Latest Reports

11 February 2018

The Commonwealth’s role in improving schools

The Commonwealth should not use the extra money it is spending on schools as an excuse to intervene in school education. The danger is that the ‘Gonski 2.0 Review’ could be used as a platform for Commonwealth interventions that sound good, but don’t actually help on the ground.

9 February 2018

What’s the best way to close the gender gap in retirement incomes?

Australia’s retirement income system is not working for the poorest Australians, who are disproportionately women. Australia has a persistent gender gap in retirement savings and incomes. This means that women, particularly single women, are at greater risk of poverty, housing stress and homelessness in retirement.

4 February 2018

All complications should count: Using our data to make hospitals safer

One in nine patients who go into hospital suffers a complication, and the risk varies dramatically depending on the hospital. An extra 250,000 patients would leave hospital complication-free each year if all hospitals lifted their performance to match the best 10 per cent of hospitals.

1 February 2018

Designing a more reliable National Electricity Market

Australia is seeking to design a ‘reliability mechanism’ as part of the National Energy Guarantee. This Working Paper provides suggestions on how to design the mechanism and how it might work. On balance, we support a well-designed retailer obligation that utilises commercial market drivers. But we recognise there are risks in this approach. Policy makers will need to consult widely to ensure the new mechanism achieves the right balance between higher reliability and lower costs.

31 January 2018

Regional Patterns Maps

The popular idea that the economic divide between Australia’s cities and regions is getting bigger is a misconception. Beneath the oft-told ‘tale of two Australias’ is a more nuanced story.

4 December 2017

Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister 2017

It’s been a testing year for politics but a wonderful year for books. To help Malcolm Turnbull make the most of the holiday season, we have once again collated a Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister.

3 December 2017

Competition in Australia: Too little of a good thing?

The widely held belief that powerful firms control the Australian economy is a myth. But where a few firms dominate markets, such as in the supermarket and banking sectors, they earn higher profits.

26 November 2017

Towards an adaptive education system in Australia

Australia’s school education system is not fit for purpose, and we need to rethink the way we teach students, support teachers and run schools. To halt the decline, we should make the system more adaptive.

7 November 2017

Strengthening safety statistics: How to make hospital safety data more useful

Australia needs to reform the way we collect and use information about patient safety, to reduce the risk of more tragedies in our hospitals. The system is awash with data, but the information is poorly collated, not shared with patients, and often not given to doctors.

2 October 2017

Stuck in traffic? Road congestion in Sydney and Melbourne

Road congestion charges should be introduced in Sydney and Melbourne. An examination of 3.5 million Google Maps trip-time estimates across more than 350 routes suggests both cities could face traffic gridlock in future unless decisive action is taken to manage congestion.

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