Department of the Treasury (Australia)

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Working paper

Did labour market concentration lower wages growth pre-COVID?

Prior to COVID-19, wages growth in Australia was somewhat lower than was expected based on historical determinants. This paper examines concentration in Australian labour markets and its impacts on wages using a large and representative database derived from administrative tax data.

Small business and mental health through the pandemic

This report is based on the findings of a survey conducted nationally over 6 weeks in early 2022 with 1,007 small business owner participants. The findings indicate that there are high levels of mental ill‑health within the small business sector, suggesting a continued need for...

News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code: the Code’s first year of operation

The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code (the Code) was a world-first initiative. As such, its prospects were uncertain when it took effect on 3 March 2021. The Code aims to address bargaining power imbalances to ensure that news businesses receive fair remuneration...
Discussion paper

Regulating Buy Now, Pay Later in Australia: options paper

This consultation paper examines the regulatory challenges of emerging financial products, with a particular focus on Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) and the appropriate regulatory approach to maintain the benefits of accessing credit while ensuring consumers are adequately protected.

Treasury Round Up: Productivity edition - October 2022

This edition of the Treasury Round Up looks at a range of issues that affect productivity in the Australian economy.