The Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR) was a Centre of Excellence operating from 2011 to 2016 to address fundamental issues affecting the Australian financial industry. CIFR’s mission was to promote financial sector vibrancy, resilience and integrity, supporting Australia as a regional financial centre...
Consumer Data Right - strategic assessment: outcomes
This report identifies ‘Open Finance’ as the next priority area to expand Consumer Data Rights (CDR).
Greening public finance
In this document, the authors argue that 'greening' the finance system is a key part of the transition to 'net zero' emissions by 2050.
Buying and selling extremism
The ways that online funding mechanisms can be exploited by individuals and groups promoting right-wing extremist ideology in Australia are an emerging problem. This paper argues that any response must include strong policies and programs to address the drivers of such extremism.
Differences in occurrence of unethical business practices in a post-transitional country in the CEE region: the case of Slovakia
This study aims to contribute to the understanding of unethical practices in business and asks whether certain types of organisations are considerably more exposed to unethical business practices than others are.
China's overseas lending
This paper documents the surge in China’s capital exports to the rest of the world during the past decades. While China’s dominant footprint in world trade is well known, its expanding role in global finance is poorly documented and understood. This paper helps fill this...
High-performance health financing for universal health coverage: driving sustainable, inclusive growth in the 21st century
This report and the initiatives it recommends for countries and partners, including the G20, aim to identify specific unmet needs to which the G20 Finance Track can contribute, consistent with the guidance on health financing for Universal Health Coverage.
The potential for blockchain technology in corporate governance
This paper explores the recent applications of blockchain technology in financial services and outlines regulatory responses, to set the scene for future work in this area on corporate governance.
From funding to financing: transforming SDG finance for country success
This paper describes recent progress, identifies key gaps and outlines a list of actions to advance efforts to improve efforts to support sustainable development finance.
Pacific experiences with options relevant to climate change and disaster risk finance
The Pacific experiences detailed in this booklet are organised in terms of their relevance to the seven pillars of the Pacific Climate Change Finance Assessment Framework (PCCFAF). The booklet outlines broad regional observations of each of the seven dimensions of the PCCFAF and then presents...
Accelerating the transition to the circular economy: improving access to finance for circular economy projects
To improve the conditions for financing circular economy projects, the EU Expert Group on Circular Economy Financing analysed barriers and identified the main areas where incentives need to be provided.
Unprincipled: Banks violate equator principles in financing Vietnamese coal-fired power stations
Market Forces, working with Vietnamese community organisations and other international NGOs, has found that equator principles (EP) signatory banks are violating those principles in their involvement in syndicates funding five Vietnamese coal-fired power stations. In doing so, they are failing the people that the principles...
The financial case for high performance buildings
The business case for High Performance Buildings (HPBs) traditionally cites energy savings and increased asset value as the most appealing incentives. But another – and arguably greater – form of enhanced value creation that comes through HPBs is rarely discussed: HPBs benefit the people who...
Setting the stage for the Green Climate Fund’s first replenishment
This paper explores two sets of issues that are fundamental to restoring confidence in the Green Climate Fund and should be addressed simultaneously: resources and governance. It analyzes key challenges with resource predictability and governance and suggests ways forward.
Local Government renewables group purchasing
Urban stakeholders have a key role as end-users in the transition to a renewable and more resilient energy system. The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is an innovative procurement model through which urban stakeholders across sectors are procuring renewable electricity in collaboration. Expansion of group...
Creating an energy efficient mortgage for Europe. Towards a new market standard
Greening our buildings is at the heart of our ght against climate change. Greener, more energy efficient buildings can also help to reduce the exposure to risk for property owners and the banks that nance them. Energy efficient mortgages can therefore be a powerful tool...
Bonds and climate change: the state of the market 2018
The Climate Bonds Initiative has been researching investment opportunities in bonds financing climate-aligned assets since 2012. The climate and investment backdrop has changed dramatically over the past 6 years. The labelled green bond markethas taken off and with it, the focus of this research has...
Financialisation, scaling and the role of finance for ‘just’ urban sustainability transitions – the possibilities and limits of renewable energy interventions in cities
Policy initiative: A people's bank
Australia’s financial sector is defined by the power of the big-four banks, the money they make off housing loans and their billion dollar annual profits to shareholders. In the face of ongoing misconduct and price gouging, it’s time for Government to step in and ensure...
Paying for affordable housing in different market contexts
This study analysed recently completed affordable housing developments across Australia to ascertain how affordable housing project costs, revenues and subsidies interact.
The changing institutions of private rental housing: an international review
What lessons can be drawn from institutional change in private rental sectors (PRSs) internationally which could enhance the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of the sector in Australia, particularly to improve outcomes for low-income tenants?
Value for money: budget and financial management reform in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia
This book presents and discusses a selection of papers developed from the Greater China Australia Dialogue on Public Administration’s fifth workshop held in late 2015, which focused on budget and financial management reforms, including how different nations account for the relative performance of their public...
Supporting vulnerable households to achieve their housing goals: the role of impact investment
This study explores how social impact investment (SII) has been used for housing and homelessness objectives internationally, and examines three case studies where SII has been used in Australia.
NSW economic update: Spring 2017
The Spring 2017 edition of the NSW economic update presents a snapshot of the NSW economy and provides relevant points of comparison with other Australian States and Territories.
The opportunities, risks and possibilities of social impact investment for housing and homelessness
This study investigated the opportunities and risks for social impact investments (SII) to improve housing and homelessness outcomes in Australia. It described what social impact investing is and its application to housing and homelessness policy in Australia, as well as examined different finance models and...