February 2019

Strategy

11 Feb 2019

To prepare students for their future careers, Future Ready focuses on the importance of building the skills and general capabilities they will need in the workplace, strengthening school and employer collaboration, and developing students' career management and navigation skills.

Journal article

8 Jan 2019

The research findings outlined in this article show that aspects of time consumption, privacy, dealing with information overload, and prevalent styles of communication are predominant concerns inhibiting social science researchers from using social media platforms for their work.

Briefing paper

14 Feb 2019

This briefing paper teases out the challenges and opportunities around co-producing evidence appropriate to participatory social policy and practice, and increasing people’s control within communities and services.

Guide

14 Feb 2019

This quick guide provides an overview of mental health in Australia, including the prevalence of mental health conditions, the cost of mental illness, government responsibilities, and mental health services available in Australia.

Report

15 Feb 2019

The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking and slavery in Australia, using the statistical method of multiple systems estimation (MSE).

Report

10 Feb 2019

The Wentworth Group conducted a study to evaluate whether environmental water recovery has led to observable increases in river flows at two key sites along the Murray-Darling Basin. This summary report outlines the findings.

Report

22 Jan 2019

Key findings:

The political tipping point is coming. The falling costs of renewables are driving a political tipping point where politicians move from expensive support for renewables to embrace the sector and to tax fossil fuel externalities. This is a key driver of...

Report

3 Jan 2019

This report analyses the geopolitical implications of the global energy transformation driven by renewables.

Commentary

14 Feb 2019

Some targets seem easier to meet than others, while some are just plain unreliable. Here are four things we've learnt from the last decade of Closing the Gap policy.

Report

14 Feb 2019

For the first time, the Queensland Government has produced a new publication, a 'report card' contribution which it says moves away from a deficit model towards one underpinned by community strengths.

Report

The appalling state of emergency accommodation in Melbourne’s north and west
15 Feb 2019

This report has been prepared in response to consumer feedback that highlights the crisis in crisis accommodation in Melbourne’s north and west.

Report

12 Feb 2019

The committee reports on the fourth round of hearings, held in October 2018, which focused on the major banks' responses to the interim report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Report

14 Feb 2019

This joint Australian and New Zealand report looks at the broad challenges and opportunities created by the digital economy and at what institutional and regulatory settings by the Australian and New Zealand Governments would be most effective.

Report

14 Feb 2019

This paper argues that the fear of a foreign invasion has driven post-Revolutionary Iran to pursue active contacts with terrorist organisations, but Tehran has also worked closely with Washington against al-Qaeda and in post-invasion Iraq.

Report

1 Feb 2018

This research report contains the main findings of a qualitative research project based on 150 telephone and face-to-face interviews with individuals working in the gig economy. They were primarily asked about their motivations for undertaking this type of work, the nature of the work itself,...

Report

An overview of Australian higher education provider responses to the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment
25 Jan 2019

This report presents TEQSA’s analysis of the responses and information on the websites of 42 universities and 126 independent and TAFE higher education providers. The report explains the method by which the analysis was undertaken, and details the actions TEQSA is taking to support provider...

Report

14 Feb 2019

This is the final report against the framework established in 2008, and marks a transition to the next phase of Closing the Gap. In December 2018, COAG committed to forming a genuine formal partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to finalise the Closing...

Other text

19 Sep 2018

Terms of Reference

The Standing Committee on Economics will inquire into and report on the use of refundable franking credits, their benefits and the implications of their removal, including:

- analysis of who receives refundable franking credits, the opportunities it provides to...

Policy report

16 Aug 2018

A response is needed to the numerous issues spurred by the expansion of the gig economy, where flexible patterns of employment prevail in contrast to permanent jobs. In this context of the exponential growth of the digital economy and underlying business models the largest nationwide...

Report

13 Feb 2019

This report presents findings of a survey of 120 people across Australia who are connected to schools, and examines their beliefs, attitudes and experiences relating to the impact of their built environment on health and learning outcomes.

Submission

2 Nov 2018

The submission made by Per Capita, an Australian progressive thinktank, to the Standing Committee on Economics inquiry.

Report

ASPI Strategic Insights
14 Feb 2019

This collection of articles from ASPI’s The Strategist comprises a diversity of perspectives on the relationship between the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and a range of countries’ national and regional interests.

Article

14 Feb 2019

How love works on our mind, body and soul – and why we want to write music about it, according to five Melbourne Uni scientists.

Strategy

10 Feb 2019

This strategy introduces significant transformations aimed at Western Australia becoming a circular economy, with a greater focus on avoidance as well as moving to targets for material recovery and environmental protection in addition to landfill diversion.

Other text

12 Dec 2018

In December 2016, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to refresh the Closing the Gap agenda ahead of the tenth anniversary of the agreement and four of the seven targets expiring in 2018. This statement responds to calls for the principles of empowerment and...

Strategy

14 Feb 2019

The 2019 Infrastructure Priority List details nationally significant investments, providing decision makers with advice and guidance on specific infrastructure investments in Australia.

Report

13 Feb 2019

The specialist homelessness services 2017–18 web report is the seventh annual report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection. It describes the characteristics of clients of specialist homelessness services, the services requested, outcomes achieved, and unmet requests for services during 2017–18.

Report

12 Feb 2019

This is the third annual NHS workforce trends report published by the Health Foundation. Analysis of the NHS staff profile and trends in England in 2018 largely confirms the trends identified in our 2016 and 2017 reports, and shows an ongoing deterioration for some key...

Report

Initial report
12 Feb 2019

Human impacts on the environment have reached a critical stage, potentially eroding the conditions upon which socioeconomic stability is possible. This paper argues that three shifts in understanding across political and policy communities are required: of the scale and pace of environmental breakdown, the implications...

Policy report

12 Feb 2019

This paper discusses the history of cash refunds of excess franking credits, and the impact abolition would have on taxpayers, markets and revenue.

Commentary

13 Feb 2019

James Murphy examines whether life is too easy for MPs representing this well-heeled Melbourne electorate.

Working paper

6 Feb 2019

The fourth industrial revolution involves the continuous and cyclical flow of information and actions between the physical and digital worlds. This revolution can potentially create a hyper-connected defence-industry-research-academia ecosystem able to continually innovate.

Report

Results from our fourth national consumer survey (2018 data) on digital health adoption
13 Feb 2019

A publicly accessible report from the 2018 Digital Health Consumer Adoption survey, conducted by Rock Health. The survey consists of 4,000 respondents of US adults aged 18 and over.

Commentary

13 Feb 2019

What is the best way forward to achieve urban water security?

Commentary

12 Feb 2019

This is the first of two articles looking at the increasing reliance of Australian cities on desalination to supply drinking water, with less emphasis on alternatives such as recycling and demand management. So what is the best way forward to achieve urban water security?

Report

29 Jan 2019

As cyber threats continue to grow in sophistication, organizations face a persistent challenge in recruiting skilled cybersecurity professionals. This paper highlights the gaps that exist in the nation’s current cybersecurity education and training landscape and identifies examples of successful programs that hold promise as models...

Report

ImagineSydney: Create, Live, Work and Play: What will it take to drive a more prosperous Sydney?
12 Feb 2019

ImagineSydney: Play, is the third in a four-part series which sets out to uncover what makes Sydney a complete city, full of buzz, opportunity and excitement.

Briefing paper

6 Feb 2019

This paper argues that the United States should pursue an exit strategy that is based on realistic timelines, supports a viable peace process that achieves a legitimate, representative Afghan government, seeks to protect the political and social gains made over almost 20 years, and provides...

Technical report

16 Jan 2018

The Australian Housing Conditions Dataset (AHCD) responds to a pressing need for a reliable and up-to-date housing conditions data infrastructure. This initial wave is focused on New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. However, additional work to build upon, adapt and apply the AHCD research...

Briefing paper

6 Feb 2019

For European countries and institutions as well as for transatlantic relations, 2019 will be a pivotal year. With several important leadership, policy, and structural transitions taking place in capitals and Brussels, there will be instability and uncertainty but from this could stem more positive dynamics....

Briefing paper

29 Jan 2019

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, Treaty, signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, was a profound achievement. It was the first bilateral nuclear arms control treaty to ban an entire class of weapons. It contained...

Policy

Our Plan to protect Australia and keep Australians safe
11 Feb 2019

A plan launched by Prime Minister Scott Morrison which "sets out plainly what a re-elected Morrison Liberal Nationals Government will continue to do to keep Australians safe and secure".

Report

Strong culture, strong peoples, strong families
1 Oct 2018

Dhelk Dja is the key Aboriginal-led Victorian Agreement that commits the signatories – Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal services and government – to work together and be accountable for ensuring that Aboriginal people, families and communities are stronger, safer, thriving and living free from family violence.

Briefing paper

1 Jan 2019

Because of their good relations with both the US and Israel, certain Arab states are well placed to play an important role in Israeli–Palestinian peacemaking. This briefing explores four scenarios concerning their role in the process and the likely outcomes.

Submission

Implementation Guidelines
8 Feb 2019

This is a joint response prepared by the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group, the peak leadership organisation for 39 university librarians in Australia. Broadly we support the intent of Plan S, however in summary we believe that the implementation guidelines need particular attention.

Literature review

5 Sep 2017

This literature review provides an overview of cognitive load theory, which is a theory of how human brains learn and store knowledge. Dylan Wiliam has described cognitive load theory as ‘the single most important thing for teachers to know’. Grounded in a robust evidence base,...

Report

1 May 2017

It has recently become an article of faith that workers in advanced industrial nations face almost unprecedented levels of labor-market disruption and insecurity. From taxi drivers being displaced by Uber, to lawyers losing their jobs to artificial intelligence-enabled legal-document review, to robotic automation putting blue-collar...

Audio podcast

5 Feb 2019

A conversation with researchers and advocates about mental health and the impact of economics and the changing nature of work

Literature review

5 Feb 2019

This rapid literature review investigates the emotional health and wellbeing of Australia's carer population.

Survey

25 Jan 2019

Based on the Life in Australia study, this report assesses Australians' support for Australia Day on 26 January.

Report

1 Feb 2019

This report is based on data about e-cigarettes in the 2017/18 New Zealand Smoking Monitor (NZSM) from 1,099 respondents.

Report

National and local purchasing times
31 Jan 2019

This report from SHORE & Whariki Research Centre examines patterns of purchasing of alcohol in New Zealand, including late night purchasing, from on and off licensed premises, using survey data from 2015.

Report

A rapid review of the evidence around employment among refugees and temporary protection visa holders in the Australian labour market
16 May 2016

This review examines the current evidence base to explore the strengths, opportunities and challenges facing newly arrived refugees and temporary protection visa holders in the Australian labour market.

Report

Opening the aperture
11 Feb 2019

This publication compiles multiple referenced articles and discussion pieces covering topics such as human genetics, genomic medicine, biomarkers in cancer, mobile applications and innovation in new business models for the future of healthcare.

Report

29 Nov 2018

This review examines the goals and vision of the National Disability Strategy with a particular focus on people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Policy report

Future productivity
18 Dec 2018

Future Productivity is the third edition of Industry Insights. Future Productivity looks at Australia’s productivity performance and how digital technologies and management capability may affect productivity in the years ahead.

Report

23 Jan 2018

This chapter focuses on specialist homelessness services funded by government under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). Other non-specialist homelessness services are not included in this Report.

Report

23 Jan 2018

This chapter presents data on the performance of governments in providing social housing, including public housing, State owned and managed Indigenous housing, community housing and Indigenous community housing.

Report

1 Dec 2013

The manufacturing environment is changing dramatically. With the advancement of technology, it becomes difficult to find the talent with the skills to use it. Demand exists for well-trained, skilled employees, but a limited supply appears to be available. The solution won’t come from a single...

Report

23 Jan 2018

This chapter reports on the performance of governments in providing youth justice services.

Report

23 Jan 2018

This chapter reports on the performance of governments in providing child protection, out-of-home care, family support services and intensive family support services.

Report

23 Jan 2018

This chapter reports on the Australian, State and Territory governments’ assistance provided to people with disability and their carers.

Report

7 Feb 2019

This is a record of inquest hearings into the deaths of thirteen children and young persons in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, held in 2017.

Report

11 Feb 2019

This report details a symposium in October 2018 which brought together experts from around the country to discuss the ways that truth telling could support healing and reconciliation in Australia.

Policy report

1 Nov 2016

Smart manufacturing—the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to every facet of modern manufacturing processes—is in the midst of transforming the global manufacturing economy. The digitalization of manufacturing will transform how products are designed, fabricated, used, operated, and serviced post-sale, as much as it...

Report

Technical report
12 Feb 2019

This report describes national data sources available for monitoring the effects of diabetes during pregnancy on mothers and babies. It identifies current data gaps, alternate data sources for monitoring outcomes associated with diabetes in pregnancy, and possible data linkages to improve national monitoring of pregnancies...

Survey

10 Feb 2019

Results from the Pew Research Center’s Spring 2018 Global Attitudes Survey, conducted in 26 nations, show that worries about ISIS and North Korea persist, as fears about American power grow.

Website

11 Feb 2019

An updated, January 2019, listing and summary of 18 topics the Liberal Party has identified as key topics for policy and political action.

Policy

The direction, values and policy priorities of the next Coalition Government
1 Feb 2013

This policy booklet, produced by the Liberal Abbott government in January 2013, sets out 12 policy action areas and commitments:

1. We will build a stronger, more productive and diverse economy with lower taxes, more efficient government and more productive businesses that will...

Report

5 Feb 2019

This report models a number of policy solutions that would reduce the amount people on low incomes spend on energy, in order to reduce their energy stress and support a faster transition to clean energy.

Discussion paper

18 Jan 2019

This Centre of Gravity discussion paper examines military expenses funding, arguing for direct war taxes and conscription or systems of national service.

Report

Summary report of community voices and stakeholder perspectives from eight communities
5 Feb 2019

This evaluation report presents community views on the Community Development Programme (CDP) based on surveys with community members, CDP providers and stakeholders across eight remote communities.

Report

5 Feb 2019

This is a brief summary of the Community Development Programme evaluation, drawing on the community fieldwork and administrative data evaluation reports.

Report

5 Feb 2019

This evaluation report draws on administrative data to examine participation and employment outcomes over the first two years of the Community Development Programme.

Blog post

11 Feb 2019

Second in a four-part series of articles about NZ's Tomorrow’s Schools Review, this post focuses on the ‘framing’ of the report – the underlying messages about the agenda, value system and goals that are evident in the introduction and summary sections of the report.

Blog post

8 Feb 2019

This piece begins a four-part series about the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce report released in December 2018 reviewing the administrative arrangements for New Zealand schooling over the last three decades.

Report

23 Jan 2019

This paper looks at the role of subnational governments in influencing global climate ambition, and makes recommendations for how these actors can increase their influence in the future.

Report

5 Feb 2019

In emerging economies, technology use is still much more common among young people and the well-educated.

Report

11 Feb 2019

This report presents key findings from the 2018 survey, showing the attitudes and perceptions Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians hold about each other.

Policy

15 Aug 1988

In 1989, the NZ government released their education policy in response to the Administering for Excellence report. This document, called Tomorrow's Schools was the blueprint for the education sector as we know it today.

Report

7 Dec 2018

As part of the national Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga, the NZ Government is reviewing Tomorrow’s Schools – the name given to the reforms that dramatically changed the governance, management and administration of our schools nearly 30 years ago.

Discussion paper

11 Feb 2019

The rapid growth in out-of-pocket (OOP) costs has undermined the universality of Medicare and the effectiveness of private health insurance. This paper offers a road map for tackling the problems associated with OOP costs through short- and long- term initiatives, backed by evidence and informed...

Website

30 Jan 2019

The National Drought Map is a new online tool that brings together population data and information on drought conditions in Australia.

Report

1 Nov 2010

It has long been recognised that industrial clustering benefits businesses by giving them access to skilled staff and shared services, and the opportunity to capture valuable knowledge spillovers. This is equally true of creative businesses, as exemplified by Hollywood, or closer to home by a...

Briefing paper

POSTnote 593
7 Feb 2019

This briefing looks at the cyber threats associated with consumer devices and their causes, as well as initiatives to improve device security, and the related challenges.

Presentation

11 Feb 2019

Speech from ACCC Chair outlining issues relating to Dec 2018 preliminary Digital platforms inquiry and especially the future of journalism and impact of major digital platforms such as Facebook and Google.

Report

11 Feb 2019

Increasing renewable generation does create challenges for managing the power system. But energy market authorities have taken significant steps since the SA blackout to ready the grid ready for a future with much more wind and solar generation. This report identifies further necessary reforms.

Report

Agiletown: the relentless march of technology and London's response
1 Dec 2014

Throughout history, advances in technology have transformed commercial activity and the jobs people do, never more so than today with the accelerating pace of change in digitisation and robotics. The continuing impact of technology on jobs needs a response from policy makers , businesses and...

Journal article

23 May 2018

For promoting energy-efficient building design, various green building certification schemes such as BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, Green Mark, BEAM Plus, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, Code of Practice for OTTV, etc. have been developed around the world. In recent years, photovoltaic system is widely adopted in building application....

Briefing paper

8 Jan 2019

While governors across the US are setting innovative energy policies, energy efficiency can help them go even farther toward meeting state goals. This toolkit provides steps for governors to increase energy efficiency in homes, businesses, and transportation. It includes foundational policies, current state practices, and...

Discussion paper

6 Feb 2019

This report aims to demonstrate that the time we spend in work is neither natural nor inevitable. One of the central aims of this report is to establish time itself as a site of political contestation – in the same vein as housing, healthcare, income,...

Policy report

6 Feb 2019

Socialism brings poverty and oppression. The ignorance of so many as to why only a market economy is capable of bringing prosperity and political freedom is a major problem. Too many believe a socialist utopia can be achieved if only the right people took the...

Policy report

7 Feb 2019

This paper argues that numerous studies of the Reading Recovery program have provided no sound evidence that it has sustained positive effects on children’s reading achievement in the medium or long-term, despite its widespread use and high cost.

Policy report

1 Feb 2019

Labor's National Platform outlines its key policy priorities heading into an election year.

Policy report

17 Jan 2019

This paper analyzes the largest and most expensive procurement projects undertaken by either country, Canada’s $73 billion (estimated) National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), launched in 2010, and Australia’s A$90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan (NSP), launched in 2017. Each project represents an attempt to implement a rational,...

Report

19 Mar 2018

Based on in-depth interviews with over 50 key stakeholders, this report from the United Kingdom concludes that the major perceived barriers to implementation of initiatives to reduce drug-related harm can be overcome through partnership working and a greater understanding of their wider positive impact among...

Briefing paper

Background paper commissioned by the EMCDDA for Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide
30 Oct 2017

Summary

A number of European countries have implemented drug checking with the aim of providing targeted preventive messages to recreational drug users. This approach, which is more individualised than mass media campaigns, provides an incentive for drug users to participate in a dialogue...

Working paper

1 Jan 2019

Following the push for reform during the popular uprising in 2011, authoritarianism is once again dominating domestic politics and power relations in the MENA region. Drawing on data collected during field trips to Cairo, Tehran, Beirut and Kuwait city, the authors of this MENARA report...

Report

16 Nov 2016

Relations between Washington and Beijing are likely to face major change once Donald Trump takes over the White House. This DIIS Policy Brief by Andreas Bøje Forsby offers an overview of US-China relations and how they are likely to develop with Donald Trump in the...

Report

7 Feb 2019

This paper argues that to increase potential growth, Russia needs comprehensive economic and institutional reforms that, in turn, will be conditioned by political reforms and by improved economic and political relationships with the United States, the European Union and Russia’s neighbours.

Working paper

17 May 2018

The rise of influential Chinese digital giants, including Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Xiaomi has shown the world that China is a global leader in digital innovation and it is not surprising that China has started to influence the global digital market. But is China exploiting...

Report

1 Mar 2017

Japan’s cyberdefenses remain underdeveloped compared to the country’s great reliance on information and communications technology. Despite Japan’s initial slow response to the security challenges emerging from cyberspace, this paper posits that cybersecurity under the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has moved to the...

Report

1 Dec 2017

The President, Jacob Zuma, replaced his respected Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on the 30th March 2017. It was the second attempt in two years (this time successful) to put an official in this key position who is "acquiescent" to the president's projects. The immediate...

Report

1 Sep 2018

In the last decade, the strengthening of the India-Japan strategic partnership has been primarily driven by geopolitical considerations, in an era of competing regional visions and influence. While bilateral relations have shown progress in terms of political values and interests, strategic convergence and military cooperation,...

Report

The potential for digital inclusion to improve the health and well-being of older people and people with a limiting long-standing illness, disability or infirmity in Wales
7 Feb 2019

This comprehensive and independent report sets a clear roadmap for how digital inclusion can improve the health and well-being of many people in Wales.

Report

1 Jan 2019

On May 21st 2019, Malawi will hold its tripartite elections, where voters will vote for the President, Members of Parliament and local Councillors. 2019 will also mark the 25 years of multiparty politics in Malawi since the one-party regime presided by Hastings Kamuzu Banda came...

Report

8 Feb 2019

To advance a robust bilateral policy debate about the key role of deterrence in Indo-Pacific strategy, the United States Studies Centre and Pacific Forum hosted a Track 1.5 US-Australia Indo-Pacific Deterrence Dialogue in Canberra in December 2018. This summary report reflects the authors’ accounts of...

Report

19 Dec 2018

This report argues that although Australia’s research system is strong, its performance in innovation and commercialisation is not. Nor has innovation policy been effective in driving sustained improvement.

Briefing paper

5 Feb 2019

In 2018, the Law and Justice Foundation developed a resource which provided tabulation of data on legal needs for each generalist community legal centres (CLC) catchment. To best meet the requirements of the CLC sector, a bespoke measure of legal need was developed for inclusion...

Report

3 Dec 2018

Using six waves of LSAC data, this report discusses ways in which Australian children’s experiences and environments affect their prospects and progress, from birth to 15 years old.

Policy report

9 Jan 2019

This paper argues that the Canadian government can choose between two main options: it can follow its current path and only adjust foreign policy as necessary, while waiting out the Trump administration and hoping for more favourable successors, or it can try to set Canada...

Report

7 Feb 2019

Almost eight out of 10 (79%) education and care services are Meeting or Exceeding the National Quality Standard (NQS), according to the NQF Snapshot Q4 2018 released by ACECQA.

Briefing paper

8 Feb 2019

This research from the Australian National University (ANU) has found that Australia is installing renewable power per person each year faster than any other country, helping it to meet its entire Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets five years early.

Report

5 Feb 2019

This report presents data on, and trends in, waste recovery, recycling and disposal in Queensland during the 2017–18 financial year. It provides valuable insight to help inform policy development and decision makers in the waste and resource recovery industry, local government and Queensland Government about...

Report

5 Feb 2019

This paper argues that although the Inuit and the Sámi continue to face inertia and resistance to change from non-Indigenous governments at all levels, continuing the development of robust and effective institutions of self-rule and shared rule is critical to the success of Indigenous self-determination...

Guide

14 Jan 2019

Research shows that one in four women in Australia has experienced at least one incident of non-physical abuse from a partner. However, half of Australians find it difficult to recognise non-physical forms of abuse between partners. This resource aims to support prevention practitioners in their...

Report

7 Feb 2019

The Iranian Revolution in 1979 saw attitudes towards the US change in that country because of perceptions that it had worked with the Shah to subjugate Iranians. The current perception of the US in Saudi Arabia is a complex one - the US remains an...

Report

Report of the expert group to the European Commission
30 Jan 2019

This report proposes a vision for the future of scholarly communication; it examines the current system, with its strengths and weaknesses, and its main actors. It considers the roles of researchers, research institutions, funders, policymakers, publishers and other service providers.

Working paper

23 Oct 2018

This white paper examines the current state of zero energy codes and provides an update on avenues to achieving zero energy codes by 2030. It presents an overview of current efforts to achieve zero energy and similarly high-performing buildings, example code proposals that help move...

Guide

7 Feb 2019

This overview summarises 10 key legislative changes to sentencing law in Victoria from 2018, including the introduction of standard sentences, Category A and B serious youth offences and youth control orders. It also looks at two judicial decisions that will affect the way that sentencing...

Technical report

28 Dec 2018

Modern residential building energy codes provide a component tradeoff mechanism by which builders can trade reductions in the efficiency of some building components in trade for corresponding improvement in other components. One common tradeoff approach is based on maintaining a building "UA value," which represents...

Technical report

28 Dec 2018

Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) save energy by recovering heat that would otherwise be exhausted as part of energy code-mandated mechanical ventilation systems. Residential HRVs can be life cycle cost effective depending on equipment/installation costs and the severity of the climate. This brief evaluates HRV cost...

Working paper

11 Jan 2019

The purpose of this working paper is to provide insight into the complexity of urbanisation and present key entry points for its better management. The paper argues that an integrated programming or a ‘systems’ approach to urban development assistance in Asia and the Pacific is...

Report

11 Jan 2019

This paper reports on an action learning project undertaken by the Sexual Rights in Development Community of Practice in recognition of the challenges and possibilities that this acknowledgment might present for ACFID members.

Technical report

9 Jan 2019

In 2017, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) developed its 2016 Stretch Code Supplement to the 2016 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code. Since 2017, NYSERDA has continued to develop the 2018 edition, as part of the efforts to achieve a...

Report

23 Jan 2019

New data suggests East Asia is no longer as reliant on US or Western markets as it once was. Instead, led by a huge expansion in Chinese demand, the region has become far more internally driven, making it somewhat less vulnerable to current global trade...

Discussion paper

1 Feb 2019

This research shows that gas and coal power plants broke down 135 times in 2018, breaking down at a rate of once every 2.7 days. While this could be expected of an aging coal fleet, the analysis shows that Australia’s newest coal power plants (so-called...

Working paper

5 Feb 2019

Through an extended decomposition framework, this paper estimates the effect of four main components (policy, demography, market income and other factors) on the year-over-year changes in income inequality in Australia between 2002 and 2016.

Guide

Incorporating fundable buildings sector Green House Gas (GHG) emission mitigation actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
25 Jan 2019

The buildings sector contributes nearly 40% to global energy-related annual GHG emissions (IEA/UNEP, 2018). Final energy demand from buildings is predicted to increase 50% by 2050 compared with 2015 levels under business as usual scenarios due to rapid urbanisation and the doubling of the built...

Commentary

6 Feb 2019

Kenneth Hayne has shown the way ahead for government, regulators and the banks themselves, writes Tim Colebatch.

Commentary

7 Feb 2019

A decade after Black Saturday, with record floods in Queensland, severe bushfires in Tasmania and Victoria, widespread heatwaves and drought, and a crisis in the Murray-Darling Basin, it is timely to reflect on the state of adaptation policy and practice in Australia.

Report

4 Feb 2019

This report assesses the extent to which it would be feasible for the non-residential building sector as a whole, and for individual building forms, to achieve net zero energy and/or greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Report

4 Feb 2019

This report acknowledges the strong calls from energy consumer groups, and many in the building and building products sectors, to improve the affordability of operating new and existing homes.

Report

4 Feb 2019

COAG Energy Ministers have agreed upon this Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings , a national plan that sets a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings for Australia.

Report

6 Feb 2019

This report predicts that early action to diversify the economy and invest in regional development could ensure the Hunter Valley avoids the worst economic impacts of a decline in coal mining as the world acts on climate change.

Report

29 Jan 2019

Asset recycling involves the monetisation of existing public assets through sale or lease to the private sector, with all funds received being reinvested in new infrastructure. Asset recycling offers the opportunity to provide newly needed infrastructure without adding to public debt. This report outlines the...

Briefing paper

6 Feb 2019

This explainer identifies four current trends in workplace monitoring and surveillance: prediction and flagging tools; biometrics and health data; remote monitoring and time-tracking; and gamification and algorithmic management.

Report

7 Feb 2019

This report examines the prevalence of comorbid chronic conditions among people with musculoskeletal conditions using data from the National Health Survey 2014–15 and the National Hospital Morbidity Database 2016–17.

Report

6 Feb 2019

The World Health Organization estimates that female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) affects over 200 million women and girls across the world. This report provides an indication of the potential number of women and girls living in Australia who may have undergone FGM/C.

Report

The Government response to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
4 Feb 2019

The Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has released this Australian government’s response to the Royal Commission.

Working paper

5 Feb 2019

This paper uses firm-level data from the Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) to measure the dispersion in labour productivity for six Australian industries (manufacturing; construction; retail trade; wholesale trade; professional, scientific and technical services; and administrative and support services).

Report

The report of the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy
5 Feb 2019

This report aims to articulate the reasons for the growing distrust in American institutions, to re-envision news media that will be fair, truthful and responsible, and to catalyze citizens to participate in civic life.

Report

13 Dec 2018

This report outlines how Australia’s anti-tax avoidance regime could be further strengthened to ensure that multinationals – particularly those profiting of Australia’s finite nature resources – can no longer avoid their tax obligations with impunity.

Discussion paper

31 Jan 2019

This discussion paper outlines the nature of insecure work in Australia. It defines how we got here, and what the impact of such widespread workplace insecurity is on Australia’s workers and its economy.

Report

6 Feb 2019

This paper describes offenders charged with the murder or manslaughter of their child(ren) in Australia between 2000–01 and 2011–12 to examine the prevalence of risk factors documented in the literature among custodial parents, non-custodial parents and step-parents.

Presentation

6 Feb 2019

The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust has changed profoundly in the past year — people have shifted their trust to the relationships within their control, most notably their employers.

Trust Inequality

There is a 16-point gap between the more trusting...

Report

2 Jun 2017

This publication collects the top level outcomes of recent workshops and, in doing so, presents a broader set of national research priorities in natural hazards emergency management by identifying end user motivated national priorities across major themes.

Strategy

16 Jun 2017

The research priorities outlined in this document represent the consensus view of industry experts and are based on extensive consultation and discussion. This is the first time an exercise of this scale focussed on natural disasters has been conducted in Australia

Policy report

G20 Insights
26 Jun 2017

Digitization is driving massive labour market transformation across the globe. This policy brief looks at the effects of automation on businesses, current workforces and communities especially in developed nations and suggests interventions to tackle the unprecedented challenges. Even though complexity and exponential developments in the...

Report

9 May 2017

Artificial intelligence needs both more robust governance and a new operating model to realise its full potential. AI is emerging as the defining technology of our age, with many industries already utilising AI in some form. And as humans and machines collaborate more closely, and...

Report

6 Feb 2019

Research messages brings together publicly released research produced by NCVER each year. This year’s compilation includes an extensive array of research activities undertaken during 2018, comprising of research reports, summaries, opinion pieces, infographics, interactive tools, presentations, in-house seminars, submissions, webinars, the 27th National Vocational Education...

Report

6 Feb 2019

As many Australians already believe, this report finds that climate change is increasing the frequency and/or severity of extreme weather and that Australians are suffering as a result.

Report

Democracy in retreat
6 Feb 2019

In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia. The pattern is...

Report

1 Aug 2017

This synthesis paper outlines key lessons from four recent IDS Evidence Reports on the state of digital development and draws out the implications for policymakers and practitioners working in development and humanitarian organisations.

Draft report

6 Feb 2019

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports have market power in services provided to airlines. This draft report asserts that there is no reason for airport operators to become complacent — further scrutiny of some aspects of airports’ performance is warranted, and tailored reforms are needed...

Discussion paper

21 Oct 2017

The “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package confirms the pivotal role of the EU building stock in meeting EU 2030 climate and energy targets. In fact, the projected decarbonisation of the EU energy system is mainly based on the renovation of existing buildings and the...

Report

17 Dec 2018

The 2018 report again notes that there will be modest growth in the number of qualified librarian positions over the next five years. In 2018 there were 10 higher Education institutions offering 23 ALIA accredited courses, including Masters degrees, Bachelor degrees, and Graduate Diplomas.

Report

1 Sep 2016

The 2016 report notes there will be a modest increase in the number of qualified positions over the next five years, but a decrease in the number of positions for staff without a library and information science qualification.

Report

Digital tourism and Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories
30 Jan 2019

In this report, Amnesty International documents how online booking companies are driving tourism to illegal Israeli settlements and contributing to their existence and expansion.

Report

5 Feb 2019

The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has reviewed how we share costs between rural water customers1 and the NSW Government (on behalf of other users and the broader community) when setting maximum prices for the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation’s (WAMC’s) water management services and...

Chapter

12 Jul 2018

Net zero energy building (NZEB) standards have been gaining prominence lately as the next performance target for buildings. However, despite the demonstrated benefits of such building performance across triple bottom-line concepts, Australia is yet to formulate a policy toward adopting a net zero energy building...

Briefing paper

12 Dec 2018

This POSTnote introduces robotic technology and the main ways it has been developed for use in social care. It reviews evidence on the impact of robotics on the costs and quality of social care and its workforce, and explores the main ethical, social and regulatory...

Discussion paper

Managing the latent financial and governance risks
1 Feb 2019

This paper argues that while some public authorities are responding in a sophisticated way to climate risk, changes are needed to support wider adoption of best-practice approaches. The authors makes four recommendations that could help boards and directors to better manage climate risks.

Conference paper

29 Nov 2018

This research sought to examine the factors influencing public acceptance of government surveillance in Australia.

Report

1 Jan 2017

This study focuses on the impact of robotics automation on economic development across OECD countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. We consider trends in robotics automation over 23 countries over the period 1993 to 2015, before applying a growth accounting framework and...

Chapter

12 Jul 2018

This chapter provides a review and critique of the development and current status of approaches to improve energy efficiency and broader sustainability in the Australian built environment. The focus is on the minimum building performance requirements set through the National Construction Code—Building Code of Australia,...

Website

4 Feb 2019

Population growth and density data is presented in map and table form for all 93 NSW electorates. The Parliamentary Research Service has also published Trends in NSW population growth , which examines long term population trends in NSW.

Briefing paper

4 Feb 2019

This e-brief provides an overview of NSW and Australian population trends using a range of ABS datasets. It first summarises long term population trends for NSW and Australia, before using available data to determine which areas of the state have experienced the highest growth.

Blog post

25 Jan 2019

While New Zealand participated in the Australasian Federation Conference convened in Melbourne in 1890, it had little real enthusiasm for the prospect of federating with the Australian colonies. Dianne Heriot explains.

Report

1 Mar 2017

Technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres of global production systems. The current pace of technological development is exerting profound changes on the way people live and work. It is impacting all disciplines, economies and...

Report

6 Feb 2019

This study into the role of social housing as essential infrastructure assessed evaluation tools and techniques needed to enable investment by government. Cost-benefit analyses and business case preparation provide a means to quantify productivity, while the broader range of societal outcomes also needs to be...

Strategy

29 Oct 2014

Working together with the professional and dedicated people of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, we have the opportunity to create history as we integrate our functions into a new Department and establish the Australian Border...

Strategy

2 Jul 2018

The Home Affairs Portfolio brings together the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)*, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), to ensure a...

Report

4 Feb 2019

This publication analyses the growth, direction and commodity breakdown of Australia's trade over the past three years. It also includes individual reports showing the composition of trade with Australia's top 25 trading partners and selected country groups. Also included is a section on Australia's trade...

Report

1 Feb 2019

This report into Australia's tertiary education system identifies the formidable challenges that need to be addressed to deliver better outcomes for the country. It makes recommendations that may add greater coherence to the policy framework which controls all post-secondary education in Australia.

Report

The £40 billion prize from boosting youth employment, education and training in the UK
1 Nov 2018

The index estimates the potential gain from boosting youth employment, education and training to be around £40 billion in the UK and over $1 trillion across the OECD. This can be achieved by lowering the NEET (not in education, employment or training) rate to German...

Report

1 Feb 2019

This inquiry was initiated in response to concerns about pesticides and their impact on bees. There has been general concern in Australia about the safety of chemicals in general, the safety of glyphosate more specifically, and the need to ban the use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides....

Journal article

23 Jan 2019

This article explores questions regarding the development and support of Indigenous priorities and self-determination in Australian libraries and archives. It calls for greater use of Indigenous research methodologies within library and archival science in order to seek ways to decolonize and simultaneously indiginze libraries and...

Journal article

13 Nov 2017

Abstract

Objective To examine the impact and cost associated with mental illness.

Methods A rapid review of the literature from Australia, New Zealand, UK and Canada was undertaken. The review included literature pertaining to the cost-of-illness and impact of mental illness as well...

Report

4 Feb 2019

The central task of the Royal Commission was to inquire into and report on whether any conduct of financial services entities might have amounted to misconduct and whether any conduct, practices, behaviour or business activities by those entities fell below community standards and expectations. The...

Briefing paper

30 Nov 2018

The links between poor housing quality and New Zealand’s high incidence of health-related fatality are well recognised. Each year more than 20 children are killed by respiratory diseases linked to unhealthy housing. Mortality is especially high among low-income Māori and Pacific families who live in...

Annual Report

21 Jan 2019

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s administration of the Biometric Identification Service project.

Report

9 Nov 2018

This report examines five areas in which digital platforms are being developed to protect and empower migrant workers, and considers practical, legal, ethical, and technological implications, and the risks associated with them.

Report

1 Dec 2017

Our PwC CEO Survey showed that 92% of the world’s CEOs agree that in an increasingly digital world it is becoming ever more important to have a strong corporate purpose. Within PwC, we found that a sizeable majority of our 220,000 people voted for a...

Report

24 Jan 2019

This report presents findings from a larger quantitative study about New Zealand adults’ experiences of harmful digital communications. The report focuses on the prevalence of image-based sexual abuse (IBSA), and people’s attitudes regarding different aspects of it. The findings described in this report are based...

Report

2 Nov 2018

Improving the performance of buildings must be a central component of any response to the challenges of climate change. This is both an imperative and an opportunity. Responding to climate change by aggressively improving the performance of the built environment will produce buildings that are...

Discussion paper

4 Feb 2019

This discussion paper has been released in an attempt to ensure the policy settings that underpin commercial fishing activities in New Zealand are fit for purpose.

Report

10 Sep 2018

Introduction and summary

For 150 years the TUC, and the unions we represent, have been fighting to change the world of work for good. We’ve won significant gains for working people along the way.

Fair pay – from the ‘dockers tanner’ to...

Commentary

4 Feb 2019

Corrupt politicians and public servants will be under the spotlight of the new federal corruption watchdog. But if its proposed powers are any clue, it will have neither bark nor bite. Here's why.

Report

1 Dec 2017

Representing close to 20 percent of Singapore’s 2016 GDP, manufacturing is a key pillar of the nation’s economy. Today, the city-state is committed to leveraging Industry 4.0 as part of a national push into advanced manufacturing. More critically, Singapore recognises that successful Industry 4.0 adoption...

Video

15 May 2014

The Working Together to Improve Gender Equality in the Pacific video series looks at the current state of equality across the region. Interviews collected from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu capture the voices of Pacific women and men to highlight the many issues...

Journal article

29 Aug 2018

A positive commitment towards inclusive education in Kiribati is emerging and that Australian Aid provided essential advocacy for children with disabilities through direct management of initiatives by the expatriate administered Kiribati Education Facility.

Report

Case for change
1 Nov 2017

As the Australian economy, and the broader global economy, are being impacted by a range of technological, economic and social forces – work is changing in profound ways and with it the skills workers require. To ensure the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system...

Report

Informing the Pacific women shaping Pacific development roadmap 2017–2022
1 Mar 2017

Pacific Women has developed a Roadmap to guide its future investments at the regional and multi-country level. The overarching Roadmap is based on three Synthesis Reports, which delved deeper into Pacific Women’s first three intended outcomes: i) leadership and decision making, ii) women’s economic empowerment,...

Journal article

1 Jan 2017

For commercialization of crop based biomass briquetting technology and alternate source of energy model, is essential to know whether the technology is economically viable or not. In view of this, an attempt was made to analyze the economics of the biomass briquettes prepared by utilizing...

Article

25 Jan 2019

Working less would have a range of benefits for workers and employers and the world should embrace the four-day working week, was the message two experts brought to Davos 2019.

Journal article

1 Jan 2017

Import bills of food items in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) is much more than their food export earnings and thus they are suffering from chronic food trade deficit. To ameliorate this situation there is a need to enhance agricultural production and to make it market-oriented....

Fact sheet

12 Jan 2017

Every day there’s a new story about the rise of on-demand platforms, freelancers, precarious workers, and the “gig economy.” But what do these terms really mean? How is work actually changing? Are we destined to become a nation of “gig workers,” or, as some headlines...

Briefing paper

14 May 2018

This briefing note examines the current and potential applications of AI in healthcare, its limits, and the ethical issues arising from its use.

Draft report

1 Feb 2019

In September 2018, the Queensland government directed the Queensland Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism. This report summarises the commission's early findings and nominates areas where further information is sought.

Book

17 Jan 2019

World Report 2019 is Human Rights Watch’s 29th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2017 through November 2018.

Report

29 Jun 2016

The past five years have been a time of liberalization and change in Burma. The abolition of prior censorship and a loosening of licensing requirements has led to a vibrant press, and the shift from formal military rule has emboldened civil society.

The change...

Report

31 Jan 2019

This report argues that concerned countries should press Myanmar to protect the rights to expression and assembly, and reform laws penalizing peaceful speech, to bring them back into line with international standards.

Commentary

30 Jan 2019

Labor’s economic policies might seem like a life raft to the Coalition, writes Paul Rodan.

Policy report

6 Feb 2018

This tool aims to facilitate the understanding and the measurement of the features that promote walkability in urban environments around the world at multiple levels.

Report

1 Feb 2019

This report argues for a new National Disability Agreement (NDA) between the Australian, State and Territory Governments, to facilitate cooperation, enhance accountability and clarify roles and responsibilities. The report makes a number of recommendations for a new NDA that has at its core the wellbeing...

Report

Recommendations from the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group 2018
31 Jan 2019

The New Zealand government formed a Fair Pay Agreement Working Group to provide recommendations on the design of a sector-level bargaining system, in order to establish minimum terms and conditions for all workers in an industry or occupation. This report group's recommendations.

Guide

28 Jan 2019

This guide provides information about good practice for the design of buildings that are safe and easy to use for everyone.

Report

Summary of feedback: guidance on sharing personal information under the Family Violence Act 2018
25 Jan 2019

In August and September 2018, the Ministry of Justice sought feedback on a draft version of information sharing guidance for the family violence sector. The guidance document sought to clarify the rules around information sharing that were introduced under the Family Violence Act 2018. This...

Guide

19 Jan 2019

These guidelines are intended to raise awareness of the risks of hot weather to health, and to encourage and support the development of Heat Health Plans.

Commentary

1 Feb 2019

Australia has a rare opportunity to secure a common approach to family violence as part of the response to the banking royal commission. Our financial institutions should embrace it.

Policy report

1 Oct 2018

After a decade of dedicated attention to Somali piracy in the Horn of Africa, the international community is focussing increasingly on the rising challenges of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. This includes Denmark.

Recent Danish engagement in maritime security in the Global...

Report

31 Jan 2019

This report outlines how Pakistan continues to experience acute water scarcity, largely driven by drought and intensive agriculture. The author argues that there are few effective channels to mitigate the water crisis and Pakistani governance is lacking.

Policy report

1 Jan 2019

This paper analyses Indonesia's overall Indo-Pacific strategy from the Yudhoyono to the Jokowi Adminsitration by examining various domestic considerations and their implications.

Report

Australia’s 2013-18 job creation in historical perspective
30 Jan 2019

This paper reviews Australia’s job-creation record over the past five years, on the basis of year-end employment data recently published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Its aim is to evaluate claims that the pace of employment creation during that period (with 1.1 million net...

Discussion paper

1 Feb 2019

Nick Dyrenfurth argues that for too long statistics have been hiding the real economic story. Consider the latest unemployment data - ostensibly good news. But ask anyone who is working or looking for work and you’ll hear a different story.

Working paper

6 Dec 2018

This paper explores economic variables (household income, employment, qualification, financial hardship, risk and stress) and selected social variables (life satisfaction, psychological distress, alcohol intake and smoking) from multiple HILDA waves in respect to problem gambling risk.

Policy report

1 Jan 2019

This Policy Contribution, based on a note written for the Bundestag EU Committee, explores the possible consequences of a no-deal Brexit for the European Union and assesses preparations on the EU side. It also provides guidance on the optimal strategy for the EU, depending on...

Policy report

9 Jan 2019

Contributing personnel to UN peacekeeping has been central to Ghana’s foreign policy and essential in shaping the country’s security sector. However, with the police and military still facing considerable challenges at home, and with the prospect of funding for UN peacekeeping missions being cut, Ghana’s...

Report

19 Sep 2018

This report completes the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic) (VOCAA) as required in response to both the first and supplementary terms of reference provided by the Attorney-General on 22 December 2016, and 7 July 2017, respectively....

Guide

31 Jan 2019

This guide has been developed to help organisations understand the value of involving children and young people in decisions that affect them, and to walk you through aspects to consider when involving children and young people in decision making processes that affect them.

Report

1 Feb 2019

This chapter reports performance information for vocational education and training (VET) services.

Report

1 Feb 2019

This chapter focuses on performance information for government-funded school education in Australia.

Report

1 Feb 2019

This chapter reports on the performance of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, which comprise child care and preschool services.

Guide

20 Dec 2018

This paper outlines the nine key steps that practitioners can follow to ensure the information they provide to parents about child mental health is high-quality, useful and relevant to their family’s circumstances.

Guide

20 Dec 2018

This paper is about why it is difficult for some parents to talk to practitioners about their children’s mental health and what practitioners can do to make it easier for parents to have those conversations.