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Transitioning towards sustainable freight logistics in desert Australia: A framework for analysing options that meet economic, environmental and social demand

  • Authors: Ireland, M, Rola-Rubzen, MF
  • Publisher: Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability, University of South Australia
  • Published: 2008

Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard is a multi-dimensional performance management model. It can be effectively developed into a tool which supports evaluation of the sustainability of a range of options…

What discourages Indigenous discouraged workers?

  • Authors: Hunter, Boyd, Gray, Matthew
  • Publisher: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, Australian National University
  • Published: 2011

Indigenous people are far more likely to be discouraged from looking for work than other Australians. Understanding the determinants of what discourages particular workers has important implications for overcoming the…

Economic Development and Participation for Remote Indigenous Communities: Best Practice

  • Author: Altman, J
  • Published: 2003

A presentation by Professor Jon Altman to the Ministerial Council for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (MCATSIA) at Sydney on 28 November 2003. This paper explores best practice, evident…

Red Dirt Schools: Connecting community and curriculum

  • Authors: Wooltorton, Sandra, Guenther, John
  • Published: 2015

There is much talk about the seemingly intransigent gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educational outcomes across Australia. From a critical theoretical perspective, a new paradigm is needed to frame the…

Respecting Aboriginal people and their knowledge: Protocols for people involved in commercial bush foods enterprises, research and development with produce and knowledge from Central Australia

  • Authors: Wilson, L, Douglas, J, Walsh, F
  • Publisher: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre
  • Published: 2008

Respecting Aboriginal people and their knowledge: Protocols for people involved in commercial bush foods enterprises, research and development with produce and knowledge from Central Australia

The influence of grazing management and total grazing pressure fencing on ground cover and floristic diversity in the semi-arid rangelands

  • Authors: C. Waters, G, Melville, A. McMurtrie, W. Smith, T. Atkinson, Y. Alemseged
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2012

The contribution of non-domestic grazing pressure to pastoral areas of western NSW has been reported to increase grazing intensity by at least 50%. Any control of these external grazing pressures…

Early wet season burning and pasture spelling to improve land condition in the Victoria River District (NT)

  • Authors: Dionne Walsh, Sam Crowder, Boronia Saggers, Suzanne Shearer
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2012

A new trial investigating wet season spelling (with and without early wet season burning) to improve land condition commenced on Delamere station in the Victoria River District (VRD) in 2010.…

Characterising the Interactions Between Unicast and Broadcast in IEEE 802.11 Ad Hoc Networks

  • Authors: Wang, JCP, Franklin, DR, Abolhasan, M, Safaei, F
  • Published: 2008

This paper investigates the relative performance of unicast and broadcast traffic traversing a one-hop ad hoc network utilising the 802.11 DCF. An extended Markov model has been developed and validated…

Tangentyere Remote Area Night Patrol

  • Authors: Walker, J, Forrester, S
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Criminology and the Crime Prevention Branch
  • Published: 2002

Tangentyere Council is an Aboriginal, community-controlled resource agency, delivering essential services and programmes to 20 autonomous town camp communities in Alice Springs and the Central Australian region. These programmes and…

Transitioning of young Indigenous students into school – the experiences of parents and their children

  • Authors: Van Issumm, Harry, Klieve, Helen
  • Published: 2015

Education is recognized as a critical factor in children’s future life opportunities. However, there is a significant gap between the educational performance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children that perpetuates…

Quantum innovation in measuring, monitoring and managing ecological function on large scales, reliably and affordably

  • Author: Simonds, G.
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2010

This presentation discusses a pre-eminent concern of landscape level watershed management and introduces a tool developed to foster cost-effective stewardship. The need to accurately and quickly assess site potential and…

Families and Schools Together as a community development tool in remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory

  • Author: Seiffert, M
  • Published: 2005

In comparison to the major dust sources in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia is a relatively minor contributor to the global dust budget. However, severe dust storms do occur in Australia,…

Understanding Connectivity of Settlements: Implications of the Power Curve

  • Authors: Seemann, K, Marinova, D
  • Publisher: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand and International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation
  • Published: 2009

Research on human settlements has traditionally focussed on one or a few descriptive or functional aspects, such as geographical characteristics of the locality, the economy, housing, transport, infrastructure, education or…

The Northern Grazing Systems Project: Estimating safe stocking rate

  • Authors: Scanlan, J.C., Whish, G.L., Pahl, L., Cowley, R.A., MacLeod, N.D.
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2010

The Northern Grazing Systems project aims to increase adoption of innovative best-practice grazing management by beef producers throughout northern Australia. Four key areas requiring research, development and extension have been…

Can doing research be a catalyst for changing tobacco smoking? An example from remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory

  • Authors: Jan Robertson, Alan Clough
  • Published: 2009

In the Australian population as a whole there has been long-term trend for reduction in smoking prevalence, which is now less than 20%. Amongst Indigenous Australians generally, 51% of men…

100 Years On, Melancholic Sovereignty

  • Author: Povinelli, Elizabeth
  • Publisher: Charles Darwin University The Northern Institute
  • Published: 2011

Drawing on critical theory and her own ethnographic work with Indigenous people in the NT to discuss why the ideology of sovereignty continues to grip the social imagination long after…

Improving landholders’ knowledge of fire as a management tool within the Burdekin rangelands

  • Authors: Olivia Pisani, Bob Shepherd
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2012

There has been a reduced use of fire as a management tool in grazing systems within the Burdekin rangelands since the wet years of the 1970’s. Several severe droughts and…

The impact of the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program on improved access to specialist services for regional and remote Australia

  • Authors: Jim Pearse, Deniza Mazevska
  • Published: 2013

People living in rural and remote populations tend to have poorer health care status, and thus have higher health care needs. However, they have less access to health care services,…

Designing new monitoring programs for Mulga woodlands - lessons learned from the Pilbara

  • Authors: Gerald FM Page, Pauline F Grierson
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2012

Mulga woodlands and shrublands are distributed across ~ 20 % of the Australian continent and are one of the dominant vegetation types of the semi-arid zone, with a long history…

Developing Lifecycle Models for Sustainable Investment in Desert Communities

  • Authors: Parnell, M, Seemann, K
  • Published: 2005

This paper reports on the outcomes of The Lifecycles Project, a scoping project investigating housing and infrastructure lifecycles in remote desert communities for the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (DK-CRC).…

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