Comparative studies

International comparison

Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison says there are only four countries in the G20 with a better emissions record than Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia's emissions have come down 20 per cent, a record he says is beaten by only four other countries in the G20. Verdict: Mr Morrison's claim is misleading.

Comparative analysis of budget utilisation in individualised funding models

This report was commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services to inform mechanisms that will optimise utilisation of NDIS packages. The report examines schemes, nationally and internationally, with similar features to the NDIS.

Doing business: external panel review

This report quantifies business regulations in a comparable way across eleven dimensions and 191 countries, in order to stimulate policy reform. This review recommends a major overhaul of the program and the way in which the annual indicators are assessed.
Discussion paper

Why be strong? The Swiss and Australian responses to fear

Defence thinkers routinely identify Australia as one of the safest countries in the world. However, Australia’s future is likely to be more dangerous and troubling than its past has been. This paper discusses the comparison between Swiss and Australian approaches to threatening strategic environments.
Briefing paper

A PUF of fresh air? Pacific Urban Forum 2019

At Pacific Urban Forum5 (PUF5), Pacific Island governments, non-government organisations and academic institutions were well represented with the geographic spread of representation and attendance numbers the highest yet. This briefing paper provides an overview of the prominent issues at the PUF5 and an analysis of...

Global overview: Indigenous suicide rates

This background paper presents an overview of suicide in Indigenous peoples in countries where there is a dominant white society. The countries reviewed for suicide rates were Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, the United States of America, Greenland, and Scandinavian countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and...
Working paper

HRMI civil and political rights metrics: 2018 technical note

This paper details a new methodology developed to measure civil and political rights violations in a pilot sample of 13 diverse countries. In doing so, we discuss the problems present in previous attempts to measure civil and political rights cross-nationally and argue that our approach...
Fact sheet

Comparisons between the youth and adult justice systems: 2014–15

In all states and territories, young people aged 10 and over can be charged with a criminal offence. Separate justice systems exist for young people and adults, each with specific legislation. In most cases, the upper age limit in the youth justice system is 17...
Journal article

The stewardship deficit in New Zealand health policymaking

Reports on the findings of comparative research conducted in England and NZ to explore relative levels of autonomy and capacity for primary health care policymaking in the two countries between 2001 and 2007
Discussion paper

Action and impact: discussion paper from the visit of Melody Barnes to Australia in February 2016

This discussion paper emerges from a series of events held by Per Capita with Melody Barnes in February 2016. Melody Barnes served as Assistant to US President Obama and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 to January 2012. Ms Barnes is...

Creative economy employment in the EU and the UK: a comparative analysis

Analysts and policymakers have long complained of the dearth of internationally comparable statistics on the creative industries because it has made it impossible to benchmark the performance of different countries. In January 2014, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) adopted the Dynamic Mapping...

Digital news report: Australia 2015

This report gives a clear picture of how the Australian news consumer compares to eleven other countries surveyed in 2015: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, USA and urban Brazil.
Conference paper

Comparing local government adaptation responses to climate change in Australia and Sweden

This paper compares the urban local government responses to the challenges of climate change impacts through a comparative study of Australia and Sweden
Conference paper

How different are Australian cities?

This paper queries the status of ‘The Australian City’, and offers some preliminary insights into the nature, character and state of ‘Australian Cities’ as a prospective definite category within a global array of territorially and nationally defined city assemblies.

Taxation and labour supply

Cross country comparisons of lifecycle labour supplies show that female hours of market work are significantly lower in Australia than in other comparable OECD countries, notably, the US, UK and Sweden. This paper argues that an explanation can be found in the rate structure of...

Australia's growth industries in the age of the knowledge economy

The latest developments in advanced economies, like Australia, have seen the emergence of a phenomenon variously referred to as the "new economy", "knowledge economy" or "information economy". The ABS data indicate that in Australia's case this is most evident in those industries that utilise high...