Treading water: effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth transitions
Economic downturns have pronounced impacts on young people. Using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), this report examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education, employment and social circumstances of young Australians.
Victoria on the edge: debt, deficits and unsustainable growth
The Australian economy faces the greatest series of financial risks in decades, as the odds of a global recession continue to increase. The authors of this report argue that the Victorian economy is particularly vulnerable to the economic shocks that are coming its way, because...
Hard lessons: reckoning the economic, social, and humanitarian costs of zero-Covid
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.
Labour market policies for inclusiveness: a literature review with a gap analysis
This paper reviews the role of specific fiscal spending and transfer programmes in shaping labour market dynamics by disentangling different macroeconomic and microeconomic mechanisms.
Changes to Australian income support settings during the COVID-19 pandemic
This paper summarises the major changes made to unemployment, student and parenting transfer payments over 2020 and early 2021 in Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The wealth inequality pandemic: Covid and wealth inequality
This is the fourth and final report in the ACOSS and UNSW Sydney Poverty and Inequality Partnership’s COVID 'Build Back Fairer' series. It traces changes in household wealth and its distribution through the pandemic up to December 2021 and examines the impact of policy settings...
Fiscal policy in the COVID-19 era
This paper analyses the COVID recession and the large fiscal policy response by modelling three scenarios using a macro-econometric model.
Administration of the JobKeeper scheme
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office's administration of the JobKeeper scheme.
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.
Covid, inequality and poverty in 2020 and 2021
This report is the third in the ACOSS and UNSW Sydney Poverty and Inequality Partnership’s COVID-19 'Build Back Fairer Series'. It tells a tale of the differing impacts of the pandemic for different groups using evidence on income inequality and poverty in Australia.
What has been the impact of COVID-19 on debt? Turning a wave into a tsunami
This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on debt, puts recent debt developments and prospects in historical context, and analyses new policy challenges associated with debt resolution.
Losing traction: lessons in financial wellbeing from the COVID crisis
As Australia reopens, it is easy to feel that the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is over. However, this analysis suggests recovery for many will be slow, with ongoing struggles making ends meet.
Did the great influenza of 1918-1920 trigger a reversal of the first era of globalisation?
In this paper, the author revisits the 1918-20 pandemic and ask whether it led to a reversal in the rise of trade and financial globalisation that preceded it.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on building system actors
The purpose of this research is to provide insights to help the New Zealand building sector address the disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, MBIE wanted to understand the impacts across performance, people, processes and products and the resulting implications on social, environmental and...
Australian income support since 2000: those left behind
This report is the second in the ACOSS and UNSW 'Build Back Fairer' Series. The report analyses the changes to key income support payments from 2000 to 2021. It provides a comparison of the changes to income support highlighting who has been left behind. Its...
New vulnerable research
From April to September 2020, Good Shepherd commissioned Roy Morgan to investigate a group of working Australians that they have termed the ‘new vulnerable’. This report provides in-depth analysis of these people, and their experience of navigating support systems to address their needs arising from...
COVID income support: analysis of income support in the COVID lockdowns in 2020 and 2021
This report analyses a range of interactive maps, prepared to provide the first geographic snapshot of people on income support payments who also received COVID-specific income support payments across the country in the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, the 'Alpha' wave.
Shock troops of the pandemic: casual and insecure work in COVID and beyond
The research outlined in this briefing paper confirms that Australian workers in casual and insecure jobs have borne the lion’s share of job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic – both the first lockdowns in 2020, and the more recent second wave of closures.
Prosperity and justice after the pandemic
The inequalities across the UK is starting to play out in our politics. People do not believe that their voices are being heard and feel disempowered. This report outlines policy options to aid in creating an economy that delivers both prosperity and justice for all...
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: how successful has the furlough scheme been and what should happen next?
This report, based on the final official data before the furlough scheme is due to close, assesses the most radical economic policy the UK government enacted in response to coronavirus – and supports the government’s decision to bring it to a close later this month.
Bridge over troubled water
The COVID-19 pandemic caused Australia’s first recession in a generation. In Victoria, the second wave of COVID-19 infections and subsequent extended stay-at-home orders, and other public health restrictions needed to actively suppress the virus, has extended that economic downturn longer than other States and Territories.
National plan to transition to Australia’s national COVID-19 response: economic impact analysis
In this paper, Treasury estimates the direct economic costs of the COVID‑19 management strategies modelled by the Doherty Institute through analysis of the direct impacts of activity restrictions and lockdowns used to manage the virus and contain outbreaks.
Doherty modelling report for National Cabinet 30 July 2021
This report outlines different models of COVID-19 infection and vaccination used to define a target level of vaccine coverage for transition to Phase B of the National plan to transition to Australia’s national COVID-19 response.
2021 Intergenerational report: Australia over the next 40 years
The 2021 Intergenerational Report projects an outlook for the economy and the Australian government’s budget over the next 40 years. It examines the long-term sustainability of current policies and how demographic, technological and other structural trends may affect the economy and the budget.
PC Productivity Insights: Recent developments
The Productivity Insights series unpacks and analyses the latest ABS productivity statistics, and details and comments on trends and new developments underlying Australia's recent productivity performance.