Regional disparities

Article

12 Aug 2017

It is clearly the case that ordinary Australians are struggling as income growth has slumped and household debt has soared to record levels. It is clearly the case that inequality in Australia has risen sharply over the past twenty years. And it is clearly the case that the vote for minor...

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Article

11 Aug 2017

Australians living in big cities are used to seeing great value offers for travel to exotic locations. But regional Australia seems to miss out.

In an episode of Q&A broadcast from Alice Springs on July 3, guest Dale McIver of Tourism Central Australia suggested "it's cheaper to fly...

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Working paper

02 Aug 2017

The popular idea that the economic divide between Australia’s cities and regions is getting bigger is a misconception. Beneath the oft-told ‘tale of two Australias’ is a more nuanced story.

Income growth and employment rates are not obviously worse in regional areas. Cities and regions...

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Commentary

05 Jul 2017

In the broad picture, the 2016 census has confirmed things we already knew about ourselves. But burrow down into the detail, and you’ll find much that will surprise you.

The key themes are well-known. Australians are getting older: almost five million of us are now over sixty, and almost...

Research report

04 Jul 2017

The stabilisation of the climate system in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change is impossible without the timely phase out of unabated coal from the global energy system. Coal currently accounts for 29 percent of global primary energy supply and generates 44 percent of global CO2...

Fact sheet

24 May 2017

This information sheet provides a snapshot of Australian households’ spending on owning and operating vehicles, based on the latest (2009‒10) data from the ABS Household Expenditure Survey (HES).It details the composition of that expenditure, including the split between fixed and variable costs...

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Research report

21 Apr 2017

The purpose of this study is to examine the regional geography of Australia's economic transition, since the mining investment boom, to identify those regions and localities that face significant challenges in successfully transitioning to a more sustainable economic base and the factors which...

Research report

27 Mar 2017

The concept of Human Capital describes the skills and capacities that reside in people that are put to productive use. It represents the value of the skills, knowledge, talents and abilities of people and their potential to drive innovation and economic growth.

Although natural...

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Commentary

Article

10 Mar 2017

The ABC’s decision this week to reinvigorate regional journalism is a positive step. The challenge now is to embed journalists where they are needed most. This will be no easy feat for city-based ABC managers trying to navigate regional and rural Australia’s changing, uneven and largely...

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Blog post

08 Mar 2017

This article describes preliminary research into gender and spatial inequality across Metropolitan Melbourne. A key question for city productivity is whether people are able to access job opportunities that match their skills. This research looked broadly at the occupations and income of both...

Research report

28 Feb 2017

Executive Summary

This research study examines regional student participation and migration by use of novel data sources and analytic techniques. The data and techniques utilised within the study provide insights that are relevant to contemporary higher education policy...

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Research report

14 Feb 2017

Data analysis indicates distance is a predictor of students’ intentions to attend university, net of selected demographic and socio-economic variables. This report applies statistical modelling and geo-mapping to existing data, contributing to current literature as well as indicating an ongoing...

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Conference paper

13 Feb 2017

Resilience is about addressing vulnerability, not only by surviving a shock to the system, but also thriving in an economic environment of change and uncertainty. A robust conceptual framework is required to navigate through underlining elements of vulnerability. An evolutionary model of...

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Audio interview

13 Feb 2017

Some towns and areas in regional Australia are facing price rises and property shortages that are making them unaffordable for the people what want to live there. Joining us to discuss this matter is Professor Andrew Beer is Dean of Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia...

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Commentary

Article

06 Feb 2017

Long-distance commuting between place of residence and place of work has been on the rise in Australia. It occurs when workers are unable to return home after their working day (usually due to distance), so a worker resides at the place of work for a set number of days before returning home for...

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Article

27 Jan 2017

The newly released annual Demographia report on housing affordability has found – once again – that Australia has some of the least affordable housing markets in the world. Sydney was ranked as the second-least-affordable housing market behind Hong Kong.

This news came just a day after...

Discussion paper

22 Jan 2017

This is the third edition of ‘Adding to the Dividend, Ending the Divide’ published by the Committee for Sydney. Two underlying factors inform this series:

  • Sydney is adding to Australia’s dividend. Sydney’s economic contribution to Australian wealth and productivity has
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Slides

04 Jan 2017

While economic growth has been concentrated in cities for some time, the trend has really accelerated in the past decade. Half of all jobs growth is now within a 2km radius of the city centres in both Melbourne and Sydney, reflecting the increasing share of new jobs in services industries where...

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Evaluation

19 Dec 2016

Background

1. The National Stronger Regions Fund was a competitive grants program administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD). The program’s objective was to ‘fund investment ready projects which support economic growth and sustainability of regions...

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07 Dec 2016

Internet and broadband connectivity are the foundation of the networked economy. But to ensure the benefits of the networked economy are evenly distributed, the Australian government needs to ensure access to the internet to encourage and support innovation.

A recent report from SGS...

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