Industries

Working paper

29 Feb 2016

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...

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18 Nov 2015

The GBPN’s goal is to contribute to the building sector achieving its full energy savings and CO2mitigation potential of more than 2.1 Gt by 2030.

The GBPN was founded in 2010 with the mandate to advance knowledge and expertise globally on building energy performance and the structure to...

Commentary

Article

10 Nov 2015

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...

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Book review

31 Jul 2015

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,...

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Audio program

01 Jun 2015

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...

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Conference paper

20 Apr 2015

Health Care Services (HCS) industry is an important part of the vital, prosperous society. The presence of quality HCS is considered to be crucial for attracting new industries, retaining the existing ones and attributing to the overall social and economic prosperity of the region. However, it...

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Research report

10 Dec 2014

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...

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Submission

28 Nov 2014

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).

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Commentary

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15 Apr 2014

Australia faces a fall in living standards unless policy action is taken. This is due to de-industrialisation and loss of...

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Research report

04 Mar 2014

Examining the current extent of trade between South Korea and Australia (specifically New South Wales), this paper argues that there is likely to be significant value from the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), particularly for agricultural exporters.

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Commentary

Article

25 Feb 2014

An attack on the unions won’t necessarily have the expected political impact.

FOR BOTH sides of Australian politics, the 1980s has assumed the status of a heroic age. Among Labor figures, this is hardly surprising, since the era was marked by a string of election...

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Dataset

03 Feb 2014

This release shows that the number of dwellings approved in Australia rose 1.5 per cent in December 2013, in trend terms, and has risen for 24 months.

Description: Provides the number and value of dwelling units approved by sector (public/private) and by state, number and...

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Research report

01 Feb 2014

This report presents potential options for government assistance to the automotive manufacturing industry and invites readers to make submissions.

Key points:

  • Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry is undergoing significant change.
    • Ford and
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Research report

20 Dec 2013

Introduction: Global trends are driving dramatic changes in both the demand for motor vehicles and the size, scale and location of production.

• The global financial crisis significantly disrupted demand for motor vehicles in developed countries during 2008 and 2009, and...

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Research report

18 Dec 2013

Introduction: Until 2010 – for well over a century, through two world wars and the Great Depression – the quantity of electricity used in Australia each year was greater than the year before. In the three years since 2010, the quantity used each year has been

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Research report

10 Dec 2013

This report argues that Australians are using less power but paying more for it, with potentially highly damaging consequences for the electricity system.

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Electricity use in Australia is falling. From the 1960s to the end of the 20th century, electricity...

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Article

08 Dec 2013

Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd began his term of office in 2007 with the catch cry that he didn't want to be a Prime Minister of a country that didn't make things anymore. In the final throes of his reign he stressed: "I'm at my heart of hearts an Australian economic nationalist who believes...

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Research report

27 Nov 2013

This report assesses existing research to address the question of whether unconventional gas should be endorsed as a major future energy source, based on its impacts on human health and the climate.

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that Australia needs to...

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Research report

25 Nov 2013

This paper highlights opportunities to improve the administration of the law, noting that while key regulators must be independent, they must also operate in an environment with incentives to better understand business and minimise regulatory burdens, including those arising from delays and...

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Research report

13 Nov 2013

Roads are by far local government’s biggest asset.  Local roads comprise more than 80% by length of Australia’s total road network, on which more than 25% of the transport task is undertaken, and have an estimated value of about $145bn.  Its vital local government maintain and, where proper...

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