Latest Reports

20 June 2011

The housing we’d choose

Original research on the housing preferences of Australians shows that the housing they would choose is a much more varied mix than either Sydney or Melbourne currently provides.

The report also examines recent construction trends and uncovers barriers to delivering more of the housing people say they want.

24 May 2011

Investing in regions: making a difference

A new Grattan report, Investing in regions: Making a difference, shows that unless governments recognize the fast-changing reality of regional Australia, they will continue to both waste money and deprive many citizens of much-needed services.

18 April 2011

Better teacher appraisal and feedback: improving performance

A new system of teacher appraisal and feedback in Australia would improve teacher effectiveness, recognise our best educators and lift the outcomes of Australian students to the best in the world.

7 April 2011

Learning the hard way: Australia’s policies to reduce emissions

An analysis of more than 300 government programs to tackle climate change since 1997 demonstrates clearly what works and what does not in reducing carbon emissions. What reduces emissions most effectively and cheaply is the creation of a market.

1 February 2011

Australia’s productivity challenge

Australia’s productivity performance has deteriorated over the past decade, across a broad range of industries. In the long run this will impair Australian quality of living, and our ability to respond to everything from an ageing population to climate change.

15 December 2010

Markets to reduce pollution: cheaper than expected

Technology innovation driven by markets is the key to reducing carbon emissions. Experience shows that markets may not be perfect, but they are consistently effective at identifying lower cost opportunities, promoting innovation, and responding flexibly to changes.

10 December 2010

2010 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister

As well as time to spend with family and friends, summer holidays are great for reflecting upon the year past, considering the year to come – and reading. Grattan has put together a selection of books we think the Prime Minister might find stimulating over the break.

15 November 2010

Investing in our teachers, investing in our economy

Improving teacher effectiveness would do more to lift economic growth than any other reform before Australian governments. The improvement in student learning could lift Australian students to the top of international performance tables.

18 October 2010

Cities: who decides?

Cities: who decides? investigates decision-making in eight of the world’s most successful cities, and finds that cities do best when they involve citizens in far-reaching change.

28 June 2010

The cities we need

The first report from the Cities Program aims to set an agenda for thinking about the future of Australia’s cities. It asks how our cities meet the material and psychological needs of their residents, and identifies emerging challenges to meeting these needs.