Melbourne School of Government

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Next generation engagement: informing community engagement for Australia’s infrastructure sector

The findings highlighted in this report outline a research agenda to inform community engagement in infrastructure. This is a research agenda with a difference - it has been designed by almost 200 professionals working in and with Australia’s infrastructure sector, with the guidance of researchers.

Impact of community engagement on sustainability outcomes

This paper argues that the issue with community participation is that we are trying to create sustainable outcomes that improve social and ecological wellbeing within the same worldview or framework that created the degradation.

Schooling federalism: evaluating the options for reform

The most efficient way to run, fund and regulate primary and secondary schools in Australia is for the State and Territory Governments to have sole responsibility. Background Australian federalism has evolved significantly since Federation in 1901. There is now extensive, contested concurrency in Commonwealth and...

Should education stay with the states?

The mixed and overlapping responsibilities of Australia's education system makes it one of the most complicated in the world. A new report, Schooling Federalism: Evaluating the Options for Reform, looks at the effect this system has on the primary and secondary education children receive. It...

Reform of state taxes in Australia: rationale and options

The proposals are approximately revenue neutral in aggregate and minimize redistribution relative to the current economic incidence. The proposed reforms include: remove current exemptions to achieve comprehensive payroll and land tax bases, and apply flat rates with individual state rights to choose the rate and...