Finance, public

Briefing paper

30 Sep 2018

Governments spend vast amounts of money delivering services to citizens. Through procurement, governments invest in infrastructure and ensure the supply of essential services. In 2017, it was estimated that the New Zealand and Australian public procurement markets had a combined value of $160 billion. While...


15 Nov 2017

This report provides the Victorian Parliament with information about matters arising from the 2016−17 financial audit of the AFR.


26 Oct 2017

​​​​The Spring 2017 edition of the NSW economic update presents a snapshot of the NSW economy and provides relevant points of comparison with other Australian States and Territories.

Policy report

11 Oct 2017

We think voters should be given better information about the fiscal consequences of political parties’ election promises. We offer some observations and suggestions on how.


10 Aug 2017

This paper reports on trends in NSW state finances between 2002-03 and 2017-18 (inclusive). For most of the key indicators, the paper also shows trends by Parliament for the current (56th) Parliament and previous three Parliaments.

Discussion paper

21 Jul 2017

This paper examines aspects of the present use of trusts with a view to outlining the extent of the problem and examining who benefits.


29 Mar 2017

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) commenced operations in 2012, with broad support from the Parliament. The structure, resourcing and protocols for the PBO reflected the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on the Parliamentary Budget Office.

The PBO’s legislation enables the Joint Committee of...



9 Jan 2017

SGS recently delivered a workshop on City Deals, the Australian Government’s partnership model for the delivery of infrastructure projects by federal, state and local governments. With a focus on how to make City Deals relevant to Australian communities, we looked at the Australian Government’s Smart...


22 Nov 2016

This report sets out the results of the audit of the State of Victoria’s Annual Financial Report for 2015–16 and provides commentary on the financial outcomes and position achieved by the state and the general government sector.

Discussion paper

16 Nov 2016

The purpose of this paper is to outline a range of value capture approaches, and seek feedback on how the Australian Government could use its various policy and funding levers to stimulate the use of value capture in the development and delivery of transport infrastructure....

Discussion paper

13 Oct 2016

This paper outlines the options, challenges and opportunities for implementing value capture in Victoria, including opportunities that arise from both infrastructure investment and planning changes. If you are interested in understanding more about using value capture to help fund infrastructure in Victoria, this paper will...

Journal article

9 Aug 2016

Presents data using a variety of lenses – the state as taxer, spender, producer, employer, investor and steward – to assess how the size and shape of the state has changed since 1900.


5 Aug 2016

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is required, within thirty days after the end of the caretaker period for a general election, to prepare a post-election report of election commitments. For each designated parliamentary party, the post-election report presents budget impacts of election commitments that would have...

Conference paper

4 Dec 2015

Local government plays a vital role in providing infrastructure, services and employment to rural and regional communities. Indeed, threats to the fiscal viability of regional councils may well jeopardise the sustainability of an entire community. In December 2013 the New South Wales (NSW) Minister for...


29 Oct 2015

Provides a series of detailed surveys on social cohesion, immigration and population issues.

This report presents the findings of the eighth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey, conducted in June-July 2015. The report builds on the knowledge gained through the seven earlier Scanlon...


17 Mar 2015

This report assesses the PPP experience in both industrialised and developing countries.

The many case studies analysed, from United Kingdom to Chile, shows that PPPs have failed to live up to their promise. In most cases, they are an expensive and inefficient way of...


29 Oct 2014

Provides a series of detailed surveys on social cohesion, immigration and population issues.

Executive summary

Key findings

Australia remains a highly cohesive society. The seven Scanlon Foundation surveys conducted since 2007 have found a consistent pattern of:

Positive identification with...


28 Oct 2014

This audit finds that the quality and timeliness of financial reporting across the NSW public sector has continued to improve.


10 Oct 2014

This paper reports on trends in NSW State finances between 2002-03 and 2014-15 (the latest two years are based on estimates only). For most of the key indicators, the paper also shows trends by Parliament for the current (55th) Parliament and the previous two (54th...


2 Oct 2014

Alastair Walton, Chairman of BKK Partners and a former Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs Australia, discusses Australia’s financial sector in the context of global developments impacting the industry.



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