Convergence review, doctors in focus, ANZUS in cyberspace, aquaculture and climate change : APO Weekly Briefing 1 May 2012


APO Weekly Briefing 1 May 2012

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New commentary

Get set for fancy fiscal footwork

27 April, 2012 | A budget in surplus is a mantra that may burden the state government, states Josh Gordon of The National Times.

Generation rental

30 April, 2012 | Benjamin Law in VCOSS’s lastest issue of Insight deals with the ideals of his generation and how the notion of one day owning your own home may just be slipping away for most young people.

‘Back to the future; life without effective antibiotics’

27 April, 2012 | Dr Janette Randall of the National Prescribing Service (NPS) transcribed presentation to The National Press Club.

The 0.01 per cent

26 April, 2012 | The rising influence of vested interests in Australia is threatening our egalitarian social contract writes Wayne Swan in The Monthly.

Mobile internet

26 April, 2012 | Connectedness to the internet is a matter that is important for Australians in order to engage in educational activities, access information and tele-communicate, writes Gerry White in DERN.

New research

Creative & Digital

Convergence review: final report

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
01 May, 2012 | Chaired by Glen Boreham, the report sets out the committee’s vision for fundamental change to the regulatory framework of Australia’s digital economy, and identifies key areas for reform.

Administration of the Australia Network tender process

Australian National Audit Office
26 April, 2012 | This audit report examines the administration of the Australia Network tender process identifies lessons learned from the conduct of the process to inform future procurement activities.

Increasing access to special collections

Ricky Erway | Journal of European Research Libraries
26 April, 2012 | In an environment where we increasingly have access to a collective collection of digitized books, special collections will become increasingly invisible if they are not accessible online.

Urban informatics: research and insights for libraries, cultural industries and innovation systems

Marcus Foth | Australian Business Foundation
26 April, 2012 | Urban informatics explores the intersections between people, place and technology, and their implications for creativity, innovation and engagement. This paper examines how the key learnings from this field can be used to position creative and cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) to take advantage of the opportunities presented by these changing social and technological developments.

ANZUS 2.0 cybersecurity and Australia–US relations

Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, James Lewis, Andrew Davies | Australian Strategic Policy Institute
30 April, 2012 | At the 15 September 2011 AUSMIN talks in San Francisco, Australian and US officials took advantage of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty to announce the alliance would now extend into cyberspace.

Toward a single global digital economy

Gary Epstein, Peter Cowhey, Reed Hundt | Aspen Institute
30 April, 2012 | The Internet is the most robust medium of information exchange in history. Two billion people are now connected, and at current growth rates everyone with Internet access will join the Internet community within a decade.

Women in theatre

Elaine Lally, Sarah Miller | Australian Council for the Arts
01 May, 2012 | This report was commissioned in July 2011 by the Australia Council for the Arts commissioned to bring the research on the issue of women in creative leadership in Australia up to the present day, and provide a basis for the sector to discuss these issues and to reach agreement on some strategies to address the situation.

A night less ordinary

Arts Council England
26 April, 2012 | This UK report is an evaluation of a a pilot scheme designed to test whether theatre attendance by under 26s could be increased if price was removed as a barrier.

Audience impact study literature review

National Endowment for the Arts
26 April, 2012 | This review looks at dozens of existing studies that attempt to measure the value and impact of the arts on people’s lives.

Open Net Initiative 2011 year in review

OpenNet Initiative (ONI)
26 April, 2012 | This US report is a collection of the year’s top instances of filtering, surveillance, and information warfare around the globe.


Economics

How big, how rich and how developed?

Tom Conley | Big P Political Economy
26 April, 2012 | How do we measure such big questions and why is so much is written about the world economy without resort to the most recent and comprehensive numbers?

Are unemployment benefits adequate in Australia?

Richard Denniss, David Baker | Australian Institute
24 April, 2012 | The unemployment rate in Australia was 5.2 per cent in March 2012 which is low by historic and international standards. However, a substantial number of people who are looking for work cannot find it with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reporting that the number of people unemployed in March 2012 was 626,800.

Faraway, so close: how the Euro crisis affects Australia

Oliver Marc Hartwich | Centre for Independent Studies
26 April, 2012 | This report examines a faraway economic crisis and its local implications for Australia.

Education

A whole-school approach to technological literacy: mobile learning and the iPhone

Robin Pascoe, Susan McKenzie, Jan Herrington | Murdoch University
24 April, 2012 | Mobile learning is not pervasive in higher education and yet its potential is enormous. This paper describes a project to instigate mobile learning using technological literacy and professional learning among academic staff.

Research performance of Australian universities

Group of Eight Australia
26 April, 2012 | While the absolute amount of higher education research funding has grown significantly, the relative shares of research income and research block grant funding of the major university groupings in Australia has been largely unchanged over the past two decades, with most redistribution of shares occurring between non-Go8 institutions.

Demand for higher education by field

Group of Eight Australia
26 April, 2012 | Underfunding, and caps on prices, mean universities will have limited incentives to offer enough places in the fields students want.

Environment & Planning

Barriers to effective climate change adaptation

Productivity Commission
27 April, 2012 | This draft report was released to assist participants in preparing a submission to the public inquiry into Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation.

Sustaining home ownership in the 21st century: emerging policy concerns

Gavin Wood | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
26 April, 2012 | Australian home buyers are exposed to higher levels of credit risk for longer periods of their lives and Australia urgently needs new safety valves to ease market pressures, according to this essay.

Aquaculture and climate change

Secretariat of the Pacific Community
26 April, 2012 | Projected increases in air temperatures and rainfall in the tropics are expected to improve the conditions for freshwater aquaculture. Conversely, projected increases in sea surface temperature, rainfall, sea-level, ocean acidification and the intensity of cyclones are likely to cause problems for coastal aquaculture (mariculture).

Oceanic fisheries and climate change

Secretariat of the Pacific Community
26 April, 2012 | Projected redistribution of tuna further east has implications for the economic benefits derived from industrial fisheries, and for the supply of tuna for food security. Several practical adaptations can reduce the risks to PICTS in the west and optimise the benefits for those in the east.

Health

Guidance of the classification of hazardous chemicals under the WHS regulations

Safe Work Australia
26 April, 2012 | This report provide for manufacturers and importers of substances, mixtures and articles who have a duty under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and Regulations to classify them.

Australia’s health workforce series doctors in focus

Health Workforce Australia
01 May, 2012 | There are significant challenges facing Australia’s health workforce now and into the future, including an ageing population, expected increased demand for health services and increasing expectations for service delivery, changing burden of disease and broader labour market issues.

Children’s mental health

Centre for Community Child Health
27 April, 2012 | Mental health treatment in early childhood – that is from birth to primary school age – remains a poor cousin to the adult and youth mental health services.

A working guide to international comparisons of health

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
25 April, 2012 | Comparisons of health between countries are popular and useful, and this guide highlights the types of questions to ask before comparing countries and when presenting health data in an international context.

Younger people with disability in residential aged care 2010-11

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
26 April, 2012 | This bulletin presents data on the Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) initiative, which aims to reduce the number of people with disability aged under 65 who live in residential aged care.

Indigenous

National trends in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking and quitting, 1994–2008

David Thomas | Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Vol. 36, Issue 1
26 April, 2012 | This paper describes the trends in the prevalence of smoking, quitting and initiation among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women aged 18 years and over.

Do Indigenous Australians age prematurely?

Philippa R. Cotter | Australian Health Review 36 (1) pp.68-74
26 April, 2012 | This paper finds that the current rationale for using a lower Indigenous life-expectancy age for planning is problematic; however, further research is required to assess the effectiveness of this policy measure.

Knowledge, attitudes and other factors associated with assessment of tobacco smoking among pregnant Aboriginal women

Robert W Sanson-Fisher, Catherine A D’Este, Megan E Passey | BMC Public Health
27 April, 2012 | As with many Indigenous peoples, smoking rates among Aboriginal Australians are considerably higher than those of the non-Indigenous population.

International

Changes in the labour supply of Japanese women

Tomoko Kishi | Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Economics and Government
26 April, 2012 | Given the comparatively low workforce participation rates of women in Japan, understanding the influence of education and spousal income, and their variance over time, is of key interest to policymakers.

Myanmar across the threshold

Hamish McDonald | Asialink
26 April, 2012 | Hamish McDonald gives a concise but comprehensive assessment of the remarkable developments occurring in Southeast Asia’s second largest country.

TE – SAT 2012: EU terrorism situation and trend report

Europol
26 April, 2012 | 2011 presented a highly diverse terrorism picture in Europe, in which the most notable trend was the increasing prominence of lone and solo actor plots.

Drying up: what to do about droughts in the People’s Republic of China

Melissa Howell Alipalo, Yoshiaki Kobayashi, Qingfeng Zhang | Asian Development Bank
27 April, 2012 | This publication consolidates the highlights from several recent ADB technical assistance studies that relate to improving disaster risk management and water resources management in the China.

Global forces 2011: proceedings of the ASPI conference

Australian Strategic Policy Institute
26 April, 2012 | This paper presents the proceedings of a conference that brought Australian and international speakers together to share different perspectives of strategic and security affairs with our audience.

ANZUS 2.0 cybersecurity and Australia–US relations

Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, James Lewis, Andrew Davies | Australian Strategic Policy Institute
30 April, 2012 | At the 15 September 2011 AUSMIN talks in San Francisco, Australian and US officials took advantage of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty to announce the alliance would now extend into cyberspace.

Justice

New South Wales recorded crime statistics 2011

Derek Goh, Steve Moffatt | NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
26 April, 2012 | This report presents data on crime reported to, or detected by, the NSW Police Force from January 1995 to December 2011, with a focus on the statistical trends for the 24 months ending December 2011.

Judicial appointments

Lenny Roth | NSW Parliamentary Library
26 April, 2012 | This paper outlines the present system of judicial appointments in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions.

Fighting terrorism at its source: Australian Federal Police

Australian National Audit Office
26 April, 2012 | This audit assesses the effectiveness of the AFP’s administration of the Fighting Terrorism at its Source initiative and related measures.

Politics

NSW Legislative Council 1824-1856, the select committees

Russell F. Doust | NSW Parliamentary Library
30 April, 2012 | This paper identifies and describes the many committees of inquiry appointed by the first Legislative Council of the Colony of New South Wales in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Benefit of hindsight: Valedictory reflections from departmental secretaries, 2004-2011

John Wanna, Sam Vincent, Andrew Podger | ANU E Press
30 April, 2012 | This collection contains the reflections, commentaries, critiques and key turning-points in long careers in the public service by the bureaucratic leaders of a generation.

Social Policy

People and the planet

Royal Society
01 May, 2012 | The 21 st century is a critical period for people and the planet. The global population reached 7 billion during 2011 and the United Nations projections indicate that it will reach between 8 and 11 billion by 2050.


Quality On Line control for Centrelink payments

Australian National Audit Office
26 April, 2012 | This audit was to assesses the effectiveness of Centrelink’s Quality On Line control, which supports the integrity of payments administered by DHS on behalf of the Australian Government.

Sustaining the frontline

Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)
26 April, 2012 | The community sector is a vital contributor to Victoria’s economic and social wellbeing. Through a combination of government and private sector funding, volunteer work, and fundraising and philanthropic support, the sector provides a vast and essential network of frontline services to our community’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged members.

New audio

Dr Rhonda Galbally, disability advocate

30 April, 2012 | Dr Rhonda Galbally is a key adviser to the federal government on the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. A scheme that, Galbally says, will radically improve the lives of the disabled and their families.

New video

Intelligence squared: animals should be off the menu

26 April, 2012 | Intelligence Squared’s 2012 series of debates kicks off with a look at the ethics of eating meat.

New jobs

Associate – Economist (early career)

Grattan Institute 24 April, 2012 | Ideal career step for exceptionally talented individuals Three positions Based in Melbourne, we have exciting opportunities to join Grattan Institute, working with some of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers. You will join a strong, and growing, team of Associates helping to shape the debate on important challenges and opportunities facing Australia. Our programs include Energy, Cities, School Education, Productivity Growth and Higher Education.

Associate Director

Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University 24 April, 2012 | The Institute of Child Protection Studies is a University Priority Research Centre at Australia Catholic University, Canberra Campus. The Institute undertakes innovative research and evaluation in areas of high policy relevance concerned with vulnerable children, young people and their families. Institute staff work with the Australian and Territory governments as well as non government organisations to develop evidence to inform policy and service delivery.

Research Fellow

Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University 24 April, 2012 | The Institute of Child Protection Studies is a University Priority Research Centre at Australian Catholic University, Canberra Campus. The Institute undertakes innovative research and evaluation in areas of high policy relevance concerned with vulnerable children, young people and their families. Institute staff work with the Australian and Territory governments, as well as non government organisations to develop evidence to inform policy and service delivery.

New call

Resource Sustainability 2012: Open call for papers

01 May, 2012 |

New events

Urban Informatics Fellowship Launch

LOCATION: Canberra, ACT
VENUE: National Library of Australia
ORGANISED BY: Australian Business Foundation and the Aurora Foundation

01 May, 2012 | The Australian Business Foundation and the Aurora Foundation invite you to the launch of the inaugural Research Fellowship report,

Academia as entertainment: audience centered scholarship and public – discourse

LOCATION: Brisbane, QLD
VENUE: QUT Gardens Point Campus
ORGANISED BY: QUT Creative Industries

08 May, 2012 | Entertainment is always about communication – it is successful when it reaches an audience by contrast art can be perfectly good art without ever being seen or read by someone except the artist. This seminar by Dr Stephen Harrington deals with the idea and importance of an artist accounting for their audience when presenting or creating their work.

States as laboratories for reform

LOCATION: Canberra, ACT
VENUE: Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Bldng, Bldng 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
ORGANISED BY: HC Coombs Policy Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

10 May, 2012 | The Hon. Mike Rann CNZM The former South Australian Premier will talk about how states and territories can, in the 21st century, be pacesetters for reform in Australia. He will examine how South Australia has been able to lead the nation in policy areas as diverse as social inclusion, climate change and economic development.

ACOSS Post-Budget Lunch with the Treasurer

LOCATION: Melbourne, Vic
VENUE: Level 17, RACV City Club
ORGANISED BY: Australian Council of Social Service

14 May, 2012 |

Assessing the impacts of research, science and technology

LOCATION: Canberra, ACT
VENUE: Canberry / Springbank Room, Lower Level, JG Crawford Bldng 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
ORGANISED BY: Professor Daniel Sarewitz, US Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes

15 May, 2012 | This half-day workshop has been designed to contribute to the ongoing discussion about assessing the impacts of public investments in R&D in Australia. It will provide an opportunity to hear from an international expert, and also for Australian program managers / leaders to discuss the ways in which thinking about impact has shaped their activities and evaluation.Key questions will include:> How does consideration of possible impacts change the conduct of research activity?> Which different approaches to assessing impact work in which different contexts?

Old and new stories: Narrative and innovation in public management

LOCATION: Canberra, ACT
VENUE: Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Bldng, Bldng 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
ORGANISED BY: Professor Sandford Borins, University of Toronto & Harvard Kennedy School

06 June, 2012 | Story-telling is as old as humankind. Yet it is also new, in that recently we have increasingly turned to it as a method of communication and persuasion in political and policy discourse. Practitioners who have taken ‘the narrative turn’ see story-telling as more effective than the traditional rationalistic and evidence-based approach in establishing an emotional connection with an audience.In this presentation, I will outline a model of organisational narratives and apply this model to political narratives as well as narratives used by public sector organisations.

Creative economy and cultural industries

LOCATION: Amsterdam, International
VENUE:
ORGANISED BY: CREARE – Centre for Research in Arts and Economics

17 July, 2012 | 4th International summer school in cultural economics 2012 – The creative industry is of considerable and growing importance to the economy and society as a whole. Cultural industries are less influenced by economic crises than other economic sectors.

Measuring & Managing Research Performance

LOCATION: Melbourne, Vic
VENUE: CQ Functions
ORGANISED BY: Criterion Conferences

24 July, 2012 | $100 discount off today’s rate for APO members!Strategies to improve research performanceBecoming a leader in research performance is challenging and competitive. It takes a strong research workforce, sector collaboration and partnerships with industry to develop world-class research. Developing a strategy for your institution can be difficult yet rewarding if you utilise your existing and emerging strengths, technology and international collaboration.

Value of culture – on the relationship between economics, culture and arts

LOCATION: Amsterdam, International
VENUE:
ORGANISED BY: CREARE – Centre for Research in Arts and Economics

22 August, 2012 | The next topic in the 4th International summer school in cultural economics 2012 looks at cultural institutions, which are widely seen as importantpillars of national cultures and identities.

The cultural economic perspective on cultural heritage and museums

LOCATION: Amsterdam, International
VENUE:
ORGANISED BY: CREARE – Centre for Research in Arts and Economics

18 September, 2012 | Next in the 4th International Summer School in Cultural Economics 2012. In the era of receding governments participation in the cultural sector, especially museums and heritage sites face challenging and uncertain environments.
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