Policy report

Maximising opportunities in the industries of the future

In this paper, the Business Council of Australia identifies the critical resets needed to diversify Australia's economy and maximise opportunities in the industries of the future.

Net-zero industry tracker: 2022 edition

This first edition of the Net-Zero Industry Tracker report sets the World Economic Forum’s ambition to establish a robust tracking platform that supports the emergence of low-carbon industries by the decade’s end.
Policy report

UK’s industrial policy: learning from the past?

The United Kingdom’s industrial policy since the 1970s has been characterised by frequent policy reversals and announcements, driven by political cycles. This paper explores the impacts of these deficiencies of the industrial policy-making landscape in the UK and contrasts them with the experiences of other...

Making things in Australia again? Not in Victoria

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how dependent Australia has become on selling basic minerals and agricultural commodities, and how reliant Australian consumers are on imported knowledge intensive goods. This paper examines the response to these revelations in Victoria.

TPI state of transition report 2019

This report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) assesses the state of transition of the world’s largest and highest-emitting public companies towards a low-carbon economy.

Barriers to prosperity: Red tape and the regulatory state in Australia

This paper sets out the size and nature of Australia’s red tape problem and describes the opportunities available to policymakers to boost economic growth without further calls on the Australian taxpayer.
Fact sheet

Freight rates in Australia

Freight rates are a key factor influencing freight mode choice and the costs of freight-reliant business sectors, such as mining, construction, and the retail and wholesale trades. As such, they affect the profitability of Australian industry. This Information Sheet presents an estimate of interstate freight...

Lessons from previous ‘coal transitions’ high-level summary for decision-makers

This report aims to provide a deeper understanding of what a "just transition" away from coal production and use might look like in practice. It provides six historical case studies of regional coal mining transitions that have occurred or are ongoing in Europe and the...
Working paper

A new approach to competition policy: optimisation as the primary goal

This paper argues that a new approach to competition policy is necessary, switching emphasis from ‘increasing competition wherever possible’ to ‘optimisation’. Consumers, industry, the environment and society will be the beneficiaries.

Lighting up our great small cities: challenging misconceptions

This analysis examines Australia's 31 regional cities, their economic performance and their prospects for growth. It argues that achieving sustained growth in regional cities will require a locally tailored policy approach.

Urban development program: metropolitan Melbourne 2016

The 2016 Urban Development Program Report provides an updated analysis of supply and demand for residential and industrial land across metropolitan Melbourne.

Future of Australia's steel industry: interim report

This interim report presents an overview of the steel industry in Australia and the current challenges and pressures, with a particular focus on Arrium steel and the Whyalla region.
Working paper

Developments in anti-dumping arrangements

In 2009, the Productivity Commission conducted a ‘roots and branch’ inquiry into Australia’s anti–dumping system—the first such inquiry in more than two decades. Though recommending that a system be retained, the Commission proposed various changes to make the system less protectionist and thereby reduce its...
Briefing paper

Understanding local competitiveness: identifying key and strategic industries Karratha, 2001-2011

This report examines the Karratha economy, identifying areas of comparative and competitive advantage.
Briefing paper

Understanding local competitiveness: identifying key and strategic industries Port Hedland, 2001-2011

This report examines the Port Hedland economy and identifies areas of competitive and comparative advantage.
Briefing paper

Understanding local competitiveness: identifying key and strategic industries, City of Greater Geraldton, 2001-2011

This report examines the Geraldton economy, identifying areas of comparative and competitive advantage.
Briefing paper

Understanding local competitiveness: identifying key and strategic industries Greater Bunbury, 2001-2011

This report examines the Greater Bunbury economy, identifying areas of comparative and competitive advantage.
Briefing paper

Understanding local competitiveness: identifying key and strategic industries, Broome, 2001-2011

This briefing paper shows that since 2001 Broome has had a growing, and diverse economic base. It identifies areas of comparative and competitive advantage.
Conference paper

Enhancing the value of health care services at a regional level

Looks at how health care services might create linkages with other industries in order to enhance regional development.

DASSH response to the call for comment on the paper Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) note the four ambitions of the Competitiveness Agenda (p. 2). In addition, we also acknowledge the four elements used to illustrate the claim that Australia has a poor knowledge transfer base (p. 4)...

The structure of the Western Australian economy

This paper examines the underlying structure of the Western Australian economy and its transformation over the past ten years. The industries examined are mining and petroleum, manufacturing, services, construction, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, energy, water, waste; and non-market activities such as public administration and safety...

NSW trade with South Korea: outcomes for exporters from the KAFTA

Examining the current extent of trade between South Korea and Australia (specifically New South Wales), this paper argues that there is likely to be significant value from the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), particularly for agricultural exporters. Introduction The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is...

8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, December 2013

This release shows that the number of dwellings approved in Australia rose 1.5 per cent in December 2013, in trend terms, and has risen for 24 months.

Australia's automotive manufacturing industry: position paper

This report presents potential options for government assistance to the automotive manufacturing industry and invites readers to make submissions. Key points: Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry is undergoing significant change. Ford and Holden announced their manufacturing plants will close by 2016 and 2017. Toyota will decide...

Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry: preliminary findings report

Introduction: Global trends are driving dramatic changes in both the demand for motor vehicles and the size, scale and location of production. • The global financial crisis significantly disrupted demand for motor vehicles in developed countries during 2008 and 2009, and demand in a number...