Latest Reports

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.

28 October 2018

State Orange Book 2018: Policy priorities for states and territories

State and territory governments can do more to improve the lives of Australians. In many cases, states are different because their governments adopted better policies. Every state should learn from the others and do better.

22 October 2018

Measuring student progress: A state-by-state report card

Our new report card on NAPLAN results reveals big differences between the states on students’ learning progress through school. Governments should investigate why students make more progress in some states, to identify teacher practices and school policies that produce the best results.

1 October 2018

Remarkably adaptive: Australian cities in a time of growth

Australia’s urban commuters have little to fear from population growth, if recent experience is any guide. The average commute distances and times barely increased over the five years to 2016, even as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’s populations grew strongly.

23 September 2018

Who’s in the room? Access and influence in Australian politics

Powerful and well-resourced business groups, unions and not-for-profits are influencing policy to serve their interests, sometimes at the expense of the public interest. Stronger checks and balances on lobbying, donations and access would make our politics cleaner and fairer.

16 September 2018

Mapping Australian higher education 2018

The graduate gender pay gap in Australia is narrowing, with more women in paid work than ever before. Women’s earnings generally outpaced men’s over the past decade. More broadly, the financial benefit of going to university is falling as domestic bachelor-degree student numbers reach record high levels. But student numbers are now increasing slowly. Combined with recent jobs growth, graduate job prospects are expected to improve in the next few years.