Sunshot in 2023: accelerating towards Australia’s renewable exports opportunity
This publication outlines three key areas of focus to secure a leading role for Australia in the net zero economy, and to ensure all Australians benefit from the global energy transition.
Growing together 2035: Aotearoa horticulture action plan – strategy
This strategy document sets out the pathway to achieve the New Zealand government's goal of growing the value of New Zealand’s horticultural production to $12 billion by 2035.
Does high-speed internet boost exporting?
This paper examines the links between uptake of high-speed internet and entry into exporting among New Zealand firms.
From Russia with love: coal profits from war in Ukraine
While debate continues on the appropriate response to Australia’s sky-high coal, gas and electricity prices, the size of the resulting profit windfall for multi-national coal mining companies has not been widely estimated or discussed. This paper takes a closer look at some of the issues...
Western Australia's trade and economic relationship with China
The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre was recently approached by the Australia China Business Council to evaluate the benefits of Western Australia’s trade, export and investment activity with China to the State’s households. This report outlines the findings.
Does faster internet increase exports? Evidence from New Zealand
This paper explores the relationship between adoption of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and the export propensity of New Zealand firms.
War gains: LNG windfall profits 2022
The author of this report argues that The $26 to $40 billion windfall received by LNG exporters in Australia should be taxed. The windfall is a result of war and in no way reflects effort by or costs faced by oil and gas companies. A...
Trade and assistance review 2020-21
This annual review contains the Commission’s latest quantitative estimates of Australian government assistance to industry, and provides a summary of developments in industry assistance, trade policy and foreign investment over the past year.
Protecting movable cultural heritage
In Australia, national and foreign cultural heritage is protected by our laws. Australian cultural property objects are significant to the nation’s identity. It is important all cultural heritage items are imported and exported legally.
Contributing to regional decarbonization: Australia’s potential to supply zero-carbon commodities to the Asia-Pacific
This paper investigates three pathways by which Australia could export zero-carbon energy and products: direct exports of renewable electricity via sub-sea cables, exports of zero-carbon fuels (such as green hydrogen), and the export of 'green' metals processed from Australian ores using renewable energy.
The Australian manufacturing industry
This inquiry report examines the role that the Australian manufacturing industry has played, is playing, and will play in the future, as well as identifying new areas in which the Australian manufacturing industry can establish itself as a global leader.
Who's buying? The impact of global decarbonisation on Australia’s regions
This report from the Centre For Policy Development’s sustainable economy initiative models the impact of global decarbonisation commitments on employment and output at a Local Government Area (LGA) level in Australia.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province: a vanguard for advancing the Australia-Vietnam economic relationship
Ba Ria-Vung Tau (BVRT) province is an emerging economic hub in Vietnam, with new developments in infrastructure that make it a competitive destination for Australian investment. This report suggests that Western Australia in particular has a unique opportunity to boost ties, having signed a memorandum...
Climatetiveness: what it takes for Canada to thrive in a net zero exporting world
Public policy has the crucial role to push the frontiers of innovation and technology in the name of winning the global race to net zero, which could be reflected in a new, low-carbon export strategy that marries domestic and international agendas. This policy paper makes...
Fact Check: We fact checked Barnaby Joyce on the relative size of fossil fuel exports.
Some Nationals MPs have expressed concern about the impact that cutting emissions to zero in net terms by 2050 would have on Australia's resources industries, particularly coal. RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates. Verdict: Mr Joyce's claim doesn't stack up.
Sunshot: Australia’s opportunity to create 395,000 clean export jobs
This report argues that Australia has a natural advantage to make the most of future opportunities in clean energy exports, with an abundance of solar and wind energy, and the metals and minerals required for the energy transition.
Export powerhouse: Australia’s $333 billion opportunity
This report shows Australia could grow a new green export mix worth $333 billion per annum, almost triple the value of existing fossil fuel exports.
A blueprint for trade and investment with Indonesia
This document provides practical and strategic guidance for Australian businesses considering market opportunities in the Indonesian economy for the first time. It also helps Australian business take advantage of complementarities between the two economies, laws and regulations.
Iron ore futures: possible paths for Australia’s biggest trade with China
The iron ore market is wrong-footing forecasters again, as it has throughout the last 20 years. This report argues that Australia’s troubled relationship with China will be influenced by which path the iron ore market takes over the medium term.
Fuelling cooperation: the Indo-Pacific hydrogen transformation
This paper argues that the creation of an integrated Indo-Pacific hydrogen market would transform regional geopolitics, help avoid the worst effects of climate change, and would also sustain greater levels of energy security and regional interdependence.
Trade and assistance review 2019-20
This report delivers the Productivity Commission’s estimates of assistance provided to businesses for the year to June 2020. The review is set against a background of unprecedented industry assistance to counter the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, although most of this assistance has been...
Exporting challenges and responses of New Zealand firms
This paper describes the challenges New Zealand exporters faced from January 2015 to February 2020. It also explores what firms and the New Zealand Trade Enterprise (NZTE) did to respond to these challenges.
Pivot: diversifying Australia's trade and investment profile
This inquiry report aim to position Australia so it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic in a more secure, stable, and profitable position than before. The recommendations have been informed by a range of stakeholders, who provided evidence on the opportunities and challenges related to diversification.
Snapshot of Australian agriculture 2021
This report describes the current state of Australian agriculture. It covers eight key aspects of Australian agriculture: its role in the broader economy, trends in production, industry structure and productivity, risk management, agricultural employment, government support, trade and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chinese tariffs on Australian wine in 2020: the domestic drivers of international coercion
This paper documents China’s policies to develop its domestic wine industry, which it regards as more achievable without competition from Australian imports. Protectionism appears to be an important driver of the trade barriers on Australian wine.