public policy research, skill formation, workplace change, consulting, information, communications technology (ICT), youth employment, developing countries
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Public Policy & APPRN
(Australian Public Policy Research Network)

Curtain Consulting, Melbourne

Key Capacities
Principal consultants
Citizen engagement
Public policy & APPRN
Young people & work
- Australia
Young people & work
- Developing countries
ICT for development
Skill formation
in Australia
Workplace change
in Australia
Dili Institute of Technology
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Recent reports and publications


'New Forms of Security needed for Australia's Open Economy', Refereed paper presented to the Transitions and Risk: New Directions in Social Policy Conference, Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, 23-25 February 2005


Overcoming the Democratic Deficit: Engaging Citizens in the Making of Public Policy in Australia'   Presentation to to the Eureka 150th Anniversary Conference on Democracy, 25-27 November, University of Ballarat, Victoria.


What to do about casual work? A critical review of 'Securing Quality Employment: Policy Options for Casual and Part-time Workers in Australia'


Co organiser with Professor Meredith Edwards of the conference Facing the Future: Involving Stakeholders and Citizens in Developing Public Policy,  APPRN  and  the  National  Institute  of  Governance,  University  of Canberra, Canberra - 23-24 April – see .


'What Role for Citizens in Developing and Implementing Public Policy?' Part 1 & Part II Presentation to Facing the Future Conference, forthcoming in Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration


The role of area-based partnerships in achieving outcomes in policy: coordination: Local Learning and Employment Networks in Victoria', Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration No 105, December, pp 50-55.'


Response to the Draft Report of the Independent Review of Job Network: Recent Growth of New Apprenticeships and the Job Network, the role of an Innovations Fund and Mechanisms to Promote Better on-the-ground Coordination, Productivity Commission, Melbourne


The Australian Public Policy Research Network Promoting New Approaches to Public Policy’,  Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration No. 102 • December


‘Good Public Policy Making: How Australia Fares’ Agenda: a Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, Volume 8, Number 1, pages 33-46


'A fresh approach to policy research: Canada's Policy Research Initiative', Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration, No 98, December, pp 50-53.


Mutual Obligation and the Young Unemployed: Policy and Practice in Australia compared with the UK', Dusseldorp Skills Forum, Sydney


Towards Greater Transparency in Policy-making’, Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration, No 96 June pp 1-5.

Keynote speaker to Institute of Public Administration (ACT) Seminar: Partnering For Policy, 31 October, 2000, Canberra. The seminar addressed the issues related the engagement of consultants to conduct public policy research projects.  Specific attention was given to identifying some of the pitfalls in the client/consultant relationship and how to avoid them?


Case study of user choice arrangements in vocational education and training in Australia for the European Social Fund and the Irish Government.


'Youth and employment: a public policy perspective', Development Bulletin, Development Studies Network, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra, No 55, August.


Employers and Access to Publicly funded Training’, Australian Economic Review 2/1995

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