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Using evidence in policy and programs: policy brief

This Policy Brief outlines a decision-making framework that recognises the importance of the relationship between service providers and clients, and the need for evidence-based interventions to be aligned with client needs, priorities and values.
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Reforming democracy: deciding, designing and delivering together

This policy document commits the South Australian government to explore and trial ways that build on the start already made in democratic reform. A key initiative will be four 'deliberative democracy projects' where non-government organisations or business will work with the government and the community...
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Report on government services 2018

The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia.
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Report on government services 2018: Community services - Chapter 14 Aged care services

This chapter focuses on government funded care and support services for older people and their carers, which are provided at home, in the community and in residential care facilities.
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Further fraying of the welfare safety net

Highlights key changes and identifies themes in the continued and systematic reduction of social welfare and income support for children in New Zealand since 2008.
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Whakapono: end child poverty in Māori whānau. A preliminary report

Reports on the current situation for tamariki Māori (New Zealand Māori children) with particular focus on social and economic conditions.
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Expenditure on education and training in Australia 2017: update and analysis

Looking at over a decade of education expenditure, it is clear that governments are not approaching education investment in a coherent and thoughtful way. We see ad hoc, piecemeal spending across the system.
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Super ideas: securing Australia’s retirement income system

This report looks at the challenges of providing a secure retirement for all Australians and the changes needed to ensure the superannuation system remains fit for purpose over the coming decades.
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Make Australia fair again: the case for employee representation on company boards

The Australian way of life is premised on a basic set of assumptions: decent pay, working conditions and job security, a fair say for working women and men in our workplaces and parliaments, and a fair say in the nation’s civic life. In 2017, the...
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Housing addicts? How the ‘Australian dream’ became a national nightmare

In this lively and thoughtful inaugural John Curtin Research Centre essay, Zelinsky argues that the present housing market reflects a dangerous public policy failure where a worthwhile national aspiration – the so-called ‘Australian dream’ of owning your own home – has combined with generous tax...