The world needs more infrastructure, particularly in developing countries. But not just any infrastructure. To achieve the economic, social and environmental objectives embodied by the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), this infrastructure must be sustainable, low-carbon and climate resilient. At the same...
This study analysed recently completed affordable housing developments across Australia to ascertain how affordable housing project costs, revenues and subsidies interact.
What lessons can be drawn from institutional change in private rental sectors (PRSs) internationally which could enhance the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of the sector in Australia, particularly to improve outcomes for low-income tenants?
This book presents and discusses a selection of papers developed from the Greater China Australia Dialogue on Public Administration’s fifth workshop held in late 2015, which focused on budget and financial management reforms, including how different nations account for the relative performance of their public...
This study explores how social impact investment (SII) has been used for housing and homelessness objectives internationally, and examines three case studies where SII has been used in Australia.
Includes the latest data on New Zealand’s economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data (such as the Reserve Bank’s official cash rate).
This study investigated the opportunities and risks for social impact investments (SII) to improve housing and homelessness outcomes in Australia. It described what social impact investing is and its application to housing and homelessness policy in Australia, as well as examined different finance models and...
The Productivity Commission has been asked to undertake a 12-month Inquiry into competition in Australia's financial system. This paper outlines the broad scope of the inquiry and is intended to assist people preparing a submission.
This report is based on a systematic review of open source information about the finances of Islamic State in its core territory in Syria and Iraq.
Key findingsEstimates vary widely. It remains impossible to say exactly how much money Islamic State...
AHURI research into a bond aggregator model for affordable housing was central to the Affordable Housing Working Group (AHWG) report to Australian Federal, State and Territory Treasurers meeting during the Council on Federal Financial Relations.
As a result, the Council recommended establishing an expert...
Value capture is the public recovery of a portion of increased property and other value created as a result of public infrastructure investment. Capturing a portion of that value to fund transit projects is an increasingly viable and desirable option. TCRP Research Report 190: Guide...
According to the concept of microfinance, financial institutions ought to contribute to sustainable economic and financial systems development by offering access to credit for clients who are usually excluded from the formal banking system. However, in recent decades microfinance institutions (MFIs) have often focused on...
Detecting, disrupting and denying terrorist financing is vital to efforts to degrade terrorist organisations. This paper examines the nature of terrorist financing and the system used to counter this. Using examples, the paper analyses how terrorist organisations raise, move and use funds....
The vast majority of listed Australian fossil fuel companies fail to positively address the Oxford Martin School’s ‘Working Principles for Investment in Fossil Fuels’, thereby providing justification for divestment.
The Oxford Martin Principles provide investors with the “terms of engagement” on which they should...
CIFR’s mission has been to promote the vibrancy, resilience and integrity of the Australian financial system through research, education and engagement.
Between 2012 and 2016 CIFR funded and facilitated the completion of 73 research projects addressing important issues impacting the Australian financial system across...
This monograph provides a detailed summary of how Australian firms report their financial performance. While applicable standards within Generally Accepted Accounting principles (GAAP) have increasingly restricted the ability to exclude certain components from the calculation of periodic income, we observe a consistent growth in the...
Public sector entities rely on information technology (IT) systems (computer hardware and programs) to support business operations and processes.
This report is in its third year and builds on last year’s Financial Systems Controls Report: Information Technology 2014–15.
This is the second Snapshot Survey of the community sector in New Zealand conducted by ComVoices in an effort to better understand the sector’s service delivery, resourcing and capacity issues. Over 280 organisations responded to the survey, which was carried out in July 2016....
How are Australia’s states and territories performing?
Each quarter CommSec attempts to find out by analysing eight key indicators: economic growth; retail spending; equipment investment; unemployment; construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements.
Just as the Reserve...