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 paper examines the public health emergency laws and frameworks activated in response to COVID-19 as well as related constitutional, administrative and rights issues.

2.18 MB

This Bill Brief provides information on the current legislative framework, wage theft definitions and high-profile cases, then considers the Bill itself. It also discusses stakeholder responses and concludes with a jurisdictional comparison.

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This research paper overviews two centuries of epidemics and pandemics in Victoria’s history, and considers what lessons the past offers in comprehending the challenges presented by COVID-19.

1.46 MB

An overview of the North East Link Bill 2020, the government’s plans to establish a state-owned tolling corporation, the recent history of public-private road projects in Victoria and a summary of the business case for the Corporation.

830.66 KB

This paper provides a multi-perspective and historical overview of the Victorian economy through FY 2018/19.

2.9 MB

This Quick Guide provides a short overview of the 2019–20 fire season and government responses to date. It includes an overview of recent inquiries into Victorian bushfires since 2000, especially those relating to prescribed burning and climate change.

2.26 MB

This Bill Brief provides an overview of pill testing and looks at legislative attempts to introduce pill testing across Australian states and territories. It includes a discussion of stakeholder views and brief descriptions of existing pill testing programs in selected jurisdictions.

1.03 MB

The Briefing e-Book provides an outline of key issues, organised by portfolio, from the 58th Parliament. The e-Book includes links to major legislation, reports, committee inquiries and Library publications.

Due to the size of the briefing book, no HTML version has been supplied.

3.12 MB

This fellowship paper discussed the issues of bail and remand which the author believes have led to our prisons reaching capacity.

1.69 MB

This paper provides an overview of the election campaign, major policies, opinion polls data, the outcome of the election in both houses, and voter turnout. It also includes voting figures for each Assembly District and Council Region.

2.84 MB