Blog post

Freedom of expression and the ban on Arabic in NSW prisons – analysing Hamzy v Commissioner of Corrective Services [2020] NSWSC 414

The NSW Supreme Court’s judgment in Hamzy v Commissioner of Corrective Services, handed down in April 2020, upholds the legality of NSW’s English-only rules on communication by 'extreme high risk restricted' (EHRR) inmates. It provides a rare insight into Australian judicial thinking about freedom of...
Submission

Council for Intellectual Disability submission to Central Coast Council on Mooney Mooney and Peat Island planning proposal

This submission was written in response to the NSW Government's proposal to rezone Peat Island and Mooney Mooney. The document considers the potential role of former disability institution sites and draws upon Australian disability policy development and cultural heritage strategy.
Report

The new machinery of government: using machine technology in administrative decision-making

The NSW Government’s first digital strategy spoke of the need for government to be ‘digital by design’ and ‘digital by default'. This report is about the shift toward machine technologies, a term used for the broad range of digital and data enabled systems and processes...
Report

Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study: outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care

This report is one of four analyses that were undertaken to examine the outcomes of children and young people (hereafter children) who exit out-of-home care (OOHC) to guardianship orders.
Report

Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study: outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care

This report is one of four analyses that were undertaken to examine the outcomes of children and young people (hereafter children) who exit out-of-home care (OOHC) to guardianship orders.
Case study

The Maranguka Cross Sector Leadership Group

This case study of the Maranguka Cross Sector Leadership Group offers insights for government and non-government organisations wishing to align policy and resources towards supporting community-led agendas for change. The case study draws on the knowledge and practice of the Bourke Tribal Council through Maranguka...
Briefing paper

Six reasons to stop* floodplain harvesting in NSW

The NSW Select Committee on Floodplain Harvesting is currently considering the future of how overland flow water in the NSW Murray Darling Basin will be managed and regulated. This briefing note highlights six clear reasons why floodplain harvesting should be limited to the legal volumetric...
Journal article

Risk factors for Australian school-age children in socio-economically disadvantaged populations not passing ear and hearing screening

This retrospective study describes the outcomes of an ear and hearing screening program for children from lower socio-economic backgrounds in New South Wales, between 2013 and 2016.
Policy report

Home at last: solutions to end homelessness of older people in NSW

This report calls for early intervention and preventative approach to end homelessness for older people in New South Wales. The recommendations are based on a successful model that is currently funded by the Victorian government.
Briefing paper

Silicosis and the manufactured stone industry: an update

The NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice is currently examining the management of silicosis in the manufactured stone industry as part of its annual review of the NSW Dust Diseases Scheme. This e-brief is a modified version of a paper that the...
Report

The role of Australian local governments in creating a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system

Despite much work on creating healthy food systems, local governments in New South Wales and Victoria struggle to prevent the sale and marketing of unhealthy food and drinks. This report details the issues and offers suggestions for improvement.
Report

Cracks in the compact city: tackling defects in multi-unit strata housing

This report addresses the serious and growing problem of building defects in the trillion dollar multi-unit housing sector. The findings are intended to inform changes to planning and development policy and regulation, leading to improved building quality and safety, lower costs and stress for owners...
Report

Improving consumer confidence: research report on serious defects in recently completed strata buildings across New South Wales

The purpose of the report is to produce clear data on the problem of serious building defects in Class 2 residential apartment buildings in NSW. The report finds that 39% of strata buildings have experienced serious defects in the common property.
Report

Human induced regeneration: a spatiotemporal study

Human induced regeneration (HIR) is one of a suite of carbon capture initiatives known as ‘methods’ for creating carbon credits that is overseen by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). The objective of this study is to develop a suitable methodology to assess the effectiveness of...
Briefing paper

What is the relationship between childhood maltreatment and early educational outcomes?

This briefing paper summarises key findings from the NSW Child Development Study’s research looking at the relationship between maltreatment of children before entry to school and educational outcomes in primary school.
Journal article

NSW Health COVID-19 Emergency Response Priority Research program: a case study of rapid translation of research into health decision making

The NSW Health COVID-19 Research Program was established in April 2020 to contribute to minimising the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales (NSW). This paper describes the establishment and implementation of one element of the program, which is...
Briefing paper

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Consent Reforms) Bill 2021

This paper provides a brief overview of the current law in NSW in relation to sexual consent, as well as some background to the proposed reforms.
Strategy

Aboriginal customer engagement strategy 2021-2025

This strategy aims to support and meet the needs of Aboriginal people who interact with NSW Customer Service, and to create a culturally-safe environment to expand Aboriginal customer engagement.
Report

Construct NSW: digitalisation of construction

The purpose of the report is to determine how 'digital ready' the construction industry is to meet the opportunities of the digital future.
Briefing paper

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 (NSW): a comparison with legislation in other states

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 was introduced in the Parliament of NSW by Independent MP, Alex Greenwich, on 14 October 2021. This paper considers the Bill, especially its provisions concerning eligibility criteria, the process involved, safeguards and allowance for conscientious objection. It includes a...