A Government report is a formal document authored by a panel of experts, and issued by any governmental authority. There are various types of government reports but for the purpose of this unit, you may want to use the following types of research reports:
The following questions can help you identify if a publication is a government report:
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2014). Hospitalised injury in older Australians, 2011-12 (Injury Research and Statistics Series no. 90, Cat. no. INJCAT 166). http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129547875
Government departments mainly publish their reports online. It is best to check out the Government department or agency website to search for reports.
The following websites are useful sources for Australian health reports:
Search engines such as Google are useful when searching for reports. Most reports will be published online in PDF form, so it's helpful to limit your results by file type:
Note: Google searches will often return large numbers of results, so consider using the Advanced Search option and limiting your search by date (e.g. last 5/10 years) etc.
It is important that you evaluate the information you discover on the internet. The guide below will give you some tips on how to search effectively and how to evaluate the information you find online.