Government expenditure

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Government spending policy
Public expenditure


Report

New politics: preventing pork-barrelling

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 sheet

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.
Report

The Suburban Rail Loop: not needed, not fit for purpose and a debt bomb

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.
Working paper

Ageing and the long-run fiscal sustainability of health care across levels of government

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.
Report

COVID-19 support to the aviation sector

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.
Report

Jobactive – integrity of payments to employment service providers

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.
Report

Fraud control over local government grants

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.
Report

Permanent and political: an analysis of federal government spending post-pandemic

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.
Report

Measuring the gap in health expenditure: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

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...
Conference paper

Regional resilience and the State - the case of Geelong, Victoria, 1990-2020

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...
Report

At the crossroads: what is the post-COVID future of Australia’s public universities?

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.
Working paper

The competition myth – why competitive tendering fails

In this paper, the author provides an analysis of competitive tendering procedures and why there are preferable alternatives to current approaches to government procurement.
Working paper

Cost-benefit analysis: then and now

This paper describes and analyses the evolution of cost-benefit analysis to the present day.
Report

Current scheme implementation and forecasting for the NDIS

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...
Policy report

A sea of red: tracking Australia’s debt iceberg

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...
Report

Funding the infrastructure of tomorrow

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.
Report

The future of Australia's aviation sector, in the context of COVID-19 and conditions post pandemic

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.
Guide

Victoria Summit 2021 playbook

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.
Position paper

Northern Territory infrastructure framework position paper

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.
Report

Australian government advertising: May 2019 to October 2021

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.