Ben Phillips

Working paper

A basic income for Australia? Exploring rationale, design, distribution and cost

This paper considers the potential for a basic income or guaranteed minimum income scheme for Australia. Proposals advocated by the Henderson Poverty Inquiry in 1975, the rationale for a basic income and work incentive effects are discussed. Four models for an Australian implementation are proposed...

Energy stressed in Australia

This analysis investigated the burden of electricity and gas costs for a range of household types in Australia between 2008 and 2018, finding that some of the lowest income households in Australia spend more than 10% of their incomes on spiralling energy costs.

Clean Energy future plan: household modelling

This report provides updated estimates of the household impact of the Government's Clean Energy future package and shows that the estimed impact of the carbon price will be lower than that estimed by Treasury. The empirical modelling has been updated to incorporate the latest household...
Briefing paper

The regional impact of housing costs and assistance on financial disadvantage

The influence of housing costs on the economic well-being of Australian households at a regional level and the regional impact of housing assistance on financial disadvantage is as yet relatively unexplored.
Working paper

Regional housing supply and demand in Australia

This paper develops a comprehensive measure of the gap between housing supply and demand at a regional level in Australia, taking into account a range of complicating factors, such as changing demographics, building types and the increase in unoccupied dwellings at the regional level.