This report shows that over the past year, the Australian labour market has tightened significantly. Five year employment projections indicate that jobs growth is expected to be highest across service industries, and in jobs requiring higher level qualifications.
This paper describes the trends, variation and determinants of wellbeing over the tumultuous period since COVID-19 first reached Australia and up until October 2022, with a particular focus on changes in economic wellbeing.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia imposed some of the strictest measures in the western world. The restrictions dramatically changed every aspect of society and human dynamics and engagement. This report evaluates the harm caused as a direct result of COVID-19 restrictions.
This report calculates the Australian economy’s direct dependence on nature and the variation in direct dependency for every major industry sector. It also calls for government to create strong environment laws that protect nature and establishing an independent regulator to enforce them.
Pro-Productivity institutions at work: country practices and new insights on their set-up and functioning
In the face of slowing productivity growth, a number of OECD countries have set up pro-productivity institutions to produce objective evidence and data on productivity trends and growth drivers and help inform pro-productivity policies and interventions. This paper presents a new analytical framework to analyse...
Improving Australia’s productivity performance requires overcoming specific challenges. This document sets out areas of policy focus which, in the Commission's judgment, best reflect the balance of challenges and opportunities that Australia faces.
The distributional consequences of record high profits and record low real wage growth have been widely discussed in Australia recently, but the data presented in this paper suggests that rising profits are now the major driver of inflation.
The analysis presented in this report is based on a methodology integrating the latest statistics from international organisations and a survey of executives. The report also provides new data on emerging trends in the labour market and society more widely.
The economic crisis facing the United Kingdom is very different to the 2008 financial crash and the early 1990s recession – which means a very different response is required by the government, argues Gemma Tetlow in this report.
Australasian cities have ridden a long wave of economic growth driven by the export of resources, international education, tourism, and immigration. Far from being equally shared, this growth has instead produced widening disparities within and between cities, suburbs, and regions.
It is arguable that the neoliberal macroeconomic policies pursued in Australia from 1994 to 2019 exacerbated social segregation at regional scale and that this contributed to the increase in economic inequality. To assess this argument, social segregation is mapped for Sydney and Melbourne (each divided...
This report shows why Australia should aim to lock in full employment – where everyone who wants a job can find a job. It demonstrates that all workers suffer when unemployment is high, but the most vulnerable workers suffer the most.
A comprehensive review of Australian wage trends indicates that wage growth is likely to remain stuck at historically weak levels - despite the dramatic disruptions experienced by the Australian labour market through the COVID-19 pandemic. This report finds that targeted policies to deliberately lift wages...
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated policy responses are likely to alter the global economy in a way that affects its ability to adjust to future shocks and changes. This paper develops a point of reference for thinking about developments which could be deemed long-term.
This paper investigates the question of how urbanisation and localisation economies interact over the 30 largest Australian Significant Urban Areas.
Both major political parties support an external review of monetary policy after the 2022 election. This paper discusses some of the main issues a review should cover.
This paper outlines's the ALP's policies surrounding the overall Australian economy and Labor's federal budgetary position.
Economic management is a feature of all election campaigns, but key claims made to date do not stack up. This paper explores claims about wages growth and tax by the Morrison Government, finding inconsistencies between its arguments and its record.
The focus of this report is on highlighting the economic impact of unpaid care - specifically, lost income during working life and the longer-term reduction in accruing superannuation, which affects retirement savings. In economic terms this is called the ‘opportunity cost of caring’.
The graphs, map and table in this resource show JobSeeker recipient (total JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance (Other)) numbers for NSW, and estimates for all 93 NSW electorates (2013 Redistribution).
2022 is shaping up as a pivotal year across the economic and political spectrums and it comes at a critical time, in terms of the need for policy action in Australia. This report argues that governments around the country must make tough policy decisions in...
Fact Check: Jim Chalmers says the two highest-taxing governments of the past 30 years have been Coalition governments.
Labor Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers says it is the Coalition whose record on taxes falls short, claiming that the two highest taxing governments of the last thirty years were both Liberal-National governments. Verdict: Dr Chalmer’s claim is a fair call.
South Australia has the second highest rate of job insecurity and the lowest pay in Australia. This report details the challenge, and outlines actionable steps for South Australian government to reverse the trend.
This report investigates agglomeration economies and their ability to alter the economic productivity of cities, together with an examination of the key drivers of population growth and mobility in Australia.