Latest Reports

28 July 2013

The mining boom: impacts and prospects

The economic benefits of Australia’s 10-year mining boom far outweigh the costs, but the Federal Government has not saved enough of the boom’s proceeds to safeguard future Australian budgets.

21 July 2013

Taking university teaching seriously

Australian universities undervalue teaching. As the number of students expands toward 40 per cent of young people, it’s time to give university teaching the priority it deserves.

10 July 2013

The myth of markets in school education

Australia has led the world in giving schools more autonomy and trying to increase school competition. But these policies are not the best way to lift student performance.

16 June 2013

Getting gas right: Australia’s energy challenge

The global gas revolution is poised to create a huge Australian export industry but also significantly raise our domestic gas bills. Calls for protection against high gas prices are getting louder. Government should ignore them, but help the market adapt to a new world.

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.