Latest Reports

5 May 2013

Productive Cities: opportunity in a changing economy

The rise of the knowledge-intensive economy is reshaping our cities and leaving too many residents living too far from jobs. Increasing housing in existing urban areas and improving transport systems will increase opportunity and national prosperity.

21 April 2013

Budget pressures on Australian governments 2013

Australian government budgets are under pressure, and may post an annual deficit of around 4 per cent of GDP by 2023. To ensure future prosperity, leaders need to make tougher choices.

8 April 2013

The online evolution: when technology meets tradition in higher education

Online higher education is set to drive huge changes to traditional teaching and learning. The university and classroom are far from dead, but they will be very different.

17 March 2013

Australia’s bad drug deal

Australia is paying more than $1.3 billion a year too much for prescription drugs. It is time to get tough with drug companies and take the politics out of price-setting.

20 January 2013

Mapping Australian higher education, 2013

Grattan Institute’s annual assessment of the state of Australian higher education shows that both numbers of domestic students and costs are rising sharply, following the abolition of most enrolment controls in 2012. The system is mostly in good health, and graduates continue to earn well.

2 December 2012

Putting the customer back in front: How to make electricity prices cheaper

Electricity prices are too high because the regulation of distribution networks is broken. Fixing it could bring savings of about $100 a year for every household. This report explains why and how it should be done.

30 November 2012

2012 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister

Each year Grattan Institute releases a summer reading list for the Prime Minister. It recommends books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find stimulating over the break.

10 September 2012

Tomorrow’s suburbs: Building flexible neighbourhoods

Our city fringes are growing at rapid rate. But if these new neighbourhoods do not keep up with the shifting profile and changing needs of their residents over time, they will become less desirable places to live and won’t undergo the renewal that is essential to a successful city. However, we can do things now to ensure that our new suburbs are flexible enough to thrive for decades to come.

5 August 2012

Graduate Winners: Assessing the public and private benefits of higher education

Higher education tuition subsidies are generally too high. They benefit students who already gain a great advantage from higher education. It is time to find a funding model that makes better use of public funds.

15 July 2012

Building the bridge: a practical plan for a low-cost, low-emissions energy future

The carbon price is a vital step in creating a low-emissions future for Australia, but it needs further support. Grattan’s report proposes an innovative and practical solution to an extremely difficult problem.