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Research report

4 Dec 2015

The Australian Government commissioned an independent review to consider the capabilities of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). The review is a forward-looking, whole-of-agency exercise that assesses ASIC’s ability to meet its current and future objectives and challenges. It is not a performance review....

Research report

24 Nov 2015

The Government has released its response to the Competition Policy Review ('the Harper Review').

The Government asked Professor Ian Harper and an expert panel to undertake an independent 'root and branch' review of competition policy. This was the first comprehensive review of Australia's competition...

Discussion paper

28 Aug 2015

On 7 December 2014, the Government released the Final Report of the Financial System Inquiry, an inquiry which sets out a 'blueprint' for Australia's financial system over the coming decades.

The Financial System Inquiry for Australia's current regulatory architecture has many strong characteristics, and...


12 May 2015

Outlines the Federal Government's aims for the 2015 Budget.


We are building on our strong foundations with a responsible Budget focused on small business, better child care and measures that improve fairness.

Growing jobs and small business - $5.5 billion...

Discussion paper

30 Mar 2015

This paper is intended to start a national conversation on tax reform and invites submissions from the public.


Australia has experienced nearly a quarter of a century of uninterrupted economic growth. As a result, Australians continue to have some of the...

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9 May 2017

The Black Economy Taskforce has been established to develop an innovative, forward-looking, whole-of-government policy response to combat the black economy in Australia, recognising that these issues cannot be tackled by traditional tax enforcement measures alone.

The black economy refers to people who operate entirely...


28 Apr 2017

When announcing the review on 30 November 2016, the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison said, ‘We will ensure that the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT) provides an equitable return to the Australian community from the recovery of petroleum resources without discouraging investment in exploration and...

Working paper

24 Mar 2017

This paper outlines the origins of tax expenditure analysis in the 1960s, the key debates at that time and over subsequent decades, and the current state of tax expenditure analysis. The paper suggests that the pros and cons of tax expenditure analysis were comprehensively worked...

Discussion paper

8 Mar 2017

On 1 December 2015, the most significant changes to Australia’s foreign investment framework in over forty years were introduced. The reforms provided for stronger enforcement of the rules, a better resourced system and clearer rules for foreign investors.

In the year since the reforms...

Discussion paper

27 Jan 2017

The purpose of this discussion paper is to explore ways the Australian Government can develop the social impact investing market.

This discussion paper proposes that the Australian Government could primarily support social impact investing by creating an enabling environment for private sector-led social impact...

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