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Research report

4 May 2016

Australia’s population is changing, our way of doing business is changing, and the opportunities and challenges we face are changing. As we go through this economic transition, it is vital that our tax and superannuation systems are modernised to ensure that they are doing their...

Research report

4 May 2016

Like any Australian family or business, the Government is focused on keeping expenses down to balance the Budget and pay down debt. A stronger Budget supports jobs and growth and instils confidence as the economy transitions. Strengthening the nation’s finances is key to the Government’s...

Research report

4 May 2016

In 2016-17, Australian Government agencies will have responsibility for administering approximately $450.6 billion in expenses. Budget Paper No. 4 sets out the funding for agencies, their funding sources and the purposes of that funding under Outcome statements for each agency in the general government sector.1...


27 Apr 2016

The Australian Antarctic Strategy sets out Australia’s national Antarctic interests and our vision for Australia’s future engagement in Antarctica.

The accompanying Action Plan details the steps the Government will take to fulfil the Strategy.

The Action Plan is staged over a 20 year...


7 Dec 2015

As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Government has today released its Public Data Policy Statement. This formalises the Government’s commitment to open data and data-driven innovation.

Access to and use of the data that is collected by Commonwealth Government...

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A plan for Australia to thrive in the global innovation race
30 Jan 2018

This strategy document aims to contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of all Australians by strengthening Australia's innovation performance to become a leading innovation nation.


29 Jan 2018

This strategy document builds upon the Turnbull Government's defence industry policy, by setting out a comprehensive system to plan, guide, and measure defence export outcomes.

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1 Dec 2017

This document presents the Draft Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Discussion paper

27 Nov 2017

Despite significant progress, the Australian government considers there is scope for improving the native title system to increase access to native title rights and traditional lands. This paper seeks stakeholder views on a range of options to amend the Act which are intended to improve...


16 Nov 2017

The National Food Waste Strategy provides a framework to support collective action towards halving Australia’s food waste by 2030.

The strategy contributes toward global action on reducing food waste by aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 12—ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns—in the United Nations...

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Research report

15 Apr 2016

This ‘ANZAC Day Kit’ has been compiled over a number of years by various staff members of the Parliamentary Library, and is updated annually.

In particular the Library would like to acknowledge the work of John Moremon and Laura Rayner, both of whom contributed...


14 Apr 2016

This guide provides a brief overview of employment by industry and lists some relevant data sources. This is one in a series of statistical quick guides, designed to provide a basic understanding of Australian labour market data. Other guides include employment and labour force, which...

Research report

4 Apr 2016

Provides details of House of Representatives by-elections, from that held for Darling Downs on 14 September 1901 to the most recent held on 5 December 2015 for North Sydney.

Executive summary This paper provides details of House of Representatives by-elections, from that held...

Research report

31 Mar 2016

These Policy Proposals are the product of a three-year Australian Research Council-funded project on ‘Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council’. The project is a collaboration between the Australian National University’s Centre for International Governance and Justice and the Australian Government’s Australian...


24 Mar 2016

Quarterly estimates of total resident population for states, territories and Australia.

About this release Quarterly estimates of total resident population for states, territories and Australia. Includes estimates of the population by sex in five-year age groups; numbers (and some rates) of births, deaths,...