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Fact sheet

Fact Check: Jim Chalmers says the two highest-taxing governments of the past 30 years have been Coalition governments.

Labor Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers says it is the Coalition whose record on taxes falls short, claiming that the two highest taxing governments of the last thirty years were both Liberal-National governments. Verdict: Dr Chalmer’s claim is a fair call.
Report

Government advertising

This audit investigated if Victorian government advertising campaigns comply with the Public Administration Act 2004 and if they cost-effective.
Report

Better policy making

Successive governments have struggled to tackle many of the biggest policy problems the country faces. This report examines the causes of persistent failures and sets out recommendations as to how government – both ministers and officials – could change to make policy better.
Report

Introduction to systems thinking for civil servants: driving improved outcomes in complex situations

The Government Office for Science (UK), in collaboration with the Policy Profession, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Systems Thinking Interest Group, has produced this suite of documents to promote and embed systems thinking across the civil service.
Report

The 2022 Australian federal election: themes, challenges and issues

This publication has two key aims. First, it seeks to underline the issues which are dominating this year's campaign, as well as those issues which have generally attracted less attention by the parties and media. Second, it aims to showcase the strength of Monash University’s...
Book

Wicked problems in public policy: understanding and responding to complex challenges

This book offers the first overview of the ‘wicked problems’ literature, often seen as complex, open-ended and intractable, with both the nature of the ‘problem’ and the preferred ‘solution’ being strongly contested. It contextualises the debate using a wide range of relevant policy examples, explaining...
Policy report

Orange Book 2022: policy priorities for the federal government

Building on research and analysis published by Grattan Institute since it was founded 13 years ago, this report identifies reforms to boost incomes, improve health and education, create better transport links, make housing more affordable, generate meaningful progress on climate change, and strengthen Australia’s political...
Report

Low Earth Orbit, satellite constellations and regulation

With the cost of placing assets in space rapidly declining, and access to capital becoming easier as commercial uses of space are becoming normalised, new regulatory issues are emerging. This report identifies and evaluates the legal and regulatory arrangements and risks for these low Earth...
Discussion paper

Confronting State capture

State capture occurs when powerful or wealthy interests interfere with decision-making and assume a degree of control over the democratic rule-making process itself. This report breaks down six modes of influence used in State capture.
Discussion paper

Systems change theory and practice: a brief review and practical insights

This discussion paper offers a summary of recently published literature and key theories about systems change and evaluation. It includes several case studies of programs and organisations to illustrate how they have applied theory. For those seeking a deeper dive into systems thinking and change...