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Report

Australia's Federation: post-pandemic playbook

This report analyses the effectiveness of the revised approach to Commonwealth-State relations through National Cabinet adopted in the COVID-19 crisis, and actions that should now be taken to lock in its long-term effectiveness.
Guide

Cabinet Handbook - 14th edition

The Cabinet Handbook is designed to ensure that the federal Cabinet observes conventions and principles, and fulfils its central purpose of informed decision-making.
Report collection

Gender lens on the Budget 2020-21

This collection of position papers have been developed by NFAW’s Social Policy Committee, to summarise 2020-2021 Budget measures of importance to women in Australia.
Briefing paper

2020-21 Federal Budget: what it means for refugees and people seeking humanitarian protection

A coalition of refugee organisations has condemned the Australian government’s decision to slash support to people seeking asylum in the 2020-21 Budget. This decision, they say, puts over 100 000 people, including around 16 000 children, at further risk of homelessness and destitution.
Policy report

Private actors and crisis: scrutinising the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board

This policy brief provides an overview of the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board (NCC), as well as specific problems entailed by its appointment process, composition, lack of transparency and lack of legislative underpinning.
Policy report

Prioritising Parliament: roadmaps to reviving Australia’s Parliaments

This policy brief canvasses key options available for reopening parliament and seeks to examine the key obstacles to employing alternative means for parliamentary sittings, such as sitting remotely.
Briefing paper

Not for publication: declining transparency in the federal budget

Budgets are a key part of Australia’s democratic system, with budget papers giving the public a valuable opportunity to see how much money is spent and on what. In this paper, Rod Campbell argues that while there may be circumstances where non-publication of budget information...
Policy report

How does the budget affect us? Independent modelling of Federal Budget 2020-21

NATSEM undertakes independent and impartial research that contributes to policy design and analysis. Their work includes models that show how policy scenarios shape tax and welfare payments. This report is based on the STINMOD+ tax and transfer microsimulation model, which is used to estimate the...
Strategy

Budget 2020–21

The Commonwealth Budget 2020–21 was introduced to the Australian Parliament by Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, on 6 October 2020.
Discussion paper

The future of Australia Post

As with all postal services, Australia Post’s revenues have been under pressure since the advent and wide adoption of digital communications. While offset by the rise in parcel delivery through online shopping, and effective innovations to its products and services over the last decade, Australia...