Research Papers

The DPS Parliamentary Library Research Service provides research support to Members of the Victorian Parliament. The Service’s publications are:
· Research Papers, which provide in-depth coverage and detailed analysis of key topics;
· Current Issues Briefs, which provide an overview of a subject in legislative, portfolio, or policy areas; and,
· Research Briefs, which provide analysis and description of current bills.
The views expressed in Research Service publications are those of the author(s). Contact details appear at the rear of each paper.
(nb. Readers should note that the information contained in Research Service publications is current at the time of their release. For information on bills as enacted visit the Victorian Legislation & Parliamentary Documents website.)

Research Briefs and Research Papers are released under a Creative Commons licence - see details here.

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Information on the Coalition Government's baseline sentencing policy, Victoria's current sentencing framework and the Sentencing Advisory Council's report on baseline sentencing.

2014-05-22
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This paper includes a history of the development of the Bill, some of the main provisions of the Bill concerning patient rights, compulsory treatment and external review and an overview of mental health legislation in other Australian states.

2014-05-13
458.82 KB

Background material on the Family and Community Development Committee Inquiry into Child Abuse in Victoria, the Cummins Inquiry, the current legislative framework around the protection of children, and legislation in other jurisdictions.

2014-05-13
445.53 KB

An overview of the Bill, including background to existing move-on powers and feedback from key stakeholders. Move-on powers in other jurisdictions are also considered, particularly those in Queensland, New South Wales and the United Kingdom.

2014-04-02
467.36 KB

This Research Paper provides an introduction and overview of issues relevant to the development of unconventional gas - coal seam, shale and tight gas - in the Australian and specifically Victorian context.

2014-03-26
1.62 MB

This Research Brief includes background information on the cultivation and processing of alkaloid poppies for the pharmaceutical industry and the regulation of the alkaloid poppy industry in Tasmania.

2014-02-18
402.37 KB

This Research Brief provides an overview of the Crimes Amendment (Grooming) Bill 2013, material on the Committee Inquiry into Child Abuse in Victoria, the criminality of grooming and an overview of child grooming legislation in other jurisdictions.

2014-02-11
204.52 KB

This Research Brief provides an overview of the proposed model for election policy costings, analysis of key issues such as the functions and independence of budget offices, and examples of budget offices in other jurisdictions.

2014-02-11
237.32 KB

An overview of the Gambling Regulation Amendment (Pre-Commitment) Bill 2013, including material on gambling in Victoria, electronic gaming machines and pre-commitment systems and evidence from other jurisdictions and key stakeholders.

2013-12-13
341.59 KB

This Research Brief provides a brief overview of the Bill and second reading speech, relevant background information, stakeholder comment and an overview of other jurisdictions.

2013-10-09
697.2 KB