Economic indicators

Report

Too many eggs in the dragon’s basket?

In the twenty years to 2019, Australia’s exports of merchandise goods and services to China increased from $5 billion to over $153 billion, with China now accounting for 32.6% of all Australia’s exports. Australia’s exports to China over 2018-19 primarily comprised three commodities, iron ore...
Report

State of volunteering in Victoria 2020

This report provides the most contemporary overview of the value of volunteering in Victoria. The report shows the astounding economic value of volunteering, which is estimated to represent $60 billion of value to the state.
Report

COVID-19 Fiscal and economic review

This review report provides an update on Queensland’s economic and fiscal estimates over 2019-20 and 2020-21 that incorporate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to date.
Report

Structural trends in GST

This report examines trends in GST receipts relative to the size of the economy over the last twenty years, including the impact of demographic change, and possible trajectories for future GST collections.
Report

Inequality in Australia 2020 - part 1: overview - supplement: the impact of COVID-19 on income inequality

The COVID-19 virus, together with the ‘lockdowns’ instituted from March 2020 to prevent its spread, plunged the Australian economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. This Supplement outlines what the available data tells us about the impacts on employment and...
Report

The costs of covid: Australia’s economic prospects in a wounded world

This paper argues that Australia is emerging from the pandemic sooner, and at less economic cost than expected, but with higher unemployment and elevated debt. Businesses and households are more uncertain than usual, though the recovery is already underway and will likely gain momentum over...
Discussion paper

Mind the gap: the Australian Actuaries Intergenerational Equity Index - green paper

It is important to understand how intergenerational equity is changing over time. The Australian Actuaries Intergenerational Equity Index (AAIEI) contributes to this discussion by tracking and assessing 24 indicators, across six broad domains, that relate to wealth and wellbeing (economic and fiscal, housing, health and...
Report

Why did young people’s incomes decline?

This report provides an in-depth analysis of how income sources evolved between 2001 and 2018 for various age groups, and why. It shows the main driver behind lower incomes for young people is falling wage income.
Working paper

Climbing the jobs ladder slower: young people in a weak labour market

This paper investigates labour market scarring that might have occurred over the period 2008 to 2018 — specifically whether young people entering the labour market during and following the GFC had a harder transition into employment than those entering earlier, and whether that experience could...
Briefing paper

ASEAN economic prospects amid emerging turbulence

This paper examines recent development in ASEAN countries and the impacts of ongoing global turbulence, the U.S.-China trade war, and the COVID-19 crisis on ASEAN economies. The paper discusses the strategic priorities that ASEAN countries should take in formulating strategies to achieve their development aspirations.