This paper sets out the size and nature of Australia’s red tape problem and describes the opportunities available to policymakers to boost economic growth without further calls on the Australian taxpayer.
Freight rates are a key factor influencing freight mode choice and the costs of freight-reliant business sectors, such as mining, construction, and the retail and wholesale trades. As such, they affect the profitability of Australian industry. This Information Sheet presents an estimate of interstate freight...
This report aims to provide a deeper understanding of what a "just transition" away from coal production and use might look like in practice. It provides six historical case studies of regional coal mining transitions that have occurred or are ongoing in Europe and the...
This paper argues that a new approach to competition policy is necessary, switching emphasis from ‘increasing competition wherever possible’ to ‘optimisation’. Consumers, industry, the environment and society will be the beneficiaries.
This analysis examines Australia's 31 regional cities, their economic performance and their prospects for growth. It argues that achieving sustained growth in regional cities will require a locally tailored policy approach.
This interim report presents an overview of the steel industry in Australia and the current challenges and pressures, with a particular focus on Arrium steel and the Whyalla region.
In 2009, the Productivity Commission conducted a ‘roots and branch’ inquiry into Australia’s anti–dumping system—the first such inquiry in more than two decades. Though recommending that a system be retained, the Commission proposed various changes to make the system less protectionist and thereby reduce its...
Australia produces great research but it ranks last in the OECD tables for collaboration between researchers and business.
In a debate last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull noted that other countries with similar academic cultures are “well ahead” on industry engagement with university research....
This report examines the Port Hedland economy and identifies areas of competitive and comparative advantage.
This report examines the Karratha economy, identifying areas of comparative and competitive advantage.
This report examines the Geraldton economy, identifying areas of comparative and competitive advantage.
This briefing paper shows that since 2001 Broome has had a growing, and diverse economic base. It identifies areas of comparative and competitive advantage.
This report examines the Greater Bunbury economy, identifying areas of comparative and competitive advantage.
Governments are in the business of promoting desirable economic and social outcomes and undertaking this business sometimes involves financial aid or subsidies. Subsidies should, of course, be well-designed, such that their benefits exceed their costs. Many are not. Yet even when they are, problems arise:...
Employment in Australia seems to be disappearing—and yet Australians are expected to work both more productively and for longer. This raises the question: where will all the jobs come from?
Melbourne-based computer programmer Geoff Hudson suggests an entirely new framework for talking about employment...
Looks at how health care services might create linkages with other industries in order to enhance regional development.
The Australian Industry Report is a new initiative of the Department of Industry’s Office of the Chief Economist. The report provides an overview and analysis of the major economic factors affecting Australia’s industries.
The Australian economy is home to some 2 million actively trading...
The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) note the four ambitions of the Competitiveness Agenda (p. 2). In addition, we also acknowledge the four elements used to illustrate the claim that Australia has a poor knowledge transfer base (p. 4)....
This paper examines the underlying structure of the Western Australian economy and its transformation over the past ten years. The industries examined are mining and petroleum, manufacturing, services, construction, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, energy, water, waste; and non-market activities such as public administration and safety,...