“There is a history of perceived and actual high-profile policy failures in Australia over the past decade. It’s an easy list to rattle off: the Home Insulation Program (HIP), the National Broadband Network (NBN), the 2016 eCensus, the ongoing CentreLink robo-debt scandal and it goes on. These fiascos not only create massive problems for the people they directly affect, they also dramatically reduce public trust in the capacity of the Australian Public Service (APS) to do its job.”
Source: Althaus, C. and Threlfall, D. (2017). Pursuit (University of Melbourne) and available from this link (open access).
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“PERF decided to conduct a Critical Issues in Policing project on emergency communications because the world of emergency communications is about to undergo an upheaval, as a result of two new technologies: Next Generation 911 systems and the FirstNet wireless broadband network for police and other first responders. The implementation of NG911 and FirstNet will augment traditional mission-critical Land Mobile Radio (LMR) narrowband voice systems. This report explores NG911 and FirstNet and their impact on police agencies and the emergency communications centers that support the police.”
Source: Police Executive Research Forum and available from this link (open access).
“This report assesses the national approach of Asia–Pacific countries to the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace, taking a holistic approach that assesses governance and legislation, law enforcement, military capacity and policy involvement, and business and social engagement in cyber policy and security issues.”
Source: Hanson, F. (2017). International Cyber Policy Centre and available from this link (open access).
“This Research Paper first provides information by country on the intelligence communities, key mechanisms for oversight of the intelligence community and any recent changes to, or reviews of, the oversight frameworks in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. This is followed by comparative analysis that highlights some of the similarities and differences between those countries (and the US) in the arrangements that exist for intelligence oversight.”
Source: Barker, C. & Petrie, C. (2017). Australian Parliamentary Library Research Paper and available from this link (open access).
“Many Sudanese Australians have faced re-settlement challenges since migrating to Australia from the late 1990s onwards. Challenges have included language barriers, obtaining stable housing, acquiring employment, acculturative stressors and discrimination. Moreover, many have been exposed to pre-migratory traumas and family fragmentation. Despite these difficulties, the vast majority of Sudanese Australians have integrated successfully into the fabric of Australian society.”
Source: Shepherd, S. M., Newton, D., & Farquharson, K. (2017). Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and available from this link (subscription journal).
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“The use of ambulance data for crime reduction is a form of injury surveillance. Under this practice, data for assault-based injuries is shared with the police and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to help them identify where violent crime is taking place, which in turn allows police to target their resources to reduce violent offending.”
Source: Sutherland, A., Strang, L., Stepanek, M. and Giacomantonio, C. (2017). RAND Research Report and available from this link (open access).
“In this paper we endeavour to isolate the top ten innovations and developments that have occurred in policing in the last thirty years. We consider that each of them brought about a new mindset, pattern or trend into contemporary police practice. We have focused our attention on the last thirty years because it is during this time that we have both maintained a keen academic interest in the field. While we have focused our attention on the way in which each has affected Australian policing, we are cognisant of the fact that many of them had their roots in other settings long before Australian policy-makers adopted or adapted them.”
Source: Sarre, R., & Prenzler, T. (2017). Police Practice and Research, and available from this link (subscription journal).
“This paper presents the NHP as a successful example of a national collaboration of public bodies with a common goal. The partnership’s organization and scientific approach is discussed alongside a review of activities and deliverables developed to help realize the NHP’s vision: ‘To be the UK’s trusted voice for natural hazards advice’. The NHP has overcome collaborative challenges of multi-organizational, geographically dispersed working by building common ground, respect and trust.”
Source: Hemingway, R., & Gunawan, O. (2017). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction and available from this link (open access).
“The Value of Volunteers, Volunteering and Volunteerism (3Vs) project began on the premise that there are currently no credible or comprehensive methods or models to fully understand the value of emergency management volunteers and volunteering to the Victorian community. Nor is it possible to place a holistic value on volunteerism overall. The contribution and value distribution cannot be quantified, and at present can only be demonstrated through effective story-telling, media messaging or standard lines. A better understanding of service, people, products and program value is important to sustainability, effective investment, strategy and modelling of capability, capacity and costs.”
Source: Emergency Management Victoria and available from this link (open access).
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The Victorian Fire Management Strategy Discussion Paper is the beginning of the journey in developing a new Victorian Fire Management Strategy which will provide direction to achieving a sustainable future for fire management in Victoria. The aim of the Victorian Fire Management Strategy is to provide the pathway to reduce the number and the consequences of harmful fires across Victoria, for all types of fire, and for all communities, through to 2030. Survey closes 15 December 2017.
Source: Victoria. Dept of Justice and Regulation and available from this link (open access).