Discussion paper

Planning deregulation, housing supply and affordability: what if land markets are monopolies?

The aim of this discussion paper is to clarify and communicate the current debate and scholarship on planning deregulation, particularly rezoning, as the policy solution to housing affordability.
Working paper

Labour market policies for inclusiveness: a literature review with a gap analysis

This paper reviews the role of specific fiscal spending and transfer programmes in shaping labour market dynamics by disentangling different macroeconomic and microeconomic mechanisms.
Conference paper

Deregulated planning for affordable housing supply? The case of secondary dwellings in NSW

This paper examines the outcomes of a deregulatory strategy, focusing on the NSW State’s planning reform to enable secondary dwellings (‘granny flats’) ‘as of right’ in residential zones.

Deregulation agenda report card

Since 2019, the Secretaries Board has provided critical leadership and oversight to lift ambition for regulatory reform across the Australian Public Service (APS). Each Secretary reports on their regulatory reform agenda to Secretaries Board every six months, including key achievements and initiatives within their portfolios.
Policy report

Private gain, public pain

Through a broad overview of what works and what doesn’t and three detailed case studies dealing with aged care, COVID responses and the Victorian roads maintenance sector, this report shows that the Australian experience of privatisation, outsourcing and contracting of essential government services and Public...

Performance of Australia's dairy industry and the profitability of Australian dairy farmers since deregulation in 2000

This inquiry was conducted during a period when the Australian dairy industry was contributing to the implementation of a number of key initiatives, including the introduction of the mandatory dairy industry code of conduct from 1 January 2020, and the development of the Australian Dairy...

Deregulatory deceptions: reviewing the Trump Administration’s claims about regulatory reform

Given deregulation’s central place in a widely shared perception about US domestic policy change over the last four years, it is important to know what has actually happened on the regulatory front during the Trump Administration.

The Morrison Government's deregulation agenda

The Hon Ben Morton MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, delivered this speech about the Morrison Government's current deregulation policy to the Business Council of Australia, in Sydney.

The Trump Administration’s red tape reduction agenda

This paper finds the Trump Administration’s deregulation agenda, along with a range of other free market policies, including a reduction to the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent, liberalisation of the domestic energy sector, and instant asset write-offs, has contributed...
Discussion paper

The costs of market experiments

As heatwaves across Australia heighten concern for high electricity prices as households try and stay cool, this research argues that the problem in electricity pricing is structural, and the Prime Minister’s proposed ‘big stick’ approach to breaking up electricity companies will likely exacerbate the problem...

Policy and process to limit and reduce red tape: final report

This report provides information on the establishment and conduct of the policy and process inquiry, and key objectives of the Deregulation Agenda. It also examines some of the information presented to the committee, before presenting the committee's findings and recommendations.
Journal article

‘Look no further than the exterior’: corruption and disaster in New Zealand?

Transparency International considers New Zealand the least corrupt country in the world. This article takes a critical stance towards their global classification, arguing that it is a perceptions-based measure that ignores the private sector.

Independent review into the electricity and gas retail markets in Victoria: final report

This report outlines the findings of the independent panel review, which found that Victorian consumers are not gaining the benefits of a competitive retail market. The review has recommended a suite of reforms and initiatives, with eleven key recommendations to place the consumers back on...

Resource reallocation and productivity growth in the Australian dairy industry: implications of deregulation

This paper uses farm-level data to examine resource reallocation in the Australian dairy industry between 1979 and 2013, and assesses the contribution of this process to industry-level productivity growth before and after deregulation reforms were introduced in 2000. We show that deregulation facilitated the reallocation...

Implementing the deregulation agenda: cutting red tape

This audit assessed the effectiveness of selected departments’ implementation of the Deregulation Agenda: Cutting Red Tape initiatives. Conclusion The incoming Government’s Deregulation Agenda included an annual net reduction target of at least $1 billion in red tape, and on taking office in late 2013, internal...

Report on the state of competition in the New Zealand dairy industry

On 2 June 2015, the NZ Primary Industries Minister requested a report from the Commission, and provided a Terms of Reference for the report. The final report, published on 1 March 2016, provides the minister with an independent view on the state of competition in...

Inequality and higher education: a class act

Professor Stephen Parker AO, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra, presented the keynote address to the TJ Ryan Foundation's second anniversary event held in Brisbane on Tuesday, 16 February 2016. The TJ Ryan Foundation is a progressive think tank focussing on Queensland public...

The independent review of whole-of-government internal regulation

The Independent Review of Whole-of-Government Internal Regulation (the review) was commissioned by the Secretaries Board in March 2015 in response to a perceived burgeoning of regulation within the Commonwealth public sector. The report makes observations on culture in the APS as it relates to regulation.

The history of media regulation in Australia

A diverse, independent media is seen as central to a functioning democracy, yet Australia now has one of the most concentrated media environments in the Western world. Keri Phillips asks how we got here in the first place and whether it even matters now that...

University deregulation - polling brief

In July 2015 The Australia Institute conducted a national opinion poll of 1408 people through Research Now. Respondents were selected to produce a representative sample based on gender, age and state.The survey asked about the government’s higher education policy and about opinions on Australia’s universities...

University fees: what students pay in deregulated markets

Overview For more than a year Australia has debated deregulating university fees for domestic undergraduates. The issue is controversial, but for many years fees have been deregulated for international students and domestic postgraduate coursework students. This report looks at how much these students pay for...

Media policy and independent journalism in Greece

This study identifies the most urgent problems facing media policy in Greece and how they affect independent journalism. These problems are prioritised by their relationship to European-level policy activity and to OSF concerns.

Australian Government annual deregulation report 2014

This report argues that the Government has taken decisions to remove a net $2.3 billion in red tape, as at 31 December 2014, more than double the annual net $1 billion target. Introduction Regulation is a term generally used to describe the enforceable rules and...
Conference paper

Doing adaptation differently? Does neoliberalism influence adaptation planning in Queensland

The influence of neoliberalism on climate change adaptation has received little consideration in research and literature. This paper reviews a case study of adaptation planning through the lens of the recent and contemporary influences of neoliberalism.
Conference paper

Deregulation and concentration in electronic media

This paper presents an analysis of trends in concentration of electronic media industries in Australia over the past two decades.