May 27, 2014

Migration to Australia: a quick guide to the statistics

The Parliamentary Library paper, released 14 May 2014 provides a summary of some of the key statistics on permanent and temporary migration to Australia. View the report here.

April 28, 2014

Castan human rights report 2014

This Castan Centre for Human Rights Law report provides human rights perspectives on issues such as asylum seekers, LGBTI rights, Indigenous rights and the federal government’s hot-button issue of “freedom”. Click here to read the report.

April 24, 2014

The ageing of the Australian population: triumph or disaster?

This Centre for Population and Urban Research report argues that Australia’s labour force participation rate, and ratio of dependents to workforce, are at record highs despite an increase in Australia’s median age. Click here to read the report.

March 31, 2014

UnitingCare’s emergency relief and crisis support for asylum seekers living in the community

This UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania Unit report outlines the emergency relief services and other related support to asylum seekers provided by UnitingCare agencies and argues that asylum seekers living in the community are at serious risk of disadvantage, isolation and marginalisation. Click here to read the report.

December 19, 2013

A necessary engagement: an international review of parent and family engagement in child protection

This Anglicare Tasmania report provides a review of international and national models of engagement, support and advocacy for parents who have contact with child protection systems. How statutory child protection systems engage with parents ultimately affects the outcomes for children, including safety, permanency and wellbeing. Read the report here.

Human rights violations at Australia’s asylum seeker processing centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

This Amnesty Report report argues that asylum seekers detained at Australia’s asylum seeker processing centre on Manus Island experience degrading conditions and serious human rights violations. Read the report here.

June 13, 2013

Community Engagement Project for CALD Communities

The June 2013 ProjectReport, Community Engagement Project for CALD Communities, funded and support by Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local (MNBML), is the out come of the work and consultation undertaken by ECCQ and MDA. This document aims to provide information and recommendations to MNBML to ensure that the specific needs of CALD communities and refugees are considered in the future planning for provision of healthcare. Click here to read and download the report.

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May 23, 2013

Young people, social media, social network sites and sexual health communication in Australia

Social media and social network sites (SNS) are an evolving area for sexual health communication with young people. They present opportunities and challenges for sexual health professionals and young people alike, such as learning through interactivity and addressing concerns about privacy. This International Journal of Communication article discusses the findings from six rural and urban focus groups with young people in Australia about the use of social media and SNS for sexual health communication. Read the article.

More than temporary: Australia’s 457 visa program

The report, More than temporary: Australia’s 457 visa program, prepared by the Migration Council Australia (MCA) was released 11 May, 2013. Over the past decade, Australia’s migration program has evolved. It has transformed from a program to source labour into a tool which supplements our skill base and imports knowledge. It has become less permanent but more responsive; less centrally set and more demand driven. At the heart of this transformation is the growth of temporary skilled migration. Continue reading →

May 9, 2013

Extreme heat and climate change: adaptation in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities

Several overseas studies have identified that people in ethnic minority groups are at greater risk during heatwaves. However, there is a paucity of information on this issue in Australia. With a highly multicultural society, it is important that vulnerable subpopulations and minority groups are recognised and considered in climate change discussions and the formulation of adaptation strategies. Read the paper here.

February 13, 2013

Direct enrolment and direct update: the Australian experience

Australia has required all eligible electors to enrol (register) to vote now for one hundred years. In recent years, however, changing demographic patterns and citizen mobility have made it increasingly challenging to maintain the accuracy and currency of the federal electoral roll. This Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) discussion paper looks at implications of recent reforms for electoral roll management in Australia. Read it here.

January 30, 2013

Report: Diverse workplaces improve business performance and increase employee satisfaction

Deloitte Australia and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission co-authored the report, Waiter, is that inclusion in my soup? A new recipe to improving business performance, which captures the views and experiences of 1,55o employees in a variety of Australian industries. The study found that business performance can be greatly improved when organisations and companies are committed to diversity and inclusion. In fact, when diversity is supported and inclusion is high, employees are 80% more likely to perceive their organisation as high performing and productive. Employees feel inspired to speak up, share ideas and do their best work.

November 20, 2012

‘What’s working?’ in the practice of service provision to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Previous research regarding best practice for workers engaging with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds has resulted in the development of numerous practice guides. This research sought to build on these guides to further examine what is working within real life practice. Download the report.
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Linking SAAP, child protection and juvenile justice data: technical report

Following the release of a study exploring the feasibility of linking three community-sector data collections, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare was funded to link child protection, juvenile justice and Supported Accommodation Assistance Program data. Read the report. Continue reading →

November 7, 2012

Child guardian report: investigation into the use of force in Queensland youth detention centres

This Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian report into the use of force in Queensland’s youth detention centres follows an investigation into six instances where young people sustained significant injuries. View the report. Continue reading →