Organisation

Nordic Policy Centre

Discussion paper

Securing children’s future: Nordic-style investment needed in early years learning

Planned new funds from the national and two major state governments for early years learning have huge potential. This paper argues that Nordic-style measures to reduce privatised childcare – and now boost wages, job security and training support for children’s educators and carers – are...
Report

Homes for people: how Nordic policies can improve Australia’s housing affordability

Australia’s housing affordability crisis results from an over-reliance on just two options – private home ownership and private renting. To tackle it, a wider repertoire of policies is required. This report brings together three essays from writers with knowledge of Australian and Nordic social policy...
Fact sheet

Fighting poverty: unemployment policies in Nordic countries

Examining poverty rates and welfare policies in Nordic countries highlights the inadequacy of Australian policies and what can and should now be done to improve them.
Report

Participating in growth: free childcare and increased participation

This paper argues that the provision of free childcare provides the rarest of economic policy opportunities – it’s both an effective form of fiscal stimulus in the short term, and has the capacity to boost the long-term participation rate and, in turn, the long-run rate...
Briefing paper

Degrees north: vocational and university education in Australia and Nordic countries

Australia should consider whether it wants a higher education and vocational training system more like that of Finland or more like the USA, according to this report from The Australia Institute’s Nordic Policy Centre.