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In 2011, one in seven people in Australia was aged 65 years or over.
This paper looks at a range of characteristics of older people including where they lived and the activities they participated in, including paid and voluntary work, unpaid child care and...
This report examines the development and delivery of government services in specified remote Indigenous communities.
The report focuses on:delivery of the 12 national agreement outputs for remote delivery services progress with accounting for the identified gaps in key services and infrastructure determined...
This paper presents a range of data illustrating the level of women's representation at the Commonwealth, state and territory, and local government levels, with a particular focus on the Commonwealth Parliament.
A key measure of women’s empowerment in society at large is their participation...
This report provides information on adults aged 18-64 years with psychotic illness in contact with public specialised mental health services, as well as those receiving mental health services from non-government organisations.
The second national survey of psychotic illness was conducted in 2010 to provide...
From the Chair's forward
When considering electoral reforms, our priority must be: enfranchisement, not disenfranchisement. It is this philosophy that has guided this inquiry and is reflected in many of the Committee’s recommendations.
This report continues the tradition of examining and reporting...
Every year in Australia suicide claims the lives of around 2000 Australians placing it ahead of road traffic accidents and skin cancer as a cause of death.
For young people aged 15 to 24, it is the number one cause of death. Despite this,...
This paper argues that paternalist policies may be considered justifiable under circumstances where high stakes decisions are involved, the decisions being made by individuals are irreversible and it is possible to identify failures in people’s reasoning.
It is further argued that if paternalist interventions...
This report sets out a series of proposals to deal with weaknesses and challenges in the aged care system and promote higher quality care.
The aged care system is difficult to navigate, the quantity of services is limited, quality can be variable, there are...
Multiculturalism has been a contested policy and concept since its introduction in Australia in the 1970s. While maintaining some core principles, in the three decades since its introduction, federal multicultural policy statements have evolved in response to changing government priorities and responses to the challenges...
Since taking office in December 2007, the Rudd Government has made social inclusion a key theme in its approach to social policy.
This paper suggests that the concept of social inclusion lacks a clear definition and coherent theoretical core.