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Fact sheet

Fact Check: Jim Chalmers says two-thirds of the debt in the budget was borrowed before the start of the pandemic. Is he correct?

Both the Coalition and Labor have in the past argued that paying off Commonwealth debt is a benchmark of economic success in Australian politics. What do the records show?
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Josh Frydenberg says welfare dependency was at a 30-year low heading into the pandemic. Is that correct?

The Coalition Government has reassured Australians that the nation is well placed to emerge strongly from the coronavirus crisis in large part because of its handling of the economy in the years leading up to the pandemic. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg recently pointed to the Government's...
Discussion paper

Treasury says: productivity matters but Coalition policy doesn’t

This paper argues that Australian Treasury do not believe that any of the Coalition Governments major economic policies announced in the last six years will deliver lasting benefits to the economy.
Report

2021 Intergenerational report: Australia over the next 40 years

The 2021 Intergenerational Report projects an outlook for the economy and the Australian government’s budget over the next 40 years. It examines the long-term sustainability of current policies and how demographic, technological and other structural trends may affect the economy and the budget.
Report

Wellbeing budget 2021: securing our recovery

This document is the main source of budget information. It sets out the New Zealand government's priorities for the budget, the approach taken to develop it, and a summary of all initiatives included in Budget 2021. It also contains reports on fiscal strategy and child...
Briefing paper

2021 Federal Budget: CSI budget response

The Centre for Social Impacts' response to the 2021 Federal Budget discusses how the key changes presented are likely to have an impact, both positive and negative, on different social issues around Australia.
Briefing paper

Budget analysis 2021-22: heroic assumptions and half measures

This briefing paper reviews the main features of the Australian federal budget 2021/22 from the perspective of workers and labour markets. In particular, it considers in detail a major flaw in the overall macroeconomic logic underpinning the budget.
Survey

Per Capita tax survey 2021

The Per Capita Tax Survey 2021 provides valuable insights into public sentiment towards the federal government’s role in the post-COVID recovery, and can be used as a valuable resource for policy-makers in the months ahead.
Report

Fiscal sustainability: long-term budget scenarios

This report examines the sustainability of Australia's fiscal position by calculating future paths for debt under various scenarios for GDP growth, interest rates and the budget balance.
Discussion paper

How to make the budget less sexist

It is often argued that budget policy has traditionally advantaged men over women. This paper makes seven recommendations on how to improve women’s economic security and use the budget as a tool to reduce gender inequality.
Discussion paper

Budget blueprint: five priorities to underpin the recovery

Australia is at a critical juncture. The COVID-19 crisis has cut short three decades of uninterrupted economic growth. This paper argues that Australia will require wide-reaching reforms that were necessary before the crisis, and are now more critical than ever before.
Journal article

AHP-systems thinking analyses for kaizen costing implementation in the construction industry

This study explores the potential of kaizen costing strategy to engender effective cost management within construction project delivery systems in developing countries.
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.
Article

The budget has more money for school programs for Indigenous boys than girls

This article investigates why Indigenous boys’ programs receiving significantly higher funding than programs for Indigenous girls.
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.
Guide

Federal debt policy in an era of low interest rates: a guide to the issues

Economists and others have worried about the long-run outlook for the federal debt for decades, recognising that the ageing of the baby boom generation would lead to budgetary pressures associated with increased spending. Set in the American context, this guide covers many issues that currently...
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

Tax cuts or spending: what is the most effective stimulus?

The ultimate way to measure the success of any government-backed stimulus project is by how much additional employment it creates. This paper estimates the additional employment that bringing forward stage 2 of the proposed income tax cuts might create.