HC Coombs Policy Forum


Australia’s welfare system: a review of reviews 1941-2013

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This paper is a ‘review of reviews’ undertaken into Australia’s welfare system between 1941 and 2013. It covers mainly those reviews most like ‘public inquiries’ i.e. time-limited policy reviews that typically involve external experts appointed by, but operating (to varying degrees) independently of...

Innovation and the productivity challenge in the public sector

Evidence-based policymaking needs to be counter-balanced with intelligence-based policymaking, the Executive Director of the HC Coombs Policy Forum told an audience of senior public servants today. Dr Mark Matthews used an address to the inaugural Policy Reflections Forum at the Department of Communications to suggest...
Working paper

A review of Australian government labour market policies since 1945

This working paper outlines the labour force participation issues facing us today and reflects on labour market reforms in Australia over time. It provides a background for further work and discussion with key stakeholders, principally government and the Australian Public Service. it reviews past efforts...

Climate change adaptation in Australia: economic and policy issues

This brief workshop summary examines climate change adaptation in Australia, focusing on the issues of policy framing, evidence and implementation. Session 1 - Framing adaptation as a public policy issue Session 2 - Evidence of how adaptation is proceeding in Australia Session 3 - Policy...
Discussion paper

Grappling with complex policy challenges: exploring the potential of visualization for analysis, advising and engagement

The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for thinking about the potential for visualization technologies in assisting public servants in undertaking analysis, providing advice to elected leaders, and engaging citizens on policy matters. In the 21st century there has been widespread recognition...