RAND Australia defence research covers a wide range of topics for policy makers in Australia and beyond. The RAND Corporation has long been recognized for its contributions to defence policy, and RAND Australia advances this tradition with expertise and coverage of key defence issues such as international alliances, military spending, naval warfare, and submarine engineering and design.

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    Defence Mobilisation Planning Comparative Study

    The boundaries of rule-based order and global norms are being tested everywhere. What threatens the stability and prosperity of Australia? And how do other countries structure their response to similar contemporary threats?

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    Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Capability

    During the past decade, Australia has used research to understand the cost, benefits, and challenges of national shipbuilding strategies and decisions. What recent developments should Australia's policymakers consider when planning naval ship programs?

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    Comprehensive Analysis of Strategic Force Generation Challenges in the Australian Army

    The Australian Army is changing, modernising, and reorganising its force structure in ways that affect the force generation cycle of its combat. What are the challenges associated with the Army's current FORGEN model? And what can Australia learn from the practices of other nations' armed forces?

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    Weighing Options for Australia's Naval Shipbuilding

    Australia is examining an enterprise-level naval shipbuilding plan. All three options—sustaining a domestic naval shipbuilding industry, buying ships from foreign shipbuilders, or building ships partially in-country and partially overseas—have complex consequences and trade-offs.

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    Australia Has Considerable Expertise in Submarine Design, but Gaps Still Exist

    The Royal Australian Navy intends to acquire 12 new submarines to replace its Collins-class vessels. RAND assessed the domestic engineering and design skills that Australian industry and government will need to design the new submarine, identified the skills they currently possess, and evaluated how to fill any gaps between the two.

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    Contestability Frameworks: An International Horizon Scan

    As part of the restructure of the Australian Department of Defence (ADoD), there are several ways to implement contestability functions that review ADoD's requirements, acquisition, and budget decisions internally before they are passed to other elements in the government.

National Security

RAND Australia's programme of research on national security issues is growing, and is intended to help decisionmakers better understand and develop policies related to border security, domestic intelligence, cybercrime, and other issues of importance.

Health and Social Wellbeing

RAND Australia's health and social wellbeing research has been developed through multidisciplinary teams with backgrounds in evaluation and performance management, research evaluation, science policy, international health care, and public health systems and policy.

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    Australia's Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children, Priority Area 2

    Violence against women and children continues to challenge well-being in Australia, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. An evaluation of the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children can serve as a strong foundation for creating long-term change in these communities.

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    Australia Is Not Prepared to Deliver an Alzheimer's Treatment

    As in other countries, the Australian health care system has limited capacity to rapidly move a future treatment for Alzheimer's disease from approval into wide clinical use. That could leave thousands of older people without access to transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs.

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    Designing an evaluation framework for the NHMRC

    The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia, have established a new grant program meant to emphasize fairness, reduce burden, and boost innovation and creativity in research funding processes. Researchers developed an evaluation framework and set of metrics to monitor the performance of the program.

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    Role of Data in Improving Care within a Health System

    How can public, private, and non-governmental healthcare organizations work together to leverage current and future data systems to meet their care improvement goals? This case study uses a multilevel framework to categorize stakeholders at various levels within the Australian health system.

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    Updating Models for Transport Demand in Sydney, Australia

    The Sydney Strategic Travel Model (STM) informs long-term transport planning, policy development and infrastructure assessment across the Greater Sydney area. Additional model estimation work has further improved the commute mode-destination model.

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    Modelling Transport Demand in Sydney, Australia

    Transport for New South Wales (NSW) operates the Sydney Strategic Travel Model (STM) to inform transport planning, policy development, and infrastructure assessment in Sydney. RAND implemented new travel frequency, mode, and destination model components of the STM; extended the model scope to include toll road choice and better access to trains, and analysed and enhanced the pivoting component of the STM to predict travel patterns.

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    Health and Medical Research in Australia

    How is Australia’s health research system structured, and what are current and emerging health research issues in the country? Government officials, organizations, and researchers whose work involves health and medical research policy may want to consider this overview of information when making decisions.

Education and Labour

RAND Australia acknowledges the challenges that the country faces in delivering education that impacts employment and economic growth. We provide research and analysis that informs policy and decisionmaking relating to access to and quality in higher education, workforce development, and innovation in education.

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    How Do Universities Identify and Demonstrate Impact?

    The Australian Technology Network of Universities asked RAND Europe to review the Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA) Impact Assessment Trial ('the EIA Trial'), in order to assess how well universities identified and demonstrated impact, as well as how the process could be further improved.