China Guide

China Cultural Awareness Guide – Asialink – March 2016

Although Chinese cultural practices tend to be quite different to Western ones, a vast majority of Chinese business people have some experience working with foreign clients and are accustomed to accommodating a variety of business practices. The numbers of Chinese professionals who have lived, studied and worked overseas before returning home is also increasing rapidly. This has had the effect of relaxing some of the […]

AIIA Procurement Guide

Best Practice Government Procurement Guide – AIIA – March 2016

This Best Practice Procurement Guide has been developed  to promote a balanced working relationship for the government procurement of ICT products and services, mainly via negotiation over standard form procurement procedures and agreements. It is provided as a reference document for government users, to assist in ensuring that procurement occurs in the most efficient and effective […]

World Happiness Report Sept 2013

World Happiness Report – September 2013

The world is now in the midst of a major policy debate about the objectives of public policy. What should be the world’s Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2015-2030? The World Happiness Report 2013 is offered as a contribution to that crucial debate. In July 2011 the UN General Assembly passed a historic resolution. […]

The Maturing of the MOOC UK BIS Sept 2013

The Maturing of the MOOC – UK BIS September 2013

Elite institutions in The Academy, primarily leading US universities, are widely engaging enthusiastically in MOOCs by lending brand, content, funds, staff, badging and policy support. They see opportunities for brand enhancement, pedagogic experimentation, recruitment and business model innovation. The pro-MOOC impetus is producing a conspicuous literature. It reports positively on these experiments, describing a process […]

Managing Telecommunications Usage and Expenditure - VIC Auditor General September 2013

Managing Telecommunications Usage and Expenditure – VIC Auditor General September 2013

Telecommunications services, in particular fixed voice and mobile phones, are essential to support the delivery of government services. In 2004, the state executed contracts for the Telecommunications Purchasing and Management Strategy (TPAMS), comprising Telecommunications Carriage Services (TCS) agreements with approved providers. The agreements aim to deliver best value to agencies for fixed voice, mobile and […]

Internet Voting in Australian Election Systems - AEC September 2013

Internet Voting in Australian Election Systems – AEC September 2013

The issue of internet voting is one of the more testing ones currently faced by election administrators, not least because of the diversity of views which it generates. Proponents of such a use of the internet see it as a potentially powerful, and perhaps inevitable, way of enabling electors, or certain categories of electors, to […]

Coalition’s Policy for E-Government and the Digital Economy - Liberal Party September 2013

Coalition’s Policy for E-Government and the Digital Economy – Liberal Party September 2013

Digital Economy and Information and communication technologies (ICT) are transforming the way we work and driving change in many industries. Governments everywhere understand their decisions can assist or impede businesses and families adjust to an increasingly digital economy and society. Since 2007, Labor has presided over a sharp fall in Australia’s ranking as a digital […]

Zero To Eight Young Children Internet Use – UK LSE August 2013

EU Kids Online has spent seven years investigating 9-16 year olds’ engagement with the internet, focusing on the benefits and risks of children’s internet use. While this meant examining the experiences of much younger children than had been researched before EU Kids Online began its work in 2006, there is now a critical need for […]

Gender Pay Gap in Australia – WGEA August 2013

This gender pay fact sheet has been compiled primarily from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) average weekly earnings data set, that calculates the average full-time weekly earnings before tax of men and women, excluding factors such as overtime and pay that is salary sacrificed. Where data were unavailable from average weekly earnings (such as […]

ESOPs and Start-ups Discussion Paper – Australia Treasury August 2013

Innovation is vital to Australia if we are to continue to improve our living standards, create new business opportunities and be globally competitive. The development of a strong and innovative economy is essential to creating jobs and improving productivity and competitiveness. A flourishing start-ups sector is an important element of ensuring Australia is a thriving […]