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  • Australia's parental leave policy and gender equality: an international comparison
    This study examines Australia's new paid and unpaid parental leave provisions and compares them to recent developments in a number of European countries. [further details]

  • 'Modern' Labor and the Fair Work Act 2009: Challenging the Male Breadwinner Gender Order?
    This report examines key elements of Labor's Fair Work Act 2009 and its implications, particularly for women workers. [further details]

  • The Energy to Engage: Wind Farm Development and Community Engagement in Australia
    The report details how community engagement can address the strains impacting the relationship between wind farms and society, taking into consideration divergent models of community engagement currently available to analysts and practitioners. [further details]

  • Quality at Work: The Quality Part-Time Work Imperative
    This discussion paper finds that quality part time work is associated with a range of workplace benefits that increase productivity and enable employees to effectively balance work with other life roles and responsibilities. [further details]

  • Quality at Work: The Quality Part-Time Work Imperative (Review of Literature)
    This report comprises a review of literature to accompany the Quality at Work: The quality part-time work imperative report prepared for Safework SA. [further details]

  • South Australian Budget Impact Survey Report 2: Staff Impact
    This report focuses on the perspectives of PSA members on the impact of the State Budget on staff. A previously released companion report considers the effects of the State Budget on the delivery of Government Services. [further details]

  • Aboriginal People of Central North South Australia - Baseline Statistical Report
    OZ Minerals commissioned the Australian Institute for Social Research to provide a demographic and socio-economic profile of Aboriginal people in the Central North Area of South Australia (CNSA) to help inform the development of strategies designed to maximise employment opportunities for Aboriginal people from growth in the mining sector. This research takes place in the context of an increase in investment by OZ Minerals and other mining companies in exploration and new projects. Data is also presented for other adjacent areas and/or major population centres from which a workforce population can be drawn. [further details]

  • Signals of the Future: An Issues Paper Social Development Framework
    This Discussion Paper addresses the second element of the Social Development Framework project. [further details]

  • Social Development Framework
    The City of NPSP commissioned the Australian Institute for Social Research (AISR), at the University of Adelaide to undertake the research and preparatory work for the Framework, and worked with them to consult with staff and elected members about its content. [further details]

  • Key Directions in Social Policy: A Discussion Paper Social Development Framework
    In what is considered to be a first of its kind in South Australia, a Social Development Framework was developed by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters with guidance from the University of Adelaide. The framework assists the Council to strategically address social issues it may face over the next 10 years and has been identified as a major planning priority for the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and has underpinned development of the CityPlan 2030 Shaping Our Future which sets the direction for the next twenty years and beyond. [further details]

  • Exploring the Impact of an Ageing Workforce on the South Australian Workers' Compensation Scheme
    This report prepared by the Australian Institute for Social Research (AISR) is designed to assist WorkCover SA to better understand and respond to the benefits and challenges associated with an ageing workforce in South Australia. [further details]

  • Workforce Development - Strategies and Lessons: Case Study Report. Accompanying Report Individual Case Study Summary Reports
    This case study presents a three-tier Workforce Planning and Development Framework (the Framework) that encompasses effort at three levels: 1. the establishment of Children's Centres for Early Childhood Development and Parenting 2. the Early Childhood Development sector (currently known as Children's Services) 3. the Health and Community Services industry in South Australia. The need for the Framework was identified as a means of supporting a systematic approach to workforce development. The Framework provides an overarching direction that also enables more specific planning within and across each tier, and over a range of timeframes - immediate through to long term. The Framework integrates a three portfolio areas at State Government level, due to the South Australian Early Childhood Development Strategy (ECD Strategy) and its attendant Children's Centres being required to take a holistic approach to early childhood development by integrating health, education and family and children's services. [further details]

  • Measuring Social Inclusion and Exclusion in Northern Adelaide: A Report for the Department of Health
    Despite the substantial amount of research focusing on social inclusion and exclusion, both in Australia and internationally, there are considerable gaps in the literature that limit its utility for policy development purposes.these gaps are addressed by the 'Measuring social inclusion and exclusion in Northern Adelaide' Project. This has involved the development of a model that provides a range of indicators of social inclusion and exclusion that enables the measurement of change over time and promotes an increased understanding of the influence of social capital on social inclusion and exclusion. The measures developed are designed to be of use to Government in its planning and implementation of social inclusion initiatives in Northern Adelaide, and more broadly, to inform social inclusion policy development, implementation and evaluation. [further details]

  • Social Development Framework
    This research was conducted to develop a framework to enable Council to take signals being sent about what the future is likely to bring for the local community, and develop a coherent response. [further details]

  • State of South Australia Updates
    The State of South Australia Publication is scheduled to be published every two years, the first being 2005. In the alternating years, we hope to produce a series of updates from a selection of authors around key areas of public policy. Copies of the 2006 Updates can be downloaded from the Australian institute of Social Research Website at [further details]



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