Latest Reports

25 August 2019

Attracting high achievers to teaching

Top teachers should be able to earn $80,000 a year more, and top school-leavers should get $10,000-a-year scholarships if they take up teaching, as part of a $1.6 billion reform package to boost teacher quality and student performance.

18 August 2019

Generation gap: ensuring a fair go for younger Australians

Today’s young Australians are falling behind. If low wage growth and fewer working hours is the new normal, we could have a generation emerge from young adulthood with lower living standards than the one before it at the same age.

11 August 2019

Risks and rewards: when is vocational education a good alternative to higher education?

Some university students with low school results would be better off doing vocational education instead. Vocational diplomas in construction, engineering, and commerce typically lead to higher incomes than many low-ATAR uni graduates are likely to earn, especially those with degrees in science and humanities.

15 July 2019

The history and purposes of private health insurance

The private health insurance industry fears it is in a death spiral, and politicians need to rethink whether or to what extent taxpayers should continue to subsidise the industry.

30 June 2019

Budget blues: why the Stage 3 income tax cuts should wait

Federal Parliament should pass the Government’s Stage 1 tax cuts immediately to stimulate the economy. But it should defer consideration of the controversial Stage 3 cuts because they may be unaffordable.

16 April 2019

Commonwealth Orange Book 2019: Policy priorities for the federal government

The winner of the 2019 federal election should defy the national mood of reform fatigue and stare down vested interests to pursue a targeted agenda to improve the lives of Australians. The Orange Book charts the policy priorities.

17 March 2019

Filling the gap: A universal dental care scheme for Australia

Australia should introduce a Medicare-style universal insurance scheme for dental care, so all Australians can go to the dentist when they need to. It would cost $5.6 billion a year and should be phased in over 10 years.

10 February 2019

Keep calm and carry on: Managing electricity reliability

The idea that electricity supply is less reliable with more renewables is wrong. Almost all outages are caused by problems in transporting electricity, and have nothing to do with how the power was generated. It’s also a dangerous idea, because if politicians panic and intervene in the market, power bills could rise even higher.

3 December 2018

Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister 2018

It’s been an extraordinary year in politics – and no doubt many politicians are well and truly ready for a summer holiday. To help our leaders make the most of their time off, Grattan Institute has curated a list of this year’s must-reads.

6 November 2018

Money in retirement: more than enough

The conventional wisdom that Australians don’t save enough for retirement is wrong. The vast majority of retirees today are financially comfortable, and our modelling shows this is likely to be true for most in future. This has big implications for policy.