“In a major analytical report for the NSW Department of Education’s “Future Frontiers” series, CWL researchers have examined how new technologies will affect work and skill requirements in Australia over coming decades. Going beyond the headlines of robots stealing jobs, the report argues that we are not destined for an end to work generally. Rather, we will see further significant shifts in how work is done, and how work is distributed, that will favour jobseekers with the ability to do cognitive, creative, and non-routine tasks. Significant policy challenges lie ahead in ensuring that the workers displaced by the decline of older industries are quickly reconnected with newer jobs. This will require an expansion of training and transitional assistance, to prevent such workers from permanently leaving the labour force.”
Source: Healy, J., Nicholson, D., and Gahan, P. (2018). Centre for Workplace Leadership and available from this link (open access).
“The adequacy of police responses to intimate partner violence has long animated scholarly debate, review and legislative change. While there have been significant shifts in community recognition of and concern about intimate partner violence, particularly in the wake of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, it nonetheless remains a significant form of violence and harm across Australian communities and a key issue for police, as noted in the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission.”
Source: Segrave, M., Wilson, D., & Fitz-Gibbon, K. (2018). Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and available from this link (subscription journal)
“Managing employee mental health effectively is a challenge faced by policing and first responder organisations around the world. This includes the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as the Australian Government’s primary policing agency responsible for the enforcement of Commonwealth laws and the protection of Australian interests from criminal activity, both domestically and overseas. To fulfil this role the AFP is responsible for a diverse range of functions, the delivery of which place a range of unique demands and stressors on AFP employees.”
Source: Australian National Audit Office (2018). Report available from this link (open access).
“Social media has been established in many larger emergencies and crises. This process has not started just a few years ago, but already 15 years ago in 2001 after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In the following years, especially in the last 10, sometimes summarized under the term crisis informatics, a variety of studies focusing on the use of ICT and social media before, during or after nearly every crisis and emergency has arisen.”
Source: Reuter, C., & Kaufhold, M. A. (2018). Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management and available from this link (subscription journal).
“It’s a target because we don’t want to impose a quota, so that any woman appointed to such a position believes that she is only there because we had to fill a quota. A target means that people think consciously about who they’re appointing or the group of people they’re interviewing for a particular position, and its addressing that unconscious bias. You can address conscious bias, because you can see it, you can hear it, you can feel it, you can smell it.”
Source: Bishop, J. (2018). The Mandarin and available from this link (open access).
“Thursday 8 March 2018 is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, Press for Progress, is an opportunity to reflect on progress to date and priorities for the future. Here are some key facts about women and work in Australia.”
Source: Workplace Gender Equality Agency and available from this link (open access).
“As crime changes, police forces must respond. Technological developments in recent decades – most notably the growth of the internet – have digitised traditional forms of crime, providing new opportunities for fraudsters, sex offenders and drug dealers. Technology also creates a new frontline of crime, which previously would not have existed. The implications of the fourth industrial revolution are yet to be fully understood. Today, almost half of crime relies on digital technology, and that is likely to rise.”
Source: Hitchcock, A., Holmes, R., & Sundorph, E. (2017). Reform.org and available from this link (open access).
“Contributing to the wider debate on mission ‘best practice’ within international policing assistance is at the core of this project entitled ‘Policing with Communities in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCAS)’. It brings together a group of police practitioners, academics and security sector reform experts drawn from across Europe with experience and interest in international policing. The group recognised that there should be more engagement with the challenges faced in mission through a ‘lessons learned’ approach that would help to build sustainable overseas projects. ”
Source: Georgina Sinclair & Rohan Burdett (Editors). A collection of essays available from this link (open access).
“The Police Schools Involvement Program was abolished in Victoria in 2006. It is the only state without a police in schools program. In the 12 years since, the youth crime rate in Victoria has remained the lowest of all states in Australia (apart from the ACT) and the number of children involved in offending has dropped.”
Source: Johns, D. (2018). The Conversation and available from this link (open access).
“Great innovators have long known that the secret to unlocking a better answer is to ask a better question. Applying that insight to brainstorming exercises can vastly improve the search for new ideas—especially when a team is feeling stuck. Brainstorming for questions, rather than answers, helps you avoid group dynamics that often stifle voices, and it lets you reframe problems in ways that spur breakthrough thinking.”
Source: Gregersen, H. (2018). Harvard Business Review and available from this link (open access with personal registration).