Measuring the quality of vocational education and training using the Student Outcomes Survey – NCVER

*+-With the Australian VET sector moving towards a more competitive model of provision, prospective students should have greater choice in where they study and what they study. A competitive market also means that VET providers should make available information about course outcomes. This report looks at the potential use of information from the Student Outcomes … [Read More] Measuring the quality of vocational education and training using the Student Outcomes Survey – NCVER

Race, reciprocity, reconciliation – Stolen children and the elementary structures of justice in Australia – Seminar

*+-“Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations in 2008 was one of the most significant public rituals of Australia’s recent past. As with so many ritual events, the apology’s performative import depended on the convincing telling of a story – specifically the public history of family and kinship that Bain Attwood refers to as ‘the … [Read More] Race, reciprocity, reconciliation – Stolen children and the elementary structures of justice in Australia – Seminar

Insurance products need to evolve to cover all Australians – Online Opinion

*+-Hands up who remembers the public liability insurance “crisis” of the early 2000s? You should – it was the last time this country saw significant reforms made to its insurance laws and, whether you know it or not, it has affected you. The result of those reforms was a system much more heavily weighted in … [Read More] Insurance products need to evolve to cover all Australians – Online Opinion

Reporting of rising food costs in the Australian print media

*+-ABSTRACT This paper explores media reporting of the rising food costs in five Australian newspapers in the 12 month period from 1st September 2007 to 31st August 2008. This period encompassed a Federal election in which rising food costs were identified as an election issue and a national inquiry into grocery pricing established to honour … [Read More] Reporting of rising food costs in the Australian print media

Gold age pensions (UK)

*+-A measure of society is how it sees its older people. In many other cultures, older people have an elevated status and respect. In the UK, over 65s are too often seen as frail, a burden or a drain on society’s resources. WRVS believe that older people make a huge contribution to our society, but … [Read More] Gold age pensions (UK)

Submission on the scoping study for a national Not-for-Profit Regulator

*+-A national non-for-profit regulator in Australia is long overdue, to strengthen the sector and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens. Read The Benevolent Society submission to the Assistant Treasurer on the Scoping Study for a National Non-for-Profit Regulator on what the roles and functions of such a body should be and what form it should take. SOURCE: … [Read More] Submission on the scoping study for a national Not-for-Profit Regulator

Ethnic diversity and inequality – ethical and scientific rigour in social research

*+-The desirability and feasibility of developing guidance to help decide when and how ethnicity should be included in social policy-relevant research projects. This research addresses the increasing need for research to inform policy and practice development that is sensitive to the diversity of the UK’s multiethnic population. Emphasis was given to the importance of ensuring … [Read More] Ethnic diversity and inequality – ethical and scientific rigour in social research

Taking stock on climate

*+-It’s difficult to have a cool-headed debate about global warming. At a psychological level, the sheer scale of the issue – global, long-term, complex, threatening – tends to induce either paralysing despair or wilful ignorance. It doesn’t help that many protagonists in the debate, whether environmental NGOs or climate sceptics, bring with them all too … [Read More] Taking stock on climate

Dementia is core business for aged care

*+-The new report Caring Places Volume 2 reports that the consequence of a national shortage of over 279,000 community and residential care places by 2050 will be an average deficit of 1,800 aged care places in every Commonwealth Electoral Division. Last year Alzheimer’s Australia released the report Caring Places Volume 1 which looked at different … [Read More] Dementia is core business for aged care

Home energy performance certificates failing (UK)

*+-Energy performance certificates, designed to inform home buyers and renters about a property’s energy efficiency, are largely being ignored, a new study has concluded. Almost 80% of home buyers or renters who see an energy performance certificate (EPC) for their new home don’t act on any of the recommendations it includes on how to improve … [Read More] Home energy performance certificates failing (UK)

Partnering with employers to promote job advancement for low-skill individuals (US)

*+-This paper explores the reasons why employer partnerships are important for improving economic outcomes for both low-skill workers and businesses. It identifies the factors that have hindered the growth of these partnerships as well as promising approaches-incumbent worker training and sectoral training-to build partnerships. It concludes with a discussion of policy considerations for creating and … [Read More] Partnering with employers to promote job advancement for low-skill individuals (US)

Emissions trading – Some developments since late 2010

*+-In November 2010 the Parliamentary Library published a Background Note outlining operating and proposed emissions trading schemes around the world. Since that publication, there have been several new developments: the proposed South Korean Emissions Trading Scheme will commence operations in 2015 instead of the 2013 date that had been speculated the legislation implementing the proposed … [Read More] Emissions trading – Some developments since late 2010

Social impact of banks (UK)

*+-EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The 2007-10 banking crisis and recession have badly eroded trust in the banks. Besides the question of financial system stability, banks have been increasingly criticised for contributing to environmental, social and human rights problems. An adequate response to all these issues is required if banks are to regain public trust. This report discusses … [Read More] Social impact of banks (UK)

Social disparities in children’s vocabulary in early childhood – Does pre-school education help to close the gap?

*+-Children start school with differing levels of skills. Thus, children of different social origin have different probabilities of educational success right from the start of their school career. This paper analyses how the gap in language abilities of children with different social backgrounds develops from age three to five. A focus lies on the question … [Read More] Social disparities in children’s vocabulary in early childhood – Does pre-school education help to close the gap?

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009

*+-The overall fall in the Australian disability rate in the six years to 2009 is reflected in the disability rates for Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Between 2003 to 2009, the largest reduction in the disability rate at the state level … [Read More] Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009

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