the past few decades, the act of engaging people in achieving sustainable cities has focused upon changing environmental values, predominantly through social networks and, increasingly, social practices. Despite increasingly higher levels of environmental awareness within the community, and reasonably consistent levels of community involvement...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper reports preliminary findings from a study sponsored by the ESRC about collaborative governance under austerity. While the study involved the comparison of experiences of ‘austerity’ and ‘collaboration’ between eight Western cities, the focus of this paper is the unique experience of collaboration in...

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18 Jun 2018

Although the service hub concept is most commonly associated with deprived areas of the North American inner city, similar clusters of facilities can also be found in other contexts. In this paper, we conceptualise urban campgrounds in Auckland, New Zealand as small-scale service hubs for...

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18 Jun 2018

Over the past decade, amidst growing concerns about perceived mismatches between housing demand and supply, the state of New South Wales (NSW) has introduced a range of major changes to land use policy and development assessment processes. Designed to address regulatory impediments to new and...

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18 Jun 2018

Improving urban productivity is central to the Australian Government’s Smart Cities agenda. Urban productivity is fundamentally related to the capacity of firms to access high quality labour pools and in turn for workers to access optimal employment without high costs. Yet Australia lacks systematic analysis...

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18 Jun 2018

Children’s Independent Mobility (CIM) is a measure of the level of a child’s freedom to explore and move about his or her local neighbourhood without direct adult supervision. Children have suffered a significant loss of independent mobility since the 1970s. The choice of independent mobility...

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18 Jun 2018

Although urban sprawl has been largely discussed, the range of determinants for the incorporation of rural lands remain less systematised and mainly framed by transport improvements, housing shortage and land-market constraints. Because of that, measures to tackle impacts of sprawl are lacking considering determinants operate...

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18 Jun 2018

The recently released strategic plan, Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 forecasts a metropolitan population of 8 million. The city’s western suburbs will take a large proportion of this growth, with a further 625,000 projected residents. Despite such projections, no substantial changes to the public transport network are...

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18 Jun 2018

Melbourne is a modern secular society with a high population of migrants, where a range of approaches exists in making urban public spaces. Yet, distinctive structures, design elements and dedicated areas representing the ethno-religious diversity that characterises the city are less common and even scarce...

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18 Jun 2018

There is growing awareness of the importance of local knowledge (e.g., locals’ spatial needs, perspectives, and desires) in improving planning deliverables. However, this improvement depends on the availability of local knowledge. This article’s objective is to compare the capabilities of public participation practices and anthropological...

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18 Jun 2018

Throughout the colonial settlement of Australia, Aboriginal people were subject to processes of colonial dispossession that have had a profound effect on their communities, language and culture, and in many places their over-arching tangible and intangible Country. These processes included conscious and unconscious attempts to...

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18 Jun 2018

In an era where increasingly urban planning is required to envisage and model development and growth scenarios, there is a dearth of creative, flexible, timely and three-dimensional electronic tools that allow the planners to both model and visualize their scenarios without wading through extensive computer...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper reports on new research to understand the preparedness of government planning agencies for the arrival of new technologies of automated private and public transport vehicles in Australasian cities. Already corporations are playing an increasing role in the shaping of Australian cities through their...

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18 Jun 2018

Australia demonstrates a unique spatial pattern whereby approximately half of the population resides within seven kilometres (and eighty-five percent within fifty kilometres) of the coast, and eighty-nine percent live in areas defined as ‘urban’ but that have a relatively low population density. This differs notably...

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18 Jun 2018

Adelaide’s planning history is replete with examples of the adoption and adaptation of leading open space ideas. The making of urban open spaces, beginning with the Adelaide parklands, is a direct result of the publics’ and design professions’ understanding of the benefits that open space...

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18 Jun 2018

Scholars have recently signaled that the 100 Resilient Cities network may be facilitating a new understanding of resilience, which is being operationalised into urban strategy. Resilient Melbourne, for example, strongly suggests that urban resilience responses could be moving from a focus on engineering resilience to...

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18 Jun 2018

While the Australian Architecture profession has relatively quickly incorporated and accepted Building information modelling (BIM) as part of its normal work flow and practises, the Australian landscape architecture profession has been less than accepting of BIM it as a management model. This problem is exacerbated...

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18 Jun 2018

As pressures of urban development and renewal impact the fabric of contemporary cities, parks and open space are increasingly under threat, which is compounded by the general lack of strategic open space planning at the state level. Simultaneously, as cities compete to attract global companies,...

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18 Jun 2018

Road pricing might seem a great idea but the accepted wisdom is that it will never happen in Australia or New Zealand. However, moves have been afoot in Auckland and Melbourne since the early 2000s to consider schemes for both cities. In Auckland the national...

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18 Jun 2018

With over half a million people, the Gold Coast is currently the sixth largest city in Australia and one of the most rapidly developing urban areas in the country. Unfortunately, it is also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and has been hard...

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18 Jun 2018

Tram patronage in Melbourne has risen to over 200 million passengers annually, its highest since the peaks of the 1950s. Trams in Melbourne continue to be among the world’s slowest due to traffic congestion, with many routes operating at or above capacity in peak periods....

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18 Jun 2018

The conversion of former industrial buildings and identifying heritage as a commodity has become a pervasive trend, especially over the last decade. Adaptive re-use of old industrial buildings is often seen as an alternative to demolition and replacement and as the primary development solution for...

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18 Jun 2018

Auckland has 47% of New Zealand’s multi-owned properties, and they account for 31% of all properties in Auckland. These multi-owned properties are either unit titles (strata titles), or cross leases. Cross leases are a unique form of property ownership developed by a lawyer in the...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper examines the outcomes and impact of the ‘Free to Be’ project piloted in Melbourne by the children’s charity Plan International Australia. The project – consisting of a mapping tool initially co-designed with young women – uses locative geo-locative technology to allow women and...

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18 Jun 2018

The Victorian economy is transitioning from an industrial economy to one based on knowledge and services. This might suggest that there is no need to plan for industrial uses. However using the measure of land consumption, industrial users across metropolitan Melbourne consume nearly 300 hectares...

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18 Jun 2018

Transport planning in Auckland provides limited opportunities for genuine public involvement in defining transport problems and their solutions. In recent years, this scenario has changed due to the emergence of proactive community groups in transport planning debate in Auckland. The purpose of this paper is...

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18 Jun 2018

Vacant buildings have become a frequently discussed issue in South Australia (SA) and beyond. Strategies to deal with existing building under-occupancy are being proposed at local and state government levels. One such strategy being currently promoted is adaptive reuse (AR) or change-of-use conversion of existing...

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18 Jun 2018

Capital cities like Melbourne continue to attract the majority of State population growth. This can create challenges for attracting skilled workers to, and retaining them in, regional locations. This paper reports on a survey of more than 1200 professional workers in the Victorian regional cities...

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18 Jun 2018

Innovative uses of land, air and water for staging events are increasingly encouraged by various bodies at all levels of government to support cities and urban development policies. In some cities, the outcome is a continual stream of events, some highly mobile, with novel locations...

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18 Jun 2018

Australian cities are increasingly important for the conservation of threatened species and their habitat, supporting more species per unit area than non-urban regions. Canberra is a case in point with its existing suburbs and greenfield developments occurring alongside nationally threatened ecological communities and species in...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper explores the development of the ‘problem-solution nexus’ of a cancelled mega urban transport project in Melbourne, Australia. The East-West Link (Eastern Section) was the most recent iteration of a cross-town motorway connection that has been proposed numerous times since the 1960s, most recently...

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18 Jun 2018

The geography of firm location is a longstanding focus in urban studies. This paper examines the distribution of Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed headquarters in Australian cities. It focusses on change in the distribution of firm locations between 2013 and 2016 by sector, with a...

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18 Jun 2018

Australia’s population is ageing rapidly, yet we continue to make housing choices as though we will never grow old. New housing typologies, including alternative finance and governance models, will be needed to provide housing options suitable to our ageing population. An emerging response is cohousing,...

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18 Jun 2018

This study investigates attitudes towards smart work arrangements and examines the motivations and constraints in the public sector. It is based on a survey that received 300 responses across Departments in the Australian Capital Territory Government. The study indicated a high demand for smart work...

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18 Jun 2018

The paper aims to reflect upon the findings from a face-to-face household survey in Fairfield, one of the disadvantaged areas in Sydney undertaken as a part of the PhD thesis. Previously, the preliminary household survey findings (Sajan, 2013) and detailed findings and early discussion of...

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18 Jun 2018

Governments and cities around Australia and indeed the world have recognised the need to shift toward more inclusive decision making processes, particularly when dealing with issues of the public realm. Despite some significant efforts in this space, including in the creation of urban living laboratories,...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper explores how participatory processes and the politics of contestation and resistance attempt to influence discourses in government initiated urban renewal. The focus is specifically on the North Parramatta urban renewal project and the role of power relations and legitimacy discourses in participatory processes...

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18 Jun 2018

Cities are comprised of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of small parcels of individually owned land. The fractured nature of these tenures, combined with the network of administrative and infrastructural bodies governing them, makes any form of significant and coordinated planning change incredibly complicated,...

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18 Jun 2018

Transit Orientated Development (TOD) provides a nuanced, policy-relevant design to connect social and planning frameworks to create low-carbon communities. This form of urban development aims to co-locate sustainable housing, transport and consolidated urban forms. Fully integrated TODs offer strong potential to blend social and environmental...

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18 Jun 2018

As a relatively new field of research, urban planning is often perceived as neither a traditional academic discipline nor a “major profession” (Schon 1983). From Taylor and Hurley’s (2015) discouraging observation that “not many people read the stuff” to Randolph’s (2013) perhaps hyperbolic suggestion that...

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18 Jun 2018

Public policies and initiatives are constantly developed and re-developed. These changes are influenced by practical aspects such as politics, funding and governance. Some may argue that this encourages innovation and reflects true democratic processes. Nevertheless, it also represents a challenge for dealing with complex issues...

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18 Jun 2018

Unaffordable housing and inadequate security of tenure in the private rental market are major issues for low-to-middle income households in Sydney. The city has seen an increased competition in the private rental housing market with upward pressure on rents. Shared housing, via online accommodation listings,...

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18 Jun 2018

Metropolitan planning policy in Australia has focussed on creating more compact cities for the past twenty years. Yet the multi-nodal expression of Australian compact city policies has, to date, proven difficult to implement (Newton and Glackin 2014; Chhetri et al. 2013; Woodcock et al. 2011;...

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18 Jun 2018

The Victorian government released its 2017 Melbourne planning strategy at the same time it opened a tender to private providers for the development of a new planning system. This approach continues the trend by Australian state governments towards broad and often ineffectual strategies for capital...

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18 Jun 2018

The importance of apartment living in creating sustainable cities has gained wide recognition as many Australian cities are beginning to grapple with rising populations. Concurrent with this shift in prioritisation, high density housing in Melbourne has experienced increasing pressures in terms of affordability and financialisation....

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18 Jun 2018

Social connectedness increases physical and psychological wellbeing, reducing rates of morbidity and mortality. New communities, on the fringe of Australian cities, have residents who are at particular risk of social isolation, making it important to identify facilitators of social connectedness that could be utilised in...

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18 Jun 2018

In land use, design and development terms the modern university in Australia is a fixture in all urban environments including central business districts, inner city, middle ring, outer suburbs, and regional towns. The predominant spatial pattern in the university expansion era of the late 1950s...

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18 Jun 2018

Amid Australia’s real estate boom, social housing sites are increasingly seen as prime areas for future urban development. In response, the NSW Government has announced the major redevelopment of large social housing estates, starting with the site of Ivanhoe in Sydney’s north-west, as well as...

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18 Jun 2018

Small urban manufacturers (‘makers’) are scattered throughout the inner suburbs of Australian cities. Makers differ in many ways from traditional industry in the small-scale of their operations, their connection to their materials, tools and methods, their commitment to their neighbourhood and community, and their philosophical...

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18 Jun 2018

There are currently many families with young children living in inner city Melbourne, in high density apartment buildings designed for singles or couples without children, which has significant implications for children’s health and development. This literature review formed part of a wider research project with...

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18 Jun 2018

As cities are recognised as hotspots for biodiversity, urban greening interventions are becoming more important. Such initiatives are promoted as having multiple benefits for nonhumans and humans alike, infused with narratives of climate change adaptation and positive health outcomes. Yet little research has critically examined...

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18 Jun 2018

Ample research has been conducted investigating the built environment (BE) impacts on pedestrian movement (PM). A clear division is evident in the literature on BE-PM links: one group tends to use geographic measures (metric distance) of the environment to explain pedestrian behaviour; the other group...

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18 Jun 2018

This paper discussed urban specific wind patterns and their influence on urban liveability in Adelaide CBD. Comfortable wind speed may vary between 1m/s and 5m/s (maximum 3-seconds higher gust in 80% of the time). However, the effect of wind speed on outdoor thermal comfort may...

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18 Jun 2018

Thermally uncomfortable outdoor environments can significantly affect liveability of cities. Australia is likely to experience between 0.6 °C and 3.8 °C increase in temperature by the end of the 21st century. In warmer climates, increased demand for indoor air-conditioning results in higher energy demand and...

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18 Jun 2018

Housing supply theory has established a number of influences on the quantity and price of housing. These include construction cost, house prices, interest rates, land prices, demographics and government policies. A subset of the housing market comprises retirement communities, which (in Australia) are restricted to...

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18 Jun 2018

Over the past two decades, Australian planning policies have supported largely unregulated land speculation and gentrification in relatively well served inner and middle suburbs, leading to displacement of low and moderate income households and growing spatial inequalities. The current Victorian state government signalled a new...

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18 Jun 2018

Design quality is a key urban policy goal in global cities worldwide, and the Sydney experience fits this trend. From the turn of the century, the City of Sydney Council has employed a unique “Design Excellence” policy setting which, amongst other things, mandates competitive design...

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18 Jun 2018

The social determinants of health (SDH) are recommended as a policy focus for governments seeking to increase health and wellbeing, and maintain control of health care budgets. Urban planning influences the SDH by shaping the physical and social aspects of neighbourhoods, creating conditions that can...

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18 Jun 2018

Informed decision-making and democratic debate relies on access to urban policy resources. Such access is critical to understanding policy context, analysing path dependencies and critiquing accepted knowledge of what is possible for Australian cities. It can support systematic historical analysis—which can be an important tool...

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18 Jun 2018

In hegemonic economic theories, base activity, which taps into exogenous capital flows as exports, underpins endogenous activity within urban environments. Historically, urban development in the remote arid and semi-arid interior of Australia has occurred on the back of the exploitation of mineral resources. Major interior...

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18 Jun 2018

To become a ‘global city’ is nowadays an almost-ubiquitous aspiration among the world’s major metropolises. Generally, municipalities approach the ‘global city’ ambition by opening up real estate markets for global investment and large-scale development, and shifting towards a tourism and service-focused economy. But what does...

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18 Jun 2018

The promotion of human health was explicitly positioned as one of four goals in Sydney’s most recent metropolitan strategy: ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’ (released December 2014). This is a first for metropolitan strategic planning in New South Wales. It presents a timely and unique...

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18 Jun 2018

Motivated by discontent with the quality, design, and cost of speculative multi-unit housing provision in Australia, households and professionals alike are increasingly seeking alternatives. Recent years have seen an increase in the number and university of households seeking to collectively self-develop multi-unit housing in our...

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18 Jun 2018

Urban green spaces (UGS) like parks, sports grounds and bush reserves provide opportunities for city dwellers to interact with the natural environment. Our study sought to establish the importance of UGS for city dwellers to not only interact, but ‘connect’, with nature given that research...

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18 Jun 2018

Contestation resulting from (and further embedding) spatial and social injustice in cities is one of the most intractable issues facing theorists and practitioners in contemporary cities. Approaching contestation via retributive, procedural or distributive justice lenses alone have led to different urban solutions but also failed...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Traditionally, parents have moved to low density, middle and outer suburbs of Australian cities to raise their children. However census data shows that between 2001 and 2011, the number of families raising children in inner-city, higher density, suburbs has increased. Many of these suburbs are...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Urban green spaces provide many benefits to urban dwellers, from the environmental functions of cooling, air purification, stormwater mediation and biodiversity habitat, to contributions to mental and physical well-being, sense of place and connections to community. Urban environmental justice requires that there is equitable access...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

The construction of ‘Global Cities’ have become contemporary grand projects with a shift from cities to agglomerations of city-regions increasingly prioritised in strategic plans. This has been necessitated by an increasing emphasis on mobilities through network structures of nodes and flows, and has been adopted...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Objecting to a planning application is one of the most visible and direct methods for the public to participate in the shaping of their urban environment. Unlike many planning systems around the world, Victoria includes rights for third-parties to lodge a submission in favour or...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

With some of the largest dwelling sizes in the world, Australia can be considered a ‘lucky country’ in terms of housing. This paper investigates influences on growth in dwelling size from colonial settlement to contemporary times. A critical review of the literature shows that influences...

Journal article

4 May 2018

The difference between actual and calculated energy is called the ‘energy-performance gap’. Possible explanations for this gap are construction mistakes, improper adjusting of equipment, excessive simplification in simulation models and occupant behaviour. Many researchers and governmental institutions think the occupant is the main cause of...

Journal article

24 Apr 2018

This paper presents new evidence from a nationwide cross-project meta-study investigating the magnitude and extent of the difference between designed and measured thermal performance of the building fabric of 188 low energy dwellings in the UK. The dataset was drawn from the UK Government’s national...

Journal article

1 Jun 2018

Sponsorship of research and education occurs commonly in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and food and drink industries. The aim of this article is to alert GPs to the risk of bias in research and education funded by for-profit organisations, and to provide strategies to avoid...

Guide

30 May 2018

For well over a decade urban development in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world has pursued an agenda of sustainability. The goal has been to shape our urban development practices so they can be better - for people, planet and economy....

Report

11 Jun 2018

The main purpose of this publication is to provide a comprehensive summary of the current health status of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Guide

20 Feb 2018

The smart city is one that uses technology, data and intelligent design to enhance a city’s liveability, workability and sustainability. This Guide has been developed to support built environment consultants to help their clients and other stakeholders in advancing the smart city agenda. It provides...

Book

7 Jun 2018

This edited collection examines Aboriginal and Māori travel in colonial contexts.

Briefing paper

15 Jun 2018

This paper discusses access to, and use of, financial services by those in regional and remote areas and challenges people may face when accessing financial services.

Briefing paper

15 Jun 2018

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources welcomes the opportunity to provide this background paper. The requested focus of this background paper is on key reforms (legislative, regulatory or policy developments) over the past ten years, and any anticipated reforms, relevant to farm finance issues....

Working paper

12 Jun 2018

This paper outlines the functions of modern universities and militaries before delving into the issues arising for academics seeking to undertake research into military matters.

Working paper

18 Jun 2018

We estimate a nonlinear VAR to quantify the impact of economic policy uncertainty shocks originating in the US on the Canadian unemployment rate in booms and busts.

Report

15 Jun 2018

This report uses interviews with victims of forced marriage, community members, and government and non-government stakeholders in Australia and New Zealand, to describe the perceptions and realities of forced marriage.

Discussion paper

18 Jun 2018

This discussion paper, released as part of the Inequality Roundtable, shows inequality is getting worse in Australia, with the income share of the top 10% growing at the expense of everyone else.

Report

18 Jun 2018

This report’s recommendations provide the Australian government with an opportunity to strengthen its work with respect to Antarctica and build on already impressive foundations.

Commentary

15 Jun 2018

Google has lost a High Court appeal in defamation litigation brought by Michael Trkulja. It is time to consider that extending "safe harbour" to Google may be a good idea.

Guide

Version 1.1
9 Mar 2018

The Australian Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines (ASOCTG) aim to maximise quality care provision to trans and gender diverse children and adolescents across Australia, whilst recognising the unique circumstances of providing such care to this population.

Strategy

18 Jun 2018

Building on Australia’s strengths in robot talent and technologies in niche application areas, this roadmap acts as a guide to how Australia can support a vibrant robotics industry that supports automation across all sectors of the Australian economy.

Policy report

17 Jun 2018

This report argues that the 'Gonski 2 Review' into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should be...

Working paper

6 Jun 2018

We study optimal income tax progressivity in an environment where individuals are exposed to idiosyncratic income and health risks over the lifecycle. Our results, based on a calibration for the US economy, indicate that the presence of health risk combined with incomplete insurance markets amplifies...

Discussion paper

18 Jun 2018

This analysis of the long term impacts of bracket creep shows that Australian taxpayers at all income levels have received more in tax cuts than they have lost through bracket creep – in other words, they have already been overcompensated for bracket creep.

Report

15 Jun 2018

This report is not just about government initiatives and activity - it is about the efforts of the business sector, civil society, academia, communities and individuals. Australians are contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through their work in the care economy, by...

Technical report

6 Jun 2018

Based on the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), this publication explores the prevalence of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in New Zealand children aged 3–14 years.

Report

28 May 2018

China’s growing influence is a delicate puzzle for the international community, which must welcome a transformed power without acquiescing in the destruction of the global diplomatic infrastructure. This report claims that New Zealand’s business, political and intellectual elite have all been targeted by the Chinese...

Report

Statistical insights into experiences, impact and response
5 Jun 2018

This report presents the findings of a nationally representative study whose purpose was to explore the experiences, attitudes, and behaviours of New Zealand teens about digital communications including harm and/or distress.

Report

Growing up in New Zealand: a longitudinal study of New Zealand children and their families
14 Jun 2018

Starting school is an important milestone for every child and their family. This report gives us some insight into what contributes to making that process more positive or challenging, from the perspective of the cohort parents.

Submission

Submission of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission for the Seventh Periodic Review of New Zealand under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
11 Jun 2018

The Commission welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women for the purposes of New Zealand’s eighth periodic review under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Guide

13 Jun 2018

This guide has been produced to ensure that when policy-makers sit down to design the rules, they take into account the unique factors that affect rural communities, such as low populations, isolation, and reliance on the primary sector for employment.

Discussion paper

12 Jun 2018

This is a discussion paper with the purpose of using findings from current science to prompt informed reflection on issues related to youth justice in New Zealand.

Discussion paper

15 Jun 2018

The government is consulting on a proposal to introduce an Electronic Travel Authority facility for some groups of travellers. It is a new security and facilitation measure that, if it is introduced, will help to speed things up at the border.

Discussion paper

15 Jun 2018

This discussion paper has been released to seek views on a proposal to implement a levy on international visitors travelling to New Zealand to fund tourism infrastructure and conservation.

Report

4 Jun 2018

The World Inequality Report 2018 relies on a cutting-edge methodology to measure income and wealth inequality in a systematic and transparent manner. By developing this report, the World Inequality Lab seeks to fill a democratic gap and to equip various actors of society with the...

Guide

17 Apr 2018

What is a highly effective school principal, and what do they do that makes them so effective? The Principal Performance Improvement Tool sets out to answer these questions. It provides a point of reference that principals can use to reflect on their current practices and...

Report

1 Dec 1991

One of the great challenges facing scientists, technologists,’ educationists and economists entering the 21st Century will be to produce innovative, constructive and effective responses to unprecedented demands for comprehensive and sustainable waste management strategies. Research and development into waste management is likely to include investigations...

Literature review

21 May 2018

This literature and policy review outlines the complex context related to STEM learning and focuses on student outcomes, the teacher workforce and the curriculum.

Report

13 Jun 2018

To bring the cement sector in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, its annual emissions will need to fall by at least 16 per cent by 2030.1 Steeper reductions will be required if assumptions about the contribution from carbon capture and storage (CCS)...

Guide

16 May 2018

This report intends to be a guide to assist the decision-makers in cities that recognise the challenges of food waste management and wish to find sustainable and effective solutions.

Report

14 Jun 2018

This report examines some of the challenges for policymakers that may arise from the advancement and increasing application of AI. It draws together strands of thinking about the impact that AI may have on selected areas of international affairs – from military, human security and...

Journal article

1 May 2018

The city of Melbourne is located in a highly productive agricultural region with the capacity to meet approximately 41% of the city population’s food needs. Melbourne’s “foodbowl” is an important building block in a resilient and sustainable food system for this rapidly growing city. This...

Report

15 Jun 2018

The Singapore economy faces significant challenges in coming years, including disruptions caused by new technologies, changing structures of international competitiveness and growing economic nationalism.

Report

13 Jun 2018

In December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse final report made 409 recommendations. The Australian government is addressing each of these recommendations in partnership with state and territory governments.

Literature review

6 Mar 2018

This literature review presents Australian and international evidence on early childhood education and its impacts on children's learning and development.

Report

13 Jun 2018

The objective of this audit was to assess whether the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial have implemented effective collections management practices.

Report

14 Jun 2017

This report provides an up-to-date assessment of Australia’s electric vehicle industry. While electric vehicles currently only make up 0.1% of the Australian vehicle market, our analysis of electric vehicle uptake, policy and consumer attitudes shows that momentum is building.

Report

Driving momentum in electric mobility
14 Jun 2018

On the back of global trends, media interest and growing consumer awareness at home, Australia’s electric vehicle industry grew slightly last year, according to this report.

Journal article

14 Jun 2018

This project has generated important ideas that may help to further improve implementation of school vaccination programs, including allowing electronic consent, increasing student engagement, improving access to previous vaccination records and increasing school staff accountability.

Report

15 Jun 2018

This year’s review found that while competition in the retail energy market continues to evolve, it is currently not delivering the expected benefits to consumers.

Literature review

A literature review of waste management, health, and wellbeing in rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
9 May 2017

This literature review captures the main ideas evident in the literature on the relationship between health, waste management, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in rural and remote Australia (hereafter Indigenous Australians).

Report

30 Jun 2008

This study set out to review work to date on sustainable investment in desert settlements, reporting on extending the lifecycle of remote, particularly Aboriginal, settlement housing and infrastructure relative to social, technical and economic investment. We aimed to synthesise emerging understandings, articulate new thinking in...

Guide

14 Jun 2018

As well as representing a human rights and humanitarian crisis in its own right, the ongoing Rohingya migrant crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh demonstrates the linkages between unresolved internal conflicts, mass displacement and wider instability in Australia’s region.

Report

14 Jun 2018

This research examines the concept of 'office of profit under the Crown’.

Submission

Treasury Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Plan) Bill 2018 [Provisions] Submission 13
13 Jun 2018

This paper examines the Turnbull Government’s 2018 personal income tax proposals by presenting a distributional analysis of the tax cuts and then looking at some general tax principles and considerations that we can use to assess the present proposals.

Policy report

13 Jun 2018

The most basic requirement for any tax system is to raise enough revenues to fund the legitimate expenditure requirements of governments. Since the Global Financial Crisis, tax adequacy has become an increasing concern because of ill disciplined government spending.

Submission

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018
15 Apr 2018

ACOSS submission to Community Affairs Committee on Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018, recommending the Committee oppose this Bill.

Website

15 May 2018

ACOSS' analysis of the 2018-19 Federal Budget, split into 5 sections: Tax, Social Security, Essential Services, Health & Aged Care, and Missing in Action.

Briefing paper

ACOSS briefing note
15 Apr 2018

This briefing note describes why we cannot afford more company or personal tax cuts while the budget remains in deficit.

Briefing paper

ACOSS briefing note
4 Jun 2018

The current debate over personal tax cuts and the Budget echoes a similar debate a decade ago, when just before the 2007 federal election, the Coalition government promised $31 billion of income tax cuts.

Working paper

2 Jun 2018

The first part of this paper develops a theoretical model of fiscal equalisation to derive an optimal equalisation formula that has general applicability for federations. If vertical equity is achieved by the central government and horizontal equity by interstate migration, the welfare-maximising role of fiscal...

Working paper

1 Jun 2018

I show that where a child grows up has a causal effect on their adult income, but that place matters most in the teenage years. I use variation in the age at which Australian children move to identify this pattern of place exposure effects. I...

Working paper

31 May 2018

By international standards, Australia’s business tax system combines a high company tax rate of 30 per cent with low taxation of domestic investors through dividend imputation. This prioritising of domestic investors over foreign investors is at odds with the evidence in this paper that the...

Report

14 Jun 2018

Taxi and hire car licence holders were given the “bureaucratic run-around” when seeking payments from the Fairness Fund set up by the state government to provide them prompt financial assistance, the Victorian Ombudsman has found.

Audio

14 Jun 2018

Universities struck by a federal government funding freeze will be forced to go without up to 15% of their base funding.

Policy report

13 Jun 2018

Consult Australia calls on all political parties to ensure that the governments they lead, or support, will behave ethically, fairly, and honestly in their dealings with the private sector. That is, for them to adopt a Model Client Policy, in line with governments’ Model Litigant...

Report

14 Jun 2018

Following the journeys of 14,000 young people over a decade, this report reveals the factors that accelerate the transition to full-time work, including the skills, mindset and confidence young people need to navigate our changed world of work.

Journal article

24 May 2018

Conservation of biodiversity in urban environments depends on species’ responses to the intensity of urban development. ‘Land sharing’ and ‘land sparing’ represent alternate ends of a gradient that conceptualises a trade-off between the human population and biodiversity. We used a linear optimisation procedure to 1)...

Commentary

Melbourne bird survey supports research suggesting native species thrive better if planning includes environmental reserves, rather than backyards
31 May 2018

A new study published online in the British Ecological Society journal this weekfound that development models based on a “land sharing” approach, where native species are provided with habitat in the form of the inter-connected backyards and tree-lined streets of a low-density suburb, performed poorly...

Report

13 Jun 2018

The first of July 2018 marks an important day for Australia’s quest to become a more important actor in space, with the creation of an Australian Space Agency. For the first time, Australia looks to have direction, coordination and focus in its endeavours beyond Earth....

Report

8 Jun 2018

'Red tape' is often a poorly defined term, used in different contexts to mean different things. What one person considers red tape could, to another, be an indispensable piece of regulation. To provide direction to public policy, it is important that there is a clear...

Briefing paper

12 Jun 2018

The function of insurance in our community is highlighted in Australian natural disasters. Insurance in natural disasters has been in sharp focus since at least 2010. The variety, frequency, severity of natural disasters and catastrophes in Australia create unique challenges for the community, policyowners and...

Briefing paper

12 Jun 2018

The aim of the paper is to give the reader a guide to the law, regulation and practices in general insurance in Australia. It is a large topic. The importance of regulation in the work of the Commission means that the part dealing with regulation...

Report

7 Jun 2018

This report examines Chinese investment in Australia for the calendar year 2017 and incorporates the latest Chinese Investors in Australia Survey. This special edition provides some timely insights into the perceptions of the Australian investment climate by Chinese investors, as well as the key challenges...

Report

12 Jun 2018

This report has found that in 2017 Australia achieved a small annual reduction in carbon emissions intensity from new vehicles when compared to the results achieved in 2016.

Report

23 Aug 2017

This report identifies the need for a framework to underpin all digital procurement across government. This framework would simplify a range of agency practices and include reforms to digital (including ICT) panels.

Discussion paper

15 Apr 2014

This paper provides a framework for discussion around how Australian access to justice research, policy development and the delivery of public legal assistance services can best build upon the substantial evidence base made up of findings from ‘legal needs’ surveys undertaken in Australia and overseas....

Report

12 Jun 2018

This paper argues that depending on the choices that its members make, the emergence of an African middle class will either assist the development of African agriculture or further increase the continent’s reliance on food imports.

Discussion paper

10 Jun 2018

This paper shows why trade unions and collective bargaining are good for workers and good for the economy. It shows how the decline of the union movement has contributed to a growing power imbalance in the economy and to soaring inequality.

Strategy

VCOSS state election platform 2018
13 Jun 2018

The VCOSS state election platform 2018 presents a vision for Victoria that has the attainment of ‘a good life’ at its core. VCOSS believes a good life should be central to the policy platform of every political party contesting the 2018 Victorian election.

Submission

30 May 2018

Submission to the Senate Economics Committee on the proposed income tax cuts, in which ACOSS recommends that these cuts be opposed in their entirety and lists the main reasons why.

Journal article

16 Apr 2018

All available data suggest that, like many other Indigenous peoples, Australian Aborigines are significantly more likely to kill themselves than are non-Aboriginal Australians. This research explores the possibility that higher-than-normal Aboriginal suicide rates may also be a function of coronial decision-making practices.

Discussion paper

15 May 2018

Australia has a detailed system of ‘awards’ that specify different minimum wages depending on the industry, location and skill of an employee. Using job-level data from a survey of firms, this paper examines the effect of award wage changes on wages, hours worked and the...

Report

12 Jun 2018

The ACCC has completed its eighth annual report under the Water Act 2007 (Cth). This report provides information on the state of the rural water sector in the Murray-Darling Basin for the 2016–17 financial year.

Report

8 Jun 2018

New South Wales, like Australia overall, has experienced a large decline in crime since 2000, yet little is known about its causes. This study explored this decline through a developmental criminology lens by examining two birth cohorts involving all those born in New South Wales...

Report

7 Jun 2018

This report explains how the examination of retention, completion and success in higher education has come about. It looks at what the higher education sector is saying about the factors that impact on these issues and makes recommendations about how Australia can further build on...

Discussion paper

9 Jun 2017

The first part of this discussion paper provides a snapshot of the extensive work to date on retention, completion and success. The second part of the paper examines how higher education providers and government are supporting students to make the right choices about their higher...

Report

11 Jun 2018

This report outlines why Western Australia would be an ideal home for the Australian National Space Agency, citing WA's geographic advantages and expertise in the space industry, which both align with the objectives of the Australian Space Agency.

Report

21 Nov 2017

This report has been prepared for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS). The terms of reference for this work are set out in Appendix A. It was prepared before the announcement that the Commonwealth Government will establish an Australian Space Agency.

Report

12 Jun 2018

The Emissions Audit tracks Australia’s emissions of greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuels every quarter; this issue contains data up to the end of March 2018.

Report

How the Lobbying Act is affecting charity and voluntary sector campaigning in the UK
5 Jun 2018

This research set out to find out whether the Lobbying Act is directly affecting charity and voluntary organisations’ ability to campaign. The evidence found that it is.

Journal article

16 May 2018

The UK open access (OA) policy landscape simultaneously preferences Gold publishing models (Finch Report, RCUK, COAF) and Green OA through repository usage (HEFCE), creating the possibility of confusion and duplication of effort for academics and support staff. Alongside these policy developments, there has been an...

Report

12 Jun 2018

While Australia debates how to reach our Paris Agrement targets, wider issues such as whether these targets are appropriate and how they might need to be adjusted in the future are receiving scant attention.

Report

30 May 2018

This project was conducted in 2005-2006, using a multi-faceted, collaborative approaches to enhance; then monitor, the systematic collection of standardised clinician-rated Outcomes information with Indigenous adult consumers across the Far North Queensland mental health network. While the project was led by University of Queensland researchers,...

Report

31 May 2018

The Commerce Commission has released this report detailing the findings of its review of 215 selected lenders’ websites for compliance with disclosure rules.

Submission

5 Jun 2018

Universities New Zealand has made this submission to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. The submission outlines a number of key points, which are both issues and opportunities for improvement.

Discussion paper

8 Jun 2018

On behalf of the Minister of Forestry and the Minister for Climate Change, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is consulting on a set of twelve improvements to forestry regulations in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS).

Article

6 Jun 2018

Behavioral psychologist Ingrid Gehl influenced much of the thinking of her husband, the celebrated urbanist Jan Gehl. Imagine if all designers were married to behavioral scientists–or even if they just talked with each other.

Read the full story at Co.Design

Report

31 May 2018

Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according to this Pew Research Center survey.

Report

5 Mar 2018

This report presents the methodology and results of a study investigating the consumption based greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 79 cities, carried out by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in partnership with the University of Leeds (United Kingdom), the University of New South...

Commentary

8 Jun 2018

The debate about the Turnbull Government’s income tax cuts is being sidetracked by misconceptions.

Briefing paper

10 Jun 2018

Polling released by The Australia Institute shows that a majority of voters support key recommendations put forward in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Presentation

Paper presented to Governance and Risk Management Forum, Brisbane, Australia, 7-8 June 2018
8 Jun 2018

This presentation provides a toolbox of five tools for organisations to start their climate change related strategy, financial disclosure and risk management. The toolbox was presented to the Governance and Risk Management Forum in Brisbane on the 8th June 2018.

Article

19 Sep 2014

For more than half a century, policy experts have been putting forward plans to simplify the income-support system. Some of the more radical plans, such as a negative income tax, would replace our current system of allowances and pensions with a single unconditional payment paid...

Article

19 Sep 2014

The dynamics of disability social policy, political participation and communication rights are complex. Overview An epochal social policy reform in Australia is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Much is to unfold concerning the realities of what the NDIS will offer Australians with disabilities, and...

Article

10 Oct 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s talk on social policy topics has included such easy-to-recall phrases such as ‘lifters, not leaners’, ‘workers, not shirkers’, and ‘earning or learning’. These phrases are not just slogans; like all politicians’ public talk, they express a take on the world. Such...

Journal article

17 Oct 2014

The Forrest Review represents the primary problem of Indigenous employment services as ill-discipline borne of overly permissive government funding. Providers of publicly-funded employment and training programs must be disciplined by tying the bulk of their income to 26-week employment outcome payments and the power to...

Article

27 Oct 2014

In an essay titled ‘What is social policy’, Richard Titmuss wrote: ‘What is “welfare” for some groups may be “illfare" for others’. Titmuss was ahead of his time in urging political commentators and social policy researchers to consider the broad welfare landscape and the mechanisms...

Book review

7 Nov 2014

George Eliot’s fictional experiments were designed to provoke the reader to reflect on the ways in which political institutions and social and sexual mores help to determine the shape of human life. Yet Rebecca Mead’s popular recent reading of Eliot’s masterpiece, Middlemarch, barely mentions social...

Book review

21 Nov 2014

Death in a casino: negligence, assault, manslaughter? Or business as usual? A searching account of a case at Melbourne’s Crown tries to clarify the distinction between ‘what is legal’ and ‘what is moral’. Although it may be impossible to specify, this distinction creates room for...

Book review

28 Nov 2014

On 3 August 2007, Peter Connelly died of injuries sustained at his family home in London aged just seventeen months. In the aftermath of Peter’s death, politicians rode high on outrage and Rebekah Brooks, the then editor of The Sun newspaper, led what she termed...