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This report argues that rather than outsourcing ever more public services, governments should introduce social impact bond models within the public sector.
In one of his first major steps as Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has delivered on his promise to...
In a recent survey The Australia Institute conducted they asked whether respondents considered Australia to be a high tax country compared to other developed nations. 66 per cent said yes! The OECD tells us that Australia is the 6th lowest taxing country.
The Report on Government Services 2012 was released in January 2012. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has identified the performance of mainstream services in relation to Indigenous Australians as a particular focus of the Report, and an Indigenous Compendium collating relevant data...
The creation of a new ministry of population by the Federal Government is most opportune.Australia stands at a turning point in its demographic development and it is crucial that a vision of our future population is developed which takes full account of the best scientific...
Macroeconomics’ annual analysis of the Indigenous Budget highlights how difficult it is to track the effort to ‘Close the Gap’ across jurisdictions, portfolios, programs, and reports that too often highlight the lack of key data to measure progress.
This Sustainable Population Strategy outlines the Government’s framework for a sustainable Australia. It will help to ensure that future population change is compatible with the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of Australia.
In the 2010-11 Budget, the Government announced changes to improve the accountability of public ancillary funds and give Australians more certainty that their donations are being used wisely.
The changes will provide trustees of public ancillary funds with greater certainty as to their philanthropic...
In the present era of evidence-based policy making in Indigenous affairs, where the monitoring and closure of socioeconomic gaps dominates the federal agenda, data have become paramount. Yet with regard to one of the cornerstones of the Labor government's 'Closing the Gaps' initiative-Indigenous...
This paper outlines two pilot case studies which examine how international development non-government organisations (INGOs) conduct their work with Aboriginal organisations and communities in Australia.
Janet Hunt explores how INGOs working with Indigenous communities and community organisations reflected the community development (or bottom-up) approaches...
It is only a year since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) plunged most wealthy nations into recession. Australia escaped a ‘technical recession’ but unemployment rose by one third. Young people were among the worst affected because employers put new hires on hold, waiting for the...