Social issues

Policy report

19 Jul 2107

The New Zealand Ministry of Health’s disability respite strategy, Transforming Respite, will make it easier for carers of disabled people to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

Transforming respite sets the future direction for improving disability respite support. Changes to...

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Audio program

24 Jun 2107

Professor Rhema Vaithianathan is co-director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics at AUT. She is widely published in the research areas of health and development economics and applied microeconomics, has been a policy analyst for the New Zealand Treasury, and was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard...

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Audio interview

26 Jul 2017

One of the most polarising figures in Australian public life takes her leave today. Gillian Triggs, President of the Human Rights Commission, retires after five controversial years as Australia's human rights protector.

Her term marked by an often acrimonious relationship with the...

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25 Jul 2017

The seventh instalment of ‘The Australian Seniors Series’ explores the extent to which Australia’s over 50s are adapting to emerging social etiquette expectations and their attitudes towards these changes.

 

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Article

25 Jul 2017

Since the ABC published an essay on domestic violence and the Christian church in Australia last week, we've seen a far-ranging conversation about the way the church responds to victims of abuse in their midst.

There has been some confusion about what the research tells us, so the ABC...

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Commentary

25 Jul 2017

At the opening session of the annual Economic and Social Outlook Conference, hosted last week by the Australian and the Melbourne Institute, Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris expressed surprise that no one issue seemed to have sufficiently dominated public debate in recent...

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21 Jul 2017

An outline was proposed by the Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee (the Parliamentary Committee) Inquiry into End of Life Choices. The Parliamentary Committee provided a broad policy direction for...

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Article

20 Jul 2017

After ten years advising the social sector, and with persistent disadvantage an ever-present issue in Australia, SVA Consulting reflects on the strategies and interventions that it has seen deliver the greatest impact.

As it reaches its 10th anniversary, SVA Consulting shares insights...

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Journal article

19 Jul 2017

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Questions the utility of addressing food insecurity through food assistance programs and by separating food security into pillars, and argues for a systemic innovation and complexity approach. This is achieved by demonstrating that food insecurity is a wicked...

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Policy report

18 Jul 2017

Australia, along with the other developed economies, is grappling with the implications of an ageing population. Concerns about increasing welfare costs and shortfalls of labour supply have brought with them calls to prolong working lives. However, current public policy is inadequate if the...

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18 Jul 2017

On 2 December 2015, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (the committee) initiated an inquiry into human trafficking, which lapsed at the end of the 44th Parliament. The committee had received a number of submissions to the inquiry at the time the inquiry lapsed.

On 12...

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Research report

17 Jul 2017

This is the eighth publication from the Bankwest Foundation Social Impact Series, and the fifth report in the Measuring
Outcomes for Impact in the Western Australia Community Sector research program. In this report, we present the findings of the second Outcomes Measurement in the Western...

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Discussion paper

17 Jul 2017

A new report from Hobart-based think tank, The Australia Institute Tasmania, has found that previous estimates of the impact of phasing out poker machines on employment are inconsistent with recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.   

ABS data suggests gambling employment in...

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Research report

15 Jul 2017

This report draws on a number of publications resulting from a project looking at effective cross-agency responses to severe abuse. This includes two published systematic searches of the literature (Herbert & Bromfield, 2016b, 2017a), a national survey of directors of Child Advocacy Centres...

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13 Jul 2017

This report is concerned with prospects for quality services and decent jobs under Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Specifically, it examines how the prices set by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are: 

• affecting disability support workers; ...

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Report

12 Jul 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commissioned the Telethon Kids Institute to collaborate on a report examining the question of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s past and contemporary vulnerability to child sexual abuse in institutional...

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Blog post

12 Jul 2017

Can alcohol and drugs be called a ‘cause’ of family violence? What do we mean when we talk about ‘causes’ of social problems? In this article, ANZSOG Research Fellow Sophie Yates explains why problem framing is so important in public policy, and explores the framing of policy actors talking...

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12 Jul 2017

The Department of Social Services (DSS), on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, commissioned Creative Partnerships Australia to undertake research to develop a better understanding of collective giving in...

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Commentary

11 Jul 2017

Neither of Australia’s two main political parties believes population is an issue worth discussion, and neither currently has a policy about it. The Greens think population is an issue, but can’t come at actually suggesting a target.

Even those who acknowledge that numbers are relevant...

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Discussion paper

11 Jul 2017

The purpose of this paper is to provide policy makers, regulators and others with information about key design characteristics of electronic gambling machines (EGMs). These characteristics include auditory and visual cues, “game maths”, and price and prize structure. They also include elements...

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