Research Papers

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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.)

Parliamentary Research publications are released under a Creative Commons licence. Any content republished must be attributed to the author and not be altered, transformed, or built upon, nor used for commercial purposes without our permission  (see details here).

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This research paper examines the cost of living through four primary indicators: the consumer price index, selected living cost indexes, wages and housing data. The paper highlights trends and statistics regarding the cost of living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and internationally.

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This guide aims to unpack the stereotypical image of the rough sleeper as representative of the homeless population and to contextualise experiences of homelessness within recent data.

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This paper provides a broad overview of Victoria’s economy using key indicators.

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This paper provides a brief introduction to cryptocurrency and blockchain.

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This paper provides insights into housing affordability and housing stress in Victoria. It draws upon recent data and considers the changing ways in which Victorians live and engage with the housing market.

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Automated Vehicles examines issues related to automated vehicles, including regulation and legislation related to automated vehicles in Australia, the likely economic impacts of introducing the vehicles and schemes in overseas jurisdictions.

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This Research Note discusses terminology and key aspects of the Bill. It provides an overview of legislative attempts in Australia to introduce similar frameworks, and overseas jurisdictions where voluntary euthanasia and/or assisted dying are currently in place.

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This Research Note provides some background data on the Northcote electorate, which will have a by-election on November 18.

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This research paper describes the policies and issues involved in the history of a proposed rail link for Melbourne Airport.

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This paper provides an overview of the Victorian Protective Data Security Framework and its role in protecting information held by Victorian government agencies, as well as a background of the global and domestic development of public sector information security guidance and standards.

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