Australia

Policy report

12 Dec 2017

This report draws on analysis of data included in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Government Finance Statistics 2015-16. This data collection provides the total operating expenditure on education and training by government (Commonwealth, State/Territory and local governments), as well as public entities such...

Report

12 Dec 2017

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science's implementation and evaluation of the Low Emission Technologies for Fossil Fuels (LETFF) program. To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO adopted the following high...

Other interactive resource

12 Dec 2017

A new platform mapping environmental conflicts developed by RMIT urban researchers helps to support just transitions from coal to clean energy without disadvantaging workers and communities.

Resistance against massive coal-mining in Australia and a growing movement for a ‘just transition’ from fossil fuels has...

Evaluation

11 Dec 2017

The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is an emissions offsets scheme combined with Government purchasing of emission reductions.

The Authority found that the ERF is performing well, creating incentives for new domestic emissions reductions at low cost that will contribute to Australia’s targets under the...

Research report

11 Dec 2017

Horizontal fiscal equalisation attempts to address differing economic financial circumstances of the state governments by redistributing GST revenue according to an elaborate relativity formula.

However, the equalisation mechanism is associated with a number of conceptual and practical problems. There is...

Discussion paper

11 Dec 2017

Quality in the vocational education and training (VET) sector is an ongoing area of interest — but what does 'quality' really mean? This paper examines what quality in VET might mean from the perspectives of five key stakeholder groups: learners, employers/industry, providers, government and regulators....

Draft report

11 Dec 2017

As a sub-strategy of the National Drug Strategy 2017-2026, the National Alcohol Strategy is overseen by the Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum. The forum consists of ministers from across Australia with responsibility for alcohol and other drug policy from the health and justice / law...

Essay

10 Dec 2017

Australia entered an era of economic reform in the mid-1980s as policymakers resolved to liberalise the country’s economy and strengthen its public finances. Fiscal reform, which is the subject of this paper, was an important part of the process. These reforms included management of the...

Report

9 Dec 2017

Urban water is a critical resource that we cannot afford to take for granted Australia’s urban water sector provides an essential service to more than 20 million people and 9 million connected properties in our cities and towns. The sector has a strong track record...

Report

9 Dec 2017

Infrastructure Australia (IA) plays a key role in providing advice, and advocating for, reforms to improve the financing, delivery and operation of infrastructure. IA has commissioned Frontier Economics and Arup to prepare this report to inform IA’s views on the optimal settings required for economic,...

Research report

9 Dec 2017

Australia's universities are failing to protect free speech on campus. The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)'s Free Speech on Campus Audit 2017 is a systematic analysis of over 165 policies and actions at Australia's 42 universities. The Audit rates each university's support for free...

Report

8 Dec 2017

Australia’s success in the 21st century economy depends on our cities, suburbs and regional centres.

Australia’s most valuable resource is our human capital. Our people — their ideas, skills, experience and enterprise — are the driving force of productivity growth and our future prosperity....

Commentary

8 Dec 2017

The Australian government quietly introduced the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 to the Senate on Wednesday. If enacted, the bill will extend the scope of Australia’s copyright safe harbours - very slightly.

Safe harbours protect internet hosts and platform providers from monetary liability...

Report

7 Dec 2017

Returning the Australian Government’s finances to a sustainable position following the global financial crisis continues to present a challenge for government. While the 2017–18 Budget projects a return to surplus and a decline in net debt, these projections are subject to risk and uncertainty....

Research report

7 Dec 2017

This research has several implications for policy makers, specifically:

• Support community led initiatives. Some towns are bypassing state and Commonwealth processes in order to attract service delivery professionals to their communities. Some places have worked around administration-heavy procedures to...

Journal article

7 Dec 2017

Abstract

Objectives : To explore the application of evidence based risk communication to community messaging about naturally occurring asbestos (NOA).

Type of program or service : Risk communication education about NOA.

Methods...

Report

7 Dec 2017

As Australians are living longer, it is important to understand whether people are spending more years in good health or more years living with illness. The measure of health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE) can be used to understand this.

HALE extends the concept of life...

Report

7 Dec 2017

By 2019–2020, it is expected that 47,000 of the 460,000 total NDIS participants with approved plans will be children aged between 0–6. The NDIA estimates that a further 59,000 children aged between 0–6 may identify as having a developmental delay or disability, but are not...

Commentary

7 Dec 2017

The Turnbull Government has announced a crackdown on foreign interference in Australian politics and national security. Proposed laws include a ban on foreign political donations, new criminal offences, and a transparency register for those acting on behalf of foreign governments or organisations.

Prime Minister...