12 Feb 2018

This paper provides a broad overview of Victoria’s economy using key indicators. The indicators used aim to measure different aspects of the economy and specific economic trends. Data and trends are also compared to other states and territories in order to assess Victoria’s economic position...


1 Dec 2017

This tenth report in BCEC’s Focus on Western Australia series examines the important issue of costs of living in WA, and how real household living costs have changed in recent years.


30 Nov 2017

This Report examines whether prices are in fact high; considers the impact these prices have on regional communities; explores causal factors driving high prices; and suggests steps that Industry and Government might take to address community concerns and reduce airfares.

Discussion paper

1 Nov 2017

The NSW Government has prepared a discussion paper about whether the consumer protection frameworks in NSW are meeting the changing needs of energy customers and what type of regulatory reform may be needed.

Technical report

23 May 2017

This report concludes that a strong carbon-price is necessary to meet the world’s agreed climate goals in the most cost-effective way while fostering growth.


31 Jul 2016

The value of Melbourne’s foodbowl to the regional economy is significant:

Melbourne’s foodbowl accounts for more than 1.7 million hectares of agricultural land, consisting of a mix of enterprises, most notably vegetables, poultry, dairy and livestock production. It contributes $2.45 billion per annum to...


4 Feb 2016

The decision to franchise ferry services on the Sydney Ferries Network is justified, according to this report.

Executive summary Scheduled ferry services on the Sydney Ferries Network are provided under the Ferry System Contract managed by Transport for NSW (TfNSW). Harbour City Ferries...


11 Sep 2015

These handbooks identify shifts in economic activity for each Australian state and territory.

Key points

Economic activity is shifting back to the eastern seaboard as the economy transitions towards non-mining sources of growth. Domestic demand will be strongest in New South Wales...


26 Aug 2015

Examines the future of domestic gas across the interconnected eastern-Australian gas market.

Executive Summary

Following on from our research into “domestic gas” demand specific to New South Wales, the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) have examined the future of domestic gas...


24 Aug 2015


The North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) is a proposed gas pipeline between the Northern Territory and the eastern states. The project is strongly endorsed by gas companies, the Territory government and governments in other states, but analysis is lacking as to the...


21 Jun 2015

Overview: Poor implementation of a policy to get better value for PBS spending is costing government $320 million a year and raising questions about pharmaceutical industry involvement in drug pricing.

The therapeutic group premium policy, introduced in 1998 to stop the government wasting...


15 Jun 2015

Petrol is set for its biggest quarterly jump in nearly 25 years, according to this report.


What does it all mean?

The good news for motorists is that petrol prices are still down on a year ago. The bad news...


22 Jan 2015

This note provides an elementary introduction to the measurement of welfare gains from the introduction of a new good, based on the concept of the ‘virtual price’ and standard expressions for welfare changes arising from price changes.


Any attempt to measure...

Conference paper

4 Dec 2014

Under recent budget cuts for public investment, most public facilities including irrigation and drainage facilities become aging and deteriorating, and will negatively affect productivity in Japan. To evaluate macroeconomic effect of changes in public facilities, the current study uses the recursive dynamic computable general equilibrium...


27 Nov 2014

This paper looks at one group of large industrial firms in Tasmania and their claims that the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is costing them $20 million.


The Renewable Energy Target (RET) has been subjected to a lot of criticism in recent...


27 Oct 2014

Imposing the GST on different types of imports has been a contentious topic for some time. Different parts of Australian society stand to benefit or lose significantly depending on how, or whether, the system is changed. This paper outlines the regulatory framework, including the relationship...


19 Oct 2014

This report argues that huge changes in Australia’s gas market will push up the average household bill in Melbourne by more than $300 a year, and in Sydney and Adelaide by more than $100 a year.


For some time the price...


8 Oct 2014

This paper includes details of changes to the CPI basket of representative goods and services, the new CPI expenditure weights and an analysis of the main changes in weights.


We added 15 items to the CPI basket and removed 12. The...


25 Sep 2014

Provides quarterly statistics and trend data on the supply of major fuel types, electricity generation and its associated greenhouse gas emissions, and liquid fuel prices.


The New Zealand Energy Quarterly provides quarterly statistics and trend data on the supply of major...


16 Sep 2014

Australians are paying too much for power. Over the past five years, the average household power bill has risen 85 per cent. The prices you pay are also unfair: some people are paying too much, others too little. It’s to do with electricity networks catering...



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