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At the request of the Prime Minister, this report has been designed to explore in greater detail the issues that were brought to light in an earlier discussion paper, Towards better use of evidence in policy formation (2011). This paper extends that discussion and makes...
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...
This book explores the manner in which a variety of public benefits such as environmental protection and consumer safety have been accommodated through the authorisation process within competition law and policy in Australia.
While the regulator’s use of its discretion can be explained as...
Many governments around the world are currently experiencing financial stress. Due to changed economic circumstances, tax revenues have fallen while pressures on expenditures have increased. In response, governments have been engaging in more deficit spending. Longer term, however, deficits must be eliminated and ways must...
This report presents the results of a key perfomance indicator (KPI) audit pilot project, which was designed to assess the status of the Australian Government performance measurement and reporting framework.
The report concludes that it is time for greater attention, investment and resourcing to...
NB The full compilation of this series was launched on 26 June 2014, called "False economies: unpacking public service efficiency" and available here >
Every Australian needs to understand what politicians mean when they talk about the ‘efficiency’ of government . Why...
This brief sets out the case for making public policy evaluations public. It first reviews the various challenges associated with impact evaluations, paying particular attention to the unique hurdles involved in evaluating Indigenous policy. Lessons learned from clinical trials registries in medical research are then...
This paper finds that Australian Government agencies are embracing open access and a proactive disclosure culture, and that open licensing under Creative Commons licences is increasingly prevalent, but that shortcomings need to be addressed.
As support grows for greater access to...