Changing demand for STEM skills in Australia and gender implications
The need to increase the level of skills and qualifications of the Australian workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) features regularly in narratives of the future of work. In this paper, the authors propose a method for measuring the 'STEM-intensity'...
Attributes of effective collaboration: insights from five case studies in Australia and New Zealand
This article argues that interest in collaboration reflects a growing recognition that the traditional bureaucratic model of public administration is not up to the task of addressing complex social problems. Collaboration most often occurs in dynamic environments in which multiple logics are in play.
What are the merits of royal commissions and other forms of inquiry?
They are highly effective at exposing wrongdoing, but do they influence policy development? A two-stage approach might be more effective, say the authors.
Future of work in Australia: preparing for tomorrow's world
This report examines the way in which the organisation of work is changing – from workforces to workplaces – and the implications of these changes for Australia. With alternative forms of employment, freelancing, and the gig economy on the rise, the traditional notion of holding...
Prevention-based approaches to social policy: the case of early childhood development
This article reviews the Australian evidence concerning interventions in early childhood aimed at promoting children’s psychological well-being and preventing social and psychological dysfunction in later life. Two kinds of research are surveyed. One is the Australian social science literature that has emerged in the last...