Government spending policy
Pork-barrelling – misusing public money for political gain – is common in Australia. This report argues that while pork-barrelling may be legally grey, it is not good government. It wastes taxpayers’ money, undermines public trust in Australia's political leaders and institutions, and promotes a corrupt...
Fact Check: Anthony Albanese says Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to Ukraine. Is that correct?
Anthony Albanese says Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to Ukraine. Verdict: doesn't stack up.
This report examines the merits of the Victorian government's decision to invest in the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) project, as part of their overall 'Big Build' infrastructure policy.
The objective of this paper is to provide order-of-magnitude estimates of the possible effects of population ageing on government finances across OECD countries, and to discuss reforms to fiscal federalism and intergovernmental relations with the purpose of funding expenditures at all levels of government.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications’ design and implementation of measures to support the aviation sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in managing the integrity of payments to employment service providers.
In 2020–21, Victorian councils distributed more than $45 million in grants to individuals, businesses and community groups. This audit examines if fraud controls over local government grants well-designed and operating as intended.
This paper argues that while an increase in Commonwealth spending is not itself evidence of a problem, the fact that the Morrison Government has failed to deliver on its commitment to rely only on temporary increases in expenditure creates several economic and democratic problems.
Equity Economics, in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), undertook this analysis of the gap in health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In order to calculate the gap, they accounted for the burden of disease, which is more...
This paper argues that there have basically been massive continuities rather than a sudden step up in State intervention as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is illustrated by examining one regional city in Australia – Geelong in Victoria – which has successfully moved...
This report analyses the current worrying state of Australia’s higher education sector based on current funding and policy trends, and provides an ambitious national vision for higher education that re-aligns the sector with its public service mission.
In this paper, the author provides an analysis of competitive tendering procedures and why there are preferable alternatives to current approaches to government procurement.
This inquiry report recommends that the National Disability Insurance Agency, with the scheme's actuary and Board, review methods and approaches to managing the financial sustainability of the NDIS, to ensure appropriate emphasis is placed on measuring the benefits of the scheme and promoting these benefits...
The backdrop to the forthcoming federal and state budgets for 2022/23 is that Australia’s public debt has increased sharply during the pandemic since 2019 — and is projected to increase further. This report provides an update of measures of Australia’s public debt based on mid-year...
This report sets out the need to continue to invest in new roads, public transport, schools and hospitals, to address infrastructure inequality. The authors propose that governments set a stable level of investment and build a long term pipeline of work around these allocations.
This inquiry report recommends that the Australian government leverage its procurement processes and spending within the aviation sector to protect and lift standards, promote fair wages, conditions and job security, and ensure the effective operation of an aviation industry in the national interest.
After 12 months of collaboration that brought together thought leaders from industry, unions, governments, the community and educational institutions from across Victoria, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) has published this summit playbook.
The Northern Territory government is seeking stakeholder and public feedback on this position paper, which sets the vision, purpose and implementation pathways to prioritise government investment in infrastructure.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Finance and selected entities’ implementation of the Australian government’s campaign advertising framework.