This project investigated the usefulness of regulatory frameworks for the ‘not for profit’ housing sector in Australia. It reviewed the potential advantages and disadvantages of regulation in the light of the criticisms made of burdensome and ineffective regulation in the UK. It also examined new regulatory initiatives that have been introduced in a number of states, with the aim...

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Australian water utilities are under increasing pressure to maintain potable water supplies in the face of increasing population and the impacts of climate change and variability. In response to these pressures, water utilities have adopted a portfolio approach to water supply, diversifying supply beyond traditional reliance on rainfall dependent solutions such as water supply dams, to include...

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This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to understand the relationship between government regulatory practices and other attempts to achieve behavior change for increased water sensitivity.

It will assess barriers to the adoption of new urban water technologies and alternative water sources arising from gaps, inconsistencies and constraints in regulatory...

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This research proposes to make a comparative study of differing housing procurement approaches and their related outcomes that have been carried out in a number of selected remote communities in Aboriginal Australia during the mid-1990s to mid-2000s. Aboriginal housing procurement is the establishment of housing purposefully built to specific social and cultural capitals that extend beyond the...

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This project will show how social science research can enhance policy decision-making on complex social issues. Factors which help or hinder productive use of social research will be identified, and models for improving these relationships will be examined.

The project investigates complex case-studies to develop richer explanations of how social research findings could be more fully...

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ISSR has been commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to undertake a longitudinal outcome and process evaluation of multiple funding initiatives aimed at preventing sexual assault through education.

This project involves an outcome and process evaluation of the relevant educational programs funded under the Department of...

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Retirement villages and later life transitions: The impact of financial and contractual obligations.

Although retirement villages constitute the major form of specialised housing for older people, little is known of how older people manage their life transitions in the context of the significant financial and contractual obligations tied to this form of accommodation.  By...

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Gender equality is a key goal of Australian and international development work, and is recognized by the United Nations (UN) in Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women.

Gender equality is viewed as a key goal due to its’ intrinsic ethical worth, but is also a critical factor in encouraging economic development and improving child health. In order...

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This project examines the impact of the Queensland Government’s Anti-social behaviour management policy on social housing tenants with mental health and substance misuse issues. The project examines the relevant literature including policy and research evidence relating to sustaining tenancies; addressing anti-social behaviour in social housing; and housing provision for people with...

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The social and market research industry mostly conduct their telephone surveys by sampling from landlines. It is currently estimated that 20% of people are resident in mobile-only households in Australia. These estimates vary by demographic groups, with disproportionately more young students and indigenous people being in non-landline households. Dual mobile and landline sampling is essential...

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