Latest Submissions

22 March 2018

Pushing water uphill

Australia is highly urbanised, and becoming more so. Governments should not fight the ‘gravitational’ pull of the cities. But they can smooth the transition by ensuring that regional areas have access to good-quality services and that our cities are flexible enough to cope with growing numbers of people and activity.

1 March 2018

Don’t lose an opportunity for integrating energy and climate change policy

The Energy Security Board’s approach to the National Energy Guarantee could deliver the integrated energy and climate policy that Australia needs. The ESB will need to determine whether the reliability requirement is addressing investment, deployment, or both.

8 February 2018

The shocking truth about Australia’s efforts to ‘close the gap’

The “gap” between Indigenous and other school students is even bigger than official figures show. Grattan research reveals that Year 9 Indigenous students in very remote areas are five years behind in numeracy, six years behind in reading, and seven-to-eight years behind in writing. Even in the cities and regions – where most Indigenous students live – the gap is three to four years by Year 9.

8 February 2018

The shocking truth about Australia’s efforts to ‘close the gap’

The “gap” between Indigenous and other school students is even bigger than official figures show. Grattan research reveals that Year 9 Indigenous students in very remote areas are five years behind in numeracy, six years behind in reading, and seven-to-eight years behind in writing. Even in the cities and regions – where most Indigenous students live – the gap is three to four years by Year 9.

2 August 2017

How to improve our schools – submission to House of Representatives committee inquiry

Australia faces three overarching challenges in school education: improving the teaching of core academic skills and content; changing parts of what we teach and how we teach it to help young Australians develop their skills and capabilities; and reducing the disparities between educational haves and have-nots. In this submission to a parliamentary inquiry, Pete Goss details how we can make progress on all three.

28 July 2017

Give students more information about their prospects for success

A quarter of a million students started university this year. The government has information about how well they are likely to do. But that information is not available to students, or difficult for them to find. In this submission, Grattan’s Andrew Norton and Ittima Cherastidtham call on the government to provide personalised completion prospects to students.

30 May 2017

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017

The Turnbull Government’s ‘Gonski 2.0’ plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to end Australia’s long and toxic school funding wars — but it is not perfect. In this submission to the Senate Inquiry, School Education Program Director Pete Goss and Fellow Julie Sonnemann recommend six changes to Gonski 2.0 to create an even better, faster and more affordable route to needs-based funding.

20 July 2016

Better access to data will lead to better decisions

Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Data Availability and Use

20 June 2016

Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the National Education Evidence Base

Gathering good evidence of what works in classrooms is vital to building better schools.