16 April 2019

Commonwealth Orange Book 2019: Policy priorities for the federal government

The winner of the 2019 federal election should defy the national mood of reform fatigue and stare down vested interests to pursue a targeted agenda to improve the lives of Australians. The Orange Book charts the policy priorities.

28 October 2018

State Orange Book 2018: Policy priorities for states and territories

State and territory governments can do more to improve the lives of Australians. In many cases, states are different because their governments adopted better policies. Every state should learn from the others and do better.

1 March 2015

City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them

Grattan Institute’s first book, City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them, by Jane-Frances Kelly and Paul Donegan, is now available at bookstores and through Melbourne University Publishing.

20 July 2014

Mapping Australia’s economy: cities as engines of prosperity

City centres are the new engines of Australia’s prosperity, producing a dollar value of goods and services out of all proportion to their physical size. But too many workers are living too far from jobs to fulfil our cities’ potential.

20 October 2013

Renovating housing policy

Government tax and welfare policies are worsening the divide between those who own homes and those who do not. Housing policy is overdue for a major renovation to create more productive cities and a fairer Australia.

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.

10 September 2012

Tomorrow’s suburbs: Building flexible neighbourhoods

Our city fringes are growing at rapid rate. But if these new neighbourhoods do not keep up with the shifting profile and changing needs of their residents over time, they will become less desirable places to live and won’t undergo the renewal that is essential to a successful city. However, we can do things now to ensure that our new suburbs are flexible enough to thrive for decades to come.

26 March 2012

Social cities

Humans are social animals: relationships are critical to our wellbeing. This report looks at ways to make cities better places to live by increasing our opportunities to connect with other people.

14 November 2011

Getting the housing we want

Getting the housing we want proposes a new approach to city planning that allows our cities to grow while giving residents a real say in the future of their neighbourhoods.

19 September 2011

What Matters Most? – A Grattan Working Paper

What Matters Most? reveals significant differences in housing priorities across the population. Over time they could lead to large shifts in the housing mix of our cities.