Report

Everything in moderation: platforms, communities and users in a healthy online environment

This paper argues that the principles and practice underpinning most major digital platforms have failed to create healthy online spaces, and that current attempts by states to regulate these spaces will fall short of addressing the root causes of this failure.
Report

Select Committee on the Aboriginal Flag: report

The Senate Select Committee on the Aboriginal Flag was established in September 2020 to inquire into and report on current and former copyright and licensing arrangements for the Aboriginal flag design. This report outlines the Committee's recommendations.
Article

The role of artificial intelligence in regulatory decision-making

While there have been numerous reports on the need to regulate AI in the interests of the community, these and related new technologies also offer an opportunity for regulators to transform their internal processes.
Briefing paper

Regulatory technology: information paper

Regulatory technology (regtech) is the use of technology to better achieve regulatory objectives. This paper is a discussion starter, targeted at policy makers and regulators. It identifies areas where regtech has been useful and offers further potential. It also highlights factors that policy makers and...
Briefing paper

The use of artificial intelligence by government: parliamentary and legal issues

This paper focuses on the parliamentary and legal implications of governments using a form of AI: automated-decision making (ADM), which is deployed in automated decision-making systems (ADMS). It discusses the implications, presents key parliamentary case studies, and sets out recommendations from the literature on how...
Discussion paper

Accreditation framework: discussion paper

Individuals and their organisations (data users) must be accredited by the National Data Commissioner before they can access public sector data, under proposed new legislation. The Office of the National Data Commissioner has released this discussion paper on the proposed Accreditation Framework, which is open...
Book

21 years of regulatory innovation through professional standards

The publication of this book marks the 21st anniversary of professional standards legislation in Australia and celebrates the contribution standards legislation has made to society.
Guide

Toolkit to support quality assurance agencies to address academic integrity and contract cheating

This toolkit has been developed to share Australia’s lessons with our colleagues in quality assurance agencies in the global fight against contract cheating and other threats to academic integrity.
Briefing paper

Data Standards Task Force for digital cooperation

This policy brief proposes an alternative to the status quo, the creation of a new institution named the Data Standards Task Force (DSTF). The ultimate objective of the DSTF would be to create the required architecture for a “single data zone,” where data can circulate...
Conference paper

Tiny houses: love, live or leave? What factors influence the decision?

Tiny houses offer some potential to improve housing choice for those who can afford the upfront cost, may offer low impact urban densification option and can foster more sustainable behaviours. This potential will however, not be achieved unless local and state governments regulate tiny houses...
Discussion paper

Efficient, effective and fair climate policy: a discussion paper

This discussion paper addresses how to achieve any given target for greenhouse gas reduction in a way that causes least cost to the economy, promotes innovation and is fair. It makes the case that the efficiency properties of market mechanisms have an important role to...
Working paper

Assessing the efficiency of environmental policy design and evaluation: results from a 2018 cross-country survey

In this working paper, the authors argue that if stringent environmental policies can be designed in a way that minimises economic burdens, they can facilitate the achievement of economic and environmental goals and a cleaner growth model.
Guide

Automated decision-making better practice guide

Technological advances have made it easier for agencies to make automated decisions. However, it is well recognised that automated systems have the potential to significantly impact the rights and privacy of individuals.
Article

How regulators can benefit from a focus on risk: Harvard's Malcolm Sparrow

One of the issues that afflicts regulation is the “swinging of the regulatory pendulum”, as governments switch from adversarial enforcement-centred strategy to more trusting and cooperative postures, and then swing back again when something awful happens.
Article

What is digital transformation?

Digital transformation is the process of using digital technologies to create new — or modify existing — business processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements. This reimagining of business in the digital age is digital transformation.
Discussion paper

Discussion paper: Disclosure standards for election and political polling in Australia

This is an initial discussion paper issued by the Inquiry Panel formed by the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO) in collaboration with the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), to review the performance of the opinion polls at the 2019 Australian federal election.
Article

Inspire for better communications: achieving compliance is all in the framing

Recognised as the first model of behaviour change specifically designed to help public administrators, BehaviourWorks’ INSPIRE framework is based on a simple mnemonic that describes seven of the most powerful techniques: implementation intentions, norms, salience, procedural justice, incentives, reputation and credibility and ease.
Data portal

Dashboard: how are people responding to COVID-19?

This interactive dashboard releases results in real time from the Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB). The SCRUB project aims to provide current and future policy makers with actionable insights into public attitudes and behaviours relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guide

RDA COVID-19: Recommendations and guidelines

These detailed guidelines are supplemented with higher level recommendations aimed at the other stakeholder groups who need to work together with the researchers and data stewards to realise the timely and open sharing of research data as a key component of pandemic preparedness and response.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does Uber need the law to change?

The CEO of the Victorian Taxi Association, David Samuel, claims the arrival of Uber has left the established taxi industry the victim of an uneven playing field, with Uber not having to bear the costs that the rest of the industry faces.