Federal government


21 Aug 2018

The Cabinet Handbook is designed to ensure that the Federal Cabinet observes conventions and principles and fulfils its central purpose of informed decision-making.

Journal article

14 Aug 2018

The paper discusses the problems that have plagued service delivery in Papua New Guinea—both over the long term and with the rollout of the District Development Authority Act of 2014. Various principal/agent and moral hazard problems are identified as well as the persistent poor delivery...


18 Jul 2018

This report examines the broad trends within the Commonwealth tax system since 2001–02 and the risks they present. An awareness of these risks allows policy makers to work to ensure the sustainability of the tax system over the medium term.

Journal article

17 Jul 2018

This article reviews The General’s Goose: Fiji’s Tale of Contemporary Misadventure , by Robbie Robertson and published by Australian National University (2017).


13 Jul 2018

The 'lost filing cabinet' incident that triggered this review would have been very serious for any public service agency, but was especially so for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), given its position at the apex of Commonwealth agencies.


3 Jul 2018

Viewed warmly on both sides of politics and in the media, the federal finance minister is playing a vital role for the government.


27 Jun 2018

The objective of this audit was to assess the department’s design, implementation and monitoring of select 2014–15 and 2015–16 Budget measures aimed at achieving $1.2 billion in savings and other benefits.


27 Jun 2018

Digital transformation represents one of the best opportunities to deliver more to those who pay for government, those who work for government, and those who government works for.

Policy report

20 Jun 2018

The purpose of this review is to advise on a governance model for the Australian Antarctic Science Program (AASP) as currently administered by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).


6 Jun 2018

Effective immigration and border control are essential to Australia’s national security. The possibility of combining both functions within one entity have been considered on a number of occasions historically.


4 Jun 2018

The Turnbull Government’s proposed personal income tax cuts are the largest ever proposed in a federal budget. As is outlined in this submission, the substantial reduction in revenue is not obviously consistent with the government’s medium-term fiscal strategy.


Using incentives to drive a new era of infrastructure reform
4 Jun 2018

This economic modelling, released by Infrastructure Australia, shows that introducing incentive payments to encourage the states and territories to progress nation-shaping infrastructure reforms could boost the economy by $66 billion and deliver better infrastructure for our growing cities and regions.


A graphical summary of the 2018–19 Budget relative to the 2017–18 MYEFO
1 Jun 2018

The chart pack provides a visual summary of the key drivers of the change in the budget estimates between budget updates. The unlegislated measures tables provide an update of the projected impact of unlegislated measures on current budget estimates and over the medium term.


31 May 2018

The Climate Change Authority has released this report on its review of the National Wind Farm Commissioner. At the time the National Wind Farm Commissioner was established, the federal government said it would review the role in 2018. This review responds to that undertaking.


24 May 2018

The objective of the audit was to examine the effectiveness of monitoring and payment arrangements under National Partnership Agreements.


23 May 2018

This brief provides an overview of the key fiscal and economic numbers from the 2018–19 Budget.


17 May 2018

The Budget at a Glance is the overview of all the Budget information and contains the main points for the media and public. This summarises the government's spending decisions and key issues raised in the Budget Speech, the Fiscal Strategy Report, and the Budget Economic...

Briefing paper

16 May 2018

This paper provides an overview of the implications for Indigenous Australians of the 2018–19 Federal Budget, focusing on both Indigenous-specific budget announcements, as well as general or mainstream measures that have particular relevance for Indigenous Australians.


15 May 2018

ACOSS' analysis of the 2018-19 Federal Budget, split into 5 sections: Tax, Social Security, Essential Services, Health & Aged Care, and Missing in Action.

Briefing paper

10 May 2018

The latest Turnbull Government budget proposes that Australia’s progressive tax system be overhauled to put the majority of workers on the same tax rate. This briefing paper models the distributionary effects of the proposal, showing the benefits flow overwhelmingly to the highest income earners.



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