The interactive data visualisations in this web report allow for comparison of the most recent data from 36 Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) member countries, across a range of health and health care indicators, with a focus on Australia’s international performance.
This paper aims to provide an estimate of where the approximately $76 billion worth of Australian banknotes – or $3,000 per Australian – are held, and for what purposes these banknotes are used.
The opaque and discretionary pricing of residential mortgages by banks makes it difficult and time consuming for borrowers to shop around and stifles price competition, this report by the ACCC has found.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) is examining the effectiveness of the Australian road rules relating to driver distraction. This issues paper explores the questions around responsibility for driver distractions, technologies that can assist and distract from the driving task, and prescriptive versus performance-based approaches.
The development of modern air power is faced with a fundamental challenge, since the future is uncertain and air forces need a long lead-time to build. Much effort and significant resources could be expended, with no assurance that an air force so built will be...
This report outlines the ACCC's concerns regarding the market power held by Google and Facebook, including their impact on Australian businesses and, in particular, on the ability of media businesses to monetise their content.
This report recommends that universities abolish concerning policies, introduce policies that safeguard free intellectual inquiry and sign on to the University of Chicago’s sector-leading statement on free expression.
This report explores the reasons employers are using unaccredited training, why they chose this form of training over others and whether it is meeting their skill needs.
In the past few decades other non-standard or non-traditional forms of employment such as labour hire, employees on short-term contracts, and engagement of independent contractors have emerged as hiring options for employers. This snapshot sheds light on the significance and contribution of different forms of...
This paper explores the complex interaction between organised crime and other forms of crime, sometimes described as ‘volume crimes’ because of their widespread incidence. In particular, it shows how the commission of organised crime, or the involvement of those engaged in organised crime, can entail...
This report directly addresses the biggest change to Australian regional policy in decades – the introduction of collaborative approaches and ideas of long-term regional deals.
Decades of reform to service delivery across Australia has introduced a diversity of publicly and privately provided services, aimed at improving both access and quality. But the gaps between regions and metropolitan areas on many measures of service provision and socio-economic outcomes are persisting. The...
Australia is often referred to as the ‘most successful multicultural country on earth.' But what does this really mean? How is this success measured? This report provides some answers.
David Feeney argues that Australia needs a grand strategy which will consider the actions it can take, as a status quo medium power, to support the Rules Based Global Order and secure the country's economic, strategic and diplomatic national interests.
Greater migrant business ownership in regional Australia is desirable as they contribute to the vibrancy of the region and often have a strong desire to ‘give back’ to their communities.
This policy document embodies a circular economy, shifting away from ‘take, make, use and dispose’ to a more circular approach where Australia maintains the value of resources for as long as possible.
Kim Beazley has spent a professional lifetime being deeply immersed in the design and implementation of Australia’s defence and security policy. He steered his side of politics through the global anti-nuclear unrest of the early 1980s to craft an approach to Australia’s alliance with the...
This inquiry focused on the role of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH), including how environmental water is being used, the outcomes achieved and options for improving community engagement.