Working papers

The importance of reconciliation in education

The importance of reconciliation in education

Author/editor: Biddle, N. & Priest, N.

Year published: 2019

The aim of this paper is to summarise existing evidence and new analyses that shed light on the role of reconciliation in schools and early learning services in particular, and in education more broadly. We present the first analysis in Australia of the relationship between racism/discrimination...

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Public attitudes towards data governance in Australia

Public attitudes towards data governance in Australia

Author/editor: Biddle, N, Edwards, B, Gray, M, McEachern, S

Year published: 2018

Never before have more data been held about us by government or companies that we interact with, and never before have those data been so used, or so useful for analytical purposes. The development of legislation, and the regulatory and oversight framework governing the use of these personal data...

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The short-term effect of a compulsory Work for the Dole trial

The short-term effect of a compulsory Work for the Dole trial

Author/editor: Biddle, N, & Gray, M.

Year published: 2018

This paper summarises the results from an evaluation of the impact of an Australian active labour market program – Work for the Dole (WfD) – on employment and income support receipt outcomes of participants. The WfD program is part of the Australian system of ‘mutual obligation’ requirements that...

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The social and economic impacts of drought

The social and economic impacts of drought

Author/editor: Edwards, B, Gray, M, & Hunter, B.

Year published: 2018

This paper analyses that survey to measure the extent to which drought affects a range of economic, health and social outcomes. Drought is found to have a substantial negative economic and health impact on farmers and others employed in the agricultural sector. There is some evidence that groups...

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Building children’s resilience through respectful and gender equitable relationships pilot project

Building children’s resilience through respectful and gender equitable relationships pilot project

Author/editor: King, T, Meehl, A & Priest, N.

Year published: 2018

The scoping project documented in this report presents the results of a rapid, comprehensive and systematic review of empirical evidence from the past 10 years, conducted with the following aims: to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to promote gender equity and prevent gender bias among...

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Parental leave pay and paid maternity leave: should entitlement be tied?

Parental leave pay and paid maternity leave: should entitlement be tied?

Author/editor: Taylor, M.

Year published: 2018

This paper provides an insight into the earnings and household income of mothers who would be affected by recently proposed reforms to Parental Leave Pay (PLP) – formerly Paid Parental Leave – that would tie PLP entitlement to access to paid maternity leave (PML) workplace conditions. The Household...

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Optimal policy modelling: a microsimulation methodology for setting the Australian tax and transfer system

Optimal policy modelling: a microsimulation methodology for setting the Australian tax and transfer system

Author/editor: B Phillips, R Webster and M Gray

Year published: 2018

The complexity of the social security system makes it challenging for policy makers to assess what changes should be made to the system to achieve policy objectives, and the implications of changes to the system. This paper describes the results of an initial attempt to develop a new methodology...

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2006–16 Aboriginal population change in New South Wales

2006–16 Aboriginal population change in New South Wales

Author/editor: N Biddle, L Allen and F Markham

Year published: 2018

The New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal population is one of the fastest growing in the country. Estimates for the total Indigenous population in the state increased from around 189 000 in 2006 to around 267 000 in 2016. This very rapid growth is likely to lead to a significant number of policy...

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Trajectories of social and economic outcomes and problem gambling risk in Australia

Trajectories of social and economic outcomes and problem gambling risk in Australia

Author/editor: Fogarty,M, Taylor, M and Gray

Year published: 2018

Researchers are increasingly recognising the importance of longitudinal data in providing valuable information on individuals to better understand gambling behaviour, trajectories, risks and consequences. However, relatively few longitudinal surveys have a significant focus on gambling. This paper...

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Certifying mediation: a study of section 60I certificates

Certifying mediation: a study of section 60I certificates

Author/editor: Smyth, B, Bonython, W, Rodgers, B, Keogh, E, Chisholm, R, Butler, R, Parker, R, Stubbs, M, Temple, J, & Vnuk, M.

Year published: 2017

The present study was commissioned by Interrelate with the financial support of the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department, which co-funded the study. Interrelate is a provider of family dispute resolution services throughout New South Wales, and has a strong interest in evaluating its...

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