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Inverting the pyramid: enhancing systems for protecting children

Executive summary Introduction Current systems for protecting children in Australia are failing in their primary objective: to protect children. Substantiation rates have increased significantly across Australia in the past decade although the rates in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia have remained relatively stable (AIHW...

Excellence in teaching and learning for all through resourcing, accountability and support

This paper argues that the resourcing of our schools must be structured to achieve excellence and equity, constantly striving to increase expectations and standards in our endeavour to achieve an equality in learning outcomes for all students. Recognising that education is the most powerful transformational...

Indigenous legal rights to freshwater: Australia in the international context

The paper undertakes a comparative overview of the law as it pertains to Indigenous rights in freshwater in four countries: the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. It is organised around four themes of particular concern to contemporary Indigenous Australians: ownership of water, water...

Digital collections summit 2006: final report

This 2008 report brings together information shared by people working in archives, galleries, libraries and museums at the Digital Collections Summit convened by the Collections Council of Australia in 2006. It also incorporates feedback received in respect of the Australian Framework and Action Plan for...

The bipolar Pacific

The islands of the Pacific are in some cases prsoperous with good economies and education systems while others experience widespread illiteracy and some of the highest population growth rates in the world.The Pacific is bipolar, on almost every available indicator, the Pacific’s development path is...

The rural investment climate: analysis and findings

Interest in investment climates has emerged relatively recently. In the 1960s and 1970s, governments in many countries believed they should play a direct role in rural credit, input supply, production, trade, transport, distribution, and even marketing. However, in the 1980s and 1990s, government-dominated systems fell...
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"Beyond workforce": a systemic solution for health service provision in small rural and remote communities

Successful, "innovative" primary health care (PHC) models exist that have adapted to the specific circumstances of their rural and remote context.A typology of discrete, integrated, comprehensive and outreach rural and remote services exists rather than a "one coat fits all" PHC health service model.

Crystal clear: The social determinants of gay men's use of crystal methamphetamine in Victoria

This monograph offers a comparative analysis of epidemiological, behavioural and social research on crystal methamphetamine use among gay men living in Melbourne and gay men living in other urban centres in Australia, the US, and the UK. It includes a survey of local expert opinion...

Doing what we know we should: Engaged scholarship and community development

In Australia, engaged scholarship oriented towards community development objectives has yet to be recognised in funding regimes as being inherently beneficial in terms of scholarly excellence and university rankings. While the civic role of universities is acknowledged by individual universities, higher education management and at...

Australian higher education graduation statement

The key recommendation from the Project is for the introduction of an Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement that will take the form of documentation provided to graduates by awarding institutions in addition to the degree or diploma certificate or testamur. Its purpose will be to...