Family Violence Royal Commission – Announcement & Terms of Reference – Premier of Victoria

Media Release

Premier Daniel Andrews today announced the proposed Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the most dangerous and prevalent form of violence perpetrated against women.

The Premier was joined by the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, Fiona . . . → Read More: Family Violence Royal Commission – Announcement & Terms of Reference – Premier of Victoria

New@BSL: Research shows that using an iPad leads to happier lives for disadvantaged seniors – On the ground: The Brotherhood Blog

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Increasing attention is being paid to the benefits of using tablet devices for disadvantaged older adults both in the community and in residential care. Information technology provides opportunities for older adults to engage in activities that contribute to wellbeing and add meaning and value to their lives. The rapid development of new technologies such . . . → Read More: New@BSL: Research shows that using an iPad leads to happier lives for disadvantaged seniors – On the ground: The Brotherhood Blog

Canberra’s new ‘transformation’ office to drive digital services – The Mandarin

Extract from an article by Jason Whittaker

A digital “start-up” housed within the Commonwealth bureaucracy will drive the development of online government services, the Prime Minister has announced

The Department of Communications will house a new Digital Transformation Office to drive the digitisation of government services and “better serve the needs of citizens and businesses”.

. . . → Read More: Canberra’s new ‘transformation’ office to drive digital services – The Mandarin

Workplace Review A Critical Step In Progressing Jobs Reforms – ACCI

Media Release

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed the release today of five issues papers for the Productivity Commission review into the Fair Work Act.

ACCI CEO Kate Carnell AO said, “The wide-ranging review will address major flaws in the Fair Work Act that are driving up unemployment and undermining growth.”

“Fortunately, the . . . → Read More: Workplace Review A Critical Step In Progressing Jobs Reforms – ACCI

PC inquiry into workplace laws is another attack on rights at work – ACTU

Media Release

Australian unions will use the Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace laws to make the case for significant improvements in Australian’s rights at work.

The Productivity Commission released five issues papers for the inquiry on its website today.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said there is no doubt the Abbott Government initiated the inquiry as . . . → Read More: PC inquiry into workplace laws is another attack on rights at work – ACTU

Explosive report lifts the lid on Australia’s building energy performance sham – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell

There is “a pervasive culture of mediocre energy performance across the Australian building industry”, according to a damning review by pitt&sherry and Swinburne University that the government has sat on for months and only released just prior to Christmas. It’s what the industry has long turned . . . → Read More: Explosive report lifts the lid on Australia’s building energy performance sham – The Fifth Estate

Domestic violence court axed – The West Australian

Extract from an article by Amanda Banks

Specialist domestic violence courts will be axed by the State Government because they have failed to reduce rates of re-offending and protect victims.

The decision will mean that the thousands of family violence cases dealt with in the dedicated courts each year will be sent back to the . . . → Read More: Domestic violence court axed – The West Australian

The victims of family violence need more support than ever so why are services being cut? Women’s Agenda

Extract from an article by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

This week the Victorian government announced it expects a spike in the number of women fleeing family violence and in need of crisis accommodation. The reason for the sudden increase in these numbers, according to Victorian housing minister Martin Foley, is that the publicity surrounding the royal commission . . . → Read More: The victims of family violence need more support than ever so why are services being cut? Women’s Agenda

Royal Commission: putting elder abuse front and centre – Australian Ageing Agenda

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe

Seniors rights advocates in Victoria are calling for the state’s Royal Commission into Family Violence to include older people in its deliberations, given elder abuse is most commonly perpetrated by family members.

On Monday the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced the commission’s proposed Terms of Reference, saying that . . . → Read More: Royal Commission: putting elder abuse front and centre – Australian Ageing Agenda

Silence on Violence – Crikey

Extract from an article by Michelle Hughes

Betty Taylor has worked within the domestic violence sector for over 25 years, chairing the Queensland Domestic Violence Council for two terms. Domestic violence is occurring at shocking levels across Australia, in this post Betty argues that it is time for focus and policy solutions in Queensland.

Betty . . . → Read More: Silence on Violence – Crikey

Co-Occurrence of Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment – Journal of Family Violence

ABSTRACT

Intimate partner violence (IPV) places children at risk for maltreatment (CM). It is critical for both IPV and CM professionals to assess the possibility of the co-occurrence of both of these types of family violence, whose risk factors are nearly identical. However, little is known about the attitudes and perceptions of child welfare (CW), . . . → Read More: Co-Occurrence of Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment – Journal of Family Violence

Rosie Batty appointed Our Watch Ambassador – Media Release

Courageous advocate for the prevention of family violence, Rosie Batty, has been announced as an Our Watch Ambassador

Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, said that Ms Batty is a champion for social and systemic change in order to prevent domestic and family violence.

“Rosie has been a tireless advocate for the . . . → Read More: Rosie Batty appointed Our Watch Ambassador – Media Release

ACT’s domestic violence services stretched as reports peak during holiday period – Canberra Times

Extract from an article by Megan Gorrey

Canberra’s domestic violence support workers fielded nearly 50 crisis calls a day as requests for help peaked over the summer holiday period.

And support staff at the ACT’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service have braced themselves for February, which is traditionally the organisation’s busiest month.

. . . → Read More: ACT’s domestic violence services stretched as reports peak during holiday period – Canberra Times

Family violence ‘a form of terror’ – The Australian

Extract from an article by Nicola Berkovic

FAMILY violence is a “form of terrorism”, even though the goal of it might be personal rather than polit­ical, says a family law judge.

Federal Circuit Court judge Joe Harman has also launched an extra­ordinary attack on the ­adversarial nature of the family law system, saying the best . . . → Read More: Family violence ‘a form of terror’ – The Australian

Jail ‘not the answer’ for violence – La Trobe Valley Express

Extract from an article by Rebecca Symons

Greater resourcing for prevention programs rather than jail cells are the recommendations Latrobe Valley family violence experts hope a Royal Commission into Family Violence will give.

Targeting the largest contributor to preventable deaths and disability in women under 45, the commission will begin shortly, after its . . . → Read More: Jail ‘not the answer’ for violence – La Trobe Valley Express

One quarter of employees receive weekly total cash earnings of $1,532 or more – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release

A report showing that, in May 2014, one quarter of all employees received weekly total cash earnings of $1,532 or more was released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It also found that one quarter of full-time employees earned $1,850 or more per week.The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours statistical . . . → Read More: One quarter of employees receive weekly total cash earnings of $1,532 or more – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Relationships between Policy Academics and Public Servants: Learning at a Distance? Australian Journal of Public Administration

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The cultures and practices of the public service and academic researchers are very different. However, there are areas of common interest in policy and governance, and some potential for building closer relationships. Public servants make direct use of academic research only in exceptional circumstances. Nevertheless, there are other ways in which academic expertise can . . . → Read More: Relationships between Policy Academics and Public Servants: Learning at a Distance? Australian Journal of Public Administration

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