Latest Reports

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.

24 May 2010

What teachers want: better teacher management

Improving the quality of teachers and teaching should be central to education policy. Evaluating the work of teachers and developing their skills is a key part of improving the quality of teaching. However, an OECD survey reveals that teacher evaluation and development in Australia is among the worst in the developed world.

22 April 2010

Restructuring the Australian economy to emit less carbon

Industry by industry analysis shows that an Australian carbon price will not result in widespread job losses or higher carbon emissions. Proposed free permits under the CPRS are expensive and will delay restructuring the Australian economy efficiently to emit less carbon.

27 January 2010

Measuring what matters: student progress

A large proportion of Australian students only reach minimum standards of literacy and numeracy. These students are spread throughout education systems; few schools do not have poor performing students who would benefit from improved education. After decades of rising expenditure, student performance has stagnated. We have a moral imperative to improve the performance of the 30% of year 9 students who have achieved only the very basic elements of writing literacy.